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Carbonated Water: Pellegrino Vs. Trader Joe's Sparkling Water

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Sparkling Water Comparison

Sparkling Water Comparison

Sparkling Water

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I am a fanatic for sparkling water. I will drink at least a liter daily, which can add up pretty quickly when it is the sparkling stuff and not the club stuff! Pellegrino sparkling water has always been my first choice, that is until I discovered Trader Joe's (TJ's) version. What I uncovered in taste, mouthfeel, and quality, made a big change in just how much my daily "water fix" was going to cost me from now on. With the economy and budget constraints becoming more demanding, finding a happy place where my dollar stretches enough to matter, while still providing me the quality I enjoy has become a critical part of life. This leaves my daily treat of sparkling water as a pivotal element during these budget-minded times.

H2O price comparison winner: Trader Joe's!

H2O price comparison winner: Trader Joe's!

Sparkling Water Price Comparison

S.Pellegrino Sparkling Water Pricing

These days, you can find Pellegrino just about anywhere that serves or sells bottled water. It is, after all, the top sparkling water around. It's popularity worldwide speaks to just how good this stuff is. So, when we apply the supply vs. demand rule, the cost of this emerald-colored bottle of fizzy H20 can begin to add up pretty quickly. The price will vary depending on where you shop, but as a general rule, you will find the cost to be as follows.

Pellegrino Label

Pellegrino Label

S.Pellegrino

  • A single, 750 ML (25.3 oz) size bottle - expect to pay between $1.50 to $2.00 (per bottle)
  • A case of 12, 750 ML (25.3 oz) size bottles - at Costco expect to pay between $1.30 to $1.40 (per bottle)
  • A case of 12, 750 ML (25.3 oz) size bottles - at Trader Joe's expect to pay between $1.90 to $2.00 (per bottle)

This boils down to an average cost of $1.68 per bottle, or just about $0.07 per ounce for the Pellegrino brand of bottled sparkling mineral water.

Trader Joe's sparkling mineral water label

Trader Joe's sparkling mineral water label

Trader Joe's Sparkling Water Pricing

When a product sports a store's brand name, it has been known to raise eyebrows in terms of quality. This makes perfect sense, cheaper always means lower quality, right? Well, not this time. A bottle of sparkling mineral water cost quite a bit less in the TJ's brand, and the quality is very comparable to the Pellegrino brand. But, the real kicker is that the Pellegrino brand bottle offers 25.3 ounces (750 ML) of water, while the TJ's brand offers 42.3 ounces (1.25 liters) of water—a 17 ounce (about 532 ML) advantage for TJ's!

Trader Joe's

  • A single, 1.25 liter (42.3 oz) size bottle - expect to pay between $1.25 to $1.30 (per bottle)
  • A case of 12, 1.25 liter (42.3 oz) size bottles - expect to pay between $0.98 to $1.10 (per bottle)

This boils down to an average cost of $1.16 per bottle, or just about $0.04 per ounce for the Trader Joe's brand of bottled sparkling mineral water.

What You Think Really Does Matter!

Pellegrino vs. Trader Joe's Sparkling Water Taste Test

I admit it willingly, I am a sparkling bottled water snob. I am particular about the veracity and size of the bubbles, the sodium content, and of course the crispness of the flavor. So, to see for myself just how much of a difference there is between these two waters, I had a friend set up a little blind taste test. I was pretty certain I would have little trouble picking out the Pellegrino over the TJ's variety. To my surprise, things did not go as expected.

The Blind Taste Test

Test Glass A

As I sipped the first cool crisp test glass full of water, I noticed the fine quality of the bubbles, tingly and gentle on tongue, and not too assertive. The flavor was pure and of a gratifying mineral-rich sort. In "three bears" terms, this test glass was, "just right." So pleasant was this sip of water that I felt it had to absolutely be the Pellegrino.

Test Glass B

Next, I tasted the second glass of water. The earlier results seemed to be the same as experienced with this taste test. I asked Jen if she was sure she had poured both brands. Of course, she snickered and confirmed that she had. The bubbles were again tiny and light, and gently assertive. The flavor was as mineral crisp and pure tasting as the first glass. I felt a little bit like I had been duped. But, this was not the case.

Note: Glass "A" was TJ's & glass "B" was Pellegrino—I did not know this until the tasting was completed.

Where Is Pellegrino Made

Results Of Blind Taste Test

Honestly, I could not find any differences between these two bottled waters during the blind taste test. Here is the thing, the ingredients in both are pretty much the same; natural mineral water and carbonation. However, the TJ's brand has 35mg of sodium per 8-ounce (240 ML) serving which I was certain I would be able to detect. I could not taste the sodium. The Pellegrino has 10 mg of sodium per 8-ounce (240 ML) serving. The sodium content is negligible in terms of swaying my choice of one over the other, even if hypertensive concerns apply. What does sway me is the price. With the flavor and texture being virtually identical, the cost alone is well worth switching to the Trader Joe's brand. Which, since this little test, I have done!

The winner is Trader Joe's Sparkling Natural Mineral Water!

The winner is Trader Joe's Sparkling Natural Mineral Water!

Recap: Cost of Pellegrino vs. Trader Joe's Sparkling Water

PELLEGRINOTRADER JOE'S

A single, 750 ML (25.3 oz) size bottle - expect to pay between $1.50 to $2.00 (per bottle)

A single, 1.25 liter (42.3 oz) size bottle - expect to pay between $1.25 to $1.30 (per bottle)

A case of 12, 750 ML (25.3 oz) size bottles - at Costco expect to pay between $1.20 to $1.30 (per bottle)

A case of 12, 1.25 liter (42.3 oz) size bottles - expect to pay between $0.98 to $1.10 (per bottle)

Comparison

About a $0.52 saving per bottle for TJ's brand

High Quality Sparkling Bottled Water Rating

Comments for Pellegrino vs. Trader Joe's Sparkling Water

Tim Kirkman on May 26, 2013:

I've been a Pierre man for years. Liked the flavor, the feeling, and it was in glass (booo to plastic).

However, we walked into Trader Joe's , and found their brand of sparkling water. What a wake up call! Flavor, freshness, just great. More bang for the buck. It's too bad it's in plastic... can't have everything I guess.

Kathryn L Hill from LA on December 21, 2012:

Did you know you can carbonate your own water? Lowe's carries a carbonator called Primo Flavor Station. It is a home beverage maker. I also saw one at JCPenny's.

Suzie from Carson City on November 10, 2012:

Remember where I read it? HA! Never happen. I need to get into the habit of saving articles that I enjoy or at least writing down the link in case I ever want to return. Sorry, wish I could, but all that comes to mind is that it was on a consumers web site about shopping, prices and best selling- products.....

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on November 10, 2012:

Sunshine625~ Thanks for leaving your comments, Linda. I wouldn't know what to do without our Trader Joe's! I love that place. I hope your area gets one, if not for the purpose of competition, then for the joy of shopping there! Always nice to see you in the comments section, ma'am!

HubHugs~

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on November 10, 2012:

Hi India, I'm a tap water kinda girl, but I appreciate your comparison review. I wish I had a Trader Joes in Orlando. We have Publix which is top notch, but I'd gladly accept some competition in my neighborhood.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on November 10, 2012:

@Connie Smith~ Well thank you for checking out the hub! I really respect Billy's input, so having you read the work because of his comments makes good sense. Thank you for your approval, and for the up votes!

Cheers~

@Pamela99~ I am so glad you found some things about sparkling water that you did not already know! It was a refreshing exerciser in taste preference! ;) Thank you for taking time to read the hub. I hope you are feeling wonderful these days, ma'am.

HubHugs~

@mary615~ Glad you approve of the hub! I am "frugal" as well, Mary. But, because of my weakness for the sparkling stuff I do splurge in this area. This is why I felt compelled to find the cheapest and highest quality for the price product available; Trader Joe's took the blue ribbon on all accounts! Thank you so much for sharing your comments with me. Smooch Baby for me, and have a wonderful weekend.

HubHugs~

@fpherj48~ Very interesting about the TJ's article you mention, I would love to read it if you happen to recall the link or location of it. I admit that I am a big TJ's fan, but in my taste test this had no bearing on how the test went. I was glad they won, as the price is just so much better than other places for the Pellegrino brand! I appreciate that you took time from your day to swing by for a sparkling taste test!

HubHugs~

Suzie from Carson City on November 10, 2012:

K9...After seeing your title, I had to read this... Recently I read a very lengthy article directed to Consumers, in terms of product comparisons.

The name "Trader Joes," continually came up over and over as the winner...so to speak. Most all products compared in blind taste tests, from this company was chosen as No 1 by the majority of testers, the majority of times. And, NO, the test was not sponsored by Trader Joes....I checked it out! This, to me, speaks volumes! Thought you might be interested.........Great hub....UP+++

Mary Hyatt from Florida on November 09, 2012:

I'm impressed, too, by your effort in this review of sparkling water, but I have to say: I am much too frugal to spend this kind of money on water! Some folks call me cheap, but I say frugal!

I did vote this UP, etc.

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on November 09, 2012:

I must agree with the others and state the obvious because this is extremely well researched. I found I learned a lot about sparkling water. Voted up and awesome.

Connie Smith from Tampa Bay, Florida on November 09, 2012:

I came here out of curiosity when I saw Billybuc's comment on hubtivity: "this is about all I ever need to know about..." Well, I certainly have to agree with that. Not sure what could be left to know. I was very, very impressed with both the quality and the thoroughness of this article. Great job!! I voted up, up, up.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on November 09, 2012:

billybuc~ Thank you, sir! I sure appreciate your comments and that you found this budget minded sparkling water addict to make a little "cents" (pun intended). Grateful for the well wishes in the contest, and the same right back at 'cha, buddy!

HubHugs~

Bill Holland from Olympia, WA on November 09, 2012:

K9, that is about all I ever need to know about sparkling water. You have done yourself proud with the research on this one. I like sparkling water but won't spend the money for it, but man oh man, if I ever do, you can count on me going to Trader Joes for the water.

Nice job on this hub; good luck with the contest.

India Arnold (author) from Northern, California on November 09, 2012:

Daisy Mariposa~ I am so honored that you approve of the hub quality and content. I have a great passion for finding great quality consumables that are at an economical cost. With as much carbonated water as I drink daily, this saves me a ton of clams over a monthly period! Which leaves change for more ice cream!

Thank you for stopping by today, I am always happy to read your words!

HubHugs my friend~

Daisy Mariposa from Orange County (Southern California) on November 09, 2012:

India (K9keystrokes),

I'm impressed with the amount of research you put into your article, and the overall quality of your Hub.

I drink quite a few bottles of water every day...the non-carbonated variety. I shop at Trader Joes at least once per week. The next time I'm in the store, I'm going to buy some of the carbonated variety.

Well done, my friend! This is a great article.