There are a number of coconut water brands on the market in the USA and Canada. By far the biggest selling and most available are the three brands of Zico, Vita Coco and O.N.E. It is very hard to say which brand is the best or the healthiest. Taste is subjective and all coconut water that is not off is very healthy for you.
There are two basic types of people when it comes to coconut water. The first type is those people who grew up in a hot country where they drank coconut water and coconut milk all the time. These people often move to America and associate the taste of coconut water with their happy childhood. Naturally no TetraPak of coconut water can compare with the childhood memories of drinking coconut water straight from the husk of a young coconut. These people are accustomed to the tangy and sweet coconut flavor of coconut water.
In contrast people who try coconut water for the first time from Zico, O.N.E or Vita Coco are going to be somewhat surprised at the slightly odd after taste to coconut water. For these people coconut water is definitely best served cold.
Generally speaking Zico coconut water is considered to have the best consistency. Vita Coco is often labeled as ‘too watery’ in comparison. In terms of smooth taste Zicoand O.N.E (One Natural Experience) are considered as equal. In terms of ‘nutty’ flavor Vita Coco sometimes comes out as best.
All three brands cost about the same. Vita Coco is slightly cheaper for a 12 pack on Amazon than Zico or O.N.E. All three brands get most of their coconuts from Brazil, and all three brands are 99% fat free, low in sugar and sodium and high in important electrolytes such as potassium. They all make a much better isotonic drink than any man-made sports drink.
So in the end it’s just a matter of taste. If you can’t get coconut water straight from the husk then it is still a good idea to buy Zico, Vita Coco or O.N.E coconut water.