Coffee and Tea Flask

[Review] Hydro Flask 12 ounce coffee and tea flask

 Several years ago, I bought the 18 ounce coffee and tea flask with the flip top lid and said that it was close to perfection. One of my recommendations was for Hydro Flask to shrink it down to 12 ounces for those of us who want a smaller portion of coffee or tea. (or possibly have limited bag/backpack space to fit a bottle on your daily commute). Either way, this bottle completely answered what I wanted!

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So, after a year of use, here we go:

 I bought the white bottle because the powder coat paint job looks awesome. The little ‘hydro flask’ man logo and the hydro flask font are small enough that I think they look decent and don’t’ stick out too much. The white does, however, scuff a lot and show dirt easily (of course). Wash it regularly, though, and it’ll stay looking like new. If anything, the white forces me to keep it cleaner because I see the dirt. As for the inside, I clean it every other couple months or so to erase the coffee or tea stains that build up on the inside. Sometimes I scrub it with baking soda and a wire brush, sometimes I use some CLR (Calcium, Lime, and Rust) cleaner. With a little effort and a few grunts, you’ll have the inside of the bottle shiny and like new.

My biggest (and only) gripe with this bottle is the cap. In our family, we’ve actually had 5 of these 12 ounce bottles, and we’ve had to contact Hydro Flask warranty service because 3 of the caps either arrived faulty or broke within the first few days of use. This has me question whether Hydro Flask’s quality control is lacking. I have owned about 5 different varieties of Hydro Flask bottles and haven’t had problems with the caps until this 12 ounce version.  Another annoyance with this cap is that the small air vent always seems to get ‘clogged’ with a little bubble of liquid. This prevents your coffee or tea from flowing out freely until this clog is poked or blown out.

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All in all, I would absolutely continue to purchase from Hydro Flask. Their bottles are a bit more expensive than other brands, but they also consistently perform better (keeping cold drinks cold and hot drinks HOT) than other brands and are durably built. They also are backed with the great customer service that Hydro Flask gives. I have been fortunate enough to have been able to review 10 or so other brands of double walled, insulated bottles, and Hydro Flask is up at the top.

I give this bottle 4 out of 5 stars. It would be an easy 5 stars if I haven’t had so many problems with the caps on these.

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Buy it directly from Hydro Flask HERE. Expect to pay around $22.

[Review] Hydro Flask Water Bottle (Narrow Mouth)

In the past, my go-to water bottle used to be a Nalgene bottle. They’re nearly indestructible and can hold a great deal, so I didn’t need to refill it every couple minutes. A couple years ago, though, I began to see stainless steel drinking bottles taking over the shelves next to the Nalgene bottles in outdoor stores. So I went for it and bought a Hydro Flask water bottle.

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18oz Hydro Flask Bottle

18oz Hydro Flask Bottle

My First Impressions?

I noticed, just by looking at the selection in the store, that the paint can chip easily. So although I did really like some of the colors and the matte finish on them, I bought the ‘classic stainless’ version of it. It has a good weight to it, but it’s not too heavy.

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My Thoughts upon using it?

Hydro Flask claims that it will keep your beverage hot for up to 12 hours or cold for up to 24 hours. And I’ve found that this is accurate. It can be a great way to have an ice cold refreshment on a hiking trip, or even a way to transport hot water on a winter hike.  (sometimes I’ve even filled it up with boiling water just to carry it around and warm my hands on the steam for a while!)

After a year of use, my bottle still looks great. It only has one small ding in the bottom of it, where it took a tumble onto a concrete floor. I have dropped it other times, though, and it hasn’t shown any other signs of abuse. The ‘classic stainless’ finish definitely ages better than the other bottles, as scratches blend into the stainless steel finish much better.

My only complaint with this bottle is that sometimes, even if I think I screwed the cap on tightly, it will leak a little bit in my backpack or as I’m carrying it. That rarely happens, but when it does it seems that it comes a tad bit loose on its own and just needs to be re-tightened.

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One of the best things about this bottle (besides the remarkable amount of time it can insulate drinks) is that the inside of it has no liner like most bottles. Just rinse it out and you’re ready to pour a new beverage in it. In my experience, it doesn’t retain the flavor from the last drink you had in it at all.

I recommend the Hydro Flask Insulated Water Bottle for:

Anybody! Seriously. Whether you are an outdoors enthusiast or an office worker, this should replace those mountain dew or coke bottles that you’ve been reusing as water bottles. I use mine at home, at work, and on backpacking trips. The loop-top cap is great to clip onto the side of your backpack for quick access. If you’re hesitant to buy it because of the price, I say “GO FOR IT!” I felt a little silly paying $30 for a water bottle when I first got it, but I’ve definitely gotten my $30 out of it already, and it still has years and years of life left in it. 

And Tea and coffee drinkers should check out the ‘coffee and tea flask‘ (it’s next on my list to buy!) They also make some pretty cool ‘food flasks‘ to carry soup, warm meals, or any other hot (or cold, of course) liquids!

I give the Hydro Flask Insulated Stainless Steel Bottle 5 out of 5 Stars!

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(I’d buy it again!)

The special "Osprey" brand edition of the Hyrdro Flask bottle.

The special “Osprey” brand edition of the Hyrdro Flask bottle.