{"id":606014570802,"title":"Healthiest Bottled Water: The Top Brands in 2023","created_at":"2023-08-07T23:50:37-04:00","body_html":"\u003cscript type=\"application\/ld+json\"\u003e\/\/ \u003c![CDATA[\n{\n \"@context\": \"https:\/\/schema.org\",\n \"@type\": \"Article\",\n \"headline\": \"Healthiest Bottled Water: The Top Brands in 2023\",\n \"keywords\": \"healthiest bottled water\",\n \"description\": \"Our research team explains three things consumers should look for when choosing a healthy bottled water brand. 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With so many brands to choose from, consumers are often curious about which bottled water brand is the healthiest.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eBut are there any test results indicating some bottled water brands are healthier than others? What should consumers look out for when choosing a bottled water brand? Are some bottled water brands dangerous? And how do the healthiest brands compare on price?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more, as we share our top three criteria to look out for when choosing a healthy bottled water brand.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe’ll provide our healthiest bottled water picks across three categories (Overall, Flavored, Low-Cost, Sparkling). Our goal is for this article to be the most comprehensive and informative guide to choosing a healthy bottled water brand on the internet.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eWhat Makes Healthy Bottled Water?\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are three main criteria we recommend consumers look out for when purchasing a bottled water brand: packaging, testing and price.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePackaging\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is the most important consideration in our opinion, because plastic-free bottled water brands are better for the environment and better for human health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eChemical compounds that make plastics soft like bisphenol A (BPA) and bisphenol S (BPS) were shown in a 2020 \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov\/31424294\/\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eclinical trial\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to cause reproductive issues.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe recommend bottled water in cardboard, aluminum cans or glass over plastic.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eTesting\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e means test results published on the purity of the water.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThese can be published by the brand itself, but third-party testing is more reliable. We look for test results indicating low or negligible levels of contaminants like heavy metals and pesticides.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003ePrice\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e obviously is an important factor for all consumer goods. Other factors being equal, most consumers will prefer a product at a lower price.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eIn the next four sections of this article, we’ll recommend our top bottled water products across four categories: Best Overall, Best Flavored, Best Low-Cost and Best Sparkling water.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBest Overall – Liquid Death\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Healthiest_Bottled_Water_Image_1.png?v=1691468880\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3OjmETz\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLiquid Death Mountain Water\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is our top overall bottled water pick.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eThis water brand uses aluminum cans and is entirely plastic-free, so it passes the packaging test.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e The bottles also look great aesthetically.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe brand fails to publish updated product testing on their website, and we can’t find any from third-party sources like ConsumerLab.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe price-per-can of Liquid Death Mountain Water is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1.42\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e at the time of publishing this article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInterested consumers can check out Liquid Death Mountain Water \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3OjmETz\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to the product’s official Amazon listing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBest Flavored – Spindrift\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Healthiest_Bottled_Water_Image_2.png?v=1691468894\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3OoCfzP\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSpindrift Variety Pack\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is our top flavored water pick.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis brand combines water with a small amount of fruit juice (the blackberry flavor is the highest-sugar offering with only 2 grams of sugar per can).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eUsing small amounts of real fruit juice is a much healthier alternative to brands using natural and artificial flavors with undefined chemical compounds for the flavoring in our opinion.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSpindrift is also packaged in aluminum cans, so it passes the packaging test.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe can’t find any product testing confirming the purity levels of Spindrift drinks.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe price-per-can of Spindrift is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$2.42\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e at the time of publishing this article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInterested consumers can check out Spindrift \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3OoCfzP\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to the product’s official Amazon listing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eBefore sharing our next two category picks, we'll feature a video in the next section that documents issues with America's water supply.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eIs America's Water Toxic?\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAn excellent Vox video documents some of the issues with water quality in the US:\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003ciframe width=\"560\" height=\"315\" src=\"https:\/\/www.youtube.com\/embed\/sZHuZkUUYM4\" title=\"YouTube video player\" frameborder=\"0\" allow=\"accelerometer; autoplay; clipboard-write; encrypted-media; gyroscope; picture-in-picture; web-share\" allowfullscreen=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/iframe\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBest Low-Cost – JUST Water\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Healthiest_Bottled_Water_Image_3.png?v=1691468905\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.walmart.com\/ip\/Just-Spring-Water-16-9-Fl-Oz\/802013772?fulfillmentIntent=Shipping\u0026amp;from=\/search\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJUST Water\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is our top low-cost bottled water pick, as it performs better on price than all other brands we recommend.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThis brand uses a plant-based packaging material that still contains a small amount of plastic components, but is much superior to the typical plastic water bottle in terms of health and environmentalism in our opinion.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJUST published a water quality report in 2021 on their \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/justwater.com\/pages\/water-quality-report\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003ewebsite\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e proving low or undetectable doses of many contaminants, although we can’t find any newer reports.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eThe price-per-can of JUST is only $1.25 at the time of publishing this article, making it 12% cheaper than the second-cheapest option that we recommend.\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInterested consumers can check out JUST Water \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.walmart.com\/ip\/Just-Spring-Water-16-9-Fl-Oz\/802013772?fulfillmentIntent=Shipping\u0026amp;from=\/search\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to the product’s Walmart listing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eBest Sparkling – Liquid Death\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Healthiest_Bottled_Water_Image_4.png?v=1691468917\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3rxySPv\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLiquid Death Sparkling Water\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e is our top bottled sparkling water pick.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs we detailed in our \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/illuminatelabs.org\/blogs\/health\/is-liquid-death-bad-for-you\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLiquid Death\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e review, the reasons are the same as why we recommend the brand’s mountain water: plastic-free packaging and an affordable price for the product category.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eAs stated above, Liquid Death doesn’t currently publish product testing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThe price-per-can of Liquid Death Sparkling Water is \u003c\/span\u003e\u003cb\u003e$1.42\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e at the time of publishing this article.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eInterested consumers can check out Liquid Death Sparkling Water \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3rxySPv\"\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eat this link\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003e to the product’s official Amazon listing.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eOur Clean Water Picks\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0047\/1524\/9737\/files\/Water_Bottle_Image.png?v=1670129204\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eWe recommend drinking filtered water, because filtering tap water at home is not only more environmentally-friendly, but also has been shown in research studies to reduce levels of harmful contaminants like heavy metals and microplastics.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/amzn.to\/3V0BAqC\"\u003eBrita Soho\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e is a countertop water filter that's been shown in\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.consumerlab.com\/reviews\/water-filters-review\/water-filters\/\"\u003estudies\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003econducted by ConsumerLab (an independent research firm) to significantly reduce heavy metal levels and entirely eliminate microplastics from drinking water.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003e\u003ca rel=\"sponsored\" href=\"https:\/\/click.linksynergy.com\/link?id=LHlboFIH4*Q\u0026amp;offerid=1108578.816749011562\u0026amp;type=2\u0026amp;murl=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.aquasana.com%2Fwhole-house-water-filters%2Frhino-1-million-gallons%2Fsalt-free-water-conditioner%2Fuv-filter-100238133.html%3Fdiscountcode%3DLS\"\u003eAquasana Whole House Water Filter\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cspan\u003e \u003c\/span\u003eis our top whole-home solution.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eWhole-house filters reduce contaminants in all taps and all showers throughout the house, and are the mos\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cstrong\u003et thorough way to ensure the purity of drinking and bathing water.\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003ch2 style=\"text-align: center;\"\u003e\u003cb\u003eConclusion\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/h2\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eThere are a number of high-quality bottled water brands on the market, and we hope that in the future more brands using plastic-free packaging emerge, because this is arguably the most important consideration when choosing a bottled water product for health.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eOnly one of the four brands we recommended published product testing (and even that testing was outdated). We hope that the bottled water industry improves in this regard, because consumers deserve to know that their water is low in contaminants when they’re paying for a premium product. \u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eLiquid Death is our top overall bottled water brand, and occupies two of our top four category recommendations (Best Overall, Best Sparkling).\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eSpindrift is our top flavored bottled water because the drinks are naturally flavored with a small amount of fruit juice.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eJUST Water is our top low-cost bottled water because it’s around 12% cheaper than our second-cheapest recommendation, and minimizes plastic waste.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cspan style=\"font-weight: 400;\"\u003eWe still believe that filtering water at home is the most cost-effective and safe way to access clean water.\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e","blog_id":49281925193,"author":"Calloway Cook","user_id":26601750601,"published_at":"2023-08-07T23:55:48-04:00","updated_at":"2023-12-23T00:02:09-05:00","summary_html":"We explain three things consumers should look for when choosing a healthy bottled water brand. We pick our top bottled water brands across four categories (Best Overall, Best Flavored, Best Low-Cost, Best Sparkling).","template_suffix":"","handle":"healthiest-bottled-water","tags":"_related:hydration"}

Healthiest Bottled Water: The Top Brands in 2023

Healthiest Bottled Water: The Top Brands in 2023


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Bottled water can be a waste of money, but is often convenient and a necessity when on-the-go. With so many brands to choose from, consumers are often curious about which bottled water brand is the healthiest.

But are there any test results indicating some bottled water brands are healthier than others? What should consumers look out for when choosing a bottled water brand? Are some bottled water brands dangerous? And how do the healthiest brands compare on price?

In this article we’ll answer all of these questions and more, as we share our top three criteria to look out for when choosing a healthy bottled water brand.

We’ll provide our healthiest bottled water picks across three categories (Overall, Flavored, Low-Cost, Sparkling). Our goal is for this article to be the most comprehensive and informative guide to choosing a healthy bottled water brand on the internet.

What Makes Healthy Bottled Water?

There are three main criteria we recommend consumers look out for when purchasing a bottled water brand: packaging, testing and price.

Packaging is the most important consideration in our opinion, because plastic-free bottled water brands are better for the environment and better for human health.

Chemical compounds that make plastics soft like bisphenol A (BPA) and bisphenol S (BPS) were shown in a 2020 clinical trial to cause reproductive issues.

We recommend bottled water in cardboard, aluminum cans or glass over plastic.

Testing means test results published on the purity of the water.

These can be published by the brand itself, but third-party testing is more reliable. We look for test results indicating low or negligible levels of contaminants like heavy metals and pesticides.

Price obviously is an important factor for all consumer goods. Other factors being equal, most consumers will prefer a product at a lower price.

In the next four sections of this article, we’ll recommend our top bottled water products across four categories: Best Overall, Best Flavored, Best Low-Cost and Best Sparkling water.

Best Overall – Liquid Death

Liquid Death Mountain Water is our top overall bottled water pick.

This water brand uses aluminum cans and is entirely plastic-free, so it passes the packaging test. The bottles also look great aesthetically.

The brand fails to publish updated product testing on their website, and we can’t find any from third-party sources like ConsumerLab.

The price-per-can of Liquid Death Mountain Water is $1.42 at the time of publishing this article.

Interested consumers can check out Liquid Death Mountain Water at this link to the product’s official Amazon listing.

Best Flavored – Spindrift

Spindrift Variety Pack is our top flavored water pick.

This brand combines water with a small amount of fruit juice (the blackberry flavor is the highest-sugar offering with only 2 grams of sugar per can).

Using small amounts of real fruit juice is a much healthier alternative to brands using natural and artificial flavors with undefined chemical compounds for the flavoring in our opinion.

Spindrift is also packaged in aluminum cans, so it passes the packaging test.

We can’t find any product testing confirming the purity levels of Spindrift drinks.

The price-per-can of Spindrift is $2.42 at the time of publishing this article.

Interested consumers can check out Spindrift at this link to the product’s official Amazon listing.

Before sharing our next two category picks, we'll feature a video in the next section that documents issues with America's water supply.

Is America's Water Toxic?

An excellent Vox video documents some of the issues with water quality in the US:

Best Low-Cost – JUST Water

JUST Water is our top low-cost bottled water pick, as it performs better on price than all other brands we recommend.

This brand uses a plant-based packaging material that still contains a small amount of plastic components, but is much superior to the typical plastic water bottle in terms of health and environmentalism in our opinion.

JUST published a water quality report in 2021 on their website proving low or undetectable doses of many contaminants, although we can’t find any newer reports.

The price-per-can of JUST is only $1.25 at the time of publishing this article, making it 12% cheaper than the second-cheapest option that we recommend.

Interested consumers can check out JUST Water at this link to the product’s Walmart listing.

Best Sparkling – Liquid Death

Liquid Death Sparkling Water is our top bottled sparkling water pick.

As we detailed in our Liquid Death review, the reasons are the same as why we recommend the brand’s mountain water: plastic-free packaging and an affordable price for the product category.

As stated above, Liquid Death doesn’t currently publish product testing.

The price-per-can of Liquid Death Sparkling Water is $1.42 at the time of publishing this article.

Interested consumers can check out Liquid Death Sparkling Water at this link to the product’s official Amazon listing.

Our Clean Water Picks

We recommend drinking filtered water, because filtering tap water at home is not only more environmentally-friendly, but also has been shown in research studies to reduce levels of harmful contaminants like heavy metals and microplastics.

Brita Soho is a countertop water filter that's been shown in studies conducted by ConsumerLab (an independent research firm) to significantly reduce heavy metal levels and entirely eliminate microplastics from drinking water.

Aquasana Whole House Water Filter is our top whole-home solution.

Whole-house filters reduce contaminants in all taps and all showers throughout the house, and are the most thorough way to ensure the purity of drinking and bathing water.

Stay up-to-date on our research reviews

Conclusion

There are a number of high-quality bottled water brands on the market, and we hope that in the future more brands using plastic-free packaging emerge, because this is arguably the most important consideration when choosing a bottled water product for health.

Only one of the four brands we recommended published product testing (and even that testing was outdated). We hope that the bottled water industry improves in this regard, because consumers deserve to know that their water is low in contaminants when they’re paying for a premium product. 

Liquid Death is our top overall bottled water brand, and occupies two of our top four category recommendations (Best Overall, Best Sparkling).

Spindrift is our top flavored bottled water because the drinks are naturally flavored with a small amount of fruit juice.

JUST Water is our top low-cost bottled water because it’s around 12% cheaper than our second-cheapest recommendation, and minimizes plastic waste.

We still believe that filtering water at home is the most cost-effective and safe way to access clean water.