Okay, I’ll admit, I was a plastic water bottle user for far too long. Then I briefly used small S’well and Hydro Flask reusable water bottles that I was horrible at consistently drinking from when I’d leave the house. Truthfully, I missed the massive Stanley Quencher TikTok wave…as in, I didn’t hop aboard—not that I didn’t realize Stanley girls were all over my feed and that “Stanley cup” gained over 312 million views.
And it wasn’t until this past Christmas when I was gifted a cute green and pink Owala water bottle that I even learned about the brand (or its TikTok-viral status). Owala was founded in 2021 to not only create an enjoyable “water bottle designed to be your sidekick, not your sherpa,” but also to prevent chronic dehydration while mocking the notion that everyone needs a bottle fit for climbing Mount Everest (cough, cough Yeti).
The smallish-but-mighty selection of water bottles has since quickly gained traction on TikTok for its sleek designs and fun, ever-changing color combinations. Owala bottles are also sold on Amazon and at Target in various styles, sizes, and color combos (including past limited-edition Color Drops). And since learning that my Neo Sage 24-ounce FreeSip bottle would become the new It bottle and quickly sell out on both Amazon and Target, I’ve been appreciating it even more.
So, where does the bestselling FreeSip come out in the Owala vs. Stanley debate? I’ve (genuinely) been drinking from my Owala bottle every single day since January 1 to find out, and I’m here to share if it’s finally converted me into a reusable water bottle drinker, if it helped increase my daily water intake, and if it’s actually practical. Read on for my thoughts!