When it comes to being outdoors in the summer heat, nothing is more important than water. In my hiking experience, few things are more irritating than 1) a water bottle that sweats into my backpack or 2) a water bottle that doesn’t keep the water cold. That’s where a double-walled vacuum bottle can be valuable, because it’s designed to accomplish both of those things.
Aldi offers a few different takes on water bottles during its spring-to-summer camping extravaganza, and in a variety of shapes and sizes. I tend to favor water bottles that are large enough to hold a good amount of water while also fitting comfortably in my backpack.
This is just about the right size.
The Adventuridge 24 ounce Stainless Steel Vacuum Bottle, an Aldi Special Buy (ALDI Find), retails for $6.99. This is cheaper than any vacuum sealed bottles of this size I’ve seen. The packaging claims that the bottle will keep things hot for 6 hours and keep things cool for 12 hours. There is no warranty.
The bottle includes the main bottle itself (available in a few colors), a screw-on cap, and a silicone band that holds the cap to the bottle. The cap has a small learning curve to it, as you have to twist it from the top to keep from also twisting the silicone band, but once you figure that part out, the rest is pretty simple.
We decided to test the Adventuridge water bottle against another water bottle we have around the house, the Silver Buffalo 20 ounce Double Walled Bottle. I’ve had the Silver Buffalo for a while now, and it’s done a good job at keeping my water cold even while hiking all day in hot weather.
We subjected them to a couple of simple side-by-side tests, filling them with the same amount of ice and water and letting them sit for a couple of hours in an 80-degree house. In one case the Adventuridge had more ice left; in another the Silver Buffalo did. Overall, it seems like the two are pretty comparable when it comes to keeping things cold, which in my book is good enough.
A more important test, though, came when we took the bottle camping. We filled the Adventuridge with ice and found it was good for close to 24 hours of keeping the ice, with the water still cold thereafter.
Aldi appears to have a very solid vacuum sealed water bottle here. It’s inexpensive, it’s easy to use, and, most importantly, it keeps things the temperature you want to keep them. There’s no warranty, but it feels well built. I look forward to taking it out on the trail.