Hydro Flask Vs. Ozark Trail Water Bottles – Which is Best?!

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person holding an Ozark Trail and Hydro Flask water bottles

Looking for a new insulated water bottle recommendation?

Refillable water bottles sure have become popular in recent years with lots of people making more eco-friendly choices. Many are especially loving the higher quality stainless steel insulated designs known to keep drinks super cold for hours.

This begs the question, are they really worth it?


hand holding hydro flask blue water bottle with green on shelf in background

Hydro Flask is a brand that keeps popping up in conversations with my kids and their friends. This specific brand has become incredibly popular among teens, outdoor enthusiasts, and anyone who loves to stay hydrated.

With all this talk, I’ve been curious how a Hydro Flask water bottle measures up to my favorite & much more affordable brand of insulated tumblers & water bottles — Ozark Trail from Walmart! The price point is quite different though…

That’s a $26 difference! 😱

Plus, right now you can score Ozark Trail for as low as $3.40 depending on the color!!!! 😱

We were so excited to see our favorite water bottle currently on sale in-store at Walmart for an even better deal!

Ozark Trail Vacuum-Sealed Stainless Water Bottle as low as $3.40 in-store (regularly $8.47)


But if your local stores are out of stock, you can check out the full product line up and similar options online:

Ozark Trail Vacuum-Sealed Stainless Water Bottle (gray colorway available online) $8.47


holding 2 insulated water bottles

So just like I did the YETI vs. Ozark Trail challenge, I’m doing the same thing 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
  • Both are BPA-free
  • Sweat-free design
  • Easy to carry handle
  • Tons of awesome color options to choose from

measuring temperature in a water bottle

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.

recording water temperatures in hydro flask

To record the temperatures, I used an instant-read thermometer 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.

I threw in ice and water and measured both, not worrying about making them the same starting temp. I was just curious what the start and end temps would be – mostly curious if the difference would be significant from each other…

Starting temperature:

  • 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°

water temperature test water bottles

Results: Both Ozark Trail and Hydro Flask Win!

Essentially both water bottles had similar performance. It’s so interesting to me how each brand’s water bottle ended up exactly 2 degrees cooler than when I started – who would have thought that was even a thing?!

This means Ozark Trail performed just as well as Hydro Flask!

Considering staying cold is one of the most important attributes people look for in a water bottle, and 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! 😆

Drink up! 💦


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