Why Mountain Valley is the Best Bottled Water

Mountain Valley Spring Water in refrigerator

Best bottled water; best bottled water U.S.; best bottled water America; best bottled water ever; best bottled water ever-ever  — we’ll be honest, these are terms we at Mountain Valley Spring Water search for a lot. Like, a lot-a lot. 

On one hand, it’s funny, because we quite clearly know the answer (mmmm, I just took a crisply refreshing sip of it). On the other hand, it’s necessary — we want to make sure you know how to find the very best bottled water, too. 

It’s that classic, age-old question: If a bottled spring water is named the best of the best time and time again, but no one’s online to read about it, does it make a sound? 

In the case of Mountain Valley Spring Water, it depends. Our award-winning bottles of sparkling and sparkling essence spring waters give off a bubbly “pffftzzz” sound when you twist of their tops and crack them open, while our (also!) award-winning still water, purely sourced from our protected spring in the heart of the Ouachita Mountains of the southern U.S., tends to be a bit quieter and more subdued with its refreshment. 

For bottled water companies like us, it’s one thing to say you’re “the best,” but it’s another entirely to have the hardware, the data, and the history to prove it. 

Mountain Valley Spring Water is the best bottled water you can buy. Here’s why … 

Baseball player drinks Mountain Valley

Best bottled water — because it’s delicious

The purely crisp, wonderfully rounded flavor of Mountain Valley Spring Water has made us the most award-winning bottled water in the U.S. That’s an honor we do not take lightly, nor do the esteemed judges at the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting. 

Sometimes referred to as “The Academy Awards of Water,” the Berkeley Springs International Water Tasting brings together some of the purest and most carefully sourced bottled waters in the world, then pits them against each other in a no-holds-barred battle. Or, to be slightly more accurate: a thorough sampling and fine-tuned rating of the event’s many refreshing entries. 

Since the tasting’s inception in 1991, the distinguished judges of Berkeley Springs have honored Mountain Valley with a whopping 19 awards, including four nods for “Best in the World” for our still and sparkling spring water offerings. That’s a lot of wins. Enough to make Mountain Valley Spring Water the No. 1 most award-winning bottled water in the country, AKA the very best bottled water you can buy. 

Mountain Valley Spring Water’s “best of the best” accolades extend far beyond Berkeley Springs. In June 2023, the Los Angeles Times chose Mountain Valley as No. 1 in its “Official Bottled Water Power Rankings,” calling our water, “light and clean, barely sweet. As you drink, the velvety texture yields to just a suggestion of a mineral aftertaste, like a sip from a good water fountain on a hot day.” 

In 2022, the folks at Thrillist also ranked Mountain Valley Spring Water No. 1 in their bottled water roundup, offering this in their tasting notes: “Tastes like it’s been filtered through a geological treasure. Rich and luxurious mouthfeel.” 

What more can we say? Other than, heck yeah, we’ll drink to that!

Mountain Valley water part of a nutritious diet

Best bottled water — for your health

The things that make Mountain Valley Spring Water so great to drink are the same things that make our water so wonderfully good for you — and those are our naturally occurring minerals. 

Calcium, magnesium and potassium are naturally found in each and every bottle of Mountain Valley Spring Water. Our water comes by these healthful trace minerals the old-fashioned way: over the course of millennia and with the help of Mother Nature. The water we bottle at Mountain Valley Spring Water fell from the skies as rain and snow some 4,000 years ago. It sank into granite-lined aquifers deep in the Ouachita Mountains, then filtered back to the surface through layers of quartz and Ordovician marble. That epic journey imparts our water with the aforementioned minerals — little things that can be hugely beneficial to one’s health. 

Calcium: May protect against cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure; essential to bone health

Magnesium: Helps to create and repair RNA and DNA; aids in muscle contraction and relaxation

Potassium: Keeps blood pressure in a healthy range; reduces risk of stroke

These hardworking minerals also give Mountain Valley Spring Water its crisp, rounded and award-winning taste.

Pouring Mountain Valley water into glass

Best bottled water — because it’s basic

You read that correctly: Mountain Valley Spring Water is basic — in the best sense of the word. And that makes our water The Best in so many ways. 

Those naturally occurring minerals listed above give our spring water a slightly alkaline pH of 7.3. Why does pH matter? Proponents of alkaline water say it may help neutralize acid in the bloodstream and that it could help prevent cancers and heart disease. 

Modern diets seem to be getting more and more acidic by the bite thanks to processed starches, fatty meats, sugars and sweeteners. Proponents of alkaline water believe that water with a slightly higher pH may be able to balance these acidic foods. And balance never hurts. 

Mountain Valley multi-gallon close-up

Best bottled water — because our bottles are made from more sustainable materials

At Mountain Valley Spring Water, sustainability is the heart of what we do. We understand that the best bottled water comes from the best and most protected of sources, and we work hard to keep our all-natural spring and its verdant surroundings in their most natural states. That means tending to and nurturing this land and keeping it free of pollutants. 

We recycle our 2.5 and 5-gallon glass water jugs the old-fashioned way. When you sign up for home or office delivery of Mountain Valley Spring Water’s glass jugs, we deliver fresh, beautiful glass bottles of the country’s finest spring water to you, while also taking away the empties. These used jugs go back to Mountain Valley headquarters to be cleaned, sanitized and refilled with our purely sourced, purely delicious mountain spring water. Our 333 milliliter, 500 mL and 1 liter glass bottles, and our 750 mL aluminum bottles, are also made from more sustainable materials like glass and aluminum that we encourage you to continue recycling.

Less waste is just another reason Mountain Valley Spring Water is the best bottled water, period. 

Mountain Valley Sparkling water on counter

Best bottled water — because we sparkle

Mountain Valley Spring Water sparkles in the shiny bright sense, sure, but we also sparkle in the bubbly and effervescent meaning of the word. Of course, we don’t simply sparkle at Mountain Valley, we earn awards for it. 

Mountain Valley Sparkling essences

Our lineup of sparkling essence spring waters, which includes Sparkling White Peach, Sparkling Blackberry Pomegranate and Sparkling Key Lime Twist, have been named “Best in the World” twice by the Berkeley Springs judges. They’ve also been named “Best in the U.S.” and among the top in the world nine more times. 

Cheers to sparkle!

Mountain Valley visitor center historical image

Best bottled water — because of our history

In 1871, brothers Peter and John Greene took over a small company called Lockett’s Spring Water and turned it into Mountain Valley Spring Water. The brothers, who were also both pharmacists, recognized that there was something special about the purity and minerality of this water. They believed others would taste the Mountain Valley difference, too. 

By 1928, Mountain Valley was delivering its purely delectable spring water from the cliffs of Maine to the beaches of California, making us the first bottled water company to deliver coast to coast across the U.S. 

In 1955, President Dwight D. Eisenhower started drinking Mountain Valley Spring Water on the advice of his physician. Other famed Mountain Valley fans include world heavyweight boxing champion Joe Louis, baseball legend Babe Ruth, and The King himself, Mr. Elvis Presley. 

But the Mountain Valley love extends well beyond the human realm. Our, perhaps, most legendary fan is none other than a Triple Crown-winning thoroughbred by the name of Secretariat. The horse drank gallons and gallons of Mountain Valley before and after each of his historic races in 1973. At Secretariat’s third and final race that year, the Belmont Stakes in Elmont, New York, the horse’s spring water was delivered in person by former Mountain Valley New York President John G. Scott and his daughter Anne. A story the family will never forget.

Water that’s delicious, healthful and historic? It doesn’t get any better than that. 

Mountain Valley Water delivery at home

Best bottled water — because we’re all yours

It’s one thing to read about the best bottled water in these United States of America. It’s quite another to taste the best bottled water for yourself. To sit back, relax and let the crisp, cool and lightly mineral flavor of Mountain Valley Spring Water refresh you and your taste buds. To twist open a bottle of our sparkling or sparkling essence spring waters and let those millions of lively bubbles dance across your tongue. 

Learn more about Mountain Valley

If you haven’t yet tried the best bottled water, there’s no time like now. If you have enjoyed Mountain Valley and you’re ready for more, we have you covered, too. You can find Mountain Valley Spring Water in your neighborhood grocery stores and markets. Or you can skip the traffic and the trip and let us do the heavy lifting by getting started with Mountain Valley Spring Water delivery to your home or office. 

The best bottled water — delivered? Yup. And all it takes is a click.

*Please recycle. Recycling facilities may not be available in your community. 

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