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The Difference Between Distilled and Purified Water

distilled water vs purified water

You have a seemingly limitless number of choices when it comes to buying water at your favorite grocery or retail store. It can be difficult to know which kind of water is best to buy for which purpose. If you want to buy drinking water, you want something that is safe and good tasting. If you’re buying water to clean, cook or run through a device such as a humidifier or vaporizer, you want something that is clean and pure. Plus, of course, cost is always a factor.

Two of the most common types of bottled water are distilled water and purified water. To decide which is better for your needs, you need to know the differences between the two. To understand the differences, we first need to define and examine what is meant by “distilled” and “purified.”

What Is Distilled Water?

Distilled water is water that is forced to change states of matter to remove impurities (minerals and chemicals found in tap water, ground water or rain water). It is changed from water to gas, and then back to water. Scientifically speaking, this is accomplished by the processes of evaporation and condensation. Water is generally evaporated into a gas by applying heat to boil it. The gas is captured and then exposed to cool temperatures to trigger condensation. Once the water condenses, it is collected, and is now distilled water.

The Distillation Process

To get a better picture of how the distillation process is achieved, let’s look at how it could be accomplished in your kitchen:

  • You can start by pouring tap water into a pot. Place a glass bowl on top of the water, making sure it floats.
  • Turn on the stove burner and place the pot on top of it, bringing it to a boil.
  • Continually make sure the glass bowl is floating. If it starts to sink, turn down the heat.
  • As the water begins to boil, turn the cover of the pot upside down and place it on top of the pot.
  • Place some ice cubes or an ice pack on top of the inverted cover. Introducing the cold temperature will force another state-of-matter change, turning the evaporated gas into liquid condensation. That condensation is distilled water.
  • The glass bowl will collect the distilled water. You can use it right away or bottle it.

The distilled water you buy at the store is created in essentially the same way, just using massive machines in an industrial setting. It is important to note that most of the impurities typically found in tap water have a lower boiling point than water, which is why evaporation eliminates so many of them. However, some have a higher boiling point than water, which is why the process of distillation is more effective than simply boiling water and letting it cool.

What Is Purified Water?

Purified water is water that undergoes filtration and other processes to remove chemical and mineral impurities. It is important to note that while all purified water is filtered, not all filtered water is purified.

Physical Filtration Through Charcoal, Ion Exchange, and Reverse Osmosis

The filtration process can generally be divided into one of two categories: physical filtration and chemical filtration. Physical filtration, as the name would suggest, involves simply passing the water through materials that act like a sieve, leaving impurities behind and straining the “clean water” through. In chemical filtration, the water passes through a material or membrane and in doing so, creates a chemical reaction, the by-product of which is the removal of impurities. There are a variety of physical and chemical filtration techniques (including combinations of the two methods), but we will focus here on three of the most popular: physical filtration through charcoal, ion exchange and reverse osmosis.

Charcoal is a softer form of carbon and is both materially solid and chemically porous, which makes it an ideal natural sieve for the physical filtration of water. Most commercially available water-pitcher based filters use charcoal as the mechanism for their filtration. As water passes through the charcoal, many mineral impurities cannot pass through it, and are filtered out of the water that makes it into the pitcher.

The ion exchange method of purifying water is a good example of a chemical filtration process. While the chemistry involved is quite complex, we can give a brief overview that demonstrates the broad mechanics of how chemical purification is achieved. In an ion exchange, a chemical reaction causes a “bad” element (impurity) to be replaced with a “good” element (pure water).

The most common example of an ion exchange system is in a water softener. Salt is used as a catalyst to spark the chemical reaction to trade “bad” elements for “good.” Impurities are removed and water is softened for the tap, showers and appliances throughout a household. It is worth noting that the salt never actually mixes with the water; it just factors into the chemical reaction caused by the water and equipment.

Reverse osmosis is also a physical filtration process. It sounds very complicated, but it can be explained fairly easily. Osmosis itself is the act of water moving through some sort of semi-permeable (meaning relatively solid, but with some porousness) membrane. Due to the scientific principle of osmosis, water naturally moves from a higher concentrated form (purer water) to a lower concentrated form. That’s why reverse osmosis is a purification technique. By adding some sort of physical pressure generator into the technique, water is forced to move in the reverse direction, from less concentrated to more concentrated, therefore resulting in water that is more pure of minerals and chemicals. Most sink-based water filtration systems in homes and businesses employ a type of reverse osmosis system.

Benefits

Now that we’ve clearly defined the different techniques to produce distilled water vs. purified water, we can examine the advantages and disadvantages of each method.

Cost

Person showing money from his wallet

As you might imagine, distillation on any scale takes longer and involves more equipment than filtration. As the saying goes, “time is money,” and therefore, distilled water tends to be more expensive than purified water.

Many companies sell home water filtration and purification system-usually a Reverse Osmosis system that can be installed under a kitchen sink. These companies are quick to correctly point out that these systems are generally quite affordable, as opposed to purchasing all the equipment required to distill water on a large scale.

While charcoal filtration pitchers are probably the most affordable purification system commercially available, they vary considerably in the amount of impurities they can fully remove. Even the best filters on the market cannot remove impurities at the level that reverse osmosis systems can. Additionally, as filters wear out, they need to be replaced or they no longer serve their function as effectively. Over time, if a filter is not replaced, it can actually make the water in its pitcher less clear.

Taste

Girl drinking water

Taste is by its very nature subjective, so it’s hard to definitively say that either distilled or purified water is better tasting. The bottled water you buy at a convenience store or from a vending machine is typically purified rather than distilled, which may lead some to assume purified water tastes better. This is not necessarily the case, however, as different brands use different purification processes. Also, while specific impurities have to be at very low levels for water to be considered purified, some companies may place small amounts of harmless additives to improve flavor, or remove additional chemicals such as chlorine to create a more palatable taste.

Household Uses

Glass of water

It’s interesting to note that many people think distilled water is not drinkable because it is commonly recommended for use in machines like irons, vaporizers, and humidifiers. The reason distilled water works so well with those devices is that the amount of clogging mineral buildup is reduced significantly when distilled water is used instead of tap water.

Distilled water can be used to safely fill and replace water in aquariums. It can also be beneficial to “top off” certain types of car batteries. Some people also extoll the virtues of using distilled water to make ice cubes, as they tend to be exceptionally clear.

Health Advantages

Girls drinking water from a fountain

You may be surprised to learn that neither distilled nor purified water is intrinsically better for you. Arguments can be made for either, but ultimately both have had a large amount of impurities removed. They are both considerably better for you than drinking directly out of a faucet or a stream.

You should now have a better understanding of the differences between distilled water and purified water. While they undergo very different processes, the end goal is the same: mineral and chemical impurities are removed to provide clean, pure water. Distilled water has many practical household uses for machines and appliances since distillation reduces the amount of minerals that build up around faucets or vents. Purified water may have more flavor and cost less. While no technique can provide completely pure water, either is safer, cleaner alternative to unfiltered water.

Zero Water Filter: Is It Worth Your Money Or The Hype?

Zero Water Filter

Are you looking to buy a Zero water filter? Is it worth your money? Read this article to find out if you should or should not invest in it.

The Zero Water filter is one of the hottest water filtration systems on the market right now. But is it worth the hype and also the price? Does it do what it’s supposed to?

We compared the Zero Water filter against other popular water filtration systems to help you make the right choice for the health of your family.

Everybody knows that drinking water is essential for daily healthy living. Being fully hydrated means that your body is running at its best, and not having enough water can cause serious health issues.

However, it’s also important to ensure that the water you and your family are consuming is clean. Water quality can be a suspect thing, and in some areas of the U.S. the water is not safe to drink. 

Plus, it’s possible that water can come into contact with lead and other unsafe substances if the water-processing technology is old, which in many places it is.

Even in areas where the water quality is high, this doesn’t mean that the taste is the best. And the better your water tastes, the more likely everybody is to drink enough of it. This is why many people are in search of a great water filter to ensure their family’s safety and hydration.

One of the most popular water filters on the market is the Zero water filter system. But is it worth the hype? We tested this product to find out.

What is the Zero Water Filter?

The Zero Water filter is a pitcher/tank water-filtration system. This means that you won’t have to have any weird gadgetry attached to your kitchen sink. Plus, the pitcher is an attractive and lightweight contraption that’s sure to find a home in any kitchen refrigerator. This is also very handy since even a child can operate it.


There are a few different models of the Zero Water filter: A 6-cup version, an 8-cup version, a 10-cup version and a 12-cup version come in “pitcher” varieties. These can be poured like a pitcher or dispensed from the bottom by way of a nozzle. The nozzle is useful for people like children or the elderly who may not be able to easily lift the pitcher for pouring.


There are also larger “tank” versions of the ZeroWater filtration system which come in a 20-cup, 30-cup and a whopping 40-cup size. These are designed to sit inside your refrigerator and can only be drained by the nozzle.


In addition, the ZeroWater company also produces a self-filtering cup for filtering water on the go.


Probably the most famous pitcher system is the Brita system, but the Zero Water filter operates quite differently. Most pitcher systems (like the Brita) make use of a carbon-based filter that causes contaminants like metals and chlorine to attach to the filter, thus allowing the purified water to pass through.


However, the ZeroWater filter acts differently. It actually has a five-stage filtering system, whereas most pitcher systems only have one. This, ZeroWater proclaims, produces water that is completely pure and very similar to a distillation process.


For those unaware, there is a difference between traditional filtered water and distilled water. Distilled water is the purest kind of water that you can obtain, and it’s generally produced by heating water enough to turn it into vapor and then filtering the vapor.


Distilled water tends to be more expensive than filtered water due to the intensive process required to make it. Most people don’t go all the way for true distilled water due to the effort it takes to obtain it. Plus, water distillers tend to be far more expensive than water filtration systems.


ZeroWater’s filtration system is about as close as you can get to the distilled water without actually distilling it. In fact, ZeroWater is so confident in their system that the ZeroWater filter comes with a Total Dissolved Solids meter. This is used to measure the amount of “solids” or contaminants that are left in the water.


Confidently, they say that when you use the ZeroWater filter, this Total Dissolved Solids meter will always read zero (thus, the name of the product.)

Pros

Cons

  • Very effective and low cost
  • Some reviews say that it only was good for a month
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Product Specifications

  • Material: Plastic
  • Size: 12.2 x 6 x 11.6 inches (for the 10-cup pitcher)
  • Weight: 1 pound (when not filled with water)
  • Can you use other filters? No, the Zero system will only fit ZeroWater filters
  • Target Audience: Water drinkers

Pricing

The pricing of the Zero Water filter depends on the size that you get. Different sizes are also available at different outlets. The most popular ZeroWater filters are probably the 10-cup pitcher version and the 20-cup tank version. These are available at Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond, Walmart, Kettle and Cord, and other similar outlets.

The full fleet of ZeroWater filters is available directly through the ZeroWater company website. The pricing list is as follows:

  • 6-cup pitcher
  • 7-cup pitcher
  • 8-cup pitcher
  • 8-cup pitcher (stainless steel)
  • 8-cup pitcher (round)
  • 8-cup pitcher (clear)
  • 10-cup pitcher (round)
  • 10-cup pitcher
  • 10-cup pitcher (ready pour)
  • 12-cup pitcher (ready pour)
  • 20-cup (ready pour)
  • 30-cup (ready pour)
  • 40-cup (ready pour)

As you can see, there is a variety here to choose from. Most home-dwellers will probably go with one of the smaller options as the 40-cup option is actually intended to be available to commercial outlets, which is why it is harder to find.

Of course, if you purchase the ZeroWater filtration system, you’ll also have to have an eye on how much the replacement filters cost. You can see the breakdown on the Zero Water filter site.

The cost of the price per filter goes down the more that you buy at a time.

How it Compares

Of course, it’s important to stack the Zero Water filter up against its competition to see if it’s worth the price. We have compared the Zero Water filter with a few other brands to understand how it stacks up against the other options on the market. 

Brita Water Filter

Ease of Use

Both the Zero and the Brita water pitchers are of similar ease, though the Zero Water pitcher does come with the extra dispensing nozzle on the side and the Brita does not. But in terms of the actual pitcher, both operate the same way.

Assembly Time  

Installing the filters on both is the exact same level of ease.

Build Quality  

The Zero Water filter is of higher quality than the Brita most of the time, which is likely why it’s more expensive.

Warranty  

Zero Water has a 90-day warranty from time of purchase, while Brita has a 30-day, money-back guarantee and a one-year warranty.

Pros

Cons

  • Larger and taller than the average water filter pitcher
  • Removable lid, since it is very easy to remove, it also falls off easily

MAVEA Water Pitcher

MAVEA zero water filter

Ease of Use

Both pitchers are equally as easy to use, though the MAVEA pitcher has no side nozzle. The MAVEA can be filled one-handed without removing the lid, while the Zero cannot.

Assembly Time  

Installing the filters on both is the exact same level of ease.

Build Quality  

Both are of high-quality build.

Warranty  

ZeroWater has a 90-day warranty from time of purchase, and MAVEA has a year-long warranty based on date of purchase (with proof of purchase). 

Pros

Cons

  • It is easy and convenient to use.
  • It is a bit heavy

Amazon Basics Pitcher

AmazonBasics zero water filter

Ease of Use

Both pitchers are equally as easy to use as each other.

Assembly Time  

Installing the filters on both is the exact same level of ease.

Build Quality  

The Zero is of a higher quality than the Amazon Basics pitcher. 

Warranty  

ZeroWater has a 90-day warranty from time of purchase, and Amazon Basics offers a limited one-year warranty.

Pros

Cons

  • Most affordable water filter pitcher available online
  • Lid may be too tight

Pros and Cons: Zero Water Filter

Pros of the Zero Water Filter

  • High-quality build. The Zero Water filter is definitely one of the higher-quality-build water filters. It is made very solidly and will certainly survive a few drops if it has to. 
  • Excellent filtration technology. The Zero Water filters do come with the Total Dissolved Solids meter and the filters do, indeed, produce a reading of zero if the filter is used properly. 
  • Great-tasting water. There were very few testers who didn’t like the taste of Zero filtered water, while some other water filtration systems (notably the PUR system) received much more mixed reviews on taste. 
  • Lots of options. The Zero Water filter system offers tons of sizes, styles and materials to choose from when you’re picking your pitcher or tank. Many companies only have limited options. 

Cons of the Zero Water Filter

  • Expensive filters. The ZeroWater filters are some of the most expensive on the market.
  • Not ubiquitous. “Brita” is the name of the game for a reason – the filters are everywhere. Zero filters are harder to purchase and aren’t available in as many places. 
  • Relatively slow filter time. The Zero is one of the slower water-filtration systems due to the proprietary 5-step process.
  • Lacking warranty period. There is a warranty period on the Zero, but it’s not nearly as generous compared to many other options on the market.

Conclusion: Zero Water Filter

Overall, we’re going to go with a four out of five star rating on the ZeroWater filter.  

The thing about water filters is that, in many ways, they are all similar to each other. The main thing depends on the taste of the water itself, and how clean you want or need your water to be. In most municipalities the water is safe to drink, so removing further impurities is a matter of personal preference.  

The Zero does remove a lot of contaminants from water, and it consistently comes out on top when water purity tests are concerned. Basically, it does exactly what it says it will do. If you are seeking for the purest water you can get out of a filter without actually having a water distiller, then the Zero is probably the best choice.  

The Zero also ranks very highly on taste. Even picky water drinkers enjoyed the taste of the Zero, likely because it removed so many impurities that there weren’t any left to linger and make the water taste “off.” Again, the ZeroWater filter does an amazingly good job at water filtration and it reflects in the clean taste of the water.  

The main downside to the Zero is the price. It is easily one of the most expensive water filtration systems on the market where long-term use is concerned. Even if you purchase the water filters in the biggest bulk that you can to take advantage of the discount.

In terms of their longevity, ZeroWater filters are supposed to remove around 18,000 dissolved solids per milligram of water before being replaced.  

How long it will take your filters to be maxed out depends on the water of the district that you live in. Obviously, districts with higher degrees of solids in the water source will go through Zero filters faster than districts with fewer.  

ZeroWater estimates that you will get around 25-40 gallons out of each filter before the filter will need to be replaced, assuming you live in a place with average water quality.  

Basically, if you want very clean water and are willing to pay a bit more for it, the Zero is a great choice. If you just want filtered water, there are cheaper options on the market. 

Fiji Water Bottle: Size and Compare Them to Their Competitors

Fiji water bottle

Fiji Water is one of the leading imported bottled waters in the United States. Straight from the islands of Fiji, this water is purified and packaged in several sizes. If you are looking for a high quality bottled water, a Fiji water is a great option. While there are several downsides to using disposable bottles, Fiji has a number of options to help you avoid creating excess waste. Fiji is great if you are on the go and need a more portable, recyclable and premium choice. This guide will look at various options for bottled water, review the complete specifications of Fiji water, and highlight the pros and cons of choosing this bottled water.

What Is Fiji Water?

Fiji Water is imported from the islands of Fiji and is marketed as a premium bottled water choice. It is collected from a natural aquifer and is some of the purest water available. It’s in a stylish bottle, with multiple varieties to fit your different needs. There are, however, some downsides and environmental concerns about using bottled water. Consider the pros and cons of drinking bottled water, and be sure to recycle those stylish, characteristic Fiji bottles.

The bottles range from 330mL to 1.5L. The 700mL, or 23.7oz., bottle features a sports cap which makes it a more convenient way to drink with one hand. It’s also great if you find yourself losing your bottle cap. The bottle is designed to be carried on your bike or in your car’s cup holder. You don’t need to settle for lower quality water just because you are exercising, tackling a rough bike trail or navigating rush hour traffic.

Fiji’s distinctive bottle features a blue background and a pink hibiscus flower. It’s a bold and memorable design, and the brand carries this same image through all of their marketing. However, the sleek bottles are not as ergonomic as other brands. Fiji Water chose fashion over functionality, but the tall, square bottles aren’t overly uncomfortable to hold, particularly the 700mL sports bottle.

Fiji’s water is slightly alkaline and can have an aftertaste of minerals. Most people find that it’s one of the more pure and mild waters on the market, and it is often rated as one of the most popular choices.

Describing Water

Ever have a bottle of water that tastes great, but the only word that comes to mind is “Good”? We gathered a few basic words to describe water that will help guide you to not only choose the best bottled water for your needs but also better appreciate your drinking water. In no particular order, here are some common words used to describe bottled water.

Fresh

Fresh is most used to describe water that has some acidity. Particularly when the water is cold because slightly acidic water gives a cold, or cooling, mouth feel. The opposite is stale, which usually means the water is too neutral and lacks any minerals. Stale water results in a profile that is bland and uninviting.

Pure/Plain

If you enjoy having little or no minerals in your water, then you will describe almost flavorless water as, “Pure.” If, however, the thought of mineral-free water doesn’t suit you, you’ll probably describe it as, “Plain.” Either way, they usually stem from the same feature. These waters have few minerals and are purified. It is less of an acquired taste than mineral water, but some people don’t like the overly plain or bland mouth feel.

Minerals

The amount of minerals in water has a love-hate relationship with customers. Depending on the water you are used to drinking, mineral-heavy water can either taste distinctive, flavorful, natural or sour, musty and like chemicals. This flavor profile is strikingly correlated with your past experiences. If you drank mineral water growing up, you probably prefer the stronger flavor profile and mouth feel of water with minerals. If, on the other hand, you are used to very purified water, mineral water will probably have tastes anywhere from musty to sour to distinctive. None of the premium waters on this list have mineral attributes. Blind taste testers usually enjoy the pure and soft flavor profile of each of these high-quality waters. Some individuals can taste slight mineral notes in Fiji Water, but it is generally well-received.

Soft or Hard

Soft and hard tastes are often due to the amount of minerals in your water. Soft water can be purer and have less sharp, salty or acidic tastes. Hard flavors result from certain mineral combinations that can make your water feel and taste less smooth.

What is Alkaline Water?

Most premium waters are slightly alkaline. They often use this as a selling point by highlighting the benefits of drinking alkaline water. Alkaline describes the overall pH levels in your drink. Out of 10, ideally you want a pH that is mostly neutral, or between six and eight. If the number is lower than six, it means the water is acidic. A level higher than eight is considered alkaline, and some say it isn’t great for your teeth. Fiji Water is rated between 8 and 8.5 on the pH scale. This means it is slightly alkaline. It is controversial whether alkaline water has any health benefits or not, as there is some short-term research to support both sides of the argument. In taste tests, most individuals prefer either a neutral or slightly alkaline water.

Specifications

Fiji Water

FIJI Natural Artesian Water, Bottles (16.9 Ounce Bottles Pack of 48)
  • Prices range from: $39.95, $37.00, $30.00, $37.00, $50.00, respectively
  • Sizes: 330mL, 500mL, 700mL, 1L, 1.5L
  • Case sizes: 36, 24, 12, 12, 12, respectively
  • Delivery plans available
  • Free delivery

Pricing

Fiji Water is one of the more expensive brands of water when you look at the entire bottled water market. However, when compared to other premium brands, Fiji Water is a good mid-range choice. It isn’t as expensive per ounce as Boxed Water, but it’s more pricey than Nestle Resource Spring Water. Each size bottle has a different price range, and all prices are listed at the full amount. If you subscribe to monthly deliveries, each of these brands offer a discount. With as much as 20% off and free shipping, it’s a cost-effective choice if you are going to be a loyal customer of one of these brands.

Additional Items

In what is mostly a marketing strategy, Fiji Water also sells an entire line of accessories with their bold, blue-and-white color palette. Fiji offers everything from a beach ball and blanket, to silver sleeves for your bottles. The coaster-like sleeves are designed to keep your bottle from sweating on your table and also provide a firmer grip. They are incredibly expensive for their purpose, at $30-$35 each. However, if you want your bottled water to look even more sophisticated, or if you don’t like moving coasters around your house, they can serve their purpose effectively. Don’t worry, if traditional coasters are more your style then Fiji Water also has those for sale.

How It Compares

Take a look at how Fiji compares to some of the other popular bottled water brands currently on the market.

FIJI Natural Artesian Water, Bottles (16.9 Ounce Bottles Pack of 48)
  • Pure water drawn from an artesian aquifer in the Yaqara Valley of Viti Levu, Fiji. FIJI Water is untouched by human...
  • From $35 for 36 330mL bottles, around $37.00 for 24 500mL bottles, about $30.00 for 12 700mL bottles
  • Ease of Use: 4 stars
  • Water Quality: 5 stars
  • Bottle Quality: 4 stars
  • Monthly Subscription: 20% discount
  • Less than $50 for 24 700mL bottles
  • Ease of Use: 4 stars
  • Water Quality: 5 stars
  • Bottle Quality: 3 stars
  • Monthly Subscription: $50 off first order

Nestle’s Resource Spring Water is a nondescript bottle of some of the best drinking water on the market. It scores as high as Fiji but is a far less iconic brand. The 700mL bottles are a standard size and shape, which fits well in cupholders. It contains natural electrolytes, which are not only healthy but also give the water a pure yet refreshingly crisp taste. This water is only offered in a single size, so it’s not as convenient as Fiji Water. The bottle quality is rated poorly due to the plain, unassuming look that makes it difficult to stand out against other premium waters. If you want to drink some of the highest quality water but don’t want your friends to know it, this is a great choice for you.

JUST Water, Premium Pure Still Spring Water in an Eco-Friendly BPA...
  • FRESH, PURE & NATURALLY DELICIOUS: Our refreshing alkaline spring water has a pH of 8.0. The natural spring water is...
  • PLANT-BASED BOTTLE: Our spring water bottle is made from paper that comes from FSC-certified forests, so trees are...
  • SUSTAINABLY SOURCED: JUST Water is natural, pure still spring water that comes from Glens Falls, NY. We only bottle a...
  • Less than $30 for 24 330mL bottles, from $20 for 12 500mL bottles
  • Ease of Use: 4 stars
  • Water Quality: 4 stars
  • Bottle Quality: 4 stars
  • Monthly Subscription: 15% discount

A great minimalist design and a memorable name, this brand has highly rated spring water out of Glens Falls, New York. Just Water is another slightly alkaline water, but this time it is a bit heavier on the mineral taste. The bottle is an 82 percent renewable resource, and it’s recyclable in most areas. While the environmental aspects of this company are excellent, the bottle style chose fashion over functionality. Similar to Fiji Water, Just Water chose a square, straight-edged design that makes it less ergonomic and more difficult to fit in cup holders. However, check in your area to be sure it is truly recyclable for you because some areas can’t recycle this type of bottle.

Boxed Water 16.9 oz. (12 Pack) – Purified Drinking Water in 92%...
  • 100% PURE, REFRESHING WATER – With Boxed Water Is Better, you can enjoy 100% purified water with no added minerals –...
  • PLANT-BASED BOXES – Better than bottled water or can water, our boxes are made of paper from sustainable, well-managed...
  • CLEAN, CRISP TASTE – We use an 8-step water purification process, including reverse osmosis & carbon filtration, to...
  • Less than $45 for 24 500mL boxes
  • Ease of Use: 3 stars
  • Water Quality: 4 stars
  • Bottle Quality: 4 stars
  • Monthly Subscription: 20% discount

Boxed Water is the most environmentally friendly option on our list, with cardboard cartons that are recyclable and renewable. It’s a great choice if you are looking to avoid that environmental concern many have with using bottled water. The water is closer to neutral, and it has less mineral taste than other brands. However, it’s by far the least comfortable or user-friendly container. The cartons are, obviously, very boxy, and the top fold gets in the way of the drinking spout. It’s not a convenient shape for on-the-go individuals. Don’t think about putting this in your bicycle water cage or in your hiking backpack. The intentionally-plain design is memorable and eye catching in a minimalist way. It is reasonably priced but slightly more expensive than Fiji Water’s comparative size.

Benefits of Fiji Water Bottles

Fiji Water is an excellent choice for a number of reasons. This imported water is regularly rated not only incredibly pure but also refreshing and crisp. In blind tests, it’s usually one of the top rated on the market. It has a distinctive look, which is visually appealing and memorable. It’s a great option if you want guests to know you are giving them quality water. The monthly subscription is one of the best deals, at 20% off each case and free delivery. The bottles are all reasonably priced, and often less expensive than Fiji’s competitors. This brand is one of the most versatile, with five different sizes available. Larger bottles are great for use at home and are more sustainable that a lot of smaller bottles. The smaller bottles are portable, fit in cup holders and are good for parties and large groups. The 700mL sports bottle has one of the best spouts available for premium water.

Drawbacks of Fiji Water Bottles

There are, of course, several downsides to choosing Fiji Water. This brand uses only plastic bottles, which are far worse on the environment than more sustainable choices like paper. While imported water has an exotic feel, it can also create a larger carbon footprint. Prices compared to other premium brands are competitive, but when compared to more mid-ranged water bottles Fiji Water is quite expensive. While the bottle shape is memorable, it’s not a comfortable or practical shape for carrying in your bag, in your car or even in your hands.

Pros

  • Highly rated taste
  • Distinctive branding
  • Good monthly discount
  • Flexible sizing

Cons

  • Impractical bottle shape
  • Less sustainable
  • Higher price compared to the whole market

Comparison Table

Product

Features

Price & Reviews

FIJI Natural Artesian Water, Bottles (16.9 Ounce Bottles Pack of 48)

  • Ease of Use: 4 stars
  • Water Quality: 5 stars
  • Bottle Quality: 4 stars
  • Monthly Subscription: 20% discount

Resource Natural Spring Water, 33.8 Ounce

  • Ease of Use: 4 stars
  • Water Quality: 5 stars
  • Bottle Quality: 3 stars
  • Monthly Subscription: $50 off first order

JUST Water, Premium Pure Still Spring Water in an Eco-Friendly BPA...

  • Ease of Use: 4 stars
  • Water Quality: 4 stars
  • Bottle Quality: 4 stars
  • Monthly Subscription: 15% discount

Boxed Water 16.9 oz. (12 Pack) – Purified Drinking Water in 92%...

  • Ease of Use: 3 stars
  • Water Quality: 4 stars
  • Bottle Quality: 4 stars
  • Monthly Subscription: 20% discount

Conclusion

As a bottled water company, Fiji still remains one of the leading providers of pure, crisp water. Its slightly alkaline taste is refreshing, without tasting bland. The bold bottle is memorable, but hardly the most practical choice. If you are looking for the next bottle choice for your hiking trip or looking for a great bottle to take to the gym, this is not for you. However, if you want a healthy and great tasting water at both the office and at home, these bottles will be perfect for you. Monthly subscriptions are a great deal and help offset the premium price.

Fitbit Water Bottle: The Best Smart Water Bottles to Keep You Hydrated

fitbit water bottle

There are lots of tricks to remind you to drink more water. Some people draw lines on their water bottles. Others use sticky notes in strategic locations to remind them to drink water. Still others set multiple alarms on their phone throughout the day. If those sound like a lot of work, or if they’ve failed you in the past, there’s a smarter, more precise way to encourage you to drink more water. There are a range of smart water bottles available that can link with your Fitbit. Using a Fitbit water bottle is an excellent, modern way to adequately hydrate while keeping up an active lifestyle. This complete review will look in-depth at several smart water bottles, compare their pros and cons and give an overall star rating for the most popular and highly rated bottles available. You can finally keep up your water intake while enjoying your surroundings, whether it’s your daily commute or a hike in the woods.

What is a Smart Water Bottle?

Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle (Teal) - Tracks Water Intake &...
Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle (Teal) - Tracks Water Intake &...

Smart water bottles use the latest technology to record your water intake. You can create a profile, record your daily and even hourly intake and link it with almost any device. By doing this, you can match your water levels with your activity levels to ensure adequate hydration. Some bottles will even give you reminders to drink or will send your device a reminder to drink. They match perfectly with your Fitbit tracker. It’s an excellent choice if you have a daily workout routine but struggle to keep hydrated. Even if you don’t work out, it’s still a convenient way to stay on top of your water levels. If you’re constantly forgetting to drink water, it’s a smart way to remind yourself. Or, if you naturally drink plenty of water and are not concerned with your water intake, these water bottles will be an expensive investment that will merely tell you what you already know. Think about what you need in a water bottle and decide whether these features are worth a premium price for your situation.

Do I Need a Fitbit?

No, you don’t. Smart bottles are designed to link with your Fitbit tracker in order to provide reminders and record your water intake data. However, all of these bottles can also be linked to other devices if you don’t have a Fitbit. Generally, smart bottles are compatible with iOS and Android systems as well as Fitbit trackers and watches. The advantage of a Fitbit tracker is that you can compare your water levels with your daily activity. Some bottles give you a rough estimate of your water needs based on your size, weight and reported activity. With a Fitbit, you don’t have to guess. The two metrics are correlated, giving you an accurate picture of the amount of water you need on an hourly basis. Depending on the bottle, the water level can be as accurate as 2 ounces, or a more general amount. Some work very well for small sips, while others often miss these small increments.

Reviewing the Hidrate Spark 2.0

Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle (Black) - Tracks Water Intake &...
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There are several highly rated Fitbit water bottle models available. This review will specifically focus on the Hidrate Spark 2.0. It’s a well-respected brand and self-proclaims a customer review rating of 4.8 stars. These reviews, the bottles specifications and professional reviews will all be used to compare this bottle to some competitors and offer an overall star rating out of 5 stars.

The Hidrate Spark 2.0 has all the same features that are typical of a smart bottle, and a few unique ones. It has a light that will glow or blink to remind you to drink more water if you haven’t hit your goal. As far as smart bottles go, it’s reasonably priced. The app sometimes struggles to recognize your Fitbit, but once they are synced, it’s an intuitive system. This bottle has a very limited warranty at only 90 days. However, if you aren’t convinced a smart bottle is for you, this one is extremely small for its price. The Tritan plastic is durable, but $55 can buy you a durable stainless steel bottle that doesn’t have the extra features of this bottle. If you are looking for a smart bottle that fits on your bike or is easy to carry while on a short hike, this is a great option. If you aren’t sold with the whole idea of smart water bottles, you may need a more cost-effective model to be convinced. It also isn’t an insulated bottle, so don’t expect ice-cold water during a hot day, and don’t use it for any hot drinks.

Specifications of the Hidrate Spark 2.0

Price Range:

$45 to $60

Size:

24 Oz.

Lid Type:

Flip-top lid

Connectivity:

Bluetooth

Battery Type:

CR2032

Key Features:

BPA free, Glow reminder, App Compatible with Fitbit and Apple Health Kit, 10% of profits go to the National Kidney Foundation, Five colors available

Pricing

As far as water bottles go, the $50 to $60 starting price range is higher than all but the most premium stainless steel bottles. It’s easily two or three times more expensive than a similar size and build quality. However, as a smart bottle, the Hidrate Spark 2.0 is one of the most cost-effective brands on the market. Similar bottles cost up to $99 and often have less ounces than the Spark 2.0. If you are looking for a budget-friendly water bottle, this isn’t a good choice. However, if you want a budget-friendly smart bottle, this is the best on the market.

Comparing Smart Water Bottles

Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle (Teal) - Tracks Water Intake &...
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Ease of Use:

Build Quality:

Warranty:

Thermos 24 Ounce Hydration Bottle with Connected Smart Lid, Teal
  • Measures the intake of liquids while providing real-time temperature readings.
  • The Hydration Calculator calculates your suggested hydration goal based on your personal data.
  • Chart and graph daily, weekly, and monthly hydration progress.

Ease of Use:

Build Quality:

Warranty:

This smart bottle is well-priced for 24 ounces and smart features. It has a rechargeable battery that should last up to 12 days. It’s only designed for water, so don’t try to use it with any hot liquids. This smart bottle will also tell you the temperature of your water, but without any insulation, the temperature will usually read warmer than you would like. It comes in two transparent colors and has a convenient spout. The bottle itself won’t send you any alerts, but your Fitbit will let you know where your hydration levels are. Thermos is a great company to work with, and they have a five-year warranty on the bottle for any production errors. It’s a great option if you want an inexpensive bottle from a well-trusted brand with a good warranty. Because it is clear, it’s also easy to see how much water you have drank rather than relying totally on the smart sensors.

ozmo Smart Bottle, Green
  • health|connected|sport|smartphone|fitness|hydration|sensors|bottle|Ozmo Active|tritan|ABS

Ease of Use:

Build Quality:

Warranty:

The Ozmo bottle has lots of unique features with a pricier model. It’s only 16oz., so it’s not ideal for longer bike rides or workouts. It also has a rechargeable battery, which means you’ll be plugging it in with your Fitbit, phone and other devices. It has more integrated technology, with lights on the side and vibrating alarms to remind you to drink more water. It’s the only bottle on this list that is insulated, and it’s also designed for hot drinks. It has a one-year warranty, which is average for the industry. Keep track of your coffee and water intake, and finally figure out which one you drink more of. The coffee-mug-like design makes it great for a casual cup at the office or your daily commute, but it doesn’t seem to be designed with athletic lifestyles in mind. It doesn’t have a convenient lid or shape to use on a bike ride. If you want a smart bottle to balance your coffee and water drinking habits and one that has a more accurate water sensor system, the Ozmo smart bottle is a great choice.

H2OPal Smart Water Bottle Hydration Tracker
  • H2OPal is a smart water bottle that automatically tracks your hydration and sends smart reminders
  • Auto-adjusts your goals based on activity, weather, and profile (height, sex, etc.) information.
  • Premium glass bottle to best preserve fresh taste of water. Don't use with carbonated water/drinks.

Ease of Use:

Build Quality:

Warranty:

If you want the trendiest looking bottle at the more premium price, try the H2OPal. It’s got a sleek glass bottle design with rubber trim and an easy-to-use app. If you think the idea of a glass water bottle sounds fragile, you would be correct. It’s one-year warranty is an acceptable amount, but the bottle is not designed for rugged use. If you run on a treadmill or an indoor track, it’s a great bottle to keep by your gym bag. It isn’t a great option for taking on your biking trip or long hike, however. While it is more enjoyable to drink out of glass, the bottle also doesn’t insulate your water. It’s 18.6-ounce size means you’ll be refilling it many times throughout the day. It syncs well with Fitbit, which is a good feature. Try it for a stylish, high-quality bottle that works well on your daily commute or at the office.

Comparison Table

Product

Features

Price & Reviews

Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Water Bottle (Teal) - Tracks Water Intake &...

  • Ease of Use: 4 stars
  • Build Quality: 4 stars
  • Warranty: 2 stars

Thermos 24 Ounce Hydration Bottle with Connected Smart Lid, Teal

  • Ease of Use: 4 stars
  • Build Quality: 4 stars
  • Warranty: 5 stars

ozmo Smart Bottle, Green

  • Ease of Use: 5 stars
  • Build Quality: 4 stars
  • Warranty: 3 stars

H2OPal Smart Water Bottle Hydration Tracker

  • Ease of Use: 4 stars
  • Build Quality: 3 stars
  • Warranty: 3 stars

Benefits of Hidrate Spark 2.0

There are many Fitbit water bottle choices on the market, and each of them have their own positive and negative features. The Hidrate Spark 2.0 is one of the most inexpensive, highly rated bottles. It’s a great choice for an active lifestyle. The durable plastic fits easily in your backpack or on your bicycle. The warm glow of its reminder is both visually appealing and more convenient than a vibrate or alarm feature. If you are looking for a straightforward smart bottle with basic features, it’s a great choice. It’s also great for spreading awareness about kidney disease. Ten-percent of the profits of this bottle goes to the National Kidney Foundation. The flip top lid and spout are great for drinking with one hand. Each of the five colors gives the bottle a stylish look, but it doesn’t stand out too much. As a smart bottle, the choice of non-rechargeable batteries means that you don’t have to worry about plugging it in every week. The batteries will last six months or longer.

Drawbacks of Hidrate Spark 2.0

As a $55 bottle, you would expect more water capacity or durability. A stainless steel design would go a long way to making this bottle seem more cost-effective when looking for your next water bottle. Some customers have trouble syncing this particular brand with their Fitbit. While the non-rechargeable batteries are convenient in the meantime, the long-term reality is that you will have to replace these batteries and pay more for them than a rechargeable battery. Without a vibration feature, it’s hard to receive reminders if the bottle is out of sight, such as when it is strapped to your bicycle. Some of the push notifications also seem a bit childish for this bottle. While it reasonably tracks your overall intake, the sensor is not designed to catch small amounts of water. If you are a chronic sipper, there may be an issue with inaccurate measurements. More than a few customers felt the initial setup of the app and bottle were overly complicated, which is not a good start for anyone who is impatient or skeptical of smart water bottles.

Pros

  • Durable plastic
  • Easily in your backpack or on your bicycle
  • Each of the five colors

Cons

  • Bottle were overly complicated

Conclusion

The problem of under-consumption of water is a real issue for some people. If you struggle to drink more than a glass or two a day and love the personal metrics your Fitbit provides, a Fitbit water bottle will be a fun and useful purchase. It’s a nice way to make you drink your recommended amount of water. However, if you aren’t sold on the idea, or if you feel you already drink enough water, the Hidrate Spark 2.0 is a very expensive water bottle for only holding 24 ounces. For this reason, it receives 4 out of 5 stars. If you are in the market for a smart water bottle, it’s a great option with several unique features and an excellent price. The glowing alert is a handy addition to its push notifications, and it has a durable and sleek design that works well on a bike trail or in a designer’s studio.

The Sonicare Water Flosser: A Flosser You Probably Don’t Need

The Sonicare Water Flosser

The idea behind the Sonicare water flosser /air flosser is cool, but most people seeking advanced flossing solutions would be better off looking at Waterpik water flossers. They tend to last longer and do a better job than the air flosser.

Floss sure has come a long way, and the Philips Sonicare AirFloss Rechargeable Electric Flosser, HX8211/03 is a perfect example of that.

Also called the Sonicare water flosser or the Sonicare air flosser, it uses bursts of air plus microdroplets of water or mouthwash to clean between your teeth.

Does it work well? How does it stack up against its competitors? Perhaps most importantly, can you throw away the floss that hides in your bathroom drawer most of the time?

Floss

An Overview of Floss

Floss in some form or the other has been necessary throughout the ages for humans. After all, when meat or vegetables get stuck in your teeth, you want them out, no matter which age you live in.

The mouths of some prehistoric humans have grooves indicative of toothpick or floss use (perhaps with twigs as toothpicks and horse hair as floss).

In the late 1880s, unwaxed silk floss entered mass production, and that general type of floss remains prevalent even today. Of course, many types of improvements have been sought.

For example, people today can enjoy floss picks and flossing string made for sensitive teeth and sensitive gums. Getting even fancier, in the 1980s, an interdental brush was introduced to clean the spaces between teeth, and now there are water flossers and air flossers.

The benefits of flossing for oral health and overall health have become even more apparent over time. 

Flossing can:

  • Stave off gum disease (it can kill you if left untreated)
  • Prevent or reduce tartar and plaque buildup
  • Help improve breath
  • Work loose trapped particles and bacteria from areas that toothbrushing cannot reach

Just brushing your teeth isn’t enough. Doing that would be akin to washing the outside of a glass while skipping the inside.

Your teeth and tongue get attention with brushing, but there are lots of other places in your mouth that need tender loving care as well, which is where flossing comes in.

Water Flossers vs. Air Flossers

Water flossers and air flossers aren’t exactly the same thing, although the terms tend to be used interchangeably. As mentioned above, an air flosser, such as the Sonicare air flosser, uses streams of air with microdroplets of water or mouthwash.

In comparison, water flossers such as the Waterpik Water Flosser use streams of water to floss.

A Look at the Philips Sonicare Water Flosser AirFloss Rechargeable Electric Flosser, HX8211/03

Philips Sonicare is a top name when it comes to electric toothbrushes, so it makes sense that the company would want to get involved in flossing. One of its flossing products is the Philips Sonicare AirFloss Rechargeable Electric Flosser, HX8211/03.


For that price, you get a charger base, AirFloss handle and AirFloss nozzle.

The features of this flosser, as touted by Philips Sonicare, include:

  • As much as five times more plaque is removed between teeth versus brushing manually
  • Good to use on orthodontics, implants, and veneers
  • Improvement of gum health in just two weeks’ time
  • Easy 30-second cleaning process

You can and should use it every day if possible, and this type of product may be especially useful if you are an irregular flosser. Maybe you’re forgetful or you don’t like to floss because it hurts your gums or makes them bleed.

Philips Sonicare knows there are going to be doubters when it comes to such a thing as floss—come on, it’s floss!


Do you really need it in electronic form? So the company offers a 90-day period in which you can try the Sonicare air flosser. If you’re not happy with it, you can return it for all of your money back. (Keep this in mind as you read some sections down below.)

Pros

Cons

  • Good product for healthy teeth and gums
  • Some reviews say that it stopped working after a few months

What the Cleaning Routine Is Like

So, what’s up with this 30-second cleaning routine? Here’s how it goes. 

  • You pour mouthwash or water into the water reservoir that’s on the handle (there’s supposed to be enough space for two uses, according to product guidelines). 
  • Move the nozzle and guidance tip along the gum line. You should quickly find a groove between your teeth that it fits in. 
  • Press the activation button for one burst of air then move to another space. Alternatively, you can use auto-burst, and you’ll get a new burst of air automatically every second. 

The process might seem overwhelming, perhaps more so than regular flossing, but it’s easy to get used to. Based on a three-month test, Philips Sonicare says that 96 percent of people who flossed irregularly were now flossing at least four times weekly. The study cited ease of use and gentleness compared with string floss as top reasons for the increased usage.

Is This Sonicare Water Flosser/Air Flosser Better Than String Floss?

If you hardly ever floss because you forget to or don’t like to floss, then anything is better than nothing! That said, stay tuned because what will be revealed later about string floss might surprise you.

Is This Sonicare Water Flosser/Air Flosser Better Than Other Air/Water Flossers?

Product

Image

Price

Philips Sonicare AirFloss Rechargeable Electric Flosser, HX8211/03

Sonicare water flosser

Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser

Waterpik Ultra Sonicare water flosser

Waterpik ADA Accepted WP-660 Aquarius Water Flosser

Waterpik ADA Sonicare water flosser

Waterpik Ultra Water Flosser

Pros

Cons

  • From the power button to the pressure gauge, buttons, parts are easy to use even for those who may have limited movement in fingers and when fingers are wet.
  • It is also noisy so could easily wake people up in the house if you decide to floss early in the morning or late at night.

Waterpik ADA Accepted WP-660 Aquarius Water Flosser

Pros

Cons

  • It feels like it has cleaned well without the harshness of traditional floss with clinically backed results.
  • It requires mains power to work.

The true question may be whether the flosser trumps its competitors.  

First, let’s look at other air flossers that Philips Sonicare offers. For example, there’s the Airfloss Ultra that features single, double or triple bursts of air. Unfortunately, 42 percent of the Ultra’s reviews on Amazon are one-star reviews. 

The Ultra seems to stop working within a few months for many customers, and for the products that do last longer, the charge eventually seems to have a hard time holding and the flosser’s strength decreases. 

​In comparison, 23 percent of the AirFloss Rechargeable Electric Flosser, HX8211/03 are one-star. It’s still a somewhat worrisome number but much better than the Ultra’s. Many of that 23 percent of reviews discuss the fact that the flosser stopped working within a few months or that the charge holds for just a few seconds.  

​In fact, a good number of the four-star and five-star reviews mention the short lifespans of the flosser. However, the users were so impressed with their air flossers they bought new versions. Some people also complain that they run out of liquid before a flossing cycle is complete. 

On the more positive side, many users report improved gum health and a better, gentler flossing experience. There’s also the fact that Philips Sonicare has that 90-day offer if you’re leery of your air flosser breaking. 

​It has more than 11,000 reviews, and only six percent are one star. These one-star reviews talk about motors that break within a half-year, mold and leaks. On the whole, though, customers love this product. Among its features are 10 pressure settings, water capacity for 90 seconds and the ADA Seal of Acceptance. 

You use the on/off feature in the handle to control water flow, and the water jet pressure plus pulsations clean below your gumline and between your teeth—possibly even in areas that air floss can’t reach.

So, it seems that the Sonicare air flosser/water flosser has to be worse than the Waterpik one, right? Not necessarily. A water flosser might be better for you if you:

  • Want more effectiveness
  • Need bigger particles removed
  • Want to share your flosser with other people (via extra tips)
  • Seek more efficiency for the money you spend

However, an air flosser may absolutely suit you if you’d prefer a flosser that is:

  • Easier to use
  • Takes up less space
  • Cordless
  • Less messy
  • Hose-free
  • Quicker to use

So what it really comes down to is the factors you prioritize. With a water flosser, you take the risk it may leak if you don’t hold it the right way, and an air flosser can do its job in less time and takes up less space in your bathroom.

Speaking of space, if you already have other Sonicare electric devices, you can use the same charger for them as for your air flosser (saves even more space). 

As for effectiveness: A 2012 study compared the WaterPik and the AirFlosser and found that the WaterPik was better for oral health. For example, the water flosser proved 70 percent better at reducing plaque and 80 percent better at reducing gingivitis.

What We Think: Sonicare Water Flosser

If you would find a water flosser cumbersome and would be more likely to use an air flosser, then you should go with the device that will encourage you to floss regularly. 

All things equal, Sonicare air flossers, including the AirFloss Rechargeable Electric Flosser HX8211/03, have some real flaws that should give many buyers pause. We’d recommend the Waterpik ADA-accepted WP-660 Aquarius Water Flosser instead. 

After all, many folks want their flossers to clean as effectively as possible. The Waterpik cleans noticeably better than the Sonicare, and it’s much less likely to break down within a few months.

sonicare water flosser

Plot Twist Sonicare Water Flosser: A Fallen Hero Re-Emerges

Wait…we’re not done yet. Stick around for a plot twist that you may or may not have seen coming! 

Pat yourself on the back if you thought we were going to recommend that you don’t ditch the string floss just yet. That’s exactly our recommendation. In fact, organizations such as the Mayo Clinic recommend that you couple string floss with your Waterpik use.

Why? String floss can actually remove bacteria while water floss may simply rinse it. 

That said, Waterpik use is still recommended because these flossers are gentler on the gums and can dislodge bacteria in places that string floss can’t reach, such as behind braces and, for people with gum disease, in the deep pockets formed where their gums separated from their teeth. 

So, basically, the best practice may be to: 

  1. Brush your teeth 
  2. Floss with a Waterpik 
  3. Floss with string floss 
  4. Use mouthwash if you want 

Wow. Your routine just got a lot more complicated, and you were hoping to simplify it. If you wear braces, have problems with gum sensitivity or already have gum disease, then the extra time is probably worth it. 

If you don’t? Maybe stick with just string floss or alternate your flossing sessions between string floss and the Waterpik. If you have the time and willingness to use both, great. 

The reality is that the information out there is complicated and often contradictory. Even when you go to the dentist’s office, the dentist uses jets of water and not string floss to clean between your teeth.

Some studies say string flossing is better and that the Waterpik shouldn’t be used as a substitute. Other research says that the Waterpik performs sufficiently on its own.

sonicare water flosser

The Bottom Line: Sonicare Water Flosser

If you can’t afford a water flosser (or an air flosser, for that matter), you’re probably just fine with your old-fashioned string floss. Just remember to floss once a day if you can. Also, brush twice to maximize effectiveness. 

Get a water flosser if you meet at least one of the below criteria: 

  • You can afford one. 
  • You have a hard time using string floss properly. 
  • You often forget to floss with string floss. 
  • You have a condition such as braces, sensitive gums or gum disease that makes it hard for string floss to do its job. 
  • Other people in your household would like to use the fancy advanced flosser. 

Then use both string flossing and water flossing, both in the same timeframe if possible. If not, alternate flossing sessions with each.

sonicare water flosser

Oh Yeah…See Your Friendly Neighborhood Dentist

With all of this talk about flossing and whatnot, it’s easy to overlook a key reminder: Get to a dentist at least once a year. Regular checkups are important to keep tartar, plaque and bacteria in check.  

For example, once bacteria has turned into tartar, you can’t rely on flossing and brushing to get rid of it. A dental pro will have to remove it. There’s only so much flossing can do right now—maybe in 100 years, it’ll be a different story.

Now you have the details about the Sonicare water flosser. It's up to you to decide if you will buy one or not.