Owala FreeSip Twist Review

Owala's FreeSip Twist still features the clever swig-or-sip spout, but switching to a twist cap feels more like a stylistic spin than a functional upgrade.

Our Verdict

7.6 /10
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  • Clever spout has both swig and straw design
  • Lots of eye-catching colorway options
  • Ring pull handle is low-profile


  • Relatively large for an 18-ounce insulated bottle
  • Twist cap's protruding gasket can catch on the spout
  • Ring pull is not the most comfortable kind of handle for long-term carrying

Technical Details

  • Capacity


  • Weight (oz)

    13.65 oz (387 g)

  • Dimensions

    10.7 in x 2.8 in (27.2 x 7.1 cm)

    (18 oz) | 11.8 in x 2.9 in (24 oz)

  • Notable Materials

    Stainless Steel

  • Manufacturing Country


  • Warranty Information

    Owala Warranty

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Full Review

Owala has another bottle besides the FreeSip, and it has a twist—literally. Its cap twists open.

Owala FreeSip Twist Sip 2
Owala FreeSip Twist | Ready for the twist?

Low-hanging puns aside, Owala seems to know they’ve got a hit on their hands with their clever swig-or-sip spout design, so now they’re leaning into different styles to suit everyone’s tastes. We’re already quite pleased with the regular FreeSip‘s spring-loaded cap, so we’re more than happy to test a twist cap version—we’re willing to bet folks already like the looks and are just waiting to see if the functionality is mostly there.

The Rundown

The FreeSip Twist comes in two sizes, 18 oz or 24 oz. Since we test a lot of 20+ ounce insulated bottles, we went for the smaller variant—there’s no functional difference, but it does work better when we test bags with tight water bottle pockets. Arguably more interesting are the colorway options available at the time of writing, which include Sunny Daze, Sleepy Lavender, Rainstorm, Neo Sage, and Rock On. We picked the Rock On option (white body with gray cap) since it’s the most vanilla-looking of the bunch (and there’s no black option). However, we’d recommend looking at the Neo Sage option and its bright pink accents if you’re looking for something that stands out.

Owala FreeSip Twist Brand
Owala FreeSip Twist | No scratches so far.

Like most insulated bottles, the FreeSip Twist is made of stainless steel. The colorways may be eye-catching, but the materials don’t differ that much, if at all. Still, the build quality is pretty solid, especially since this design uses a twist cap with very few moving parts (if any). Additionally, this bottle is BPA, lead, and phthalate-free, which we think should be a given for all insulated bottles, honestly speaking. For what it’s worth, there’s none of that out-of-the-box strong chemical taste, either, so that’s encouraging evidence beyond a few words.

The “flimsiest” part of the FreeSip Twist is the cap’s paracord ring pull. In lieu of a handle, Owala opted for a classy piece of trim, and we totally understand the aesthetic appeal. On the other hand, we have the handicap of seeing ring pulls like this on Osprey daypacks like the Centauri, somewhat dulling the allure for us. Still, it’s enough for carrying a relatively small 18-ounce bottle like this if you’re just moving from room to room or table to table. In our case, we like using it to anchor the bottle whenever the accompanying bag we’re testing has an attachment point above its water bottle pocket.

Owala FreeSip Twist Carry Lid Cap
Owala FreeSip Twist | Stylish, but not the most comfortable.

The main draw of Owala bottles is their two-in-one spout design, allowing users to either take a swig or take a sip. There are two holes next to each other when you open the cap. The smaller one connects to a straw, while the bigger one is a plain hole where you take a swig. The design is clever, though ultimately simple, the more you think about it. It is worth mentioning that liquids come out of both holes when you take a swig. It takes some getting used to that sensation, but we quickly got over it during our time with the Owala FreeSip.

Owala FreeSip Twist Carry Lid
Owala FreeSip Twist | The gasket underneath protrudes by a lot.

Going back to the cap for a bit here, its underside has a sort of gasket that seals the spout. That seems like a trivial detail, but the gasket protrudes just enough that it can hit the spout’s lip. In other words, a tiny bit of mindfulness is required when twisting the cap back in place. If you’re wondering, yes, the gasket is removable, so you can clean it easily and thoroughly. Additionally, don’t think you’ll be forced to pour drinks and squeeze ice cubes down the FreeSip Twist’s fairly narrow neck. The entire neck itself can twist off, and there’s also a removable gasket around this area. Despite the multiple openings and joints, we’ve observed no leaks, nor was it easy to cross-thread the neck or the cap.

Owala FreeSip Twist Carry Lid 2
Owala FreeSip Twist | Your choice: swig or sip?

Maintenance is fairly easy since both of the bottle’s gaskets are removable. The only tedious part is breaking down the entire bottle into its individual components when you want a thorough cleaning. But hey, that’s a price we’re willing to pay for the sake of being hygienic.

Like most insulated bottles, the FreeSip Twist can be filled with hot or cold drinks. How it maintains the coolness or hotness of our drinks is average, though that’s more of a testament to how excellent most of the insulated bottles we test are. A handful of ice cubes is enough to keep water cold throughout an average day, and there are no obvious thermal “leaks” (spots where the bottle is obviously cold or hot).

Owala FreeSip Twist Carry Parts
Owala FreeSip Twist | A bit tedious, but a full clean is a must for us.

One small detail that’s easy to miss is the marking along the neck, indicating where the spout is pointing. We don’t know about you, but we find it tricky to take swigs from open-mouthed bottles in the dark. Without a marker like this, you’re left with the horrifying options of either bottoms-upping blind, potentially spilling your drink, or feeling the spout’s orientation with your fingers—neither option is elegant, to say the least.


It just so happens we were testing the FreeSip Twist alongside the ALPAKA Bravo Tote, which has a notably skinny exterior water bottle pocket. Our takeaway? This bottle is ideal for those already invested in a bag with a small water bottle pocket.

Owala FreeSip Twist Bottle 3
Owala FreeSip Twist | It’s slender enough even for tight-fitting water bottle pockets.

If not, we definitely recommend going up a size. We move from place to place too frequently for 18 ounces to be enough for our needs. 24 ounces is really our sweet spot, balancing overall bulk, drink capacity, and lightness.

Quick Comparison

All of that said, the 18-ounce FreeSip Twist notably falls short of the Hydro Flask Bottle 21 oz Standard Mouth’s capacity. In fact, the Hydro Flask is shorter than the FreeSip Twist. The key difference is the Hydro Flask’s more “conventional” style, with an arching plastic handle and sharper shoulder. The plastic handle is particularly more ergonomic if you carry your bottle by itself frequently, so it’s definitely worth considering.

Owala FreeSip Twist Carry Comparison
Owala FreeSip Twist | It’s quite tall for an 18-ounce bottle.

Of course, we can’t avoid comparing the FreeSip Twist against the established regular version (19 ounces). It’s interesting to observe subtle differences, starting with the basic shape. Whereas the FreeSip Twist is more uniform and bottle-like, the regular version is more like a tumbler/shaker, with partially flattened sides that make it ever-so-slightly easier to grab. Capacity-wise, the regular version is also an ounce bigger, though overall bulk is quite similar. The biggest difference, though, is the regular version’s spring-loaded cap with an integrated handle. All else being equal (including the price, which is around $25 at the time of writing for both), we prefer the regular version since it’s much more convenient to open.

Usage Timeline

Initial Usage

Condition: Excellent

  • Twist lid feels secure but can tedious to remove every time
  • Top carry handle is grippy and comfortable to hold
  • We like that they kept the sip/swig spout design they’re known for
2 Weeks of Use

Condition: Excellent

  • Super sleek, round design has held up well; no notable scratches or blemishes
  • Easy to take apart and clean, though there are a lot of little parts
  • A bit tedious to open every time considering how quick the original Owala FreeSip is to use
By Lauren Maternowski
Created April 18, 2024 • Updated June 25, 2024
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