Dasani vs. Aquafina: Coke Water or Pepsi Water?

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Difference between Dasani and Aquafina

An increasing number of people are concerned about what type of water they drink on a daily basis, and this has given rise to a whole new industry in bottled water. A couple of the brands that have captured a large portion of the market are Dasani and Aquafina, and it is these two that we compare in this article.



Dasani is a bottled water brand produced by the Coca-Cola company. The product was introduced into the market in 1999, and it followed in the wake of the successful Aquafina, which is produced by their chief rival, PepsiCo. Dasani is only one of several brands of bottled water produced by the Coca-Cola company.

Aside from being the product that indirectly launched Dasani, Aquafina is a bottled water brand produced by PepsiCo, Inc. The brand is also used to market a variety of skincare products.


The process of making the Dasani water product involves taking plain tap water and filtering it via reverse osmosis. During the manufacturing process, a number of trace minerals such as magnesium sulfate, potassium chloride and plain table salt are then added to the water.

Aquafina, on the other hand, is made via PepsiCo's seven-step purification process, which is known as HydRO-7. The process involves the use of pre-filtration in order to remove larger particles in the water, after which it goes through two polishing and filtering stages, filtration, reverse osmosis, and finally, ultraviolet and ozone sterilization. According to PepsiCo’s marketing literature, this ensures the elimination of impurities that may still be present in other bottled water brands.


Dasani is sold in 12 oz, 20 oz, 24 oz, 1 L, 1.5 L, and 300 mL bottles. The brand also comes in a 12 oz fridge pack as well as a 6, 12, 24, or 32-pack of 500 mL bottles, and a 24 oz 6-pack.

Dasani is also sold as flavored water, in which the sweetening ingredient is sucralose. Flavors include lemon, grape, blueberry, and strawberry, with the flavored waters sold in 20 ounce bottles, 6-packs of 500 ml bottles, and 8-packs of 12 oz bottles. More recently, the company has also come out with the Plus+ products, which are essentially the same as the flavored varieties, but with the addition of vitamins and more flavors. Some of the additional flavors in this line are Pomegranate-Blackberry, Orange-Tangerine, Kiwi-Strawberry and lemon lime. Dasani Plus is sold in 120 oz bottles.

Aquafina is also the brand of many other products, including Aquafina Sparkling, which is a flavored carbonated water available in Raspberry and Citrus Twist flavors; Aquafina FlavorSplash, which is basically the same as the Sparkling variety but without carbonation; Aquafina Alive, which is a low calorie beverage with vitamins; and Aquafina plus+, which is also a low calorie beverage with vitamins.

Similarities and Differences


  • A bottled water brand produced by the Coca-Cola company
  • Starts out as plain tap water filtered via reverse osmosis
  • Trace minerals such as magnesium sulfate, potassium chloride and plain table salt


  • Produced by the rival PepsiCo
  • Goes through an extensive process that supposedly gets rid of impurities


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