In this article, I’ll compare Swig Savvy vs Hydro Flask. I’ll use one of Hydro Flask’s most popular products with a bottle designed by a rising brand called Swig Savvy. Let’s look at how these two products stack up against each other in several different categories, such as durability, performance, or features.
With its colorful and youth-oriented – but also extraordinarily well-made – water bottles, Hydro Flask has managed to have its name become a synonym for a quality stainless steel water bottle.
Swig Savvy 24 oz Sports Straw Bottle
- Weight: 1.38 lbs
- Material: Stainless steel
- Colors Available: 13
Significantly cheaper than its Hydro Flask, this Swig Savvy bottle offers quite a lot for its price. Besides the genuinely durable construction, the model also provides decent thermoregulatory performance and has a leakproof straw cap.
Other advantages of this bottle include a wide mouth – which makes cleaning and ice-filling as easy as it gets – and the convenient carrying sleeve. If you are interested in similar Hydro Flask alternatives, check out our Hydro Flask vs Ozark Trail comparison.
- Superb construction quality & decent performance
- Accompanied by a carrying sleeve
- Keeps hot drinks hot for only 6 hours
Hydro Flask 24 oz Flex Cap Bottle
This is one of the most popular insulated bottles for several reasons. Besides the attractive, modern design, this Hydro Flask product also sports the unmatched Tempshield insulation that will maintain the temperature of your drinks for a long time.
The Color Last powder finish also deserves a mention, as it provides the user with a better grip. The Flex Strap (easy carrying) and the overall low weight of the model also stand out.
- Unmatched thermoregulatory capabilities
- Phenomenal durability & design
- More difficult to clean & fill with ice
Comparison of Swig Savvy and Hydro Flask
The Construction Quality
Stainless steel bottles are becoming more and more popular for several good reasons. One of these reasons is their durability.
While it’s true that not all products of this type are equal when it comes to withstanding dents and scratches, they’re generally hard-wearing and can last for years as long as you take good care of them.
I should also point out that the stainless steel bottles made by reputable brands – such as Swig Savvy or Hydro Flask – are generally void of dangerous chemicals, such as Bisphenol A (BPA). Everyone, including kids can safely use them.
Due to its bright, colorful design, the Hydro Flask bottle featured in this comparison may not look like a genuinely durable drinkware product. It is, however, made out of 18/8 stainless steel and can easily withstand the daily wear and tear. And due to its special powder finish, this bottle is quite scratch-resistant.
The resistance to scratches is just one of the benefits introduced by this bottle’s powder finish. The same coating provides the owner of this Hydro Flask bottle with an excellent grip and allows safe and easy one-handed operation. The coating has yet another purpose – to keep your hands from getting burnt when you fill this bottle with a hot beverage.
Almost everything I said about the durability of Hydro Flask’s offering also applies to the Swig Savvy 24 oz bottle. Like its rival, this is a seriously well-made and practically unbreakable product resistant to scratches and corrosion. If you’re looking for a durable water bottle, you won’t make a mistake by going with either of these two products.
All Hydro Flask stainless steel bottles use the brand’s proprietary insulation technology, the Tempshield. Although great, this insulation technology is not as “unique”, as the brand likes to call it. This is just regular double-walled vacuum insulation whose purpose is to maintain the temperature of cold and hot drinks. You can find it in many other stainless steel bottles.
Hydro Flask claims their Tempshield insulation can keep a hot beverage hot for around 12 hours. The brand also states that the same technology can maintain the temperature of cold drinks for up to a whopping 24 hours.
The reality is a bit different, though. The Hydro Flask 24 oz Flex Cap bottle won’t be able to keep your drink hot for more than 8 hours in the best possible scenario. This is still pretty good, especially when compared to the thermoregulatory capabilities of cheap bottles sold by no-name brands.
Swig Savvy also claims that its Sports Straw 24 oz bottle keeps cold drinks cold for 12 hours and hot drinks hot for 24 hours. And while it can certainly keep your drink cool for a long time – just like its rival – it is incapable of maintaining the temperature of warm beverages for more than 6 hours.
This makes the Hydro Flask bottle a clear winner in this department. However, it’s important to point out that the Swig Savvy bottle doesn’t lag that far behind in terms of performance – it’s still a very good choice if you’re on a budget and want to save some money.
When people shop for a stainless steel bottle, they rarely have low weight as their top priority. After all, most of these products are similar in this regard.
But still, I think it’s worth mentioning that the Hydro Flask model weighs less than its rival – 0.82 versus 1.38 pounds – even though both bottles have the same volume. This could be quite important to ultralight hikers.
The fact that the Swig Savvy bottle weighs more than its rival isn’t a major drawback. The brand’s Sports Straw bottle is still very much lightweight and extremely easy to hold with just one hand on the go.
Those who decide to buy a genuinely cheap water bottle will get just that – a simple bottle without any extra quality-of-life features. Choosing to go with a product made by a reputable brand, on the other hand, typically means getting a truly feature-rich piece of drinkware.
One of the main features of the Hydro Flask bottle is its Flex Cap. There’s a lot to like about this simple lid – it is durable, flexible, and fully leakproof. If you want to, you can replace it with one of HF’s sports caps, although those have to be purchased separately.
Other noteworthy features include the Color Last powder coat and the Flex Strap, which allows easy transportation. And that’s pretty much it – this simplicity of design is one of the culprits behind Hydro Flask’s immense popularity.
If you’re looking for a genuinely feature-rich stainless steel bottle, the Swig Savvy’s model is a better choice – there’s no doubt about that. Besides the fact that it comes accompanied by a convenient storage sleeve, this model also sports a leakproof straw cap and a useful carrying handle.
This round goes to Swig Savvy. However, it is very important to note that the simplicity of the Hydro Flask model is one of its primary selling points. The bottle just works, and that’s always the most important thing.
The Ease of Use
If easy hydration on the go is what you’re looking for, you won’t make a mistake by going with either of the two stainless steel bottles featured in this comparison.
When you’re thirsty somewhere deep in the wild, quenching your thirst quickly and easily with the help of a vacuum-insulated bottle feels fantastic. You can refresh yourself with ice-cold water even though the outside temperature is over 100 degrees and your bottle has been sitting in the backpack for more than just a couple of hours.
While it’s certainly not the lightest product of this type that you can get for your money, the Swig Savvy bottle has a wide (1.9″) mouth opening and is, therefore, exceptionally easy to drink from and fill with ice. As you can already guess, this wide opening also turns the chore of cleaning into a breeze.
Its rival, on the other hand, features a standard-mouth opening that can be found on most drinkware products. However, drinking out of this Hydro Flask bottle is just as easy. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for ice-filling and cleaning – those can prove to be a bit tricker.
Regarding the overall ease of use, I’d say that the Swig Savvy bottle takes the cake. While it’s true that both of these bottles allow easy one-handed drinking – and that they’re also easy to carry around due to their handles – only one allows effortless cleaning and ice-filling.
Although the exact amount of money you’d have to spend on these bottles depends on their color, there’s no doubt that the Hydro Flask model costs significantly more than its rival.
And that shouldn’t be surprising at all – Hydro Flask is an extremely popular brand and a company whose drinkware is world-famous for its versatility, practicality, simplicity, and attractive design.
Still, I think its rival – Swig Savvy 24 oz Sports Straw bottle – provides a better value for the money. For half of the price of the Hydro Flask bottle, you’ll get one well-made product that comes with a handy carrying sleeve. If you are interested in similar products, check out our Contigo vs Yeti comparison as well.
The Verdict Swig Savvy vs Hydro Flask
It’s pretty hard to say which bottle is the actual winner of this comparison. If I were open to trying new products I would go for Swig Savvy.
But the Hydro Flask bottle seems like a logical choice (and safe choice) – it’s among the world’s most popular bottles due to its outstanding simplicity, exceptional durability, and impressive performance.
I love hiking, backpacking, and camping. From the Camino de Santiago to the West Highland Way in Scotland or simply a great day hike on the weekend. Hiking refreshes me, my mind, and keeps my body reasonably fit. So far I have walked three Camino routes and many other long distance hikes in the UK, Canada, and around the rest of Europe. One of the best was my hike up Ben Nevis.