The 8 Best Flavorings for Your Water Bottle of 2019

Spice up plain old water with these easy-to-use flavorings

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First Look

Best Overall: Nuun at Amazon

"No calories, no carbs, no sweeteners and no mess… a great electrolyte replacement tablet."

Best Budget: MiO Liquid Water Enhancer at Amazon

"No sugar, no carbs, no aspartame, and no saccharin, just your choice of fruit flavors."

Best for Travel: Crystal Light On the Go at Amazon

"Great to throw into your pack to flavor up a second bottle of water when you refill on a long walk or run."

Best Calorie-Free: True Citrus at Amazon

"Calorie-free, natural citrus flavoring packets… packaged for easy adding to a narrow-necked water bottle."

Best with Electrolytes: DripDrop Hydration Powder at Amazon

"Flavor is without cloying sugar… has three times the electrolytes and half of the sugar of most sports drinks."

Best Tasting: True Lemon Lemonade Drink Mix Packets at Amazon

"Single-serve packets… turn plain water into all-natural lemonade… sweetened with natural Stevia."

Best Drops: Stur Liquid Water Enhancer at Amazon

"If you want to avoid GMO, Stur promises to be all-natural and is sweetened with Stevia." 

Best Energy-Boosting: Celsius On The Go Packets at Amazon

"Energy-boosting drink that has no sugar but includes green tea extract and caffeine from guarana seeds."

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Nuun

Nuun
Nuun. Courtesy of Amazon.com

Nuun has no calories, no carbs, no sweeteners and no mess. It's just a great electrolyte replacement tablet that gives your water a refreshing taste. Nuun provides the recommended amount of salt replacement for endurance activities. It comes in no-mess tablets that dissolve quickly to produce a non-carbonated, light, refreshing sports drink.

Best Budget: MiO Liquid Water Enhancer

MiO Liquid and MiO Energy
MiO Liquid and MiO Energy. Courtesy of Amazon.com

You can find this popular water enhancer in many grocery stores. You can squirt a few drops or a little more into your water, so you choose how much flavor you add. It has no sugar, no carbs, no aspartame, and no saccharin, just your choice of fruit flavors. It also has no sodium, although a little salt isn't a bad thing if you are exercising and sweating. They also have a Mio Energy version that contains caffeine.

Best for Travel: Crystal Light On the Go

Crystal Light On-the-Go
Crystal Light On-the-Go. Courtesy of Amazon.com

Crystal Light On the Go packs let you add a single small packet to a water bottle to convert it to lemonade, peach tea, raspberry ice and iced tea. It's great to throw into your pack to flavor up a second bottle of water when you refill at a water fountain on a long walk or run. It uses aspartame as a sweetener, with 5 calories per serving.

Best Calorie-Free: True Citrus

True Lemon and True Orange Packets for your water
True Lemon and True Orange Packets. Wendy Bumgardner &oopy;

True Lemon, True Orange, and True Lime are calorie-free, natural citrus flavoring packets for your water bottle. They are packaged conveniently for easy adding to a narrow-necked water bottle. Each packet can flavor a full water bottle. The orange is naturally slightly sweet. Each packet has 25 percent of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, with no artificial colors, sweeteners, preservatives, gluten, or sodium. So—this isn't a sports drink mix, but it does give you a convenient bit of citrus flavor.

Best with Electrolytes: DripDrop Hydration Powder

DripDrop Hydration Powder
DripDrop Hydration Powder. Courtesy of Amazon.com

These packets can be used in a bottle or glass or water to turn it into an electrolyte hydration drink. The flavor is light enough when you want to be refreshed without cloying sugar. It has three times the electrolytes and half of the sugar of most sports drinks. It has no artificial flavors, colors, or preservatives. It does contain sugar (sucrose and fructose) and sucralose, which is an ingredient in Splenda. You can also use it to flavor hot water, which is a bonus for winter workouts.

Best Tasting: True Lemon Lemonade Drink Mix Packets

True Lemon Lemonade Drink Mix Packets
True Lemon Lemonade Drink Mix Packets. Wendy Bumgardner © 2011

These convenient single-serve packets make it easy to add the drink mix to you water bottle or glass and turn plain water into all-natural lemonade. It's sweetened with natural Stevia and has only five calories per serving.

Best Drops: Stur Liquid Water Enhancer

Stur Liquid Water Enhancer
Stur Liquid Water Enhancer. Courtesy of Amazon.com

If you want to avoid GMO, Stur promises to be all-natural and is sweetened with Stevia. The 20-serving squeeze bottles are convenient for flavoring your water. In addition to fruit flavors, they also have electrolyte coconut water flavors which are great for long workouts to replace lost salt.

Best Energy-Boosting: Celsius On The Go Packets

Celsius Flo Fusion Orange
Celsius Flo Fusion Orange. Courtesy of Amazon.com

Celsius is an energy-boosting drink that has no sugar but includes green tea extract and caffeine from guarana seeds. A small caffeine kick can help wake you up and keep you going. Just don't overdo it or you can end up dehydrated.

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