BUSTLE: The 4 Best Hydro Flask Alternatives

The Hydro Flask has given customers the ability to drink cool water anywhere — even in a hot car after a three-hour shopping trip. That said, the $40 price tag for the 32 ounce version can be a bit off-putting to some buyers. Luckily, the best Hydro Flask alternatives offer the same temperature-retention, travel-friendly design, and toxin-free materials for a better price.

The bottle's construction is essential as Hydro Flask both preserves the interior temperature and prevents sweating, but it's not the only water bottle to offer these features. Keep an eye out for bottles with dual-wall stainless steel vacuum insulation and a secure lid, as these keep water and other drinks at your preferred temperature for longer — without external sweating. It'll also prevent leaks and keep common toxins and byproducts (like BPA and phthalates) out of your drink.

Next, pinpoint your ideal size. Some health experts advise people to sip water constantly throughout the day; when it comes to maintaining the habit, a large-capacity water bottle is more convenient. That said, 40-ounce bottles are heavier, bulkier, and pricier, while a 14-ounce bottle requires regular refilling. Most buyers opt for something in between, like 24 ounces, though these alternatives come in different sizes to suit your lifestyle.

Last but not least, look at the lid. The options below are largely leak-resistant and temperature-preserving, but it's the mouthpiece that impacts your drinking experience. Screw-top lids are often the most leak-proof, while straws are easier to sip on-the-go, but may drip when turned upside-down. Some lids feature small handles for easier transporting. Many of the lids on these are conveniently dishwasher safe, but all of the bottles must be hand-washed.

For all the benefits of Hydro Flask without the hefty price tag, these are the four best options on the market:

  1. The Overall Best Hydro Flask Alternative

Takeya Originals Bottle 24oz Ocean

Takeya Originals Insulated Water Bottle, 24 Ounces

The Takeya Originals insulated water bottle has been my hydration solution of choice for years, and according to the 3,000-plus reviews, others are just as thrilled. This bottle makes for an incredible Hydro Flask alternative due to its double-wall stainless steel interior, leak-proof easy-drink spout, and convenient built-in handle. It's also available in multiple sizes and colors, keeps your water cold for up to 24 hours, and won't sweat thanks to the powder-coated exterior. Since sizes start at just $14, it's a smart choice that's as reliable as it is affordable.

Available sizes: 14 ounces, 18 ounces, 24 ounces, 32 ounces, 40 ounces

Reviewers say: "If you’re on the fence about purchasing a Takeya or a Hydroflask, don’t be anymore. The Takeya is the best option and a better bang for your buck. I purchased two 24 [ounce] ones in Graphite and Black for me and my girlfriend and we couldn’t be happier."