I’ve been using a 32 oz stainless steel Hydro Flask for a little over a year and I’m very pleased with its design. I wanted to share my thoughts and long term impressions after a year of daily use.
First and foremost I use the flask exclusively for water. People say it’s great for keeping tea or coffee hot but I don’t care and I’ve never tried it. Keeping water cool is what I’m interested in. I like to stay hydrated and go through about 5 liters a day. The flask is always within arms reach whether I’m at work or home.
I should mention that I primarily drink refrigerated tap water because it tastes so much better than luke-warm water right out of the faucet. Letting a gallon of water sit in my fridge for two hours somehow radically increases its desirability. Cool water is better any time of the year, summer or winter.
I used a wide mouth Nalgene for years prior to getting the Hydro Flask. The Nalgene served its purpose well and was notable for being indestructible. I was intrigued by insulation of the Hydro Flask. I picked one up in the summer and was immediately impressed. The water in my Nalgene would become room temperature within about 30 minutes and leave a puddle of condensation in the humid summer air. I had coasters all over my house to prevent damage to desks and tables. The Hydro Flask kept water cool for hours at a time with no external condensation. I was sold.
Fast forward a year and the Hydro Flask is still my primary water source. The stainless steel finish is attractive and relatively robust but I did dent it after dropping it on concrete. Overall the Hydro Flask is much more attractive than my old Nalgene which would accumulate scratches. Durability is great, especially compared to similar aluminum bottles. My only complaint is that the rubber band wrapped around the cap has started to slacken and come loose.
The Hydro Flask is similar to my Nalgene and other bottles in that it is difficult to clean. The bottle tends to accumulate crud over time and requires a thorough scrubbing and rinsing every week. The upside to the Hydro Flask is its opaque nature, it presents a clean outside finish even if the inside needs some work.
My only other knock against the Hydro Flask is that is louder than my Nalgene. It makes a distinct ringing noise if I bang it against a table or desk and it makes a lot of noise if you unscrew the cap. This is mostly an issue for when I’m at work, I try to be a little more cautious so I don’t make a racket in meetings.
- Insulated and keeps water cold!
- No condensation
- Attractive finish
- OK durability – will dent