Where to Buy the Internet-Famous Stanley Tumbler

published Sep 11, 2023
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teal stainless steel tumbler with straw and handle
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Drinking enough water is one of those must-do things that is somehow a challenge to accomplish on a daily basis. Yes, of course, it’s important and worthwhile, and probably not as difficult as other necessities like showering and brushing teeth, but still: Without a doubt, when 3 p.m. rolls around, most of us are asking ourselves just how much water we’ve guzzled down before happy hour.

When the trend around Stanley tumblers took off not too long ago, the quest to achieve hydration finally seemed within reach. After all, turning something sensible into a cute accessory does wonders for memory retention; suddenly it became easier to gulp down water as long as it was contained within a Stanley tumbler. People displayed them artfully on their WFH desks. They carried them to gyms and parks and classes. And yes, they took a brand best known as the camper-van stalwart dads use when wearing khaki and turned it into a social media staple. 

If this is an accessory that’ll contribute to your aesthetic and get you the hydration you need, then there’s no time to waste. Here’s everything you need to know about shopping for Stanley tumblers, including where to shop for the real deal and where to find dupes. And if you just want to get a headstart on adding things to cart, hit the links below. 

Quick Overview

Where Can I Buy the Stanley Tumbler?

Why Is the Stanley Tumbler So Popular?

Stanley tumblers have been trending and have yet to lose their glow, thanks in a huge part to social media. A TikTok search for “Stanley tumbler” pulls up an endless scroll of videos that total more than 50 million views at the time of publishing. Throw in seasonal colorways, limited edition runs, and celebrity collaborations, and you’ve got a recipe for why Stanley tumblers constantly sell out across big-box stores and pique interest at suburban garage sales (thanks, khaki dads!). 

Where To Buy a Stanley Tumbler

First things first: a Stanley tumbler isn’t going to roll your way without a bit of effort. A quick Google search is where you should start, or you could always take the longer but perhaps as satisfying route through an estate sale or secondhand store. There are countless water bottles out there, and you probably have a hefty arsenal in your kitchen as you read this, but trends don’t care about practicality. (Okay, maybe this one kind of does.) 

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If aesthetics and hydration is your goal, then you may as well start your search at the source. This travel tumbler will keep hot contents steamy for seven hours or cold for up to 11, plus it’ll keep ice frozen for up to two days. Furthermore, there are a whopping 18 different colors, all of which can be customized with text, a monogram, or a graphic, and each one is made of 90 percent recycled stainless steel, so you can sip sustainably.

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Nordstrom sells the same Quencher in five shades, from a more neutral black and gray to a more noticeable “alpine” green and sky blue. There’s something appealing about buying something that’s traditionally rugged at a shiny department store, no?

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REI sells this campground-to-quiet-luxury pick as well, and you can get it here in a rainbow of colors. And since there’s a lifetime warranty up for grabs, you can take this with you if you ever decide to go trekking one day in the distant future.

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Anthropologie probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think of stainless steel water bottles, but perhaps its presence among Capri Blue candles and boho clothing should tell you just how trendy this item has become. It comes in black, gray, cream, and rose here, which is still very on brand.

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Urban Outfitters

Yup, the Stanley tumbler has also made its way to Urban Outfitters, and there’s even one with a shiny stainless steel exterior up for grabs. It gives off a “maybe I do, maybe I don’t” vibe toward spending time outside.

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Amazon sells a ton of Stanley tumblers in a range of styles, sizes, and colors (including yes, the Quencher) so it’s possible to get the exact one that fits your car’s cup holder.

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Chip and Joanna Gaines’ Magnolia brand at Target also got in on the trend, and you can pick up one of six nature-inspired colors online or in-store.

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If you’re cruising the aisles of Walmart, you may have also noticed the many different varieties of Stanley tumblers available — which might come in handy to rehydrate you once you’re back in the car! If you’re shopping online, be sure to double check that you’re buying from Walmart and not its third-party sellers where reviewers say are ripe with fakes.

Where To Buy a Stanley Tumbler Dupe

If you don’t care about having this specific name stretched across your adult sippy cup, then there are endless copycats with equally appealing colors in similar shapes and sizes — yep, lid and straw included. Unsurprisingly, they’re cheaper than the real Stanleys, too, which is always worth a brag.

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Five Below

Sometimes a steal is the ultimate goal, and you can’t get any more budget-friendly than a dupe that costs about $5 at Five Below. Need to know what you’re in for after purchasing? We've got you covered.

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The Hydro Flask All-Around Travel Tumbler comes in either a 40-ounce or 32-ounce size in six different colors on Amazon. You’ll still get that ergonomic handle and insulation, plus the size fits most cup holders.

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The Yeti 30-ounce Rambler makes a solid dupe, thanks to its kaleidoscope of colors and the fact that it’s insulated — even though it doesn’t hold as much liquid as the Quencher. You can customize this cup with a handle and lid, too. And if you’re looking for a Yeti dupe, it exists!

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If aesthetics are as important as hydration, then you can sip stylishly while using this color-blocked tumbler from Owala. It holds 40 ounces and comes with a locking lid and straw.

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How To Clean Your Stanley Tumbler

It’s always a good idea to hand-wash your Stanley with plain ol’ soap and water — yes, the thing you ordinarily keep inside it — on a regular basis. While the 40-ounce version, the trendiest one, is technically dishwasher-safe, I’d only do that in a pinch. After all, this is a piece that’s meant to be seen, so the last thing you want people to spot is an unfortunate scratch or peel. 

A bottle brush is wise for Stanley cup devotees who’ll stick to handwashing, but you can also use bottle-cleaning tablets. Those are especially good to have on hand if you’ll be carrying hot coffee in this tumbler, too.