LARQ: Is A $95 Water Bottle Worth It?

LARQ – the world’s first self-cleaning water bottle. For those who’ve never heard of LARQ, please know you’re not alone. In fact, I didn’t realize such a technology even existed until about a month ago. And yes, you read that price correctly. A 17 ounce LARQ water bottle retails for $95 USD, and the 25 ounce bottle retails at a steep $118 USD.

So, I guess the obvious ask is, “What makes LARQ so special and worth nearly $100?

I have a few answers to share. Although, I also totally understand most of us aren’t in the market for a luxury water bottle. As someone who comes from very humble beginnings, trust me when I say that I gasped and figuratively clutched my pearls at the thought of paying $95 for a literal water bottle.

Here’s the thing:

According to LARQ’s website, these bottles use a proprietary and patented PureVis™ UV-C LED technology to purify water and eradicate 99.9% of bacteria. The blue light technology itself is built into the bottle cap, making it completely portable and works at the touch of a button.

The chart below offers a side-by-side comparison between their own technology and the next best options for water purification on the go. This chart is also available on the LARQ site.

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Now that we got the tech talk out of the way, let’s dive into my personal experience with the LARQ self-cleaning water bottle and whether or not I think it’s worth the big splurge. A short disclaimer beforehand: I did not spend $95 on my LARQ water bottle. I was lucky to receive a very generous discount and (including cost of shipping and CA state tax) only paid a total of $74. That certainly doesn’t make the bottle any less of an investment item, but I want to be perfectly transparent before providing my own testimonial.

After a few weeks of use and many, many shocked reactions from friends who continue to be appalled at the price tag – I’d like to give my 17 ounce LARQ water bottle an overall rating of 9/10. I would be lying through my teeth if I said I was 100% satisfied with my bottle, but it is a pretty damn great bottle.

My biggest skepticism about the LARQ brand was whether it was a total gimmick or if it would actually change my water intake experience. I can attest that water does taste and smell a lot cleaner when I drink from the bottle. The bottle temperature also maintains cool for hours – not a full day – but at least 10+ hours in 90 °F heat. I don’t think it would be a fair comparison to a Hydro Flask, as I believe those are designed with outdoor adventures in mind and LARQ is more of a day-to-day use.

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Like any big ticket purchase, it should be thoughtful and well-researched to ensure it meets your individual needs. Drinking water is obscenely important to me and I know my physical and mental health suffers when I don’t have enough water. That being said, I’m not really someone who goes on spontaneous camping trips or strenuous hikes – so, while it does meet my lifestyle needs, I can wholeheartedly understand why most couldn’t fathom spending nearly $100 for a water bottle that couldn’t survive an apocalypse.

In closing, I would definitely recommend the LARQ water bottle to anyone who is looking for something chic, easygoing and a bit different from a traditional water bottle. The LARQ bottle is the most convenient way for me to know I’m drinking ample amounts of fresh water every day. What more can a girl ask for?

Thank you so much for reading and feel free to leave a comment or reach out via IG if you have any questions about my LARQ experience, or anything else!

 

 

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