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Your Field Guide to Branded Water Bottles

Your Field Guide to Branded Water Bottles

Why you should invest in branded water bottles for your next marketing campaign.

The late summer is a perfect time for all kinds of outdoor activities — hiking, camping, baseball, tennis, kayaking and the list goes on. One of the critical things to remember about all these fun outdoor adventures is to always stay hydrated. That’s where the importance of branded water bottles comes in. 

Imagine this. You’ve given a trusted partner a high-quality, YETI water bottle customized with your company logo on it. One of their team members, Susan, carries this with her daily — to the office, out to the baseball field to watch her kids’ games or on fun family camping trips. Everywhere Susan goes, that custom water bottle goes with her. 

Susan gets stopped by strangers asking where she got her water bottle. She then goes on to share her experience with partnering with your organization. She explains how this thoughtful gift reaffirms that your company cares about her business. 

Not only does this story show that your company logo will be seen and appreciated, but it also highlights that the custom water bottle you choose makes a difference! 

What Are Branded Water Bottles?

Branded water bottle on counter with healthy lunch

Branded water bottles are simply that — water bottles you can customize with your business’ unique logo. How to choose custom water bottles is a different story, however. With so many choices, you may feel a bit overwhelmed. That’s why we are here to guide you toward making the right choice for your customers and employees. 

Let’s break down what choices you have for customizable water bottles.  

Plastic Water Bottles

First up is plastic water bottles. Reusable plastic water bottles have been a staple for brand possibilities since they became widely available in the 50s. What makes plastic water bottles appealing is that they are lightweight and durable. There are a variety of plastics that these bottles can be made with, including BPA-free plastic, recycled PET, polyethylene and polystyrene. 

Stainless Steel Water Bottles

Stainless steel water bottles make great plastic alternatives as they do not leach chemicals but are still durable and relatively lightweight. These water bottles are hot-liquid-friendly, and most are insulated — which means drinks will maintain temperature for several hours.

Aluminum Water Bottles 

Next up are aluminum water bottles. These bottles are lightweight and less expensive than their stainless steel counterparts. However, because aluminum can leach into liquids, these tend to have a thin BPA plastic liner. They are also not as durable as plastic or stainless steel and can be easily dented. 

Glass Water Bottles

Ah, glass — one of the oldest forms of water bottles! A true classic, glass water bottles are an excellent choice for those concerned about chemical leaching. However, the glass water bottle is heavy and highly breakable. The good news, though, is that most are dishwasher safe, and many are sold with protective covers — which makes an excellent place for brand imprinting.

Ceramic Water Bottles 

Ceramic water bottles are eco-friendly, recyclable and dishwasher safe. These bottles are a bit harder to source but are becoming more popular for those seeking a sustainable option. 

Eco-Friendly Water Bottles 

Finally, eco-friendly water bottles. These water bottles utilize each of the above materials, usually recycled into a functioning water bottle that is better for the environment. The durability and weight will depend on what materials are used. 

Common Water Bottle Features

Hand holding plastic custom water bottle

While the materials of a water bottle are essential for obvious reasons, the features could really make or break a lasting impression on your customer or employee. Here are some of the most common features we see with branded water bottles.

Single Wall 

Single wall water bottles are lightweight and only have one layer, meaning drinks typically lose temperature throughout the day and are prone to condensation. 

Double Wall 

Double wall bottles have an insulating second layer, usually filled with foam or air,  that helps keep drinks cold or hot and prevents sweating.


Vacuum-sealed water bottles have double walls with vacuum-sealed air to help reduce the transfer of cold or hot temperatures.


Screw-top water bottles are some of the most common types of water bottle lids, especially on stainless steel water bottles. These have to be opened by unscrewing the top — which can be a hindrance if you are in a hurry! Screw-top lids also offer a wider drinking area and are easier to clean. 


Flip-top water bottles have a straw feature that can pop-up for quick access. These are great for sports or exercising as the flip-top makes it less likely to leak. But flip-tops may not be the best choice if you are a gulper. 

Sport Cap

Sports cap water bottles have an easy, one-way valve that opens automatically when the bottle is squeezed. These are a common choice for plastic water bottles made with soft, flexible materials. These water bottles are great for athletes who need a quick sip before heading back onto the field or court. 

At Pinnacle Promotions, we understand that big promotional projects need an extra hand. Reach out to us at 877.300.2007 and let us help you with your corporate gifts, kits or events with the best branded water bottles to make the right impression™.

Why Invest in Custom Water Bottles?

Metal branded water bottle on desk with laptop

So we know a little more about the types of branded water bottles. Now let’s explore why you should invest in them as a promotional marketing strategy.

The Brand Benefits of Custom Water Bottles

Promotional marketing should be integral to your overall sales and marketing strategy. Yes, even in this digital age. In fact, according to the PPAI Research 2019 Consumer Study, eight out of ten people like getting promotional products. And seven out of ten wish they received promotional products more often

And while that study may just look at promotional products overall, a 2022 ASI Ad Impressions Study found that drinkware was the number-one most influential promotional category in the Southeast, Midwest and Pacific regions of the United States. 

That same study also found that, on average, consumers keep their drinkware items for a year — indicating that people like functional, high-quality promotional drinkware. It also found that 84% of baby boomers own promotional drinkware and 71% of Gen X’ers are more likely to do business with an advisor with promotional drinkware.

How Much Should You Spend on Customized Water Bottles

With those statistics in your back pocket, you may wonder how much you should spend on custom water bottles. This, of course, comes down to your marketing and advertising budget. But a good rule of thumb is to look into last year’s sales, compare them to projected sales for this year and decide on the percentage that makes the most sense for your organization. 

Coming back to the 2022 ASI Ad Impressions Study, 70% of consumers keep promotional drinkware that is high-quality and useful — so you may want to keep that in mind when you begin brainstorming your next branded water bottle purchase.

How to Customize Branded Water Bottles

Glass customized water bottle with yoga mat and tennis shoes

Once you have landed on your next promotional water bottle of choice, we can begin the production phase. You have a few options for imprint methods and customization areas.  

Imprint Methods

There are three primary methods for imprinting your logo on a water bottle — screen printing, full-color prints and laser engraving

Screen Printing 

With screen printing, ink is painted directly onto the bottle using a silk screen. Because the ink is mixed manually, screen printing yields a higher-quality imprint that will match your brand logo colors exactly. It is also a more budget-friendly option. Remember, however, that screen prints will wear down over time after several washes.

Full-Color Printing 

Full-color printing is a digital process using cyan, magenta, yellow and black. This method is much quicker to produce than screen printing, but since the colors are limited, brand logo colors may not exactly match. This print is also more likely to wear down over time after several washes.

Laser Engraving 

Finally, laser engraving uses lasers to cut your design into the bottle — providing a high-end finish that does not fade over time. This is a popular choice for stainless steel water bottles! 

Customization Areas

You want to choose the best possible location on your custom water bottles to ensure brand exposure. Thankfully, water bottles offer a decent amount of logo “real estate.” Your logo can be printed as a standard front imprint, on both the front and back, as a full wrap or on the water bottle’s lid. 

Pinnacle Promotions Can Help With Your Next Big Project

And there you have it! You can now confidently go forward and find the branded water bottle that best fits your company’s needs. No matter what water bottle you choose, you can feel confident that you are making an excellent choice for your promotional marketing efforts. 

At Pinnacle Promotions, we know a thing or two about promotional marketing. No matter what your campaign needs are, we have the solution. Call us at 877.300.2007 and give us the scoop on that next big project — we can assist with IdeaKits™, corporate gifts or even your very own Company Store!  

Written by Chrissy Petrone

Content Marketing Specialist

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Custom Water Bottles: Your Guide to a BPA-Free Brand

Custom Water Bottles: Your Guide to a BPA-Free Brand

According to recent studies and surveys, most consumers believe that brands have the opportunity to improve quality of life and wellbeing, but are failing to do so.

Those same studies also showed that most consumers had admitted to the fact that they wouldn’t care if over 73% of big brands were eradicated entirely.

Those numbers are staggering, and quite frankly – they’re scary.

In this day and age, being a health-conscious brand is more important than ever, which is why your business should be investing in promotional products like custom BPA-free water bottles.

BPA is short for Bisphenol-A, and it’s an industrial chemical commonly found in the plastics that are used to make many food and beverage containers. As a result, BPA may be able to seep into the food and drinks we consume, and it can have adverse effects on health if consumed at high levels.

By getting your logo custom printed onto custom BPA-free water bottles, you’re doing so much more than gaining brand exposure – you’re also proving to your consumers that your brand cares about their wellbeing.

As audiences are growing more and more concerned with personal health, choosing custom promotional BPA-free products could very well put you over the competition.

These custom BPA-free water bottles are some of our personal favorites, and they’re perfect for helping you grow a conscientious brand:

Customer Favorite: Poly-clean™ 28 Ounce Promotional BPA Free Bottle

The popular choice among our customers and their customers, the Poly-clean 28 ounce BPA-free bottle makes your brand instantly accessible to a broad market. Its efficiency and portability makes this promotional bottle adaptable to any lifestyle, while the sleek, translucent design, leak-resistant lid, and lead-free feature give it some extra charm. Pick from nine bright colors of custom bottles, imprint your logo, and before you know it, you’ll be on your way to building a health-conscious brand!

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Staff Pick: Eco Safe 24 oz. Custom Water Bottle

You can see why our staff raves about the Eco-Safe 24 oz. custom water bottle. In addition to the convenience of being a beverage container, it’s also BPA-free and made of completely recycled materials. It’s reassuring to your consumers to know that your brand is concerned about their wellbeing and is essentially improving their quality of life. The straightforward and clean design of this custom water bottle makes it a cinch to clearly display your branding – so you’ll be making impressions with every sip!

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Selected: Streamline Stainless Bottle

This 26 oz. stainless steel custom BPA-free water bottle is a solid choice for getting your brand message in front of customers without all the noise. The screw top lid with handle allows it to be easily transported – without all the bulk – and getting your logo screen printed the stainless steel material gives off a polished look and feel. Enjoy the benefit of reaching even more customers in a stylish, yet still health-minded manner.

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Custom BPA-free water bottles are a safe and practical way for customers to carry their beverages (and your brand) wherever they may go.

With custom promotional BPA-free water bottles, you can stand out in a saturated marketplace, drum up new business without expensive advertising, and retain your current customers.

Get your brand on that BPA-free bandwagon!

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Trending Now: Festival Giveaways

With May fast approaching, we will be in the thick of outdoor events before we know it! Especially for us lucky ones in the South- we have already had a few fabulous weekends of “fun in the sun” activities! I went to the Dogwood Festival a few weekends back and saw a lot of promotional products in use!

Here are my picks for promotional swag to handout at your next outdoor event.

Metallic Rainbow Malibu Sunglasses:

A little different from your standard neon frames or aviators. Your brand will be seen as fun and hip.

Sunglases with rainbow metallic lenses.

Sunscreen with Carabiner:

Protect your potential clients from the sun with an SPF 30 sunscreen! They will thank you with their business!!

Promotional sunscreen on a carabiner

Non-Woven Tote Bag:

This good-looking tote will be much appreciated to the end user at an outdoor event. They can stuff all their promotional goodies in here. Your logo will travel thru the festival and beyond!

Black tote bag with white logo and green handles

h2Go Aluminium Classic Water Bottle:

Festivals often have water stations. Give your customers this custom water bottle that comes in 11 different colors so they won’t have to spend $10 on  bottled water and can refill their bottle instead.

Neon green water bottle with logo

 BeachNik Combo Set:

A can cooler and cup holder!! Great for the beach or hanging out on the lawn at a concert or park! Forget about warm or spilled drinks!!

Tie-Dye Blanket:

A blanket or tarp is a great giveaway. This tie-dye one is on-trend and perfect for the festival season! Your brand will be spotted in style!

Tie Dyed Blanket with Logo

For more ideas on seasonal giveaways, visit our Outdoors category.

What are your favorite items to bring to a festival?

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Custom Water Bottles: For Those Without Boxed Water

I personally never leave home without my custom water bottle. It’s my eco-friendly, every day staple. The 34 oz. bottle helps me get my 8 cups a day and the resilient plastic is great for being tossed onto the floorboard of my car.

While I have my favorite piece of promotional drinkware, many people across the country still rely on bottled water as their portable means of hydration.

Knowing the market for pure, filtered water is ever-growing, Boxed Water Is Better set out to develop a new form of bottled water that exceeded the norm for the bottled water industry – focusing on making the most efficient and environmentally-friendly product possible. The outcome of their labor of love? Boxed drinking water.

Drinking water in a box? Who would of guessed.

For the time being, boxed water is available in a limited number of states. So until Boxed Water Is Better makes it to your city, grab your reusable custom water bottle and fill ‘er up!

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