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Top selling stainless steel tumblers. What’s the difference between brands and will the madness ever stop!

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With so many brands of stainless steel tumblers on the market, what’s the best option for savvy consumers? Is there any real difference between drinks coolers, or are they all the same underneath the branding? We’re here to demystify the marketplace by breaking down the pros and cons of the best selling stainless steel tumblers for 2020.

YETI 20oz Rambler Tumbler

Since launching their first product in 2008, YETI has been synonymous with quality outdoor gear for people on the go. Their products work hard so you can play hard, and their Rambler tumblers are no different. The Rambler’s 18/8 kitchen-grade stainless steel body is rust and puncture resistant, while its double-wall vacuum insulation keeps your drink at the perfect temperature for twice as long as plastic tumblers.

The Rambler comes with YETI’s innovative MagSlider, a crystal clear lid that uses strong magnets to reduce leaks when sipping. You can also check how much of your drink is left! Pick stainless steel, or one of over a dozen different DuraCoat finishes, all inspired by the colors of nature. The YETI Rambler is dishwasher safe, BPA-free, and YETI’s No Sweat Design means all your surfaces are safe from ugly water rings.

The YETI Rambler dominates the market with its hardworking design, but the price of brand recognition doesn’t come cheap. The 20oz Rambler is available from $29.99, making it one of the pricier stainless steel tumblers available today.

Greens Steel 20oz Beast Tumbler

Greens Steel is a family business founded in 2015 with the aim of eliminating waste by creating products that will last a lifetime. Their flagship Beast tumbler lives up to the hype, with an industry-leading warranty that lasts the owner’s lifetime. So how can they be so sure of their products? By utilizing 18/8 pure 304 food grade stainless steel, electropolished to ensure it remains rust-free. Greens Steel test all their products against bigger names like YETI to ensure they beat the competition. The Beast is over-engineered to ensure you get the best temperature retention for hot and cold drinks, thanks to double-wall vacuum insulation.

The Beast doesn’t just deliver on the body. Its lid is Tritan plastic, which is shatterproof and strong enough to last as long as the rest of the tumbler. It's also BPA-free and dishwasher safe, making it easy to clean and a smart, safe choice for your family.

Personalize your Beast with a steel finish or one of over ten different colors. The Beast’s Armor Coat is designed to be non-fading, with a durable, non-slip finish for easy handling.

The Beast can be yours for the low price of $19, or for an even bigger bargain get the huge 30oz Beast for only $21. If you’re looking for performance and durability without breaking the bank, the Beast is the tumbler for you.

Hydro Flask 16oz Tumbler

Hydro Flask markets its products as “always premium, never lukewarm,” just like the drinks they hold! Having recently celebrated a decade in business, they know a thing or two about making a good stainless steel tumbler. Their 16oz model is a consumer favorite. It's made from 18/8 food grade stainless steel with TempShield technology in its double-wall vacuum insulation. That keeps your hot drinks hot for up to 6 hours, and cold beverages cool for an incredible 24 hours.

The leak-resistant lid is BPA and phthalate-free. To make it easier to use, it's designed to resemble a glass, not a to-go cup. If you dislike sipping, the Hydro Flask is a more natural and comfortable choice for you. Hydro Flask has also invested in functional design. Their stainless steel tumblers are stackable for easy storage, slim enough to hold single-handed, and fit into most cup holders.

When you buy a Hydro Flask stainless steel tumbler, you’re also giving back via their charitable program. Parks For All supports the development and accessibility of public green spaces.

Priced from $27.95, the 16oz Hydro Flask tumbler includes a press-in lid with Honeycomb Insulation technology, which provides additional temperature control for your beverages.

Klean Kanteen 16oz Stainless Steel Tumbler

Klean Kanteen is another family-owned business on a mission to change the world for the better. As a certified B Corporation, they are committed to meeting the highest standards of social and environmental performance. They released the original stainless steel tumbler in 2004. Their aim was to produce a sustainable, BPA-free alternative to single-use plastic bottles.

Like the later products to come to market, Klean Kanteen’s stainless steel tumbler is double-wall vacuum insulated and constructed of food grade 18/8 stainless steel. It has a splash-resistant, push down straw lid for easy sipping on the go. It fits the Klean Kanteen stainless steel and silicone straw, or any other standard straw. You can also color-match your Klean Kanteen straw to your tumbler!

Climate Lock technology keeps beverages up to 4 hours, or cold up to 20 hours. This isn't quite as long as the Hydro Flask claim, but is still impressive! If you don’t like sip cups, this tumbler is the perfect alternative. And you can feel good knowing that all its materials are as socially and environmentally friendly as possible.

Prices start at $24.99 and include the Klean Kanteen stainless steel tumbler, Straw Lid, and color-matched silicone and steel straw, making it one of the most economical stainless steel tumblers on the market.

While the amount of stainless steel tumblers available might seem confusing, there are differences between the different brands and tumblers available. Almost all the tumblers on the marketplace use food-grade stainless steel and are BPA-free, but there are big differences in lid styles, appearance, and capacity. By exploring your options you can find the right tumbler to match your budget, tastes, and lifestyle.

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