Best bottled water in Australia
Through extensive research and a wide variety of user reviews, we’ve selected the best bottled water in Australia.
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The best bottled water in Australia
- Best bottled still water: Mount Franklin Pure Spring Water
- Best sparkling water: San Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water
- Best for sustainability: Carton & Co Water
- Best bottled water for social impact: Thankyou Water
How did we pick this list?
Australian tap water is among the cleanest in the world thanks to strict guidelines. Buying a reusable metal or hard plastic water bottle will save you money in the long run while also cutting down on your environmental impact.
Our editorial team selected the products on this list based on actual customer reviews and our own extensive experience. For each category, we carefully selected parameters based on our research and identified the bottled water with the highest review score within those parameters. In categories where user reviews weren't available in statistically significant amounts, our own research and tests served as the determining factor.
Best bottled still water: Mount Franklin Pure Spring Water
Why we chose it
Mount Franklin Pure Spring Water is the most popular bottled water in Australia, holding a score of 4.6 stars from more than 200 user reviews on Amazon.com.au. The company was founded in Australia in 1981 and is currently owned by Coca-Cola Amatil. It's 100% pure Australian spring water sourced from selected sites across the country which means it's not all from Victoria's Mount Franklin.
The general reviewer sentiment is that Mount Franklin is one of the best tasting still waters available, particularly when chilled, with consumers citing a refreshing flavour that doesn't leave any unpleasant aftertaste. It does veer ever so slightly towards the more acidic end of the pH scale though, so if you have sensitive teeth this might not be for you.
The bottles used for the "single-serve sizes" (600ml and below) are made from 100% recycled plastics excluding labels and caps, which goes some way towards limiting environmental impact.
Best sparkling water: San Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water
Why we chose it
Our pick for the best sparkling water in Australia is San Pellegrino Sparkling Mineral Water. Amazon users rate San Pellegrino an outstanding 4.5 stars from more than 50 reviews, a sentiment matched on Influenster where it holds a 4.5 rating from more than 5,000 reviews.
San Pellegrino has a long history. Mineral water was first produced in the Italian town of San Pellegrino 620 years ago. Samples taken in 1782 (the earliest on record) are remarkably similar to those taken today, proving that the water's mineral composition and flavour has barely changed in the intervening centuries.
Consumers repeatedly cite the well balanced carbonation as a key positive saying it's refreshingly bubbly, without being overly harsh on the palate. The mineral flavour is subtler than in many competing products, too, and doesn't leave a metallic aftertaste like some mineral waters are prone to. If you're looking to move away from sugary sodas, numerous reviewers say that San Pellegrino has helped them with the transition to a healthier lifestyle.
Best for sustainability: Carton & Co Water
- Less waste created than plastic
- Lower carbon footprint than imported water
- Still not as environmentally friendly as reusable bottles
- It’s triple-filtered tap water instead of spring water
Where to buy
Price:$40.00 for 20 x 500ml cartons
Why we chose it
The best option for the environment is always a reusable bottle and tap water. However, there are certain circumstances where this is impractical, or even impossible. In those, it's worth considering a boxed alternative like Carton & Co Water.
Carton & Co Water is a Perth-based company that uses BPA-free paperboard packaging from renewable sources instead of plastic bottles. It sources packing materials from Europe, but they're flat packed when shipped, drastically reducing the carbon footprint when compared with heavy imported bottled water like Evian or San Pellegrino.
The water itself is sourced from the mains supply (tap water), but is then triple filtered through carbon, reverse osmosis and UV, which removes iron, salts and fluoride. The company is growing and has been embraced by the cafe scene across the country.
Carton & Co Water delivers to your door and you can set up regular automated orders.
Best bottled water for social impact: Thankyou Water
- Donated millions to charitable causes
- Customers compliment the taste
- Falls short of stated donation goal
- Only available in plastic bottles
Where to buy
Price:$2.10 for 1.5L
Why we chose it
Our pick for the best bottled water for giving back is Thankyou Water, a brand that has donated more than $6.2 million. The donations have gone towards providing access to clean water, sanitation projects and improving hygiene across 16 countries, directly helping more than half a million people.
Thankyou was founded with the mission of establishing water security for people living in poverty by donating "100% of profits" from bottled water sales (after wages and other production costs). It launched in Melbourne in 2008 and expanded rapidly in 2013 after an extensive public lobbying campaign helped secure distribution in major supermarkets.
The water itself is sourced from "pristine" Australian springs and has a relatively neutral flavour profile. If your social conscience is what drives your purchasing decisions, Thankyou Water is a good choice.
It should be noted that a February 2019 investigation found the company was falling short of its 100% donation model, instead donating approximately 70% of profits.
- Our editorial team compared water brands found in major supermarkets, retailers and online stores across Australia.
- We examined hundreds of customer reviews and ratings as well as expert reviews and our own personal experience.
- The products on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not selected based on commercial relationships.
How to compare bottled water
When buying bottled water, consider the following:
- Packaging. Plastic waste is becoming a problem for the planet, so look for alternatives where possible.
- Source. Just because it's bottled doesn't mean it's worth the money. Some bottled water comes from natural springs, some from mineral springs, some is specially filtered and some is just tap water in a fancy bottle.
- Price. You don't always get what you pay for when it comes to bottled water. Some of the most expensive brands are just tap water with nice branding.
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