Lemonade isn’t just for when life serves you up lemons. On the contrary, it’s a fun refreshment for basically every occasion. As a cool drink on a hot summer’s day, a fizzy bevy to wash down a meal, or even as a mixer with an alcoholic drop. The good thing about lemonade is that both homemade and store-bought options are equally thirst quenching. The latter however, is instantaneously accessible and doesn’t require squeezing lemons, which is a huge plus. There are a few lemonade brands out there that claim to offer ‘the best’ crisp, clean tasting lemonade, but which is actually best?
To find out, Canstar Blue asked more than 200 Aussie consumers for their feedback on the different brands of lemonade they’ve purchased from a supermarket or grocer and enjoyed in the last three months. Survey respondents rated brands on taste, variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction. Those that met the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses are included in the results.
Our latest results saw Schweppes taste sweet victory after it received five-star reviews in all categories, including overall satisfaction!
Here are the best lemonade brands in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s review:
Schweppes squeezed into the number one spot, rating best with five stars in all categories, including overall satisfaction. Sprite similarly impressed when it came to packaging design and value for money, achieving full marks in both categories, before landing on four stars overall.
Schweppes may be Swiss but its crisp and refreshing lemonade is made in Australia, according to the brand. Having produced sparkling beverages for more than 235 years, Schweppes now offers a variety of carbonated drinks such as ginger beer, creaming soda and other tonics like lemon lime and bitters. Sugar-free alternatives are available, including Lemonade Zero Sugar and Raspberry Zero Sugar.
Want a lemon-flavoured soft drink with a zesty clean taste that gives you the ultimate cut-through refreshment? Sprite is one popular option to sip on. The Coca-Cola-owned brand relaunched with a new original lemonade recipe containing supposedly 40% less sugar, with Sprite No Sugar also available.
Sugary drinks aren’t bad in moderation, although both diet and regular sodas can contain high amounts of sugar, food acids and other nasties, and both have also been linked to obesity and other chronic conditions. Sugary carbonated beverages also typically contain caffeine. While this can cause short-term ‘highs’ like extra energy and improved mood, excessive consumption may cause increased anxiety, irritability, headaches and reduced alertness. Our latest survey found 20% of respondents feel guilty about drinking soft drinks and a handful opt for the sugar-free varieties because they think they’re healthier (11%).
Ideally, you’ll want a store-bought lemonade that tastes as crisp and natural as possible, as well as refreshing. Bonus points if you can find one that tastes close to a homemade option. You don’t want a lemonade that doesn’t even have a hint of a real lemon taste, right?
Keep in mind that no store-bought lemonades are created equal. Some are high in sugar and can taste very processed and chemically induced, others can be too tart and some just taste like soda water. Start by looking at the nutritional information on the back of the can or bottle and the ingredients mentioned. Check out the ratio of sugar and food acid, to natural flavour and carbonated water. You want more of the good stuff than the bad.
This report was written by Canstar Blue’s home & lifestyle journalist, Tahnee-Jae Lopez-Vito. She’s an expert on household appliances, grooming products and all things grocery and shopping. In addition to translating our expert research into consumer-friendly ratings reports, Tahnee spends her time helping consumers make better-informed purchase decisions on all manner of consumer goods and services, while highlighting the best deals and anything you need to be aware of.
Picture credits: Joshua Resnick/ Shutterstock.com.
Canstar Blue surveyed more than 3,000 Australian adults across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction, via ISO 26362 accredited research panels managed by Qualtrics. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who have purchased (from a supermarket or grocer) and consumed lemonade in the last three months – in this case 209 people.
Brands must have received at least 30 responses to be included. Results are comparative and it should be noted that brands receiving three stars have still achieved a satisfaction measure of at least six out of 10. Not all brands available in the market have been compared in this survey. The ratings table is first sorted by star ratings and then by mean overall satisfaction. A rated brand may receive a ‘N/A’ (Not Applicable) rating if it does not receive the minimum number of responses for that criteria.
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