Best Mineral Water
Whether it is a bright sunny day with high temperatures or a rainy, wet day with a high level of humidity, it will be irresponsible and childlike to think that you can go through the golf round without hydrating yourself during this four-hour game. The hydration of the body is a must and one of the top priorities when it comes to health and most certainly this is true for the positive influence on your performance on the golf course. Studies have proven that water is the best way to keep the body hydrated as it helps the body to remove waste, balance the body temperature and keeps the joints well lubricated. The importance of the main source of hydration made us do the research on the best mineral water out there and based on this research we compiled this list of the 10 best products for you.
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High level of silica, which is useful for the body
Recommended for hydration when on the go
Originates from Artesian aquifer
- Fiji Natural Artesian
- Evian Natural Spring
- Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral
- Perrier Carbonated Mineral
- San Pellegrino Sparkling Natural
- Icelandic Glacial Natural Spring
- Acqua Panna Natural Spring
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Frequently Asked Questions
Top 10 Picks
1. Fiji Natural Artesian
High level of silica, which is useful for the body
Recommended for hydration when on the go
Originates from Artesian aquifer
Few complaints on the plastic taste of the water
You have all probably heard about the remote island of Fiji and its untouched natural beauty. Well, believe it or not, the island among other things has given to the world one of the best drink for hydration. This drink is recommended for when on the go and hydration of the body when climbing, walking or traveling thus making it a perfect choice for the golf course.Read more
Straight from the artesian aquifer in a volcano surrounding and deep underground, it collects electrolytes and minerals from the volcano rocks before it appears on the ground. It is naturally alkaline and it does not contain any sodium bicarbonate while the level of minerals is medium. It is one that contains the highest level of silica in itself which is claimed to be extremely useful for removing unhealthy aluminum from our bodies. The particular product is bottled only in plastic bottles and does not come in glass bottles. Although there are different quantities we are looking today particularly at the 1l bottle that is really compact and convenient for carrying, as well as easy to grab. Although not made entirely by a recyclable material the bottles are BPA-free.
The PH-value is 7.7 and the level of electrolytes is high. If the pH is higher than 7.0 which is considered to be the value of pure water, as in this case the drink is considered alkaline that on the positive side is mostly recommended for a boost of the immune system and reducing the acidity in the organism created mostly by unhealthy diet and stress.
It has a soft taste or often described as smooth and clean. The taste derives from the origin of the water, and this water comes from a nature that is around 1600 mile-distance to the closest continent. The taste is certainly due to the contents and mostly due to silica, calcium, and magnesium. Majority of the consumers agree that the taste is really good and helps especially people who have a sensitive stomach.
Cost and Value
It goes slightly on the higher end of the price range but as most of the consumers agree this is what water should really taste like so it is definitely worth the investment. The 12 pack of 1l bottles gives you a great value for the cost.
2. Evian Natural Spring
Electrolytes occur naturally
Naturally filtered from the French Alps
Neutral pH value of 7.2
Mineral and some claim a little salty flavor
The mouthfeel of strong minerals
If you were wondering why the price tag of Evian is so daunting here we give you the reasons for this. Coming straight from the French Alps, Evian has been a synonym for success and a well-known brand since 1826. Its distinguished mineral taste is smartly packed in a state of art bottles that even have their limited edition designed by Elie Saab in 2014 and Diane von Furstenberg in 2013.Read more
The glacier clay that is part of the process of natural filtration of Evian assists in keeping the balance of the composition of minerals and it helps the prevention of pollution of the water at the natural springs. It has electrolytes that occur naturally, and it’s carbon neutral. This product is packed in an environmentally friendly package that is made of up to 35 percent of plastic that has been recycled. It is a package of 25 bottles, with every single piece containing 500 ml liquid. The single bottles are ideal for your cooler bag or golf bag to supply you with the required natural hydration for your body, while on the golf course.
Evian Natural is created by nature - nothing less and nothing more but a pure refreshing drink made by the rain and the snow that melts on the top of the Alps, filtered by itself on the underground way through the glaciers and their rocks for more than 15 years before it gets into the bottle. The electrolytes that are contained in Evian also come from nature, it does not contain any chemicals and it is put into bottles directly from the source and delivered up to your home.
Its taste is smooth and quite distinctive from the other bottled ones. Although there is no metal taste in the mouth after you drink this one as the case can be with some other brands, some customers describe the taste as “flat”. The taste is due to the content of minerals and the PH- value of 7.2. Because of its unique taste, this drink is equally tasty and refreshing regardless of its temperature-it still taste yummy even if you have been on the golf course for hours.
Cost and Value
This is one of the most expensive brands on the market, but one must admit that shipping this natural hydration drink from its source to almost all corner of the world significantly adds to the cost, as well as the fact that it takes 15 years of “creation” before it is bottled. However, its specific and unique taste makes it worth the purchase.
Tastes fresh and clean
Appealing and reusable bottle
Carbon neutral company
There is no metal mouthfeel
Popular among trendsetters
Tastes better in glass bottles
Voss is definitely the drink that is popular among trendsetters and leaders. This artesian pure liquid has established an ideal partnership with the stylishly designed and now iconic Voss bottle and created a winning combination of taste, purity, and style. Voss originates from Norway and it comes from an aquifer deep underground.Read more
Its established pH value is 6.0 which actually makes it stand on the acidic part of the pH range. It contains low levels of minerals and electrolytes and it is not naturally alkaline. The level of TDS in Voss is pretty low and although lots of people take this as a sign of purity still this means that there are fewer minerals that are beneficial. The level of sodium is pretty high. One of the characteristics of Voss is definitely its packaging. There are lots of people who buy the product because of the bottle that they reuse for different uses. The particular product that we are reviewing today comes in 500ml PET bottles and in a pack of 24 in number. The bottles are very handy and convenient for carrying together with the other golf equipment. Voss company claims to be 100% carbon neutral.
Although a lot of people are surprised by the low pH level of Voss drink one thing worth mentioning is that it is much healthier to leave the drink with its natural alkaline level than to boost it through artificial ionization process. As purity is determined by the level of TDS, which is one of the lowest compared to other products, Voss is super clean and pure.
The taste is refreshing and for sure one that you are going to need during the long hours on the golf course. The taste can be best described as the taste of icicle right from the top of the roof in winter and definitely as neutral and clean.
Cost and Value
The refreshing and crisp taste of the water that is served in prestigious restaurants and hotels packed in beautifully designed bottles has a higher price compared to other brands. The packaging is extremely popular and the bottles are reused for arts and crafts projects. The refreshing taste on the sunny golf course is definitely worth the cost.
4. Gerolsteiner Sparkling Mineral
A perfect blend between calcium and magnesium
Boosts the level of hydration
Recommended by doctors for certain health conditions
Fresh and specific taste
The price tag is on the high end
Gerolsteiner has been on the market since 1888 and it stands for a popular brand name that is a synonym of German quality. It is naturally carbonated that comes from a place called Gerolsteiner in the Eifel mountains, and this is where its name comes from.Read more
It has a unique taste and it is often recommended by doctors for treating certain health conditions such as acid reflux or liver cleanse. It is a perfect blend between calcium and magnesium and definitely worth mentioning that by consumption of only 1 liter per day you will be able to cover one-third of the required daily dose of these two minerals. This sparkling drink is packed in a plastic bottle and as a product it comes in a pack of 6 bottles, each containing 16.9 ounce which equals to half a liter. Although the plastic bottling contributes to the product being lightweight and thus easy and convenient for the golfers to carry it, still it is not environmentally friendly.
The ideal combination of calcium, magnesium, sodium, chloride, potassium, sulfate, bicarbonate and other minerals give a fresh flavor and specific taste. Customers describe it as something between - not too bubbly and not too soft. The quality of Gerolsteiner comes from the balanced content of the minerals.
This product boosts your level of hydration due to the minerals contained in the drink as well as the addition of electrolytes. It contains a high level of magnesium that will influence the taste and the rise of energy level. When compared to the others it is less carbonated and tastes great.
Cost and Value
It is a pricey product but a great value as compared to other related products it has one of the highest levels of the content of minerals, which makes it a great hydration drink for a workout and one that is a must at the golf course.
5. Perrier Carbonated Mineral
Rich in minerals and carbon gases
Few complaints on either too little or too much fizziness
Packaging issues with the plastic bottles
This is one of the most rated product on our list. The natural springs are in France, Louis Perrier who was a local doctor who started to bottle this hydration drink in 1898 and in 1992 Nestle Company bought Perrier. What champagne is in the world of alcohol drinks this is Perrier in the world of refreshing drinks and has been around for over 150 years now.Read more
It is a blend of three sources: it starts from an aquifer, then goes through limestones and at the end goes to mineralized water rich in minerals and carbon gases. The carbonation adds to the uniqueness of Perrier and its high level is one that distinguishes Perrier among other related products. It has zero sugar and zero calories. One specific among the others for Perrier is that it can be purchased besides the plastic and glass bottles in cans of 25 and 33 centiliters, which can be pretty convenient if you have stuffed golf bag and do not have much space. The product that we are looking at today is packed in distinctive Perrier bottle in green color of 1l and its shape is a perfect fit for the typical bag size when on the go.
The purity of the water comes especially from the white sand, which is part of the limestones that the water goes through. This sustains its purity. At the end of its trip, Perrier is collected at a place that is covered by an impermeable clay and these layers add to the protection of the source against contaminants.
The distinctive taste comes from the natural Perrier source that is located in the South of France. This hydration drink undergoes a process of natural filtration in the French hillsides filled with gravel, sand and limestones deposits. The taste is best described as crisp due to the natural minerals added to Perrier by nature. Because of its taste is used in many drinks.
Cost and Value
Compared to other brands this is one is with competitive price and definitely one that is affordable without sacrificing the quality of the drink. Perrier, with its excellent carbonation, decent price and just the right size and shape of the bottle could easily become our best friend on the golf course.
6. San Pellegrino Sparkling Natural
Ideal for pairing up with food and other drinks
A bestseller in the category of sparkling mineral water
Well-balanced 10 minerals
A smart design of the bottles
Rich in mineral salts
Carbonation is not natural but is added
Fluctuation in price
Like everything else in Italy, S.Pellegrino is also a synonym of the Italian culture and natural style. It has been around for almost 760 years, emerging from two spring located on mountainous belt near Milano, Italy. San Pellegrino has been a bestseller in the category of Sparkling Drinks.Read more
It has zero calories and features natural minerals as well as magnesium and calcium that come naturally as the water comes from deep underground and passes through limestone deposits and volcanic rocks of the Italian Alps. Compared to other products Pellegrino contains a good balance of at least 10 natural minerals. Pellegrino is bottled in green and nicely designed bottles. The original design of the bottle was designed in 1899. The particular sizing that we are looking at comes in a pack of 12 bottles and each of the bottles is 1l, which makes it great for rehydration and refreshment during the day. It also has great size for on the go and can be safely put in the backpacks and golf bags.
San Pellegrino comes from an aquifer and the journey of this water lasts for 30 years until it comes out on the surface, but still, carbonation is added because it is mineral rich and heavy so the carbonation helps the taste of Pellegrino to become what is defined as crisp. The pH value of Pellegrino is around 5.6, that means that it is slightly acidic. There are no artificial colors added to the product. It has a low level of sodium and it is enriched with mineral salts.
Its taste is perfect for almost any meal and the 1l bottle of Pellegrino is just the right size for you and your golf companion. The taste of San Pellegrino is not too strong and not too weak but perfectly harmonized to be paired with food and other drinks. The taste because of the balance of minerals is unique and easily distinguished as Pellegrino’s taste.
Cost and Value
Usually, Pellegrino is compared to Perrier because both products are imported by Nestle, so regarding the price, Pellegrino is much more affordable than Perrier. It is a great price and the majority of the consumers agree with this.
7. Icelandic Glacial Natural Spring
Sterile and pure at the spring itself
Naturally high pH value
A lower level of minerals compared to other natural spring waters
Icelandic Glacier comes from Iceland and the famous Olfus Spring, famous because it is an unspoiled ecosystem. These springs have been formed for over 5000 years and the water is protected by a lava rock that prevents pollution and that is why it deserves the title of the purest water worldwide.Read more
Icelandic Glacier is a product known for its purity and it is stated as sterile almost from the very start meaning the spring itself. This product does not contain fluoride and it is not sweetened. Naturally, it contains a low level of minerals, high alkalinity and it is well-balanced hydration drink that will surely satisfy your thirst. One of the first products that were certified to be carbon neutral was Icelandic Glacier. The carbon neutral certification goes for the process of production and how it is operated. The Icelandic is packed in different sizes of bottles that are BPA -free. It is also offered in glass packing. The bottle is designed smartly and even resembles a glacier.
Icelandic is naturally alkaline and the pH value is 8.4. Icelandic is naturally pure as it is what nature decided it to be, as nothing is removed and nothing is added to this product. Icelandic Glacier possesses a low level of minerals which contributes to the pH value which is surprisingly high.
The taste is natural and described as clear and clean as water. Smooth texture and very delicious to be drunk regardless of the temperature of the water -cool or at room temperature, which can be ideal on the hot and sunny days outside. It will be an ideal refreshment with the taste of Iceland untouched nature and purity of the springs.
Cost and Value
It is offered for a great price and it is definitely worth it as it is by far one of the most refreshing drinks and as mentioned above it is in a package that is carbon neutral and made of 100% reusable plastic. The price although on the higher end of the price range is considered as decent taking into consideration the specifics of this product.
8. Acqua Panna Natural Spring
Rich in magnesium and calcium
Rich in mineral salts
pH value of 7.7.
Natural filtration through limestone
Considered to be quite costly
The high level of mineral salts can lead to health problems if drunk excessively
Acqua Panna comes on this list of top 10 and on the market from the sunny Tuscany in Italy and its background is really famous one as it is connected to the much popular and controversial family Medici. Originating from 1564 Acqua Panna is spring water that offers a well-balanced blend of minerals.Read more
Acqua Panna is rich in magnesium and calcium. Acqua Panna is often compared to San Pellegrino and we have to say that they are two partners under the same company.-Nestle. Acqua Panna has also a rich content of mineral salts that reach up to 139 ppm compared to many other brands whose content is around 40 ppm, and this high level is due to bicarbonate. The Acqua Panna this time comes packed in bottles of 500 ml and a pack of 24. Acqua Panna besides the plastic packaging is also offered in glass bottles. The bottles are manufactured on the site where the plant for bottling is for assurance of control inspection. The labels of the bottle feature nice landscapes of Tuscany, too.
The pH level of Acqua Panna is around 7.7, which makes it naturally alkaline. Acqua Panna comes from Tuscany hills where the famous villa at that time Villa Panna was located and is subject to natural filtration of limestone during the long trip of the water of 15 years.
Consumers describe it as clear refreshment, easily drinkable, pure and smooth. One thing worth mentioning is that the taste is much better if Acqua Panna is cooled and its perfect size of 500 ml allows you to pack it in your cooler bag before you get yourself going and enjoy in the taste later on the field.
Cost and Value
The price of this product is often referred to as expensive. Considering that you can buy a pack of 24 bottles for slightly above average price for a bottle that is imported from Italy and it is with supreme quality then we would say that the price is a reasonable one.
The pH level of 9.5
Energize your body
The only alkaline water recommended by the Physician’s Desk
There isn’t detectable mouthfeel
The alkalization is not natural
Labeling peels off
Few claim that pH value is actually not that high
Essentia is one of the best selling products and one of the most rated one. The Physicians’ Desk has listed this hydration drink on their list of reference, recommending it on their list as alkaline water that has been ionized and proved to be the leading rehydration product compared to similar ones.Read more
One of the few, which claims that it does not contain fluoride. The extremely high level of pH which reaches 9.5 can be appealing to many consumers. The high-level of pH is due to the process of ionization. It contains sodium bicarbonate and the level of minerals and electrolytes is very low. Packed in BPA- free bottles, with an appealing logo and simple black and white label, Essentia comes in different packaging sizes. With 1l bottle packaging and a pack of 12 bottles, this is a drink that can refresh and energize you and your body and this is why it is commonly advertised as a drink for the overachievers and especially beneficial to consume when you are performing sports.
The source of Essentia is not something that is known as this company believes that with the process of purification and alkalization you can take any water from any source and make it the purest one. However, what we can be sure of is that it comes from a municipal source. With a pH of 9.5, it has the highest pH level compared to all other related products.
Essentia is with a pure and light taste. As it is alkaline water it is recommendable for an acidic stomach, as well as heartburn and better digestion. It can be an ideal drink for the hot four-hour golf game as it is extremely good for rehydration of the body. The taste is also described as smooth and this might be due to the addition of sodium bicarbonate and some minerals during the process of ionization.
Cost and Value
The price of Essentia is slightly above the average. It is a great alkaline product with a great price, considering all the qualities of this hydration drink. The cost becomes more competitive when you purchase this featured pack of 12 bottles. It is a great purchase at a reasonable price.
Packed in the USA
No sodium at all
7 step process for the purity of the water
Flimsy plastic bottles that cannot stand on their own
Finally hydration and refreshing drink that comes from the USA. Relatively new on the market compared to its European and international siblings, under the cover of Pepsico, Aquafina has earned its place on the international market and is distributed worldwide.Read more
Most important to mention for Aquafina is the fact that it actually derives from a tap water source. Through a process, the water is purified. There are around 40 plants for purification within the USA. Because of the reversed osmosis process, the water is on the acidic side, as the pH value is less than 7.00. Packed only in plastic PET and BPA-free bottles this company puts an effort for the environment and reduces the labels size to a half. However, there are lots of complaints regarding the plastic bottles and their quality when it comes to sturdiness, so they are claimed to be flimsy and easily smashed.
The process of purity for Aquafina undergoes 7 steps, and one must admit that’s a lot. The pH value is somewhere between 5.5 and 7 and as purified it satisfies all the standards and requirements set by authorized institutions. In the purification process substances like salts and chlorides are removed. The other steps in this process include for example ozonation, reverse osmosis, and carbon filtration among others.
If you compare the taste of Aquafina to the other brands, Aquafina has the most neutral one as it does not contain sugar nor sodium at all. Many people like the taste as it resembles tap water but for this one, you can be sure that is beneficial for your health as the process of purification surely removes all the contaminants.
Cost and Value
Aquafina’s price tag is in the average range, it is one of the most affordable on our list. Few people think that besides the normal price tag still Aquafina is overpriced because it is actually tapped water that is being purified. However, one cannot argue that the price is decent considering the whole process of purification.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
One of the first criteria that we had to have a look at were the features of each of the drinks used for hydration. In this category, we had a look of the origin of the drink, in sense of is it spring water or it comes from a municipal source. For each of the products, we numbered the most distinguished minerals and content of the water, which actually set that particular brand from the others on this list and in general. We also took into consideration the carbonation, and the process of purification if any. In the features, we often considered the level of silica, fluoride, and sugar besides the other usual minerals found in the drinkr because this is what our readers were most interested in.
In this criteria, we reviewed mostly the package of the drink as it does influence the taste of it and the environment. As we are environmentally aware, we took notice of the eco-friendliness of these brand names and their product packaging. Some of them are carbon neutral like Icelandic Glacier, which was one of the first companies to be deemed as carbon neutral and all of the companies use BPA-free packaging and PET bottles. Some of them like Aquafina decided to go further and even cut down the size of their labels on each bottle. Majority of these brand names besides the expensive advertising have also many projects that help in the preservation and protection of the environment.
For all the ten products on our list we have carefully stated the pH value and if you were wondering about what it does have to do with our health here is the answer. If the value of pH is around 7 then this drink is considered neutral. Everything that is below 7 is said to be acidic and all about 7 is considered alkaline. In our list, we have reviewed products which belong to all the three sides -neutral, alkaline and acidic. Fruit and gassy drinks, for example, can be extremely acidic and if you drink them excessively teeth decay and cavities can occur due to the low level of acid. So the question that might occur is if this means the higher pH value the more beneficial for us. Although lots of the alkaline bottled drink is recommended for digestion and balance of the stomach still some research has proven that in long-term the diet which is too alkaline is not also recommendable. So the ph Value between 6 and 8 are most preferred.
Taste is one of the major criteria when it comes to whether the consumers will accept the product or no. Talking about taste we generally mean the drinkability of the hydration drink at room temperature, but we also take into consideration the odor, flavor, look of the drink as well as mouthfeel while drinking and after drinking. Although taste can really differ in sense that some people prefer one and other something slightly different most of the consumers agree that a good taste of water is one that has smooth texture, no odors, does not feel you with a taste of the plastic bottle or other minerals but is clean and pure and in this context it has proved that the water that comes from natural springs and has somewhat neutral ph value is much preferred over the one that comes from the public tap source.
Customers are always interested in the price range and do not want to feel tricked so often they wonder if the price that they are paying for the bottled water is really worth it. We have to admit that the list contains some of the most expensive brands on today’s market but we also have to emphasize that whenever we are considering the value we always take into account the benefits that these hydration drinks, in this case, bring to us and the refreshment and hydration of the body, which is extremely important for our health. Most of the drinks on our list are imported from European countries or far-away countries like Fiji and the springs are located in remote surrounding and unspoiled nature whereof they are distributed to almost every corner of the world, which adds to the cost. They all undergo lots of standard requirements and inspection and come packed in stylishly designed bottles but above all they hydrate our body in a healthy way and there is no price tag for that.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: Is there really a difference between these mineral waters and the tap water?
Each of the companies guarantees for its products and the quality of the products and is constantly subject to strict inspections, tests, and supervision of the quality control and meeting of the requirements set and constantly upgraded by relevant institutions. Most of these products on our list come from natural springs and are a piece of art created by nature and even the ones that come from municipal source still undergo a process of purification consisted of many steps. So, yes there is indeed a difference between these two types.
q: Why is some of this water so expensive?
Most of the featured products come from different places and they are distributed all around the world. The springs where they appear are also remote and distant so besides paying for the quality of the water, one has to consider the shipment and distribution costs which are definitely taking come percentage from the value. The packaging and design also add to the cost paired up with the lots of requirements regarding plastic bottling and safety and protection of the environment.
q: What is the reason for the imprinted best before the date on the bottles?
Clearly, the water does not have an expiration date and cannot go bad but because it is part of the food and beverage industry the law requires all the industries to put a best before the date on their products. Another reason is that this date mostly refers to the bottles especially plastic one that after a period of time (usually 2 years) can start releasing some chemicals, and the third and probably most economical reason is that these industries sometimes use the same type of bottles for packaging of sodas and different types of drinks which actually do have best before dates.