So you're wondering if there are any stainless steel water bottles made in the USA, huh? This has been one of the top questions we've heard from our blog readers since we first published this article in 2009.
As of February 2018, the answer is still the same: there are no USA made stainless steel bottles at this time.
We've searched high and low for an American made option, but they still don't exist. There were a couple of close calls, but it never has panned out (see the comments on this post). The last one we researched turned out to be aluminum, which requires a lining inside, and we never seem to be able to get a clear answer on what they're using for that lining (often BPA-based epoxy).
Does it bum us out?
Yes. We would love to be able to support a product made right here in our own country. But according to our friends at thinksport and Klean Kanteen, the logistics of manufacturing a stainless steel bottle in America are out of this world and extremely cost-prohibitive.
Does it worry us?
No. We choose the manufacturers we recommend very carefully. We interview each and every company about their production oversight, chemical contaminant testing practices, and their factory's fair treatment of employees.
Do you know of any brand we may have missed? Give it a shoutout in the comments so we can check it out!
P.P.S. We hear from folks about Liberty Bottles on a regular basis, but as detailed below in several comments, their bottles are made from aluminum (as evidenced by the lining discussed on their website — stainless steel bottles don't require a lining to stop the metal from leaching into your drink). They also mention the number of aluminum cans recycled for each bottle sold on their website (see “details” on any of their product listings). We love that they're made in the USA though!
P.P.P.S. The Polar Bear stainless steel bottles are not actually made in the USA either. Their website states the following about their stainless steel bottles: “This is one of the only Polar Bottle products that is not entirely made in the USA. Some components are Made in America, but the bottle itself is Made in China.” You can see the note right here.