Gallon jugs of water from the store.
- Relatively inexpensive (usually less than $1.00/gallon)
- Easy to find at most grocery and big box stores
- Not too heavy
- If the jugs are the milk jug type, the plastic can break down and your water leaks out. The jugs are usually good for about a year.
- Don’t stack
- Easy to find
- Relatively inexpensive
- Portable, single serve, and reclosable if you don’t drink it all in one sitting
- Great for emergency kits, either your personal kit or your vehicle kit
- Can stack cases on each other, just not too deep
- Need a lot of them to get your 1 gallon per person per day quota, especially for a large family
- Make a lot of trash
- Practically free, especially if you offer to clean up after a party
- Small enough to fit in little unused spaces in your house
- Only about 4 1/2 lbs full, so easy to carry and move
- Difficult to stack
- A little extra effort required to clean them out before filling with water
- A little more expensive
- Most are built very sturdy
- Can get spout attachments to pour water out easily
- Hold approximately one day’s worth of water for a family of 4-5
- At 40 lbs each full, they’re borderline on being able to haul them around. Tough guys, or wimpy people with wagons should still be able to move them around okay.
- Some are designed to stack, others aren’t, so they can use up a lot of floor space
- Hold a lot of water
- Relatively small footprint for the amount of water they hold
- Super heavy, so don’t plan on moving them once they’re full
- Need a pump or siphon system to get your water out
- Bulky–tough to find a place for one of these in a very small home. I did see one house that had laid boards on top of their barrels and made a laundry folding table–pretty creative.
- 3 1/2 gallon size is a manageable weight and they come with carrying handles
- Wide mouth opening makes for easy cleaning
- Stackable–in fact, the interlock kind of like legos to make a stack of waterbricks very stable
- Flat enough to fit under a bed
- Spout available separately makes dispensing your water easy
- Cost–about $17 each, plus extra for the spout. Not awful, but not cheap either.
- Hold a LOT of water. These bladders range in size from a bathtub liner to industrial bladders that start at 100 gallons and go up from there.
- The non-bathtub varieties lay fairly flat, so they could fit under a bed if your floor is strong enough to hold the 800 lbs!
- Not easy to clean
- Don’t mix well with pets, especially ones with sharp claws!
- Some, like the WaterBOB are designed for one-time-use
- Small enough for emergency kits
- Up to 5 year shelf life, so rarely need rotated
- Once they’re open, you can’t close them back up, so they will need consumed in one sitting
- More expensive than water bottles