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Best Flavored Water Brands
|Brand||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!
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 from United States 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.