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Smart Water Review - Does This Enhanced Water Work? Are cost and taste deal deal breakers?

Editor's Review: 3.5 / 5.0

smart-water-product-imageSmart Water has been a popular product for a while now. We’ve been curious about the buzz, so we decided to do a review of the product and see what it really has to offer. We looked at the company behind it, the product itself, and then read hundreds of user reviews to give you the best description possible.

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What You Need to Know

Smart water is pretty simple–it is advertised as “vapor-distilled,” which just means that it was boiled, the steam was retained, and it was condensed back into liquid form. Once it is “vapor purified,” however, it doesn’t have any minerals in it anymore. So they add potassium, magnesium chloride, and electrolytes back into the water to make it taste better. Smart Water is mostly derived from tap water, or “municipal water systems,” as the website says.

The product was initially launched back in 1996, when J. Darius Bikoff, the current CEO, started peddling his homemade concoction (SmartWater) to local businesses in NY. It quickly took off–I guess consumers appreciated the alternative to GatorAde. It’s pretty much just water with a few added minerals, so you won’t be taking in tons of sugar like VitaminWater or some similar alternative carbonated beverage.

We like the success the company has had over a relatively long period of time. Many similar products are just a “flash in the pan,” but SmartWater has grown for a while. We also like the lack of sugar or other unhealthy additives in this brand–but don’t stop reading just yet.

Taste – “Hmmm”

One reason to buy bottled water rather than just drinking free water is for the taste. You can stay hydrated at work by using the water fountain or water filter, but consumers purchase a product like  Smart Water for a reason: they don’t enjoy drinking regular tap or filtered water. The problem is, SmartWater doesn’t provide enough taste to make it a worthwhile alternative to tap water.

“I was not happy with the quality of the product. It tasted as though it was sitting for a very long time,” said one user.

“Seriously tastes like tap water. Highly overpriced,” said another.

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Lack of Electrolytes–another concern

One of SmartWater’s selling points is that it contains electrolytes. While these are used in sports drinks to help athletes recover from exercise, SmartWater doesn’t have enough electrolytes to provide health benefits–their only theoretical benefit is for taste. According to Livestrong.com, “While Smartwater can keep you hydrated, its electrolyte content is low and not sufficient to replace losses after intense activity and sweating.”  Many customers find that the electrolytes are simply not worth the hype and cost of the bottle.

If you want cheap electrolyte water, take a look at Nestle Bottled Water 16.9oz Bottle which has essentially the same things added,” said one purchaser.

“I am going to buy a water filter for my sink and just use that. You can also buy packets of electrolytes from companies like Emergen-C and add them to your water,” said another.

We have come to learn to that bottled water boasting health benefits but only containing small quantities of useful minerals are rarely worth the money. You will likely find yourself frustrated if you buy SmartWater for the electrolytes or the taste.

If you are determined to give SmartWater a try, though, make sure you don’t rely on it to replenish electrolytes after an intense workout. It will hydrate you (since it is water) but it won’t really give you any other positive benefits. If you like the taste, then great!

The Science

All water (at least, all water that was once a cloud) is vapor distilled. That’s why the whole “vapor-distilled” thing seems a little bit hokey. Glaceau tries to tout SmartWater as a new scientific breakthrough in bottled water, but they are just imitating the oldest water purification system in the world. While electrolytes are scientifically proven to help your body recover, SmartWater simply doesn’t have enough electrolytes to give you the benefits (see above quote from Livestrong).

It’s critical to us at DietSpotlight that the research backs up the product. In this case, there isn’t anything “smart” about SmartWater other than an ingenious marketing campaign that makes us feel like we are drinking something special.

The Bottom Line

While we were pretty interested in SmartWater to start off, it quickly became apparent that the product doesn’t live up to the hype. If consumer reviews are to be trusted, the taste isn’t worth the price tag. The electrolyte count isn’t high enough to benefit athletes, either. We recommend buying a water filter for your home (so you can filter your OWN tap water) or purchasing less costly bottles of water that likely have the same electrolyte count.

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(Feel free to scroll below for our previously published full-length Smart Water Review)

Previous Smart Water Review (Updated November 6, 2014):

What You Should Know

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Smart Water is a bottle water brand that adds electrolytes to the water to replenish the body after athletic competition or training. The water quickly became a hit and everyone was picking up a bottle of Smart Water, even if they didn't need electrolyte replacement. Today, Smart Water is a choice for anyone and everyone who wants to drink healthier bottle water, but it is not the athletic hit the Glaceau, the company behind the water, wanted it to be. Somehow along the way the average Joe adopted Smart Water as a cult favorite and the athletic community never got the memo.

List of Ingredients


  • Water with electrolytes.

Product Features

Smart Water, like other water companies, explains the water source and the filtration process. Smart Water is sourced from tap water - like the kind you run in your kitchen. They run the water through charcoal, disinfect the water and then add electrolytes back into the water. There are other processes that take place to help the water taste better. These processes are the same across the board with most water companies. At the end of the process, Glaceau has Smart Water, electrolyte-fortified water.

Smart Water is not the same as common bottled water. This water contains electrolytes, so it is an unflavored sports drink in a water bottle. This fact is lost on most consumers who simply think Smart Water is just cool water in a cool bottle. Consuming electrolytes from Smart Water without exercising is not going to cause a problem for most drinkers. If you consumed lots of Smart Water you could cause an imbalance in electrolytes, theoretically, but we did not find any information that lead us to believe this was a problem.

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  • Smart Water is vapor distilled and disinfected.
  • The water is ideal for electrolyte replenishment after exercise.
  • The bottle is one of the most popular in the bottle water industry.
  • Glaceau does not hide any part of the production process.


  • Smart Water is bottled water with electrolytes.
  • The product was designed for athletes and people who need to replenish electrolytes after exercise.
  • Theoretically, the water could cause a problem with electrolyte balance.
  • Smart Water is sourced from tap water.


Smart Water is nothing more than tasty tap water with potassium, calcium and magnesium. There is a huge conspiracy theory that the world is being taken for millions of dollars by the bottled water industry because of the tap water source. Smart Water is healthier than some tap water, hands down, but it is not going to help you lose weight or get healthier.

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31 User Reviews About Smart Water

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  • 1
    Your Name

    On three different occasions I drank a bottle of smart water. All three times it made me have to pee a lot. It was bad enough that I was getting up out of bed every 30 minutes each night after I had drank it during the day. Has this happened to anyone else? BTW I drink water all the time, at least 8 glasses a day and rarely drink anything else. So I know it wasn’t because I drank more than normal. I won’t touch it now because I don’t want to be up all night.


  • 2
    Foxtrot Oscar

    This is essentially just tap water that has been boiled then condensed back into water with the minerals that were left behind when it was boiled added back in to it.


  • 3
    Jackie Murphy

    I bought a bottle of smart water and I love smart water but this particular bottle had the most awful taste that I have ever taste. I don’t know if I just got one of the bad bottle or they all were like that. I was very disappointed. I bought the water from a dollar tree 18 miles from my house. I was really upset about this.


  • 4

    Can drinking too much smart water cause or add to a constipation problem?


  • 5

    Water is great…clean, crisp, thirst-quenching….What is not ok is JENNIFER ANISTON IN UR ADS…SHE’S A PLAYED OUT USED UP HAG …SO SICK OF LOOKING AT HER…apparently any man that’s been with her has too….so years ago loser.MAKES ME WANT TO NOT BUY UR WATER. What has she done to make her ur ideal spokesperson….NOT!…Get a grip & fire ur ad agency ….there are so many fresh faces who have achieved great things & contributed positively to this world. Mr Brand Mgr, id b worried about my job if I were u.



    Wow, I don’t think I’ve ever seen someone spew this much hatred for someone they’ve never even met before. You must have caught your husband jerking it to a picture of me in a magazine… I will not apologize for that :)


    Dallas Rapp



  • 6

    Wondering if your bottle is safe plastic to drink from ?


  • 7
    thomas croteau

    I opened a bottle of Smart Water on Mother’s day and found several reddish brown insects or flies or something along thee threaded portion of the bottle and inside the threaded portion of the cap. You really had to look to see if they were moving, being so small, and they were. It was disgusting needless to say. Have you received similar complaints?


  • 8

    Can you tell me the Ph of Smart Water?


    Your Name

    6.95 for Smart Water according to a chart of various bottled water’s PH count.


    Your Name

    I am confident my electrolytes are being replenished. However, I noticed retention of fluids. Why? I do not seem to retain fluids from Spring water or RO water. The Smart water caused a 5 lb wt gain over night.


  • 9
    Joan McDonald

    Can you open a bottle of Smart Water not finish and save for another day. I was told that you could not open a bottle and then use it again later or another time. I do not like my water cold so I do not refrigerate.


  • 10
    Rachel Long

    How many ounces of smart water to replenish potassium each day?





  • 11

    To be honest, it’s easy to think this could be “Emporer’s new clothes” type water, and I can’t vouch for the health benefits it claims…however, what I’ve kind of been looking for in a water, I found in this- a really clean, sharp, fresh taste in a nice shape bottle. Not expensive either.


  • 12

    Such a disconnect in peoples minds about this, they buy a bottle at a price they could buy 5 times as much PURE VAPOR DISTILLED WATER buying it by the gallon, or getting a machine or Solar distiller to distill your own water.
    THIS is the “Smart” part of this water.! Nutritionists and people who think the body uses isolated chemical elements, overlook the simple fact that the REASON this water is so amazing is because its VAPOR DISTILLED WATER!!!


  • 13
    Tom Blakley

    Nice marketing ploy. This water has very low electrolyte content. Nothing compared to the traditional Gatorade or PowerAde. the label indicates that electrolytes are added for flavor only.


  • 14
    Trudy Christiansen

    I would like to know the pH if smart water. Hoping it is 10 or better.


    Your Name

    Like Chlorox?


  • 15

    i really like they way smart water tasres like beacause it has spot light


  • 16

    This water is really good and refreshing. It can boost your energy. It cost very much , but it’s really cool


  • 17
    steve fecser

    does smartwater contain fluoride and/or chlorine?


    Your Name

    Nope its vapor distilled so it doesn’t matter where the source is and they list what they add



    Yes it does contain Floride AND Chlorine. Check its ingredients online or on the bottle.



    Maybe you should read the bottle, have one in front of me – No Floride or Chlorine. Which make sense, when you distill water you get pure water vapor, anything else you have to add. Or maybe you’re just misreading Chloride for Chlorine, where you got Floride I have no idea?


    Your Name

    Just checked the bottle….it does not contain fluoride or chlorine


  • 18
    Pam Reeves

    Your article said if you drink too much smart water it could cause problem with electorlytes. How much do you consider too much? I drink about 8 or glasses a day. Thank you for your response


    Your Name

    No drink as many as possible science has studied that if you drink smart water ones a day it can reveal 6sense abilities


    Your Name

    Is it safe to use for baby formula ,for baby four months old.


    Your Name


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