Costco Pomegranate Juice - Kirkland vs POM - Who Wins?


Kirkland Signature Pomegranate Juice at Costco

Costco sells its Kirkland Signature Pomegranate Juice for $6.79. I found the pomegranate juice in the frozen food aisles near the other beverages such as the dragon fruit juice, acai juice, and the kombucha. 


Further down in the article, I will take a look at the Kirkland Signature Pomegranate Juice and how it compares to POM Wonderful’s. 


Costco’s Pomegranate Juice is sold in a 64-ounce bottle and contains 100% pomegranate juice from concentrate.

Have You Tried Costco's Pomegranate Juice?

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Why Drink Pomegranate Juice?

Pomegranate juice is made from the delicious pomegranate plant and are packed with nutrients and antioxidants. In addition to its great taste, pomegranate juice has many health benefits.  


Studies have also shown that pomegranates may help reduce inflammation, have anti-cancer properties, and offer heart health benefits. Pomegranate juice is a great juice to drink for some secondary health benefits.

Kirkland Signature Replacing Pom Wonderful

The most prominent brand of pomegranate juice is made by a company called POM Wonderful. POM Wonderful used to be sold at Costco but has since been replaced with the Kirkland Signature version. 

User Thoughts on The Switch To Kirkland Signature Pomegranate Juice

Usually, the Kirkland Signature product version is well received, but there have been some complaints about the KS pomegranate juice vs. the POM version. 

JC wasn’t a fan of the change “Not as much flavor. The color isn’t as dark. They need to drop this and go back to Pom. Costco does this too often with popular brands – moves them out and replaces them with a lesser Kirkland product. I won’t purchase again.”


Art had some strong words as well:

“As a long time consumer of Pomegranate Juice, I find Kirkland’s attempt to private label the category an utter failure. The product is very bitter and leaves one’s mouth dry with a bad aftertaste. 

Every bottle has 1/4 inch of sludge that collects at the bottom, and no matter how much you shake the bottle, it does not dissolve. 

My Costco store stopped selling the POM branded juice to force us to buy this, but we cannot buy this product. It is awful, and we go to other grocers to find POM brand even though it is more expensive.”


More user thoughts on Kirkland Signature vs. POM are below. 

Costco Cost Comparison

How Much Does Kirkland Signature Pomegranate Juice Cost at Costco?

Costco sells the large 64-ounce (2 quart) bottle of Kirkland Signature Pomegranate Juice for $6.79. I was able to snag the bottle when it was on sale with a $1.50 discount bringing the price down to $5.29. 


At retail, the price per ounce is $0.10; when on sale, the price drops to $0.08. Costco’s price for pomegranate juice is very competitive, and it is an absolute steal when the item is discounted.

Costco Vs The Competition

Sam’s Club sells 60 ounces of POM Wonderful pomegranate juice for $9.28 or $0.15 per ounce.

Target sells a 48-ounce bottle of POM Wonderful for $9.99 or $0.20/ounce.

Costco will have by far the best price for pomegranate juice with their Kirkland Signature brand.

Kirkland Signature vs POM wonderful Pomegranate Juice

Many are Dissapointed

I received quite a few user comments/reviews on this Kirkland Signature Pomegranate juice and, in particular, how it compared to POM wonderful. 

The majority of Costco members are disappointed that Costco no longer sells POM Wonderful pomegranate juice. Here is some of what they had to say.

Bitter With a Bad Aftertaste?

A few Costco Food Database users thought that the Kirkland version of the juice was bitter and left a sour aftertaste in their mouths.


Mark: “A bit bitter. Not sweet at all. They must press the whole fruit but hopefully makes this a healthier drink. I use a small cup of this to down my vitamins every morning.”


Josh also wasn’t a fan of the bitterness. “I buy this juice all the time, but this time, I have a bottle that’s wayyy too bitter /sour. Almost like the fruit wasn’t ripe yet when they juiced them.”


Ron wishes for Costco to bring back POM, “I agree it is way more bitter/sour than POM. I wish they would go back to selling POM.” 


Diluted Flavors?

Other users thought the juice lacked in flavor or was even diluted.


Mary: “This juice is diluted!!”


Raymond: “Weak diluted. I will never again say anything negative about my beloved Pom.”


Mateo stated if this was his first pomegranate experience, he wouldn’t buy or try the juice again.

“Correct, I was trying to explain myself at home and was being called crazy! Thank you for the similarities in experience. This Costco brand is truly a disappointment. If it were my first choice of pomegranate juice, I would have never tried it again, this truly is diluted in which its placed in liked it looks brown compared to Pom. Brown, in my opinion, is as if the fruit is going bad based on water dilution.”


There are Some Fans of Kirkland Signature Pomegranate Juice

About 20% of the reviews were positive and thought the juice was equally as good as POM’s version. For those users, the cost savings were fantastic.

Sue: “I like it just the same as POM.

Less expensive”

Crystal: “I agree this is a little bit more bitter than POM, but I also agree I feel like it might be the healthier choice. I will for sure buy again.”


Anna: “Loved it! I got it really cold, and it was wonderful. There was no bitterness and just enough sweetness.”


Controversial - Your Thoughts?

There were mixed thoughts on the Kirkland Signature pomegranate juice from the comments and reviews. Some were very unhappy with the removal of POM and forcing of the KS juice, while others were able to still enjoy the pomegranate juice. 

The decision by Costco to completely remove POM and only sell the KS version is controversial, to say the least. 

I would love to hear more feedback in the comments in regards to which pomegranate juice you prefer and your thoughts on Costco’s decision to only sell their in-store Kirkland Signature brand.

Costco Pomegranate Juice - Taste Test

There is an extensive discussion in regard to the Kirkland Signature brand of pomegranate juice vs. Pom Wonderful. The user reviews are posted above. 

This portion of the review will focus solely on the Kirkland Signature Pomegranate juice. 


I have never tried POM wonderful’s juice, and this will be my first pomegranate juice experience.

First Impression

Visually, the juice was a lot darker than I expected it to be. I know pomegranates as a bright pinkish-red color, so I was pretty surprised to see the juice has more of a dark brownish-red color.

Pomegranate Juice Taste

For taste, I also found the Kirkland Signature Pomegranate juice to be much more sour than I thought it would be. The juice had just a hint of sweetness, with the majority of the flavor being sourness/tartness or even a slight bitterness. 

The juice had a raspberry cranberry type of flavor profile.


I even tried the juice in a smoothie that included Costco’s smoothie packsgreek yogurt, and chia seeds, and the tartness was still very noticeable and prevalent.

There is no denying how intense the tart flavor in this juice can be.

Overall Thoughts

I’m not the biggest fan of the juice; it lacks the sweetness that traditional juices have and instead is slightly bitter and harsh. 

I can understand drinking this for the health benefits, and it’s great that there are no added sugars, but it’s not my favorite for everyday consumption.

Nutritional Information and Calories

Calories in Pomegranate Juice

One serving of Kirkland Signature’s Pomegranate juice will be the standard 8 fluid ounces and will contain 160 calories. Those calories will come from 9 grams of fat, 39 grams of carbohydrates (0 grams of added sugar), and 0 grams of protein.


There are better nutritional labels than this, but fairly standard for juices. The juice will be made purely with carbohydrates and sugars (34g), but it is great to see that there are no addtional added sugars. 

This is 100% pomegranate juice!

Costco Food Database User Reviews

Have you tried this item? Let the rest of the Costco Food Database community know what you think. Leave a rating and review for this product. 

 2.8/5 (29)

Would rather have Pom. Kirkland Pom is bitter tasting. But I put up with the bitterness hoping it is healthier.
worst pom juice i ever bought. bought two tried about 1/3 of the bottle poured both out complete garbage
Tastes diluted and sour.
Kirkland brand pomegranate juice doesn’t taste as good as POM Wonderful. We’re very disappointed that Costco has stopped stocking POM Wonderful. It was a great product at a good price.
NEVER will I buy this again. Does NOT compare to POM favorably. COSTCO has made a mistake this time.
Costcos pomegranate juice is really bad. I returned it after a couple of sips. I can’t find Pom at Costco anymore which I drink everyday. Now I buy it from the supermarket.
Value and taste deserve a five star. The only reason I knocked one star off was because the bottle is poorly made. It's next to Impossible to open this bottle without spilling it everywhere. The plastic in the bottle flexes easily and because the juice is filled up to the very top the second you remove the seal on the inside of the Twist off cap it gushes everywhere. It's a great product but prepare to be covered in a sticky mess.
The price was the only good thing. The taste was it was over cooked with another fruit to add taste. Bitter and hard to drink with smile. Pom is the true drink overall.
Watered way down.
~ I checked the ingredients for this pomegranate juice & wanted only pomegranate juice with nothing else added, expecting the natural taste of fresh pomegranates, but instead it tastes like it's watered down pomegranate juice that was just about to expire.
Not near as good as pom
Kirkland Pomegranate Juice used to be really delicious. In fact, I had decided to make it my "go-to" Pomegranate Juice. But I just repurchased it recently and I was a little shocked to find that the product had been watered down. It was definitely not the substantial fruit Juice it started out to be. I'm just very disappointed and will not be buying it again. Bummer!! I guess all good things come to an end!!!
Kirkland is Not as good as Pom,should go back to selling Pom,before it's too late!!
I love pomegranate juice. I used to visit my grandfathers pomaganate orchard in NM every summer and eat them raw for days at a time! I can say over many years of eating them and enjoying both POM and KS the value is with KS, the taste is just as is should be, and I will 100% buy 100 of the KS before purchasing another overprice POM with the same effects.
I like the deep beautiful color of POM, vs. the muddy brown of the Costco brand. I don't mind the tartness! It's good value for money with the Costco brand, but I think both brands should be offered at Costco so people can decide for themselves. Those who want the savings will do well with the Kirkland juice. And those of us who prefer POM will buy it at Costco rather than go elsewhere! But for now, I'm going to go elsewhere for POM.
Sour and scratchy vs Pom head to head.
Excellent natural product, I drink two-three glasses every day for years (drunk Pom before).
People who complain about bitterness - its not bitter, its naturally astringent. Its color and sweetness depends on many variables of weather, orchard location, etc. its as different, as any natural product with no additives should be.
I had “weaker” color bottles, less sweet bottles, etc., but if you regularly buy fresh squeezed juice at the stand, say, in Italy, - you will see that this is exactly the variety of fresh fruit. I like Pom, but its constant color, taste and sweetness tells me that its blended and I am very suspicious of blending in general. Kirkland price and quality is exactly, what I am looking for.
Won’t buy again!
I decided to try Kirkland’s brand one more time as it was on sale at Costco at a discount. Bought 3 bottles, wish I bought none. No comparison to POM hate it. No comparison to the 2 brands. Kirkland’s is not bright red, seems diluted (like water was mixed in it). My collagen powder clumps in it, bitter taste, they filled it so close to the top I could not help but spill it when trying to pour it making a mess all over counter. I don’t care how cheap it was, taking the other 2 bottles back to Costco for a refund. Never again to buy this brand at Costco. Get POM back PLEASE!
Honestly, I'm disappointed. It's rather bitter and not really pleasing to the palate.
I like it alot! Great price point as well and I will continue to keep it in my fridge!
Very good quality, and price!
Muuuch cheaper than POM and I find the flavor more robust and intense than POM’s which tastes
I use the Costco Pomogramic juice with my daily water intake......7 ounces of water and ounce of juice.
About 6-7 glasses a day.
Just enough juice to...add a little flavor to water.
Water is supposed to be best ( health wise).
So....overall....flavored bitter aftertaste....but has some antioxidants
( water has 0 antioxidants ).
The only saving grace of KS pom juice is the price. Definitely has a tart, bitter taste and takes a lot of shaking to get the sediment to mix. Fortunately, I’m a member of both Sam’s and Costco. Will be buying Pom from Sam’s.
I have been drinking pomegranate juice for about 6 months and it has lowered my cholesterol numbers. Always bought POM. Yesterday, saw Kirkland brand so I bought it bc most of the time the Kirkland brands measure up to the name brands fairly well. BUT not this time! I tried it for the first time and was very disappointed…. First, the thick sludge at the bottom was hard to dissolve, 2nd the flavor wasn’t full or good. It tasted weak & diluted. I will be buying POM as soon as I get to the store - the bottle of Kirkland’s will be poured down the drain.
Almost half the price of Pom...I'll take it!
I've been drinking Costco's pomegranate juice for a couple of years now because the price is wonderfully low compared to Pom's juice. And then I saw Pom on sale at Costco so I grabbed one. My God, there is a difference in taste between the two juices. Pom is smooth in taste while Costco's pomegranate juice has a tang and bite to it. I remember I had to get used to it at first because the price is so great. Now I may have to switch, the original Pom juice is awesome.

19 thoughts on “Costco Pomegranate Juice – Kirkland Signature”

  1. I’ve been buying POM at Costco for a very long time, and when I saw the Kirkland brand selling for much cheaper, I had to try it.
    I don’t understand how two products claiming to be made the same way can be so different. Kirkland is not as flavorful. I would dilute the POM because it is so strong, but Kirkland tastes like it’s already diluted. And the color of the Kirkland made me wonder if POM adds color to their juice.
    I always bought 2 bottles of POM when I shopped, so I bought 2 bottles of the Kirkland instead. It’s taking me forever to drink it all, just because I don’t even want it everyday like I was used to doing. Is there a fix for this?

  2. I have been drinking POM juice for many years. I tried the Kirkland Signature (Costco) pomegranate juice and was sorely disappointed. Quite bitter, much less flavor, very unappetizing color, lots of sediment. In 2 words: epic failure!
    Hoping Costco reads all the reviews and brings the POM Wonderful back to their stores.

    1. Yes, Its starting to look like most people overwhelmingly prefer POM juice over the Kirkland Signature version.

  3. Horrible stuff. I’m sticking with POM that I buy at Sam’s Club and/or Vons. Cost more, yes. But so much better.

  4. Just bought Kirkland’s Pom Juice yesterday. Tried it for the first time and it taste bitter. It’s terrible tasting, not like the Pom Wonderful! I prefer the original Pom juice. I definitely will not purchase Kirkland’s brand again. I will only buy Pom Wonderful and I have purchase it for many years. Three to four bottles a month.
    Costco should read reviews on what there customers want and not be forced into purchasing just there brand of Pom juice.

  5. Rosemarie Wilson

    Bring back pom
    This looks like it has gone off. Fresh Pom juice is not a brown color. I’m wondering if they are squeezing rotten fruit that would explain the brown color and more bitter taste.

  6. After years of buying Pom at Costco, it disappeared and was replaced by their own brand. I don’t find it as tasty as Pom, more sour & bitter as some have noted, but I still buy it and have a small drink, about 6oz, daily with breakfast. Given a choice, I’d go back to Pom.

  7. The kids hate the Kirkland one and say it’s not sweet at all. So they refuse to drink it. For me I don’t care if it’s not sweet. It does taste more concentrate and fake to me. If you ever actually juiced fresh pomegranates it does not taste like this.

  8. Kirkland brand pomegranate juice is a huge disappointment. I bought four time! Every time taste got so bitter that I could not drink it. Last two times of drinking it, I had very bad nausea and I threw it up! I only buy the POM now. The fruit is red, delicious and never with bitter aftertaste or nauseated results.

  9. I wish i read the comments before buying, as a long time Pom buyer i was surprised to see it was replaced with Kirkland brand. I’ve been a member a long time and always bragged about how good Kirkland brand is but not in this case. I purchased 2 bottles but am definitely returning, not only does it taste terrible but the color looks strange. Please bring back the Pom even though it’s cost more there’s no comparison

  10. I mix the Kirkland pomegranate juice with some grape juice, some organic flaxseed and a little tart cherry concentrate as a morning cocktail to wash down my vitamins. Yes, Kirkland pomegranate juice is a bit bitter and lacking in flavor, but it doesn’t matter to me as long as the health benefits are still there. Besides, I never taste any of that bitterness when it’s blended with all these other good items.

  11. I just bought the Kirkland pomegranate juice and after 1 glass I will be getting rid of it. It is very bitter. I hope they bring the Pom back also.

  12. Please bring back Pom although I’m generally very fond of the Kirkland brand when it comes to pomegranate juice they failed , it’s not as sweet slight bitter with lots of settlement
    I’ve bought it twice and dumped 1/2 bottle each time, maybe you save a buck or two but I’d rather pay extra for Pom

  13. I noticed immediately that the Kirkland brand could not compare to POM. It is watery, sludge in bottom won’t mix in and I have to mix in another juice to enhance the flavor. Very disappointing for a Costco product. I will finish the bottle I have but will go back to POM.

  14. Dear Costco,

    I think it is a reasonable business practice to add a much less expensive Costco brand, like the recent offering of pomegranate juice, to your lineup. What is disappointing is that you removed the better more expensive product entirely so the customer could not choose. The POM was so expensive at other stores, and by selling it in bulk for less, you really helped your customer out.
    Then you disappointed all of us. You would have found out soon enough how this inferior product sells when your replacement brand was soundly repudiated.

    I am a very satisfied customer, overall. You do a great service for people and you have kept the quality up over the many years I have shopped with you. This pomegranate decision made me feel more than disappointed. I felt Costco was making a poor substitution, not in the ballpark of the same quality at all, to make money. I will go elsewhere for that product. I hope this is not a new management trend.

  15. Pretty good. Some of the other so-called reviewers are so far off from the truth that they just might work for the competition. Here’s my review: I like it.

  16. I finally got to sample this in the store. Kirkland is noticeably more vinegary with a leafy aftertaste when compared to POM. I will probably just wait till others sale POM than buy this Kirkland version.

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