Canstar Blue’s lemonade review has seen Kirks, Schweppes and Sprite compared on their taste, variety, packaging design, value for money and overall satisfaction.
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Aussies have rated Kirks best in Canstar Blue’s inaugural lemonade review, scoring it five stars for its taste, variety, packaging, value for money and overall satisfaction.
Kirks squeezes into top spot in lemonade ratings
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 were asked to rate said brands on taste, value for money, packaging design, variety and overall satisfaction. Those which met the minimum required survey sample size of 30 responses are included in the results.
Our 2020 lemonade review featured three popular brands, but only one was rated ‘the zest’ ─ Kirks! It scored five stars in all five categories, taste, value for money, variety, packaging design and overall satisfaction.
Here are the best lemonade brands in Australia, as rated by consumers in Canstar Blue’s review:
Kirks edged out Schweppes and Sprite to claim the coveted title of best lemonade brand overall, by scoring five stars across the board for taste, value for money, variety, packaging design and overall customer satisfaction. It was the only brand to achieve full marks in all categories.
Notably, Schweppes gave Kirks a nod in the taste stakes by also receiving five stars, while Sprite landed on four stars in the same category. Schweppes rounded out the results with four stars for overall satisfaction, while Sprite bottomed out with three stars.
Kirks has been an Aussie favourite since it reached our shores back in 1865. It’s a brand synonymous with quality, value and authenticity, which is why its lemonade contains no artificial colours or flavours. Kirks is owned, manufactured, and distributed by Coca-Cola and offers various soft drink flavours including creaming soda, pasito, ginger beer and sarsaparilla. Kirks lemonade is available from most supermarkets in cans, sharing size bottles and multipacks, with original and sugar-free options to choose from.
Kirks had a clean sweep across the board to score five stars for taste, value for money, variety, packaging design and overall satisfaction.
Schweppes may be Swiss but its lemonade is crisp and made from Australian ingredients. The brand has refined the art of crafting sparkling beverages over its 235 years in the industry and now offers a wide range of carbonated drinks with a unique depth of flavour including ginger beer, creaming soda and other tonics like lemon lime and bitters, plus more.
Schweppes was rated five stars for taste and four stars when it came to value for money, variety, packaging design and overall satisfaction.
Want a lemon-flavoured soft drink with a zesty clean taste that gives you the ultimate cut-through refreshment? That’s Sprite! The brand is owned by the Coca-Cola company and recently relaunched with a new original lemonade recipe containing 40% less sugar. Sprite No Sugar is also available.
Sprite achieved four stars for taste and packaging design, but landed on three stars for value for money, variety and overall satisfaction.
Which lemonade should I buy?
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?
In fact, our survey found that taste and value for money are the two main drivers of satisfaction for Aussies buying lemonade. Our review can help you make sense of how brands were rated on these factors.
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 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.
About the author of this page
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.
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 295 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.