Mildly sweet with mellow nutty essence – coconut water feels like an elixir of life after strenuous physical activity on a scorching hot day. Although it tastes best when you slurp it directly from a freshly cut open tender coconut, it’s not always the most convenient option.
100% pure packaged coconut water is pretty hard to come by. The majority of the brands load their product with sugar and flavors to replicate the taste of coconut water which is a precious commodity.
After years of experimenting with different brands at various price levels, I have finally found a few ones that are as good as they claim to be.
For this article, I’ve cherry-picked the best coconut water brands based on taste, value, and packaging.
Let’s dive into it:
Reviews of 7 Must-try Packaged Coconut Water Brands
7. Iberia Pure Organic Coconut Water
Pros: Loaded with essential vitamins, potassium, and electrolytes – Iberia pure organic water is an excellent post-workout refreshment. There’s no added refined sugar or other BS like high fructose corn syrup, artificial color in this.
I reckon it tastes noticeably sweeter than other zero-sugar coconut water brands due to the high natural sugar content (8 grams per serving).
Judging from the taste, I can vouch for the fact that the water has been sourced from premium-quality tender coconut. It’s a pulp-free, clean beverage with a sweet, natural taste. It adds a refreshing tropical flavor to my smoothies and cocktails. The price is quite reasonable for the quality.
Cons: If I have to nitpick, I’d say the packaging could improve a little.
6. C2O Pure Coconut Water
Pros: I don’t know the science behind it but beverages always taste better when sipped straight from a can. But in the case of C2O coconut water, the carton version is markedly superior to the cans.
It tastes just like natural coconut water because it is just natural coconut water (duh!) without any harmful additives like sugar or artificial color. The price is lucrative too.
I can drink 4-5 glasses a day during summer without the fear of spiking my blood sugar level. It aids dehydration and contains more potassium than a banana and it’s just 50 calories per 8-ounce serving, so why not?
If you are planning on cutting back on sugar and replacing your daily dose of Gatorade and packaged juices with this, think no further.
Cons: C20 from the cartons taste much better than what they offer in the cans. That said, cans are more convenient to store and carry around, so I don’t mind stocking up on some, occasionally.
5. Goya Coconut Water With Pulp
Pros: This one’s for the admirers of pulpy coconut water. This refreshing thirst quencher is also packed with potassium and electrolytes to replenish you after a rigorous workout session.
Although the product description says “no added sugar”, the ingredient list does mention 15 g of added sugar per serving, which I suppose won’t be a problem unless you are diabetic or drinking multiple cans a day.
I for one have a thing for sweet beverages, so I really don’t mind chugging a can or two from time to time. It contains real tender coconut bits which make it even better, especially for smoothies. Great price too.
Cons: I know the additional sugar might be a turn-off for some, but I absolutely love the taste and I don’t drink this too much too often.
4. Bai Coconut Flavored Water
Pros: This brand of beverage is a delicious blend of coconut water concentrate and other fruit flavors with a kick of caffeine. One standard serving contains 30 mg of caffeine, the same as a cup of tea. It’s also packed with antioxidants to maximize the health benefits.
As the name suggests, it’s a low-calorie coconut water flavored drink – perfect for those who enjoy tropical beverages and need a little caffeine boost, minus the calories. It uses erythritol and stevia – one is sugar alcohol and contains only 0.2 calories per gram and the other is zero calorie leaf extract.
Although these two are known for being significantly sweeter than refined sugar, the beverage itself is decadent but not sickly sweet. It tastes amazing when consumed straight up or mixed with tropical drinks.
Cons: If you prefer 100% pure coconut water with no artificial flavor or sweetener, this ain’t it.
3. Vita Coco Coconut Water
Pros: Great flavor, freshness, packaging and value – this packaged coconut water is winning it in all quarters. It contains less than 1% sugar (fructose) and a dash of Vitamin-C which give it a nice balance of sweet and tart.
If you are looking for a zero added-sugar coconut water, look elsewhere. Despite a small quantity of sugar, I believe this 60-calorie beverage is a much healthier alternative to packaged juices, sports drinks, and soda.
It tastes delicious and rich, owing to the fact that it’s just pure coconut water and not a diluted concentrate. Terrific value for money and also goes well with my smoothies, protein shakes, and cocktails.
Cons: Give it a pass if you are looking to completely avoid sugar as this one contains a small amount of fructose.
2. Zico Coconut Water Drink
Pros: This one’s just plain coconut water that has been flash pasteurized before packaging. That’s it. No added sugar, no concentrate, no artificial flavor or preservatives – making it a healthy refreshment option for diabetics or anyone who is trying to avoid sugar.
The lightly sweet, clear water with a soothing nutty flavor is all I need on a sweltering summer day. Tastes delicious both icy-cold and at room temperature.
Brownie points for the packaging. It comes in a bottle instead of a carton, which helps to avoid spillage. Plus, bottles are easier to store and carry in a bag while traveling.
Cons: A bit too expensive.
1. Harmless Harvest Organic Coconut Water
Pros: As a self-proclaimed coconut water enthusiast, I can tell you with confidence that this brand uses the super high-quality coconuts to source the water. Harmless Harvest is hands down the tastiest packaged coconut water I have tried so far.
It’s unpasteurized with no added anything and therefore, is the next best thing to coconut water consumed straight from the source, no cap! The high levels of naturally-occurring electrolytes and impeccable taste convinced me to completely ditch sports drinks.
I got to admit, staying optimally hydrated has become a lot easier with this guilt-free tropical treat.
Cons: It’s a premium stuff with premium pricing.
So that was my list of the best coconut water brands. Taste is a purely subjective matter and coconut water is an acquired taste. So you may have to go through a bit of trial and error to find a brand that hits the right spot.