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The Air Up Water Bottle Uses Smell to Make Water Tastier. Here's My Verdict

The Air Up Water Bottle Uses Smell to Make Water Tastier. Here's My Verdict

Water bottles are no longer just containers for the health necessity that is H2O — they've become a statement that expresses the latest hydration trends. Thanks to the popularity of bottles like The Stanley Cupand reusable water bottles. Which has come before. (Nalgene, Hydroflask, Camelback and more) The red carpet has rolled out for a new type of water bottle: the AirUp.

gave Air up It is unique in that it is designed to alter the natural taste of water, but not flavor it. Instead, AirUp stimulates your sense of taste by adding a scent pod near the nozzle to give you a scent while you sip your water — a water bottle. The concept that was born. As part of the final project of two German university students. Because smell is so closely related to our sense of taste (as anyone who's ever lost their sense of smell will tell you, it can dramatically affect the tasting experience), ear-ups are for those who don't. Who do not particularly care for the taste of water. , hoping to replace their soda or carbonated drinks with the plain stuff, or just interested in getting a taste of the latest trends coming out of the bottled water world.

But perception is different from reality. I tried EarUp with a selection of its flavor pods to get a feel for what the company is up to. I also asked my partner who uses a water bottle how her experience has been. Here is what I found.

An air-up water bottle with scented pods in a box.

gave Air Up Silver Stainless Steel Bottle.

There are different Air Up models, including a black stainless steel version and hard plastic ones that come in different colors. Bottled water prices. Start at $32.and you need to add beans.

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Unboxing the EarUp and attaching its parts

I tested a Silver stainless steel Air-up that holds 28.7 ounces of water and comes with a neon-green straw and nozzle. It's currently on sale for $70 when you buy it in a bundle that comes with nine aroma pods. The company has a 28-ounce silver steel bottle and a black steel model. 16-ounce and 28-ounce capacity. AirUp also sells hard plastic models. Triton Which come in fun colors like hot pink, orange, blue and white. Plastic bottles are sold in 22 ounce sizes. The mouth piece on all water bottles is made of silicone. You can also buy Different colored accessories Separately

I also tried the 1 liter charcoal colored plastic (Tritan) bottle, which is part of the new Gen2 line and currently Only available in some European countries.. The company says the bottles are made from 50 percent recycled materials, are dishwasher safe and are more leak-proof. The shape of the bottle resembles the shape of the larger steel models available in the US, in that the bottle is not tilted or tilted upwards and has a larger top.

EarUp is quite intuitive to set up. It comes in a box, parts unattached, with your choice of fragrance pods included in your bottle package. The key event during setup is attaching the pod, which is easy, as long as you line up the small point of the nozzle with the small point of the pod and keep it in securely. Water mode, pull it up gently until it stops.

Air-up water bottle with an “activated” pod on one side. When the pod is pushed down or not activated, the thin gray line is not visible and it will be easier to drink out of the bottle. Brewing with activated pods results in a muffled sound, but that helps provide the “flavor”.

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How does AirUp work?

With what the company says is its patented Scentaste technology — by placing a pod with scent around the nozzle of your water bottle — you're tricking your brain into thinking you're tasting something. Drinking something. It works because your Olfactory sense (Sniff) is closely related to taste. Actually, the smell Makes the majority From our perception of taste. (If you need an example of this connection, try holding your nose the next time you eat your favorite food.)

Once your pod is activated or tilted correctly, you'll drink through a straw like normal, which aerates the air and kicks the taste out of your mouth and nose, giving you will give the illusion that you are drinking flavored water, without any change. A recipe for the pure stuff you're actually drinking.

As long as you're using AirUp, you'll need to buy replacement pods, which is probably one of the biggest downsides to this water bottle — it can add up to the price.

A hand holding an air-up scented pod. A hand holding an air-up scented pod.

A flavor or aroma pod that fits around the nozzle or mouthpiece of an ear-up. As you're using your EarUp, you'll need it. Keep buying disposables The podPrices range from $8 to $13 for a three-pack. The company says One pod goes through 1.3 gallons of water, which equates to about 18 refills of a 28-ounce bottle and 31 refills of a 16-ounce bottle.

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Drink Test: My Experience with Air Up

Drinking with AirUp's pod activation is a new experience. That's for sure. I knew that when my pod was properly activated by drinking through a straw, it would result in popping sounds — the kind of sound you make when you half-crack the last bits of your drink. They are trying to suck through a straw. (Activating the pod is easy, but it took me a minute to realize that I hadn't followed the basic instructions and failed to get the pod into “activation” mode. So if you don't have bubbles or slurs (If you're hearing it, your pod probably isn't activated.) Unfortunately, there's no way around this sound, because it means air bubbles are working their magic, which is your mouth. I'm creating smells that tempt you to taste. retronasal olfaction Fashion (drop this phrase at your next party).

Overall I was surprised at how well the concept worked – injecting “flavor” into plain water just by smelling and sucking on a straw. It was an experience similar to drinking some kind of artificially sweetened fruit drink. (The company says its beans are derived from natural ingredients.) I got a handful of different flavors to test (peach, cherry cola, mango passion fruit, orange-vanilla swirl), and though I liked some better than others, , but they all gave me the same artificial and unpleasantly sweet sound. So, in terms of smell or “taste” activation, EarUp works, and I think it does what it claims to do, though I'd still say “regular” flavor and EarUp taste better. There is a difference in experience.

Right off the bat, I found the flavor pods to be quite strong. In fact, maybe too strong, and I can't say that the Air Up makes for a delicious drinking experience. Perhaps my least favorite thing about drinking from an ear-up was that the taste-smell experience affected the experience of the food I was eating with it. I found drinking from an air-up after eating an egg sandwich, and before taking a bite of a sweet potato, felt great, and borderline nauseous. But that's strictly my personal experience, as someone with a sensitive nose who doesn't care for super-sweet flavors like orange-vanilla swirl — plus I have an aversion to artificially sweetened foods and drinks. . And to be fair, the company isn't making super indulgent claims. This is a new experience that can result in people drinking more water. I will also note that I got used to the taste over time as I got used to drinking from an air-up.

A big note for the straw lovers out there: the aroma/taste style of drinking from an air-up is completely different than the regular stream of water you get from a water bottle with a straw. Setup that allows the pod and bottle to go inside. retronasal action That's what results in a less satisfying sequence, so I found myself deactivating the pod to drink as often as I activated it. If you want to use the AirUp as a “normal” water bottle without the mess and taste, you'll still need to have a pod, even if it's inactive, to realize it. I was a little disappointed.

After you drink, you screw on the lid. The Air Up cleaning process is pretty straightforward, and I found it easy to take the thing apart and put it back together.

Because AirUp's appeal and general utility depends on whether you want it first — and it's ideal for people who want to drink more water or flavor it — I've made my own. Asked colleague Faith Chehl, a social media producer here at CNET, what she thought of her ear-up. He started using a water bottle when it piqued his interest. She said she's “always trying new ways to trick myself into drinking more water.”

“I've also had hit-or-miss experiments with flavored water drops (trying to figure out the best tasting ratio; weird sugary aftertastes), leaks and spills, etc. “So I thought a scent-based product would be neat to try,” Chihil said.

She said it helped her remember to drink more water, at least for the first week. He had some notes about the water bottle. That said, its sounds can be distracting to use in quiet environments. The plastic version is not insulated; And a screw-on cap is easier to misplace than a flip-top cap. He also said that, among the flavors he's tried, the intensity of the beans varies, which I agree with.

Some people have reported problems with leaking from their air-up bottle, but I've had no problems drinking from a stainless steel bottle, as long as the cap is screwed on properly. I also haven't seen any leakage issues with the 1 liter Triton bottle, which is part of the Gen2 line which the company says is considered leak proof. This could be due to bottle build-up — if you Compare the pictures From metal bottles (silver or black) to plastic bottles, the steel bottle top is different and similar to the Gen2 line.

Air-up water bottle in one hand Air-up water bottle in one hand

1 Liter Plastic Air Up Bottle in Charcoal Color. The company is selling Gen2 water bottles in Europe.

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Who is Air Up for?

The Air Up is not for those who are expecting the taste experiences from this fragrance to be delicious, and it may not be for those who dislike the taste of artificially sweet things. Even people who don't have a keen sense of smell can't get much out of it. Strictly in terms of durability, there are better options out there for water bottles, since you'll need to keep buying pods as long as you're using AirUp.

Basically, people who don't mind the taste of water and/or aren't interested in finding a way to drink more of it should save their money. There is Cheap water bottles which delivers (simple) goods.

People who are willing to experiment with the latest technology in bottled water, people who don't mind spending a little money to spice up their hydration routine, and people who aren't happy with the taste of water. They may be good candidates for this water. Bottle

Jokes about the ear-up sounds, and everyone's “taste” of the pods aside, the company behind the ear-up speaks well of the benefits of plain water and the benefit to people. Going back to basics instead of opting for the popular carbonated drink or sugary drink. Sugary and/or carbonated drinks are not good for your teeth. And can work on the enamel (protective coating) over time, as can add. Acidic fruits Like lemons for drinks all the time.

Also, hydration is the easiest tool at our disposal. Promote our health And helps our body to clear its waste, regulate its temperature and overall work more smoothly. In pursuit of better health, we can't afford to waste whatever it takes to get them there.

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