We looked into the best hot water bottles available and picked the Premium Classic Rubber Hot Water Bottle by HomeTop as our favorite. It comes with a cute cover, is easy to fill, and retains heat for hours. We have even more great options for you to consider in our best 10 list and a buying guide to help you choose.
To select our list of the 10 best hot water bottles, we examined the following points about each:
Make sure you keep these points in mind as you look through our choices and don't forget to check out our buying guide for more information.
Premium Classic Rubber Hot Water Bottle
Hot Water Bottle With Cover and Threaded Stopper
Microwave Heating Bottle
Hot Water Bottle
Hot Water Bottle with Knit Cover
Rubber Hot Water Bottle with Cover
Hot Water Bottle with Soft Cover
Long Hot Water Bottle
Portable Hot Water Bottle
Rubber Hot Water Bottle With Animal Cover
Best for General Use
Best for a Tight Seal That Doesn't Leak
Best for Targeting Smaller Areas
Best for Staying Warm Through the Night
Best Choice for a Stiffer Water Bottle
Best for Targeting Large Areas
Best for a Soft and Comforting Cover
Best for Warming More of Your Body
Best for Hands-Free Warmth
Best for Children and Pets
|Capacity||2 liters||2 liters||0.5 liters||2 liters||2 liters||3 liters||1.8 liters||2 liters||1 liter||2 liters|
|Cover||Knit||Fleece||Knit||Two fleece||Knit||Fleece||Faux fur||Fleece||Two plush (polyester)||Fleece|
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Rubber is also more malleable and easy to bend, so it can be more comfortable to hold or lie in bed with as it's made to withstand being pushed and pulled around. However, rubber does contain latex, and those with latex allergies should steer clear, even if you use a cover with it.
Hot water bottles made of thermoplastic can be either flexible or solid. The flexible ones behave in a similar way to rubber hot water bottles, as they can be bent and manipulated as you please. However, solid bottles are rigid and do not allow for any movement, so keep this in mind if you opt for a thermoplastic bottle.
Despite the fact that some of the best hot water bottles are made from thermoplastic, you may find some quality discrepancies between bottles depending on the company. That's why it’s important to read reviews before buying.
They’re also better for warming larger areas, such as if you’re trying to heat up a bed or even target areas like your abdomen or back. The most common size for hot water bottles is around the two-liter mark, and these are the perfect size for placing on your stomach or your lower back. For heating larger areas such as a bed, you might want to try bottles nearer three liters.
On the other hand, smaller bottles, such as those around one liter, will be lighter when full and are easier to store and take care of. They're also handy for targeting specific areas that might be difficult with a larger bottle, such as your neck or your ankles.
If this is your first hot water bottle or you’re looking into getting a different size or shape, it would be helpful if it came with a cover. It saves you from having to make another order, plus you know that it’ll fit perfectly. Some covers are pretty generic, but there are a few companies that sell their bottles with a wide variety of adorable covers, too.
Covers are intended to be soft to the touch and comfortable to hold, so you'll find many made from materials such as fleece, faux fur, and various knitted fabrics. These covers can often be washed so you can be certain that your hot water bottle will always be clean and soft!
Just be sure to read and follow all directions carefully so that you don’t damage the bottle. If a microwavable hot water bottle is heated for too long, the material can be become damaged and the insides might leak. You should also ensure that your microwave is large enough for the bottle to freely rotate while it heats as if it can't, it will heat unevenly and risk damage.
Although there is no chance of burning yourself from pouring hot water with this type, you do need to be careful when first handling the bottle after it's been microwaved. They can be very hot to the touch, and if you need to put the inner pocket back inside its cover, you should wait before doing so or you might burn your hands.
Place the bottle inside its case so that you're not directly touching the material of the bottle and hold it over the sink. Make sure you have full control of how much water is being poured, as pouring too fast increases the chance of splashes and burns. We would advise using a kettle with a spout as it’ll give you more control than pouring out of a saucepan.
You should also ensure that the water you use has been left to cool for a while and isn’t boiling. Boiling water can not only damage the integrity of the bottle, it will also cause painful burns if you spill any. A few degrees can make a huge difference!
Carefully pour the heated water into it until it’s about two-thirds full. Gently and slowly squeeze out the remaining air, being careful that no water escapes, until the water level rises to just below the top. You can then replace the stopper, making sure it's tight, and turn the bottle upside down to check for leaks.
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