I used to drink a lot of juices and sodas, but that changed as I have tried to reduce my sugar intake. Now I drink flavored water instead.
My Favorite Flavored Water Brands
|Brand||Why I Love It||Carbonated?||Artificial Flavor?|
Tastes like soda!
Pomegranate cherry flavor
Easy to find, lots of flavors
No artificial sweeteners; tastes like an infusion
No (they do have a carbonated brand though)
Strawberry kiwi flavor is amazing
Easy to find while traveling
Refreshing on a hot day
Sweet and fruity taste
Smooth and refreshing
Convenient and easy to find
10 Best Flavored Water Brands
There are only two things that I drink on a daily basis: water and coffee. I used to drink a lot of juices and sodas, but that changed as I have tried to reduce my sugar intake. These days, if I want to drink something that’s a bit more flavorful than water but less intense than coffee, I’ll usually choose a bottle of flavored water. It’s fairly healthy, refreshing, and there are tons of choices in terms of flavors and brands. In fact, there are so many types to choose from that it can be hard to figure out what to try if you’re new to the bottled water craze.
1. La Croix
The seltzer that started the whole carbonated water craze, La Croix is certainly the most well-known sparkling water in North America now. With many different flavors to choose from, there is definitely something for everyone. Personally, I like the lime flavor as it has a super soft and smooth finish, perfect for a warm summer day. There is a lot of debate over the infamous coconut flavor, and I'll just say you have to try that one out for yourself!
The main rival to La Croix for seltzer supremacy, Spindrift does contain some calories (it varies by flavor) but I do find the taste to be a bit more real. They claim to use natural ingredients and natural fruit flavorings, so it does have a better mouthfeel, a bit more like some kind of carbonated juice. I like the grapefruit flavor the most but every flavor I have tried has been really tasty.
A relative newcomer to the field, Aha is pretty tasty all things considered. Their blueberry flavor is my favorite. They have pretty distinct packaging so it's easy to differentiate it from other brands if you still happen to do your shopping at a store. I have tried a few flavors so far but I do not really care for any of them, they have a slightly acidic aftertaste that I'm not a fan of.
While the company is known more for their unflavored mineral water, they have been making inroads into flavored water in recent years. They only have a few flavors to choose from right now but I really enjoy lemon, it seems to work really well with the mineral profile and the carbonation.
Don't be deceived by the weird spelling, Bubly is Pepsi's attempt at cashing in on the sparkling water craze and it's actually quite good. It is a bit fizzier than some of the other drinks on this list but I still enjoy it quite a bit. I prefer the strawberry flavor though the lime flavor is also pretty good, it just does not have the snappy taste that La Croix lime has though.
6. Sparkling Ice
This one is the closest on the list to a traditional soda: it has the same kind of fizziness and coloring as a soda but with zero calories and added antioxidants. It does have artificial flavors and coloring in it so keep that in mind. I like the kiwi strawberry flavor the most but the cherry flavor is also really tasty.
7. Clearly Canadian
I fell in love with this brand of bottled water more than ten years ago, long before the shelves were filled with so many brands of bottled water and long before I’d given up drinking soda. I think that’s why I liked it so much at the time. It’s a carbonated beverage, so it tastes a bit like soda, but it’s fruitier and fresher. And I think there’s something to the fact that they’re using pure Canadian water because it really does taste clean. They’ve now launched a non-carbonated version of their water, which I haven’t tried yet but am interested in testing out.
8. SoBe Life Water
SoBe is just a terrific brand. I love their juices and teas, including the “lean” (diet) versions, but I particularly love their life water options. They have eight flavors, but the only one I’ve tried so far is pomegranate cherry, which I strongly recommend. The cherry taste is really rich without tasting artificial. It’s almost like drinking juice, but it’s lighter and better for you.
9. Glaceau Vitamin Water
This is one of the most popular brands of flavored water out there. Each flavor has different types of vitamins in it, which are designed to do different things such as give you energy or boost your immune system. I’m not sure if those vitamins work, or not but I do love the range of options that you have when choosing this brand. I also like the fact that it’s readily available in most stores.
10. Hint Water
I love it because it seems to be truly healthy. It doesn’t have any artificial sweeteners in it. It tastes a lot like the water that you get at the day spa, which has been naturally infused with lemon or orange or cucumber. Plus, they offer really interesting flavors like hibiscus vanilla and mango grapefruit. And I have to admit that I’m a little in love with the fact that it’s made in San Francisco (where I live) and I do like to support local businesses in any way that I can.
Is Flavored Water Healthy?
It depends on what you define as healthy. If you switch from soda to flavored or carbonated water, that can lead to a big health improvement in terms of weight loss. Swapping out a 200–300 calorie soda for a 0 calorie flavored water can help you reduce your caloric intake and lose weight.
Other than that, there is scant evidence suggesting that vitamin water or any other "healthy" waters improve health outcomes.
Is Flavored Water Bad for My Teeth?
As it turns out yes, drinking flavored or carbonated water can damage your teeth. The carbonic acid in carbonated drinks will erode your tooth enamel over time and damage the structure of your teeth. Even non-carbonated water can be laced with other flavoring agents and acids that can damage your teeth. If you are looking for the best flavored water for your teeth, simply adding fruit to your water is probably the best option.
How to Make Your Own Carbonated and Flavored Water at Home
There are a few ways you can go about making your own flavored water at home but I would recommend getting a SodaStream to help make carbonated water. It is a simple and easy product you can use to add carbonation and from there you can add in whatever kind of flavoring you want.
Personally, I add some of the SodaStream zero-calorie syrups to my carbonated water. They have a lot of different flavors that you can add depending on your preference.
© 2009 Kathryn Vercillo
Kristen Howe from Northeast Ohio on January 04, 2016:
Great hub. I've had Vitamin/Fruit Water, MetroMint, Sobe. I've also brought Sparking Ice water, Aquitae, Protein 20 and Fruit20. Thanks for the other companies for me to try next month.
Shellie on October 04, 2015:
Ok so I found the best water!!!! It is called Delish spring water naturally flavored. It is sold at Walgreens and can't see any other stores that is selling them and it is distrubuted by Walgreens. I got lemon and cucumber and OMG FANTASTIC. Zero calories, zero fat, zero sodium, zero carbs and zero protein. 2% calcium daily value, ingredients are: spring water, natural flavor and potassium sorbate. Spring source is: Jackson Co., MI. natural spring water.
Karin on August 02, 2013:
I have been doing the exact same recipe post wourokt, only with unflavored muscle egg, adding vanilla extract, fresh fruit like pineapple, bananas and raspberries! I have not tried the rice but maybe cream of rice would also go well here.
...... on February 28, 2013:
Is this information subject to copyright if i want to make it a product?
Jodi Goldberg on December 29, 2012:
Clearly Canadian .....the one and only.....
johan on July 31, 2012:
Hi have anybody tried Just water Products? AWESOME
rgmit on May 25, 2012:
Aquafina it my favorite. My wife seems to think there is a slight carrot taste to it?
princesswithapen on May 11, 2012:
I know someone who swears by Glaceau Vitamin Water when he has a hangover on a Saturday morning. More likely than not, it is psychological.
Regardless of whether it actually works or not, Glaceau Vitamin Water definitely has a wide range of choices and can be picked up from most servos. And they always have the wittiest things written on their labels. Even their website says "Good things come to those who wait" as it loads!
kelleyward on May 07, 2012:
I love the Sobe Life Water but they got rid of the low calorie ones I really liked cranberry apple and raspberry lemonade. Thanks for sharing! Take care, Kelley
butterflyjoe on March 01, 2012:
CLEARLY CANADIAN is the best! I they no longer make it. What's a girl to do.
Nicole on October 31, 2011:
I'm not crazy about the aspartame that is often in these drinks.
LALA on October 27, 2011:
You should all be drinking filtered water through a Brita or Pur. Water bottle industry is growing 10% a year and making billions in profits off our ignorance. Throw in your own concoction for flavor. Try citrus fruit, mint leaves, cucumbers...whatever you have in your fridge
LuvH2O on May 11, 2011:
You are missing a great brand...Ayala's Herbal Water. Great flavors like Clove, Cinnamon, Cardamom and Lemongrass, Mint Vanilla. Many others too!! Love them!
Dave28 on April 25, 2011:
I have been looking for a mint flavored water. tried the metro mint but didn't like the chemical flavored after taste. I have found a new water called Speak Easy. Its a mint water but totally different than metro mint. Lots of flavors and really tastes good...
samdrup on January 27, 2011:
is there anyone who can come up with a good brand name for natural mineral water? We will acknowledge the person who gives the best name....
Rob on December 12, 2010:
Thanks all for this excellent info. I'll be sampling some of the recommendations listed. Presently, I'm looking for a healthier (teeth included) cola substitute -- my only requirements are: (1) Cherry flavored; (2) Moderate to low sweetness; (3) Carbonated. I know that flavored water is the way to go but I'm shocked--even with modern labeling laws--how misleading and confusing selections remain in our U.S. supermarkets. One is liable to leave the store with a bottle prominently labeled on the front: "Flavored Water... 0 Calories... 0 Sugar" only to find out it contains aspartame. Yikes! Pour some natural sugar on me, please! Any manufactured sweetener that calls up that much controversy upon a simple Web search -- I'm not ingesting!
DavidLivingston on December 01, 2010:
Water is very essential. Nice Post!
gachapoz on November 24, 2010:
Super information! :)
unique topic, I enjoyed reading it.
DavidLivingston on November 24, 2010:
Water is a necessity. We need it. Improving its taste is quite creative. People love it. Thanks.
Karen Somers from Omaha,NE on November 17, 2010:
Great hub! Being a dietitian I love my water, but sometimes you need some flavor to kick it up a bit :) Good call on the SoBe Life water all the way up to #2, definitely one of my favorites :)
segol yoda on November 04, 2010:
Nadia M on October 27, 2010:
LifeBrand Vitamin Water from Shoppers Drug Mart is amazing. And a fraction of the price! Love it!
kubth from UK on September 19, 2010:
Interesting to note that none of those options are available in the UK!
maxmarketter on August 11, 2010:
I tried these flavors and was surprised how good they actually are: http://allfreightfree.com/en/sparkling-water-flavo...
kellydove on July 29, 2010:
lender3212000 from Beverly Hills, CA on July 13, 2010:
Great information! I've never been a huge fan of flavored waters but it sounds like you've found some really good ones. I'll have to revisit that and try a few of your recommendations.
Jen on June 27, 2010:
Does anyone remember Quest flavored waters? They were the best drink ever. I totally stopped drinking soda when they were around. They only had 1 calorie and the flavors were sooooooo good. I am wondering if they are still out there somewhere, or what company made them. Others I've tried are a lot sweeter.
Kelly Kline Burnett from Fontana, WI on June 01, 2010:
I agree - coffee and water are my two favorites! Interesting comments about Acqua Clear - never heard of before. Great Hub! And I agree with Sophia - love vitamin water!
erica on May 19, 2010:
Not to advertise at all, but I truly made Acqua Clear hire me when I tried their flavored water. They really perfected the flavor and I fell in love. I have to say personally, not business, as a lover of flavored water that Acqua Clear is indeed a brand to try and look out for. It changed my mind in many ways. Before, I gave up because either the other brands tasted nothing like the label proclaimed or it gave me a weird feeling in my nose. A lot of brands were "okay" but not exceptional enough to be my first pick in beverages. I've been re-converted!
Sophia on March 03, 2010:
I love vitamin water! its both yummy and healthy at the same time! i totally recomend it!
Mark Moller on January 18, 2010:
Vitamin Water is definitely my favorite. And I have to admit, they seem to do their job - like the Focus makes me feel like I have better concentration. Maybe it is just a placebo effect, but whatever works!
ratnaveera from Cumbum on January 16, 2010:
I think vitamin water will help getting vitamins in a natural way. Thanks for posting very nice and informative Hub!
martycraigs on January 06, 2010:
That's so interesting that Clearly Canadian is the top brand of flavored water, I've never even heard of it.
Very interesting, thanks for sharing!
Madge19 on December 10, 2009:
i love water. but i must say i think vitamin water is very refreshing too
MaryElena on November 08, 2009:
I love Sobe as well and all of their products.
Free God Of War on October 30, 2009:
My favorite is number 3!
globalcoffeegrind on September 10, 2009:
I love Vitamin Water! Thanks for sharing the other top flavored water drinks. :) I tried one the other day, can't remember the name--it had a vegetal taste with bits and grains of veg and berries. Really... interesting, to say the least. :)
Flavored Water on May 27, 2009:
Thanks for the wonderful read. Flavored water is definitely a more healthy option than soda or other syrupy drinks! Some other tips for improving your hydration include: * Eat foods with high water content. Slice them and take them to work. Serve them with meals. Good choices include apples, watermelon, celery, tomatoes, lettuce, oranges and melons. * Drink what you enjoy, as long as the sugar and caloric intake is low. Look for 10-20 calories per serving, and definitely don’t make it your only beverage consumption. Make sure you get dairy in, too. * At restaurants, choose water instead of other beverages. An added bonus to doing this if you have children is that you’ll be serving as a role model for making healthy choices.All the best!http://FlavoredWater.net
girly_girl09 on May 20, 2009:
Great article! :) I LOVE Clearly Canadian and MetroMint water (in the orange flavor). I like Peppermint flavor when my stomach feels upset; it really helps that.
Haunty from Hungary on May 17, 2009:
I'm always on the lookout for new flavored water products, because this is virtually the only thing I drink. Here we don't have this many sorts of them and I've never seen anything like hibiscus. I have a hibiscus plant, but I had no clue it was used for flavoring. I'm glad to have found your hub, Kathryn. :) Now, I have to figure out a way to get personally acquainted to the brands you recommend.