Every year, I without fail add “drink more water” to my list of potential New Year’s resolutions. It’s easy to implement into my lifestyle while still feeling like an accomplishment, and the benefits for health aren’t that bad either. I end up with clearer skin and less fatigue, although the subtle bragging rights of always feeling hydrated is an added bonus. As a strong proponent of the “emotional support water bottle” – a bottle of water that you take anywhere and everywhere – I also think having a bottle that makes water easy drinking makes all the difference. When I got my hands on the coveted 40oz Stanley Cup Quencher, I couldn’t predict how much of an impact it would have on my hydration journey, but alas, my life changed for the better.
When I call this cut “coveted,” I don’t mean it lightly. The Stanley Cup Quencher is the drinking vessel of Target haul TikTok and blogger mom’s dreams. Do you remember the VSCO girls of yesteryear? It’s that same cult obsession with this water bottle, only a little more refined. And I’ve never been happier to join a bandwagon – I’ve used my Stanley every day since picking it up in November without fail. Even before the release of Quencher’s spring color range on March 1 – which included fun shades like coral, lavender, sage green, pastel pink and light blue – there was a waiting list of 100 000 for the cup, depending on the brand. Don’t take my word for it, the numbers speak for themselves. Here’s everything to know about the Stanley Cup Quencher, including its functionality, price, and why the internet and I have never been so hydrated.
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- Price: $40
- Best for: Use daily to moisturize
- Evaluation: 5/5
- Brand: Stanley
- What we like: Size, Straw Compatibility, Temperature Controlled
- What we don’t like: Difficult to find in stock due to popularity
What is the Stanley Quencher tumbler?
While another reusable water bottle might seem like a boring item to add to your wish list, the Stanley Quencher stands out from the rest because of its size, shape, and straw. The amount of water you should drink daily can depend on many variables such as your individual health, lifestyle and the climate you live in, although it is suggested that people drink around 2.7 liters a day. . Hydration is so important to your physiological functions, in fact, Maya Feller, RDN & NOW Wellness Expert, says it helps regulate your mind as well as your body. “When we’re properly hydrated, the health of our whole body is supported,” she told Bustle. “The body uses water to form saliva (the first step in digestion), [water also] helps the brain form neurotransmitters and hormones, helps deliver oxygen throughout the body, and aids in the removal of waste from the body. The Stanley Quencher comes in at 1.18 liters when full, so you can easily track your water intake to ensure your bodily processes remain balanced – refilling your bottle three times a day should do the trick.
The story of the Stanley Quencher tumbler
If you love outdoor activities like camping and tailgating, you’re probably familiar with the Stanley brand. It’s been around since 1913 and specializes in steel vacuum bottles and items like lunch boxes, coolers and camping cookware. According to the brand, the Stanley Quencher became popular with mainstream buyers in 2021 and saw sales increase by 275% year-on-year. The online hype around the product may be a factor in these rising numbers: countless users on TikTok have talked about the cup in detail, or casually bragged about it in their daily vlogs, which has led to increased interest and that extremely long waiting list every time it sells out (which it often does).
The shape of the Stanley Cup makes it easier to carry throughout the day as it has a durable handle that you can hold when you have a hot drink inside. When I’ve used other water bottles without handles, I’ve had to purchase additional straps or lids to make them easier to carry on the go. For me, however, the straw feature is by far the best part, as many other reusable cups come with hard-to-clean straw caps, making them more susceptible to bacteria. Stanley’s straw can be easily removed and the lid is easy to clean by hand or in the dishwasher, and you can buy bottle accessories like lids and extra straws if you want to do more.
Is the Stanley Quencher tumbler worth the price?
In my humble opinion, the Stanley Quencher is worth the price due to its functionality – but that’s if you can get it via retail rather than resale. It costs $40 on sites like Target, Williams Sonoma, REI, and Amazon, but when sold for resale, the price can get quite steep. Some sellers have listed it for $60-$100 on sites like eBay. Pro tip: If you’d rather try Stanley products before committing to the full-size mug, you can choose a 14-ounce, 20-ounce, or 30-ounce size for $20, $25, and $30, respectively.
Competitors like Hydroflask and S’well sell similar sized bottles for $50+, so Stanley Quenchers’ price is in line with the market and, as someone who’s used those two competing brands, that’s a cut to the above the rest. Hydroflasks can be purchased with extra straw lids, but they look more like a nozzle, which makes them difficult to clean in every corner. My 40oz Hydroflask also couldn’t fit in a car cup holder and was a nuisance to carry around without buying an extra strap. S’well bottles are great at temperature regulation, but I would still skip mine due to its lean shape and would have to BYOS – bring my own straw – for optimal drinking.
Filling my Stanley Quencher tumbler at least three times a day has become part of my routine that requires no extra thought. Since I use the straw setting the most, it’s easy to reach my mug on my desk, nightstand, or side table without having to unscrew a heavy metal cap to take a sip. Plus the straw feature makes it nearly leak proof when I take a sip. Before I jumped on the Stanley bandwagon, there were days when it hit 3pm and my head would start pounding because I definitely didn’t have enough water to drink that day. Now, drinking at least 40 ounces of water before 10 a.m. is second nature and I can’t see myself going back.
Stanley’s 40 ounce Quencher tumbler has truly transformed the way I drink water. Rather than fumbling around with a metal screw-on cap, I can easily sip straw at home or on the go. I now have two full-size Quenchers so I can switch between them when one is in the dishwasher – so drinking at least three bottles a day has become part of my routine. Now, if only finding it in stock was that easy…
Maya Feller, dietitian nutritionist