There are a lot of growlers online, but the most popular ones and those recommended by campers are the Hydro flask Growler, Lifeline growler, Asobu Growler, Eco Vessel The Boss and the Miir Growler. So which of these is the best and offers the most for the intrepid camper? If you’re going to go camping for an extended period, the type of water bottle you bring is going to be crucial, so what is the best stainless steel growler?
Growlers Featured in This Review
Hydro Flask Double Wall 64oz Growler
Lifeline Growler (now re-branded to Fifty Fifty)
Asobu Stainless Steel Beer Growler To Go
EcoVessel THE BOSS Growler Bottle w/ Tea And Fruit Infuser
MiiR Insulated Growler Bottle
Let’s begin this Hydro flask vs Lifeline growler vs Eco / Asobu / Miir comparison with a quick look at their dimensions and weights:
- Hydro Flask: 11 x 6 x 5 inches ; 1.8 pounds
- Lifeline: 4.8 x 10.5 x 4.8 inches ; 1.6 pounds
- Asobu: 4.8 x 4.8 x 11 inches ; 1 pound
- Eco Vessel: 5 x 5 x 12 inches ; 1.9 pounds
- Miir Water Bottle: 12 x 6 x 5 inches ; 2 pounds
All four have a capacity of 64 ounces.
As you can see here the Miir is the heaviest at 2 pounds and while the Asobu is the lightest, in terms of dimensions there isn’t much of a difference. If you don’t camp regularly, the fact that one growler is a pound or two heavier or an inch or two shorter does not matter, but if you carry a lot of gear, then every inch and pound will matter.
Keeping Drinks Hot and Cold
Each growler has a unique design, with the Hydro notable for its double wall vacuum insulation that will keep your water and beer cold for up to 24 hours, and it will also keep your drinks hot for a maximum of 12 hours. The Lifeline also has a vacuum insulation that will keep liquids cold or hot for several hours.
While the Lifeline and Hydro are ideal for various kinds of liquids and beverages, the Asobu is more suitable for beer, while the Eco Vessel is also capable of handling cold and hot drinks (it even has a detachable ice dam / tea strainer which is pretty cool). The Miir, which is the most expensive growler here, can keep your drinks cold for more than 24 hours and drinks hot for more than 12 hours.
Additional Features Comparison
Aside from those already mentioned, there are other features on each that are worth comparing.
Let’s start with the Hydro:
- The container is made from premium grade 18/8 stainless steel
- The bottle is BPA free
- The Hydro has a powder coated finish, and the exterior doesn’t sweat
A quick look at the Lifeline’s other features:
- The bottle has a capacity of 64 ounces
- The vacuum insulation is of high quality
- Double wall technology ensures that condensation is prevented and that the bottle’s outside temperature is comfortable
- The container is made of 18/8 stainless steel and recyclable
- Liner is not required and there’s no odor or taste retention
The Asobu isn’t lacking in the features department either:
- With its 64 ounce capacity, the Asobu is large enough to replace a beer mug
- The container is made of stainless steel
- The growler has a Swing Top lid that will keep your beverages fresh
- You can wash the container by hand
Eco Vessel Features:
- Unique among the bunch it comes with a Tea/Fruit infuser so you can bring one growler for beer and another for revitalizing after a long night
- The container is free of liners, phthalates and BPA
- The Eco incorporates TriMax triple insulation for the best performance
- Has a sturdy carrying handle
Last but not the least we have the Miir:
- Like any top quality growler, the Miir incorporates double wall vacuum insulation to keep drinks fresh, cold or hot
- BPA free
- It is 125 inches and 5 inches in diameter so it’s not going to take up a lot of room in your backpack
In terms of performance the Miir, Hydro and Eco have the edge, especially when it comes to keeping beer and other drinks fresh. This is to be expected of course when you look at the price. However, if you’re on a budget and want something more affordable, the Lifeline and the Asobu will do nicely.
If you don’t camp out that much and just want a growler that will keep your beer cool for the day, the Asobu and Lifeline will suffice. Based on our tests these two work out well, but the benefit of the other three is they are built to last longer. Also, their use of 18/8 stainless steel means when you drink beer, you’re not going to taste anything unusual.
This is especially true of the Miir, which also has a unique locking system that ensures the freshness of your drinks is preserved. And it should be pointed out that the claim of being able to keep the drinks cold and hot for 24 and 12 hours is true, so if you’re sick of drinking warm beer, you’ll want one of these.
Now let’s take a look at the cost: At the time of this writing we've listed them below from least expensive to most.
The Asobu is the cheapest in the $20-$25 range and the Hydro Flask is on the other end around 60-70, which is nearly triple the Asobu price. If your number one priority is price, the Asobu stainless steel growler should be your top choice, but the Miir –and the other growlers- are arguably better designed and cannot be considered overpriced. Rather, the additional cost is due to their construction and extra features.
So which is the best option? It all comes down to the style you like the best. If you read a Miir growler review online, odds are it is positive, but you can say the same thing about the Hydro, the Eco, the Lifeline and the Asobu. And because they have a similar capacity, there isn’t much of a difference in terms of the beer you can carry. However, in terms of quality, the Miir and Hydro are superior. Bottom line: if you want the best for your money go for the Miir, Eco or the Hydro, but if you’re on a budget, the Lifeline or the Asobu is for you.