There's a fierce kind of loyalty that comes with being a La Croix sparking water drinker. Fans of the popular sparkling water will swear up and down that the best flavor is apricot; no, grapefruit; no, lemon, obviously. Because we're all about taste tests—donuts, frozen desserts, hot sauce, you name it—we decided to gather as many different La Croix flavors as possible to find out which ones would be at the top of our list and which would do better at the bottom of a trash can.
We discovered a few things: classic flavors were favored far above random fruit combinations, many of the options tasted artificial and La Croix's Cúrate line needs a little work. Above all: drinking a lot of sparkling water in one sitting is definite grounds for a burping contest. Any takers?
La Croix can be purchased in most major grocery stores, as well as Target, Walmart, Rite Aid and La Croix's website. Prices for an 8-pack start at $3.39.
17 La Croix sparkling water flavors
Jakob Layman: "This is the flavor that hooked me on La Croix; it'll always be my favorite."
Seth Kelley: "This one goes the best with my aura."
Erin Kuschner: "These classics are my favorite. I love lime, I love lemon and if there was a lemon-lime baby that would be amazing."
Kate Wertheimer: "Surprisingly refreshing! There isn't a strong smell, which I like. Very drinkable."
Michael Juliano: "Middle of the road. Give me plain water or something more flavorful."
EK: "If you're looking for something plain that won't coat your mouth, this is solid."
KW: "Smells delightful. Tastes artificial, but not in a bad way. It's the hipster response to boring old orange."
SK: "This drink kicks you in the mouth a little like, 'Boom! I'm earthy,' but then backs off gradually like, 'JK, I'm sweet/kind."
KW: "This one tastes more artificial than the lime. Smells like Skittles."
EK: "This is one of the best in my opinion."
JL: "I fully expected to hate this but was pleasantly surprised."
EK: "Smells like Sunkist! This is super refreshing and reminds me of that ride at Disneyland—Soarin' Over California, when they spray the orange mist."
Melón Pomelo (cantaloupe and pink grapefruit)
SK: "This is aggressive. I feel like it's attacking me and I'm not sure what I did to deserve this."
EK: "This one smells like My Little Pony."
Cerise Limón (cherry lime)
JL: "Very rich in flavor and quite enjoyable. I'm not particularly a fan of cherry, though."
KW: "Smells like a Popsicle. Most likely to successfully trick kids into thinking they're drinking soda. Suckers!"
EK: "This smells like Vegas. Like a cheap, Vegas hotel room slathered in baby oil."
SK: "This tastes just like my grandpa's value-sized, discount shampoo."
MJ: "This does nothing for me."
JL: "Kind of tastes like munching on potpourri."
KW: "This smells delicious, like candy! The taste isn't as exciting, but whatever."
EK: "This flavor is like a kiwi Jolly Rancher at the end of its life."
Piña Fraise (pineapple strawberry)
JL: "Very subtle, with only a slight aftertaste of pineapple. Mild on the bubbles."
KW: "Smells like a vacation—but, like, at a Sandals resort with a bunch of screaming, sticky children running around with virgin coladas."
Múre Pepino (blackberry cucumber)
EK: "I feel like I'm back in college, mixing vodka with cheap tonic water."
SK: "Tastes like a flower, and while I generally do not drink flowers, compared to the others this one is fine."
MJ: "Smells like my least favorite aspects of mango."
SK: "This smells like feet and tastes like slightly less disgusting feet, so at least it tastes better than it smells!"
EK: "My belly is so distended."
MJ: "Two-thirds of a Joanna Newsom song title, zero-thirds the likeability."
JL: "It's better than Apple Berry, so I guess it has that going for it."
SK: "I give up."
Pomme Bayá (apple berry)
EK: "It's like if you left an apple in garbage water and then dropped a couple grapes in at the last minute."
JL: "Smells like apple, tastes like garbage. It has a strong clay taste for some reason."