Curling up in bed in winter and binge watching your favourite Netflix shows is even better when you have a cute water bottle in there with you to keep you nice and warm. In fact, it’s by far the quickest and cheapest way to stay cosy on those cold days. It’s as easy as filling up your flask with hot water and placing it under the covers for a few minutes. If you’re thinking you need one in your life, we’ve rounded up some of the best hot water bottles you could buy this winter.
What is a hot water bottle?
A hot water bottle, as the name suggests, is a bottle usually made of rubber or Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) that you can fill up with hot water and seal with a stopper. It can be placed in your bed, on the couch or wherever you’re comfortable to provide warmth. It also works to relieve pain and discomfort with a local application. A heat pack works much the same way and has a heating pad you can warm in the microwave. Microwavable heating packs are typically made of a thick insulative fabric (i.e. flannel, plastic) and filled with grains like wheat, buckwheat or flax seeds.
How much do hot water bottles cost?
Water bottles generally cost between $10 and $50 for branded and top-of-range options. Their prices are mostly determined by the size of the bottle insert, with small, medium and large sizes available online and from most retailers.
Top 10 hot water bottles to buy for winter
With so many options to choose from, check out our hot picks for some shopping inspiration:
- Feelgood Heat Up Hot Water Bottle 2L: $7 RRP*
- Heat Me Ups 2L Hot Water Bottle with Cover Artic: $12 RRP*
- Cable Knit Water Bottle Pink: $12 RRP*
- Novelty Hot Water Bottle: $12 RRP*
- Moxie Mini Hot Water Bottle ‘Not Yours’: $18.95 RRP*
- Morgan & Finch Dash Hot Water Bottle: $24.95 RRP*
- Hugo Frosch Hot Water Bottle in Luxury Fleece Cover: $36.95 RRP*
- Rainbow Spot Heat Pillow: $35.95 RRP*
- 2L Hot Water Bottle with Leopard Faux Fur Cover: $39.95 RRP*
- Luka Shearling Hot Water Bottle Cover: $99.95 RRP*
Feelgood Heat Up Hot Water Bottle 2L ─ $7 RRP*
The beauty of basic hot water bottles such as this one, is that you can add you own personal touch with a DIY cover or one you can buy if you’re looking for a particular pattern or material. This is especially ideal for those with sensitive skin. This 2L hot water bottle from Big W is made of natural rubber and has a ribbed surface for heat release control. It comes in pink and blue.
Heat Me Ups 2L Hot Water Bottle With Cover Artic ─ $12 RRP*
This hot water bottle from Kmart is made of high-quality rubber with superior construction to retain heat and also has a ribbed surface to control heat release. It has a 2L capacity and comes with a printed Artic grey cover to match your winter sweaters. This model is designed to be filled at a maximum of two-thirds capacity or less and comes in various patterns.
Cable Knit Water Bottle Pink ─ $12 RRP*
This cable knit hot water bottle from Target will keep you snug as bug and in style. It’s made from non-toxic natural rubber and is built to retain heat, so that you can keep it in bed with you for longer. It has a pink soft cable knit cover with decorative buttons, which looks like a mini turtle neck jumper. We’re sold!
Novelty Hot Water Bottle ─ $12 RRP*
This cute plush unicorn hot water bottle from Coles could make the perfect addition to a child’s bedroom or to soothe little tummies without tantrums. The water bottle itself is made of rubber and has a 750ml capacity. You can take it out of the cover from the Velcro pocket at the back to refill it and the plush cover is machine washable, perfect for time-poor parents!
Moxie Mini Hot Water Bottle ‘Not Yours’ ─ $18.95 RRP*
No one will be stealing your hot water bottle with this one. First of all, it’s pink and its cute ‘Not Yours’ embroidery speaks for itself. It’s from Amazon and comes with your standard rubber insert and knitted cover. It’s also perfect for travel, work or on the go, because it’s a mini model which measures 22cm x 13.5cm.
Morgan & Finch Dash Hot Water Bottle ─ $24.95 RRP*
Looking for the perfect companion for those cold, winter nights? Dressed in a removable knit cover, this Morgan & Finch hot water bottle from Bed Bath N’ Table features adorable embroidered dog motifs and a roll-neck detail and has a natural rubber water bottle insert.
Hugo Frosch Hot Water Bottle In Luxury Fleece Cover ─ $36.95 RRP*
This retro Hugo Frosch hot water bottle from German Manicure Sets was manufactured in the land of Oktoberfest, using only the latest technological advancements and materials. It’s made from high-grade thermoplastic, with a luxurious double fleece cream cover, featuring a contrast giraffe embroidery. This model comes with a two-year water tightness guarantee.
Rainbow Spot Heat Pillow ─ $35.95 RRP*
Ok, so this is not a water bottle, but better. This heat pillow from Peter Alexander is everything you need for a good night’s rest during the colder months. This includes a lavender and barley inner pocket to delight your senses and a spotted flannelette print side and sateen reverse side.
2L Hot Water Bottle with Leopard Faux Fur Cover ─ $39.95 RRP*
This hot water bottle from Temple & Webster is made of natural rubber and comes with a soft plush leopard print cover that is machine washable. It has a 2L capacity which means it should keep heat longer.
Luka Shearling Hot Water Bottle Cover ─ $99.95 RRP*
This Country Road hot water bottle cover is made from soft Australian shearling, using Leather Working Group certified leather. It measures 40cm x 28cm and comes in four neutral colours, including white, black, grey and oatmeal. Insert bottle not included.
Hot water bottle dos and don’ts
|Examine your hot water bottle for any signs of damage or wear and tear before you fill it up||Sit, lie on top of or put pressure on your hot water bottle|
|Let hot water cool down for a few minutes before filling up your flask||Fill your hot water bottle with boiling water or scalding hot tap water|
|Remember to screw the stopper properly to avoid leaks||Use hot water bottles where babies or children may come into contact with them|
|Use a hot water bottle cover or wrap to prevent contact with the skin||Wash your rubber hot water bottle inserts in the washing machine or dishwasher|
|Make sure your water bottle is completely dry inside before putting it away||Fill your hot water bottle over the maximum of two-thirds capacity|
How long does a hot water bottle stay warm for?
How long is a piece of string? Generally speaking, a hot water bottle should stay warm for at least 30 minutes or more. This will depend on what material it’s made of, its water capacity, the room temperature, where you choose to place it etc.
How often should I replace a hot water bottle?
The ACCC recommends replacing your hot water bottle every year, because rubber does deteriorate over time, although PVC options tend to be more durable. All hot water bottles sold in Australia are marked with a ‘daisy wheel’ date, which indicates the date the bottle was manufactured, so you’ll know when it’s time to replace it.
Are hot water bottles dangerous?
Hot water bottles can cause serious burns if they burst or leak, which is why it’s important not to use boiling hot water in them. They could also cause flushing if placed directly on the skin, but this usually disappears quickly. You should also never use a hot water bottle where babies or children may come into contact with them.
All hot water bottles sold in Australia require testing to meet the mandatory standards set out in the Trade Practices (Consumer Product Safety Standard) Hot Water Bottles Regulations 2008. This includes requirements for structural integrity, labelling, stopper leakage, strength of seams and pressure resistance tests.
*Prices taken from respective retailers and correct as of May 2020.