Not All Water Tastes the Same

The most controversial topic in the world right now: water.


Photo Janiece Mitcher

Different water bottle brands.

Keirra McGoldrick, Opinion Editor

Everyone knows that the different temperatures of water impact its taste. However, the more important influence on the taste of this vital part of the human diet would definitely be the brand.

Take the brands Dasani and Aquafina for example, the taste is just simply artificial, like you’re drinking ‘fake water’ or something. It’s also a known fact that these brands add extra sodium to their water to make you even thirstier, so you keep buying more and more. Many amusement parks, such as Walt Disney World, use Dasani to gain more profit for this specific reason.

Now just imagine this: you walk into a store to quench your thirst and see two brands of water sitting in front of you to choose from, Aquafina and Smart Water. Which would you choose? The only correct answer is Smart Water. With companies such as Smart Water, Fiji and Core, you can tell there is care put into the making and even packaging. The taste of these is just the crispest and most refreshing thing out there.

Cost can vary a lot though. A single bottle of water costs anywhere between a few cents to a couple of dollars depending on the brand and where you’re buying it from. For instance, a liter of Smart Water at Walmart costs $1.84, but at Target, the same exact bottle of water is $2.

Many influences on price can be found in the advertised pH level. According to UCLA health, “there has been no evidence of harm found in drinking water with a pH of between 7 and 8.5.” This being said the safest pH level is between 7 and 8.5 and companies like Core follow such recommendations. Desani, on the other hand, has a pH of 6.25 and is one of the most acidic on the market. 

All things considered, know what you’re drinking and find which brand is best for you.