I have both BPA free bottles and stainless steel bottles, including one large Kleen Canteen one. I find my plastic bottles always taste a bit off (cheaper quality plastic ones taste horrible while the more expensive brand ones taste a bit chemical) while my stainless steel bottles always taste just like water.
I don't notice any off taste from my Camelbak bag/backpack but I do with their water bottles -- not bad but it is there.
I find washing them with soap leaves a bad taste in any bottle. I have switched to just using vinegar, baking soda, and really hot water to clean them after destroying a few plastic bottles with a soapy taste.
We are on well water -- not sure if that makes a difference or not.
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