Unless you’ve been living under a rock, or don’t have an Instagram account, chances are you’re familiar with Stanley’s favorite Adventure Quencher travel mugs. The cup of choice among countless influencers, the Adventure Quencher was launched in 2016 by Stanley, a 109-year-old brand known for camping gear and outdoor accessories.
Although an unlikely duo, Stanley and content creators are now a recipe for success that other brands are desperately trying to imitate: today, the cup sells out within minutes of literally every refill, thanks to influencers urging their massive following to buy the second. becomes available. Not only has the Adventure Quencher amassed a waiting list of over 150,000 people since its inception, but #stanleytumbler has over 25 million views on TikTok.
An early adopter of the Adventure Quencher, I’m here to say that all this hype is, in fact, worthy. As a product tester, I get sent lots of items, from leggings and sports bras to toasters and water bottles. A couple of years ago, amidst the sea of loot on my dining room table, the Stanley Cup not only stood out and piqued my interest, but quickly became my daily favorite.
Currently in stock on Amazon in a few colors, the Adventure Quencher is also in the news because it just got a new and improved sister mug called the Quencher H2.0 Flowstate Tumbler, which just launched today with a new smooth matte finish. Given my love for the original, I had to try Stanley’s latest iteration and (spoiler) it’s pretty damn good. Here’s why.
What makes the mug so great? Well, for one thing, it’s huge. Sure, it comes in 14-, 20-, and 30-ounce sizes, but everyone who’s in on the Stanley secret knows that the 40-ounce size, which has a trusty built-in handle, is the way to go.
And that enormity also lends itself to keeping me extremely hydrated. I’m a hypersedent person anyway, but the Adventure Quencher’s huge size allows for less refill time and more drinking time. If I fill it up just twice a day, I’m close to reaching the US National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s recommended intake of 92 ounces per day. The cup’s double-wall insulation also keeps drinks hot for seven hours and ice cold for two full days; seriously, that’s right, ice cubes stay intact for 48 hours.
Another detail I love is that, despite its size, the Adventure Quencher has a slim, tapered base that fits in my car cup holder. This is big for me (and all suburban moms who love it), because I’m in my car a dozen hours a week driving my kids around, and having everything I need (including water) is a must. More info: If you’re not a straw person, don’t worry: the bowl has a twist-top lid that allows for three positions: straw, spout, or full lid closure (more info below).
And there’s the hype factor. It’s a simple equation if you think about it. Everyone wants the Adventure Quencher e it is very difficult to achieve. I’m often approached by strangers while I’m running errands or sitting by the football field to ask a) if the cup is as good as people say and b) how I managed to get it. The point is: people notice this cup, want to talk about it, and subsequently want one too. All the pretty colors, from neutral creams to bubblegum pink, make the cups perfect for the ‘gram, too. Oh, and I’d be remiss not to mention that it can be placed on the bottom rack of the dishwasher at the end of the day. (Though, full disclosure, I save my bedside for midnight hydration!)
It’s hard to improve on such a good thing, but Stanley has done it with the Quencher H2.0 Flowstate while managing to keep the price exactly the same ($20-$40). Slightly tweaked, small changes make a big difference.
That handle I mentioned earlier, for example, is a key part of the success of the original Adventure Quencher: it’s ergonomic and makes carrying the large bowl a breeze, and the Quencher H2.0 has a new two-tone “comfort grip” that covers the handling Is this a necessary detail? no do i love Absolutely. Not only does it look great, but it also feels luxurious and helps me grip the handle better. Oh, and the 30-ounce size of the Quencher H2.0 comes with a handle, while the 30-ounce Adventure Quencher does not.
The straw on the Quencher H2.0 has also been updated with a new silicone seal that wraps around the base of the straw and aims to prevent spillage. Full disclosure: If you knock over your Adventure Quencher, water will flood the floor. This new “splash-proof” detail isn’t completely watertight, but it definitely slows pouring down to a trickle, which is about as good as you’ll get with a straw tumbler-style mug.
And while this detail is invisible to the eye, I’m a big fan of Stanley’s commitment to sustainability, which is front and center for the Quencher H2.0: the bowl is made from a composite material of 90% recycled stainless steel.
What we didn’t like about the Adventure Quencher and the Quencher H2.0 Flowstate Tumbler
There’s not much to be mad about when it comes to this cup. If I had to pick one, it would be that none of the Quencher cups are splash proof, making them a no-go for long distance travel. For example, you can’t just throw the cup in your bag like you would an airtight water bottle. When I was traveling this summer, I was without my beloved Adventure Quencher and drank it as a result way less water It’s not often you miss a cup every day while you’re out on the town, but that was exactly where it was.
I’ve tried a ton of glasses and water bottles over the years and the Quenchers are hands down my favorite, even over the splash proof bottles, mainly because the straw design of the Stanley glasses makes it so easy to drink on the go, while a water. bottle requires unscrewing a cap or opening a spout, sure, that only takes a second, but it adds a preliminary step to every sip I take.
Compared to other mugs with straws, Stanley tumblers definitely win in the quality and design categories. The Reduce Cold1 40oz Insulated Stainless Steel Straw Tumbler Cup is a fan favorite at Target and has a great sippy lid or straw and is $25 cheaper, but it won’t fit in standard cup holders, and still what promises to keep the water cold for 34 hours, I found the ice melted after a few hours.
I’m a big fan of the Yeti coolers, chairs and beyond, but the Rambler 26-Ounce Stackable Cup is also inferior to the Quenchers due to its lack of a handle, which makes carrying it around cumbersome and stressful when my hands are full . ! – and a boneless lid that only accommodates a straw. If you want a locked peak/cap, you have to spend an extra $10 on the brand’s beloved Magslider cap.
You can’t go wrong with either the Stanley Adventure Quencher Travel Tumbler or the new Stanley Quencher H2.0 Flowstate Tumbler, but if I were forced to choose, I’d go with the new and improved Quencher H2.0 Flowstate. I loved the sealed straw spout and silicone-lined handle, and the recycled nature of the mug makes it a nice, planet-friendly option.