Nalgene Everyday Tritan Wide Mouth Water Bottles Review

14 Jul

Grey Nalgene

Product Description:

If you lived in America in the 90’s you’ll immediately recognize the Nalgene Wide Mouth water bottle as the quintessential reusable water bottle. During that time these Nalgene bottles (the iconic translucent grey bottle and attached blue cap with the minimalist design subtly reminding you of their scientific background) became so ubiquitous that they were a common fixture in American life ranging from lecture halls and local gyms to Boy Scouts and hikers.

Nalgenes became so popular because they were the perfect water bottles. They were light. They held a good amount of water (1L). You could throw them in the dishwasher (top shelf only). Furthermore, they were amazingly durable… so durable you could use one as a makeshift hammer (for example, to pound in tent stakes). Some people even claim that you can run them over with a car!

They were “indestructible” because they were originally made out of polycarbonate, aka Lexan, which is the type of plastic used to make bulletproof glass. Then, unfortunately, we learned that PC could leach BPA, and BPA was harmful. This discovery forced numerous retailers to remove all PC bottles (most notably Nalgenes) from store shelves, breaking the bottles’ mass popularity and jump-starting public interest in alternative water bottles made of glass, stainless steel, and aluminum.

Since then, Nalgene began promoting BPA-free bottles made out of LDPE, HDPE, PET, PP, and Stainless Steel, in addition to re-formulating the the iconic Nalgene Wide Mouth bottle to be made out of a relatively new copolyester called Tritan, eliminating BPA and maintaining the bottle’s trademark durability and heat resistance. (You can learn more about Tritan and its use in water bottles here).

American Alternative Review:

As a brand and as a product, Nalgene is an American institution.

Fortunately, the bottles themselves are about as “Made in America” as it gets.

The original Nalge company was founded in 1949 in Rochester, New York by an enterprising American inventor, eventually transforming into a small part of global giant Thermo Fisher Scientific. Since then, despite Thermo Fisher Scientific having offices and subsidiaries all around the world, Nalgene has still kept its American identity, with Nalgene and Nalge-Nunc’s offices only a couple miles from that original 1949 office.

Furthermore, every part of the Nalgene Everyday series of water bottles is manufactured in the US from plastics compounded in the US (note: this is not true of all Nalgene products). The Tritan used to make the new super-durable yet BPA-free bottles was even invented in the US!

(5/5 stars)

In addition to the classic Grey/Blue, the Wide Mouth Everyday Tritan Nalgene comes in a variety of colors and sizes shown in the link below.

Nalgene Wide Mouth Water Bottle

There’s a line of Narrow Mouth versions, too!

Nalgene Narrow Mouth Water Bottle

You can also check out how American-made all the water bottles we reviewed are at our reusable water bottle category recap.  There you’ll find other bottles that are entirely Made in the USA like the aluminum Liberty Bottle Works bottles.



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