When we first heard about Bluetooth-enabled water bottles last year, we were a little skeptical here at Cool Mom Tech. I mean, how hard is it to just drink a glass of water, right? But when Hidrate Spark sent me one of their smart water bottles to try, I thought, why not? If nothing else, it’s a nice water bottle.
So, I gave it a try for a solid week and I have to say that I’m sold. Also, peeing a lot.
Throughout the day, the Hidrate Spark water bottle stores data (up to 2 days’ worth) on how much water you’re drinking and relays it via Bluetooth to the Hidrate app (iOS or Android). If you’ve gone a while without drinking, the bottle glows to remind you to take a sip and sends slightly guilt-inducing push notifications to your phone (“Hey, it’s your kidneys here, drink up!”). You can also manually add any glass of water you drink, if you’re out and not using your bottle, to make sure your data is accurate.
The app also can track your location, which means it works as a “find my water bottle” tool if you ever leave it somewhere. A nice feature, considering the bottle isn’t cheap, and considering how often we all tend to lose water bottles (or this that just me?).
And don’t worry, you don’t need to be recharge the Hidrate Spark thanks to the long-lasting battery built in, because I’m pretty sure I’d be bad about doing that too. I do wish it was insulated, but maybe they’ll add that feature in the next iteration.
I can think of lots of people who would love this, like me, who need water-drinking reminders. Think fitness buffs, or a friend who’s looking ahead to 2017 with a weight loss goal.
Now, if you’ve got the self-discipline to drink enough water on your own, you might be rolling your eyes a little. But if you’re like me and tend to grab coffee, tea, or any other beverage over the water your body needs, I have to say that having the accountability of a bottle that reminds me to drink regularly has kept me on top of it in a way that actually benefits my health. So, worth it after all.
You can find the Hidrate Spark smart water bottle at their website. Buy two right now, and save $15 with the code GIVE. Get a friend tracking their water too, and that’s even more accountability.