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Stanley’s Internet-Famous Tumbler Is Giving Me a Head Start on 2023 Resolutions

published Dec 15, 2022
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Stanley tumbler in Eucalyptus color
Credit: Stanley

I am fortunate enough to work from home, which means I’m either on my feet testing kitchen products or at my desk writing about them. In both cases, I’m laser-focused on getting through my to-do list and barely remember to drink water or eat a “real” lunch (according to my husband, snacks don’t count).

In an effort to finally drink more water (a yearly resolution that I never quite succeed at), I got a hold of the popular Stanley Quencher H2.0 Flowstate Tumbler, a huge 40-ounce insulated bottle. 

What makes the Stanley Quencher H2.0 so great?

As someone who’s made a career out of testing home and kitchen products, it takes a lot to impress me. This past summer, I tested nine insulated water bottles and found a couple of new favorites, but I have a feeling that the Quencher H2.0 has just taken the top spot. 

The tumbler is made of recycled double-walled stainless steel and coated with a slightly textured powder for sustainability, durability, and longevity. Stanley claims drinks can stay hot for up to seven hours and cold for up to 11, and ice stays solid for up to two days. These lofty claims proved accurate as I used the bottle every waking moment for about a month.

The Eucalyptus color I tested is lovely and soothing to look at, which encouraged me to keep it around my desk — just ask anyone who’s seen me drink from the tumbler during our Zoom meetings. The seasonal color is unfortunately out of stock, but Stanley releases new colors often, so you’re bound to find a new favorite.

While testing, I’d typically fill up the tumbler just twice a day for all the hydration my body needed — once in the morning and once in the evening. The tumbler’s large 40-ounce capacity meant fewer trips to refill it, but also a major potential to drop it (which I did a few times).

The bottle is too wide for my hands to wrap around easily and it gets heavy when filled to the max, so it’s hard to grip from the lid; the 30-ounce version of the tumbler might be easier for some, in that case. Thankfully, the handle on the side made it much easier to carry around. Though the body of the tumbler is pretty wide, the bottom is narrower (designed to fit into a car’s cup holder) and it’s easier to grip there, too. 

You can drink from the tumbler without the lid of course, and use the bottle with and without the straw, too. The BPA-free reusable straw is easy to drink from and clean with a little brush. I like that the opening is cut in a way so that the straw doesn’t bobble around. This minimizes splashes, too. This is an especially helpful feature when carrying it around or driving with it in the cup holder. However, because the straw is exposed, it will definitely get dirty if you drop it and might crack if it’s hit at an awkward spot — good thing you can grab replacements

How many colors does the Stanley Quencher H2.0 come in? 

You can tell how popular the Quencher H2.0 is because there’s a disclaimer on Stanley’s site: “*Maximum allowed quantity of this product is 20 units. Feel free to combine colors!” And there are indeed a mix of core neutrals and seasonal shades to choose from, so if you want to plan out a year’s worth of gifts for yourself or loved ones — well, there you go! Our managing editor of commerce Tamara Kraus tested the tumbler in the Soft Matte iteration and loved it. If you missed out on the Eucalyptus shade, there’s a Bay Leaf version that’s pretty similar!

Bear in mind that today, December 15, is the last day to order items from Stanley and have them arrive in time for gifting (though the company doesn’t specify an exact date). 

Is the Stanley Quencher H2.0 worth it?

At $40 for a tumbler, the Quencher H2.0 is not cheap, but its versatility, good looks, and large capacity justifies the price tag. There’s also a lifetime warranty to fall back on should there be any manufacturer issues.

Even though I’m unlikely to stray from my snacks-for-lunch ways, this tumbler has helped me drink more water and given me a head start on my 2023 resolutions. And yes, I am indeed drinking from the Quencher H2.0 as I write this — would you expect anything less?