Back in January, I reviewed the 18oz narrow mouth insulated bottle made by Hydro Flask. (click here to read it). Since then, I’ve gotten in touch with the kind people at Hydro Flask, and they sent me a sample of their 18oz wide mouth Coffee, Tea, and Water Flask to review.
So what is the big difference between this bottle and the last one I reviewed?
Well, the capacity is exactly the same. The only differences are the size of the opening and the style of the cap. But this small change makes a huge difference — it enables this version of the Hydro Flask to effectively handle both hot and cold drinks. Of course, the narrow mouth version I reviewed can also handle hot and cold beverages — but drinking hot drinks is a very risky maneuver without a sip lid (and nothing to block the steam from going into your face as you drink).
The flip & sip lid on the coffee and tea flask makes for very easy one-handed opening and closing.
It actually secures very tightly and has a bit of force to it when it pops open — so if you are throwing your water bottle in a backpack or setting it down, always make sure that you press it down firmly to make sure it is closed.
So what do I like about this water bottle?
Overall, this water bottle is much more versatile than the 18oz narrow mouth bottle. The only thing missing, in my opinion, that the other one offers is the carabiner loop. Other than that, this one can do it all. I have used this coffee and tea flask for hot beverages more in the last 10 days than I used my narrow mouth bottle for hot beverages in the past year. It’s much easier to drink coffee or tea from the sip lid without burning your lips or tongue.
Keep in mind, however, that this bottle works SO well that if you are pouring boiling water in this to steep some tea, you’ll probably want to leave the lid off to get it down to a more comfortable drinking temperature. Otherwise it’ll probably still be steaming in an hour, and you’ll be left wondering how long you have to wait to get your caffeine fix.
Another great thing about the wide mouth bottle is the ease of cleaning it. Hydro Flask recommends pouring some hot water in it and using some baking powder to get any stains, but this is wide enough that you could easily scrub it with a toothbrush or sponge to keep it clean.
The cap seems very durable and I can’t imagine it breaking under normal use.
For anybody wondering, there is also a screw top lid that can be purchased that adds a carrying loop for those who don’t need the convenience of a sip-top lid.
So, what could possibly be improved?
I don’t have too much of a problem with it, since i’m sure they’ve got their business strategy pretty well lined up, but I know a lot of people are pretty angry about how Hydro Flask has moved it’s production to China.
Edit: After checking in with Hydro Flask customer service, I was told: “Hydro Flasks have been manufactured in China from day 1. (There has been no recent move of production over there.) We would love to produce our bottles in the US, but the cost of manufacturing stainless steel domestically simply makes it unfeasible at this time. Our leadership and production teams do make regular visits to our factories in Asia to ensure both our quality standards and our fair labor standards are upheld!”
These are very high quality stainless steel bottles, and you’d really need to have the right resources to produce them in the US and still have a good profit return, so I can understand the reasoning. Some people stress buying american made products, or even buying locally made products — and that’s absolutely fine!
My only suggestion for this bottle is to consider a smaller size. 18 ounces, especially when you’re drinking that much of a hot liquid, is A LOT of ounces! It almost feels ridiculous to pour 18 ounces of coffee into it, compared to a normal coffee mug. In my opinion, a 12 ounce wide mouth bottle with this flip lid would be PERFECT for coffee or tea. It would also feel much more portable and easier to carry around / throw in the car / put in a backpack.
I give the 18oz Hyrdro Flask Coffee, Tea, and Water bottle 5 out of 5 stars.
I had thought about giving it 4 stars based on the slightly unusual size for a coffee/tea bottle, but this bottle does what it is designed to do perfectly.
I have made this my go-to bottle and haven’t been using my narrow mouth much anymore. If I knew how great it was, I would’ve just bought this one in the first place!