The Best Soda Makers to Get that Perfect Fizz

Using Sodastream Fizzi Onetouch is the best way to achieve those sparkly bubbles.

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Food & Wine / Tamara Staples

Say farewell to the days of purchasing soda cans from vending machines and grocery stores. We're always going to have a place in our hearts for those store-bought sparkling drinks, but now you can make any carbonated beverage at home with the help of a soda maker. Whether you want a simple glass of sparkling water, a bubbly fruit juice, an aerated cocktail, or even mimicking your favorite fountain drink, the soda maker can get it done at the touch of a button.

Our testing experts researched and chose about a dozen soda makers to review, looking carefully at their performance, design, and the finished product. We found that the bubbles produced from the SodaStream Fizzi Onetouch were the most refreshing thanks to its various carbonation levels. The Aarke Carbonator also produced a fizz that satisfied our taste buds and was very user-friendly. Read on for the full list of the best soda makers.

Best Overall: SodaStream Fizzi One Touch Sparkling Water Maker

SodaStream Fizzi One Touch, Sparkling Water Maker, White

Amazon

Pros: Has super helpful carbonation levels (small, medium, or large) and performed best in our tests.

Cons: It's not wireless, so you'll need to be near an outlet for use.

This soda maker can transform your ordinary tap water into the sparkliest and most refreshing liter of water in seconds. It features three levels of fizz with bubbles growing larger as levels increase. We did find that the first level was a little flat, but the other two worked best, and we loved the mouthfeel. Although the OneTouch isn't wireless, the longevity and consistency cannot be beaten.

With just one touch of the machine, the interface lights up along with the buttons for the three carbonation levels — an extremely user-friendly design. Available in either white or black, every soda maker purchase includes one 60 liter CO2 cylinder and one dishwasher safe BPA-free reusable carbonating bottle.

Price at time of publish: $130

  • Size: 17.32 inches tall
  • Bottle material: BPA-free reusable
  • Carbonation type: Carbon Dioxide (CO2)
Tested: Soda Makers
Food & Wine/Tamara Staples

Best Splurge: Aarke Carbonator III Premium Sparkling & Seltzer Water Maker

4.8
Aarke Carbonator III

Amazon

Pros: The gorgeous design will not only look amazing on your counter, but also save space.

Cons: Can only carbonate water, so sodas won't be an option for this tool.

Give yourself a sparkly new machine to go along with your sparkling water. The third generation of Aarke Carbonators features a polished look with its stainless steel, matte black, and glossy white designs — a stylish addition to any kitchen counter that won't take up much space. Unfortunately, the carbonator is not very versatile because it only flavors water.

You also don't get much wiggle room for fizziness as it only has one setting that activates as you push down its ergonomic handle. It was a bit noisy compared to the other soda makers we tested, but we found the machine provides large, strong bubbles. That slight tingle from the front to the back of the mouth was a nice bonus, according to our testers. Given the cost, we were disappointed that the CO2 cylinder wasn't included, but the performance and look seemed well worth the price point.

Price at time of publish: $229

  • Size: 10.6 inches tall
  • Bottle material: PET water bottle
  • Carbonation type: Carbon Dioxide (CO2) cylinder (14.5-ounce SodaStream cylinder recommended)

Most Versatile: Drinkmate OmniFizz Sparkling Water and Soda Maker

4.9
DrinkMate

Amazon

Pros: This tool can be used to carbonate almost any drink, including wine and juices.

Cons: It foams up a lot while using, so it can get a little messy.

Product Description: Any drink can be carbonated with the Sparkling Water and Soda Maker from Drinkmate — juices, wines, alcoholic beverages, as well as a simple glass of water. It's versatile and it's also easy to use and clean with no batteries or electricity required.

When we tested it out with apple juice and wine, there was a lovely mix of bubbles distributed throughout. The wine resulted in a surprising texture that was identical to champagne, and the carbonation blended well with the sweetness of the apple juice. The bottle includes little measurement markers, so avoid filling past the water fill line or it might get a little messy since the drinks foam up quite a bit at first.

Price at time of publish: $150

  • Size: 16 inches tall
  • Bottle material: BPA-free one liter reusable carbonating bottle
  • Carbonation type: Carbon Dioxide (CO2) cylinder

Best Design: MySoda Woody Sparkling Water Maker

4.8
Mysoda Woody

Mysoda

Pros: A lovely design that's also environmentally friendly.

Cons: The start button might be a bit difficult to maneuver, and it's not dishwasher-safe.

Product Description: MySoda's Sparkling Water Maker came with a manual providing clear instructions, making it easy to set up. We were fond of the design coming in five matte colors, especially its environmentally-friendly concept. The device's body is made of 100 percent renewable-based biocomposite. It was easy to clean because it only uses water, but it's not dishwasher safe.

When we started carbonating, we found its activation button was a little difficult to operate initially because it was more sensitive in certain spots than in others. Regardless, the water finished with small bubbles offering a fresh mouthfeel that will quench your thirst easily.

Price at time of publish: $70

  • Size: 16 inches tall
  • Bottle material: BPA-free reusable bottle
  • Carbonation type: Carbon Dioxide (CO2) cylinder

Conclusion

If you love sparkling beverages, the soda maker is the go-to machine for all your needs. For consistent results with varying bubbly options, we loved the Sodastream Fizzi Onetouch. To splurge a little, we recommend the Aarke Carbonator for its impressive design and easy use.

Tested: Soda Makers
Food & Wine/Tamara Staples

Factors to Consider

Size

Most soda streamers aren't too wide or lengthy, although one dimension important to consider is the height. They can be pretty tall, so it's important to find one that would fit perfectly on your counter, tabletop, or even that small bar cart in your dining room. Most of the soda streamers we tested used the standard one-liter bottle, while some came with small to-go bottles such as the MySoda Woody Sparkling Water Maker.

Carbonation Type

In order for soda makers to work, they primarily use carbon dioxide (CO2) cylinders to pressurize the flat liquid and produce the bubbles you normally see in carbonated beverages. Some machines result in large bubbles, while others finish with tiny, foamy ones. There are even a few that will let you adjust the carbonation levels.

Versatility

All soda makers can carbonate water, but not all of them have more options. Depending on your personal use, find one that fits your needs. There are soda makers that can carbonate juices, wine, and alcoholic beverages. You can even use certain syrups to make a healthier copycat version of your favorite soda.

Tested: Soda Makers
Food & Wine/Tamara Staples

The Tests

We tested the soda makers for ease of use, carbonation and mouthfeel, control, and ease of cleaning by performing a few different tasks. We made seltzer using every setting on each machine. For machines that could carbonate beverages besides water, we tried out apple juice, natural wine, and a fruit mixer with water to mimic a cocktail. We took note of the specifications, size, volume, and any special features as well.

Q+A

How do soda makers work?

Soda makers usually all have a similar design with a bottle to fill with your desired drink that attaches to the soda maker itself. In the machine is a carbon dioxide (CO2) cylinder that releases gas into the bottle forming bubbles and adding carbonation to the drink inside. The cylinder needs to be replaced once the CO2 is depleted.

What should I do with empty CO2 cylinders?

Some companies give you the chance to return your empty CO2 cylinders for money. For example, Sodastream gives back $1 for every empty CO2 cylinder you give them. These cylinders are also made of metal so they can be recycled or disposed of in the household trash or landfill.

Can I re-carbonate beverages with a soda maker?

If you wanted to re-carbonate your flat soda, you technically can if the machine carbonates more than just water. It isn't recommended to do so, so act at your own discretion as re-carbonation can be a bit messy. It likely won't taste the same, but it still gives you some fizz either way.

What Didn't Make the List

Twenty39 Qarbo - Sparkling Water Maker

Twenty39 Qarbo - Sparkling Water Maker

Amazon

The Qarbo Sparkling Water Maker from Twenty39 comes in four different colors: metallic red, matte black, chrome, and bronze. We loved how the bubbles were very subtle and distributed evenly all around. However, the carbonation did not last long at all and fell flat after sitting out for a few minutes. The bottle is also too tall for storage in an average-sized refrigerator.

SodaStream Terra Sparkling Water Maker

SodaStream Terra Sparkling Water Maker

SodaStream

This Terra Sparkling Water Maker from SodaStream uses new Quick Connect technology that makes it super easy to change and replace its CO2 cylinder with just "one click." Unfortunately, we found that the bubbles completely dissipated after removing the bottle from the machine, and we felt almost little to no bubbles when we tasted it.

SodaStream Aqua Fizz Carbonated Water Maker

SodaStream Aqua Fizz Carbonated Water Maker

SodaStream

SodaStream's Aqua Fizz comes in a lightweight and sturdy bottle with its unique design. We found that the water maker is very bulky and was the tallest device out of all the options we tested, requiring more space. It worked more manually than the others as we had to put more pressure while pressing from the top. We were not a fan of the noise it made while carbonating, and it didn't provide any guidance on how carbonated the drink was getting. It barely retained its bubbles after 5 minutes, and it spilled out a lot of water from the back.

iSi Classic

iSi Classic

Isi Store

This is a soda maker with a much different design than what we've mentioned so far. Instead of attaching a bottle to the machine, a CO2 charger is inserted at the top near the bottle's spout. We loved how easy it was to pour the water out; ideal for cocktails. However, it isn't the most user-friendly device as we didn't know how much we needed to shake it. It also requires a brand new cartridge for each use.

iSi Soda Siphon

iSi Soda Siphon

Amazon

This one has a design and function very similar to its classic relative, but with a look more like the regular soda makers. Users cannot see the liquid inside because of the aluminum casing, making it difficult to see how many bubbles are brewing inside. It was also not user-friendly—everything had to happen in a particular order, and if anything goes wrong you'll need to get a new CO2 cartridge. Both the Siphon and the classic had decently sized bubbles but unfortunately, the longevity didn't match.

Spärkel Beverage System

Spärkel Beverage System

Amazon

Surprisingly, this was the only soda maker that didn't need a CO2 cylinder or cartridge to work. To obtain that fizz, the machine uses citric acid and baking soda. Despite the lack of CO2 gas, it's still tough to use due to the several steps you have to go through to have it operate correctly. Once testers got it going, it leaked every time and wasted water. It produced bubbles with a nice mouthfeel, but they didn't even last long enough to enjoy.

Our Expertise

Lauren Musni is a New Jersey-based food writer with an associate degree in culinary arts from The Culinary Institute of America. She wrote this piece based on our test results, her personal experience working in restaurants, and her love for baking and cooking.

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