LifeAID vs Kill Cliff: Are these recovery drinks worth your money?
They're both healthy recovery drinks that taste great but which one is better? Are they worth your money?
If you do Crossfit or follow it at all, you're probably aware of Kill Cliff. You might have also seen or heard about LifeAID. Both drinks are popular with Crossfitters and this probably means they'll catch on within the rest of the fitness industry.
I've been curious about both drinks for awhile so I decided to give them both a try. I wanted to see what drink was better and if either one was worth the price (both are about $3 a can).
Kill Cliff stands for some pretty good stuff. It was founded by a former Navy SEAL and actively supports the US military. Their product is a clean recovery and hydration drink. If you're like me when I first tried Kill Cliff, you're probably wondering what exactly does that mean? It contains a unique blend of electrolytes, vitamins, minerals and a small amount of caffeine (about 25mg) and is intended to be drank after workouts to reduce inflammation. I actually chose to drink mine before workouts and was satisfied with the decent energy buzz it gave me.
LifeAID Beverage Co.
LifeAID Beverage Co. is actually a line of several different drinks, each with its own particular purpose. They all contain a custom blend of vitamins and minerals that help with cognitive functioning, performance, recovery and immunity.
LifeAID does have a smart strategy for bringing in new customers. You can purchase two cans of your choice for only 99 cents and LifeAID will pay for the shipping. It's not a bad way to try something new. After that, you can also get up to $20 off your purchase of a case.
Now for the head-to-head reviews.
Kill Cliff is currently available in five flavors: blood orange*, blackberry lemonade, lemon lime, pomegranate punch, and raspberry blueberry. LifeAID drinks are only available in the one flavor each one comes in. Both Kill Cliff and LifeAID taste great. They're carbonated and sweetened, though with no sugar.
Winner: Kill Cliff has more variety in flavor and tastes slightly sweeter.
*Blood orange is my personal favorite.
Neither one of these drinks are "energy drinks" like Monster or Red Bull but that might actually be a good thing. I experienced no crash after drinking Kill Cliff and LifeAID but I did get some "clean energy" from them. Nor did I have to be concerned about what I was putting in my body. I drank both before workouts and found them to be perfect for a pre-workout drink. One adjustment I made later on was to have a cup of coffee as well before my workout (I needed the extra caffeine).
Winner: Kill Cliff has just enough caffeine to give you a buzz. I didn't get enough of that with LifeAID.
Both are a bit pricey. If you walk into a Vitamin Shoppe and grab one, you're spending between $2.50 and $3 per can. That's similar to a Monster or Red Bull but not what I want to spend everyday on a drink. Cases of both run close to $60.
Winner: LifeAID is running some pretty good promotions right now and this gives it the edge.
They're both great tasting drinks that contain quality ingredients and seem to have some benefit in terms of mental and physical performance. While this can be hard to measure, I did feel noticeably better after drinking both.
LifeAID wins because of the variety they offer. I like that LifeAID makes a few options that cater to some specific needs. As a travel fitness writer, my personal favorite is TravelAID and I will continue to bring a few with me when I'm traveling.
My expectation, like I'm sure it is for many people, was that these were energy drinks. They look like Red Bull and I assumed that I was getting something similar. I was wrong. Neither one is an energy drink and may not be a great option before a workout if you're looking for something that will really get you charged up. These are not pre-workout drinks full of supplements. They do seem to serve their purpose. They claim to improve physical and mental performance and while this can be hard to measure, I thought they both lived up to their claims.
Are they worth your money?
I'm not convinced that buying cases of either one of these is worth $60 but I would consider buying them from time to time. While they may do the same thing as some ibuprofen and water, the taste, convenience, and cognitive affect I felt is worth a few dollars every now and then.
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