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Hydrant vs Liquid I.V. – Which one hydrates best?

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Don’t love the taste of water? Do you struggle to get in the necessary amount per day? Electrolyte drink mixes are taking the market by storm to try and fix those issues. With so many new brands out there though, it can be hard to keep track. Today we’re taking a look at Hydrant vs Liquid I.V.TM to learn more about what makes each electrolyte drink mix unique.

What is electrolyte drink mix?

Packed with electrolytes and other vitamins, electrolyte drink mix is meant to help you get hydrated more efficiently than water. 

More specifically your body needs electrolytes to regulate chemical reactions properly. So by ingesting food and drink that contain electrolytes (or its components), you are replenishing the electrolytes lost by sweating or your kidney’s filtering process.

What is Hydrant?

Launched in 2018, Hydrant offers a variety of drink mixes to help you with hydration, energy, immunity and sleep. Hydrate is Hydrant’s electrolyte drink mix made to hydrate you quickly using their Rapid Hydration Mix formula. Hydrant provides a source of electrolytes from Sodium, Magnesium, Potassium and Zinc. As for the flavor, the brand uses real fruit juice powder and even cane sugar (to help activate cells’ rate of absorption) in some of their flavors to give it the added flavor boost.

What is Liquid I.V.™?

Since 2012, Liquid I.V.™ has been on a mission to help people defeat dehydration by providing products to help “…optimize the body, hydrate those in need, and better the planet”. A non-GMO electrolyte drink mix, Liquid I.V.TM‘s Hydration Multiplier packs are designed to hydrate you quicker than water. Liquid I.V. uses their Cellular Transport Technology (CTT ®) to make 1 stick of their Hydration Multiplier in 16 ounces of water, provide hydration 2-3x faster than water.

Hydrant vs Liquid I.V.™ comparison

Hydrant Hydrate Variety 30 Stick Packs

The facts about Hydrant's Hydrate mix

Taste

If you aren’t a fan of the thicker, sugary sweet flavored waters on the market, then you will probably like the taste of Hydrant. Their taste is a lot lighter and less overpowering in my personal opinion. 
 

Other:

  • 9 flavors (3 flavors have no sugar added)
  • No artificial sweeteners or stevia
  • Real fruit juice powder

Nutrition facts

At 25 calories per stick, Hydrate electrolyte mix has less calories than Liquid I.V. if calories is something you are mindful of. As mentioned earlier, Hydrant is sweetened with natural cane sugar but still only has 4g of total sugar which is a significant amount less than the Liquid I.V. mix.

One more nutrition fact worth mentioning is that should you be conscious of carbs, Hydrate electrolyte mix has 5g total carbs, compared to the 11g of total carbs in a stick of Liquid I.V. electrolyte mix.

Hydrant Hydrate Nutrition information
Hydrant Hydrate Nutrition facts
Liquid I.V. Hydration Multiplier pack

The facts about Liquid I.V.™ Hydration multiplier mix

Taste

Although it has a tiny hint of a salty taste, Liquid I.V. has a nice, sweet taste to it. Liquid I.V. sweetens their electrolyte mix with Stevia, which is the main difference between these two products. If you’ve had Propel, I would say it is not as sweet as that but still has a pleasant flavor that makes it easy to drink. 

There are currently seven flavors to choose from so I’m sure you can find one that you like. The basic lemon-lime flavor is my most favorite.

Nutrition facts

Liquid I.V has a higher caloric content (45 calories) than Hydrant but it knocks Hydrant out of the park with 500mg of sodium. That’s almost double the amount of sodium in Hydrant.

With each serving, you also get 5 essential vitamins: B3, B5, B6, B12 and Vitamin C.

Other notable nutrition facts are that each stick of Liquid I.V has 11g total carbs and 11g total sugars – a significant increase from Hydrant.

Liquid I.V. Nutrition facts

Which hydration source is the best?

When it comes to Hydrant vs Liquid I.V.™, it’s a close match. But with double the amount of sodium and essential vitamins in one electrolyte drink mix, Liquid I.V.™ seems to be winning the hydration battle currently. Although the addition of sugar is apart of the Liquid I.V.™ hydration science, it is important to point out that Hydrant does include less sugar. Ultimately, if you’re trying to decide between Hydrant vs Liquid I.V.™, know that you can’t go wrong with either one. Both brands are designed to help you put an end to your dehydration issues! If you’re looking for more product comparisons, we tackle the differences between RXBARs vs Lärabars in another post that you may find interesting. As always, be sure to let us know what you’d like us to cover next!

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  1. Hi,
    The above reviewer made it sound as though the Liquid IV brand sweetened only with stevia, when in fact the top two ingredients are cane sugar and dextrose. That is a LOT of sugar! In my humble opinion, reduces any hydration benefit of Liquid IV.

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