The Top Five Bottled Water Brands

Water: two hydrogen atoms bonded to an oxygen atom, the most important substance to life, and one refreshing beverage. And while everyone loves a tall cold one after being in the sweltering heat for a long time, no one really gives this elixir the credit it deserves. It seems as if people either just drink it because they have to, or people are incredibly particular about the brands of water they drink. And while I can probably drink any brand just fine, there are, certainly, those specific brands that are just better or worse than others. So without further ado, I present my top 5 favorite bottled water brands.

And yes, they do taste different!

Dishonorable Mentions

Before we dive into the best ones, I thought I’d just point out a few…well…*lesser quality* brands that, for whatever reason, just aren’t very satisfying.

Deer Park


This stuff tastes like plastic. I don’t know how they do it, but every bottle of Deer Park I’ve ever had just didn’t taste right. It’s honestly very strange, but it just tastes like they mixed in some molten plastic polymers in with the water.



I’m not referring to their line of fruity flavored waters (which, to be honest, I was never a huge fan of anyway. When I want water, I want water, ya know?), but rather their foray into plain drinking water. Keeping their whole “electrolytes” branding intact, this stuff just tastes like salt water. Given the high electrolyte content, that should be a given. However, similar electrolyte-loaded beverages, like Gatorade and even the fruity Propels, have a unique taste “singing lead,” so to speak. But when it’s just plain water, it tastes like the ocean. It’d probably be pretty good if you had a sore throat, though.

Ice Mountain


This brand suffers the same problems as Deer Park, but to a much lesser extent. Not terrible, but definitely one of the lesser brands. Not much else to say about this one, so let’s hop into the good stuff.

Honorable Mentions


One of the most popular brands, Dasani is certainly a good product. However, it’s pretty common knowledge that Dasani is just filtered tap water. And, to be honest, most of the brands on this list probably are as well. Hmm….anyway…Dasani is a good water, but not one of the top dawgs, in my opinion.

Nestle Pure Life


Again, a perfectly fine brand. I’ve heard people say that this brand suffers from “plastic-taste,” but I’ve honestly never noticed any of that with Nestle. Just a fine all around product.

Top 5 Best Brands 

5) Deja Blue


I’m putting this one at number 5 simply because it’s one you don’t see too often. It seems as if Deja Blue was long ago relegated to obscure gas stations you encounter on road trips. However, if I need a water, and this brand is available, I’m always eager to pick it up. Also, the blue bottle adds a layer of coolness to this brand.

4) Aquafina


Aquafina, no one would deny, is one of the best brands out there. And this should be obvious as soon as you crack one open – Aquafina is definitely one of the most refreshing brands available. You know that really cooling sensation you get when you take a drink of water after being outside in the summer for so long? I’ve always associated that with Aquafina. Whether or not that comparison is rooted in any source of logic, I don’t know, but I do know that Aquafina is one of the best waters available.

3) SmartWater


This one gets bonus points for having that cool squeeze bottle feature. One downside though is that this is one of the more expensive brands. But, it’s kinda justified because SmartWater is one of the purest, cleanest tasting waters one can buy.

2) Kroger Brand


The highest ranking generic brand, Kroger makes one top notch water. Maybe it’s just because it’s the brand that I drink pretty much every day, but I honestly do think Kroger makes one of the best waters out there. Perhaps only beat by….

1) Fiji


I know, I tried to avoid putting this at number 1, but I just couldn’t avoid putting Fiji at the top. I know it’s cliché, but Fiji really is the best brand of water available. Something about the unique mouthfeel it has as well as the ultra refreshing taste makes Fiji the undisputed champion of bottled water brands, even if it has, perhaps, too steep a price tag.

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