Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Which Water Wins?


I (Carrie) have unabashedly become a water snob. I like to drink good water, but I have to admit, I was beginning to think it might be all in my head. Ever since my dearest Kit introduced me to Smart Water, I've been hooked. But it comes at a price. So I wanted to make sure it mattered- that I wasn't being tricked, therefore the Water Contest (I've been planning this for weeks, just ask Ashleigh).

6 contestants. Smart Water, Aquafina, Dasani, Arrowhead, our Brita (recently changed filter), and tap water. Greg and I each preformed the experiment on each other, pouring the waters into 6 identical glasses and asking preference (in order from favorite to least) and then a challenge to guess which water is which.

The results were surprising, helpful, and affirming. Greg and I both prefer Smart Water first, then Dasani (interesting since they are both enriched with "minerals/electrolytes"). We also both noted that Aquafina was a disappointing least favorite (we're pondering malfeasance. could this bottle of Aquafina been corrupted? we've always seemed to like it before...). Greg actually prefers Brita over Arrowhead. I thought Aquafina (again- questionable. another test may be necessary), Brita, and tap water were not worth drinking in comparison to Smart, Dasani and even Arrowhead.

Now I can rest easy. Nevertheless, we'll still continue to drink our Brita water and faithfully replace the filter. Cold water is usually good, no mater how bad it is. And I also will continue buying bottles of Smart Water to hydrate myself at work. However, we'll buy Dasani if Smart Water is unavailable (or not on sale. the stuff is expensive regular price) and we'll definitely think twice about Arrowhead. Hmm... what about Crystal Geyser?

5 comments:

Steve Jones said...

I just had five seconds of culture shock I think. I haven't gotten back to the states yet. Good water in Kenya means water minus the typhoid fever or tropical amoebas. I forgot taste was an issue. Thats funny. I am glad you can still drink Brita. Even I don't want to come back to SLO's tap water. I hate that stuff. What is in it that makes it so crappy? Maybe it's crap. Kenya water is way better than that stuff by the way.

Carrie Squires said...

Thanks for your thoughts, steve. I'm sorry we instigated culture shock. our humorous experiment was purely exploratory to either validate or discredit bottled water, but not to express an ungrateful attitude towards the cleanliness of water from this country. I'm glad typhoid fever isn't a reality here!

Mitesh said...

LOL, no need to apologize or feel bad for liking the taste of Smart Water!

I am surprised Steve likes Kenya water. I had to have boiled water when drinking fresh water on the Himalayas, and it tasted horrible. It could have been the pot we used to boil the water though...

Megan said...

Andrew thinks i'm crazy but I hate and refuse to buy Arrowhead water, it tastes like soap to me! Andrew and Kenny performed a taste test on me and I passed, it's not only on my head but my mouth too! I'll have to try Smart Water soon.

Lisa said...

You guys are goofs! Long live TAP WATER!!!!!