For those who want a simple, inexpensive water bottle, the Nalgene OTG - On The Go is a good choice. This bottle is made from Tritan copolyester, which doesn't contain the chemical bisphenol A (BPA), and has a flip top. Fluid measurements are clearly marked to help you keep track of your water intake. The Nalgene water bottle isn't flashy; it comes in only three colors. And if you want a bottle that doesn't leak, this isn't the best choice. On its website, Nalgene acknowledges that the OTG isn't "100% leakproof," and they don't recommend storing it upside down in a backpack or purse. Most reviewers find the bottle easy to use and say the flip top is easy to open, although we also read some reports of the flip top popping open when the OTG is tipped over or dropped. The top-rated plastic water bottle, the CamelBak Better Bottle (*Est. $14 for 25-oz. bottle), has a more complicated bite valve but earns more recommendations than the Nalgene OTG.
Good Housekeeping tests the Nalgene OTG along with 31 other water bottles. While the scoring isn't disclosed, we do know the Nalgene Everyday OTG was the top scorer. Reviewers at the blog Gardenaut and Men's Journal also weigh in on the water bottle, as do a handful of owners at Amazon.com and REI.com.
1. Good Housekeeping
The Nalgene OTG is the top-scorer in this test of 32 reusable water bottles conducted by Good Housekeeping. The Nalgene water bottle performs well in durability tests and testers find it easy to drink from.
Review: Reusable Water Bottles Tested, Editors of Good Housekeeping
2. Men's Journal
Like other reviewers, Men's Journal likes the one-handed flip top, but they find the bottle can open easily in a backpack or bag.
Review: Reviewed: Water Bottles, Tobin Hack, Oct. 13, 2008
3. Gardenaut (blog)
This terse review calls the Nalgene OTG a top pick in its roundup. The swiveling lid and durable construction are praised, and the reviewer concludes: "This solid contender's value is hard to beat."
Review: BPA-Free Water Bottle Showdown, Jeremiah McNichols, May 12, 2008
About.com walking guide Wendy Bumgardner likes the Nalgene OTG bottle's "clear, hard and impact-resistant plastic." It's not known whether Bumgardner tested this bottle herself. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: BPA-Free Water Bottles, Wendy Bumgardner, Updated Jan. 24, 2011
More than 30 owners posting here are relatively satisfied with the Nalgene OTG water bottle, citing its durability, good capacity and slim design. A few complain that the bottle lid opens easily or leaks.
Review: Nalgene Everyday OTG Water Bottle, Contributors to REI.com
Most of the nearly 150 owners on Amazon.com are happy with the Nalgene water bottle, but several say the flip top pops open too easily, which can lead to leaks and spills. Overall, the bottle scores a 4.1 out of 5.
Review: Nalgene Tritan OTG BPA-Free Water Bottle 24 oz., Contributors to Amazon.com