Battle of the Bottles: What’s The Perfect Smart Water Bottle For You?By John Davis - September 8, 2017
Some consider smart water bottles a lousy investment. “Why spend $80 on a smart bottle that can hold as much water as a $20 bottle?” That’s one way of looking at it. But here’s another angle: Why shy away from spending more on a bottle that can encourage you to consume more of nature’s greatest healing element, water? Besides, health is wealth, so if you need more water in your body, you might want to consider investing in a smart water bottle.
Types of Smart Bottles
There are several smart bottles in the market, each with their own special features. I’ve divided them into three categories: Outdoorsy Bottles, Professional Bottles, and Fun Bottles.
Outdoorsy Bottles are those that you can take on camping trips, treks, or to the gym. They need to be tough to survive rigorous activities. It also helps if they boast extra features.
Professional bottles, on the other hand, are those that you can carry confidently while entering a conference room. They are not as tough as Outdoorsy Bottles, but at least they won’t look ridiculous on top of your desk. The goal of most Professional Bottles is to remind us to drink enough water amid a busy work day.
Finally, Fun Bottles are designed to teach kids healthy drinking habits. They often incorporate games as encouragement.
Outdoorsy Bottles Compared
The first bottle on our list is Hydra, the Swiss Army knife of water bottles. First, it holds up to 600ml (20oz) of water. Second, it emits white light for illumination, red flashing lights for safety while cycling, or rainbow colors to set the mood for a romantic under-the-stars date. Third, it plays music via Bluetooth, phone jack, or from local FM stations. Fourth, it’s a 4000mAh power bank, good enough for fully charging your phone once or twice. Finally, if you’re home and missing the great outdoors or if you need a white noise machine to help you slumber down, it emits the sound of crashing waves, falling rain, or crickets. Hydra’s features are great for campers, except for one major downside. While the bottle itself is durable, neither the speaker or charging port are waterproof.
Spritz is second on our list. It comes in a 13.5oz (400ml) and 20.3oz (600ml) version. Like Hydra, Spritz combines music with water. It claims to have a studio-grade speaker that can play music from your phone (via Bluetooth) or via microSD. Unlike Hydra, Spritz’s speaker is water resistant, so you can use it even when it’s raining. Spritz also tracks your water intake. Basically, you can set how often you want to drink and Spritz will send a notification to your phone when it’s time to take a sip.
The last two smart Outdoorsy Bottles on our list are Fontus Airo and Fontus Ryde. Airo and Ryde are smart in a totally different way. They don’t remind you when to drink and they don’t play music, but they can fill themselves up. You read that right. Both bottles use filters to capture water condensation which the bottle turns into drinking water. They also have remineralization capsules that will impart minerals into the air-captured water. Airo is for regular use, while Ryde is optimized for cyclists. How much water can each bottle produce? They can both hold up to 800ml of water, but the amount of water they can produce depends on ambient humidity.
|Hydra||Spritz||Fontus Airo||Fontus Ryde|
|Price||$59.99||Starts at $79.99||$250||$225|
|Smart Features||Bluetooth Speaker,
|Capacity||20oz (600ml)||13.5oz (400ml) or 20.3oz (600ml)||27oz (800ml)||27oz (800ml)|
|Material||BPA-Free Durable Material||BPA-Free Plastic, High-Impact Silicone Rubber Sleeve, Silicone Speaker Grill||Unknown||Unknown|
|Waterproof||No||IPX4 water resistant||Unknown||Unknown|
|Color(s)||Black, Orange, Red, Blue, Gray||Fuchsia Pink, Atomic Green, Marine Orange, Cool Blue||Black||Black|
|Battery Life||Less Than A Day Depending On Use||8 to 10 Hours||Comes with Solar Panel||Comes with Solar Panel|
|Charging Time||2 to 3 hours||Unknown||N/A||N/A|
|Dishwasher Safe?||Yes, but you should detach the speaker first.||Yes, but you should detach the speaker first.||Unknown||Unknown|
|Best Used For||Camping, Long Treks/Hikes, Cycling||Workout Activities, Sports||Hikes, Treks||Cycling|
|Where to Buy||Buy It Here||Buy It Here||N/A||N/A|
|Read Full Review||Read Full Review||Read Full Review||Read Full Review|
Professional Bottles Compared
On the other hand, our favorite Professional Bottles are Moikit Seed, YeCup 365, Ozmo Active, and Pryme Vessyl.
Moikit Seed is made of a medical-grade 304 stainless steel that is strong, erosion resistant, and lightweight. The material also acts as insulation, keeping cold water cold for up to 24 hours and hot water warm for up to 12 hours. Its special feature is its ability to track your water intake. Whenever you take a sip, it will display how much water you drank and how much more you need to stay hydrated for the day. The LED display on the cap will also light up if it thinks you’re under-hydrated. Finally, the LED display can show your water’s temperature as well as warn you if your water is going stale.
YeCup 365 also boasts a simple form-factor, but under its hood you’ll find several powerful features. It calls itself a “self-heating/cooling mug”, which is pretty self-explanatory. Simply put water in it, pair it with your smartphone, set the temperature using the companion app, and wait for a few minutes. Of course, heating and cooling several times a day takes a toll on its battery life. It can last for 3 to 10 hours, depending on your usage.
Ozmo Active is another smart bottle that tracks your water intake, but it can also also measure your coffee consumption. To make it even smarter, it bases your “recommended daily water intake” on several factors such as your weight, height, and activity level. Ozmo also lets you see your progress without having to use your phone. Simply look at the LED lights on the side of the bottle. If the lowest one is blinking, it means you’ve drank 20% of your recommended intake. The second light means 50%, the third light means 90%, and if all three are on, it means you’ve achieved your goal. Finally, Ozmo works with fitness trackers such as Fitbit to record your activity level and to increase your recommended water intake if needed.
Pryme Vessyl, like Ozmo Active, believes that we all have unique hydration needs. It considers your gender, age, weight, height, and a few other important factors. It can also partner with fitness trackers to accurately measure your activity level. What if you don’t have a fitness tracker? Using the app, you can tell Pryme what type of activity/workout you performed and for how long. Pryme will automatically adjust its recommendation.
|Moikit Seed||YeCup 365||Ozmo Active||Pryme Vessyl|
|Smart Features||Water Intake Tracker,
Measure Water Temperature,
Stale Water Warning
|Self-Heating/Cooling||Tracks Water Intake,
Recommends Daily Intake Based on Weight, Height, and Activity Level
|Tracks Water Intake,
Recommends Daily Intake Based on Gender, Age, Weight, Height, and Activity Level
|120z (354ml)||16oz (470ml)||16oz (470ml)|
|Material||304 Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel, Aluminum, BPA-Free Plastic||ABS Plastic, Tritan BPA Free Plastic||Durable Glass Interior, Tritan Exterior|
|Color||Metallic: Black, White, Pink, Red, Green, Sky Blue, Teal, Royal Blue
Matte: Orange, Green
|Metallic||Flagship Fusion, Seafoam Green, Shocking Pink, White, Java, Blue, Gray, Red, Purple||White|
|Battery Life||1 Year||3 to 10 Hours||3 Weeks||Up to 2 Days|
|Charging Time||Replaceable Battery||2 Hours||1 Hour||2 Hours|
|Dishwasher Safe?||Yes, except the cap.||No||No||No|
|Does It Work With Fitness Trackers?||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Where to Buy||Not Yet Available||Buy It Here.||Yes, Buy It Here||Yes, Buy It Here|
|Read Full Review||Read Full Review||Read Full Review||Read Full Review|
Finally, let’s talk about the Fun Bottles… or rather, “bottle”. Unfortunately, there’s only one smart bottle in this category, and that’s Gululu. Gululu is an interactive water bottle that comes in five pastel colors: Pink, Blue, Yellow, Violet, and Green. It includes a Tamagotchi-inspired virtual pet your kids can interact directly from a screen located on the side of the bottle. The pet encourages kids to drink more by incorporating a game that responds when they take a sip. The virtual pet grows and goes on adventures, but its progress will depend on your kiddo’s drinking habits.
|Smart Features||Virtual Pet,
Tracking and Monitoring via Smartphone App
|Material||Non-Toxic BPA-Free Plastic|
|Color||Pink, Blue, Yellow, Violet, and Green|
|Battery Life||2 Days (Normal Use)|
|Charging Time||3 Hours|
|Does It Work With Fitness Trackers?||No|
|Where to Buy||Buy It Here|
|Read Full Review|
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