This question is raised often times. Why would a person ever need a smart water bottle? They are outrageously expensive!
We cannot change the fact that they are expensive, but we can tell you that they are super useful. And we can think of hundreds of bullet points to prove that to you.
The truth is, listing down hundreds would be tiring for the writer and so for the readers to read. Therefore, we have squeezed it down to 17 points. Each of them emphasizes on how it is worth the money.
1. It can purify water
Water is the pantry of bacteria and viruses. It is so easy for water to get contaminated with health-sickening elements. It will happen even if you are two hundred percent careful.
Instead of finding ways to prevent those bacterium from contaminating the water (which it will eventually), you can think of sterilizing them before the consumption.
This is where smart water bottles come into play. You put regular water into it and this thing will purify it with state-of-the-art technologies. For example, LARQ Water Bottle uses UV-C LED technology to purify water up to 99.99% in less than 180 seconds. You can read more about this on our separate review here.
2. It can self-clean itself
It may sound like a dream that a bottle clean itself automatically when needed. If you still think it is not possible, pinch yourself out of it and say goodbyes to scrub-cleaning.
These smart bottles are smart enough. Most of the self-cleaning bottles will have an automated program to perform cleaning on the inside wall every few hours.
Basically what they do is activate UV rays or such cleaning technology inside the bottle which cleans the inner walls while also cleaning the water at the same time.
3. It is BPA free
While there are contradicting opinions about BPA whether it is harmful for health or not, it doesn’t hurt to be a little careful and avoid the risk entirely.
The plastic containers are where BPA (bisphenol A) is found the most. This includes the plastic water bottles we normally use. If you didn’t pay attention to it before, there are chances the bottle you are using right now contains BPA.
Luckily all smart bottles are BPA-free and use food-grade material for insulation. Some of them use stainless steel on the interior which is more durable and less likely to leach chemicals.
4. It is recyclable
Disposal of plastic is one of the biggest problems around the world. Since they don’t decompose in soil, they need a special treatment called recycling.
As a matter of fact, smart bottle companies take recyclability very seriously. They have this one vision in common: how to reduce waste while serving the purpose.
Most of these companies try to avoid plastic entirely as a material. If they do for some reason, they will tell you the exact way how to recyclable them or where to send them for such.
5. It will remind you to drink water
Water is the most overlooked body metric I can think of. It is so easy to not fulfill what our body demands on a daily basis.
It is not that people aren’t aware of it. They all know they have to drink enough water so that the body stays hydrated. But they forget.
This is the core feature of smart bottles. They will work hand-in-hand with you and remind you when to drink water with visual, audial, or mechanical feedbacks. They will spread the reminders throughout the day so that you are not pushed to drink a lot of water at once.
6. It will track your daily water intake
Another cool feature and a nice addition to reminder is that these water bottles can track your water intake. Here is how it works.
When you fill up the bottle with water, it will take its initial measure with its internal sensors. As soon as you drink some water out of it, the accelerometer will trigger the measurement unit to take anyone snap of it and keep it in the memory.
At the end of the day, you will be able to see how much water you consumed on the companion apps. Some of them can also graph the data over a certain period of time.
7. It is reusable
Reusability is crucial for any daily-used product. You don’t want to buy something that can be used a few times only. Low reusability means that you have to waste time on disposing them properly which is not you always want to do.
One of the upselling factors of smart water bottle is that they are reusable. We are talking not just a few but hundreds of hundreds of times!
These bottles are pricer than normal bottles because they got quality material for both the inside and the outside. Companies are inclined towards materials such as stainless steel which are less corrosive and last longer.
8. It can synchronize data with your favorite fitness apps
The term ‘Smart’ has a few responsibilities. One of them is the ability synchronize the data across multiple platforms. And that has to happen spontaneously.
Although it is just marking the beginning, smart bottles can already connect to a dozen of fitness platforms. This includes Apple Health, Google Fit, MyFitnessPal and so on.
It is usually a one-off process. This means you connect your bottle to your favorite apps once, and they will communicate with each other to have the latest data in both places without requiring manual action.
9. It works with Fitbit
Fitbit has categorized itself differently to regular smartwatches and people love that fact. They are indeed one of the most successful companies in the field of fitness trackers.
Since they have a large user base and a lot of people are committed to them, you might wonder if there is a smart bottle than can synchronize the data into Fitbit’s system. Luckily, there is. A few!
HidrateSpark Steel is a glowing water bottle that can sync with Fitbit and a couple other such as Apple Health, MyFitnessPal, and Garmin. The most likable aspects of this bottle are the beautiful LEDs which will remind you to drink via different colors.
10. It is not as heavy as you think
This is a common misconception. Since smart bottles are housing some sensors and technologies, it must be a lot heavier, right? Not at all!
These bottles weigh like any other metal bottles out there. Generally speaking, it is roughly around 0.8lbs – 1lbs (400-500g) and those sensors do not add much to the total weight.
Of course, if you choose yourself a large model, let’s say 21oz (600ml), it will be typically a bit heavier than the others. But again the bottle itself is larger now.
11. It can keep water hot and cold
This is a plus one for smart water bottles. Most of them come with insulated walls meaning you can put hot or cold inside, and it will try to maintain the temperature as long as possible.
Typically these bottles can keep cold water cold for around 24 hours and hot water hot for 12 hours (rough estimate). It can also vary depending on the bottle you buy.
Like any other insulated bottles, these are capable of preventing the bottles from sweating and leaking while you are traveling.
12. It could have Bluetooth speakers built-in
Just when you think you have seen something enough, something will storm in to prove you wrong. This is what I thought when I saw this for the first time.
There are some UNIQUE water bottles that are not just smart to keep you hydrated, but can also entertain you with some music. How about some dancing lights too?
The ICEWATER 3-in-1, as the name indicates, can hydrate you, play some music wirelessly and shoot dancing lights to the floor. I think, this is as smart as it gets!
13. It can also carry tea and coffee
Just like water, you are allowed to carry tea or coffee in your smart bottle. It will keep them hot for a fair amount of time. If you do so, the company would recommend you to hand scrub the inside because they can leave hard stain.
There are other bottles which are not exactly smart (they don’t have features like hydration reminder, water intake tracking) but can infuse tea and coffee. I don’t recommend them here because they are not helping the health directly.
14. It can readjust your recommended daily water intake based on activities
Some days you will need more water, some days you will need less. This is how complicated the human body is. Luckily, the smart water bottles can make it easier for you.
HidrateSpark 3 is the only one I am aware of so far that pulls activity data from Apple Health and creates personalized recommended water intake goals for you.
If you think about this, some days your body will need more water because you did more work. Calculating this manually would be extremely difficult. This bottle will clear this obstacle by looking at your activity data and performing the maths.
15. It has surprisingly good battery life
When we talk about electronic devices, one of the questions that can pop up in one’s mind is that “How long is the battery life of it?” or “How often do I have to recharge it?”.
Where most electronic devices struggle to offer a good battery life, the smart water bottles are surprisingly good at it.
In general, the rechargeable ones can last from 2 to 4 weeks depending on how you use it. The non-rechargeable ones can last from a few months up to a whole year varying from company to company.
16. It is rechargeable
People like rechargeable devices a lot more than those which require replacements. It’s because finding replacement parts is always a bit hasslesome.
While you will see a lot of smart bottles that support replaceable batteries only, you can as well find those that allow you to plug in a wall charger. As a daily used product, it makes more sense to choose rechargeable ones.
17. It can infuse fruits, veggies, and herbs into the water
We wanted to end this list with a little twist and we couldn’t think of anything better than this. Now we are talking fruits, veggies, and all the good stuff.
Bottles like the Savvy Infusion can infuse fresh fruits, veggies and herbs into the water. It has a compartment in the center from where the fruits gets infused into the water.
While technically it is not as smart as the others we discussed in this post, this bottle does make the water tastier and you will end up drinking more eventually. It can not get any more smarter I think!