Best Enhanced & Flavored Waters

By Gayot Editors

Best-Tasting Flavored Waters

We all depend on water to survive, but these days we want more than just the basics from earth’s most precious resource. We want flavor (fruit! mint! rose!) and added benefits (probiotics, please!) so that our water multi-tasks as much as we do. Plus, we want a not-so sugary alternative to soda. There’s no guarantee the bottled waters on this list will fulfill all their promises, but we can attest to their taste and any effects we experienced.

Check out GAYOT’s list of the Top Enhanced & Flavored Waters featuring waters that do more than quench your thirst.

> And if you’re more of a purist, be sure to check out our list of the Best Bottled Waters, featuring still and sparkling waters from around the world.

1. Core Organic Water

Each CORE Organic flavor is 5 calories per serving, low glycemic and non-GMO.

Water Type : Enhanced

Water infused with organic fruit and just a handful of calories.

This line of fruit-infused, antioxidant-enhanced organic waters is great for those who want a sweet alternative to sugary drinks. Each CORE Organic flavor is 5 calories per serving, low glycemic (with less than one gram of sugar per serving), gluten-free, non-GMO, OU Kosher and vegan. Plus, each serving contains the same amount of antioxidants as a half-cup serving of blackberries or cherries.

Of the six different flavors, we couldn’t get enough of the Coconut Colada and Watermelon Lemonade, which offered just enough sweetness and flavor to make us feel like we were indulging in something “bad.”

2. H2Rose Water

H2Rose uses the power of rose water to create a sweet and fragrant drink

Water Type : Enhanced

This brand uses the power of rose water to create a sweet and fragrant drink.

As beautiful as the packaging is, the main issue we have with H2Rose enhanced water is the high sugar content. We love the smell and taste of rose water in general (instant mood enhancer!) and H2Rose has the fragrance factor. But at 15 to 16 grams of sugar per bottle, it’s just too much. (That said, it is much less than the average 39 grams of sugar in most sodas, so it’s a solid alternative to soft drinks.)

H2Rose comes in four different flavors: Mango, Peach, Wild Berry and Apple. The apple flavor tasted a bit odd, but wild berry paired well with the floral notes. Bottom line: This beverage would be best mixed with some sparkling water or mixed in a cocktail when you’re not worried about glycemic levels.

3. Karma Wellness Water

Drink in some good karma with this water that aims to help your mind, body and spirit.

Water Type : Enhanced

Enjoy good karma with this water that aims to help your mind, body and spirit.

Some vitamins that are premixed in liquid can lose their strength over time. That’s why Karma Wellness Water devised a special cap that separately stores vitamins and nutrients from the water until you’re ready to drink. All you have to do is peel off the protective label, push the button, shake and enjoy.

There are six flavors offering different benefits and each bottle contains only 20 calories and 2-5 grams of sugar. Our favorite is the Immunity Booster made with acai berry and pomegranate, which has 110% of vitamins A, B3, B5, B6, B12, D and E. There’s a touch of stevia extract but none of that weird aftertaste and we felt pretty good after drinking it. You can also try Karma Probiotics and the caffeinated Karma Lift for an extra boost.

4. Penta Water

Penta starts as city water before undergoing a patented 13-step purification process.

Water Type : Enhanced, Sparkling

This water starts as city water before undergoing a patented 13-step purification process.

Claiming that this “ultra clean” purified drinking water has a different chemical structure than regular water, Penta has a higher boiling point, higher surface tension and lower viscosity. Penta starts as Carlsbad, California city water, and then undergoes a patented, 11-hour, 13-step purification process.

To counter claims of being pseudoscientific, Penta emphasizes that it hydrates the body 16.7 times faster than other bottled water. Well, we didn’t feel extra hydrated after drinking a bottle of the stuff, but it did taste pretty clean. We can’t help but wonder though: Wouldn’t you get the same experience from filtered water?

5. Suja Probiotic Water

Each bottle of Suja contains 2 billion vegan probiotics, which are known to have digestive benefits.

Water Type : Enhanced

Go with your gut on this lightly flavored probiotic water.

The first-ever enhanced water made with nothing but organic and non-GMO fruits, vegetables and vegan probiotics, Suja gets it right as far as the ingredients go. At 10 calories and one gram of sugar or less per bottle, Suja’s Pressed Probiotic Water tastes like watered-down juice, but we found that to be a refreshing departure from other flavored waters that go too sweet.

In case you’re thinking you could simply water down juice with the same taste you get from Suja, there’s something you wouldn’t get: Each bottle contains 2 billion colony-forming units of vegan probiotics, which are known to have digestive benefits. If the taste of slightly spicy water appeals to you, try the Pineapple Lemon Cayenne, but we recommend the Strawberry and Raspberry.

6. Verday Chlorophyll Water

Verday chlorophyll water offers the antioxidant and cleansing benefits of green juice

Water Type : Enhanced

Get your greens, not calories, with this light-tasting flavored water.

Enhanced with chlorophyll, the green nutrient found in most plants, Verday water is meant to help you get the cleansing benefits of green juice without the strong flavor. Each bottle of Verday is packed with 100mg of chlorophyll, which equals what you would find in two shots of wheatgrass, four cups of spinach or 12 cups of arugula. There are zero GMOs, calories, artificial sweeteners or colors and you can choose from flavors including cucumber, watermelon, coconut and lemongrass-ginger. While the water still has that “green” taste, it’s a good gateway for those who aren’t ready to take the full-on green juice plunge.

7. Wtrmln Wtr

Juice up with Wtrmln Wtr, the refreshing water made from watermelon and lemon juice.

Water Type : Enhanced

This water contains minimum ingredients — watermelon and organic lemon — with maximum flavor. 

This water definitely wins in the flavor category with a taste that’s incredibly fresh and melony. Each bottle contains just two ingredients – watermelon and organic lemon. There’s no added water, only the water that naturally comes from cold-pressing the fruit, which is a method believed to preserve any minerals, enzymes and other nutrients that a blender or juicer would kill. Although there are 12 grams of sugar per bottle, they are naturally occurring fructose, so maybe it’s not so bad. The other drawback? It’s pricey at about five bucks a bottle.