Promotional water bottles do not need a formal introduction. Most of them are utilitarian, simple with unique designs and bright colors. This is what makes some of these bottles easy to spot just about everywhere you look. Nowadays, water bottles are ubiquitous, obtainable from gas stations, grocery shops, supermarkets and all other places where you find outdoor gear.
Water bottles are meant for one job only – hold water. However, there being many companies that design unique bottles for different interests, you will be able to enjoy the benefits that come with a water bottle tailored to meet your promotional needs. This guide will help you choose a suitable water bottle for your needs.
Uses of the Bottle
The best bottles to use for promotional purposes are those that your customers can carry around. This will provide more visibility for your brand. They should be stylish, colorful and blend in well with your promotional message or logo. The agenda is to get as many people as possible using and carrying the bottles around so the least you could do is make them attractive. You can get in touch with a custom promotional drinkware company to have a professional help you with the design.
The Opening of the Bottle
The opening of the water bottle also dictates the amount of hate or love your customers will have for it. As such, you need to choose wisely. Look at the:
Spout: This is where your lips, teeth or even fingers go. It is a lip that is used to funnel the water out of the bottle. Spouts help minimize splashes. They can be frustrating to use especially when you’re very thirsty.
Nozzle: These are normally short and thick straws that are attached to the bottle’s top. They move upwards to open and snap downwards to close. Many water bottle nozzles are bite valves. This means that the user needs to apply slight pressure using the teeth while sucking for the water to be extracted. Nozzles, just like spouts, help to minimize splash. On the bright side, the teeth markings will assure you that no one will want to share the bottle.
Screw top: These are more commonly used in man-powered-mission-style and multi-purpose water bottles. Some of them have lids that are attached to the bottle by a thin fabric or plastic strip and others do not. The opening’s size depends on the bottle manufacturer. However, larger openings are great because they give the user faster access to water. The smaller openings are more suitable in situations where every water drop counts, and you want zero spillage. ‘Big mouths’ are also useful when it comes to scooping water from a stream.
Rigidity of the Bottle
Frequent travelers value portability and therefore go for collapsible and lighter water bottles. On the other hand, mountain bikers and hikers prefer containers that are more durable and sturdier. Pick the rigidity based on your target market. If you have hikers as your target market, you should go for the more durable types.
Generally, hand held bottles can hold up to 12 ounces whereas the small bottles you find strapped to a runners belt can hold up to 6 ounces of fluid. Hydration packs are capable of holding about 1 to 3 liters.
Normally, water bottles weigh a few ounces when they are empty. Aluminum and stainless steel bottles are heavier compared to plastic water bottles. Even though most athletes need to carry lightweight materials, hydration is also vital. This is why many athletes do not mind the extra weight of the water.
Bottle straps are great for hiking but end up becoming a disaster if the user is running because the bottle will keep bouncing back and forth. Hydration packs that are worn at the back are good for mountain biking and long runs. Even so, they are not suitable when you are at high altitudes and freezing temperatures. The reason for this is that the nozzles and hoses might freeze up if they are not covered with the insulating sleeve or warmed by your body heat.