The Best Tumbler

The Best Tumbler

Our pick

Hydro Flask 22-ounce Tumbler

Hydro Flask 22-ounce Tumbler

The best tumbler

This slim, powder-coated tumbler fits easily in hands and cup holders, and that’s why we love it.

Buying Options

$56* from Amazon
$30 from Backcountry

*At the time of publishing, the price was $30.

Our favorite tumbler is Hydro Flask’s 22-ounce. Unlike a water bottle or a thermos, a tumbler is not for tossing in a bag. It retains both heat and cold only for as long as you need to get from one place to another and lets you sip easily while on the move: it’s the ultimate commuter vessel.

The Hydro Flask to go tumbler sitting on a counter top.
Photo: Michael Hession

Five tumblers stood out during our cold-retention Slurpee test, and the Hydro Flask was in that top five. And it took second place in our heat retention test, bested by a single degree in temperature, so it will easily keep your coffee hot for the duration of your commute. But the aesthetics are why people love this thing. We chatted up a dozen people (or more) over dinner around a campfire, and they all agreed the Hydro Flask is easier to hold and more pleasing than any of the other 16 models we looked at—and this really mattered to tumbler devotees. The Hydro Flask has the slimmest, most covetable shape of all the tumblers we looked at and comes in eight pleasing powder coats. We prefer those to the plain stainless-steel tumbler, because those get uncomfortably hot to the touch if left in the sun.

Hydro Flask offers a lid with an integrated straw for the 32-ounce and 22-ounce versions of the tumbler. We’ve tried it on the larger version, and it’s awesome: secure, easy to remove and clean, and fitted with a flexible silicone mouthpiece to prevent soft-palate jabbing.

Finally, we emailed the company to ask if it was dishwasher-safe. The reply: “Although the dishwasher will not affect the insulation property of the flask, high temperatures along with some detergents may discolor the powder coat. Similarly, soaking your entire flask in hot water can discolor the powder coat.”

The Klean Kanteen 20-ounce tumbler in black with a black straw.
Photo: Michael Hession

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Runner-up

Klean Kanteen 20-ounce tumbler

Klean Kanteen 20-ounce tumbler

Nearly identical

Basically identical to our top pick, except for a slightly wider taper (it feels more like a pint glass) and grippier color-coating.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $34.

The Klean Kanteen is nearly the same as our top pick in every way, from insulative performance to minimalist aesthetics. It was in the exact same group of finalists in our cold tests as the Hydro Flask, though it didn’t do as well at keeping heat; after 2½ hours the coffee was 139 °F, 13 degrees cooler than the Hydro Flask. We feel like that’s enough to bump it to runner-up status but still keep it a great option, as 140 °F is still comfortable to drink according to the National Coffee Association).

A close up of the Klean Kanteen 20 oz tumbler lid with a straw.
Photo: Michael Hession

Shape wise, it holds more like a pint glass, and if you get any of the three colored tumblers, the coating feels more tactile, like it’s been rubberized. It’s 2 ounces smaller than the Hydro Flask and doesn’t have an insulated lid, which could account for it not holding heat as well (just speculation—there are too many things that could affect performance for us to make a call).

It comes with a standard coffee-sipping lid, though the straw lid for the Klean Kanteen is also available in a tumbler-and-straw set. Again, the design is nearly the same as the Hydro Flask: a metal straw fitted with a bent silicone mouthpiece. Only the cleaning portal is minorly different.

The Yeti Rambler 20-ounce tumbler in black with a clear straw.
Photo: Michael Hession

Also great

Yeti Rambler 20-ounce tumbler

Yeti Rambler 20-ounce tumbler

Heftier, squatter, bomber-feeling

A wider profile makes the Yeti feel at home on the farm, construction site, or at camp.

Buying Options

$30 from Backcountry
$30 from Moosejaw

May be out of stock

True to the Yeti image, the Yeti Rambler 20-ounce tumbler feels ultra-utilitarian, due to a wider body shape than our top picks. Since so much of what made one tumbler preferable over another had to do with how it felt in-hand, we thought it was worth recommending for those (and there were several at our campfire dinner) who wouldn’t be caught dead holding a less-than-100-percent-burly drinking vessel.

A close up of the clear, straw-specific lid for the yeti rambler.
The straw-specific lid for your Rambler, available separately. Photo: Michael Hession

Performance wise, it was on par with our top picks: a top-five finalist in cold retention and able to keep coffee hot at 144 °F over 2½ hours—a few degrees shy of what we have defined as warm, but still good.

The Rambler used to come with a standard lid—one you could actually fit a straw through—just like all the other tumblers. Now, however, it comes with a MagSlider Lid, which snaps shut neatly and also has a straw port (though it’s not leakproof). If you really want the standard lid, you can buy it separately, as well as a dedicated straw lid, and even a mug handle to aid with carrying (which to us is tiny proof that the slimmer shape of the Hydro Flask does make it better for most hands).

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Our pick

Hydro Flask 22-ounce Tumbler

Hydro Flask 22-ounce Tumbler

The best tumbler

This slim, powder-coated tumbler fits easily in hands and cup holders, and that’s why we love it.

Buying Options

$56* from Amazon
$30 from Backcountry

*At the time of publishing, the price was $30.

Runner-up

Klean Kanteen 20-ounce tumbler

Klean Kanteen 20-ounce tumbler

Nearly identical

Basically identical to our top pick, except for a slightly wider taper (it feels more like a pint glass) and grippier color-coating.

Buying Options

Buy from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $34.

Also great

Yeti Rambler 20-ounce tumbler

Yeti Rambler 20-ounce tumbler

Heftier, squatter, bomber-feeling

A wider profile makes the Yeti feel at home on the farm, construction site, or at camp.

Buying Options

$30 from Backcountry
$30 from Moosejaw

May be out of stock

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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