I have been on a health kick lately. I detail why I decided to start living a healthier lifestyle in this article but, in a nutshell, I was feeling like crap and wanted to feel better.
Part of living the healthy lifestyle is staying well hydrated. Being hydrated can do amazing things for your overall health. It can help you lose weight, prevent headaches, helps your muscles and joints, and even help organs function more efficiently.
The funny thing is, it’s rarely mentioned and, when it is mentioned, the importance isn’t really stressed. I mean, you always hear about “eating healthy” and “exercise regularly” but staying hydrated is always lower down on the list.
I have been drinking A LOT of water the last couple months. So much that it’s hard to know how much fat I have lost because my water weight has kind of replaced it on the scale. Although, I feel so much better than I do 6 months ago because I have been well hydrated.
I decided I wanted to keep track of how much water I was drinking to make sure I was drinking enough each day. First, I tried the manual method of filling up the water bottle, drinking it till it was empty, and recording the amount in my Fitbit app.
The problem was that I was forgetting to enter in the amount I was drinking a lot so my numbers weren’t really accurate. I needed something that would track how much water I drink for me (sounds incredibly lazy but true). Enter the Hidrate Spark 2.0 smart water bottle.
Here is my video review:
Setting up the Hidrate Spark 2.0
I must admit, spending $55+tax on a water bottle made me cringe at the checkout counter. But, if it helped me stay on a healthy path than it would be worth it in the long run… right?
Got home, took it out of the box, and started setting it up. The Hidrate Spark was incredibly easy to set up. You simply unscrew the cap, make sure the sensor is screwed down all the way, put the senor back, screw the cap back on, and download the app.
Once the Hidrate Spark app is downloaded it immediately looks for a bottle nearby. It found my bottle almost instantly, connected, and I was ready to start tracking my water intake in about 5 minutes. Props to the Hidrate company for making this process so easy, my 76-year-old Grandma could do it.
Customizing the Smart Water Bottle Notifications
Things get a little more complicated after setting up the Hidrate Spark. This smart water bottle has a lot of features which can be customized and needs to be learned or else it will be glowing, blinking, and sending you notifications without you knowing what is going on.
To customize these notifications, you need to go to your profile page on the app and click the little setting wheel in the top right corner. From there you can access the notifications, the glow effect, daily goals, and more.
Here’s the thing, the Hidrate Spark app will send you a lot of notifications to your phone. Some will be reminders, some will be about progress, I even got a joke one time. It can feel like a needy significant other texting you all the time unless you change the the settings. But, some people are into that (no judging).
The glow is a pretty cool feature too. It’s like a little reminder to everyone at the gym that says “Look at me, I have a glowing water bottle that sends me notifications… no big deal”. It’s nice when you don’t have your phone by you to get a soft glow reminding you to drink some water. But, if you DO have your phone with you, the glowing and notifications combo can feel like this thing REALLY wants you to drink some water. Again, all can be taken care of in the app.
Getting used to the Hidrate Spark 2.0
As weird as this might sound, there is a training period for using this smart water bottle. You might think it is as easy as filling it up and drinking from it (like a normal water bottle) but… think again.
The sensor is a long white tube that is attached to the underside of the cap that measures the amount of water left in the bottle every time you take a drink. By the magic of subtraction, the sensors know how much you drank by how far the water goes down after every drink and records it in the app.
The thing is, the sensor needs to be able to measure accurately after every drink which requires the water bottle to be set on a flat surface for a couple seconds after every drink. This allows the water to level out and lets the sensor measure accurately how much water was drunk.
The issue I had was that once I finished the water bottle, I would go fill it up again without setting it down on a flat surface to let it measure. Since I never set it down before filling it back up, it wouldn’t record how much I drank last. When you drink 5-8 water bottles full per day, that can lead to a lot of missed recordings.
Is this the end of the world? No. But, it was hard to get used to (especially after working out) setting the bottle down to measure the water was gone before filling it up again. So, if you are someone like me who just slams water after a workout, make sure you train yourself to set the Hidrate Spark down every time before slamming another.
The Hidrate Spark plays nicely with others
The Hidrate spark app does integrate with a few popular apps so you can track all your health stats in one easy location. It integrates with Fitbit, Apple Health, and Under Armour by going into the settings and clicking on “Connect to Apps”.
I was really happy to see that this integrates with some popular fitness tracking apps. I was worried about having to go to 3-4 different apps to track all my info but now I can track it all from my Fitbit App.
Hidrate Spark no-no’s
Couple things to be aware of before you buy the Hidrate Spark 2.0.
First, you can only drink water out of this smart water bottle. So, if you are looking for something to put your juices, powders, steroids, HGH, or otherwise… look elsewhere.
Second, this has to be hand washed. No putting this in the dishwasher as it may damage the sensor. (I can hear the collective moans from here)
Third, no putting this in the freezer. However, you can put ice in the water bottle with water but freezing this water bottle will damage the sensor.
Should you buy the Hidrate Spark 2.0?
Once I tweaked the notifications and got used to setting the water bottle down after every drink and letting it measure… this product was actually very accurate and useful. Like most things, you will have to do some customizing out of the box and get used to a new way of doing things but, once you do, this is a great product.
For anyone training for an event, having trouble with migraines or headaches, or just wants to make sure they are staying hydrated every day, this is perfect for them. I personally bring it everywhere I go and I think its fun to try to beat my water drinking goal every day.
If you are on the fence, just suck it up and pay a little extra money for this water bottle. I personally think it is worth it to have something help you stay on track to be healthier and hydrated every day.
The only thing I can’t speak to is its durability since I have only had it a couple months. If this breaks down anytime soon, I will let you all know. Let me know if you have any questions below.