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What Makes A Good Bottled Water?

Updated on January 18, 2014

There are so many bottled water brands on the market it's difficult to decide which one to buy! Another thing that complicates the decision further is the vast difference in cost between bottled water brands. The good news is there are some simple things you can compare on the information labels of bottled water brands that can help you make an informed choice and decide which bottled water is right for you!

Not All Bottled Waters Are Created Equal

Water is essential to life and it's widely recognised that we won't survive much longer than 3 days without it, however not all water is created equal. If you've ever mentioned to your friends that you only drink bottled water some may have laughed and been critical of your decision, they may even have argued that bottled water is no different from the water you get out of the tap. It's a sad fact that some poor quality bottled waters don't differ that much to tap water in their composition and are simply not worth the money. Some bottled water brands however are far superior to tap water and you can find them by comparing the following factors.

Mineral Content

Mineral content is the biggest differential between a good quality bottled water brand and a bad one. Next time you're shopping for bottled water take a few minutes to examine the labels on the back. On these nutritional labels you'll find a list of minerals that your chosen bottled water brand contains per litre. The difference in the quantities of these vital minerals is massive in the various bottled water brands on the market.

Let's compare two of the big brand bottled waters to see how they differ in mineral composition.


Due to it's ample and unique mineral composition Evian is my personal bottled water brand of choice! Evian is packed with the vital minerals your body needs to function in perfect balance, take Calcium for example.

We all know about the health benefits of calcium. It gives us strong bones, strong teeth and plays a vital role in cell function. It's also an alkalising mineral so plays a vital role in maintaining our body's Acid/Alkaline balance. Calcium needs magnesium to be present if it is to be absorbed by the body. Evian contains the almost perfect ratio of calcium to magnesium for it to be fully absorbed by the body.

Then we have Bicarbonates. Bicarbonate is another highly alkalising mineral and Evian contains this mineral in plentiful supply.

Now look at the mineral composition of Volvic mineral water.


When you look at the difference between the mineral content of Volvic compared with that of Evian it is truly staggering! Evian contains over 7 times as much calcium per litre than Volvic and over 4 times as many bicarbonates. We don't have time to dissect every mineral on the list but I'm sure you'll agree the labels speak for themselves.

When you consider that the cost of these two bottled water brands is similar, it really shows that not all bottled water is created equal.


Another important figure to examine on the labels of various bottled water brands is the pH of the water at source.

The human body needs to maintain a PH level of between 7.35 - 7.45 to exist. Our body is around 60% water so the pH level of the water we drink plays a role in maintaining this balance. When we compare the two labels above we can see that Evian has a slightly higher pH at source than Volvic and the alkalising minerals it contains also make it a more alkaline water.

Bottled Vs Filtered Water

The arguments surrounding bottled water and its true value still remain. If you take the time to look for a quality bottled water though the mineral contents speak for themselves. It can be useful to remove harmful chemicals from tap water using a water filter but you still won't benefit from the mineral content a good bottled water can offer.

As I mentioned earlier Evian is my bottled water of choice but good cheaper alternatives exist. At least you now know what to look for when examining the labels of bottled water brands and can make an informed decision about whether a so called 'cheap' bottled water is a bargain or a rip off!

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      Kerrie Ramirez 10 months ago

      Is tap water or bottled water healthier?

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      nutritionhub 5 years ago

      Yeah I also stay away from the cheaper brands. I do think there are some reasonable mid range bottled waters out there though. Thanks for the comment!

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      peachy 5 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      Some mineral or filter water that are cheap cannot be consume at all. There is an chemical odor in it. Hence, i don't buy those 90 cents and below water bottle. Bad experience for me.