What’s the Difference Between Powerade and Gatorade

What’s the Difference Between Powerade and Gatorade?

Powerade or Gatorade are two brands of sports drinks. They both have their own advantages and disadvantages. There are many factors which make one brand better than another. When it comes to sports drinks, there is no clear winner, but they all offer something different.

The main differences between these products include:


Price – Which one is cheaper?


Ingredients – Are they the same or similar?


Taste – Is it sweet or not?


How much do you need to drink each day?


Do you like them cold or hot?


Will you use them after exercise/sports activity (or even just sitting around)?


Does your child like them?

So let us take a look at each of these factors and see which one is best suited for you.


Price – Which One Is Cheaper?

Powerade costs less than its competitor, but it doesn’t come cheap either! You will pay $2.99 for a 16 ounce bottle of powerade. If you are a heavy user and need to drink it more than 4 times a day, you’ll find that it gets quite expensive.

Gatorade is more expensive than Powerade. The cheapest price for Gatorade is $1.79 for a 20-ounce bottle. Like powerade, if you are a heavy user and need to drink it more than 4 times a day, it can get quite expensive.

So to answer this question, the cheaper product is Powerade.


Ingredients – Are They The Same or Similar?

These two products may have different brand names and different manufacturers, but their ingredients are very similar. Check out the labels below:

As you can see, their ingredients are very similar. There is a big difference in sugar content, but other than that, they are very close. So to answer this question, their ingredients are similar.


Taste – Is It Sweet or Not?

If you have ever tasted Gatorade or Powerade, you know that they both are pretty sweet. In fact, some people find them too sweet.

You can get used to the taste, but why should you?

There are plenty of other drinks out there that don’t cost so much and don’t taste as bad! So to answer this question, their taste is too sweet.

Note: There are some people who find G2 (a separate product from Gatorade) to be less sweet than Gatorade. If you are looking for a less sugary sports drink, then you might want to try that out.


How Much Do You Need to Drink Each Day?

These drinks are normally used after exercise or during exercise. Nobody really drinks these unless they are about to exercise or have recently finished exercising. You don’t really buy these if you aren’t an athlete and you don’t keep them at home. So to answer this question, you need to drink this before and after exercise.


Do You Like Them Cold or Hot?

Some people like their drinks cold, while other like them hot (maybe because it is more relaxing). If you are the type of person who likes their drinks cold, then you’ll find that these drinks are best enjoyed ice cold. So to answer this question, these drinks taste better cold.

Note: You can always put them in the fridge or freezer if you want them to be ice cold. If you need them to be ice cold because they taste bad at room temperature, then you might want to see a doctor because your taste buds may not be working properly.


Will You Use Them After Exercise/Sports Activity (or Even Just Sitting Around)?

After you are done with your activity, you will probably be quite thirsty.

Will you reach for Gatorade or Powerade?

This is a very important question because these drinks should be used as soon as possible after finishing your physical activity. The sooner you rehydrate yourself, the better you will feel. So to answer this question, you’ll want to use the drink that is most easily available, which is the one you bought before.

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