Here's what we think about Hydro Flasks's new Flex Straw Lid
We've seen a lot of questions like:
With all of Hydro Flask's cap options (not to mention 3rd party versions), it can be a little confusing. To help keep things straight, we're reviewing Hydro Flask's new Flex Straw cap and will let you know if it's worth a buy.
See our video review below
And if you'd rather read the review, keep scrolling past the video.
What's Different with the New Design?
At first the new lid may not seem very different, but there are a few key changes.
Change #1: The Handle
The previous straw lid had a hard plastic handle on one side that was basically a finger-loop. Some common complaints were that it was uncomfortable, especially when you're juggling holding other items too.
The Flex Straw cap solves many of these criticisms. The handle is the same style as their Flex Cap and Flex Sip lids.
This is a much improved handle design that we are totally on board with.
Change #2: Easier Cleaning
Change #3: Leak Resistance
Another common complaint of the previous straw lid was that it could leak fairly easily. The spout wouldn't "snap" into place, so it if wasn't pushed all the way down by accident, then you could experience some leaking if your bottle tipped over.
Based on our initial tests, the new Flex Straw lid seems to be less likely to leak. The main reason is that the spout "snaps" into the locked position. Once you hear the click, then you should be good to go and not have to worry about leaks.
We really like this change. The lid just feels a lot more secure and better-engineered than before.
Change #4: Insulation
The old cap really didn't insulate very well at all, but the new Flex Straw cap changes that. Hydro Flask added their Honeycomb(TM) insulation to the design, and the silicone insert also helps.
One of the main reasons you probably have a Hydro Flask is to have an insulated bottle, so this is a welcome improvement.
We like just about every change that Hydro Flask made with this new design. It seems to improve nearly all aspects of the previous straw lid. We highly recommend it.
Want to Make Your Flex Straw Lid Even Better?
Try out our FlavorFuze Straw fruit infuser. It's a clip-on infuser that is compatible with both the old and new Hydro Flask straw lid designs.
Loose Leaf Tea in Hydro Flasks - A Match Made in Heaven
Many people search Google for things like:
We get a lot of questions about this too. Hydro Flasks are primarily used for water, but plenty of people would love it if they could have different flavors, like fruit infused water, coffee, or tea. In particular, tea is what we're focusing on today.
And check out our FlavorFuze Steel Mini demo video at the end!
Can You Make Hot Tea in a Hydro Flask?
And unlike some concerns with plastic and even aluminum, from what we have found, stainless steel won't leach chemicals or pollutants into your beverage. Flaske has a great article covering more details about the question of "Are Stainless Steel Water Bottles Safe to Drink From." So does Elemental Bottles, where they recommend looking for bottles that are either made from #304 or 18/8 stainless steel (Hydro Flasks are made from 18/8). We highly recommend checking these articles out if you have any other questions or concerns.
Best Hydro Flask Bottles for Tea
You should also consider what type of Hydro Flask you want to use, since that can have an effect on which type of tea infuser will work best.
Tea Infusers for Wide Mouth Hydro Flasks (like the 12/16/20oz Coffee Bottles and also 32oz/40oz Bottles)
Now that we know putting hot tea in stainless steel bottles like Hydro Flasks is safe, let's look at the best ways to do it!
OPTION #1: MAKE IT SEPARATELY
Historically, the most common way to enjoy tea in your Hydro Flask has been to brew it outside of your Hydro Flask first. Then just pour the tea into your flask, and you're good to go. This is great for many people because they already have tea-making equipment.
You'll also need to go this route if you are using a narrow-mouth Hydro Flask bottle.
OPTION #2: MAKE IT IN YOUR HYDRO FLASK
You can save yourself some extra dishes and time by brewing your tea right in your Hydro Flask!
But this option can be a little trickier because not all tea infusers and strainers will fit in Hydro Flask bottles. The inside diameter of wide mouth Hydro Flasks is right around 2.1 inches across, so be sure that your strainer is smaller so it can fit!
FlavorFuze Steel Mini Demo
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