Top 10 Brands of Flavored Water
Best Flavored Water Brands
Why I Love It
Tastes like soda!
Pomegranate cherry flavor
Easy to find, lots of flavors
No artificial sweeteners; tastes like an infusion
Strawberry kiwi flavor
Easy to find while traveling
Refreshing on a hot day
Filtered home system
Convenient and flexible
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 the 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. 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.
2. 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. 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.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Aquafina FlavorSplash
This is a brand that’s not as healthy because it does have artificial sweeteners; it’s made with sucralose. However, it tastes pretty good, and it’s often available at gas stations, which makes it a good drink when you’re just stopping off somewhere while on the road. Strawberry Kiwi is my favorite flavor that I’ve tried so far. They also have a new sparkling option that I’m interested in trying out.
6. Dasani Flavored Water
This drink is good for the same reason as Aquafina FlavorSplash. There are only three flavors offered that I know of (lemon, raspberry, and strawberry). It’s an okay brand; it’s just not my top choice.
To be honest, I have mixed feelings about Metromint. The first time that I tasted it, I didn’t like it at all. The mint taste is pretty strong, and it reminded me a little bit too much of mouthwash. But I’ve tried it since and found that it can be really refreshing on a hot day in a way that plain water and fruit-flavored waters isn’t. There are six different flavors, including cherry mint and chocolate mint, which offers some variety and helps cut the mint taste down to a more tolerable level.
I’ve only tried this one once so I don’t have a lot to say about it, but it was good for what it was. It’s advertised as more of a sports drink than the other beverages on this list are. Their website shows that they offer three types of the water—the sports water as well as an infused water and an unsweetened water. There appear to be many different flavors including fairly normal ones like lemon-lime as well as more interesting options like coconut
9. PUR Flavored Water
Admittedly I haven’t tried this system, but I think it sounds really cool. It’s a filtered water system that you install in your home (either in the faucet or just as a pitcher. Then you can push buttons to choose different flavors to add to the water. It gives you choices to make in your own home.
You don’t have to get some fancy system to make flavored water at home. You can make both carbonated and non-carbonated using the fruits that you like most and adding sugar as you see fit. There are tons of recipes out there, and I think that’s probably the best way to enjoy it!