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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.
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.
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.
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.