Drinking water is essential. We know that, right? But getting our kiddos on board can sometimes be difficult. 

My family lives in Florida and both of my kids are heavily involved in sports, which means we’re extra focused on ensuring that they are hydrated throughout the day.

While my kids tend to be pretty good about drinking their water, there are certainly times when they don’t want to or when they would prefer to have a sweet, sugary drink in place of plain water, so when the Cirkul team reached out and asked if we wanted to give their new kid’s line, Cirkul Splash a try, we were excited to dive in.

In this article, I’m sharing my family’s experience with Cirkul Splash as well as some background on what Cirkul is and more. If you’re considering Cirkul for your kiddo(s), my hope is that this review of the Splash Line will help you make an informed decision.

A Quick Intro to Cirkul

In case you’re not familiar with Cirkul, here’s the 411:

  • Cirkul is an innovative water delivery system that makes drinking water convenient, delicious, and a lot more fun than drinking plain water. 
  • The Cirkul system consists of water bottles and reusable flavored cartridges that allow you to infuse your water with a myriad of different flavors.
  • Cirkul contains no calories and no sugar.
  • Users get to customize their experience, adjusting the flavor level from 0 (plain water) to 10 (full flavor).
  • It’s an affordable and eco-friendly way to enjoy flavored waters.
  • The new kids line, called Cirkul Wild Splash, features kid-friendly flavors and packaging to make the experience even more fun.

What Did My Kids Think of Cirkul?

When it comes to testing and reviewing a kids’ product, there really is no better way to do it than to hand it over to your kiddos and get their honest feedback. We all know how brutally honest kids can be…

So how did my kids like Cirkul Wild Splash? For starters, as soon as they saw the packaging they couldn’t wait to check it out. With flavors like Lion Lemon Lime and Alligator Apple that include fun, bright animal characters and colors. It’s easy to see why kids would be attracted to this product. To be honest, if Cirkul hadn’t done such a great job of making the Wild Splash line so fun and kid-friendly, I highly doubt my 4 and 7-year-old would have been as interested in trying it out. 

We had two Cirkul water bottles to pick from, a 12 oz. and a 22 oz. The bottles that we received were plain, clear plastic bottles, but I see that they have a ton of designs to choose from, including some kid-specific ones. I think having the kid’s bottles would have upped the excitement even more.

I filled up both water bottles with water and allowed the kids to choose which flavor to try first. My son chose the Lion Lemon Lime and my daughter chose the Shark Strawberry. I set their filter adjustment to 1 to start off with and then we worked our way up the adjustment dial, taking a sip at every interval (and I tried all the flavors alongside my kiddos!)

niko drinking Cirkul Wild Splash
maia drinking Cirkul Wild Splash

Initial thoughts: We all thought they tasted great! It was fun to adjust the dial and experience more or less flavor with each adjustment. And each of us had our own preferences when it came to flavor intensity. We ended up trying all 6 flavors and, surprisingly, we all pretty much agreed on which flavors were the best and which ones we probably wouldn’t reach for again.

Cirkul Wild Splash Flavor Ranking

My kids and I tried all 6 flavors, here’s our ranking:

  1. Shark Strawberry
  2. Bear Berry
  3. Parrot Punch
  4. Alligator Apple
  5. Gecko Grape
  6. Lion Lemon Lime

We truly liked all of the flavors, however, there are a couple that, when turned up to 10, had almost too strong of a flavor - for us, it was the Gecko Grape and Lion Lemon Lime. That said, when we left these ones on the lower flavoring setting, we liked them just fine.

Here’s Why I Feel Good About Giving My Kids Cirkul Flavored Water

Cirkul Wild Splash is a natural way to flavor water to make it more enjoyable and fun for kids to drink. It contains no sugar or artificial colors, and it’s sweetened with stevia. There are no extra calories or junk in there, which I feel great about. 

I love that the lid and cartilage allow for personalized flavor distribution so that each of my kids can set their water flavor to their desired preferences. Every person has different tastes, so the customization really takes things to the next level and makes it ideal for anyone. Also, I think it’s wonderful that you can choose to drink just plain water with the cartridge in place by setting the dial to water only.

the cirkul water bottle
lid and cartilage

Finally, I really enjoy that Cirkul has found a way to make proper water consumption for kids a little easier and more fun. I definitely found that my kids were more eager to drink water more often than when offered a plain bottle of water.

Things to Consider Before Buying

While my family truly likes the Wild Splash line from Cirkul, it’s not going to be the best fit for every family. Here are a few things to consider before buying:

  1. Each cartridge is $3.75 each and gets about 6 bottles of water each. That comes out to about $.63 per use, which isn’t significant but can definitely add up, especially when compared to the cost of just plain water from the tap.
  2. It’s very simple to use the Cirkul cartridges and load them onto the lid and into your water bottle, but it’s obviously an extra step.
  3. I’m not sure if there’s an age recommendation for Cirkul Wild Splash, but I wanted to note that the water bottle lid is one that requires you to tip the bottle up and suck the water out. My 4 and 7-year-old had no problem but it’s something to keep in mind.

Who Should Try Cirkul Wild Splash?

Any parent who feels as though they struggle to get their child to consume enough water throughout the day will likely find that their kids really enjoy drinking Cirkul because it tastes just sweet enough that they’ll think they’re drinking something more like juice or a sports drink.

For parents of children who really like sugary drinks like juice, sports drinks, and soda, switching them over to a healthier, sugar-free option like Cirkul can really help to reduce their overall sugar and calorie intake and help protect their teeth while also encouraging an overall healthier approach to nutrition. 

As parents, it’s our responsibility to teach our children the importance of hydration and proper nutrition, which, in today’s world, can be really tough to navigate. With an abundance of sugary drinks and sweets, it’s hard to keep our own nutrition in check let alone that of our children. 

Thankfully, brands like Cirkul are offering a healthier alternative to traditional drinks that help us encourage our kids to drink more water without asking them to sacrifice taste.

Final Thoughts On Cirkul Wild Splash

It’s safe to say that, in my home, we’re big fans of the Wild Splash line from Cirkul. My kids truly enjoyed tasting all of the flavors and experimenting with the adjustable flavor levels. 

My kids are generally really great about drinking water, so I don’t foresee us utilizing Cirkul more than here and there, but for those parents who are trying to encourage their kids to implement better hydration habits, Wild Splash will be a wonderful place to start.

About the Author
Tami Smith, CPT, Nutritionist

Tami Smith is a certified Macro Coach, Nutritionist and an ACE certified fitness trainer, specializing in pre and post-natal fitness. She studied business and earned her bachelor's degree in Business Economics. Tami is a mom of two and women's health advocate. Her passion is to help people live a fit, healthy life through proper nutrition and exercise!

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