PurAqua Purified Water

Last Updated on September 25, 2020

Drinking water is, next to air, the most vital thing for survival. For most people, getting drinking water is as easy as turning on the faucet. Sometimes, however, there are reasons why a person needs to get water from another source, either because they’re traveling, or because, for one reason or another, their tap supply is either unsafe or unavailable.

Aldi, like virtually all grocers (and virtually all stores that sell food and drinks), has a few options for buying water as part of its everyday Regular Buy selection. Aldi sells “purified” water in both packs of bottles and in gallon jugs, bottled “natural spring water,” and gallon distilled water for things like nasal rinses. In addition, Aldi sells a selection of flavored and infused waters through both its private labels and some name brands, some of them as Regular Buys and some of them as Seasonal Favorites or Aldi Finds.

Here, I’m going to focus primarily on the purified water.

Before I continue, a brief word on the differences between purified and distilled water. Purified water is either tap water or groundwater that has been filtered or processed to remove bacteria, fungi, algae, pollutants, and most other things that are considered an impurity. It may still contain trace impurities, though, and may also include minerals. Distilled water is a form of purified water that uses evaporation and condensation to remove nearly everything from the water. There are pros and cons to both, so we’ll leave it to you to decide which you prefer.

PurAqua Purified Water (Bottled)

In our stores, Aldi purified bottled water comes in 24-packs of either 16.9-ounce bottles or smaller 10-ounce bottles. Oddly, the smaller bottles currently cost more ($2.29 per pack) than the larger ones ($2.99 per pack).

The packaging, as well as the individual bottles, say that the bottles are both BPA-free and recyclable. The individual bottles also contain other information, including the water source, the bottler, and a “best by” date. (In the past, our Aldi stores have sourced their purified water from our own municipal water supply, which feels as if Aldi is selling us water out of our own tap.) Our water is bottled by a company called Waters of America, but we assume Aldi also uses other regional bottlers in other parts of the country.

I’ve never been a big fan of the bottles used in generic bottled water, and these are no different. The Pur Aqua bottles are thin, bend easily, and make a lot of crinkling noise while doing it. They work, but I can’t say they’re my favorite option for travel water. (I prefer a stainless steel bottle.) On the plus side, the sealed cap is easy to remove and screw back on.

The taste, though, is fine. I sometimes find that water bottles, including these, taste a little funny if they’re left outside when it’s really hot, but if they’re kept at room temperature they taste about like the water I’m used to.

PurAqua Purified Water (Gallon)

In our stores, the gallon jugs run 79 cents per gallon. Like their bottled counterparts, the packaging notes the source as well as the bottler, adding that it is processed by reverse osmosis and / or distillation. Like our bottled water, the company Waters of America bottled the gallon jug. It also contains a best-by date printed on the bottom and is recyclable.

I like the gallon jug construction more than I like the bottled water. The jug is mostly firm, especially around the handle, and it pours about as easily as your traditional milk jug. The cap is sealed but, like most milk jugs, snaps the first time you unscrew it.

The taste is about the same, too. It tastes like tap water. Like the bottles, I’ve found the jug water to have a different taste if it’s in higher temperatures for a long time, but it seems to be fine if kept at room temperature.

The Verdict:

If you have a need for bottled or gallon water, Aldi sells it, and it tastes, at least in our area, like normal water. I like the gallon jug construction, although I don’t like the bottles as much. Still, both of them do the job.

About Joshua

Joshua is the Co-founder of Aldi Reviewer. He is also a writer and novelist. You can learn more about him at joshuaajohnston.com.


  1. The tap water in my city is hard and disgusting. I use it for the little cooking I do and that’s it. I have bought ALDI Pur AQua before and while it was okay (just okay – tasted like clean drinking water), nothing beats true spring water, which is why I have a hot/cold dispenser in the house and Zephyrhills spring water delivered in 5-gallon bottles. They also make Deer Park and other names – quality spring water, but from different sources. However, I wouldn’t shy away from PurAqua if, for example, I were taking a long trip.

    • I totally agree with you. I have Emphysema and have switched to Aldi purified drinking water after doing my research on it. Their bottles are BPA free, their water is purified with a PH level of 7 categorized as neutral because it is neither acidic nor has basic qualities. Deer Park is is a honest Spring water from natural spring sources. So is Poland, Ozark and Crystal Geyser.

  2. What a waste environmentally. Lots of petroleum – plastic and fuel – used to transmit something that’s available at your home for basically free.

    • some of us are allergic to the chemicals in tap water as well as the recycled plastics that a lot of waters are bottled in. i live in the US where the food is trash and a lot of us are becoming allergic to a bunch of crap. this is so annoying.

    • Some of us have water that’s unsuitable for drinking, Bryan.

  3. does this water brand have any fluoride in it.

    • It’s hard to say. I believe reverse osmosis can remove flouride, but not all of Aldi’s bottled water says it’s treated by reverse osmosis. Distilled water would definitely not have flouride.

  4. PurAqua Purified Water, the label says purified by reverse osmosis or distilling.
    That means there’s no fluoride or minerals present unless they’re added back after the purification process like with Nestles pure life.

    PurAqua Purified Water doesn’t sound like a healthy choice from lacking
    Minerals and fluoride.

  5. Is the plastic bottle used BPA free?

  6. Yes. I just read on the package that it’s BPA free packaging.

  7. What happened to the sipping cap on your 20 oz. bottle?

  8. Are there minerals added like the smaller bottles say? It doesn’t say it on the gallon jug. I am using for humidifier so it can’t have minerals. Must be only reverse osmosis or distilled.

  9. Laura S Vincent

    Good afternoon to you all- I could not simply close this site w/out alerting you b4hand. The reason the writer tasted a diff taste after leaving in a hotter environment? Please research: The poisons in the plastic always seep into the water when exposed to that temp.

  10. i need 100% DISTILLED water to mix with my engine coolant. i don’t particularly trust the gallon jug purified water label of ‘AND/OR’.

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