The best smart water bottles

Stay hydrated the 21st-century way with one of the best smart water bottles

Staying hydrated is an elusive goal we’re all trying to perfect but, for one reason or another, are rarely achieving. Why is it so hard despite well-documented health benefits? Drinking eight glasses of water a day has been shown to flush out toxins, prevent headaches, boost your energy levels, improve your cardiovascular health, keep your skin clear, lubricate your joints, stimulate your muscles, and promote weight loss. Yet most of us don’t come anywhere close to hitting the recommended levels of water intake each day.

Fortunately, we live in a modern age where technology is making it increasingly easier to maintain a proper amount of hydration. Available in nearly every shape and form, smart water bottles are specifically designed to improve drinking habits — some light up, while others send smartphone notifications. Others simply make water taste better, encouraging us to drink more with refreshing, fruity flavors. If you’re wondering how to drink more water, check out this list of the best smart water bottles for each type of hydration goal.

DrinKup Smart Water Bottle

drinkup water bottle

The DrinKup water bottle uses a high-tech smart lid to track your water intake throughout the day. It logs the time and number of ounces you drink in an easy-to-read companion app while the lid itself has a screen which displays your current stats. In addition to tracking when and how much you’re drinking, the bottle generates on ongoing hydration status in the form of a percentage that’s viewable via the lid — as well as in the app. This indicates your current hydration level based on your daily goal that’s calculated given your height and weight. When the number drops below 80 percent, the lid vibrates and flashes a heart icon to alert you to drink. It also sends an alert to your phone.

On top of tracking water quantity, it also tracks water quality — just turn the bottle upside down, wait for it to vibrate, and turn it back over. The lid displays the current water temperature so you know if it’s grown stale. The $69 stainless steel bottle is sleek and durable with user-friendly features and the ability to sync with other apps such as Apple Health and Fitbit.

DrinKup

Hidrate Spark 2.0

hidrate spark 2.0

The Hidrate Spark 2.0 is simple — it works by glowing every time you should be drinking water. The system calculates your water needs in the companion app based on your height and physiology, then lights up throughout the day to remind you to take a swig. A Bluetooth-enabled microprocessor sensor underneath the lid tracks how much you consume while the companion app delivers your stats. The device is powered via two coin cell batteries which means you don’t have to routinely charge it.

The 24-ounce bottle, which comes in six color options, syncs with a host of apps and fitness trackers including the Fitbit Versa, Apple Watch, Apple Health, Google Fit, Under Armour Record, and Nokia Health Mate. It’s made of BPA-free Tritan plastic and is fully dishwasher safe although the removable sensor has to be detached each time. Overall, it’s a nice mid-range choice for just $55 that gets the job done.

Amazon Hidrate Spark

Hydra Techbottle

hydra techbottle

Built with plenty of smart features, this high-tech gadget is a water bottle, power bank, lantern, and mini Bluetooth speaker all in one. The water bottle portion holds 20 ounces of fluid and syncs with your phone to offer soothing sounds like the ocean surf or summer rain when falling asleep. A rechargeable 5-watt Bluetooth speaker sits on the lid which also syncs to your phone to play music while working out or moving around town. If you don’t have a smartphone, the speaker can also connect via a regular headphone jack, or work on its own as an FM radio — it even lets you take hands-free phone calls.

If you camp with the device, it provides a built-in lantern which delivers a soft glow around the campfire. Switch it into flashing red mode and you have an emergency light for survival situations. Best of all, you can use the bottom portion as a power bank to charge your phone. However, the downside of this $60 device is that it doesn’t have hydration alerts and the water bottle won’t keep fluids as cold as some stainless steel options.

Amazon Hydra

Bellabeat Spring

bellabeat spring

Made by the same company as the Bellabeat Leaf fitness tracker, the Spring features a unique set of body metrics it analyzes to determine your recommended daily water consumption. In addition to basic info such as your age, height, and weight, it also considers your activity level, local weather, and if you’re pregnant or breastfeeding. Though designed with women in mind, the 16-ounce water bottle is perfectly suited for men.

To use it, simply drink like you normally would throughout the day and shake left-to-right when finished to sync it with its companion app. It then sends smartphone reminders when it’s time to hydrate and also features a secure data backup so you won’t lose your metrics if something happens to your phone. At $89, it’s one of the pricier options, however, it has a sleek aesthetic and boasts one of the fastest sync times, making it worth the extra dough if drinking more water is a top health priority for you.

Bellabeat

The Right Cup

the right cup

Rather than motivating you with hydration alerts or attached gizmos, this smart water bottle gets you excited about drinking water by essentially tricking you into thinking it’s flavored. Aimed at people who don’t like the taste of regular water, it infuses the BPA-free plastic with different scented flavors of your choice including mixed berry, orange, apple, peach, cola, and grape.

The idea is that it feels more flavorful, allowing you to achieve the sensation of drinking juice or soda without the sugar or harmful chemicals. Based on the premise that roughly 80 percent of taste derives from your sense of smell, it lets your nose detect the aroma, making your tongue believe it’s drinking something more savory. You can purchase a single bottle of your favorite flavor, or purchase a variety of combination packs. The scent on each bottle lasts several months, provided you store it upside down as its instructions recommend.

Amazon The Right Cup

Deals

This discounted smartwatch is a cheap Apple Watch or Fitbit Versa alternative

The Amazfit Bip isn't an Apple Watch or Fitbit Versa, but at the discounted price of $67, it's a very affordable alternative packed with useful features. With built-in GPS and 30-day battery life, this cheap smartwatch is a great option to…
Deals

From Air to Pro, here are the best MacBook deals for February 2019

If you’re in the market for a new Apple laptop, let us make your work a little easier: We hunted down the best up-to-date MacBook deals available online right now from various retailers.
Deals

Here are 20 portable tech gadgets you’ll want to use every day

If you're looking for portable tech to keep you charged up while on the go (or for some great small gift ideas), we've rounded up 20 must-have gadgets. You'll find everything from a mini gaming controller to a folding Bluetooth keyboard.
Home Theater

Netflix vs. Hulu vs. Amazon Prime: Battle of the on-demand streaming giants

Trying to figure out which subscription streaming service to use while sticking to a frugal entertainment budget? Check out our updated comparison of the big three: Netflix, Amazon Instant Video, and Hulu.
Emerging Tech

Tokyo 2020 is on track to create Olympic medals with recycled electronics

The committee behind the Tokyo 2020 Olympics revealed that it is on target to be able to forge all winning athletes’ gold, silver and bronze medals from recycled electronic waste.
Outdoors

Skullcandy turns to action sports with the Vert Bluetooth earbuds

The new Skullcandy Vert Bluetooth earbuds are designed with action sports athletes in mind, putting audio controls on a convenient dial that provides glove-friendly options to pause and play music, and adjust volume.
Outdoors

Uber’s bikesharing service is eating into its regular business

A bikesharing service acquired by Uber nearly a year ago is causing riders to take fewer car journeys with the company. It is, however, part of the plan as Uber looks to offer an integrated mobility platform for cities.
Outdoors

Keep the rain away and the bugs at bay with this hybrid camping hammock

The new Kammock Mantis hammock is a lightweight all-in-one solution that includes a rainfly, built-in insect netting, onboard storage, and tree-friendly straps to create a complete and comfortable camping system that is easy to set up.
Outdoors

These wireless earbuds use an A.I. to get you moving faster

The new Soul Blade wireless earbuds provide the ability to track your heart rate during a workout while an A.I.-powered coach gives advice and info on how to improve form and efficiency while exercising.
Outdoors

The Naseka electric snowmobile is built for kids, but you’ll likely want one too

The Naseka electric snowmobile is a vehicle built for kids, allowing them to have a safe and efficient ride on snow, with the ability to trade out the ski for a wheel for use in the summer too.
Outdoors

General Motors cycles into a new market with its first-ever ebikes

When General Motors launched a public campaign last year to name its new ebike brand, many wondered if Bikey McBikeface might win out. But it didn't. Instead, it's called Arīv, and the two bikes are up for pre-order this week.
Deals

Under Armour drops prices on Gore-Tex Jackets, Pants, and backpacks

The UA Outlet Exclusive sale is going on right now through Monday, February 18. During this time, you can get up to 40 percent off a huge range of outlet items, including Gore-Tex rain gear.
Deals

Keep your MacBook safe and dry with an Under Armour backpack for under $50

Under Armour is having a huge sale this weekend to help you on your quest for a better backpack. The UA Outlet Exclusive sale is going on now through Monday, February 18th, offering great discounts on stormproof backpacks.
Outdoors

The best heated gloves keep your hands toasty warm in all temperatures

When temperatures plunge, the first thing that gets cold are your fingers. Ward off frostbite and keep your digits toasty warm with these best heated gloves.