See our in-depth reviews of both Rogue and Zyn here:
What is better, Rogue or Zyn?
It depends. Zyn is the bigger brand, but Rogue is often cheaper (at least on my preferred site for buying pouches, Nicokick) and has a great flavor (mango) that Zyn lacks. But beyond that, here are the main differences:
- As we’ve mentioned often, Zyn is the strongest nicotine pouch on the market, and it hits hard. Therefore, it’s only really recommended for heavy smokers or those who have built a tolerance to nicotine. A 6mg pouch of Zyn is stronger than 6mg of Rogue.
- Rogue is nice and moist and lasts a good amount of time like Zyn.
- Some people say Rogue is more ‘flavorful’ than Zyn (especially the mango flavor).
Should you get Rogue or Zyn?
I recommend Zyn if you want something strong or they have a particular flavor that Rogue may not have (like coffee), but otherwise, Rogue may be the better bet because they tend to be a little cheaper and pack more flavor.
Zyn and on! are perhaps the two biggest nicotine pouch brands. Read our reviews of them here:
As Zyn and on! are both large brands with good reputations, you should have a good experience with either one of them, but there are certainly some differences between the two.
Zyn vs on!: Where do they differ?
- Zyn and on! share the same flavors for the most part. There are just a couple of flavors that differ: on! has berry and licorice, while Zyn has peppermint and spearmint
- Zyn is known to be a much stronger nicotine pouch than other brands, including on!. On! offers strengths of as little as 1mg, and that’s recommended if you’re taking a nicotine pouch for the first time. Zyn is not necessarily recommended for beginners, because it’s strong and hits hard and fast.
- If you’re a light smoker or a non-smoker, likewise, go with on!, because it’s less powerful. Zyn may be suitable for you if you’re a heavy smoker.
- There’s some disagreement over what brand offers better quality. As Zyn and on! are both well established brands, though, you can expect both to be fine.
- Some people say Zyn lasts longer than on!
Zyn vs on! verdict
Zyn and on! are both good brands, and it’s hard to say which one is of better quality. But there are situations where one brand will be more suitable than the other:
We recommend Zyn if you want a strong hit, you’re a heavy smoker, or if you’ve used nicotine pouches before and have built a tolerance.
We recommend on! if you’re new to nicotine pouches if you’re a non-smoker, a light smoker or it’s your first time taking nicotine pouches.
Dryft and Zyn are two nicotine pouches we have reviewed on this site:
Have a read through those first, but as for specific differences between the two, here’s what we would say:
- As we mention in our Dryft review, Dryft pouches are small and dry, and it’s possible they may irritate your gums a bit. Zyn pouches aren’t as dry as Dryft.
- There have been a couple reports of quality control issues with Dryft pouches, with some customers finding white powder from the pouches in the bottom of the can (this is probably a rare occurrence – unlikely to be a problem for you).
- Zyn pouches are much stronger than Dryft (in fact, Zyn is stronger than all other nicotine pouches we’ve written about).
- Zyn is a much more popular brand than Dryft
- Dryft has a bigger range of flavors than Zyn. At the time of writing Zyn has only 6 flavors, while Dryft has 8. Some people like the “Black cherry” Dryft flavor which isn’t available with other nicotine pouches. Worth trying if you’re curious.
Which should you get: Zyn or Dryft?
Zyn is more popular than Dryft, is much stronger and less dry. Get Dryft over Zyn if a) you don’t want a really strong nicotine pouch (that’s especially true for people trying nicotine pouches for the first time) or b) you want to try a Dryft flavor that Zyn doesn’t have.
Velo and Zyn are two of the most popular nicotine pouch brands. We’ve reviewed both of them on this website:
Read through those for a rundown on both brands. But, for a specific comparison of how they compare, read on.
What are the differences between Velo and Zyn?
Here are some things to note between the two:
- Zyn is usually more powerful than Velo, so Zyn is recommended for more experienced nicotine pouch users. Many Zyn users have reported that even when taking a Zyn nicotine pouch with the same mg content as other brands, the Zyn had an effect much faster.
- Given the above, some experienced nicotine pouch users only ever use Zyn. The other brands, like Velo, don’t do anything for them. But if you’re just starting out, taking Zyn as your first nicotine pouch may have you throwing up from the strength. So don’t start with Zyn!
- If you’re in the USA, Zyn can often be more expensive than Velo (though this will vary from time to time). In Europe they may be priced the same.
- Velo says it’s a tobacco product, but Zyn says it’s tobacco free. However, technically Velo doesn’t contain tobacco. The nicotine inside Velo may be derived from tobacco only and thus they’re still required to say it’s a tobacco product. But don’t pay any attention to Velo being labelled as a “tobacco product” and Zyn being labeled as “tobacco free.”
- As mentioned in our Velo review, Velo does not have a great reputation overall. People have said it’s hard, lacks flavor, and is over all too quickly. Zyn is a much better renowned brand.
Velo vs Zyn: Which one’s better?
Zyn is better than Velo because it tends to last longer and packs a far greater punch. However, as stated above, Zyn is not recommended for first time users — it’s better to only get it after you’ve tried some weaker brands and have built up some tolerance, because Zyn has a reputation for being the strongest nicotine pouch. Velo, by comparison, is more suitable for people trying nicotine pouches for the first time.
Nicotine pouches are available to buy in the following places:
- Many small convenience stores
- Walmart (albeit at a very limited range)
- Online stores.
My favorite place to buy nicotine pouches — and my recommendation to you — is online at Nicokick.com (see my Nicokick review) as with Nicokick you have a much wider range available to you than any brick-and-mortar store, they’re super fast to ship and answer any support queries, and you will get very good prices (probably the same as the average convenience store, or even better since Nicokick often runs promotions).
Most places say you need to be 21+. Lets have a look at the terms and conditions of the biggest online suppliers of nicotine pouches:
Zyn.com: “To place an order, you may either need to provide evidence of your age or confirm that you are above 18” (source)
Nicokick.com: “People under the age of 21 are not permitted to place orders” (source)
Northerner.com: “People under the age of 21 are not permitted to place orders” (source)
BNBtobacco.com: “You must be 21 years or older to buy our products in accordance with current FDA regulations” (says it on every page)
Note that the Tobacco 21 legislation (requiring anyone purchasing any tobacco product to be 21 and older) couldn’t apply to nicotine pouches, since they contain no tobacco. I wasn’t able to find a definitive source for any kind of legislation pertaining to nicotine pouches specifically. However, my guess would be that you should be 21 to purchase nicotine pouches.
While nicotine pouches are still quite new, there’s no shortage of different brands and flavors. On our reviews page, we’ve already reviewed a number of nicotine pouches including on!, Zyn and Velo, as well as many smaller brands. I thought many of them were sub-par, but of all the brands we’ve written about, there are certainly at least a couple that we can feel comfortable recommending. On this page I’ll summarize what I think the best nicotine pouches are for most people.
My top 3 nicotine pouches
On! (yes, that’s how you write it) is my favorite all-round nicotine pouch brand, and also one of the largest. They have a very wide range of flavors and strengths, and if you’re trying nicotine pouches for the first time, you should definitely be able to find a product in their line-up that’ll be suitable for you.
See our complete on! review
Like on!, this is one of the biggest brands and a pioneer in the nicotine pouch market. They’re based in Sweden and one of the best selling pouches. You can be confident you’re getting a quality product when you get these. However, be warned that they’re not for the faint of heart! Many people say that taking a Zyn pouch delivers nicotine much harder and faster than other brands with the equivalent nicotine content. So while I like Zyn, I advise only trying it once you’ve started with a low-strength, good all-round nicotine pouch (like on!) and now want something stronger.
See our complete Zyn review
Frē is an almost completely-unknown brand, but they’re just as good as on! and Zyn in my view. Like Zyn, though, they’re quite strong, coming in at 9mg and 12mg of nicotine content. You may be able to get Frē for cheaper than Zyn, and if so, it’s worth considering (otherwise, if you want a lighter nicotine pouch, you can skip it and get a low-strength on! pouch instead).
Nicotine pouches I don’t necessarily recommend
- Velo (also Lyft) — see my Velo review where I brought up some of the issues with this pouch including the lack of taste and hardness
- Dryft — see my Dryft review where I say it’s a decent product, but not the best because of its dryness
This varies greatly by brand and product, but the answer is nicotine pouches range in nicotine content from 2mg to 11mg per pouch. All brands offer pouches with different nicotine contents, and it’s up to you how much nicotine you want to have in your pouch. Here’s a few things I’d say on this matter:
- If your aim is to quit smoking, go with a relatively high amount of nicotine and gradually move on to lower-nicotine pouches until you’re off your nicotine dependence completely
- Nicotine amount isn’t the only factor in how strong a pouch tastes. As we’ve noted in many of our reviews, a 6mg pouch from Zyn (for example) will hit you much stronger than a 6mg pouch from Velo, which feels much weaker. How long it takes for the nicotine to be released is also a major factor
- If you’re not a smoker and trying nicotine pouches for the first time out of curiosity, definitely start with a pouch with a low nicotine content
Nicotine pouches and snus are very similar, with the only difference being that nicotine pouches do not contain any tobacco. Snus does.
Nicotine pouches do not stain your teeth, as they are all white.