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5 Hour Energy Review - The Best Energy Drink?

Updated on April 14, 2015

So, is 5 Hour Energy Drink a true contender for the best energy drink?

Undoubtedly you have come across 5 Hour Energy Drinks in your local stores and shops around your city. In 2015 there are more 5 Hour Energy varieties, flavors, package options, and they are much more available than before.

My updated review contains a few changes and additions, but still remains mostly in tact. My full original review will follow this update as you scroll down the page.

First I would have to say that I have become an expert on 5 Hour Energy drinks since I first wrote this article. I have tried every known flavor they have to offer (which is quite a few). One thing I do need to say is that I really do not agree with the prices of this product. The price is about $3 per bottle, which when compared to any other energy drink on the market is about on par. The thing I don't like about the price is that with little water they provide no thirst quenching properties and to be quite honest seem to dehydrate me a little more than if I were to not take one. It feels too expensive for these, but they do work and they are great if you need some serious energy for work or play.

They now have Extra Strength versions in my area in Sour Apple, Grape, and Berry flavors. I see these Extra Strength versions offered in my area more than the original red box flavors of those when they first were introduced on the market.

For those looking to save a few bucks on a larger 6 pack of 5 Hour Energy I would look in your local larger grocery store first, and also online as well. With online purchases I found there to be little to no price savings (in some cases much more expensive than my local stores) on 5 Hour Energy, and add expensive shipping and your costs are more than walking down to your local store. I am yet to find any coupons or great deals on 5 Hour Energy, but will post them if/when I find them. 5 Hour Energy coupons would be a great deal. With the coupons 5 Hour Energy would get a little higher score of approval in my book, or maybe if they had a wholesale 5 Hour Energy option for those of us who want to purchase larger quantities without ordering a whole pallet of 5 Hour Energy.

-- more availability than before -- more flavors than before -- still same high cost... booo

With that said, this concludes the update to the 5 Hour Energy Review!


First let's introduce what exactly 5 hour energy drinks really are. They come in very small 1.93 FL OZ containers and pack a real energy punch! They contain much of the same ingredients many other energy drinks contain, but without the excess water. This means no bathroom breaks because you drank two huge Monster Energy Drinks. This is good news! On top of the benefit of less drink to consume, 5 hour energy drinks work! They truly give you a jolt of energy that lasts a very long time. One small bottle is enough for an average adult to get going. It is advised to not take too many of these in a 24 hour period for health risks. 5 hour energy does increase your heart rate, so do not take these if you have any sort of heart condition or serious medical condition. For more information please visit the 5 hour energy website information page here.

5 Hour energy drinks come in a variety of flavors but they all have artificial sweetener. I personally hate the taste of artificial sweeteners, but if you are used to drinking diet soda you shouldn't notice a difference. The extra strength black bottles are only Berry flavored from what I have seen so far.

It should be clear that for a review score 5 hour energy drinks score extremely high. I highly recommend the 5 hour energy drinks for a real long lasting boost of performance. 5 hour energy drinks really do work! But don't take my word for it. Try one yourself today and let me know how it goes for ya!

5 hour energy nutrition facts picture / 5 hour energy ingredients picture

5 hour energy nutrition facts

5 Hour Energy Ingredients

For a more in depth ingredients display,

Please see the official 5 Hour Energy

Website HERE 5 Hour Energy Ingredients

Where to buy 5 hour energy drinks

Hands down Amazon is the ABSOLUTE CHEAPEST place to buy 5 hour energy drinks! Shop around and you will see that Amazon really does have the best prices on 5 hour energy, especially when you buy in bulk. Remember they cost $3 or more per bottle at retail stores for these. Buy in bulk if you really enjoy these for less than 2 bucks a bottle!

So, Is 5 hour energy good or bad?

5 Hour Energy Extra Strength

A very cool new product 5 hour energy has released are the black bottles. With about the same caffeine as two cups of coffee these black bottle 5 hour energy drinks work much better than the regular red/orange/yellow bottles. Plus I have personally noticed a very large increase in sexual stamina and performance! Try a bottle or two tonight and see how your wife rates your performance. I bet you wear her out before getting tired or winded!

I have also noticed that the black label 5 hour energy drinks are about twice as strong as the regular bottles. These black bottles also sell out faster than the original red/orange bottles with the normal strength drinks. Sometimes the extra strength bottles also cost slightly more than the original. This price and the price for the original bottles vary from merchant to merchant, so shop around. I think you'll find that the more business a retailer does will often have a much cheaper price on 5 hour energy drinks. The best place I have found besides online on Amazon would have to be AM/PM gas stations. But because AM/PM's are individually owned and operated the prices can and will vary from store to store. So once again shop around for the best AM/PM or store/gas station like it.

5 hour energy also makes a Decaf version of their energy drink. I have never seen this in any store so I can't rate it. I'm sure it can't be as good as the versions with caffeine, but if someone has tried them I would love some feedback so I can edit this article. However I have included an amazon link to the decaf version in case anyone wants to try it.


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  • R. Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

    R. Anderson 

    6 years ago from Sunny California USA

    Hi Nina!

    I feel the same when they wear off. I also cannot drink them too close to bed time or they really seem to keep me awake for much longer than 5 hours. As far as the diabetes goes I really cannot comment on this as I do not know how the drinks may or may not interact with your medications. I would certainly talk to your doctor about this as it may easily have a negative affect. For that I think we can agree that energy drinks are not worth risking diabetic medications. Take care and thanks for the input!

  • nina64 profile image

    Nina L James 

    6 years ago from chicago, Illinois

    I have used 5 hour energy drinks and I must say that it does work. It seems as when the five hours is up, I get extremely tired. Is that normal? However, because I am a diabetic, I had to limit how much I used because I did not want it to interfere with my medications.

  • R. Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

    R. Anderson 

    7 years ago from Sunny California USA

    Thanks for the compliment AlittleBitCountry. I like the name too!

    As far as 5 hour energy being safe, I would say yes. As long as you don't over do it with them. Just like with any other supplement you do not want to take more than the recommended amount. Which on the back of the bottle it says to not take more than 2 bottles in a day, consumed several hours apart. I have taken 2 bottles at one time and I actually did feel like I took too much. I just take one at a time now and never more than 2 a day. One early in the day and one in the afternoon.

    As far as the FDA approving these or not I am not sure yet. My guess is that the FDA has not approved these, but don't quote me on that. That also doesn't really mean anything negative as most products on the market today are not approved by the FDA (and they are not required to be approved). So I wouldn't worry too much.

    However if you are pregnant, nursing, or under the age of 12 then on the bottle it says not to take 5 hour energy. I'm sure it is because of the increased heart rate which would be a problem for smaller hearts to handle.

    Take care and thanks again for the comment! Any other questions just ask and I'll try to answer them the same day.

  • AlittleBitCountry profile image


    7 years ago

    Good blog. One question I have though are the 5 hour energy safe? I mean how many can you drink before it becomes a possible health risk? I am always afraid to try these energy pills or drinks because I know the FDA usually doesn't approve these before they can start selling them. Thanks!

  • R. Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

    R. Anderson 

    7 years ago from Sunny California USA

    These contain many commonly used ingredients for the energy boost. I'm not a doctor or scientist so I can't really state why exactly it works. But I have heard of many of these ingredients before as being energy boosting.

    I have a black bottle (extra strength in front of me right now) I believe it is different than the original bottles, but I'll list the ingredients for an idea of what's in it.

    Purified water, natural and artificial flavors, sucralose, potassium sorbate, sodium benzoate, and EDTA (to protect freshness)

    Along with the above listed ingredients 5 hour energy extra strength also includes:

    40 mg niacin

    40 mg vitamin B6

    400 mg folic acid

    500 mg vitamin B12

    18mg sodium

    2000 mg "Energy Blend"

    which contains the following:

    taurine, glucuronic acid, malic acid, N-acetyl, L-tyrosine, L-phenylalanine, caffeine, and citicoline.

  • RedElf profile image


    7 years ago from Canada

    Interesting - what is in these drinks, and why do they give an energy boost?


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