Drink to This
On-the-go lifestyles, combined with environmentally friendly and healthy mindsets, has made this an important feature, Kovar said. "The cool thing about drinkware—it's really kind of a lifestyle, so it kind of goes from home, in the car, to work, back in the car, to home or to the gym or anywhere in between," he said. "And so people filling their bottles with cold water, of course they want it to stay cold longer while they're on that commute. … That's why the vacuum insulation is important. They make it [that temperature and] they want it to stay that temperature for [the time it takes to get] wherever they're going with that bottle."
Make It Strong, Yet Light
When users want a bottle that doesn't weigh them down, but is durable enough to hold up to their everyday routines, single-wall Tritan plastic is the key. "Bottles made of Tritan plastic are some of the most durable, long-lasting bottles on the market, and tend to be good sellers for that reason," Matt Hodges, marketing director for Gold Bond Inc., Hixson, Tenn., said.
But for the extremely active user, like a runner or biker, the bulk that the insulation adds may not be ideal, making the single-wall a better option. "If you're going running, I would not necessarily recommend a vacuum bottle only because of weight," Kovar added. "Because any vacuum piece would be double-wall steel, I'd recommend a single-wall bottle."
Make It Convenient
And the users who don't want to put extra effort into keeping hydrated or make accommodations to carry their bottles around? They've got multiple options. "For those who are active, being able to access their water or sports drink quickly is a necessity, so bottles with a squeeze-to-drink function, like our 24 oz. Super Sipper, are incredibly useful," Hodges said.