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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  • No Flavor

    • By Sherry,
    • White Hall,
    • Nov 28, 2015
    • Verified Reviewer

    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


  • Cannot believe I paid for this

    I was so excited to finally receive my Hint water. I purchased the Flat Pineapple flavored and the Sparkling Peach flavored varieties. I popped a few in the fridge and the next morning eagerly opened a peach one. I was SO disappointed. There was barely any flavor at all. Next, I tried the pineapple and could not detect any flavor at all. It was just like drinking tap water.

    Now I have three cases of expensive water. I may try adding some juice to them to see if that makes any difference. I would never recommend this product.

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


  • Deceptive

    • By Helen Heron,
    • Paoli, PA,
    • Sep 20, 2017
    • Verified Reviewer

    I was very disappointed to hear that Hint Water had 60 mg of natural caffeine. I have been having trouble sleeping for the past two months. I feel as though it should have been noted on the bottle.

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


  • Not worth the money

    I can't even say there is a "hint" of flavor. So far I have tried Strawberry Kiwi and Pineapple. They don't taste like anything. Buying this water is a total waste of money. It was delivered by FedEx and left on the first floor by the mailboxes, not to my 3rd-floor apartment. These boxes are heavy, and being a senior, made it very difficult to pick up. I have had FedEx deliveries before where they actually came to my door.

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


  • Don't be fooled

    Folks, this is tap water infused with a little fruit. It smells great, but the taste is weak. You can use your own water for a penny and top it with a slice of pineapple or a slice of green apple for less than a nickel. Taste your Hint Water and call me a liar.

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


  • Just water

    I ordered three cases of Hint Water; one Sparkling Grapefruit, one Watermelon, and one Kick Lemon Cayenne. After tasting all of them, there is no taste in any of them. I don't even think there was a watermelon in the room when they were bottling that flavor.

    A total waste of money. I could buy three for $9 bottled water that tastes better than this stuff. Total ripoff. Stay away!

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


  • Tried Blood Orange

    • By Rose,
    • Jan 14, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    Don't try, too expensive, save your money. It has a plastic aftertaste, pretty weird. Check the expiration date since plastic bottles leak chemicals after time.

    Take a bottled reverse osmosis or spring water and add a twist of lemon, lime, orange or add a little juice to it, and it tastes much better.

    The ingredients say "purified water." Purified water from where? Blood orange and other natural flavors are from non-GMO plants? What plants? Not from fruits?

    People, please read ingredients and fine print before you buy products.

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


  • Charge without permission

    • By Shawn Hunter,
    • Columbus, OH,
    • Mar 1, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I didn't give them permission to charge me $32. They need to refund the money ASAP. Someone was supposed to get a hold of me within 24 hours, but I am still waiting. Hint Water, refund my money, and if you set me up on a membership, cancel it now.

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


  • Do not buy!

    I will not purchase it ever again. It is advertised to help you get off soda. Anyone that drinks soda wants sweet flavor. "Hint" is just overpriced water with barely any flavor. Very disappointed. Save your money. DON'T BUY.

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


  • No way, it is awful!

    • By Lori M.,
    • Lexington, KY,
    • Jun 22, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    This water tastes nothing like water. Aall the flavors are very strange versions with a weird aftertaste, also a chemical water taste. None of these are good. The price is outrageous. Also, they smell awful and are way overpriced. Just nasty.

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


  • Save your money

    • By T Q.,
    • Laurel, MD,
    • Sep 7, 2018
    • Verified Reviewer

    I do not like the flavor of this stuff at all. I got suckered into ordering this via facebook. I tried three flavors and don't like any of them. I still have at least 85% of the order taking up space in my kitchen. I thought I had canceled out of any subscription that I may have gotten myself in to and yet today, another huge box of Hint Water shows up. Grr! Their website is useless and there is no phone number to call, only a "contact us" form. According to their website, I do not exist which makes it impossible to "manage subscriptions." I'm waiting to hear back from the company and I am hoping they are upstanding and will fix the issue and refund my money. Buyer beware.

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


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