Gigantic water bottles are the new celebrity ‘It’ accessory

This trend is perfect for anyone thirsty for attention.

Camel-impersonating celebrities like Kendall Jenner, Julianne Hough and Lucy Hale are redefining the idea of the covetable accessory. Instead of a pricey It bag, they’re lugging around massive gallon and half-gallon water bottles.

The idea, of course, is that the vessel motivates you to drink more H20 throughout the day. The recommended daily intake is eight glasses, or 64 ounces, per day. But if you’re downing a gallon, you’re getting exactly double that amount.

Like many glowing gals, “Dancing With the Stars” alum Hough has long touted guzzling water as beauty advice. But even she’s leveled up to a full gallon from her past puny bottles.

Dakota Johnson, Kendall Jenner, Julianne Hough and Lucy Hale carrying the most coveted accessory of the season: a massive water, GAMR/BACKGRID,, LESE/BACKGRID

“I have this water bottle that goes everywhere with me,” she told Delish Magazine in 2018. “Every night, before bed, I put ice in it and fill it to the top — it holds 40 ounces of water — and I drink it throughout the night. Not all of it, obviously, but I have to have cold water before I go to bed.”

While the gargantuan bottle is convenient, it can also act as a hydration nanny.

Recent Twitter quitter Chrissy Teigen and supermodel Jenner both proudly carry the popular HydroMate Motivational water bottle, the gallon version of which sells for $27.98 on Amazon. The bottle features time markers that measure your hourly hydration, essentially telling you when you are falling behind. “Ready. Set. Drink!” it says on the 8 a.m. slot. “No excuses,” reads the 4 p.m. tick. (Sadly, it doesn’t come with adult diapers, which may be necessary when guzzling all that liquid.)

In March, “50 Shades of Grey” star Dakota Johnson was photographed on the set of “Am I OK?” lugging a gallon jug, which, based on her tilted posture, appeared to be heavy. Indeed, a full gallon of water weighs more than 8 pounds, allowing it to double as a portable dumbbell for impromptu bicep curls on the go. Fun!

But is the whopper water bottle really more about substance than style? Beth Czerwony, a registered dietitian at the Cleveland Clinic, poured cold water on the practice as a universal standard.

“Drinking a gallon of water a day is not really necessary, but it’s not going to hurt you either,” Czerwony said. “Everybody’s hydration levels are different, but most people don’t need a daily gallon.”

Here are just a few of the oversized water bottle options on the market now:


If you need a push to start hydrating, let your water bottle do the motivating.

Get in on the hot new celeb jug trend with this one-gallon monster that doubles as a motivational speaker, encouraging you to keep drinking water all day long with timed markers along the side of the bottle. Sold on Amazon, there are so many fun colors and patterns to choose from, starting with a basic clear bottle with colored text to more eye-catching options like hearts, flowers, ombre and even citrus wedges.


Thirst is not something YETI take lightly.

The luxury brand hypes its Rambler as being “designed to be damn near indestructible while keeping every drop of precious water perfectly cold. Or if it’s a gallon of coffee you and your crew need, this jug handles the heat, too.” Like all Rambler Drinkware, this reusable drink tank and its lid are dishwasher safe and available in stainless and DuraCoat colors.


A slightly more petite but still oversized option: This glass liter is not only better for the environment than plastic — it’s a whole lot prettier, too.

Grab the limited edition snow-white Winter bottle while supplied last, and have a big bottle as crisp and clean as the water inside. The bkr bottle holds up to one liter of water and is made of glass with a BPA-free silicone sleeve.


Kids can hop the trend train, too: Ideal for packing to take to school or sitting on their nightstand before bed, Yeti’s junior Rambler model will keep the kiddos hydrated all day long.

The bottle comes in a more kid-friendly 12-ounce size, great to grasp with small hands and put into kids’ backpacks. It is available in five fun colors, including bright blue, pink, red, black and seafoam green — sure to match their ever-changing favorite color. The bottle also has a flip-out straw for easy spill-proof sipping and a clip-able handle to attach to backpacks or strollers.

— Sophie Cannon contributed to this report

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