Are Stanley Tumblers Worth It? An Honest Review & An Affordable Alternative

Stanley Tumblers versus a dupe tumbler

If you’ve somehow missed the Stanley hype, the brand sells an insulated 40-ounce tumbler that can keep your drinks hot or cold for hours. They sell out regularly and start at $40, although people resell them for much more. Are Stanley tumblers worth it? Like everything else in life, I suppose it depends on who you ask. I was mostly interested in comparing it to the REDUCE 40 oz Tumbler, which I bought after searching for a Stanley tumbler alternative. Even though I love my REDUCE cup, you can never have enough water jugs. I’ve been bombarded with Stanley cup content from fellow influencers and real-life friends, and I decided I was curious enough to try it out myself. After using the REDUCE cup for several months and the Stanley tumbler for a few weeks, I have some thoughts.

Are Stanley Tumblers Worth It?

Before I tackle the rest of the review, let’s talk about cost. The REDUCE cup was $32.09 after tax from Amazon. In contrast, the Stanley 40 oz. Quencher H2.0 FlowState Tumbler was $60.94 with tax and shipping. (The more expensive soft matte cup was the only one that wasn’t sold out when I went to buy — otherwise, I would’ve spent closer to $50.) Point blank, there aren’t enough variations between the cups to account for such a price difference. If you’re searching for an affordable tumbler, you could also consider the Simple Modern 40oz tumbler. I haven’t used it, but it came highly recommended when I asked for suggestions on Instagram.

Now that we’ve established that the cheaper alternatives are worth a look, let’s dive into my actual thoughts on the Stanley tumbler. If you’re still curious about whether the Stanley cup is as revolutionary as influencers make it seem, keep reading.

Size

REDUCE 40 oz Tumbler with Handle and Straw: 4.5 x 4.5 x 9.5 inches, 1.25 pounds

Stanley Quencher H2.0 FlowState Tumbler 40oz: 5.82 x 5.82 x 12.3 inches, 1.5 pounds

As you can see, the Stanley is significantly taller and slightly heavier than the Reduce cup. Both fit in my car’s cupholder, although the Stanley is easier to get in there. I’ve read complaints that the Stanley is heavy, but I don’t know that there’s an elegant way to carry around 40 ounces of water. I’m able to carry it even when my hands are full, which is a must because I’m always running around.

Stanley Tumblers in a cup holder in a car

Design

I’m a sucker for great marketing, and that’s one of the reasons I kept going back to the Stanley cup. Let’s face it: she’s cuter than REDUCE! I love the color and think that the slimmer design is nice. I also get way more compliments on my Stanley than I did REDUCE. (It’s a bit obnoxious to admit that I let other people’s compliments influence whether I like a water cup, but I’m only human.) People are drawn to Stanley for the same reason that I bought a lululemon belt bag. The branding is pretty good!

Longevity

Let’s cut to the chase. My Stanley cup started to chip after two weeks. At this point, I’d only been hand washing it, so it’s not even like I could blame the dishwasher. The REDUCE cup I have has also seen better days — the lid is slightly chipped from me dropping it on tile, and the color is chipped in certain spots. I also have only washed it in the dishwasher. (For what it’s worth, Vagner has the same cup and it still looks brand new, so this is probably a “me” thing.) For a $60 cup, though, I’m disappointed that the Stanley is already showing signs of wear.

Function

Stanley Tumblers leak

The Stanley leaks anytime it’s on its side. Maybe its user error, maybe I got a dud — all I know is that I spent more money on the newer version of the tumbler because it was supposed to be more leakproof, but I’ve been disappointed. Between my clumsiness and a toddler hellbent on making a mess, I need a spill-proof cup. The REDUCE cup is significantly better at this. In both cases, the handle makes it much easier to lug around.

There isn’t too much more for me to say. A cup is a cup, and they both have made it easier for me to drink more water. As I said in the beginning, responses to “are Stanley tumblers worth it?” will vary. I have some followers who have told me they hated the cup and others who love it so much they’ve bought several of them.

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16 Comments

  1. Vanessa wrote:

    I am team Simple Modern tumbler, it is pretty & there’s minimal spillage. Except for right now, when I tested it by tilting it all the way upside down over my pants. Why am I like this.

    Posted 3.7.23 Reply
    • Ayana Lage wrote:

      HA – this made me laugh out loud!

      Posted 3.14.23 Reply
  2. Nancy L Large wrote:

    I dont have either cups, but the have are Brumate cups with the handles. They cone in seversl size. I have both sizes. 32 is the larges size the handle sizes. I love them and recommand them to everyonr i see. You are able to turn them upside down and even shake. No leaks at all. They are slightly cheaper but so well worth them. Please try them out. Them also have water bottles too. Enjoy

    Posted 4.3.23 Reply
  3. Mason Badu wrote:

    This is true and a lot of middle school students ask their moms to get

    Posted 9.24.23 Reply
  4. Brandy wrote:

    I loved my Reduce cup! I got mine for $20 at the local supermarket chain. The insulation in that store-bought one wasn’t worth a crud. But when I contacted Reduce and explained the poor performance of the insulation I was experiencing with the tumbler, they were certain there was a defect in the cup and sent me a new one at no charge. It was much better! When it’s full of ice, it keeps my water just as cold for about as long as the Stanley – for a fraction of the cost. I also appreciate the Reduce’s more squat nature, and the fact that even though it’s a slightly snugger fit in my cup holder, I prefer it to the taller, narrower, more wobbly-in-my-cupholder Stanley. All in all, I wouldn’t pay for a Stanley again. Mostly hype in my opinion 🙂

    Posted 9.25.23 Reply
    • Ayana Lage wrote:

      So good to know that they have amazing customer service!

      Posted 10.2.23 Reply
    • Vanessa wrote:

      Thanx.
      The insulation was what I was wondering about the most.

      Posted 1.7.24 Reply
  5. Andrew maner wrote:

    Take the straw out turn the lid a little bit it’s not a decorative top and it covers the hole and it becomes leak proof

    Posted 12.3.23 Reply
    • Ayana Lage wrote:

      Some cups are virtually leak-proof with the straw in like BruMate and Simple Modern, which is why I pointed it out as a flaw!

      Posted 12.7.23 Reply
  6. Pamela Vidales wrote:

    Hi there! Thank you for this great article! Bruhmate has a handle, and does not leak, not even a little bit! I got one for my husband for Christmas- it is amazing!

    Posted 1.4.24 Reply
    • Ayana Lage wrote:

      I bought one a few weeks ago and LOVE it!

      Posted 1.4.24 Reply
  7. Bobbie wrote:

    http://www.Zak.com
    Zak! Cup. Is tall and nice. Made for Ice cold drinks. Directions say if used for hot drinks, use with caution. The Lid is clear plastic with seal around the inside to hold the cup tight. Zak Cup comes with a straw. The Lid only is dish washer safe. Not the Cup, hand wash the Cup only. I git my at Kroger 13.00 plus.

    Posted 1.15.24 Reply
  8. Bobbie wrote:

    http://www.zak.com
    Zak Cup comes with a straw. The Lid only is dish washer safe. Not the Cup, hand wash the Cup only. I git my at Kroger 13.00 plus.

    Posted 1.15.24 Reply
  9. Shawn Oros wrote:

    Reduce don’t have much for replacement parts and Stanley does

    Posted 1.20.24 Reply
  10. Natalie Marie wrote:

    Hi! Love this review. I REFUSE to be a basic B and get a Stanley. It’s bad enough that the price is RIDIC, but everyone has them now, which makes me NOT want them. I bought a $16.99 gorgeous lavender-colored tumbler at Marshall’s, the brand is Hydropeak and I LOVE it.

    It looks just like a Stanley but prettier. They have it on amazon in all the colors, but for $29.99 which I guess is the retail price. If you can find it at Marshall’s/TJ Maxx great, and if not, $29.99 is still a much better price. Keeps things cold longer than a Stanley.

    Posted 5.7.24 Reply