Some time ago last year I hosted a party of people to taste test every basic flavor of Polar Seltzer (to the best of my knowledge). This post was meant to be posted sooner and is long overdue - I'm sorry! We tasted most of these clean, sometimes with vodka to see which was the best mixing seltzer.

There's some rankings out there on some other sites. But as far as I can tell, this is the only one done by a committee with a spreadsheet. We attempted to rank them, and here's the details on those 18 flavors:

18) Triple Berry

Chemical taste - definitely not berries. What really kills this though is the after taste - awful.

17) Orange Vanilla

Really bad. This one tastes like the nightmare of orange juice and toothpaste concentrated into some sort of seltzer abomination.

16) Pomegranate

Pomegranate Polar Seltzer Same as Triple Berry, but with a slightly better after taste. Still awful, but slightly better.

15) Black Cherry

Black Cherry Polar Seltzer See pomegranate above. This is an attempt at some sort of berry flavor, but it just tastes like chemicals and has an awful after taste.

14) Cherry Pomegranate

Cherry Pomegranate Polar Seltzer Things start to get a little bit better. We're getting to the bearable flavors. The taste in this one is still very chemical.

13) Blueberry Lemonade

Blueberry Lemonade Polar Seltzer This one can be enjoyable if you want a change. But, it's still not very good.

12) Granny Smith Apple

Granny Smith Apple Polar Seltzer Surprisingly accurate to what Granny Smith apples taste like. Not bad, but not great either. The flavor is perhaps best left to sour candy and not seltzer.

11) Cranberry Lime

Cranberry Lime Polar Seltzer Palatable. Mixes well with vodka. Wouldn't drink this regularly.

10) Cranberry Clementine

Cranberry Clementine Polar Seltzer Decent. Similar to Cranberry Lime. Mixed the best with vodka, but wouldn't drink this one regularly.

9) Strawberry Watermelon

Strawberry Watermelon Polar Seltzer One of the sweetest flavors. It'd make a good summer flavor. Comes with a poor after taste though.

8) Original

Original Polar Seltzer Classic. Clean and crisp. Not much wrong with it, and some may swear by it.

7) Vanilla

Vanilla Polar Seltzer Expected this one to be as gross as Orange Vanilla, but it was surprisingly better. A real shocker.

6) Raspberry Lime

Raspberry Lime Polar Seltzer This is a good daily seltzer. The flavor is bold, but not too bold, and the after taste is good.

5) Lemon

Lemon Polar Seltzer Some people swear by it. Tastes like regular lemon seltzer. The flavor is strong, so if you want a subtler seltzer, this is not the one. But, if you want your seltzer to give you a step in your walk this one's great.

4) Mandarin

Mandarin Polar Seltzer A very welcoming flavor. Palatable by many. It's a good amount of sweetness and subtlety to it while not tasting chemical. There's a slightly poor after taste to it though.

3) Georgia Peach

Georgia Peach Polar Seltzer This is a great flavor. Very similar to Mandarin. It's sweeter than Mandarin and on the juicier side. There's no after taste, which is good.

2) Lime

Lime Polar Seltzer Same as lemon, but more refreshing to some people. It's crisp, and powerful.

1) Ruby Red Grapefruit

Ruby Red Grapefruit Polar Seltzer Here it is. The best. The flavor is near perfect for a seltzer. It's sweet, but not overbearing. It's subtle, but not too subtle. No deplorable after taste. By far voted the best by everybody.

Scores of each flavor

Polar Seltzer Rankings


That's the ranking of the 18 basic flavors. Since this party, Polar has begun selling a lot of seasonal flavors, most of which are very good. Perhaps in the new year I'll host a party with the seasonal flavors.