Hint Water Review: All You Need to Know

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff
Updated on: Feb 26, 2020

Drinking nothing but tap water during the day can become tedious, but many people shy away from sugar-laden juices and sodas for health reasons. For those seeking some middle ground between these beverage options, flavored water seems to offer a solution.

Hint is a brand of unsweetened water flavored with natural fruit extracts. The beverages are free of calories, sweeteners, and preservatives.

The company currently bottles its beverages in Texas and New York and applies various purification techniques to ensure that the water is almost 100% pure and has low mineral content. These include reverse osmosis, de-ionization, and ultra-violet purification.

The water is then infused with natural flavors derived from fruit through pressing, heating, cooling, filtering, and other extraction techniques. Each batch is then pasteurized before bottling to ensure safety.

The resulting drink should have a clean, crisp taste as if you sliced up fresh fruit and let it infuse in water for several hours. Does this match the experience for those who tried Hint, and is the beverage as healthy as it claims? We’ll analyze what this beverage offers so you can decide whether to buy it.

Pros
  • No calories, artificial flavors, or sweeteners
  • You can save 20% with a subscription order
  • Available in carbonated and caffeinated versions as well
Cons
  • Customers have mixed opinions on taste
  • More expensive than other brands
  • Bottles may be difficult to reseal
  • “Natural flavors” label doesn’t show what’s really inside

Hint Water Product Line

Hint offers four unique product lines, which include the following:

Hint Still

As Hint’s original product, Hint Still is a carbonation-free beverage flavored with fruit extracts.

Flavor Options: watermelon, blackberry, pineapple, strawberry-kiwi, cherry, lemon, peach, mango, crisp apple, raspberry, mango-grapefruit, pear, pomegranate, blood orange, peppermint, clementine.

Price: $19.99–$20.99 for twelve 16-oz bottles ($15.99–$16.99 with subscription).

Hint Sparkling

These beverages have carbonation to give them a distinct bubbly taste. Like the original option, they are flavored only with fruit extracts.

Flavor Options: Watermelon, blackberry, peach, cherry.

Price: $19.99–$20.99 for twelve 16-oz bottles ($15.99–$16.99 with subscription).

Hint Kick

Each 16-oz beverage packs 60mg of caffeine (equivalent to a 20-oz Pepsi or a half cup of coffee) without any artificial preservatives or added sweeteners.

Flavor Options: Raspberry, apple pear.

Price: $19.99–$20.99 for twelve 16-oz bottles ($15.99–$16.99 with subscription).

Hint Kids

These kid-friendly flavors are packaged in 6.75-oz juice boxes and contain nothing but fruit extracts.

Flavor Options: Blackberry, apple, cherry, watermelon.

Price: $19.99 for 32 6.75-oz cartons ($15.99 with subscription).

Is Hint Water Healthy?

Hint Water claims to flavor its drinks with nothing but all-natural fruit extracts. What does this mean in plain language?

To start, Hint defines fruit extract as the essence of the fruit, which is removed using steam or alcohol extraction methods. This pulls out the taste while separating out the pulp and sugar. Extracts differ from fruit concentrates because the later involves removing much of the water content to intensify the sweetness.

Are natural fruit extracts good for you? Lisa Hugh, a registered dietician in Southern Maryland, believes there could be a reason for concern.

“As far as Natural Flavors goes, the term is very vague. Lots of things are natural but might not be good for individual people. [For example,] wheat may provide a natural flavor - but this would be bad for people with celiac or wheat allergy or wheat sensitivity.”

Hugh further explained that her primary concern with natural flavors is the lack of consistent labeling.

“My concern about this (as a dietitian and as a parent of children with food allergies) is that by using natural flavor on a food label, the manufacturer may change the actual ingredients from batch to batch.”

This might mean that someone with severe allergies could react to one batch of Hint water without having any problems previously, and the label wouldn’t indicate any differences between them.

Adding to this concern, the company shares that the beverage’s listed flavor isn’t always indicative of what’s actually inside. For example, the pomegranate flavor contains citrus essence in addition to pomegranate, but both will be on the label as “natural flavor.”

But beyond these concerns specific to allergy sufferers, Hugh believes that flavored water beverages like Hint make sense from a health standpoint, especially for those who have a hard time drinking regular water and would otherwise be sipping on sodas or fruit juices.

Where to Buy Hint Water

Every Hint product can be purchased online as a one-time order or through the company’s subscribe and save program. You can save up to 20% per order when you commit and will earn free shipping when you subscribe to receive three or more cases per delivery.

You can select your delivery frequency to be monthly, every other month, or every two weeks. It’s possible to cancel at any time without penalty through your online account.

It’s also possible to purchase Hint Water in stores. The product website includes a store locator feature so you can find your closest locations.

Analysis of Customer Reviews of Hint Water

HighYa readers have a lot to say about Hint Water. They rated this beverage company at 2.9-stars after 76 reviews. Here’s our analysis of what they said:

Better Taste Than Other Flavored Water Brands

Many Hint reviewers reported that they loved the subtle flavor of this beverage, especially compared to other flavored water brands.

These users shared that other brands tasted like hairspray to them, but Hint tasted like it genuinely had a hint of fruit in it without an overpowering aftertaste. Many of these reviewers appreciated that the drink didn’t contain any sweeteners.

Great Alternative to Soda

Several Hint Water drinkers used the beverage as a substitute for soda. They appreciated that Hint satisfied their craving for sipping something other than water but didn’t give them unwanted calories or artificial flavors.

Many wrote that they were surprised how sweet-tasting and refreshing the drinks were without them.

Strong, Artificial Taste

Not everyone who tried Hint Water liked the taste. Many complained that it was too strong and artificial tasting and that it hurt their stomach after they took a few sips.

In a few cases, users shared that most batches of Hint Water tasted fine, but that they occasionally purchased bottles with a less pleasant taste.

Bottle Design Problems

One common complaint about Hint Water concerns the bottle design. Many users found them hard to close after they opened them because they felt like they were stripping the threads of the bottle with the twist cap. This often made them feel like they had to drink the full bottle at once.

Too Expensive

Many Hint Water customers loved the drinks but shared they wouldn’t buy them often because of how expensive they were. They shared that the flavor and benefits seemed too subtle to justify the cost for what was essentially just water.

Key Takeaways

Whether you like Hint Water will come down to personal taste preferences. Some users thought the flavor too mild, while others found it too strong. We suggest purchasing a bottle or two for your first taste trial, so you can see where you fall on the tasting spectrum.

Hint Water vs. LaCroix and JUST Water

There are plenty of options for satisfying your flavored water fix without consuming unwanted calories. LaCroix is one option that dominates store shelves, so we compared it—and another popular online brand—to Hint Water to see how they compare.

Hint Still LaCroix JUST Water
Price Per Bottle $1.75 per 16-oz About $0.50 per 12-oz $1.66 per 16.9-oz
Are Carbonation Options Available? Yes Yes (default) No
Caffeine Available? Yes No No
Ingredients Filtered water, natural fruit extract Filtered water, natural fruit extract Filtered water, natural fruit extract
Total Calories 0 0 0
Packaging BPA-free plastic bottle Aluminum can Paper carton
Is Subscription Available? Yes No Yes

Deciding between these three brands (and the dozens of others in the flavored water marketspace) comes down to determining what you’re interested in. All three offer zero-calorie drinks flavored with natural fruit extracts, so they each offer identical nutritional profiles.

Hint Water is the only company we looked at that that offers regular water as well as carbonated and caffeinated varieties. This might keep things less monotonous if you’re planning to commit to one brand for the long term.

LaCroix is the most well-known brand on this list, and it's available in grocery stores across the country. In contrast, you might need to buy Hint and JUST water online if you want it regularly. Though this means you need to factor in shipping costs to the pricing, but you can also save money by signing up for either company’s subscription program.

Finally, the water’s packaging might be a deciding factor for you. JUST water’s cardboard carton is made from 82% renewable resources, and the included plastic is made from sugarcane. This gives the brand a lower ecological footprint, which is something to consider if you plan to be a regular customer.

Key Takeaways: There are numerous options for choosing a fruit-flavored water brand without extra ingredients, and your decision will likely come down to taste preferences.

LaCroix’s low cost and convenience make it a natural choice for many, but Hint Water is worth considering if you don’t mind ordering online and prefer a variety of water styles to choose from.

The Bottom Line

Hint Water offers a refreshing way to hydrate for those tired of sipping on regular water. While the taste is polarizing for many people, those who liked it found plenty of flavors that met their preferences and appreciated that they could choose between flat and carbonated water.

If you are already a fan of flavored water, you might find that Hint’s flavor is too subtle for your tastes.

It’s also important to note that the brand has the highest cost per unit of any we looked at, and that’s not factoring in the $5 shipping costs. For many, that might be worth it for the flavor variety and convenience of an auto-ship program.

For those who find themselves turning to juice and soda instead of water throughout the day, Hint products are a healthier alternative that will hydrate you as well as regular water.


Customer Reviews

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  • 80 Customer Reviews
  • 41% Recommend This Company
2.9 out of 5
5 star: 40% 4 star: 2% 3 star: 3% 2 star: 11% 1 star: 42%

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  • Hydrating

    • By Cindy Dow,
    • 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


  • Great

    • By John,
    • Orange County, CA,
    • Apr 29, 2016
    • Verified Reviewer

    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


  • Taste great!

    • By Heather,
    • Arkansas,
    • Jan 25, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    My family is loving this water! I happened upon it at an "Amish food store" while waiting for another store to open, and I have gone back twice just for that.

    Blackberry by is my favorite, while others in the family prefer the apple. Although it tastes great, I wouldn't spend the $22 every two days for a twelve pack that it cost at our store. It is a great alternative to the other bottled waters you may be reaching for while in the store.

    Overall, I'll grab it on the go, but at home, we will stick to our fresh fruit infused water that is always on hand in the refrigerator.

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


  • It's a yes for me!

    • By Deborah,
    • Dallas, TX,
    • Jan 30, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    My husband is the type that just cannot drink something without flavoring when he is eating, so finding healthy drink alternatives to water (he thinks tea and coffee taste like dirt) is always a struggle in our house. Hint Water was recommended to me on a "try this not that" list on one of my favorite websites and I figured (shrug) why not?

    I picked up a few flavors at the Whole Foods and OMG, from the first of gulp of the Watermelon flavor, I was hooked! My husband, on the other hand, hated them. We have since tried several flavors, and the only one I don't care for is the Pomegranate. He didn't like any of them, claiming they tasted "chemically." Just goes to show how everyone is different.

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


  • Five stars

    • By Zooey,
    • Cary, NC,
    • Feb 17, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    This is the BEST tasting sugar-free and sweetener-free water on the market by far!

    It' really is addictive, but that's a good thing. All of the flavors taste true to the labeled fruit, and I've finally found a water that I completely enjoy and that is also giving me proper hydration.

    I love, love, love Hint Water!

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


  • Freshness at its best!

    • By Kelly Moberly,
    • Sioux Falls, SD,
    • Mar 26, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    Hint Water is the best fruit infused water I have ever tasted; I've tasted most of them. There is no horrid aftertaste, and it is not sickeningly sweet; most waters cannot claim to be all that. Pineapple is my favorite so far. I love Hint water!

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


  • Great drink

    Hint is non-carbonated, full of flavor, has no sugar or artificial sweeteners, and is a total thirst-quencher. I used to make my own fruit-infused drinks. However, using fresh fruit, only to discard it after using it for its flavor, became quite expensive. Hint actually saves me money.

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


  • I love it!

    • By Jamie Poland,
    • Marion, SC,
    • Jan 12, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I saw this little jewel on a shelf in Bi-Lo grocery store as I was looking for something other than plain water. I have completely forgone soda, juice and artificially sweetened drinks and flavorings.

    Hint is exactly what the name suggests; there is a hint of flavor that tickles your taste buds without the use of sugar or sugar substitute. I have not had any of the negative experiences that I have read about in this review, but, I do know that everyone's taste buds are different and that also varies by age so that would explain a few of the comments that suggest they taste no flavor at all. I love the variety of flavors and will continue to buy it.

    Thanks Hint for making something different and accomplishing the zero sweetener flavoring!

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


  • Very refreshing

    Absolutely a great alternative to sugar drinks. It is not in all stores or easy to find. Also, it is way OVERPRICED for water! Tea in a bottle costs less than this. I would like to buy it, but not for $1.50 - $2.00 a bottle.

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


  • I love Hint!

    • By Veronica A,
    • New York,
    • Feb 20, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I don't know what some people are talking about! I love Hint! My fav is watermelon, and I have 4 cases of it in my house right now. I also like the pineapple and cherry, but besides watermelon, I don't drink the rest. But it doesn't leave any bad aftertaste, and I don't know what else to say, I simply love it.

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


  • Finally a fruit-enhanced water

    • By Eileen Dunne,
    • Edison, NJ,
    • Feb 23, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Years ago I tried a water similar to Hint called LeNatures. The company went out of business, and I have been searching for a similar product. I did not want a sweetened/artificially sweetened water. I wanted just what LeNatures was, a fruit-enhanced water without carbonation. I found it on Peapod, tried it and now order it directly from the company. For me, it is well worth the money. My favorite is the raspberry enhanced variety.

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


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