It is amazing that two bottle brands, Hydro Flask and Yeti, can spark such a debate. You only need one of these bottles to make your lifelong companions. If you’re an avid hiker who wants to stay hydrated, one may be more important than the other.
Why use a Reusable Vacuum Insulated Water Bottle?
Reusable water bottles are better for the environment than disposable plastic bottles. There are many reasons, but the simple fact that disposable plastic bottles require more water than they can hold should end the debate. To make 1 pound of plastic, it takes 22 gallons.
Disposable plastic bottles slowly release bisphenol A (BPA), into the water. It doesn’t take a chemist or a scientist to understand that chemicals with strange names are not good for your health.
Stainless steel is, however, completely safe and can be used for as long as needed. Reusable water bottles are a one-time purchase. It will save you tons of money in the long term.
YETI Rambler 26
- Dimensions: 0.25″x3.5″x3.5″
- Peak Purple
- Material: Stainless Steel
- Weight: 18.5 oz
The Yeti Rambler 26 has an ergonomic carrying handle, extra-wide mouth and a wider mouth for easy cleaning. Its vacuum-insulated stainless steel construction will keep your water cool and your coffee hot. Although the Yeti Rambler 26 is a little heavier than some, its features and properties make up for it.
- Easy cleaning with wide mouth
- It is easy to transport
- Fantastic insulation
- Dishwasher safe
- Prices high
- Dimensions: 2.9″x2.9″x9.1″
- Cobalt colour
- Material: Stainless Steel
- Weight: 10.6 oz
You’ve probably seen a Hydro Flask at your local gym. Since its inception, this model has been dominating reusable bottles for a long time. It is a popular choice for many users, despite having more competitors every year.
- It’s easy to clean
- Lifetime guarantee
- Attractive design
- Great Insulation
- Not dishwasher safe
- Prices high
Where are Hydro Flask and Yeti Tumbler the Same
Both models are made from top-of-the-line materials (18/8 pro grade stainless steel) as well as the latest technology. Both models are slightly more expensive. The prices for both models are reasonable considering they could be your lifelong companions.
Each model is practically indestructible. No matter what model you choose, rust and punctures will not be an issue. They may get scratched or dented, but they will withstand almost any punishment you give them.
Stainless steel can not only give strength and durability to your bottle but it is also highly resistant to bacteria, odours and other contaminants. Even if you keep it there for a while, stainless steel won’t alter the taste of your beverage or water.
Every model has double-wall vacuum insulation. This technology prevents outside temperature from affecting the temperature inside the model. It will remain cold for a longer time if you put cold water in. It will keep hot for 6 hours if you put hot coffee in there.
In order to provide a dry, comfortable grip, the vacuum-insulated stainless steel keeps sweat from forming. Both models are also leak-proof. The exterior of each model is coated with a powder coating that prevents cracking, fading or peeling. You can purchase accessories for the YETI or Hydro Flask if you are tired of the standard lid.
Yeti Tumbler and Hydro Flask The Differences
Despite having the same retail price, YETI has 8 oz more interior volume (Hydro Flask – 18 oz; Yeti – 26 oz). Although both models are available in larger sizes, they are generally more expensive. For comparison, we used the smallest model. The Yeti is more affordable, as you can see by its size.
Each model comes with a powder coated exterior. Hydro Flask has more shades to choose from. The Hydro Flask is available in 20 colours while the YETI Rambler is available in 11 colours.
Unlike the Hydro Flask, YETI can be washed in a dishwasher. Although you can wash the Hydro Flask in your dishwasher, it will lose its powder coating. The older YETI models cannot be washed in a dishwasher.
The model’s design has not changed. The company recently started to label new models as dishwasher safe. This is likely to be due more to poor product testing than to updated technology.
Be sure to purchase a new model that is dishwasher-safe. Although you can wash an older model in a dishwasher with minimal effort, it will likely void its warranty. If you choose YETI, make sure to get the most recent model.
The YETI has a 5-year warranty while the Hydro Flask has a lifetime warranty. The Hydro Flask is still durable, but this does not necessarily mean it is more durable. The Hydro Flask is clear winner.
Both products are described as being extremely durable. We put them both to the test to make sure. We tossed the bottles around to determine which one is more durable since they were made from the same materials. Each bottle was dropped four times: empty on the top, full on the lid and empty on the bottom. Both models were damaged during the test. The Hydro Flask had a significantly larger dent.
Hydro Flask lid flew off after we dropped it on its full. The YETI lid has more threading, which made it stronger.
Even though the lid was not broken, the handle of the YETI broke when it was dropped on its lid. We think a spillage is more dangerous than a crack so YETI wins this case. Hydro Flask’s lifetime guarantee wouldn’t be much of a benefit in such a scenario.
However, neither model performed well in our scratch test. To test how the coating would hold up, we used keys to scratch both models. Both Hydro Flash and YETI were easy to scratch. Despite the damage to the bottles’ surfaces, they were still usable. Both products are built to last for a long time, so that is all that really matters.
Each bottle was filled with boiling water (208°F). The lids were closed and the bottles were placed in a room at 76 degrees F. The temperature of the YETI water dropped to 132.8 degrees F over 8 hours. While the Hydro Flask water dropped to 125.6 degrees F, it was only 125.6 degrees.
We filled the bottles with cold water. We sealed the lids again and placed them in a room at 76 degrees F.
The Hydro Flask’s water temperature rose to 55.9degF over 8 hours. While the Yeti’s water temperature rose to 54.5degF in just 8 hours. Both products performed well in this test. However, the YETI Rambler did a little better.
Hydro Flask’s cap isn’t as solid as YETI’s TripleHaul. It seems a little flimsy when compared to YETI’s cap. YETI’s 3-finger grip technology is the best in this category.
Hydro Flask or Yeti
Despite being the industry leader Hydro Flask, the YETI Rambler is not the clear winner. YETI is slightly better in certain areas. YETI is cheaper than the other options, but it offers a greater volume for the same price. According to me, Hydro Flask vs Yeti is currently winning.
But, it is not a bad idea to buy a Hydro Flask bottle reusable. We encourage you compare the pros and cons of each model and to choose the one that suits your preferences and needs.
Water Bottle Care and Washing
It doesn’t matter what bottle you choose, it is important to take care of it properly if you want it last a long time. It is simple to clean a vacuum-insulated stainless steel bottle. The Rambler can be washed in the dishwasher but it will last much longer if it is hand washed.
It’s best to use a bottle brush, this Oxo Good Grips Water Bottle Cleaning Set is a good choice. You can also use a standard baby brush if you don’t own a brush made specifically for your model. Use hot soapy water to clean the removable parts.
Be sure to thoroughly clean the drinking spout. The lid should not be soaked. Fill the bottle halfway with warm soapy water. Then, shake the bottle a bit. For stubborn stains, use your bottle brush.
You can use vinegar or baking soda to clean stains if you have trouble with soap. Hydro Flask recommends vinegar and baking soda for such situations.
Only half a cup of vinegar is required. The vinegar should be gently swirled in the bottle. Let it sit for at least a few minutes. Rinse the bottle and repeat as necessary.
Baking soda can be used in a 2 to 3 tablespoons amount. To make a scrub paste, combine warm water with baking soda. Use your bottle brush to apply the paste to the affected areas. If necessary, repeat the process.