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Best Flasks

Flasks provide you with a convenient and stylish way to keep a few nips of your favorite beverage with you while you’re out and about. They also make a great groomsmen gift. We searched high and low for the highest-quality flasks available, made right here in the United States. Below is all of our research on flasks including our top picks for American made flasks and all the factors that went into our research.

Our Findings

We wanted to provide a selection of unique flasks that can be used for everyday purposes or given away as a classy gift. We were able to narrow the field down to four American companies that make high-quality flasks that meet our criteria.

We previously had Jacob Bromwell flasks on this page, but recently discovered that they are shifting their manufacturing from the U.S. to India.

We provide detailed notes on each of our top picks below, as well as what to look for when choosing a flask.

Top Recommendations

Best Flasks Best for:
Nalgene Flask Plastic Flask
Autumn Woods Flask Wood Flask
Miscellanous Goods Ceramic Flask Ceramic Flask

Recommendations: Going Deeper

Whether you’re looking for a flask for yourself or a gift, you want to make sure it will be a good fit — otherwise, it’ll end up forgotten in a drawer somewhere. Below, we’ll detail why we chose these five flasks and what situations they might be best for.

Best Plastic Flask

Nalgene Flask

The Nalgene flask is made of durable BPS-free plastic that will keep up with any adventure. This flask sports a leak-proof screw top, so you can throw it in a bag or a pocket without worry. It’s easy to clean and dishwasher safe, so you can keep your drinks tasting fresh with each use. Nalgene is also one of our recommendations for water bottles made in the USA.

The Nalgene is slim and lightweight, allowing you to store 12 ounces of your favorite drink no matter how tight your space is. It comes with a removable insulating sleeve, so you can really strip it down to the essentials if you’re out in the backcountry. The simplest flask on our list, the Nalgene is made more for practicality than style.

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Things we like:

  • Durable BPA plastic
  • Slim low profile design
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Removable insulating sleeve
  • Leak-proof screw top

Things we don’t like:

  • The top isn’t connected to the flask, so it can get lost easily

 

Best Wood Flask

Autumn Woods Flask

Woodsmen and rustic types will love the wood flasks from Autumn Woods, handcrafted in Maryland of cedar, cherry, walnut, and maple. In addition to picking a wood type, you can choose between several designs, such as a state outline, city maps, or nature and travel themes. You can even order custom engraving for special occasions.

To be clear, these flasks aren’t made of solid wood since that would affect the taste of your beverages — the interior is high-quality stainless steel. These flasks come with an attached screw top, so you don’t have to worry about leaks or losing the cap. Each flask is made by hand, and harmful chemicals are never used.

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Things we like:

  • Unique wood designs
  • Handmade of natural materials
  • Completely customizable
  • Screw top fastens to the flask

Things we don’t like:

  • Only has a 6-ounce capacity

 

Best Ceramic Flask

Miscellanous Goods Ceramic Flask

The Ceramic Flask from Misc. Goods is one of the more unique flasks out there. Since it’s made completely of ceramic with leather, brass, and cork accents, this flask is durable enough to take with you but attractive enough to be put on a display shelf. The ceramic is glazed inside and out, so you won’t have to worry about the flask changing your drinks’ taste, unlike some metal flasks.

Skilled artisans craft each flask, so each one is a unique, functional piece of art. The walls of this 11-ounce flask are a quarter of an inch thick, so it’s more durable than you might imagine. Still, though, you might stick to metal or plastic flasks if you’re planning an exceptionally rugged adventure. Leather straps hold the cork in place, but you might not want to throw this one in the bottom of a bag, just in case.

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Things we like:

  • Unique ceramic design
  • Practical yet stylish
  • Eleven-ounce capacity
  • Quarter inch-thick walls for durability

Things we don’t like:

  • Not as durable or leak-proof as metal or plastic

Recap: Best Flasks Made in the USA


Factors We Considered

Size and Shape

While flasks are often used as statement pieces nowadays, they originated to provide people with a practical way to carry alcohol on their person. When choosing a flask, it’s a good idea to keep that in mind. Otherwise, it’s likely to be something you use once and forget about.

The most practical flask for you will be different for everyone, depending on your lifestyle and what you plan to use it for. But some important considerations include:

  • Are the size and shape optimal for the pocket/bag/boot you plan to carry it in?
  • Do you want to sacrifice capacity for a low profile design, or are you okay with more bulk as long as the flask carries more?

We made a point of including flasks as small as six ounces and as large as 12 ounces in our list, so you can see the range of options out there and find the one that works best for you.

Durability

Once you have a better idea of what size and shape flask you want, the next step is to make sure you choose one made of durable materials. The flasks on our list are durably constructed and will not leak or break under normal conditions.

Even the most fragile flask we chose, the Misc. Goods Ceramic Flask will hold up well to regular use.

The ruggedness of the flask you choose will ultimately depend on what activities you plan on taking the flask on. If you’re looking for a flask to take camping, for example, you’ll probably want a different flask than someone who just wants to take theirs to a park.

But these handcrafted beauties are carefully scrutinized for durability and leaks. The small-batch production ensures that each one receives a rigorous inspection.

Material

When choosing a flask, it’s vital to take a close look at the materials it’s made from. We included only flasks constructed of materials that:

  • Don’t contain harmful chemicals
  • Won’t affect the flavor of your beverages

After all, the last thing you want to do is ruin your favorite whiskey by putting it in a flask that leaves a metallic taste in your mouth. These American-made products ensure safe, clean-tasting beverages every time.

Visual Appeal

People who choose to carry flasks rather than storing their preferred beverages in water bottles or thermoses usually appreciate the visual appeal that flasks offer. That’s why we included only the best-looking flasks on the market for our selections.

There are options for every style — whether you want the old-school charm of pure copper, the rustic feel of wood, or a new and unique ceramic model, there’s something for everyone on this list.

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