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10 Best Coconut Water Brands for Post-Run Recovery

Enjoy great flavor—and skip the high sugar content of sports drinks—with this healthy, hydrating beverage.

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Runner's World; Courtesy Vita Coco

We all know that post-sweat depleted feeling, when our bodies are craving water, calories, salt, and electrolytes all at once. And while high-sugar sports drinks can give you a quick rush of energy, it's often followed by a serious crash. Though coconut water still contains sugar, it’s typically less processed, comes in smaller amounts, and isn't served up alongside the artificial dyes and flavors found in many sports drinks. Runners lose essential electrolytes and nutrients with each workout, and drinking coconut water is an amazing way to both rehydrate and replenish electrolytes with one delicious drink.

What to Consider

There are hundreds of coconut water brands available online and in stores. Though many include similar ingredients, there are subtle differences that can help you decide which one will become your new favorite. The most important factors to consider are your price range, the ingredients in any given brand's formula, added sugars, and user reviews. Some coconut water brands pride themselves on having fresh coconuts as the only ingredient. Others may have more ingredients, but you may find the trade-off worth it if they better suit either your palate or your budget.

How We Selected

I’ve personally been a huge fan of rehydrating with coconut water for the last 5-plus years, and have tried most of the products listed here. Because not everyone has the same taste buds as me, I’ve cross-referenced my own personal preferences with the opinions of thousands of online reviewers. I followed similar themes in both positive and negative reviews of each product, to identify which commendations and complaints were the most common among individuals who’d taste-tested the coconut waters you’ll find below. All of the coconut waters on our list have average customer ratings of 4 out of 5 stars or higher.

For more great additions to your post-run arsenal, check out our picks for the best alkaline waters, energy bars, and protein bars.

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1
Best Overall
Vita Coco
Pure Coconut Water, 12-Pack
2
Freshest Tasting
Harmless Harvest
Organic Coconut Water, 12-Pack
3
Best for Athletes
NOOMA
Coconut Water Electrolyte Sports Drink, 12-Pack
4
Most Environmentally Friendly
Laird Superfood
Powdered Coconut Water Mix
5
Best with Caffeine
C2O
Coconut Water with Espresso, 12-Pack
6
Most Affordable
Happy Belly
Pure Coconut Water, 24-Pack
Now 14% off
7
Diluted for Lower Sugar
BODYARMOR
Coconut Sports Drink, 12-Pack
8
Best for Kids
Creative Roots
Watermelon Lemonade Coconut Water Beverage, 4-Pack
9
Best for a Sweet Treat
ZICO
Chocolate Flavored Coconut Water, 12-Pack
10
Richest Coconut Flavor
Vita Coco
Pressed Coconut Water, 12-Pack
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