Best Diet Soda: Carbonation Lovers, Unite! These Are the Best Tasting Diet Sodas

Ideally, the best diet sodas taste exactly like their non-diet counterparts (except for Diet Coke, which is doing its own thing). And, while I hate diet soda, I respect the culture around it. What started as a weight-loss fad has turned into its own phenomenon that has nothing to do with dieting whatsoever.

And I can’t say this enough: I hate diet soda. Why would you ever drink a worse version of the perfection that is soda? When I’m consuming a diet drink, it makes me feel sad. I would rather just drink water. Some people, on the other hand, grew up on diet soda and have acquired a taste for it. Regular soda doesn’t scratch the itch for them and I understand that. If you’re one of those people and you’re feeling skeptical about me compiling a list of the best tasting diet sodas, don’t fret! Who better to determine the best diet soda than someone who hates diet soda? If I like it, anyone can.

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Diet Soda!

Diet Coke

Any time I have to write about diet coke, I feel afraid. Diet Coke lovers are so loyal and so scary. I think Diet Coke tastes disgusting, but I always include it on lists because I know if I don’t Diet Coke lovers will burn down my apartment building. That being said, I respect and relate to how much Diet Coke people love Diet Coke because it is how I feel about regular Coke. We both love soda and we stand together in solidarity.

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Rating:

5/10

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Diet Soda!

Diet Dr Pepper

Diet Dr Pepper has a cult following. Many people consider it the best diet soda that has ever been made. And while I don’t think it’s the best version of a diet soda, I do think it is very good (for a diet soda, of course), so it gets the fifth spot on our list. It does taste like Dr Pepper. You can taste all 23 flavors! It’s hard to taste exactly the same as Dr Pepper because Dr Pepper is perfect and doesn’t need to be altered in any way. Changing it automatically makes it worse. If you couldn’t tell, I love Dr Pepper.

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Rating:

7/10

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Diet Soda!

Diet Mtn Dew

I find that there are two kinds of soda drinkers: brown soda drinkers and clear soda drinkers. I am a brown soda drinker. Coke, Dr Pepper, and root beer are my go-to drinks. I didn’t even try Mountain Dew until I was, like, 25. And this taste test was my first time trying Diet Mountain Dew. I have to give it to them: Diet Mountain Dew is one of the best-tasting diet sodas out there! If you’re a gamer looking to suck down less sugar, have one of these.

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Rating:

7/10

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Diet Soda!

Cherry Pepsi Zero Sugar

Something to know about me is that I hate Pepsi. I always have. Even this perfect commercial couldn’t convince me to make the switch from Coke to Pepsi. I will always be a Coca-Cola loyalist. All that being said, I did like Cherry Pepsi Zero. If they can make someone who hates Pepsi and diet sodas like a diet Pepsi, I can tell you they have a pretty good product on their hands.

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Rating:

8/10

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Diet Soda!

Sprite Zero Sugar

I forget Sprite exists all the time. Then, once in a blue moon, I feel sick and crave Sprite. Sprite doesn’t deserve that treatment from me. It’s not medicine. It’s delicious! Sprite Zero Sugar also deserves more respect from me because it tastes good. Well, good for a diet soda. I don’t think this would convert a diet soda hater, but it certainly isn’t bad. Whether you have a stomach ache or you’re craving something citrusy, Sprite Zero Sugar can definitely scratch that itch.

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Rating:

8/10

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Diet Soda!

A&W Zero Sugar Root Beer

I’m a root beer fan, but A&W isn’t my favorite. Diet A&W, on the other hand, was definitely one of the best diet sodas we tried. It tastes like the classic root beer you know and love with just a small tinge of weird, artificial, chemical aftertaste. For me, that makes it a great diet soda product. And when it comes to root beer, I think there is one important question: Would I want to pour this over vanilla ice cream? Luckily, for Diet A&W, the answer is yes!

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Rating:

9/10

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Diet Soda!

Dr Pepper Zero Sugar

I am a Dr Pepper person. It is my go-to soda. I drink Dr Pepper multiple times a week. I love it so, so much. People swear that Diet Dr Pepper tastes almost exactly like Dr Pepper and I could kind of see where they were coming from before Dr Pepper Zero changed all that. Dr Pepper Zero really tastes almost like the real deal. It even beat out regular Dr Pepper flavors in our Dr Pepper taste test! This is the best diet soda for any soda lovers out there that want to cut down on sugar without sacrificing taste.

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Rating:

10/10

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Diet Soda!

Sunkist Orange Zero Sugar

Diet Sunkist tastes like regular Sunkist. Maybe even better than regular Sunkist? I can’t believe I actually liked this, but I did. It tastes good! It’s citrusy and fresh. There’s no weird chemical-y taste. It tastes just like the delicious, non-diet sodas I know and love. If you want a diet soda but don’t want a diet soda, grab a bottle of Diet Sunkist, pour it over ice, and think about how right I am while you drink it.

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Rating:

10/10

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Jordan Myrick

Jordan is an L.A.-based writer and comedian who believes all food should come with extra sauce. When they're not writing for Sporked, Jordan is at the movies or sharing an order of french fries with their elderly chihuahua.

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  • Hands down, Diet Dr. Pepper is the best.

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  • Diet Dr. Pepper is waaaayyyyyy better than original Dr. Pepper. It IS the best diet soda ever made. It should be #1

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    • Oh my god. I completely disagree with you. These people think they can just post their opinions online. If it’s false, don’t even bother wasting your precious time. That drink makes me want to just piss it all out.

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  • If you guys over at Sporked.com actually cared about my opinion, you would know I believe Sunkist is 0/10 sporks. It is disappointing to you guys give credit to this piss burning drink.

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    • LOL!!!!

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  • My numero uno is sprite zero ginger. Although I agree sunkist zero is phenomenal

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  • I completely agree. Diet Coke is garbage! Also Zero Sugar A&W and Dr. Pepper are, dare I say, better than the actual thing. I prefer these over the sugar versions.

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  • I appreciate the respect for Diet Mountain Dew!

    I really like Diet PepsiCo products in general as they don’t feel as out there as Diet Coke or hollow as any Zero Sugar label (I don’t understand your love of them but it’s not a crisis), they’re just *less sweet* versions of themselves.

    And Mountain Dew? Is too damn sweet! But *Diet Mountain Dew*? Just right!

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  • I actually think Diet A&W is better than the regular because it’s not a sweet. I’d kill for a Diet A&W but all I can find locally is the zero sugar, which, while good, isn’t the same.

    I don’t know that I agree that Sunkist should be #1 (see my above A&W statement) but I’d be happy with it being second.

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  • I love Barqs rootbeer (a bit too much) so when I started putting on the pounds I looked for an alternative. Diet Barqs was 🤢 but Barqs zero… 😋. Imo it tastes so similar, the difference is barely discernable, which means I don’t have to give up the taste I love, just the calories I don’t love. I’m trying Mt. Dew zero tomorrow since Mt. Dew is my second favorite soda. Crossing my fingers 🤞

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  • Surprised that the Cherry flavors of Coke and Pepsi did not make an appearance.

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  • I would probably actually put fresca in there as well. I’ve grown to like the taste of it

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  • I want to be made because Coke Zero isn’t here and Diet Mtn Dew and Diet Coke are awful. BUT the top two really are great diet sodas. I think the “zero” formulation of multiple artificial sweeteners just works in ways single sources do not.

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