The Hidrate Spark 2.0 Smart Bluetooth water bottle is a tech tool to take your hydration and fitness to the next level. The Hidrate Spark Smart water bottle syncs with your smartphone hydration apps, your Apple Watch or your Fitbit app. This might seem like a little bit of overkill, but the reality is that once you start using it you’ll see how much fun it can make reaching your fitness goals and staying hydrated.
How Can it Help Me?
The Hidrate Spark 2.0 doesn’t just let your hydration and fitness apps know how much water you’ve had to drink that day; the bottle also has a selection of lighting options that glow to let you know when you need to keep drinking to meet your goals. This idea of turning your goals into a fun system is called gamification, and it can completely transform your productivity. If you’re a person who is motivated by tech, then this is a gadget for you.
Does it Work?
If your goal is to track your water intake accurately and drink more water, then the answer is yes. The constant reminders were a real game changer when it came to helping me remember to drink more water. Plus, the glowing light is very visually appealing. Looking over and seeing the bottle glowing is a great reminder to not only drink water but also a reminder to take a moment and center yourself. I found it to be a great reminder just to relax and take a quick second for myself during the workday.
The glowing reminders do work well to help you spread out your fluid intake over the day. This will prevent you from getting three-quarters of the way through your day and realizing that you’ve only had a few sips of water, yet you have a hard workout planned for later in the day. This, of course, leads to you chugging water and getting a bloated, sloshy stomach, which is never enjoyable during a workout.
What are the Pros?
I received this as a Father’s Day gift. At first, I thought it was a little bit over the top. I mean, a Bluetooth water bottle? That seemed like overkill, even for a tech guy like me. However, my family knew that drinking more water was an important part of my fitness goals, so I started using it. Overall, I love it and would recommend purchasing it. It syncs easily with various devices, and it’s especially good for Fitbit users as it syncs directly with the app.
It seems to be relatively accurate, although I’ve not tested it for accuracy. I also found the bottle easy to clean. As someone who is constantly trying to drink more water both at work and at the gym, I can tell you that a bottle that is easy to clean is worth mentioning. The shape and size of the opening of some bottles make them so hard to clean they’re barely worth using.
What are the Cons?
Now to the cons portion of the Hidrate Spark review. There aren’t many cons, but one of them is very annoying; leaving the light feature activated can drain the battery pretty fast. This means if you want the bottle to do its job, you’ll have to batteries available. It use3s watch or garage door opener type batteries. I also found the instructions slightly confusing to set it up, even though I’m a relatively techy guy, so this could be a problem for someone with no tech savvy. Sadly, the rubber band that was attached to the lid has already broken.
The price point might be a little much for some people. However, this is a product for people who are heavily invested in their wearable and tracking technology, yet still, need a reminder to drink more water. If this is you, then you probably know it! At $54.95 on their website, it’s expensive enough that you’ll be pretty mad if you lose it, or your kids break it, so keep an eye on it.
Overall, yes, I would purchase this bottle myself. If drinking more water is a goal of yours, then I’d recommend that you purchase it, too.