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DYLN Living Water Bottle review – The Gadgeteer

Water drinkers have many choices of shape, size, and materials when it comes to water bottles. There are plastic bottles, glass bottles, and metal bottles. Today I’m going to tell you about the DYLN Living Water Bottle which is made of stainless steel and has a feature that the majority of other water bottles do not have. It has the ability to increase the pH level of the water to make it more alkaline. Let’s take a look.

What is it?

The DYLN Living Water Bottle is a 25.4 oz. stainless steel water bottle that increases the pH (which stands for potential hydrogen) level of the water by up to 9+ within 25 minutes. Instead of buying pre-bottled alkaline water, you can make your own. This saves money and avoids the waste associated with pre-bottled waters.

What’s the big deal with alkaline water?

Normal tap water has a pH level of around 7. The DYLN bottle increases the pH level to around 9. Some people claim that drinking alkaline water makes our bodies less acidic which provides all sorts of health benefits like slowing the aging process, increasing energy levels and even preventing diseases like cancer. Some studies also show that alkaline water can help people who suffer from acid reflux problems. However, drinking alkaline water can be harmful to people who have kidney issues.

[Source: Is Alkaline Water Extra Healthy or a Hoax?]

Design and features

First and foremost, the DYLN bottle is a very nice food grade stainless steel (316) BPA and liner free water bottle. It has a slight hourglass shape that makes it easy to grip. The removable silicone wrap also helps with grip and is available in several different colors.

The screw-on lid has an attractive bamboo cap and a handle. The DYLN bottle can hold 25.4 oz (750 ml) of water. Cold water to be exact. You can add ice, but you should not freeze the bottle and you should not use hot water in the bottle. I’m not sure if the alkalizing process does not work with hot water or it’s just advised because the bottle is not insulated and you might burn your hand if you fill it with boiling water.

How does the DYLN bottom increase the pH level of water?

Inside the DYLN bottle is a diffuser which can be removed using the included diffuser removal tool.

Using the tool to remove and insert the diffuser takes a little practice, but once you get the knack of it, it’s easy. That’s a good thing because you’ll need to remove the diffuser each time you hand wash the bottle or put it in the dishwasher.

The diffuser is a small steel canister that is filled with tiny gray “rocks” which are called VitaBeads. What are VitaBeads?

The VitaBeads are formulated to naturally enhance and revitalize your water. They are a proprietary blend of all natural minerals that increases the pH and decreases the ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential) to create alkaline and antioxidant water for more effective hydration. The main ingredients are magnesium, tourmaline, zinc, and silica, which are heated to temperatures over 800 degrees Celsius to create the form and shape of the VitaBeads.

The diffuser has a lifespan of about 400 full refills and additional diffusers can be purchased starting at $10 each but the price is discounted for quantities of 3 and 9 diffusers.

What does water alkalized with the DYLN bottle taste like?

I tested the DYLN bottle with cold filtered water which I left in the bottle for 20-25 minutes before taking a drink. I didn’t notice much of a taste difference between the alkalized water and the same non-alkalized water in a glass mug. But I did notice a smell from the water as soon as I removed the lid. The only way I can describe it is the smell you notice on a spring day right after it’s rained. Only much stronger. I’m guessing that the smell is from the VitaBeads infusing the water.

To be perfectly honest, I have not done any tests to prove that the DYLN bottle is really raising the pH level of the water. That would require that I purchase some a pH tester which I have not done. That said, you can check out the video below where the maker of the DYLN bottle demonstrates the process.

I have been drinking water from the DYLN bottle for over a week and can not tell any difference in the way I feel.

Although I didn’t notice any health benefits, I really like the bottle because it looks nice and doesn’t have any plastic parts that touch the water. The bottle does sweat a little bit if you add ice to really cold water, but I didn’t have any issues with sweating when I mixed a slight amount of warmer water to the bottle. That’s usually how I drink water anyway, cold with some warm.

Final thoughts

As just a stainless steel water bottle, the DYLN Living Water Bottle is expensive but add in the diffuser and the ability to alkalize water and… well I don’t know if the price is right or not because I personally don’t know if drinking alkalized water is really beneficial. There is a confusing amount of information on both sides of the subject. My gut tells me that I’d rather just increase my intake of regular clean water than drink water that’s been soaked with little gray rocks. But hey, if you’re a fan of alkaline water, the DYLN Living Water Bottle is well made, holds 25.4 oz and will cost you less than buying individual bottles of alkaline water.

Update 02/09/17

I had a few complaints about my review because I didn’t test the before and after pH levels of the water. So I ordered a digital pH tester from Amazon. I haven’t tried ordering another set of batteries yet but will soon so stay tuned…

Source: The sample for this review was provided by DYLN. Please visit their site for more info.

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