I have bought probably 10 water bottles in the last two months looking for the one I wanted and this is it. I had to remove the straw because I did not like the way it popped up but I'm able to use it without a straw and when I want to use a straw I have silicone straws that fit in the hole to use. My daughter used it with the pop-up straw that comes with it and she liked it. It's just going to be personal preference. I love the handle on this that I can carry it if I want and I also like the straps that you can hook on it so I can carry it that way also. I like that the ounces are clearly marked on the side so I can keep track of my fluid intake throughout the day. Very well-made.