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Owala vs Stanley: Which Viral Water Bottle Is For You?

Two large drink tumblers

In the ever-evolving world of social media trends, two water bottles have taken TikTok by storm: the Stanley Tumbler and the Owala Water Bottle. These products are wildly popular among users but are very different from each other. If you haven’t purchased one (or both) already, how do you decide which is the best choice for you? We broke down everything you need to know about the two most popular water bottles on the internet.

Why Does Everyone Love the Stanley Tumbler?

Woman drinking from Stanley tumbler

Last year, Stanley released the Quencher H2.0 FlowState Tumbler, a 40-ounce tumbler with a sleek design. In addition to the sturdy handle for carrying, these water bottles keep drinks cold for a whopping 11 hours, hot for seven hours, and keep ice frozen solid for up to two days.


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The 40-ounce tumbler will run you $45, with exclusive designs often carrying a higher price tag.

While the Quencher had been around for a while, this upgraded product caught the attention of apparently every girl on TikTok, and soon everyone was buying some version of the Stanley Tumbler. Fans loved the huge capacity and attached straw, which makes it easy to stay hydrated throughout the day.

The Stanley Tumbler also appeals to various social media aesthetics as it comes in a wide variety of trendy colors. It’s currently available in 12 eye-catching hues, and occasionally offers limited-edition designs.


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In addition to these features, the bottle design fits into standard cup holders, which isn’t often possible with such a large capacity. We’ll talk about some of the complaints about this water bottle, but it’s no surprise why everyone jumped on the Stanley Tumbler trend.

Is the Owala Water Bottle the New Stanley?

Two Owala Tumblers

Just a few months after the Stanley Tumbler made the rounds on TikTok, a new water bottle took the stage. The FreeSip Owala Water Bottle first stood out for its namesake feature, which allows users to drink through the built-in straw or the wide-mouth opening, all in the same bottle.


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Double-wall insulation keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours while a protective push-to-open lid keeps the spout clean from nasty germs. The brand also frequently partners with brands to create fun designs, including Harry Potter and Marvel. This bottle costs $28.

Owala FreeSip Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle with Straw

The water bottle that started Owala's rise to fame.

After the wild success of the Owala FreeSip, the brand began debuting other products, including a 40-ounce tumbler that offers many of the same features as the Stanley Tumbler, including their signature design that allows you to drink through the straw and sip through the wide-mouth opening. Priced at $38, Owala’s version is slightly cheaper than Stanley’s.

Owala 40oz Stainless Steel Tumbler with Handle

40-ounce stainless-steel insulated water bottle with a removable straw.

Owala vs Stanley

An Owala tumbler and a Stanley tumbler

If you’re trying to decide between Owala and Stanley, there are a few things you should know. Since the features are very similar, we’ll specifically be looking at the cons of the 40-ounce Stanley and Owala Tumblers.

As a recap, both products feature BPA-free stainless steel, double-wall insulation, a comfortable grip handle, and a removable straw. Each bottle can also fit in a standard cup holder.

Stanley Tumbler Cons

  • More expensive than the Owala Tumbler
  • Many users complain that the bottle leaks easily
  • Doesn’t have a 2-in-1 lid like the Owala Tumbler

Owala Tumbler Cons

  • Only the lid is listed as dishwasher safe
  • Fewer color options than the Stanley Tumbler

When all factors are considered, we think the Owala Tumbler is the better product. The leak-proof lid alone solves the main issue customers have with the Stanley Tumbler, and the price difference is also a nice perk. You can see the leak differences in this video:


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If you want more color options or need a water bottle that’s safe to stick in the dishwasher regularly, you’ll probably want to buy the Stanley Tumbler. Otherwise, you won’t regret getting the Owala Tumbler. It will probably become your new favorite drink container.

Owala 40-ounce Tumbler

The best 40-ounce tumbler on the market.

The Owala Tumbler and Stanley Tumbler are two of the most popular water bottles on social media. Here’s everything you need to know about each so you can pick the perfect one for yourself.

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Anne Taylor is a writer with a BA in Journalism and a passion for storytelling. Her work has been published on a variety of websites including Mental Floss and Well + Good, and she recently published her first novel, What it Takes to Lose. When she's not writing, Anne loves to travel (19 countries and counting), spend time outside, and play with her dog, Pepper. Read Full Bio »
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