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Staying hydrated, especially during the summer, is key. The Bluetooth-enabled Equa Smart Water Bottle ($54.99, originally $79) pairs with a companion app for iOS or Android to help you personalize your hydration experience.

The bottle fits in cup holders, and even though it’s double wall insulated, it’s lightweight. The base has a slip-proof rubber covering so it won’t fall over when you place it on a surface.

The Equa bottle definitely delivers on its promises. We enjoyed using it and found ourselves more hydrated than usual. The app, set up and overall experience make the Equa bottle absolutely worth it.

The app

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We’re not gonna waste any time — this sleek and intuitive app is easily our favorite part of this bottle. You get all the information you need on top of being able to personalize your experience.

The app answers any questions you might have and provides information you would typically find in a user manual. Having this in the app is helpful since you’re on the go with this bottle. Clicking on the different options on this page will take you outside of the app, but it’s nice to have.

You’ll use the app to connect your bottle to Bluetooth. This process was easy, but you’ll need the base to be charged (we’ll explain this part later). The app walks you through the Bluetooth connection process, which and takes less than three minutes.

Once your bottle is connected, you’ll be able to track your water intake throughout the day. As you drink, Equa keeps track of how much you’re drinking through motion sensing technology and the bottom of the bottle will glow to remind you to take a sip.

The app’s start screen is your hydration tracker, where you’ll see your goal, how much you should have had to that point of the day and how much you’ve drank. You can track your hydration in real time if you keep the app open and take a swig from your Equa.

You can view your daily, weekly and monthly hydration stats on the next tab, where you’ll also find hydration insights, like the number of days you’ve logged, your average sip frequency, breathing exercises and the average intake.

Equa is clearly all about making sure you take proper care of your body.

Set up

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Set up was simple. You’ll have to charge the base of the bottle. The indentation to pop out the base is easy to find, and even though the base is secure, it was easy to remove. The charging port is hidden under a rubber cap, which we put in a safe spot so we wouldn’t lose it. We would like for that cap to be attached to the base somehow, but that’s not a deal breaker.

The bottle comes with a micro-USB charger, which is convenient and long lasting; we used the bottle for about a month before we had to recharge it. The app will also remind you to charge the bottle when the battery starts to get low.

Another small part of the setup includes attaching the carabiner clasp ring to the bottle cap, which is simple.

Personalize your Equa experience through the app by adding your height, age, weight and activity levels. Equa then calculates the data to formulate your hydration goals. You can also pick your measurement units (we chose U.S. so it showed our intake in ounces).

The hydration tracker will adjust if you mark the day as particularly hot or if you’re extra active, which is one of the coolest features of the app.

You’re able to add water you drank from sources other than your Equa bottle and set the timing for your glow reminders and the hours you want. You can do this by tapping on the bottle icon in the top right corner of the app. You’ll find glow reminder settings, hours to remind you (they even have the option to set different hours on the weekend when you might sleep in). You’ll also find the battery level here, which is nice so you’ll know to charge.

The bottle

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The sleek, snow white colored bottle includes a cap with a marble design paired with gold accents. The bottle is 23 ounces (or 700 milliliters), so while we were definitely on top of drinking our water while using Equa, we also didn’t need to constantly refill it. Our hydration goal was 79.8 ounces a day, so we refilled roughly four times.

The glow reminders are definitely helpful, but if you don’t have eyes on the bottle, you’ll miss your reminder, even though the light is bright.

We used the bottle while sitting at a desk throughout the workday and we saw the reminders when they happened, but it we weren’t near the bottle, the app didn’t remind us to grab a sip. This is a feature we’d appreciate, because it would help us stay on track when the bottle isn’t around.

The bottle and its cap is dishwasher safe, which is a huge plus, but remove the tracker before washes since the electrics will be damaged.

Final thoughts

We stayed fully hydrated with Equa.

The app is intuitive and helpful, so the entire experience is personalized, which is a huge factor. The bottle is $54.99, which is comparable to other smart water bottles, which reduce your single-use plastic consumption and help keep you healthy and hydrated, which are victories.

This is definitely near the top of our list when it comes to smart water bottles.

Note: The prices above reflect the retailer’s listed prices at the time of publication.