Everything at Hydro Flask is 25% Off Right Now. Here Are 6 Things to Buy

Hydro Flask
Hydro Flask

Fourth of July is coming up, and that means backyard barbecues, trips to the lake, and long-weekend sales. A number of companies are already offering discounts ahead of the holiday, including Hydro Flask, which is knocking 25 percent off prices across its website through the Fourth. Now is the time to get water bottles, coolers, and other products to keep your food and drink cold all summer. Oh, and everything Hydro Flask sells comes with a lifetime guarantee, so don't be afraid to splurge. Here are five things we're buying (and one bonus).

1. National Parks-Themed Water Bottle; $30

Three water bottles
Hydro Flask

With designs inspired by the Great Smoky Mountains, the Grand Canyon, and Olympic National Park, these water bottles are the perfect companion for summer adventures. Stay hydrated while hiking or simply park one on your desk and stare at it whenever you wish you could be in the great outdoors rather than in the office. Like all Hydro Flask bottles, the National Park bottles feature double-walled vacuum insulation that keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours or hot for up to 12 hours. They're available in 21-ounce and 32-ounce versions (though the latter is currently out of stock). There are also designs honoring Yellowstone and Joshua Tree, but they seem to be sold out right now on the Hydro Flask website. (You can get them in both sizes from REI, though, which is also offering deals for the Fourth of July.)

Buy it here.

2. Tumbler; $16 to $30

A man holds a Hydro Flask straw tumbler while a dog places its head on his lap.
Hydro Flask

Available in 12 different colors (some of which are available at an even steeper discount) and two sizes, Hydro Flask's insulated tumblers are an eco-friendly choice for your beverages year-round. They'll keep your hot coffee warm for six hours or your iced coffee cold for up to 24 hours. The 22-ounce and 32-ounce tumblers are narrow enough to fit comfortably in the hand or a cupholder, but have enough capacity to keep you caffeinated all day. (They're also great for frozen drinks.) The tumblers come with a sip-through lid, but you can also get a straw lid as an add-on.

Buy it here.

3. Cooler Backpack; $169 to $206

A man perches on an outlook wearing a yellow cooler backpack
Hydro Flask

Whether you're hauling beers to the beach or frozen vegetables home from the grocery store, the Unbound soft cooler packs—available in 15-liter or 22-liter sizes—provide a watertight, hands-free way to keep things cool. Weighing less than 3 pounds, its lightweight insulation is designed to keep contents cold for 48 hours, so you don't have to worry about melted ice cream or hot cans of soda.

Buy it here.

4. Cooler Cup; $19

A woman holding a Cooler Can
Hydro Flask

Hydro Flask's new Cooler Cup does double duty as both a travel cup and a can/bottle cooler. The 12-ounce insulated cup features a removable sleeve that locks in cans or bottles to become the perfect koozie, or you can insert a tumbler lid (the 10-ounce wine tumbler lid fits perfectly) and use it to take a beverage on the go. It would make an excellent addition to any backyard barbecue or summer picnic.

Buy it here.

5. Food Flask; $22 to $26

A Hydro Flask food flask with strawberries in it
Hydro Flask

Give yourself an airtight reason to pack your own lunch. These 12-ounce and 18-ounce stainless steel food flasks can keep your lunch at the perfect temperature for up to four hours. The screw-top lids won't spill in your bag, either.

Buy it here.

Shop the full sale at HydroFlask.com through July 4. Use the code COLDH20 at checkout for 20 percent off and free shipping.

6. Not on Sale, But We Still Recommend It: Hydration Backpack; $165 to $200

A mountain biking woman wears a Hydro Flask hydration pack
Hydro Flask

For adventures that require more than one water bottle, Hydro Flask recently debuted a line of hydration packs that are an elegant, compact upgrade to your average CamelBak—though you can't get them quite as cheap. Unfortunately, the Journey Series hydration packs aren't included in the otherwise site-wide sale right now, but as long as you've got free shipping, you might one to consider one anyway. Unlike most hydration backpacks, you don't have to worry about your water getting warm with the Hydro Flask version—the company's new Cold Flow technology uses an insulated reservoir and a neoprene sleeve to keep your water cold for four-plus hours. A back panel that holds your bag slightly above your back prevents heat from transferring from your body, even when you're working up a sweat. It's perfect for long bike rides—get the 10-liter version if you're mostly looking to carry water and a few snacks and supplies, or the 20-liter version if you want more space.

Buy it here.

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A Stranger Things Fan Is Selling Epic Demogorgon Dog Costumes on Etsy

Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Priah Ferguson, and Gaten Matarazzo in Stranger Things.
Netflix

Stranger Things is great at placing the truly terrifying alongside the absolutely adorable. One minute we are gushing over Eleven and Mike’s teen romance, and the next we’re jumping off the couch at the sight of those possessed by the Mind Flayer.

No matter how seamless the Duffer Brothers' Netflix series is in weaving together these moments, it seems like it would be impossible to make the Demogorgon cute. But somehow, one crafty fan has done just that.

Etsy shop ThatCraftyFriendShop has created Demogorgon headpieces that fit perfectly on your dog’s head.

People reports that the headpieces range in size from extra small (for 5- to 10-pound dogs) all the way to extra large (for dogs over 75 pounds). Prices range from $25 to $75, depending on the size of your four-legged friend.

These wool and felt doggy costumes are perfect for Halloween, or even a Stranger Things watch party while you continue to binge and re-binge the third seasonwith a decked-out doggy by your side.

[h/t People]

12 Expert-Level BBQ Gadgets to Buy This Summer

Giang Nguyen/istock via Getty Images
Giang Nguyen/istock via Getty Images

Outdoor barbecues are a beloved tradition, but that doesn’t mean you have to use traditional equipment. Grill masters and inventors are always cooking up new gizmos for the rest of us to play with. If you want to up your BBQ game, get your mitts on these 12 nifty items before the summer’s end.

1. Char-Broil SmartChef TRU-Infrared 420 3-Burner Cabinet; $644


This high-tech, Wi-Fi-connected grill lets you control your cookout from your phone. You can adjust the burner temperature and monitor cook times on your mobile device with the SmartChef Gas Grill Mobile App, where you can also access a whole library of delicious recipes. If you so desire, the grill will also remind you when it’s time to flip the meat and insert the temperature probes (among other tasks). The burners can also be operated manually, in case you want the occasional experience of cooking with a conventional grill. Whether you're using your phone or controlling temperatures manually, though, the infrared cooking system heats evenly and prevents flare-ups to keep your meat juicy.

Buy it: Walmart

2. Looftlighter Original Electric Fire Starter; $80


Never buy lighter fluid again. In just 60 seconds, the eco-friendly Looftlighter Electric Fire Starter can superheat air to set your charcoal ablaze, no flammable liquids required. Briquettes, natural coal, and wooden kindling can all be easily ignited by the handheld wand.

Buy it: Amazon or BBQ Guys

3. Grillbot Automatic Grill-Cleaning Robot; $100

An automatic grill cleaning robot on a charcoal grill
Grillbot, Amazon

Scraping the crud out of your grill is a nasty chore. The good news is, now you can outsource it. Grillbot is an automated cleaner—like a Roomba for grills—that removes charred residue with swiveling, removable brushes. Heat-resistant plastic allows the Grillbot to operate on sweltering surfaces, so it can be used whether your grill has cooled down or not. Just plop it on top of the grate, set the timer, and close the grill lid. Then grab a cold one while your new best friend terminates some grill scum.

Buy it: Amazon

4. Royal Gourmet 8-Burner Gas Grill; $366


Anyone throwing a big company party or family gathering will want this massive eight-burner grill on standby. It can cook more than 120 hot dogs (or upwards of 60 hamburgers) at the same time. If feeding that many hungry guests all at once doesn’t make you a summertime superhero, we don’t know what does.

Buy it: Amazon

5. Meater Smart Meat Thermometer; $70


The time has come to toss your simple meat thermometer in favor of something a little fancier. MEATER's wireless thermometer probe has two different sensors to ensure your meat is perfectly cooked. One sensor gauges the meat’s internal temperature, and the other measures the ambient heat. Status updates are sent to the free MEATER app, which you can use to keep an eye on your food from pretty much anywhere. (Webber’s iGrill2, $60, is another good option for backyard chefs seeking an app-connected thermometer.)

Buy it: Amazon

6. BBQ Grill Light & Fan; $90

Kill—or should we say, “grill”—two birds with one stone with Sharper Image's barbecue-top light/fan combo. The unit’s adjustable LED fixture gives you a light to cook by after the sun goes down. And no matter what time it is, you’ll want to take advantage of its other key feature: a pair of smoke-clearing fans. The clamp is designed to fit most grill hoods.

Buy it: Sharper Image

7. Stingray 7-in-1 BBQ Grill Multi-tool; $15


Barbecues are busy events—you’ve got burgers to flip, red-hot sausages to pull off the grill, and a six-pack of beer bottles to open. Normally, you’d need at least three separate tools to get everything done. But that’s the beauty of this stainless steel multi-tool from Stingray. It’s an ingenious cross between a BBQ fork, a pair of tongs, a spatula, and a bottle opener. And here’s the best part: You can operate the whole thing with one hand.

Buy it: Amazon

8. Bear Paws Shredder Claws; $13


Able to withstand temperatures as high as 475°F, the Bear Paws are a slick replacement for more conventional cutlery tools. They’re versatile, they’re easy to wash, and they’re just plain cool. Use them to lift, pull, and shred hot meats—all while embracing your inner grizzly.

Buy it: Amazon

9. Chef's Kitchen 7-Piece Outdoor BBQ Apron and Utensil Set; $13


You'll have no more panicked searches for misplaced BBQ tools with this apron and utensil set from Chef's Kitchen. For under $20, you can get a set of salt and pepper shakers, three stainless steel grilling tools, an oven mitt, and, of course, a durable apron with enough pockets to hold all those things.

Buy it: Amazon

10. Grillaholics Stuffed Burger Press; $15


What’s better than a hamburger covered in delicious toppings? A hamburger that’s stuffed with ‘em, courtesy of Grillaholics' stuffed burger press. Take some patty meat, put it at the bottom of this press, and use the inverted cup on the lid to make an opening for your favorite ingredients. Then put the remaining meat on top and close the contraption. With a simple squeeze, you’ll have the makings of a perfectly round, goodie-filled burger. Included with your purchase is a digital recipe book worthy of Bob Belcher.

Buy it: Amazon

11. Charcoal Companion Stainless Grill Clips; $10 for Four


Grilled veggies are a welcome addition to any BBQ spread, but flipping individual pepper slices or asparagus spears one-by-one is a pain. Fortunately, Charcoal Companion offers game-changing clamps that’ll save you a bunch of steps. Once you’ve secured a handful of vegetables inside one of these clips, you can flip them all in unison.

Buy it: Amazon

12. Camp Chef Woodwind Pellet Grill with Sear Box; $900


You don’t have to micromanage your fuel supply to grill meats with that perfect, wood-smoked flavor. The Woodwind automatically burns just enough wooden pellets to reach and maintain whatever cooking temperature you set. Inside, you’ll find 811 inches of cooking space. And next to the main grill, there’s a propane-powered sear box that gets as hot as 900°F.

Buy it: Amazon or BBQ Guys

Mental Floss has affiliate relationships with certain retailers and may receive a small percentage of any sale. But we choose all products independently and only get commission on items you buy and don't return, so we're only happy if you're happy. Thanks for helping us pay the bills!

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