53 million smokers and vaping enthusiasts reached since 2015!

Vuse Alto Review

Vaping360 Team
August 12, 2019

Product introduction

The Vuse Alto is a small and slender pod-style beginner vape with pre-filled flavors. The Alto battery has a capacity of 350 mAh, a built-in automatic draw and the pods hold 1.8 mL of juice and come in 4.5% nicotine. The Alto has a menu of four different flavors, and each flavor pack comes with two pods.

The Alto looks and functions like many other pods on the market. But does that mean that the Alto is average? Keep reading to find out!

Note: we recently updated this review.

Prices:
Vuse Alto Complete Kit: $38.48
Vuse Alto Power Unit: $24.99 (at Vapor4Life)
Vuse Alto pods: $13.49 (for a pack of two pods)

Specifications

  • Liquid capacity: 1.8 mL
  • Nic strength: 5.0 %
  • Pods per pack: 2
  • Battery capacity: 350 mAh
  • Vapor production: Medium
  • Weight: 22 grams

Kit contents

  • Vuse Alto battery
  • Vuse Alto flavor cartridges (2)
  • Vuse Alto charger

Size, weight, and feel

The Alto is very similar to the JUUL. It’s a small stick-style battery that powers drop-in pods that are prefilled with flavored e-liquid and nicotine. These types of devices are called pod vapes or beginner vapes.

With a pod attached, the Alto weighs about 22 grams. It’s a little heavier than the JUUL, but it’s more lightweight than the Vuse Vibe. Even if it’s heavier than the JUUL, the Vuse Alto is a very lightweight device that’s barely noticeable in a pocket.

The pod for the Alto is made of a sturdy and transparent plastic, and the black mouthpiece is slightly flattened. It’s also a bit curvy, making it very comfortable on the lips—in fact, this may be the most comfortable mouthpiece we have encountered on a beginner vape to date.

Getting started

Getting started with the Vuse Alto requires more work to open the package than to get started vaping. Once the kit is out of the box, it’s a one-step process to begin. Just drop a pod into the magnetic housing and take a drag. The Alto has no on/off button, because the draw is automatic.

The pods are held in by magnets. The issue is that the magnets are really weak. And, there’s a little wiggle room in the pods. The pods will pop out of the battery holder if it gets dropped. That’s annoying, but to be fair, it happens with most pods on the market nowadays.

The Alto battery should arrive to you charged. If you need it to be fully charged, go ahead and charge it first. If you want to read a bit more about the charging of the Alto, see the battery life and charging section.

Note: to get a kit that has everything you need (including a flavor pack), be sure to buy the Complete Kit and not the Power Unit.

How does it hit?

The Vuse Alto has a draw that’s tight like a cigarette, and even tighter than the JUUL. And the hit is really strong. In our opinion, it’s actually stronger than the JUUL, even though it has less nicotine—the Alto pods have 45 mg nicotine and the JUUL is in the mid-50s.

On top of that, the hit on the Alto doesn’t seem to taper off either. Most people that have used a JUUL frequently will tell you that the pods don’t hit as strong after the first few puffs. The Alto on the other hand, hits hard throughout the duration of the pod. Two thumbs up on the hit.

If there’s any problem with the Alto hit it’s that the pods sometimes can suddenly give a bad hit or simply stop working. We don’t know why this happens with Alto pods. We’ve contacted the Vuse call center (as customers, not reviewers) and gotten our bad pods replaced free of charge. If you are experiencing poor performance with your pods or Alto in general, call: 1-800-614-VUSE

Are the flavors any good?

Most of us testing the Vuse Alto like at least two of the flavors. On the flipside, we each have a couple of flavors that we don’t particularly care for. There was no real consensus on our least favorites, but Rich Tobacco and Mixed Berry came up a few times for best. Unlike in the Vuse Vibe, all the Alto flavors are quite pronounced.

Mixed Berry: A natural tasting fruit flavor that’s more tart than sweet. If you like the idea of berries without the typical sweetness in e-juice, you are probably going to like this one.

Original: A fairly standard cigarette-style flavor. To some of us, it’s reminiscent of Halo Torque 56. Original is a strong but brighter tobacco taste than something like the Rich Tobacco flavor.

Rich Tobacco: If you’re looking for a bold and mature tobacco flavor, Rich Tobacco is for you. It’s more dark tasting than Original, but it’s got an overall fuller flavor profile that’s more developed. But if you want something simpler and more straightforward, go for the Original.

Menthol: This is a standard tasting menthol with a fairly icy finish. There’s nothing particularly exciting or disappointing in the flavor. It tastes and feels like menthol.

When vaping the Alto, there is a noticeable room note. The smell is not offensive, but all the flavors except menthol left a bit of a lingering smell. We actually like the subtle aroma, but this may be something to consider if you’ll be using the Alto around others.

The FDA announced Jan. 2 that it will begin enforcing all Deeming Rule requirements immediately for prefilled pod- and cartridge-based vaping products in flavors other than tobacco and menthol. Products sold after Feb. 2 are subject to enforcement if the FDA has not granted them marketing approval through a premarket tobacco application (PMTA). No PMTAs have been approved for vaping products yet. The FDA guidance only applies to products sold in the United States.

Battery life and charging

The Alto comes with a 350 mAh battery, which is about average for a device of its size. Battery life isn’t great, but it should get most people through most of the day. There’s a green LED in the center of the Vuse Alto battery that flashes 10 times when the battery needs to be charged.

To charge the Vuse Alto battery, place the bottom of the device inside of the magnetic charge port on the charger cord and plug in the USB into a computer. You can actually use the Alto while it charges. The full charge takes about 70 to 80 minutes.

It should be noted that the Vuse charger is a proprietary piece of equipment. This is not a charger to discard. If you do, you will have to purchase a new one through Vuse.

Pros / Cons

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Well-built
  • Easy to change pods
  • No buttons
  • Cigarette-style draw
  • Incredible hit
  • Assertive flavors
  • Pods are not held in strongly enough
  • Liquid level is difficult to monitor
  • Uses a proprietary charger

Verdict

We really enjoy using the Vuse Alto…when it’s working properly. Unfortunately, the pods seem to have consistency issues. Sometimes they’ll give a bad hit, and sometimes they don’t make proper connection with the battery. Out of the last 10 pods since we tracked it, three of them didn’t perform up to snuff. We hope Vuse can get those issues worked out because the device is really satisfying when it’s working well. We do still recommend the Vuse Alto, but it comes with the caveat that you may have consistency issues with the pods. If you are experiencing poor performance with your pods or Alto in general, call: 1-800-614-VUSE.

Have you tried the Vuse Alto yet? Let us know about your experience in the comments section.

Save 20%
The Vaping360 team is a diverse group of experienced vaping contributors. We strive to bring you the finest content on all things vaping. Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more!
Subscribe
Notify of
guest
90 Comments
most voted
newest oldest
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Gary Cooper
Gary Cooper
1 year ago

I’ve been using the vuse pod for about 4 months . Before i used this particular brand i was smoking 1 to 1and1/2 packs of cigarettes a day for over 44years. Since ive been smoking vuse ive maybe smoked 2 packs in 4 months i definitely recommend it to anyone that truly wants to quit smoking i very rarely smoke the vuse pod now 1 pack pod containing two pods per pack last me almost 2 weeks its definitely helped me im no longer coughing up stuff we hate to talk about im quite sure ill probably be putting down… Read more »

Shelli Trask
Shelli Trask
8 days ago
Reply to  Gary Cooper

I started using vuse 3 days ago and haven’t had a cig yet haven’t missed them…

Mike
Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  Gary Cooper

Thank you for putting out hopeful and positive words about vaping. So many are trying to demonize it but hopefully most folks who HAVE experienced success with vapes will see thru the lies and obfuscation that ‘Big Tobacco’ has spread about this EXCELLENT way to give up cigarettes. Congratulations on getting away from the cigarette: one of the most PROLIFIC killers of mankind.

Jim McDonald
Staff
Jim McDonald
3 months ago
Reply to  Mike

Vuse is made by RJ Reynolds, which is the second-largest U.S. tobacco company.

FormerCigSmoker
FormerCigSmoker
2 months ago
Reply to  Jim McDonald

Well at least their PR campaign for Non-tobacco alternatives is adding years of life to former smokers. Yes, they’ve known smoking was a D sentance all along, as well as every single person whom has ever smoked a cig. That being said, even though this is all about making money for them, ultimately its a win when you factor in the MILLIONS of lives that will be saved Vs all the lives lost over the last century to to Big Tobacco.

Randy Bradford
Randy Bradford
9 months ago
Reply to  Gary Cooper

AWESOME

beards4thewin
beards4thewin
1 year ago

I just picked up the Alto plus two extra berry flavor pods new for a whopping $9.00!! I figured for that price point it’s hard not to give it a go and to like it.

Jeffery Whigham
Jeffery Whigham
1 year ago
Reply to  beards4thewin

Where did u get that price ?

Bahm
Bahm
10 months ago

Just got the same a deal at a Murphys gas station in Sanford NC. The kangaroos around here also seem to offer the same deal.

Keith
Keith
1 year ago
Reply to  beards4thewin

I bought the Alto Vuse and LOVE it. After a month of listening to other’s hype about the competitor I decided to give said competitor a whirl. I was right back to my Vuse the very next day!! Don’t believe the hype about JUUL. It’s a lesser product. I love my Alto Vuse.

Tracy
Tracy
3 months ago
Reply to  Keith

I used Juul for 3 days didn’t work for me not a good hit like vuse.

Mike
Mike
3 months ago
Reply to  Keith

I also tried a switch from Juul to Vuse and MAN! What an UPGRADE! Juul is pure doodoo compared to Vuse.

guest
guest
1 year ago
Reply to  beards4thewin

Thanks for telling us where to get that deal. 🖕

Trapp
Trapp
1 year ago

I reallyyyy enjoy the Vuse Alto. It’s only .99 and the the pods are $10.99 for 2 of them. (I’m in NC, don’t know if prices vary much in different states) The only problem is the only good tasting one is the menthol. When I smoked cigs I smoked reds but I got used to the menthol pod. The 2 pods last a good bit longer than the 4 pods you’d get with the Juul and they hit ALOT harder. If you we’re a smoker like me for years (8yrs) then this is the best option for getting a satisfying… Read more »

Tracy
Tracy
3 months ago
Reply to  Trapp

I smoked Marlboro red and I’m doing good with the golden tobacco have you tried that?

Barry Fineberg
Barry Fineberg
1 month ago
Reply to  Tracy

I’m a Marlboro red smoker 43 years.The Vuse alto would work but I’m having a major problem.3 out of 4 pods leaked the liquid into my mouth when I would take a draw.Its disgusting.Are you or anyone else having problems with leaking pods ?I’m ready to go back to Marlboro full time.

Clo
Clo
1 year ago

I have been vaping for years and usually I just make my own juice and use my Nautilus X tanks etc. My husband and I took a long road trip and forgot to make juice and got a bit desperate toward the end of the trip and decided to try a pod vape from a gas station. We tried the Juul first and I didn’t really care for it at all. I read about the Vuse Alto and decided to give it a try. As of right now I am not disappointed at all. I absolutely love the menthol pods.… Read more »

Julie
Julie
1 year ago

Hey there.. I’ve been using the Alto for approx. 3 months & it has helped me kick my cigarette habit almost completely (I still sneak one in every few days or so). I’m a menthol smoker, but the menthol pods are way too strong (I think it’s the icy finish mentioned above), and I prefer the original. Great flavor & very smooth. My question, and concern, is regarding wether or not the refill pods expire. There are no dates printed on any of the packaging (kit or refills), however, there have been three instances where I’ve purchased the original flavor… Read more »

Mary
Mary
1 year ago
Reply to  Julie

I got the mint flavor. Smoother. And 2.4% rather than 5% nicotine

Jim McDonald
Staff
Jim McDonald
1 year ago
Reply to  Julie

E-liquid changes color slightly from age, and the flavor can change too (many people age bottled e-liquid intentionally to deepen the flavor; that’s called steeping). I don’t use the product you’re discussing, but I would have no issue vaping bottled e-liquid that’s even years old. The one difference between bottled e-liquid and pods is that the metal coil may be soaking in the liquid while the pod sits on the shelf, so some metals could leach into the mix.

Best Beginner Vapes in 2020
LEARN MORE
Vaping360
FOLLOW US
© Vaping360, All Rights Reserved.