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Published on March 30th, 2012 | by David

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Hydros Bottle: Fantastic Idea, Sloppy Execution

I hate dis­pos­able wa­ter bot­tles, which is why I was ex­cit­ed to try the new Hy­dros bot­tle. Un­for­tu­nate­ly, while I love the con­cept and the mis­sion, the bot­tle ul­ti­mate­ly falls short.

Hy­dros starts with a great vi­sion: high-qual­i­ty wa­ter bot­tles with in­te­grat­ed fil­ters, and a Tom’s-style promise to pro­vide clean drink­ing wa­ter for a year for ev­ery bot­tle pur­chased. Con­struct­ed from re­cy­cled, BPA-free plas­tic in sev­er­al at­trac­tive col­ors, the bot­tles of­fer sev­er­al in­no­va­tive fea­tures such as a fast-flow fil­ter and a side-mount­ed hole for fill­ing un­der a small sink. Each dish­wash­er-safe bot­tle is made in Amer­i­ca, and fea­tures a per­ma­nent an­timi­cro­bial treat­ment.

I’ll ad­mit: the side-mount­ed wa­ter port is fan­tas­tic, and I’m not sure how I lived with­out it. It makes it easy to fill the bot­tle up in vir­tu­al­ly any sink or drink­ing foun­tain, and the ac­ti­vat­ed-car­bon fil­ter moves wa­ter pret­ty fast. I like these fil­ter-first, drink-straight bot­tles bet­ter than the re­verse (such as those with a fil­ter straw)- I tend to have more pa­tience when I’m fill­ing a bot­tle than when I’m thirsty and just want to hy­drate. I haven’t test­ed it with par­tic­u­lar­ly dirty wa­ter, but the fil­ter does seem to im­prove the fla­vor of stan­dard city tap wa­ter, and I can’t de­tect and off-fla­vors from the plas­tic or char­coal.

Un­for­tu­nate­ly, the awk­ward set­up mars the Hy­dros ex­pe­ri­ence. Be­fore you drink from it, the fil­ter must be ex­tract­ed, flushed with wa­ter, and put back in­to the bot­tle, a pro­cess con­fus­ing enough to take me about ten min­utes (and that’s with the man­u­al). The plas­tic parts in the top of the bot­tle take a good amount of ef­fort to move, and I was nev­er quite sure if I was about to break some­thing. Fi­nal­ly, the top must be palmed open and closed to take a sip, which pre­cludes op­er­a­tion with dirty hands (or non-grip­py gloves).

At the end of the day (and once it’s set up), the Hy­dros Bot­tle makes a great of­fice, car, or desk com­pan­ion. I sip from mine all day, and en­joy the fresh taste, easy fill-up, and clean con­science from its laun­dry list of en­vi­ron­men­tal fea­tures. That said, I’m not con­vinced it’s a bet­ter use of $25 than oth­er, sim­pler reusable bot­tles, and the awk­ward set­up makes it a poor gift choice. This bot­tle feels like a be­ta test of a great prod­uct- I hope Hy­dros re­fines it soon.

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About the Author

David has been writing professionally since 2008, as a translator and product editor for Japan Trend Shop. Along the way he has worked in IT for Six Apart (and its reincarnation as SAY Media), Naked Communications, and Tokyo 2.0, as well as volunteering his nerdiness for dance events and organizations such as the Fusion Exchange and the Portland Swing and Jazz Dance society. After graduating Lewis & Clark College in 2010, David entered the Teach for America program, and taught Algebra and Geometry at Aptos Middle School in San Francisco. When he's not educating young minds or buried in a computer screen, he spends his time dancing, and frequently teaches dance with fellow TrulyNet author Ruth Hoffman.



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