An ALDI PurAqua Belle Vie Sparkling Water Review

An ALDI PurAqua Belle Vie Sparkling Water Review

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Next up in our irregular series of ALDI product reviews: PurAqua Belle Vie Sparkling Water! This one, thankfully, is a regular buy everyday item; I pick some up on just about every trip. At just $.55 per one liter bottle, it’s an affordable treat for myself (when the teenage boys don’t find it first…).

And, I’m happy that this water contains no additives, calories, or sweeteners. ALDI lets me feed my desire for the occasional bubbly beverage, without any of the guilt.

Belle Vie Sparkling Water: A review

ALDI Belle Vie Sparkling Water: A review!

PurAqua Belle Vie sparkling flavored water comes in six flavors:

  • Original
  • Lemon-Lime (in 1 liter bottles, or lime in 12 packs)
  • Tangerine
  • Grapefruit
  • Passionfruit (only in 12 packs)
  • Berry

Myself, I’m partial to the grapefruit — and happy that it’s generally quite well-stocked. You can sometimes also find seasonal flavors such as peach & strawberry; these, though, tend to show up only during the summer.

You might also find cans of Belle Vie “bold” at your store, in flavors including cherry lime, strawberry pineapple, and blackberry cucumber. This product tends to appear and disappear at mine.

Don’t mix up Belle Vie with PurAqua Sparkling Water

puraqua sparkling water at aldi

Confusingly, however, ALDI stocks both my delicious PurAqua Belle Vie sparkling flavored water, and a very different PurAqua sparkling flavored water. (Note the lack of “Belle Vie” on the label and the difference in design.) PurAqua sparkling water comes in four varieties:

  • Peach
  • Black Cherry
  • White Grape
  • Strawberry

These are generally shelved in the same section, and you need to watch that the bottles haven’t gotten mixed up over the wrong tag. So, what’s the difference between these two products?

PurAqua sparkling water is not the same

PurAqua sparkling water vs PurAqua Belle Vie sparkling water ingredients

PurAqua Belle Vie sparkling flavored water contains just filtered carbonated water and natural flavors.

PurAqua sparkling flavored water, on the other hand, starts with carbonated water and natural flavors — but then it is sweetened with aspartame, and also contains citric acid, potassium citrate, potassium benzoate, and malic acid.

(You’re paying a bit extra for all of those added ingredients, too. At my stores, Belle Vie is $.55 per liter — while the non-Belle Vie flavored water runs $.59 per liter.)

I accidentally grabbed one of the non-Belle Vie flavors once, and can attest that they are not at all the same; I’m not a fan. If you like more sweetness in your sparkle and don’t mind the taste of aspartame, though, regular PurAqua sparkling water may be for you.

As far as nutritional information goes, Belle Vie sparkling water sports all 0s. No calories, no sodium, nothing else you may not be looking for in your water.

Bottles or cans?

12 packs of belle vie sparkling water at ALDI

While we’re on the subject, let’s talk pricing here. ALDI prices, of course, can always vary by region. At my local stores, however, you can choose from:

  • Single 1 liter plastic bottles of Belle Vie sparkling water, $.55 (1.7 cents per fl oz)
  • 12 packs 12 oz cans Belle Vie sparkling water, $3.19 (2.2 cents per fl oz)
  • 8 packs 12 oz cans Belle Vie bold sparkling water, $2.99 (seasonal; 3.2 cents per fl oz)
  • Single 12 oz cans Belle Vie sparkling water, $.99 (in coolers by the register, 8.3 cents per fl oz)

I always prefer to purchase the 1 liter bottles. Not only are the bottles cheaper per oz, cans seem to impart a slightly metallic taste to the water. (This isn’t limited to Belle Vie, of course; I notice it with a lot of sparkling waters.)

For purposes of price comparison, my ALDI also carries 12 packs of La Croix sparkling water cans for $4.99 — which works out to 3.5 cents per fl oz.

But, how does it taste?

bubbly grapefruit water from aldi

Bubbly water for the win! ALDI brand has much more flavor than, say, La Croix — instead of a “hint of” flavor, you get actual flavor, and I prefer it to La Croix there. In terms of both its flavor and its general level of bubbliness, it seems very comparable to name brand waters such as Ice Mountain (which in other parts of the country you might know as Arrowhead, Polar Spring, or Deer Park).

However, ALDI flavored sparkling water is much cheaper than its name brand counterpart. While very occasionally I can pick up Ice Mountain more cheaply by combining a sale with a coupon, its everyday price of around $1.00 per 1 liter bottle at my other local grocery stores keeps me from purchasing it often. $.55 per bottle at ALDI is much easier to justify.

The grapefruit flavor (my fave) is deliciously refreshing in its citrus-y tartness. If they’re out, though, I pick up lemon-lime — I would prefer the straight up lime, but that’s only available in cans. Middle School Guy likes the slightly sweeter berry flavored sparkling water, but will drink any of them I happen to pick up.

ALDI Belle Vie sparkling flavored water is highly recommended: A good product at a good price. What’s your favorite flavor?

20 thoughts on “An ALDI PurAqua Belle Vie Sparkling Water Review”

  • I too am very interested to learn what the natural flavors consist of. A friend of mine shared a very startling bit of information about the lack of over site for “natural flavors” and some rather disturbing possibilities for what they could be. I’d love for her information to be proven wrong and just enjoy my Belle Vie! (-:

  • Has a chemical analysis been made for PurAqua belle vie? Many sparkling waters have been found to contain a high level of PFAS which is a dangerous chemical. I stopped drinking Topo Chico because of this.

  • Belle Vie is far better than Lacoix , Buble or any other water I have tried. Better taste and more carbonation which is really refreshing when the can is ice cold

    • Is this article a joke? It has to be. Even though the boxes of belle vie have a flavor listed, it simply tastes like plain carbonated water. No hint of flavor or anything. I agree with them about the drinking soda without the guilt affect. The best sparkling water I’ve had that actually has flavor, real flavor, is the Ice brand.

    • This is a question better put to ALDI; this is a fan site, and I don’t have inside knowledge of their ingredients. Generally no one lists what “natural flavors” are, as they’re not required to by the FDA. Competing sparkling waters also tend to have the same ingredient list.

  • I’ve been trying to ascertain just where this Aldi Belle Vie water is bottled. As with so many Aldi products, I find that Batavia, Illinois is not sufficient disclosure. Honestly, I don’t see how Aldi can get away with using Batavia, Illinois as their products’ point of origin. Likely, it is a warehouse somewhere along some interstate highway.

  • Does puraqua Belle Vie sparkling water have caffeine in it? Important to know since I have a medical condition that prevents me from consuming caffeine. The flavors I purchased are Passion fruit and Lime.

  • I have switched from soda to sparkling water to avoid aspartame, which is nothing but MSG. I react badly to that. I was very disappointed to see aspartame in the ingredients on the Belle Vie label.

    • The Belle Vie does not have aspartame, while the regular NON Bell Vie PurAqua does. Check the labels, because one has no sweeteners and the other does.

  • Big fan of the Belle Vie PurAqua sparkling water. Love the convenience of the cans as I try to reduce my coke intake

  • If there is 0% fruit juice then I would like to know what natural flavoring means? I hope it is not what the food babe exposed for strawberry, i don’t want to post what it is from.

  • I went to Aldies and they were completely sold out of Blackberry Belle Vie PurAqua sparkling water so I bought the named brand version by la croix the flavor was so gross in comparison . the la croix version tastes so fake.

  • I always buy Belle Vie from Aldi. The cans in the last case of Passion Fruit that I purchased, had a very strong acid/metal like taste that we had never tasted before in the Bella Vie cans, It was not drinkable. A case of a different flavor, that I bought at the same time, was fine. The blackberry flavor is rarely available. Mainly stacks of grapefruit and lemon or strawberry are available at my local 3 Aldi stores.

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