Xstream is a brand of synthetic urine that has been around for quite a few years. But oddly, I haven’t really got around to doing a detailed Xstream synthetic urine review before.
I think the reason for that is because I wouldn’t actually use it myself to try and pass a drug test. Now I’m not saying it’s awful, and I’ll talk you through all in this review of Xstream urine, but I just don’t think it ticks all the boxes that I need to be certain.
So let’s talk you through using this brand of synthetic urine, tell you if it works, and also offer you some tips and alternatives to help you pass a drug test using synthetic urine.
Good Synthetic Urine Explained
The best brands of synthetic urine have the following characteristics, if the brand you’re thinking of using doesn’t have at least these as a bare minimum, then you are screwed:
- Must contain urea
- Will contain uric acid
- Has the correct specific gravity
- Is within the correct pH range
- Looks, smells, and froths like the real thing
- Contains other chemical markers present in human urine
- Mustn’t contain biocide (an artificial preservative)
- Contains creatine
That’s quite a list, and although they only partly say this to get around legality, it’s described as “Xstream fetish urine”, which for me is the sort of thing I’ve only seen on the worst brands.
How Does Xstream Urine Compare?
Well, my research has led me to find that the company that makes Xstream claims that it is an updated formula now that contains urea, uric acid, and creatine.
It feels to me that it started out as being simple fetish urine, and they’ve now added the ingredients to try and get more sales. It’s still relatively cheap though, usually around $30, which is really cheap compared to Sub Solution which is $80.
But it does appear that Xstream urine contains the basics you need to pass a drug test, even if it will only pass a simple pre-employment drug test.
On the plus front, because it was designed as fetish urine, it does look and smell like the real thing, which you probably don’t want to think too deeply about.
However, Xstream doesn’t seem to be prepared to say whether it contains biocide. Biocide is an artificial preservative that a lot of brands of synthetic urine contain. It’s rumored that the big testing labs have cottoned onto this fact and now test for the presence of biocide because it’s a simple way of spotting fake samples.
There’s more than enough evidence online of people using Xstream and failing to make me wonder if it does contain biocide. The fact they have not explicitly said it does it doesn’t is a big concern.
Xstream Synthetic Urine Review: Instructions
Xstream urine instructions are pretty straightforward, the same as every other brand of synthetic urine out there that uses a heatpad:
- Place the pre-mixed Xstream urine in a microwave and microwave it on full power for about 10 seconds.
- Shake the bottle gently and watch the temperature strip to see how the temperature is after microwaving.
- Return the sample to the microwave, should it need more heat, to get the temperature to register on the temperature strip. The temperature strip registers any temperature above 80°F and maxes out at 100°F.
- Attach the heated sample to the already activated heatpad, so that the heat is maintained.
- Using two pairs of underpants, carefully place the sample and heatpad securely inside the first pair.
Tips For Using Synthetic Urine
Now I’ll give you some tips for using synthetic urine generally here, but also that obviously relate to using Xstream synthetic urine.
Firstly, make sure you check the sample temperature before you go into the lab. If it’s cooled, then you need to find a heat source to warm it up, a hot water tap, something like that.
Secondly, remember that the drug test will not be observed. So don’t panic. Calmly take the sample out, pour into the cup, and then securely hide it again before leaving the cubicle, or moving out from behind the screen.
Thirdly, have a practice run, in fact several, at home, so you don’t panic on the day.
Finally, make sure the sample is fresh. Only warm it up just before you leave, don’t do a practice run on the actual sample. Some people ask does Xstream synthetic urine expire, and that another thing you need to look out for, make sure it’s fresh and in date.
Does Xstream Urine Work?
I’m going to conclude this Xstream synthetic urine review by saying I don’t think it will really work. It’s not the worst formula on the market, but I worry that it might contain biocide. I also worry that the focus of that formula is about fetish use, and it’s not specifically designed in balance for the digital calibration of modern drug testing machinery.
For a cheap pre-employment drug test, it might be good enough. I know somebody who used to work with me who used Xstream for a drug test, and they failed. He was fired, and that was the consequences of cutting corners by going to a headshop rather than buying high-quality urine online.
Another word of warning is that because it’s so cheap, the heatpad you get with Xstream is cheap as well. I think a lot of people fail not because of the quality of the urine, but because the heatpad fails and the temperature is wrong.
Added to that, I’m not convinced that the temperature reading strip on the bottle is that accurate either. You put together that combination of an uncertain quality of synthetic urine, a dodgy heatpad, and the unknown quantity of how accurate the heating temperature strip is, and I really think it’s not a brand you want to take a chance on.
People also ask: does Xstream synthetic urine expire? Yes, it does. Every synthetic urine brand has a shelf life of around year. Even if it doesn’t contain biocide as a preservative, it will have some sort of preservative mechanism in it, even if it’s supplied as a powder.
Alternatives To Xstream Urine
For a cheap pre-employment drug test I would recommend Quick Fix. It’s only about $10 more than Xstream urine, but it works a treat.
Ironically it doesn’t actually look and smell quite as realistic as Xstream, but its formula is far more balanced and complex. I have used it personally to pass a drug test, and it’s the brand I would have recommended my ex-co-worker use.
If you really want a belt and braces insurance, then I would go for Sub Solution. It’s $80, but you get what you pay for. Xstream fetish urine is a joke compared to the quality of Sub Solution.
Plus, Sub Solution doesn’t use a heatpad at all, it uses heat activator powder. That means you don’t have to worry about the heatpad failing like you would using Xstream, and you don’t have to find a heat source if the temperature drops. You just add a little more powder outside the lab, agitate the sample, and watch the temperature rise.