Are HydroJugs (and the Hype Around Them) Actually Worth It? We Investigated

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We all know that hydration is important for maintaining your everyday health, but most of us probably don’t drink enough water, especially when we're on-the-go, or when schedules get busy. Having a reusable water bottle can help make sure you always have H2O nearby, but if you're someone who drinks a lot of water or wants to up your intake, it might be time to look into a HydroJug.

These sleek, supersized water bottles hold about double the capacity of the average water bottle, so you can get half a gallon (or around eight cups) of water in one go. Whether you’re spending a day out of the house or are just stuck in back-to-back meetings and barely have any time to get up, a larger water bottle means fewer refills, more convenience, and a decreased chance you’ll find yourself parched. For anyone who’s new to the world of HydroJug hydration, here’s everything you need to know—and whether or not it's worth the coin.

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What is a HydroJug?

A HydroJug is a reusable water bottle that stands out because of its size—it’s designed to hold approximately half a gallon of water (up to 73 ounces). That means you can get your daily hydration effortlessly and without having to constantly refill your water bottle. The bottles have a wide mouth opening, making it easy to drink or pour into/out of, and there are various models and accessories you can choose from.


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How many ounces are in a HydroJug?

The Classic HydroJug is made of BPA-free plastic and holds 73 ounces of water. It has a flip top cap and an integrated handle to make it more convenient to hold and carry, and less likely to accidentally drop. It’s compatible with the neoprene sleeve as well as the reusable straw if you prefer to sip your water instead of having to tip the bottle. The Pro HydroJug is similar to the Classic model in that it holds 73 ounces, but it’s stronger (shatterproof) and has a redesigned handle. Both the Classic and the Pro are also dishwasher-safe, so you can toss them in with the rest of your dirty dishes.

If you prefer something other than plastic, there are also glass and stainless steel HydroJugs, which both hold 64 ounces. The glass HydroJug is made from a borosilicate glass which is more durable than regular glass under extreme temperatures and also includes a silicone sleeve for insulation and protection, and a handle on the top. You can sip directly from the flip cap top or through the included straw, and the lid is machine-washable, but you’ll need to hand wash the bottle itself.

The stainless steel HydroJug is made with 18/8 stainless steel, is rust-resistant, and has triple-later vacuum insulation. It has a matte finish and a silicone base pad and the lid has a handle built-in and a dual function spout that works on its own, or with the included straw. The bottle is hand-wash only.

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Does a HydroJug keep water cold?

The Classic and Pro HydroJugs are plastic and aren’t insulated, but if you buy one of the neoprene sleeves, it can help keep your drinks colder for longer. Similarly, the glass HydroJug itself isn’t insulated and has a silicone sleeve. The stainless steel HydroJug, however, has three layers of insulation, including a copper layer, which helps keep water cold for up to 24 hours.

Is a HydroJug worth it?

A reusable water bottle in general is a cost-efficient and eco-friendly alternative to buying bottled water—just think of all the recycling of plastic, disposable bottles you won’t have to do. There are different prices for the different versions, so you can pick the one that best fits your budget. The Classic HydroJugs start at $9.99, the Pro at $22, the Glass at $60+, and the stainless steel HydroJugs are $70+.

The large size of the HydroJug not only gives you more bang for your buck, but may also encourage you to drink more water without you even trying, which is a win in anyone’s book. Bonus: the HydroJug comes in a variety of different colors (both bright and neutral), and you can customize your look with a sleeve (for the Classic and Pro versions), making it so stylish, you won't even mind lugging around half a gallon of water with you everywhere you go.

Where can you buy HydroJugs?

The widest variety of selection of HydroJugs and accessories (sleeves, straws, lids, and even sweatshirts) can be bought directly from HydroJug’s website, but you can find HydroJugs at other retailers such as Amazon and Dick’s Sporting Goods.

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