The Takeya vs Hydro Flask are two of the most fashionable, functional and popular water bottles for hikers. So, we have quite a task ahead to declare one of them better than the other by the end of this review.
Both bottles come in various sizes, but for the purposes of this comparison, we’ve chosen to compare one size only, to make the fairest judgment. We’ll be comparing the 32oz bottle from each brand. Both of these water bottles feature on our list of the best hiking water bottles.
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Looking for a new bottle but can’t decide between Hydro Flask vs Takeya? Read on!
Table of Contents
- 1 What Are The Bottles Made From? And Are They Durable?
- 2 How Well-Insulated Are The Bottles?
- 3 Which Colours Can I Choose From?
- 4 How Big And Heavy Are The Bottles?
- 5 How Much Do These Bottles Cost?
- 6 What Type of Opening Do These Bottles Have?
- 7 Do The Bottles Leave Any Taste Behind?
- 8 Do The Bottles Leak?
- 9 Does Either Bottle Offer Special Features?
- 10 What’s The Best Way To Keep My Bottle Clean?
- 11 Flaws But Not Dealbreakers
- 12 So, Overall, Which Bottle Is Best?
What Are The Bottles Made From? And Are They Durable?
Both bottles are dewar flasks, which contain an inner wall and an outer wall to prevent heat transfer. Bottles and flasks of this type keep cold drinks such as water cooler, and hot drinks hotter (compared to the performance of a normal bottle).
Both bottles use stainless steel and are BPA-free. The Hydro Flask bottle uses pro-grade stainless steel, while the Takeya bottle uses food-grade stainless steel – but these distinctions are meaningless as far as the usability of the bottle is concerned.
Both the Takeya and the Hydro Flask work via the construction of double-wall vacuum insulation.
They both also have a powder coating, which means that the bottles are very grippable, even when you have wet or sweaty hands.
Because of all these features, both bottles are very durable.
How Well-Insulated Are The Bottles?
Both bottles have fantastic insulation and will keep your cold drinks cold and your hot drinks hot for a very long period of time. In fact, you’ll struggle to find any bottles which outperform these two in terms of maintaining the internal temperature.
In any insulation temperature test of bottles like these, the typical findings are that all quality bottles perform pretty much equally, whether it’s a cold test or a warm test. With both bottles, cold drinks will stay cold for around 24 hours, while hot drinks will stay hot for around 6 hours – so it’ll take many hours for your liquids to reach room temperature.
This insulated design of these bottles also means that neither bottle will sweat – so you don’t end up with condensation on the outside of your bottle. The bottles, therefore, won’t dampen your bag or the contents of it.
It is, however, worth noting that the Takeya can sometimes sweat when ice is inside the bottle.
Which Colours Can I Choose From?
The Takeya bottle comes in 11 different options. You can choose from colors including graphite, orchid, and navy along with the somewhat unique option of steel coloring.
The Hydro Flask also comes in 11 color options, including graphite, lava, olive and many more.
How Big And Heavy Are The Bottles?
The Takeya weighs in at 14.4oz when it’s empty, whereas the Hydro Flask is just a little heavier at 15.7oz. If you’re really keen to prioritize pack weight, The Takeya is a better option, but only slightly.
The dimensions of the Hydro Flask are 9.1×3.6×3.6 inches. The Takeya measures 10.2×3.9×3.9 inches. If you’re prioritizing pack size over pack weight, the Hydro Flask is a slightly better option.
How Much Do These Bottles Cost?
The Hydro Flask is typically around 10-15% more expensive. This isn’t a large margin, so it’s not a dealbreaker, but it might be of interest if you’re really concerned with your budget.
But whichever you choose, they’re both absolutely worth the money, so you can be certain that you’re making a wise investment! There are other water bottles on the market which are more expensive but don’t perform nearly as well – which explains why these two models are so popular.
What Type of Opening Do These Bottles Have?
Both have a large hole for filling the bottles. This means that you can easily, quickly and simply fill them both up. It also means that you can put ice inside both bottles.
The main difference between the bottles lies in the opening used for drinking. Yes, both have a wide opening for filling, which can be used for drinking. But the Takeya also comes with a spout.
The Takeya spout is very functional and versatile. It has a hinged flip lid which can be unscrewed. This mouthpiece is small, so you can drink from it while walking. The wide opening of the Hydro Flask doesn’t offer that option – if you drink from it while you’re walking, you will spill it on yourself.
The lid from the Takeya spout also clicks into place while you’re drinking, so it won’t bash you on the nose while you take a sip.
On the Takeya lid, there is a small handle, which is good for carrying – and you can attach it to a carabiner to clip it onto your belt or your bag. The Hydro Flask has a bigger handle, which some people might prefer.
Do The Bottles Leave Any Taste Behind?
No – both bottles are taste-free, which can often be a problem with cheaper plastic options.
Do The Bottles Leak?
Neither bottle leaks according to our findings. This is an essential consideration. If your bottle leaks in your bag, you might end up with wet clothes and wet equipment.
But with these two bottles, you can be sure that there’ll be no leakages.
Does Either Bottle Offer Special Features?
Not as standard, but both manufacturers sell various attachments and gadgets which are attachable to their respective bottles.
These include small sleeves to offer extra durability along with straw lids and sip lids. If you’re interested in added extras, Hydro Flask has a slight edge, as you can buy marginally more extras for the Hydro Flask bottle.
What’s The Best Way To Keep My Bottle Clean?
Cleaning your bottle is important to prevent the buildup of bacteria. The Oxo Good Grips Water Bottle Cleaning Set is a great way to do it properly and easily.
The kit has three pieces – a large bottle brush, a skinny straw brush, and a looped detail-cleaning brush. This kit is high-quality and very durable, so it’ll keep your bottles clean for many years to come.
Flaws But Not Dealbreakers
The Takeya bottle can sweat a little when ice is placed inside of it. And on a very small amount of occasions, the Takeya can rust inside, making its durability slightly less reliable than the Hydro Flask.
The Hydro Flask is a little heavier and a little pricier than the Takeya. It also has a wide mouth opening, so you can’t drink from it while you’re walking.
So, Overall, Which Bottle Is Best?
I hope this has helped you make up your mind, if not have a read at the other water bottle reviews:
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It largely depends on your preferences! The only big difference between the bottles is the spout that you drink from. Other than that, both bottles perform pretty much the same.
Whichever you choose, you can be sure that you’re buying a reliable, durable bottle – and a great model that can be used for sports, hikes and even lunch breaks.
Whichever you opt for, you’ll be getting one of the best brands on the market.
I love hiking. 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.