I Tried That Instagram-Famous Water Bottle That Doubles as a Handbag — and I Got You an Exclusive Discount

updated Aug 26, 2020
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When it comes to shopping for water bottles, there are way too many to choose from: slim glass bottles, plastic fruit-infuser bottles, stainless steel-insulated ones, and lest we forget, this self-cleaning option our Commerce Editor is obsessed with! As someone who has always had a water bottle in one hand or tucked away in my handbag, I’ve tried at least a dozen of them. But I admit that lugging one around, along with my keys, credits cards, snacks, etc., does get a little cumbersome, especially during a run or outdoor workout. So when I discovered the Bindle Bottle (it’s all over Instagram!), I was instantly intrigued, thanks to one very specific feature I’ve never had in any other water bottle before: storage! 

The Bindle is like any regular insulated water bottle at the top, but at the base, it’s all function! Once you unscrew the bottom, it reveals a surprisingly wide and roomy compartment that is also stainless steel insulated and can easily fit a ton of items. I had to give it a try ASAP and was able to stash in my boyfriend’s inhaler, a small travel-size hand sanitizer, and a pack of almonds at a single go!

Next up: A two-mile run. I get how having less weight makes you run faster and feel lighter, but personally, I always run with my water bottle and find comfort in knowing that I have a cool sip of water readily available anytime I need a break, especially with the heat we’ve had this summer. The day I took my Bindle for a spin, I packed in cash, energy chews, an Emergen-C packet, as well as my keys. Despite the 90-degree weather (with 50 percent humidity!), none of my items melted or got extra hot. I usually stash these essentials in my legging pockets and always worry about them falling out, creating a sticky mess, or getting hot and burning my skin, but the Bindle insulated storage compartment kept everything safe and intact.

The Bindle’s cap also has a broad handle that makes it comfortable to hold while running or trekking. Plus, the double-walled insulation keeps water cold for almost the entire day (yes, even in sweltering weather!). Another major pro? The Bindle’s wide opening makes it easy to fill water and accommodates things like chunky ice cubes and fruit slices.

Currently, the Bindle comes in two sizes — 24 oz. and 20 oz. — and eight fun color options. If you’re a runner, I recommend the slimmer version, which is easier to carry, while the 24-oz. size holds more water and is perfect in any other situation. Both bottles are priced at $39, but Kitchn readers can save 20% off sitewide with code KITCHN20.

As for my Bindle? It’s my new favorite handbag! I take it to outdoor workout classes, runs, treks, the beach, grocery store dashes, park dates, the patio… you get the idea.

Buy: Bindle Bottle, $39; save 20% off sitewide with code KITCHN20