One thing is certain: Whether you’re a hardcore La Croix fan or more of a Liquid Death drinker, sparkling water has never been more popular than it is right now. According to Grand View Research, it’s estimated that the soda water market was worth around $30 billion in 2020, and it’s only continuing to grow. But all those cans and bottles can add up and put a dent in your budget. If you’re looking to save some cash but don’t want to give up your seltzer addiction, a great option is to look at soda machines to make your favorite drinks at home. We’ve tested the best sparkling water makers from popular brands to bring you the top available options.
SodaStream is the best-known brand in the category, but there are several other great sparkling water makers to choose from. To find the best sparkling water maker for 2023, I hauled in a few popular models, including three of SodaStream’s key offerings. While most are fairly simple machines that pump carbon dioxide into water, there are some distinctions between various models that might make one better for you than another.
Despite its many competitors, SodaStream’s $90 Terra is still the overall best soda water maker for most people. But there are others worthy of consideration including a sparkling beverage system that makes extremely precise and consistent bubbles without a CO2 canister. Another model I like, the fancied-up Aarke III Carbonator, is big on design but will cost you a pretty penny.
Here are the four best soda water makers in 2023.
How I tested soda water makers
In testing to find the best soda water makers, it mostly came down to general performance, ease of use and overall value. I made at least 10 full bottles of sparkling water using each, noting how proficiently and consistently a machine executed its most vital duty of imparting CO2 into water. I also carbonated other liquids including fruit juice and wine, but found that there was really no difference in performance based on the type of liquid being carbonated. If a machine carbonated water well, it did so across all liquids.
Some of the machines took more muscling and pumps of the lever to get CO2 emitted into the bottles. Of the manual machines, the SodaStream models were the most consistent. But with five unique settings, the Spärkel electric seltzer maker made the most precise soda water.
I also took note of the sturdiness and build of each soda water maker. The Aarke III is by far the most stylish soda water maker and is built solidly out of stainless steel with five finishes to choose from. While aesthetics are nice, it’s also by far the priciest model with a $230 list price, which keeps it from being the best model for most people.
Other soda water makers to consider
DrinkMate OmniFizz: This $120 sparkling water maker did a fine job carbonating water, wine and juice. I don’t have much bad to say about the machine other than that the hinge at the top that connects the bottle connects to the machine seems like it could loosen or break over time.
SodaStream Fizzi One Touch: This is SodaStream’s electronic sparkling water maker and lists for $130. It also performed well and has three presets to get whatever level of carbonation you seek. This is another model I don’t have any major issues with, but I just don’t think it’s worth the extra $30 over its manual counterpart, the Terra.
Soda Sensei: This $100 model looks nice, but it struggled a bit more than the SodaStream Terra to make consistently bubbly water.