Health is something that I’ve put more importance and effort in lately. When I was younger, my mom would always complain that I didn’t drink enough water and warn me that it’s bad for me. I would go through the day drinking like 3, 4 cups of water. I’m not sure why I had this problem but I just never felt..thirsty?
Well those habits lived on for far too long so I decided to change that. I stumbled upon a “smart water bottle” on Kickstarter (and I’m a sucker for these cool crowdfunding products) so I just had to give it a try.
What is the Hidrate Spark?
The Hidrate Spark 2.0 is a water bottle that helps improve your water intake habits by sending you reminders to drink water every once in a while and track how much you’ve drank throughout the day. There is a stick in the bottle equipped with LEDs that you can set to flash and glow in white or colored lights. The stick also measures how much you’ve drank.
You can see this data with a mobile app. It tracks your daily progress, and has historical graphs from past days, weeks, and months.
The app creates a daily personalized goal for you. This amount is based on personal factors such as your height, weight, activity level, and local temperature, so your water consumption goal can change slightly from day to day.
The features were very well thought out and useful. My one complaint about the bottle itself is that the design feels a little weak and flimsy. The cap is made of thin plastic that seems like it would crack if it got dropped,. The button uses a metal spring that releases the cap and it sometimes gets stuck. It still has a bit of a prototype feel to me. Also, all these features are battery powered and I feel like it doesn’t last long enough – maybe two weeks at most if you are using the bottle religiously. There’s no rechargeable component so that can make it an expensive bottle to maintain if you need to buy batteries every couple weeks.
In addition, I felt like my bottle wasn’t always functioning properly. I set it to give me glow reminders periodically, and even after a time period of two hours of not using the bottle, I wouldn’t get any reminders. That’s gotta be wrong.
However, I did feel like I benefited from using this bottle because my water drinking habits are SO much better now. In a workday I typically drink about 3 water bottles, so that’s well above what I should be consuming in an 8 hour time frame.
Is the Hidrate Spark Worth It?
The Hidrate Spark has a pretty hefty price tag of $55, and I don’t think this model is well-built enough yet for daily use. The fact that you can’t easily recharge it also means that it makes an already expensive water bottle even more expensive to maintain.
I absolutely love the idea of the smart water bottle. It’s so cool how it tracks your progress and motivate you towards a healthier lifestyle, but realistically speaking, I would not say it’s a feasible long-term solution! I am a little sad that I spent a lot of money on a water bottle that I only used for about a month, BUT it was a fun experience to try something new.