Okay, I admit that I used plastic water bottles for too long. Then I briefly used small reusable S'well and Hydro Flask water bottles that I had trouble drinking regularly when I left the house. Honestly, I missed the massive Stanley Quencher TikTok wave…as in, I didn't get on board—not that I didn't realize that the Stanley girls were all over my feed and that the “Stanley Cup” had taken over 312 million views.
And it was only last Christmas that I received a lovely green and pink Owala water bottle that I've even heard of the brand (or its viral TikTok status). Owala was founded in 2021 not only to create a pleasant “water bottle designed to be your sidekick, not your sherpa”, but also to prevent chronic dehydration while mocking the idea that everyone needs a bottle suitable for the ascent of Mount Everest (cough cough Yeti).
The small but mighty selection of water bottles has grown rapidly since gained traction on TikTok for its stylish designs and fun, ever-changing color combinations. Owala bottles are also sold on Amazon and to Target in different styles, sizes and color combinations (including old limited editions Color drops). And since I learned that my 24 oz FreeSip Neo Sage Bottle would become the new It bottle and sell out quickly on Amazon and Target, I like it even more.
So where does the Best-selling FreeSip come out in the Owala vs. Stanley debate? I've been (actually) drinking my Owala bottle every day since January 1st to find out, and I'm here to share if it has finally converted me to a reusable water bottle drinker, if it has helped me increase my daily water consumption, and if it's actually practical. Read on for my thoughts!