You’re about to learn everything you need to know about Smart Water. We’ve been curious about the buzz, so we decided to do a review of the ingredients, side effects, clinical research and customer service. We scoured hundreds of user comments. Then, we condensed and refined to give you the info you need.
What You Need to Know
To start off, Smart Water is a pretty simple “vapor-distilled” product. Once it is “purified” it doesn’t have any minerals in it anymore, so they add potassium, magnesium chloride and electrolytes to make it taste better. Smart Water is mostly derived from tap water. We like that the bottle seals easily so you can take it anywhere.
The product was initially launched back in 1996, when J. Darius Bikoff, the current CEO, started peddling his homemade concoction to local businesses in NY. You can buy it at grocery and convenience stores. We like the success the company has had over a relatively long period of time. We also like the lack of sugar or other unhealthy additives in this brand, but read on…
Taste – “A Problem?”
The first issue we found was with Smart Water taste as it’s one reason to buy bottled water rather than just drinking tap water. “You can stay hydrated by using a fountain or filter, but consumers purchase a product like this for a reason,” says our Research Editor. “They don’t enjoy these options so they turn down a different path.”
“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,” explained another.
We can’t help but give you a look at the other side of things. According to one buyer, “It is the very best distilled water I have ever tasted.”
Another agreed, “It tastes how water should taste.”
Lack of Electrolytes – “Another Concern”
One of Smart Water’s selling points is that it contains electrolytes. While these are used in sports drinks to help athletes recover from exercise, Smart Water doesn’t have an equivalent amount. Gatorade contains about 165 mg of sodium and 45 mg of potassium. There’s no mention of how much is included in this alternative. We do know, however, that they are only added for taste. 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.
Despite the company telling consumers the electrolytes are only used for taste, some drinkers swear they feel positive effects.
One user said, “I did run consecutive days at this stretch without cramping, so the electrolytes might have helped.”
We also found one who claimed, “This water works great for me, as I am always in need or replenishing my electrolytes.”
Based on research we have completed, if there’s an issue with a product, like unsavory taste, that could be enough to derail chances of long-term success. If Smart Water is no different from what comes from the tap, that’s enough to turn dieters away.
If you are determined to give Smart Water a try, though, make sure you don’t rely on it to replenish electrolytes after an intense workout. It will hydrate you but it won’t really give you any other positive benefits.
The Science – “Clinical Backing?”
Glaceau tries to tout Smart Water as a new scientific breakthrough in bottled water, but they are just imitating the oldest water purification system in the world. While electrolytes are proven to help your body recover, this one simply doesn’t have enough to give you the benefits. It’s critical to us at DietSpotlight that the research backs up the product. In this case, there isn’t anything “smart” to go on.
The Bottom Line – Does Smart Water Work?
Alrighty, we’ve come to a conclusion that we bet you’ll be interested in. While we were pretty interested in Smart Water to start off, it quickly became apparent that this one doesn’t live up to the hype. We like that it hydrates, but we are hesitant to suggest something that isn’t any different from similar product. If consumer reviews are to be trusted, the taste isn’t worth the price tag, which is also a problem.
If weight-loss is the end goal, we suggest drinking plenty of water and maybe trying out a supplement formulated with clinically proven ingredients that’s offered at a price that’s not over the top.
Among the best products we’ve seen in 2016 is one called Leptigen. It blends four ingredients that have been shown in published clinical studies to help accelerate fat loss and boost metabolism. We haven’t been able to find any bad reviews, side effects, or negative research while looking at it either. Dieters are reporting seeing amazing results.
The makers of Leptigen are offering a Special Trial Offer to show just how confident they are in the formula.