Hydrate Better with Ozmo: A Smart Water Bottle
Hydrating your body properly is one of the simplest to achieve, yet it is so often neglected by heaps of population. In fact, in the United States, 75% of people suffer from chronic dehydration – yikes! Dehydration is accompanied by a host of unpleasant symptoms. Symptoms can include but are not limited to dry mouth, bad breath, fatigue, dark urine, dizziness, headaches, lack of energy, and so much more. Severe dehydration can even land you in the ER. No one wants to spend their day in a hospital bed with an IV fluid drip in their arm. The simplest way to avoid this mess is to drink your water by using a smart water bottle, like Ozmo!
Personally, I have never had an issue with not drinking enough water. I work out almost every day. I always make sure I am hydrating my body enough to avoid headaches and lethargy. My ounce goal for each day is at least 60 ounces of water. And I drink more if I do an intense workout. For me it is easy to just sip on my water throughout the day without even having to think about it. But for many people that is not the case. They struggle to drink their water due to a busy schedule, distraction, or not remembering to drink. Ozmo’s smart water bottle is designed to remind you to drink water throughout the day. Drinking more water will make you feel better and stop symptoms of dehydration.
Ozmo’s smart water bottle holds 16 ounces of water or coffee. The water bottle comes in a few different fun colors (I have the pink one). Ozmo is made with BPA-free plastic. Ozmo has a screw on lid with a secure flap (so it is fully leak-proof). It also has a carrying handle on the lid so you can easily carry it or take it with you on a walk. The Ozmo bottle itself is sturdy so you don’t feel like you can break it easily when handling it.
How It Works
Ozmo syncs with FitBit and the Apple Watch so you can pair your Ozmo app with either device to set better hydration goals. The more you workout the more water you need to drink, so when you complete a workout the information from my FitBit app was transferred over to Ozmo’s water app. If I went for a 3-mile walk it would tell me I needed to drink “X” amount of water to stay properly hydrated. I really loved this feature because I knew exactly how much water I needed to drink to replenish my body’ water level after a workout. Obviously, my regular water bottle cannot do this and it is more efficient than just blindly downing a bottle after my workouts.
As for the Ozmo cup itself, the bottle has 7 different sensors so it can detect how much water you drink at any given time. The cup vibrates when the top is off and when you put the lid back on it vibrates once to let you know it is on securely. If you go for an hour without drinking any water the cup will vibrate 6 times and a light will flash on the side of the cup to let you know you need to take a drink. It I great to have these gentle reminders to drink, especially if you are someone who struggles to pick up your water and drink it throughout the day.
The lights on the side of the smart water bottle also flash/blink when you meet certain water goals throughout the day so you don’t have to constantly look at the app. One flashing light means you are 25% to your water goal, two means 50%, and three means you have reached your goals for the day.
The Ozmo Water App
The Ozmo App helps you keep even better track of you water intake for each day from your smart water bottle. It records at what times you take a drink and how much you consumed at that time. You also have a little visual “graph” to show your progress. It is a circle and the blue line fills the circle to represent how much you have drunk and how much you have left. You can also access daily, weekly, and monthly charts to show your water intake progress.
The app is also where you set up your personalized hydration goals. When start by entering your age, weight, height, gender, and activity level and then you choose what your ounce goal is on a day-to-day basis. You have a choice between low, medium, and high hydration goals. Based on my information and “heavy” activity level of 4 hours a week, the app put my daily goal at 77 ounces per day.
There is a lot I really liked about the Ozmo cup/smart water bottle. I loved the fun pink color and the sturdiness of the cup. The lid is definitely leak-proof (so good, it is almost hard to open the flap). After the initial set up of the bottle and the initial charge, it is hassle free and easy to use. The battery life lasts about a month, so you will not have to constantly worry about it dying.
I liked how it would blink and vibrate to let you know you needed to take a sip of water if it had been too long. Although I didn’t get to experience that too often (because I’m always drinking water anyway), I think it is a fantastic tool for people who do actually struggle to remember to drink. What is also really great at the light goals that blink on the side of the bottle to show you how far along with your daily goal you are. It makes it even more convenient by not having to always peek at the app.
My favorite feature of the Ozmo cup is how it tells you the amount of water you must need to drink to replenish hydration levels after a workout. For someone who likes to workout on a daily basis, it is an extra tool I have in my arsenal to make sure I’m treating my body the way I should. Ozmo takes the guessing out of how much water I need to drink to replace my water loss after a workout and I love that.
The Ozmo cup is an awesome tool for those looking to drink more water and who struggle to get the proper amount of water into their bodies. It helps train you to just naturally reach for your water bottle throughout the day, and when you do forget, it will remind you! It’s like having a little friend tap on your shoulder gently reminding you to drink!
Android App, Lid Flap, & Stability
I have an Android phone, and the app does not work well with the Android operating system. I could never get my cup to connect to my phone after numerous tries of trying to sync it. So if you only have access to Android, I do not recommend this bottle. However, I wound up using my iPad for the app and it worked perfectly! The initial sync and setup went well also. The Android app has a long way to go, so avoid if you don’t have access to the iOS system.
Despite the actual water bottle being sturdy when the bottle is standing up on a table, it is a little tippy. You can definitely knock it over really easily if you are not careful. Good thing it is leak-proof! With that being said, as much as I like that feature, the flap you lift to open the bottle can be hard to open. It takes way more effort than I want it to open up that stubborn flap.
My biggest complaint about the Ozmo cup is its accuracy. A large portion of the time it was way off on accurately recording how many ounces I drank. I found that you couldn’t take smaller sips from the cup. You have to take really big gulps for it to register properly and you have to sip from the cup for a good 3-5 seconds in order for the ounces to register in the cup/on the app.
At times, this can be pretty inconvenient and undesirable. Sometimes you just want to take a smaller sip, but if you want accuracy you can’t do that. From my experience using the product, it was necessary for me to tilt the cup drastically for the ounces you drink to record on the app. I would have to tilt my head back really far and lift the cup up high or it would not record. For me, it was excessive and I was not a fan of always having to drink like that. It may be an inconvenient process for some.
There were a few days I would drink 5 full servings from the Ozmo cup. When I looked at the app it would only record 30 ounces when it should have recorded 80 ounces. So yes, the Ozmo cups often misses a lot of ounces. It could definitely be way off. You can manually enter ounces if you have this problem as well. So, there is an option to combat this issue.
Overall, I think the Ozmo smart water bottle is good for people who struggle to drink water throughout the day. If you want a device to keep you on track and track both water and coffee, Ozmo is great. I think it comes in some great colors and is a good quality and sturdy product. The Ozmo app is also simple and easy to use. If you have an Apple product, set-up and syncing are quick and painless. However, the same cannot be said about Android. Ozmo is helpful for people who have a Fitbit and Apple watch because you can sync the apps with Ozmo. This feature gives you even better hydration goals based on the intensity of your workout!
If you want a smart water bottle that always accurately records how many ounces you drink throughout the day, you may want to look elsewhere. Having to drink in an inconvenient way or manually entering missed ounces is not for some people. If you are looking for a smart water bottle that will remind you to drink more, then Ozmo may be the perfect choice for you!
Disclosure of Material Connection: YBLTV Writer / Reviewer, Kayla Costanzo received an Ozmo Smart Water Bottle for free from Ozmo in consideration for a Product Review.