It goes without saying that drinking more water is essential. I know I don’t drink enough water, so when I heard of Cirkul, I hoped it would help fix my water consumption issue. Cirkul was created to help you drink more water.
I set out to live a better life a few years ago, which included changes to my daily activity level and diet. We all need to make positive choices for our personal well-being, and when Cirkul came across my social media feed, I knew that I had to test it out.
What is Cirkul?
Cirkul is a water bottle that flavors your water as you drink it. Its patented design infuses the flavor into your water during every sip. It also has more than 100 flavors, so there is something for everyone. But what sets Cirkul apart from any other product on the market is that you control the intensity of the flavor. You twist the dial for the amount of flavor you like.
Each flavor pack, or as they call them, “Sips,” has no sugar, calories, artificial flavors, or colors. With so many options, there is a “Sip” for everyone.
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Check out their LifeSips, which has vitamin B and is perfect for fueling you throughout the day. Their FitSips with electrolytes help keep you hydrated during a workout, or you could choose one of their GoSips enhanced with caffeine to give you that extra push. These flavors are just the beginning; with dozens of selections, you can always have a variety.
At the end of the day, Circul is a water bottle. You can choose from their stainless steel, colorful selections with a comfort grip or BPA-free plastic bottles.
The magic is found in the Sips or the flavor cartridges.
My Experience Using Cirkul
I purchased a Cirkul kit available at Walmart.
It came with the 22-ounce plastic water bottle and two FitSips – Mixed Berry and Fruit Punch.
I’m not a big fan of artificial sweeteners, and these two flavors or sips had sucralose, which I try to avoid like the plague. Their website has Stevia Sips available, but the ones in my kit were sweetened with sucralose, so that was a negative for me.
I added the Sip to the water bottle, and we were off to the races. Each Sip has its own dial that allows you to change the intensity of the flavor. I found that 2 or 3 was good, and nine was unbearably sweet.
You had to “dial-up” the sweetness the more you refilled it. It didn’t take long for a 2-3 to be unnoticeable, and I had to go to a 5-6. As I got more into the 5th refill, I had to crank it to a nine, but I didn’t notice the flavor much.
Cirkul worked as expected. It’s easy to change out Sips when needed, and for the most part, the flavor was okay. It tasted a little artificial, but it was probably the sucralose I tasted. I suggest they eliminate the sucralose and only provide Sips with stevia – a healthier choice.
I found it a little gimmicky, to be honest, and I personally wouldn’t see myself using it every day, but I recognize a neat idea when I see it, and this is a cool concept.
The business model is the Keurig one. They sell the water bottles, but their cash cow is in the Sips. You buy the water bottle once, and then you keep buying refills. You’ll spend 3-4 dollars for each Sip, which can add up quickly.
What I Liked About the Cirkul
I liked the concept.
Flavoring your water on demand is neat, but it’s also not necessary.
The Sips tasted decent, and changing your flavor intensity based on your liking is also great.
The water bottle was well-designed and of good quality, and the variety of colors available with the stainless steel water bottles is also a nice touch.
Overall, it’s a well-thought-out product that works as advertised. It’s also the only one of its kind for now, and so for flavored water on demand – Cirkul is where it’s at.
What I Didn’t Like About Cirkul
I didn’t like that most Sips are sweetened with sucralose. It did give the flavor a tiny metallic aftertaste. I want to stress that stevia Sips are available on their website, but the selection isn’t as large as the sucralose.
I also think that $3 or $4 a Sip is costly and can add up over time. Drinking more water is essential, but going broke over it may not be a great idea either.
I can see people using Cirkul for the convenience of having flavored water with them all of the time, but it’s not as practical as the influencers on social media make it sound. The flavor barely lasted for six refills, and you can add flavor to your water just as quickly. I’m unsure if Cirkul improves your life; it makes you a little more broker buying all the Sips though.
My Final Review
So, my final review of Cirkul is mixed.
I personally wouldn’t use it, but that’s just me. I’m probably too cheap to invest in the Sips each day.
As far as the product itself, it works fine. It does exactly what it is supposed to do. It flavors your water on demand, and it does a good job doing it. I believe that Cirkul would fit into someone’s life nicely, but it’s a social media product that needs influencers to sell it.
All the variety of Sips is nice, but if you’re like me and stay away from sucralose, your options are limited.
Overall, it’s going to do exactly what they say. I don’t know if it’s a product living up to all the hype on social media, but the concept is neat.
Let me know what you think of Cirkul. Would you buy it? Do you own it and love it? Use the comment section below to give us your thoughts.
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