Hydro Flask Vs. Ozark Trail Water Bottles – Cold Water Challenge!
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Refillable water bottles sure have become popular in recent years, especially the higher quality stainless steel insulated type that keeps drinks super cold for hours.
Hydro Flask is a brand that keeps popping up in conversations with my kids and their friends. This specific brand has become so popular among teens and outdoor enthusiasts alike for hydration, and I’ve been curious how a Hydro Flask water bottle measures up to my favorite and much more affordable brand of insulated tumblers and water bottles—Ozark Trail from Walmart.
So just like I did the YETI Vs. Ozark Trail challenge, I’m now doing the same thing – just this time with Hydro Flask!
There are a lot of similarities and features that both water bottles seem to have:
- double-wall vacuum insulated
- hold 24 oz. of liquid
- are BPA-free
- have a sweat-free finish
- have an easy to carry handle
- are NOT recommended for the dishwasher
Hydro Flask Vs. Ozark Trail Cold Water Temperature Challenge
Both Ozark Trail and Hydro Flask claim to keep water cold for hours so I decided to do my own casual water temperature test between the two water bottles to see if there was a big difference in performance.
I used an instant-read thermometer to record the starting temperature in each bottle of ice water. Then I put the lids on and placed both water bottles outside in the sun for the day. I recorded the temperature inside the water bottles throughout the next 24 hours.
- Ozark Trail: 36°
- Hydro Flask: 43°
3 hours later:
- Ozark Trail: 35°
- Hydro Flask: 40°
6 hours later:
- Ozark Trail: 35°
- Hydro Flask: 38°
24 hours later:
- Ozark Trail: 34°
- Hydro Flask: 41°
It’s so interesting that each brand’s water bottle ended up exactly 2 degrees cooler than when I started! This means Ozark Trail performed just as well as Hydro Flask in keeping water cold, which is the most important attribute I look for in a water bottle.
At under $10, I’ll pick the Ozark Trail brand all day long because I feel like the quality is on point. Unfortunately, I have a feeling my kids would still pick the Hydro Flask—they’re so trendy among teens! 😆
Prefer tumblers? See how Yeti Vs. Ozark brands performed in a similar challenge!