Are There Any Stainless Steel Water Bottles Made in the USA?

Are There Any Stainless Steel Water Bottles Made in the USA?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.

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.S.  If you're wondering about our take on the safety of products made in China as compared to those made in the USA, you can read more about it here.

P.P.S. We did find one stainless steel bottle NOT made in China: the Laken brand is made in Spain.

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58 Responses to Are There Any Stainless Steel Water Bottles Made in the USA?

  1. stainless steel plate October 4, 2010 at 8:16 pm #

    When the total life cycle costs are considered, stainless is often the least expensive material option.

  2. Amywike78 January 21, 2011 at 6:29 am #

    I love the stainless steel water bottles, especially that they are BPA free!

  3. JJSchwartz July 31, 2011 at 6:26 pm #

    Especially if “Made in the USA.”

  4. The Soft Landing Sisters
    The Soft Landing Sisters February 20, 2013 at 9:45 am #

    Thanks for the suggestion. We noticed they use some kind of lining inside their bottles, so we’ll have to investigate further to determine the product’s safety.

    • Roger Clyde September 13, 2014 at 6:09 pm #

      It is a food grade coating that has been independently lab-tested by Intertek to be BPA free and Non-leeching. The only metal bottle on the market that is truly, Made in America.

      • The Soft Landing Sisters
        The Soft Landing Sisters September 13, 2014 at 6:14 pm #

        Thanks for the info Roger. Has testing been done to look specifically for estrogenic activity (EA) and heavy metal leaching? I know you also said non-leaching, but I’m curious what the parameters for testing were because sometimes parts-per-million (PPM) are counted as non-leaching depending on the lab and their testing methods. ~Alicia

  5. Dee November 13, 2013 at 8:34 am #

    Great American Products make SS bottles in the USA.

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters December 2, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

      Thanks for the heads up Dee! We’ll contact them to confirm. ~Alicia

      • The Soft Landing Sisters
        The Soft Landing Sisters December 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm #

        We just read through their website and saw that the bottle isn’t actually made from stainless steel, but rather from recycled aluminum. That’s why they have a lining (which is supposed to be BPA-free, but no details are given about what that material actually is). ~Alicia

  6. The Soft Landing Sisters
    The Soft Landing Sisters December 2, 2013 at 2:59 pm #

    Thanks for the suggestion Penelope! I contacted them this morning and they don’t actually manufacture the bottles in the USA:

    “I am sorry to inform you but our Thermaluxe vessel is made in China. We bring vessel in USA and assemble bottle here in USA with all other part. All other parts for Thermaluxe bottles are made in USA.

    Again we are sorry to notify you about this news. No stainless bottles is made in USA, since there is no company in USA that like to produce them, as soon there is one we would be first company that would used them to produce our Thermaluxe bottle.”

    And here’s how I responded:

    “Thanks so much for your quick and helpful response! I thought that was probably the case, because in five years, I’ve never found a single stainless steel bottle made in the USA.

    I personally don’t have an issue with bottles made in China, so long as the production is overseen by a trustworthy company who is testing for heavy metal contamination.

    Your website is misleading though because you clearly state in your logo that your brand is made in the USA, but you don’t note the fact that they are only assembled here in America.”

    We’ll just keep looking!

    Alicia

    • R July 16, 2014 at 10:44 am #

      Regarding your last paragraph — Because just about every other water bottle they sell is Made in the USA (the plastic ones). That’s about the only one they sell that isn’t made in the USA, so I don’t think it’s misleading. To their credit, they don’t put a “Made with Pride” button that popups to “Made in USA” on the product page for the stainless steel bottle like they do for their other bottles. Not sure how the website looked like when you reviewed it though, or if they did have the “Made with Pride” button there at the time.

  7. Bob Snot December 8, 2013 at 3:12 pm #

    “But the logistics of manufacturing a stainless steel bottle in America are out of this world and extremely cost-prohibitive.”

    I have to say that sounds like typical corporate talk and it’s worse when everyday people parrot it. When I hear someone saying things like that it makes me wonder what kind of profit margin they’re aiming for. Before our great manufacturing exodus, everything was made here in the U.S.A. by decent, to good paid U.S. workers and our country functioned just fine. If foreign countries and companies were flooding our market with cheap junk to under cut our manufacturing maybe we should have done something to stop it. Instead our business and finance cowboys and cowgirls thought what the heck, instead of fighting it we can jump aboard and get rich, and they did. And it’s all come at a major cost to our working citizens and country.

    Many of the items made in China and sold here are being sold at prices that don’t come close to reflecting the cheap labor rates and true manufacturing cost that are being paid to make those items. The cost of goods has never reflected the true cost to manufacture an item, and in a Capitalistic society it never will. It’s all about what the market will bear.

    Not one major company that sent their manufacturing overseas did so because they were hurting, they did it strictly for greed. Get rid of U.S. workers making $20 an hour with benefits, who are able to support themselves and their families, and pay taxes based on those wage rates. Send their jobs to China or wherever, pay some poor workers 10 cents an hour with no benefits. It doesn’t take a mathematical genius to see the insanely idiotic profit margin jump they gained, which sent their stock values into the stratosphere. A corporations number one and only concern is maximum return to their investors, period. They don’t care about U.S. citizens, and they don’t care about the United States, just maximum profit and a lot of their larger investors aren’t even U.S. citizens.

    No rational and responsible U.S. citizen should think what has been going on in the U.S.A. is a good thing. It’s very much the reason why our country is now broke and financially hurting. A few have gotten filthy rich by robbing from everyone else including and especially the country. Putting millions of our citizens in the poor house and creating a need for the social programs so many people want to bitch about. Aside from destroying unions, jobs, and wages for U.S. citizens they’ve also successfully corrupted our government (both parties) to do their dirty work, making a lot of our public hate the government. The government that is supposed to be the voice and power of the public, that keeps the wealthy greed mongers in line.

    There has been international commerce since mankind started roaming the earth, a global economy. This new buzz word use of it is nothing but big business and big fiance speak for we’re going to get rich by bankrupting everyone we can.

    I didn’t come here to make a political rant but when I read statements like that it burns me up, and it should every U.S. citizen, actually all people of the world, because it negatively affects people around the world.

    Hopefully a stainless steel water bottle can be found that is made in the U.S.A.

    • John March 16, 2016 at 10:13 pm #

      It is now 2 years after your comment and nothing has changed. No Stainless water bottles made in the U.S….and Donald Trump is vying for the presidency….we are doomed.

      • JofJLTNCB6 May 17, 2016 at 2:46 pm #

        MAKE USA-MADE STAINLESS STEEL WATER BOTTLES GREAT AGAIN!!!

      • Garrett Fisher November 10, 2016 at 7:00 am #

        You want a USA made bottle but dont want to elect the only guy who wants to make one for you. Opps too late! Guess ww will see if Trump makes one for you. Are you going to refuse to buy it because Trump is the President?!

  8. Anne May 18, 2014 at 8:52 pm #

    May 2014….http://www.cafepress.com/+made_in_usa_stainless_water_bottle_06l,570240001

    They say this stainless steel water bottle is made in the USA…maybe finally it’s true? I’m not in a hurry yet, so if I can find USA made, that is what I want to buy.

    Approved by lunch ladies and Mother Nature, our .6L Stainless Sports Bottle is perfect for green thinkers on the go (or on campus). Eco-friendly and compact, it’s sure to quench your thirst for style and refreshment.

    Made of 18/8, food-grade stainless steel

    No lining & no BPA or other toxins

    Wide mouth for easy drinking

    Durable, BPA-free & phalate-free screw-on top

    Holds .6 liters

    Thin profile to fit most cup holders & bike bottle holders

    Hand wash only

    • R July 16, 2014 at 10:37 am #

      That just looks like a bottle with the “Made in USA” graphic on it. I’ve seen t-shirts like that, but they weren’t actually made in USA.

      • The Soft Landing Sisters
        The Soft Landing Sisters July 16, 2014 at 2:23 pm #

        I’m afraid you’re right R. We double checked and it doesn’t seem to be made in the USA. ~Alicia

  9. Kirsten Olson Chapman April 27, 2015 at 10:35 am #

    I know of some stainless steel toy keys that are made in the USA 🙂
    http://www.kleynimals.com

  10. Blackthorn-USA April 29, 2015 at 12:04 am #

    There are no stainless bottles made in the USA. We looked for over a year for a US manufacturer and could not find one. We now offer a stainless bottle designed right here in Kansas, by us, but made in China. We are an outdoor school and while we like to buy American made we understand that some things just aren’t made here, like this computer, or my phone, or many things we all use daily. We can’t change that but we can support the American businesses who sell these items for lack of options.
    Consider the iPhone, made in China but look at the huge American industry creating jobs and livings for people just transporting them around the country. UPS, FedEx etc hire more drivers, buy more vehicles, pay more mechanics, buy more fuel, pay more taxes and more. Direct benefits for American workers on a Chinese product.
    What’s that got to do with SS bottles? Not much, aside from the fact that Foreign made products aren’t completely negative. So until someone wants to throw a few million at bottle forming equipment we’ll have to have our Blackthorn Bottles made in China. At least they were designed by Americans.
    FWIW, Sigg are Swiss made, Isosteel are German. Klean Kanteen, Pathfinder, Guyot, Hydro Flask and Blackthorn Bottle are all made in China.

  11. hjs3 May 24, 2015 at 11:30 am #

    Not the healthiest of entries but found this fact to be true while looking for U.S. Made S/S flasks…Ya, flasks.
    C’mon wouldn’t you love to receive one as a gag gift for Christmas? With all the great small distilleries cropping up all over the U.S. it would be nice to have something more homegown to transport this nectar in that was um errr less obvious and more classic in presenation….Suitable for monograming as well..Short story long, I went with the Asian market entry begrudginly….Sill investigating…

    • tlc December 20, 2015 at 6:11 pm #

      If SS flasks can be made in the USA, I don’t see why regular bottles would be cost prohibitive.

  12. Fartnocker Yohanson October 30, 2015 at 10:42 am #

    People are a bit over in their heads on this topic.
    By cost-prohibitive, we’re talking $100+ USD. Unless there was a guarantee for these to be made in a serious bulk, there is no market for this mythical USA-made SS bottle.
    Yes, you could form a market over time, but there’s no guarantee; which no manufacturer wants to hear. We’re talking years and years of selling a very high priced point, and I still think it would be closer to $200 dollars.

    Keith Titanium and Heavy Cover have made a small market for a $130? titanium canteen.

    Regardless, in my opinion the Guyot Designs water bottles have been some of the better made bottles. Even for their $30-$40 price point though, they dent easy. They’re thick, heavy metal too. If anyone bought a USA made SS water bottle, they’d want it to last for decades. Technically, one could squealch Nalgene (who somewhat recently purchased Guyot) lifetime guarantee.
    Unfortunately, Nalgene’s products have gotten worse over the last decade.

    At the end of the day, we’re speaking for a small market (that could grow, yes), where the output numbers would be between a couple of very expensive craftsmen and a machined manufacturer.
    Titanium would work better, plus it has the guarantee of nothing interrupting your drink. In this case though, we are speaking for a $200-$300+ dollar product if it is made in the USA.

  13. calebsmum December 10, 2015 at 1:59 pm #

    YES there is!! Liberty Bottleworks is based in Washington state and manufactures their stainless steel bottles right there. Yeh!!!!!!!!! I have several.

    • The Soft Landing Sisters December 12, 2015 at 1:10 pm #

      They’re not actually made from stainless steel. We’ve spoken with them before (see below in the comments) and while they are made in the USA, they are made with aluminum which requires an epoxy liner.

      We asked about whether any testing has been done to look specifically for estrogenic activity (EA) and heavy metal leaching in their bottles and they’ve never responded (it’s been three years now). ~Alicia

    • calebsmum June 3, 2016 at 11:15 am #

      oops sorry, realized it after I typed it. It makes me sad that money always comes before health.

  14. Mike McElroy December 14, 2015 at 9:02 pm #

    I’m wondering just what the logistics are that make manufacturing in the US so cost-prohibitive. Could you elaborate on this?

    • Gwenda Lindhorst-Ko April 15, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

      I will speak for insulated bottles since that is what my experience is (my company designed an insulated bottle to keep milk refrigerated so kids could take milk to lunch for school). The equipment required to produce the vacuum in the thermos costs $4million (that is a large vacuum chamber which will make about 1000 bottles at once), and from what I have been told, there are only 2 of those in China (might be more now, this is 8 yr old info). There is a cheaper method of making the vacuum but it is not great for large volumes or production quantities.
      As far as the price point, the cost to make a high quality bottle is not cheap, even in China. I sell my bottle for $25 and seriously, it is not even worth selling at that price because of all the costs – molds to make the lid are in the $10,000’s plus. Then the cost to solve all the design problems to make sure the lid doesn’t leak, opens and closes properly, it just keeps adding up. I may never even recover my costs, far less make a profit. If I had done this work in USA, where possible, it would have been 10x more expensive.

  15. VickiBrady March 9, 2016 at 5:42 pm #

    I’ve seen many a SS product made in the USA, mostly cookware and other kitchen items, but not a water bottle. I think the bigger question that should be asked is: for all SS kitchenware products that are made in the USA, what is the source of the steel? Anything SS may be made here, but if their supplies come from China, it’s still no good. China puts a high level of lead in their SS products. I miss the Steel Foundry days of America.

    • VickiBrady March 9, 2016 at 5:49 pm #

      I was just thinking, what good is a pure USA made SS water bottle if we put contanminated, fluoridated water in it? Even bottled water is a scam when it comes to contamination. The whole thing is a travesty. :/

  16. VickiBrady March 9, 2016 at 5:46 pm #

    Aluminum is toxic no matter how you look at it. I always find it interesting with BPA free products that there are other worse things in them! Also with organic food and non-GMO food items…sometimes in Soy. I just shake my poor head. Soy? I avoid soy like the plague. Heavy sigh. So hard to find healthy items and necessities these days. One has to be so incredibly vigilant with almost everything.

  17. Angela March 22, 2016 at 7:34 pm #

    Liberty Water Bottles are made in the US, but they aren’t insulated.

    • The Soft Landing Sisters March 27, 2016 at 2:00 pm #

      Liberty Bottles are not made from stainless steel. We’ve spoken with them before (see below in the comments) and while they are made in the USA, they are made with aluminum which requires an epoxy liner.

      We asked about whether any testing has been done to look specifically for estrogenic activity (EA) and heavy metal leaching in their bottles and they’ve never responded (it’s been three years now). ~Alicia

      • Gronborg Jodi February 8, 2017 at 7:05 am #

        From Liberty’s site: “Where are Liberty Bottles Made?

        What is your Bottle Lining made of?

        The “liner,” as it is often referred to is called PureShield. PureShield is an FDA approved, Food Grade, Flexible Coating. It has been independently lab tested and certified to be BPA, Lead and Phthalate free. So, what is it? Well… People like to call it a paint, but it is not. Unlike chemical laden paints and epoxies, PureShield is a polyester based powder coat that is applied dry and baked to a smooth glass-like surface. It is safe, and clean.”

  18. Christopher Citty April 27, 2016 at 6:22 pm #

    Any idea who/where makes the Canteen Shop’s steel bottle and canteen? I’m not sure, myself.

    • Christopher Citty April 28, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

      Nevermind. Pretty sure it’s made in China. I haven’t been able to confirm this, but it seems so.

  19. Marlon Maus June 4, 2016 at 5:26 pm #

    Just found one made in the US: Bromwell Company. Very expensive though!

  20. Buffalo Shark December 1, 2016 at 4:14 pm #

    It’s too bad. I’m not super hard core about not buying Chinese stuff but I prefer not to. I’d love an insulated stainless USA made bottle and would be willing to pay a decent amount for being made in the USA

    • The Soft Landing Sisters December 4, 2016 at 8:29 am #

      We totally agree with you on that point. The good news is that there’s a Veteran owned company currently working hard to bring stainless steel manufacturing for their mugs (and hopefully bottles in the future!) back to the U.S. You can read about them here: http://thesoftlanding.com/the-only-stainless-steel-travel-mug-made-in-the-usa/

      • greenwash surfer December 16, 2016 at 12:17 pm #

        hi — naturally love what you are doing, but i gotta ask, how in the world do all of these people believe that stainless steel with exposed internal welds and no way to properly passivate are somehow a safe choice for drinking? as a founder of klean kanteen i can tell you there is a great deal of greenwashing going on. …consider the common report of a “metallic taste” etc

  21. The Soft Landing Sisters December 4, 2016 at 2:19 pm #

    We’ll be anxious to hear what you find out!

  22. The Soft Landing Sisters
    The Soft Landing Sisters December 7, 2016 at 9:59 am #

    We definitely hear you. The good news is that there’s a Veteran owned company currently working hard to bring stainless steel manufacturing for their mugs (and hopefully bottles in the future!) back to the U.S. You can read about them here: http://thesoftlanding.com/the-only-stainless-steel-travel-mug-made-in-the-usa/

  23. Bartholomew Allen January 17, 2017 at 5:46 pm #

    QUOTE: “now they have little-to-no competitors they can charge whatever they like to turn a profit”

    No, Chinese manufacturers cannot charge whatever they like. The natural equilibrium of the free market means when they begin charging more than the market is willing to bear, manufacturing inside the USA (or in other countries) becomes competitive enough for the industry to begin manufacturing there. Chinese manufacturers are forced to hold their prices below what would be competitive in other countries.

  24. Ron January 31, 2017 at 5:24 pm #

    MADE IN U.S.A: http://www.libertybottles.com/

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters January 31, 2017 at 5:52 pm #

      Hi Ron, have they added stainless steel? When we last checked Liberty Bottles were made with aluminum which requires an epoxy liner (see below in an older thread).

      We asked about whether any testing has been done to look specifically for estrogenic activity (EA) and heavy metal leaching in their bottles and they’ve never responded (it’s been 4 years now). ~Alicia

      • Ron February 1, 2017 at 12:50 pm #

        AHHH got it… Wow I didn’t even pay attention. Thanks for pointing that out.. I might cancel my order now.

  25. Ben Kander January 31, 2017 at 9:33 pm #

    Check out Welly Bottle (wellybottle.com)! I founded the company and our first production run is on its way to us. Unfortunately it is coming from China. When starting the company I searched in the US exclusively, but quickly learned that there was no one who could produce a vacuum-insulated stainless steel water bottle. I thought about creating our own facilities but the capital costs were way too high for us.

    I travelled to China a few months ago to visit all of our manufacturing facilities and make sure that all employees were treated and paid fairly, that working hours were monitored and that the space was clean and safe.

    We will be ready to start fulfilling orders in mid-March and will be donating $1 for every bottle sold to clean water projects in developing countries. I hope you’ll join our mission to provide clean water to those in need while staying hydrated!

    Feel free to email me with any questions at ben@wellybottle.com.

    Ben

    • The Soft Landing Sisters
      The Soft Landing Sisters February 1, 2017 at 12:35 pm #

      Hi Ben, we’re glad to hear that you’ve found a trustworthy manufacturer, but we’d like to hear what you’re doing in the way of heavy metal testing to ensure safety.

      • Ben Kander February 1, 2017 at 1:39 pm #

        Hi Soft Landing Sisters,

        We use the same stainless steel as some of our competitors (ie Hydro Flask) as we use the same manufacturers. We have our stainless steel sent for FDA testing to be sure they are food-safe.

        Ben

  26. Wondering February 10, 2017 at 12:55 pm #

    Hi, can I ask why Hydroflask didn’t make the cut?

    • Laura February 13, 2017 at 9:58 am #

      We just chose our top 5 favorites, but we very much like Hydro Flask as well! ~The Soft Landing Sisters

  27. Wondering February 11, 2017 at 1:19 pm #

    Rats, I just realized I left this on the wrong post – sorry! It was supposed to be on the top 5 water bottles post.

  28. JBull40 February 15, 2017 at 9:06 pm #

    My dad still uses a 1980’s era Stanley thermos that was made in Franklin Tennessee. I believe that bottle was vacuum sealed. Why is it so expensive now to make vacuum bottles versus back then???

  29. a. mchugh March 1, 2017 at 8:22 pm #

    Curious what you think about the “Better for your” brand of stainless steel cups found on Amazon. They are made in China, but say they are rigorously tested. Are they a responsible brand?
    Thank you!
    Concerned Parent

  30. Jami Wachro March 21, 2017 at 1:59 pm #

    LAKEN is China. It is assembled in Spain. The aluminum bottles are made in Spain but not the steel. The core stainless which is holding the liquid is from China. Per Laken’s website: Production of our insulated stainless steel water bottles (the entire Thermo Water Bottle series) starts in Laken’s factory in Spain with a stainless steel raw body. After we test its insulation properties, we paint (powder coating with our special blend) and decorate it. Finally, we assemble the cap which is produced at the factory. The stainless steel raw body is sourced from China and prepared especially for us using our own designs and tools

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