The 5 Best Home Sparkling Water Machines

If you need to drink more water—and who among us doesn’t?—you might consider picking up an automatic sparkling water machine. Which sparking water machine is the best? We set out to find out.

How Much Water You Should Drink Every Day

If you’re tired of lugging bottles and cans of water around, or just want to reduce your environmental footprint, a sparkling water machine is a great way to drink more water while producing less waste. Using a home carbonator does require an initial investment, but over time you’ll definitely save money. Soda makers work by injecting carbon dioxide (CO2) into water to produce effervescence. Most don’t have power cords or require batteries—they operate purely on the gas from the CO2.

Because these gadgets use recyclable or refillable cylinders of carbon dioxide that makes about a liter of sparkling water, imagine how many plastic bottles you’ll no longer purchase. Or throw away.

Isn’t Seltzer Bad For You?

Not really, no. Many devotees say sparkling water makes them feel more full, so it can control your appetite by replacing between-meal snacks. Seltzer is also a renowned digestif, helping soothe uneasy stomachs and aiding digestion.

Soda makers are great tools for creating cocktails or experimenting with homemade soda syrups, too. Some carbonate juice and beverages other than water right in the bottle; with others, you add flavored syrups to the water after carbonating.

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The best soda makers add just enough carbon dioxide to produce water with a Perrier-like fizz. Many allow you to adjust the carbonation level to your liking. Most use a cylinder to inject the CO2, the most universal being SodaStream’s recyclable and refillable CO2 canister ($71 for two). Siphons and handheld soda makers use one-time CO2 cartridges.

Soda, Seltzer, Mineral Water: Isn’t It All the Same?

Not all sparkling water is created equal. While club soda and tonic water are definitely bubbly waters, they contain additives. Club soda is not seltzer; it contains sodium or potassium salts. That sharp, distinct flavor of tonic water comes from sweeteners and quinine. The Food and Drug Administration defines soda water as carbonated water to which minerals and salts are added, while seltzer is carbonated water with no additives. So technically, a sparkling water machine makes seltzer.

What’s the Difference Between Seltzer, Sparkling and Mineral Water?

If you want to cut back on your use of plastic bottles, or if you just need to drink more water but aren’t sure how, give a sparkling water machine a try. You’ll save money in the long run—and you’ll feel better right away.

Here are some of our favorite sparkling water machines available at Amazon.


The sleek KitchenAid Sparkling Beverage Maker comes in eight colors, including black, white, silver (shown), and a variety of pastels. Made of solid die-cast metal, it’s easy to clean and is compatible with all SodaStream products. Made in the USA.

Get It: Pick up the KitchenAid Sparkling Beverage Maker (from $160) at Amazon


SodaStream Source Starter Kit

The SodaStream Source comes with a 60L CO2 canister, so it’s ready to go right out of the box. Touch-activated and simple to use, it’s a great doorway into making your own sparkling beverages.

Get It: Pick up the SodaStream Source ($140) at Amazon



Available in white, black, or red, DrinkMate uses its patented Fizz-Infuser that allows you control over the carbonation level and the release of CO2 to get the perfect amount of sparkle.

Get It: Pick up the DrinkMate ($100) at Amazon


SodaStream Jet

The lightest, simplest, most compact automatic soda machine you can get (CO2 canister not included). Made of plastic, it’s perfect for camping. #VanLife, here’s to you.

Get It: Pick up the SodaStream Jet (starting at $50) at Amazon


Aarke Carbonator II

Certainly the most elegant machine on our list, the stainless steel Aarke Carbonator II was designed in Sweden. (CO2 cartridge not included; the SodaStream 60L is the most common, and readily available from Amazon).

Get It: Pick up the Aarke Carbonator II ($199) at Amazon


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