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There鈥檚 another canned, flavored sparkling water on the market called Waterloo, and after conducting an extensive taste test comparison, Brit + Co has determined it鈥檚 way, WAY better than La Croix. Before you close this window in protest due to this alarming news, hear us out! We didn鈥檛 want it to be true either, but we had to know鈥 after all, you want to spend your hard-earned dollars on the most delicious-tasting bubbles.

We were first introduced to Waterloo after Whole30 named its watermelon flavor one of the best Paleo products at Whole Foods. After blowing our taste buds away, we had a chance to taste Waterloo鈥檚 entire lineup (black cherry, grapefruit, watermelon, original, coconut, lime, and lemon) against the respective La Croix flavors and sought to determine the real sparkling MVPs. Though they both are sugar-free and sodium-free, contain zero calories, and cost the same price ($6 for 12 cans), these two brands are miles apart in flavor. Here鈥檚 what we discovered:

The Water Itself

La Croix has big, throat-burning bubbles and a harsh, almost metallic finish compared to Waterloo, which tastes more effervescent and has a smooth, clean ending. According to its FAQ page, La Croix Sparkling Water comes from 鈥渧arious locations throughout the US鈥 and undergoes a triple-filtration including reverse osmosis and deionization to remove any water impurities. Waterloo relies on vapor-distilled water and cold forced carbonation. While we don鈥檛 know the science behind why that process yields a better-tasting product, our taste buds had no trouble distinguishing Waterloo from La Croix.

The natural flavors

What exactly are the 鈥淣atural Flavors鈥 found in the ingredients for each can? La Croix claims they are 鈥渄erived from the natural essence oils extracted from the named fruit used in each of our La Croix flavors鈥 and asserts there are no artificial ingredients 鈥渃ontained in, nor added to, these extracted flavors.鈥 Waterloo says its Natural Flavors contain 鈥渁romatic extracts鈥 that are 鈥渃aptured from the steam that boils off real fruit鈥 plus 鈥渇lavor notes鈥 captured using extremely high pressure equipment which squeezes the concentration of oils out.鈥

The Taste

Whatever extra mile Waterloo goes to extract those flavors, it clearly comes through. Each flavor really tastes like the fruit on the label and is juicy with a slightly sweet finish. Pamplemousse has NOTHING on Waterloo鈥檚 tart and tangy grapefruit. Waterloo鈥檚 watermelon actually tastes like the ripe summer fruit. Of all the flavors, those were our favorites, though lime burst with freshness, coconut tasted like the tropics, and black cherry had a delish, almost-sweet taste. The only flavor we couldn鈥檛 quite get behind is Waterloo鈥檚 lemon; the intense citrus gave it an almost Lysol-like quality.

The Final verdict

We know 鈥 it鈥檚 so hard to believe that anything could be better than La Croix, but this cult favorite has finally met its match. Try it for yourself to taste the difference. Then don鈥檛 be surprised if Waterloo makes its way into your daily routine, your weekend mocktails, and next year鈥檚 Halloween costume.

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