What are the Best Energy Drinks?

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Geek!This is Lee Jacobson’s submission for the HP Magic Giveaway. Feel free to leave comments for this article as you see fit – your feedback is certainly welcomed! If you’d like to submit your own how-to, what-is, or top-five list, you can send it to me. Views and opinions of this writer are not necessarily my own:

Energy drinks have been growing more and more popular with billions of them sold each year, but what which one is best? I’ll be rating my five favourite energy drinks by the following categories: taste, price, energy, look, name.

To start off, I’ve been trying as many different energy drinks as I could find for about two and half years now – and have about 3 – 5 on an average day. So, here is what I think…

5. Monster

  • Taste – 2/5
  • Price – 3/5
  • Energy – 5/5
  • Can Look – 3/5
  • Name – 4/5
  • Total – 17/25

Monster is one of my favourite drinks just because of the kick it gives me. I feel more energetic when I have one of these then any other drink I’ve tried. I’m sure part of it is down to the slightly larger 500 ml can it comes in, but it really gets you going. The first time I tried it, I spent most of the day running around shouting ‘MONSTER’ to my friends. The only problem is that it has a sweet-apple-like taste to it, which doesn’t do it for me (though it’s a great energy drink with at decent price).

4. Nerd

  • Taste – 3/5
  • Price – 3/5
  • Energy – 4/5
  • Can Look – 3/5
  • Name – 5/5
  • Total – 19/25

Nerd has to be one of the best named drinks on the market! On their site, it says it was ‘Formulated by a medical student for college students’ and it has some unique ingredients, which apparently help your mental focus and memory. It’s also supposed to be for gamers, which you may very well be. So, this could be one worth checking out. It has an original fruity taste to it at a good price. You do get quite a boost from this drink, but if it really does increase your focus and memory, I’ve never noticed it. The big problem with this is that I had to order it online, and I think it’s only available in a few stores in the USA (with me living in the UK, this drink can be quite troublesome to get ahold of).

3. Rockstar – Juiced – Guava

  • Taste – 5/5
  • Price – 2/5
  • Energy – 4/5
  • Can Look – 2/5
  • Name – 5/5
  • Total – 18/25

I really do love the taste of this drink. It has a refreshing and original fruit-like taste to it – but it isn’t too sweet. It also leaves a nice aftertaste behind. It’s greatm apart from coming in a purple / pink coloured can! I feel very self-aware when I drink this drink, which is a shame (because it is a great drink). It’s also quite expensive, as I find all drinks in the Rockstar range are coming in higher than other energy drinks. I do like the name, and the design of their cans (when it’s in a different colour). It gives a good amount of energy, and I do get quite hyper after this drink – but it is a larger 500ml can. Overall, I like this drink if I want a treat.

2. Red X

  • Taste – 3/5
  • Price – 5/5
  • Energy – 3/5
  • Can Look – 2/5
  • Name – 3/5
  • Total – 16/25

Most of you have probably never heard of this energy drink, but it’s probably my most-purchased energy drink ever. It provides amazing value for money! I know there are other cheap energy drinks out there, like Red Rooster, but most of them taste like watered down Red Bull. This one has quite a nice taste. It’s definitely not the best energy drink out there, but I like it. Red X also comes in a bottle, which is handy for me to carry around while I’m at college.

1. Red Devil

  • Taste – 5/5
  • Price – 4/5
  • Energy – 3/5
  • Can Look – 4/5
  • Name – 4/5
  • Total – 20/25

This drink is my favourite for a lot of reasons. It has a great taste, for starters! Plus, Red Devil has a sort of sweet berry taste, and is the most refreshing energy drink I’ve had. The price is very good, but only with a slightly smaller 250ml can. The can looks great with its red, black, and sliver colour scheme. To finish, it has a great name and I really recommend this drink because of its original taste and value for the money.