About Hint Water

Founded by Kara Goldin in 2004, Hint Water is a line of all-natural, unsweetened, ultra-pure water that’s infused with a variety of natural fruit flavors, and is made without sugar, diet sweeteners, preservatives, calories, trace minerals, or GMO ingredients. On top of this, Hint Water is vegan and gluten free.

In other words, Hint Water is claimed to contain nothing but natural fruit oils and essences, all of which are extracted using various combinations of pressing, heating, cooling, filtering, and dissolving. And if you need a little carbonation in your day, there’s even a version called Hint Fizz to satisfy your cravings.

Because of this, Hint Water is claimed to be a healthy, sugar free drink alternative to sodas that tastes great without tasting sweet, so you can stay hydrated without worrying about calories or diet sweeteners.

Whether you’re diabetic, pregnant, have a gastrointestinal issue, or simply can’t stand the taste of plain water but are focused on your health, is Hint Water the right healthy choice for you? Consider the following:

Why Does Hint Pasteurize Their Water?

According to Hint Water’s FAQ, “Purification systems vary depending on the type of water available at each bottler. Techniques can include reverse-osmosis, de-ionization and ultra-violet purification before adding flavors. As a final step, Hint Water is pasteurized.” But what does this mean?

At its most basic, pasteurization is a process that involves heating a liquid to a high enough temperature, so that any disease-causing organisms it contains are killed by exposure, thereby making it safe to drink.

While you’ve almost certainly heard about pasteurization related to milk products, the fact is that most bottle water manufacturers also pasteurize their products for safety. However, keep in mind that pasteurizing water also kills many of the “good” organisms often found water, so this might mean that you’re also missing out on some of the benefits.

Similar Options to Hint Water

Also, keep in mind that fruit-infused water is nothing new, which means that there are dozens of other products available similar to Hint Water. Granted, some of these may use artificial sweeteners or include sugar in their formulas, but the point is that you have options.

In fact, if you’re looking to save money while formulating your own unique flavor profiles, you can create fruit-infused water at home for a fraction of the cost of Hint Water. In fact, you can even add carbonation for your own version of Hint Fizz.

In order to see for yourself, type in the phrase “fruit infused water” or “DIY fruit water” into your favorite search engine.

Do Customers Like Hint Water?

There were more than 7,400 customer reviews featured on Hint Water’s website at the time of our research, with an average rating of 5 stars. There, common compliments appeared to revolve around the great taste, lack of sugar and other added ingredients, and that it helps reduce (or eliminate) soda consumption.

There were also 872 Amazon customer reviews for Hint Water’s Blackberry flavor, with an average rating of 4.1 stars. While many of the compliments mirrored those found on Hint’s website, complaints also included reduced quality compared to original batches, a “chemical” taste, and even some complaints that the water had gone bad (e.g. a “rancid” taste). Several customers also stated that they contacted the company for a resolution, but didn’t receive a response.

From a company perspective, Hint Inc. is based out of San Francisco, CA, although they weren’t listed with the Better Business Bureau. With this said, Kara Goldin took Hint Water from a small startup in her garage to a $30 million per year business in the span of a decade, so the company’s story has been featured in a variety of popular publications, including Forbes, Fast Company, The Wall Street Journal, and many others.

Hint Water Pricing & Refund Policy

Hint Water is available only in 16oz bottles, and Hint Fizz in 16.9oz bottles, which are priced as follows (directly through the company):

  • 12 bottles of Hint Water: $16-$18
  • 12 bottles of Hint Fizz: $18
  • 60 bottles of Hint Water: $80
  • 120 bottles of Hint Water or Hint Fizz: $160

Keep in mind that Hint Water offers a subscription service named Club Hint that will provide you with regular shipments of the product of your choice. There, you can choose which products you’d like to receive, how much you want, and how often you’d like to receive them, and your subscription can be paused or cancelled at any time. Upon enrollment, you’ll receive the following benefits:

  • 10% off each order
  • Free shipping on 3 or more cases.
  • Early access to new flavors
  • … and more.

While no refunds are available for purchases made directly through Hint Water, you can alter or cancel your subscription plan via your account dashboard, by using the online contact form, or by emailing hello@drinkhint.com

Finally, keep in mind that Hint Water is available through several national retailers, including Whole Foods and Safeway. To find a store in your area that carries Hint Water, be sure to visit their Store Locator page.

Is Hint Water a Tasty, Healthy Choice?

Chopping to the point: Overall, it seems that most customers who try Hint Water enjoy the experience, so it’s likely that you will too. And it’s also positive that Hint Water contains nothing except pure water and natural fruit infusions.

However, keep in mind that everyone has their own taste preferences, so what you might find to be the best taste on the planet someone else might find to be awful.

As such, we might recommend purchasing a single bottle of Hint Water or Hint Fizz from a local retailer in order to try it out. Then, if you like the taste, you can purchase greater quantities directly from the company.

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6 Customer Reviews for Hint Water

Average Customer Rating: 3.3
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  • What's less than a "hint?"

    I'm a fan of "experimental" beverages. Why buy Coke, Pepsi, or Lipton Ice Tea when you can try: Pepsi Blue, Clear Pepsi, Sprite Remix, Orbit, DNL, or New York Seltzer. What's less than a "hint." Smudge? Dash? GHOST. That's better, GHOST. Almost felt like taking it to the lab to see if there was anything else but water in there. Three stars because it's water. Water's not bad.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 4 people found this review helpful

    Not so natural

    • SF Bay Area,
    • Oct 18, 2016

    Okay, redefining the word "natural" doesn't make it so. Fruit in its natural state contains natural sugars and calories, like it or not. Take for example blackberries, there are 65 calories and 7 grams of sugar in a cup of blackberries. In order to remove those calories you have to remove the sugar, in order to remove the sugar you have to process the berries. It says right on the bottle "Contains No Juice." If there is no juice to flavor this product, there are no sugars to sweeten it, then whatever is used to flavor it can't be natural, because it's processed.

    I don't know if you all know this or not, but natural sugars and calories aren't the enemies, it's when they are consumed in excess that they become poison. 3 or 4 blackberries muddled with a leaf or two of mint in 16oz of filtered water contains 6 calories, is naturally sweet and contains vitamins that our bodies need to survive.

    Yes, I have tried this product, apple and the blackberry, and didn't care for it. The apple tasted like someone dropped a green apple JollyRancher into ten gallons of water and the blackberry tasted nothing like blackberries. I also don't like the price and the fact that we are introducing even more single-use plastic into the environment, already seeing these bottles blowing around in parking lots and laying in ditches.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Not too bad…

    Just picked up a bottle of the crisp apple hint water. Overall not bad, especially as an alternative to tasteless, boring plain water with no sugar or sodium. As the name says, there is just a 'hint' of flavor to the drink and that seemed to be just enough flavor for my mouth/taste buds to notice and like, after I got used to the less sugary flavor (I usually drink soda mixed half and half with water, so my mouth was used to that level of sweetness).

    I am normally NOT a straight water drinker because I either hate the taste of plain water, or it doesn't even have a taste(LOL), but I want to be healthier and this Hint Water seemed better than the other flavored waters/drinks that have sugar, fructose and sodium, etc. in them. I would like to try a few of the other flavors, but the store I bought the one I got this evening, only had maybe 3 flavors, besides the crisp apple and they were not to my interest. Considering how picky I am, this stuff isn't too bad at all, although I'll have to get a bit more used to the lack of sugar overload.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 2 out 2 people found this review helpful

    Great

    • Orange County, CA,
    • Apr 29, 2016

    I moved from "healthy" juices and diet sodas to Hint Water. I've noticed a difference in how good my body feels moving away from sugars and artificial sweeteners. Hint is exactly as it's name says, just a "hint" of flavor. So if you're looking for something sweet, this is not it. If you're looking to be healthy but are bored with chugging plain water, Hint and Hint Fizz are the way to go.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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  • 4 out 14 people found this review helpful

    No Flavor

    • White Hall,
    • Nov 28, 2015

    I was very excited to try Hint as I've stopped drinking sodas sugar or sugar free. I found the taste to be very unsatisfactory the 'flavors' are almost undetectable. Very disappointed, I really hoped it would be an alternative to plain water but I found it to be much too mild for my taste and way over priced. I like that there is no added sugar or artificial sweeteners but there is none in plain water and Hint taste like plain water to me, at least the 5 flavors I've tried.

    Bottom Line: No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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    • Feb 9, 2016

      Marian

      Sherry, your taste buds are accustomed to drinking sugary beverages. I suggest you drink only plain water for a month, and then try a bottle of Hint and taste the difference. I normally only drink water, tea, and coffee, with no sweeteners, cream, or anything else added. Hint has an excellent level of flavor for me. Especially the Strawberry Kiwi. I've tried all of the flavors and enjoy most of them.

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  • 3 out 3 people found this review helpful

    Hydrating

    • Camarillo, CA,
    • Oct 8, 2015

    My first experience was on a hot summer day, grabbing a bottle of Blackberry Hint at Starbucks. That was all it took and I was hooked! I've been ordering cases, adding a variety of flavor's from their website monthly.

    One year later, I'm always hydrated, drinking at least four 16oz bottles a day and have lost 17 pounds.

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend

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