Review Of D-Mannose Products: Buy This, Not That!

Try buying D-Mannose in CVS, Walmart or Amazon and you quickly realize that it is very difficult to choose among all available options (here is my review of brick-and-mortar options of where to buy D-Mannose), this is when my D-Mannose review can help you to see the forest behind the trees.

The problem when comparing D-Mannose brands is that manufacturers list weight in ounces, grams, milligrams, capsules etc. and it becomes very hard to figure out how much you are really paying for D-Mannose.

On top of that, many brands include additional ingredients, that, in turn, affects how much pure D-Mannose you get per dose.

I reviewed 7 most popular brands of D-Mannose currently sold on Amazon and took into consideration the following:

  • The purity of the ingredients (with or without additives).
  • Cost: how much per day you are going to spend if you take D-Mannose daily for prevention (2000 mg per day). This is, however, is an everchanging parameter since Amazon is well-known for price adjusting.
  • I only included in this review the brands of D-Mannose that had at the moment of review 4.5 stars and higher customer satisfaction rating (this could change with time, as well, and therefore I regularly update this post).
  • Only included brands that had no less than hundred reviews per product at the time of the review, indicating it’s relative popularity on the market.
  • At the end of the post, I added special D-Mannose brands that are more expensive but are important to know for people with corn allergy and those who prefer to buy D-Mannose made in the USA (most of other D-Mannose brands source their powder from China).

Here are my results of reviewing Top 7 brands of D-Mannose powder that you can buy on Amazon.

D-Mannose review: powder is the best option

#1 The First place goes to pure D-Mannose powder by Bulk Supplements (250 grams).
This is why:

  • No additives, pure D-Mannose powder.
  • One of the cheapest options when you look at how much of pure D-Mannose you get per dollar.
  • 250 grams of powder will last you for 96 days of prevention. More than three months! Given that it’s good for couple years from the manufacturing date, this product delivers the best “bang for the buck”.

Trust me, you do not want to run out of D-Mannose. And if you need to go from prevention to the treatment supplementation dose protocol, you want to have enough to last you through the “rainy days”.

Bulk Supplements brand provides you plenty of D-Mannose for the best price on the market.

However, the packaging is not super convenient, because the zip-lock never truly closes tight again once opened. I have to use a paper clip to keep it closed.

Also, if I’m taking D-Mannose with me on a trip, I would normally portion 2-3 ounces and take just that in a regular zip-lock or re-use a bottle from another supplement.

#2 The Second place goes to NOW D-Mannose powder, 6 oz bottle.

  • No additives, pure D-Mannose powder.
  • It is more expensive per dose than the brand above, but it comes in a convenient bottle that is easy to take with you when traveling.
  • This bottle (6 oz) will last you 80 days if using prevention dose. Not bad! Almost three months.

D-Mannose has no serious side effects

Why you don’t need D-Mannose capsules

NOW brand has D-Mannose in capsules as well. The question is why do you need it?

  • You are overpaying for labor that goes into packaging D-Mannose powder into the capsules.
  • Moreover, you have to consume all extra “inert” ingredients that are required in order to capsulate the powder (Cellulose, rice flour, stearic acid, Magnesium Stearate and Silica).
  • D-Mannose tastes like sugar. There is no reason to hide it in a pill.
  • It is not a rocket science to grab some D-Mannose sugar with a teaspoon. A little more or a little less won’t make much difference. You do not have to be precise.
  • I hate swallowing capsules. Why do you need to swallow pills if you can simply drink sweet water?

#3 Nonetheless, the Third place goes to NOW brand has D-Mannose is capsules because it is a very popular and well-reviewed product.
Yes, you are paying almost 3 times more per dose when compared to powder, but if you absolutely must have D-Mannose in capsules, then this brand is a good option.

  • 120 capsules will last you for approximately 30 days of prevention

#4 The Fourth place goes to D-Mannose Capsules with Cranberry and Dandelion Extract by Divine Bounty mainly because they packed 600 mg of D-Mannose per capsule. It is 100 mg more than the previous brand, which makes it’s possible for them to claim “highest dose per capsule on the market”.

They also threw in some cranberry and a tiny amount of dandelion extract, both of additives are more of a marketing gimmick, especially at the given amounts (100 and 50 mg. respectively). This also resulted in a rather large capsule (“approximately 3 quarters of an inch long”).

  • This bottle with 120 capsules will last you for approximately 30 days of prevention

#5 The Fifth place goes to Superior Labs – Best D-Mannose in capsules.

Nothing remarkable, same 120 capsules per bottle and 500 mg of D-mannose per capsule, however, this brand is gaining popularity so we might as well include it.

 I highly suggest comparing this to NOW D-Mannose brand to see which one is cheaper at the moment. Amazon is known for their unexpected price drops, but at the moment of the review (January 19th, 2018) NOW brand has better value.

Superior labs also use rice powder instead of no Magnesium Stearate, that some find appealing. My best advice is to go with pure powder if you truly do not want any additives.

  • This bottle with 120 capsules will last you for approximately 30 days of prevention

#6 The Sixth place goes to surprisingly popular Solaray D-Mannose with Cranactin.

Adding cranberry extract won’t do much. Cranberry pills and cranberry juice have been proven useless.

This supplement also has vitamin C. Vitamin C is actually a great way to lower your urine pH and decrease inflammation of the bladder.

But guess what, you are better off buying it separately to get a bigger, more potent dose than the one cramped into the pills.

  • This bottle provides enough D-Mannose to use for about 30 days of prevention.

#7 The Seventh place goes to PRO Women (mainly combo of probiotics and D-Mannose).

While probiotics are super important, this supplement does not disclose which strains are being used. On top of that, you only get 5 billion CFUs, which is twice less than probiotic experts recommend for potency.

Unfortunately, the rest of the space in a capsule is taken by useless cranberry extract and fillers. Amount of D-Mannose in these capsules is negligible (250 mg, which is 4 times less than you need).

Therefore, if you are buying it because of D-Mannose, then you are fooling yourself. If you are buying probiotics, buy the ones that disclose their strains and with at least 10 billion CFUs.

  • This bottle buys you four (4!) days of prevention dose 🙂 Yes, it’s not a typo!

Special D-Mannose Powder: Made From Cranberries and Pineapple, In The USA

One of my readers pointed out that some folks are allergic to corn. Corn allergy, similar to any other food allergy, could manifest itself in skin hives and GI problems, which are often reported as D-Mannose side-effects.

Here are two brands that sell D-Mannose powder (it’s more expensive than other options) made in the USA from pineapple and cranberries or derived from birch/beech wood hydrolysate:

Since corn allergy is not a Top-10 food allergy, I realize that it is a very special requirement and probably not fair to compare these brands for price/value with the rest.

However, if you are allergic to corn, I wanted to provide you with these options. Both brands are equally expensive so choose the one you trust more.

I hope this D-Mannose review will help you to make an informed decision.

Bottom line:


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44 thoughts on “Review Of D-Mannose Products: Buy This, Not That!”

  1. Someone I know recommends Harmony D-Mannose (capsules) – because it contains Hibiscus. Have you ever looked at that? Is it the same kind of thing as adding cranberry or dandelion, etc. Thanks..

    1. Anastasia Visotsky

      Yep, I’d discount it as a “marketing ingredient”. Even if hibiscus could provide any health benefits for UTI, the amount in a capsule or two would be insufficient.

  2. I just heard about D-Mannose although I have used herbs, essential oils, supplements and alternative meds for years. I personify the chronic UTI patient and have developed my own herbal recipes over time. Even so, my problem has continually worsened. I intend to try D-Mannose; however, this is my question: I am post menopausal and I’m wondering if you have any thoughts on a relatively safe estrogen builder (that works!). Thank you so much for a very informative site!

    1. Anastasia Visotsky

      Hi Becky, you are right to look for a good topical estrogen solution, but unfortunately, I can’t suggest a brand. I’d recommend checking with a naturopathic doctor to see if they know something that is bio-identical and proven to work in their practice. Also, your gynecologist would know, too. Sorry!

  3. Carolyn Newell

    why would your top recommendation for D-mannose powder be from a company that takes amazon two (2) months for the shipment? Do you not understand that most people who order this product need it asap. I checked other products with your same qualifactions and found several at a cheaper price. Thanks for your advice, but get it right next time.

    1. Anastasia Visotsky

      Carolyn, many folks here use D-Mannose for prevention and need the cheapest option possible which is hands down AMAZON. The post is in fact focused on best bang for the buck, not the fastest. By the way, my Amazon orders arrive in two days, not sure where you live.
      Here is a list of places one can buy D-Mannose.
      You are welcome. Next time just share your findings in a comment to benefit others since you were able to find something I missed.

  4. Hi Anastasia,

    I too have recurrent UTIs (at least 2-3 times a year) and I recently started reading about D-mannose. Do you take them on the daily? Or just when you feel an onset of symptoms. Thanks in advance 🙂

    1. Hi Cindy,
      As of now, I personally take a bunch of vitamins, microelements, NAC, and probiotics. I haven’t had a UTI for over two years now (knock on wood), so I do not take D-Mannose. And recently when I had a slight bladder pain and urgency and was on a trip I decided to self-treat with Ibuprofen, which worked for me. So this is my recap of what I am doing (note that I’m not a medical professional and not giving you any advice, just answering your question).:) You can read more about D-Mannose here

  5. Hi Anastacia, thank you for this review its been helpful.
    I have has kidney stone surgery twice and recurrent kidney infections and three episodes of Sepsis.
    Please what dosage of D mannose can I take. I am resistant to almost all the known antibiotics. Please help me, I dont want to have kidney failure.

    1. Dear Bethely, I’m not a medical professional, I can’t suggest you treatment doses, I only share information that I learned from other sources. Check out this post, an interview with Dr. Wright about his experience with D-Mannose, I also suggest you reach out to him directly since he has been using it since the 80s! Best wishes,

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