The 8 Best Smart Water Bottles for All-Day Hydration

The 8 Best Smart Water Bottles for All-Day Hydration
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Hydration is the key to success. No, really, we’re serious here. Water is what gives us life. Beyond that, proper hydration levels keep our bodies functioning properly, our skin glowing, and our energy up all day long. But as simple as it sounds, remembering to drink enough water in a day has somehow become a challenging task. Lucky for us, there are tons of products on the market to make this simple chore far more enjoyable, sort of like a fun drinking game without the alcohol buzz.

These days, smart water bottles come in all shapes, sizes, materials, and technologies. You’ll hear of water bottles with a plethora of features, but sometimes all the bells and whistles don’t quite fit your lifestyle. And sometimes, all you need is a little motivation to drink up. From collapsible options that save on space to self-cleaning technology you occasionally have to hand wash and Bluetooth-connected options that track how much you drink (welcome to the future), at the end of the day, a smart water bottle will have done its job if it makes you want to drink out of it.



Best Smart Water Bottle Overall

PRO Smart Water Bottle
Hidrate Spark

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Best Self-Cleaning Smart Water Bottle

PureVis Bottle
LARQ

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Best Smart Water Bottle for Travel

Kiyo UVC Bottle
Monos

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Best Smart Water Bottle for the Outdoors

Hydration Bottle with Connected Smart Lid
Thermos

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Best Smart Water Bottle with Bluetooth Speaker

IBTB2BB Bottle with Bluetooth Wireless Speaker
Aquio

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While tech-savvy wellness enthusiasts might love a tracking device that syncs to their health app, others may find the idea of connectivity in a water bottle silly. Before you jump to conclusions, hear us out. And remember, not all smart water bottles are battery-powered. Whichever style you prefer, remember a smart water bottle is really just a drinking vessel intelligently designed to solve a problem.

We created this guide to help you find the right water bottle that fits seamlessly into your days and your budget, so you can be a happy, healthier and hydrated human. Check out the 8 best smart water bottles of 2021, tested by the team at Men’s Health, and decide if a smart water bottle is actually worth it, to you. While some tech options fall at a higher price point, remember that nothing is more important than staying hydrated.

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Best Smart Water Bottle Overall

PRO Smart Water Bottle

  • LED light sensor to remind you to drink water
  • Connects with smartphone app
  • Keeps drinks cold for up to 24 hours
  • Can’t be used for hot beverages

Capacity: 17 fluid ounces

The Hidrate Spark was one of the first smart connected water bottles on the market. And now, it has its PRO model. This baby tracks your water intake and literally lights up to remind you to drink up. It syncs via Bluetooth to the HidrateSpark app, Fitbit, Apple Health, and more. (It’s even worthy enough to be sold at the Apple Store).

The advanced technology calculates and adjusts personal hydration goals based on your body and activity level. It has smart sensors that record how much you drink, instantly syncing it to your phone for that connected life.

One of our favorite (yet not entirely important) features comes from location tracking. Just like “find my iPhone” you can “find my water bottle” and never lose it again. The lid is dishwasher safe, while the body and sensor are hand washable. One single charge lasts up to four months. This water bottle has it all. Soon your body will be trained to sip more often throughout the day making the $60 ticket well worth it.

Best Self-Cleaning Smart Water Bottle

PureVis Bottle

  • Eliminates up to 99.99% of pathogens in 60 seconds
  • Up to one month of purification from one charge
  • Also available with 25 fluid ounce capacity
  • Double insulation makes it heavier
  • Doesn’t track hydration levels

Capacity: 17 fluid ounces

The LARQ bottle doesn’t track your hydration through an app, but it is smart in the way it prepares it for drinking. LARQ utilizes UV-C light technology to clean out bacteria that sticks around in between washes. Through the pandemic, UV-C light sanitization systems have been on the rise because of how efficient they are. This bottle sanitizes the entire inside, which can sometimes be a tricky task, even when hand scrubbing.

All you have to do is push a button for a 60-second light bath. And when it realizes you aren’t using it regularly, it self-cleans every two hours for the purest possible water. The double insulation version is a bit heavy, but it will keep your liquids hot or cold for an entire day. If you’re looking for a lighter option without the insulation, opt for the LARQ Movement. Clean freaks, you’re going to love this.

Best Smart Water Bottle for Travel

Kiyo UVC Bottle

  • Eliminates 99.99% of bacteria
  • Charges in three hours for one month of use
  • Doesn’t track hydration levels

Capacity: 17 fluid ounces

With a simple wave of a finger (insert Harry Potter reference here), the UVC technology in the Monos’ Kiyo UVC water bottle purifies drinking water inside, eradicating up to 99.99% of bacteria. That means you can fill up your water bottle from the faucet, lake, river, or refrigerator and rest assured that what you’re drinking is clean.

If you’re really thirsty, you can swipe once for a quick clean mode (60 seconds) or wait three minutes on deep clean mode by swiping twice. The soft design doesn’t look as high-tech as it is, taking inspiration from classic artisan pottery.

It charges via USBC-C in just 3 hours for 30 days of normal use. It’s a great portable option that fits in a purse, backpack, or carry-on while remaining easy to carry and impressive in style. You can’t track your hydration levels, so this is a great option for someone that isn’t always connected, but is always on the go.

Best Smart Water Bottle for the Outdoors

Hydration Bottle with Connected Smart Lid

  • Connects to smartphone app that sends push notification reminders
  • Provides temperature readings
  • Lightweight
  • Only connects to Apple products

Capacity: 0.71 liters

Thermos isn’t new to the hydration game, but the classic reusable water bottle brand has now stepped into the tech space. The brand recently launched a smart lid and iPhone app that senses your water intake and tracks your progress via Bluetooth. The sensor tube reads the volume and temperature of your liquid and tracks it over time.

It is intelligently designed to act as your real-time hydration coach with push notifications throughout the day. The tube measures your bottle’s current fill level. While some other smart water bottles on this list can be heavier in weight, require time and patience to learn, and feel like a fragile piece of tech, the Thermos Smart Lid is does not. It’s your basic old outdoor-friendly water bottle, now with a tracking feature.

Best Smart Water Bottle with Bluetooth Speaker

IBTB2BB Bottle with Bluetooth Wireless Speaker

  • Bluetooth speaker lasts up to 8 hours on one charge
  • Double-wall insulation
  • Can use water bottle and speaker separately

Capacity: 16 fluid ounces

And you thought you had seen it all. This smart water bottle has a detachable Bluetooth speaker—which means it’s perfect for anyone who likes to keep their tunes with them wherever they go. Take it with you during a hike, an outdoor workout, on the beach, or anywhere else (where bumping those jams out loud is acceptable, of course).

There are other things to like about this bottle, too, like the fact that it’ll keep your water cold for 24 hours. It’s also IP67 certified, which means it’s waterproof and sand proof. But let’s be honest: The real reason you’re getting this is for the speaker. And for $60, that’s not a bad option for a gift, either.

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Best Smart Water Bottle for Gifting

3-in-1 Smart Water Bottle

  • Includes Bluetooth speaker
  • Glows to remind you to drink water
  • Larger capacity
  • Doesn’t track hydration levels

Capacity: 22 fluid ounces

The Icewater 3-in-1 smart water bottle makes the list as our favorite option to gift, mostly because of its Bluetooth-enabled speaker. It’s not something entirely necessary, and it doesn’t track your hydration levels, but it’s a fun way to always remember your water bottle for a day’s outing, because if you don’t, you’ll be without music, too. And the base in this tiny speaker exceeded some pretty low expectations.

While there’s no true pattern to its glowing method, the illumination is supposed to remind you to drink up. The tech isn’t as advanced as some of the others on this list, but if you’re looking for an affordable, music-enabled option for summer, this is your guy.

Healthiest Smart Water Bottle

Glass Hydrogen Generator

  • Create hydrogen water from any water in 6 minutes

Capacity: 9.5 fluid ounces

Wellness junkies are probably aware of the potential benefits to the hydrogen water hype. Essentially, hydrogen water is regular water with gas that may have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Some researchers say it slows down the process of aging, has better mineral absorption and improves muscle recovery after a workout. While current research is limited, those aiming to stay on top of the latest health trends (and boast about it) will love the potential benefits of this hydrogen-forming smart water bottle.

The Level Up Way glass bottle lets you turn any water into hydrogen water through something called SPE PEM technology. At the press of a button, and a little patience (6 minutes to be exact), this smart bottle ionizes your water making it more bioavailable, introducing molecular hydrogen. Hydrogen water can be expensive, so this one-time purchase is worth your hard-earned money, if you can commit to it.

Best Non-Tech Smart Water Bottle

Large 1 Gallon Motivational Water Bottle

  • Provides an easy way to track hydration
  • Large capacity
  • Great for gifts
  • No tech involved
  • Can be heavy when full

Capacity: 1 gallon

This water bottle has zero tech features, but it’s smart in how it motivates you to drink up throughout the day. You might laugh or think it’s cheesy, but these little reminders actually work and train your brain to look forward to these tiny milestones.

If you’re staring at a plain cup, you are much less likely to take a sip and refill than you are to hit the goals listed on this jug. If a $20 water jug can up your hydration levels, take that as a major win.

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