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By now, we all know how important it is to drink enough water, and yet 77 percent of Americans aren’t hydrating enough. The solution may lie in visual trickery. If you see water in front of you, you’ll likely be reminded to drink more, and if the vessel holding said water is especially fetching, you’ll be even more motivated. The idea is that if you have a stylish carafe, you won’t want to see it relegated to the back of a refrigerator where it sits unused. You’ll want to keep it on hand as you work from home or get ready in the morning, thereby drinking more water in the process. It’s like design psychology.

So, in the spirit of Pavlov, we’re rounding up a few of our favorite chic pitchers and carafes at every price point. Drink up.


For the categorical minimalists, keep it simple with a sleek, clear carafe with subtle detailing. Ferm Living’s ripple-effect piece looks like a vintage bar cart staple, making your daily H20 consumption a little more luxe. Similarly, CB2’s marble-topped option is great for that opulent-on-a-budget look. No one would ever guess the carafe is under $20.

Bridging the gap between total simplicity and subtle maximalism, this fluted teal H&M carafe is the perfect pop of color your desk requires. And if all that fails to impress, Serax’s fish-shaped bottle, designed by Paola Navone, lends an eclectic touch. Your dining table setting will never be the same.


Glass isn’t the only option when it comes to carafes. Bring an earthier vibe home to complement a bohemian space with a porcelain piece from Pigeon Toe (good luck picking just one color) or a Spanish-inspired terra-cotta jug from Normann Copenhagen. Both double as sculptural accents when not in use. And for a whimsical glass option, DOIY’s vivid green cactus carafe is a more literal take on desert decor.

Looking for something more refined? Opt for Ittala’s Kartio pitcher, a bright blue glassware piece created by Finnish designer Kaj Franck. The sleek silhouette makes it well suited for a slew of decorative styles.


If you take hydration (or at least, stylish hydration) seriously, consider shelling out a bit more for a carafe that you’ll have for years to come. Whether it’s MUD Australia’s chic yet classic porcelain carafe, available in practically every color under the sun, or a sunny yellow Pienza glass decanter, these are the vessels that put elegance at the forefront. Rachael Cox’s two-tone coral option is an equally beautiful yet earthy choice. Pair with yellow accessories, like glasses or a table runner, for some warm-toned complementary elements at your next brunch.

Then, for those willing to fully splash out, there’s the turquoise carafe from La DoubleJ. A splurge piece in every sense of the word, it exudes decadence: The carafe is based on 17th-century designs and is handmade on the Venetian island of Murano. If you don’t want to use it just as a simple water vessel (we don’t blame you), this piece would also be a fabulous wine decanter for your summer soirees. Or keep it empty and on display as a sculptural object via a mantel or coffee table. It deserves to be seen.

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