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Best Home Soda Maker Brands

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The world of Home Soda Makers has seen a surge in popularity in recent years and for good reasons.

Introduction

With the desire for customisable carbonated beverages and an eco-friendly more healthier alternative to traditional soft drinks-sodas, these devices have become a staple in many household kitchens.They are a fantastic alternative to replace store-bought soda water/soft drinks as a more convenient, cost-effective, and healthier alternative. Not to forget, they also rid you of the guilt of contributing to the increasingly threatening plastic pollution.

So, if you can’t do without seltzer to power through your day, a home soda maker is just the companion you need. Besides adding FIZZ at the press of a button, these home soda makers give seltzer connoisseurs the freedom to craft their own fizzy drinks, infusing their favorite flavors and customizing the carbonation level to treat their taste buds well.

Like what you hear? Then it’s time you invest in one!

Here’s our list of what we think are the best home soda maker brands, their overview, and the variety of models currently available on the market – each with an in-depth independent review. It will help you compare brands and models and find your pick with ease. Whether you are looking for a basic model or an aesthetically-appealing powerhouse, our list will have an option to suit your requirements.

Let’s get started and explore the Best Home Soda Maker Brands

DrinkMate

Based in Michigan, USA, DrinkMate is one of the most reputed soda maker brands to date. Since its inception in 2015, it has quickly risen through the ranks to be a strong player in the home sparkling water maker industry. It is owned by Drinkmate Inc. and is the second-largest supplier of carbonator machines worldwide.The company is also the first to introduce a portable water bottle with a built-in carbonation system known as the instaFizz. Its other best-seller is the OmniFizz. DrinkMate is one of our all-time fizz favourites, and for a good reason. In their own words:

Why DrinkMate?

“It’s no secret that there are hundreds of home soda machines on the market, so what makes Drinkmate special? That’s simple. Drinkmate can go beyond sparkling water. Juice, tea, sports drinks, flat beer, wine, cocktails… the possibilities are endless. No mess, no fuss.

What will you sparkle next?”…

Top Pick”

DrinkMate OmniFizz

Drinkmate OmniFizz is a standout model well liked by soda water enthusiasts.The OmniFizz measurements are 16 x 7.5 x 4.7 inches (40 x 19 x 12cm). Conveniently slender and also not requiring a power source allows you to easily find a place for it on your bar on your kitchen counter or store it away. It uses BPA-free plastic bottles (Eco-friendly bonus) and offers a money saving cylinder exchange service via mail or selected retail locations.

Read Full Review HERE!

In-Depth Independent DrinkMate OmniFizz Review

Design and Build Quality

The OmniFizz is light and boasts a sleek design with 4 trendy colours to choose from like Matte Black, Classic White, Royal Red, and Arctic Blue. Being made of mostly plastic does detract a little from its aesthetics. However, it more than makes up for this in its functionality and performance. If you’re after a little more luxury and a sturdier build then The DrinkMate Lux maybe a better option.

Ease Of Use

Expect a straight forward set up with the instructions and useful tips section. One of the standout features of the OmniFizz is its ability to carbonate just about anything. However, it’s a learning process on how many times you need to press the button and for how long. You’ll get the hang of it pretty quickly as you experiment and cater to your individual preferences.

FIZZ Factor

The most crucial aspect of any carbonation device is its ability to deliver a satisfying fizz. If it’s fizz you want, then fizz you’ll get and in abundance! The OmniFizz doesn’t disappoint. This thing packs a punch and is more powerful than many of its competitors,Luckily the venting cap works a treat.

Cleaning and Maintenance

It’s noteworthy that the bottle is hand-wash only. However, cleaning the OmniFizz soda water maker is a straightforward process as is with most. The detachable cap makes it a breeze to clean, ensuring that the device remains hygienic for continuous use.

Final Thoughts

The OmniFizz is a solid performer for the price. It combines a stylish design, good choice of colours, user-friendly features, and most importantly, delivers a fantastic fizz to a variety of beverages, making it, in our opinion, a worthwhile investment.

What We Like

  • Patented detachable Fizz Infuser and two release buttons allow better control on the release of CO2.
  • Sleek design
  • Saves money on flavours
  • Versatile for various beverages
  • Easy to clean and maintain
  • Reasonably priced

What We Don’t like

  • Plastic build
  • Takes a little time to learn carbonation levels for different drinks
  • No rubber feet (can slide around on a very smooth bench)
“Portable”

DrinkMate instaFIZZ

Drinkmate instaFizz is the first of its kind – a water bottle that lets you carbonate any beverage on the go and drink straight from it! The handy-sized soda maker weighs under 1lb (453g) and can carbonate up to 15.5 oz (458ml)of liquid . Thanks to its portability, it would be an excellent companion for travel and outdoor adventures like camping. Given that you can make any beverage using it, it’s also an eco-friendly option compared to purchasing disposable drink bottles.

Read Full Review HERE!

In-Depth Independent instaFIZZ Review

Design and Build Quality

Drinkmate instaFizz is just 3 x 10.25 inches (7.6 x 26 cm) in size and is more purposeful than aesthetic in design. Made from sturdy stainless steel, it’s very durable and the silicone sleeve provides ample grip. The bottle is available in black, blue, green, and white colours.

Ease Of Use

Using instaFizz is super easy once you get the hang of inserting and removing the charger. Then, it’s simply a matter of twisting the bottom ring to get the fizz! The foldable ring on the cap makes it easy to carry around. It’s noteworthy that one charger is only meant for one-time use.

FIZZ Factor

This isn’t the best option if you are expecting long-lasting fizz and there’s only one carbonation level. But it gets the job done, and the fizz is pretty decent.

Cleaning and Maintenance

It’s hand wash only, but the wide mouth makes it easier to clean.

EXTRA’S Available

Final Thoughts

Drinkmate’s reputation for sparkling any drink paired with the portability of the bottle makes this a worthy choice. While the fizz strength isn’t exceptional compared to full-sized soda makers, it’s one of the best travel-friendly options for fizz fanatics. If you intend to use it regularly, make sure you take the cost of CO2 chargers into account!

What We Like

  • Carbonate anything, anywhere
  • Lightweight
  • Easily portable
  • Durable
  • Recyclable and eco-friendly
  • Quick and easy to use

What We Don’t like

  • Costly as you have to keep buying CO2 chargers
  • Carbonation doesn’t last long
  • The Fizz level isn’t customizable

SodaStream

Established in 1903 in England, SodaStream is arguably the most well-known soda maker brand on the market. After it merged with Soda-Club in 1998, it was relaunched with an emphasis on healthier drinks, and went public on the Nasdaq stock exchange in November 2010. The company is currently owned by PepsiCo which acquired it in 2018. SodaStream is headquartered in Kfar Saba, Israel, and has 13 production plants and 5 models on the market: such as the E Terra, Art, Gaia, Aqua Fizz, and Terra, there is sure to be one that suits your needs. The Aqua Fizz and the Terra are the brand’s bestsellers.

“Best Seller”

SodaStream Terra

SodaStream Terra is one of the best-selling models in the range. It is a very user-friendly and convenient home soda maker that requires no electricity to run. Its best features are the easy cylinder loading mechanism and the ergonomic carbonation button. Weighing 2.4 lbs (1.1 kg), it is also an easily portable and storable gadget. This SodaStream maker comes with one CO2 cylinder, which is sufficient for 60 litres of water. Once it runs out, you can easily exchange it at a SodaStream retail partner store or order one online! 

Read Full Review HERE!

In-Depth Independent TERRA Review

Design and Build Quality

This soda maker is undeniably a great addition to your home. Measuring 7.9 x 5 x 17 inches (20 x 12.7 x 43 cm), its sleek and slim profile doesn’t require a lot of space and therefore, is easy to store when not in use. The exterior features a ribbed design and a matte look overall. The entire frame is plastic, and while durability could be better, it’s still pretty decent. It’s available in black, misty blue, red, and white colours.

Ease Of Use

Here’s where SodaStream Terra shines better than its predecessors. Its innovative features help it accomplish its task quickly and seamlessly. It’s equipped with SodaStream’s innovative Quick Connect mechanism, which makes loading the gas cylinder a breeze. You only need to insert and click it in place, no screwing whatsoever is needed! It’s also a no-brainer to set this up and get going with your fizz craze. 

FIZZ Factor

Whether you like to add a tad bit of sparkles to your water or want to take it to the other extreme, making your tongue tingle, SodaStream Terra will do that job. You can easily adjust the carbonation level to get the perfect amount of fizz! Users also rave about it lasting a long time.

Cleaning and Maintenance

This model also makes cleaning hassle-free with its dishwasher-friendly plastic bottles. It’s recommended that you only carbonate plain water first and then add the flavouring afterwards. Otherwise, you risk damaging and blocking the fizz mechanism. 

Final Thoughts

With super simple cylinder insertion and better fizz control, SodaStream Terra remains one of the top home soda makers in the market at present. It’s an ideal investment for regular seltzer drinkers. 

What We Like

  • More affordable than other SodaStream models
  • Easy to load the CO2 canister
  • Requires no electricity to operate
  • The carbonation level is adjustable 
  • Ergonomic button
  • Dishwasher-safe bottles 

What We Don’t like

  • May not be very durable (depends on usage) 
  • Only meant for carbonating plain water (As with most)
  • Complaints of gas running out quickly (depends on usage)
“Value For Money”

SodaStream AquaFizz

SodaStream Aqua Fizz is a celebrated model owing to its contemporary elegant look and top-notch performance. We love that the brand has taken its eco-friendly efforts a step further with this soda water maker by swapping out reusable plastic bottles with stylish glass carafes. The hand carbonation button is easy to use, and while portable, it’s a bit bulky, weighing 11.38 lbs (5.16kg). We think it’s great value for money, given it comes with a 60L CO2 cylinder and 2 of those very stylish glass carafes. You can also upgrade to the bundle pack – (2) 60L CO2 cylinders, (2) glass carafes, and (2) 40 ml bubly drops flavours, providing further savings. 

Read Full Review HERE!

In-Depth Independent AquaFizz Review

Design and Build Quality

Aqua Fizz measures 16.3 x 6.1 x 10.2 inches (43.5 x 15.5 x 26 cm). The height is 21.6 inches (54.86cm) when opened. As you can tell, it’s bigger than many other sparkling water makers. However, the sleek and smooth exterior, paired with the beautiful glass bottles, is attractive enough to deserve a permanent spot in your kitchen or Bar. Aqua Fizz is also impressively sturdy and durable, although it’s mostly plastic except for the chamber designed to hold the bottle.

Ease Of Use

SodaStream Aqua Fizz boasts to be very user-friendly. The newly designed Quick Connect mechanism at the back lets you click the CO2 canister into place easily. Inserting the glass carafe is equally simple, as you only have to place the bottle in the chamber and close it. However, some say that the setup and operation require a bit of extra time and practice to get the hang of it!

FIZZ Factor

Aqua Fizz is one of the best home soda makers because its carbonation ability is near perfect and can be adjusted to suit your taste. With a few presses, you can achieve a high and sharp fizz. When we say near perfect, we mean that ‘perfect’ is subjective, similar to people’s preference for seltzer. Best of all, it retains the fizz for a long time! You can flavour your soda drink as you like, but only after carbonation. 

Cleaning and Maintenance

Thankfully, the crystal glass carafes are dishwasher-friendly. Another plus is that, unlike plastic bottles, the taste of previous beverages and discolouration over time doesn’t linger in the glass. 

Final Thoughts

SodaStream Aqua Fizz remains the beloved choice of eco-conscious seltzer lovers because of its glass bottles. But the sparkling water maker also doesn’t disappoint when it comes to performance, speed, and maintenance. Users have also pointed out that it delivers an excellent soda taste, which can be a dealbreaker point for picky soda water fans. Overall, great value for money!

What We Like

  • Great value for money
  • Attractive and sleek design
  • Very eco-friendly 
  • Excellent carbonation
  • The fizz level can be adjusted
  • Sturdy and durable for regular use
  • Dishwasher-friendly glass carafes

What We Don’t like

  • Bulky in design (too tall for some users and spaces)
  • Glass carafes are comparatively smaller in capacity than others
  • May require a bit of practice to operate
  • Difficult to determine when the canister is running low on gas
“Stylish OLD SCHOOL”

SodaStream ART

SodaStream Art uses the old-school lever mechanism for carbonation, and it’s exactly what makes this soda maker both exciting and efficient to use. Besides the visual appeal, this model is famed for its customizable carbonation to impress your tastebuds. SodaStream Art runs on manual operation, but it is very hassle-free. It’s also quite compact and lightweight at 3.8lbs (1.7 kg), though not so much of a portable gadget. The basic bundle includes one 1 CO2 canister and one reusable 1L BPA plastic bottle.

Read Full Review HERE!

In-Depth Independent ART Review

Design and Build Quality

Made out of heavy-duty plastic and accented with stainless steel, the SodaStream Art is definitely a chic addition to any kitchen. It measures 9.6 x 6.8 x 16.9 inches (24.5 x 17.3 x 43 cm). The matte-finish look gives it a high-end appeal. It’s also a very durable model in the SodaStream stable. With good care, you can expect it to last many years. SodaStream Art comes in black, red, blue, and white colours.

Ease Of Use

As with many other SodaStream models, Art is very easy to use, thanks to the Quick Connect system for loading the gas canister and simple snap-lock for bottle insertion. Many users love the convenience of the lever handle, stating that it’s also kid-friendly compared to the standard button. The machine comes with clear instructions, and therefore, the setup is a breeze.

FIZZ Factor

True to its name, SodaStream Art lets you be creative with the fizz level. A single pull of the lever is usually sufficient for a light fizz, while you need to repeat the process a few times to enjoy a spicier feel. As some users say, the smaller bubbles in this model give you a distinct yet enjoyable taste. The fizz also lasts as long as a day and even more when refrigerated.

Cleaning and Maintenance

While the reusable plastic bottles are dishwasher friendly, you can also clean them easily by hand. As SodaStream machines are only meant for carbonating water, the cleaning is minimal anyway. It’s recommended to replace the bottles every 4 years.

Final Thoughts

SodaStream Art is ideal for those looking for a high-performance home soda machine to make store-bought quality seltzer or soft drinks. It’s an attractive and durable appliance that’s super fun and easy to use. The little ones love pulling the handle to make the FIZZ! However, it’s a bit expensive compared to similar models with plastic bottles. Note that this is the review of the SodaStream Starter Kit, and you can go for other bundles that include extra CO2 canisters and flavourings!

What We Like

  • Impressive and long-lasting fizz
  • Carbonation is easily customizable
  • Durable
  • High-end design
  • Comparatively light in weight
  • User-friendly and easy to set up
  • Dishwasher-safe bottles

What We Don’t like

  • Pricier than other manual models
  • Achieving the desired carbonation level requires some practice
  • Might be too tall for some spaces
“Electric Power”

SodaStream E-TERRA

Unlike manual soda makers, SodaStream E-Terra requires no trial and error. It is an electric-powered home soda maker that can whip up a good bottle of seltzer with less input from your end. In this, the fizz-making affair is automated and customizable at a single press of a button. But preset carbonation is just one selling point of this innovative gadget. The blue atmosphere light that illuminates the water during the bubbling process adds a touch of sophistication and excitement, and there’s no doubt it will be a kid magnet. SodaStream E- Terra weighs 3.6lbs (1.65 kgs) and is easy to handle. The Starter Kit of the machine includes one 60L CO2 canister and one 1L BPA-free dishwasher-safe bottle.

Read Full Review HERE!

In-Depth Independent E-TERRA Review

Design and Build Quality

SodaStream E-Terra has a slim profile, and it is 7.8 x 5.2 x 16.9 inches (19.8 x 13.4 x 42.8 cm) in size. So, it won’t take up a lot of space and can be stored easily. The exterior is sleek, featuring 3 buttons at the top, while the blue light is a nice addition that gives bar like vibes. Although not the best, E-Terra, made entirely from plastic, seems well-built and durable.

Ease Of Use

SodaStream E-Terra improves your convenience in many ways. Once you have set up the machine (instruction manual provided), attach the power cable to the machine’s bottom and plug the other end into a power outlet. You can click the CO2 cylinder in place within seconds, thanks to the Quick Connect feature. The Snap-lock technology lets you secure the bottle to the machine easily. But the automatic carbonation with user-friendly controls is the cherry on top. Give a light push to the selected button, and you are done!

FIZZ Factor

As many reviews happily proclaim, the fizz factor is on-point with the SodaStream E-Terra. There are 3 set levels of carbonation to choose from, so you can get light, medium, or strong fizz, depending on your preference. The best part is that there’s no need for multiple tries to perfect the required fizz strength. One press of a button is sufficient, and the blue light is an indication of water being carbonated.

Cleaning and Maintenance

The reusable plastic bottle that comes in the kit is dishwasher-safe. So, cleaning is almost non-existent! Just make sure you replace the carbonation bottles every 4 years.

Final Thoughts

If you don’t like the guesswork involved in the manual soda water makers, SodaStream E-Terra will be a godsend for you and worth the extra bucks you spend on it. Some are also drawn to the cool appeal of its blue light, and we think this is an ideal choice for families with kids.

What We Like

  • Automatic carbonation
  • Preset carbonation levels
  • Attractive and slim design
  • Quick and easy to use, even for kids
  • BPA-free and dishwasher-safe bottle

What We Don’t like

  • Expensive
  • Needs electricity for operation
  • Not portable
  • A few complaints of water overflowing during carbonation
“Budget-Friendly”

SodaStream GAIA

SodaStream Gaia may be an average-looking basic model, but its ability to sparkle your water cannot be understated. With its smaller footprint, manual operation, and customizable carbonation, it puts up a strong fight against its fancier counterparts. Best of all, its price is easy on your pocket, living up to the true essence of home soda makers. Weighing just 2.2 lbs (1kg), it is a lightweight and portable option that can accompany you on trips (not for backpacking). The basic kit includes one 60L CO2 canister and one BPA-free reusable water bottle.

Read Full Review HERE!

In-Depth Independent GAIA Review

Design and Build Quality

Gaia features a slim design with a ribbed pattern on its hood. It measures 8.7 x 5.4 x 16.9 inches (22 x 13.6 x 42.9 cm) and will fit into even smaller kitchen spaces. As with all other SodaStream machines, the frame is of plastic construction. It’s reasonably well-built, although not the most durable option out of the lot.

Ease Of Use

This soda water maker is very user-friendly, and you will master it in no time! It comes with clear instructions for easy set-up. The CO2 canister is locked into place using the Quick Connect mechanism. The bottle has to be screwed into place, and while it’s not as convenient as the snap-lock, it is simple.

FIZZ Factor

SodaStream Gaia delivers good quality soda water that you can flavor any way you like after carbonation. You can adjust the fizz strength by the number of times you press the button. Users say 2-3 presses give you medium fizz and 4-5 presses give you a stronger one. You might have to give it a few tries to determine the preferred strength.

Cleaning and Maintenance

The plastic carbonation bottle is dishwasher friendly, making cleaning and maintenance a hassle-free chore as with all dishwasher friendly bottles. Remember it is recommended that you replace the bottle every 4 years. Handle this soda maker with care and you will get indefinite use out of it.

Final Thoughts

If you are looking for a budget-friendly sparkling water maker, SodaStream Gaia is a solid option. While the fizz factor is similar to other models, the only downside seems to be the not-so-impressive build quality. However, most users are very satisfied with it and love its simplicity and ease of use.

What We Like

  • Reasonably priced
  • Simple and minimal design
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Convenient to use
  • Carbonation is customizable
  • Delivers good fizz strength
  • Dishwasher-friendly bottle

What We Don’t like

  • Does not appear very durable
  • A few complaints of water leakage
  • May be too tall for some spaces

Aarke

Founded in 2013 by two ardent designers, Jonas Groth and Carl Ljungh, Aarke is a Swedish brand renowned for its premium countertop soda machines. The company prides itself on offering top-grade products engineered using high-quality raw materials and superior craftsmanship. It’s soda machines are also meticulously designed to be user-friendly and sustainable. Rightly so, Aarke home soda makers have a reputation for being extremely durable and convenient. The company launched its first product, the Aarke Carbonator, and since then, has improved its models further. The brand’s current best-sellers are its Carbonator III and Carbonator Pro, along with its range of flavor drops and drink mixers. Besides home soda makers, the company has also introduced other related kitchen essentials like the Aarke Kettle, Purifier, Nesting Glass Set, and Nesting Carafe & Spoon.

“Elegant”

Aarke Carbonator III

Although Aarke Carbonator III comes with a heavy price tag, it’s a handsome looking home soda maker you will love to own! Featuring a metal enclosure, it has a modern appeal ideal for minimally styled kitchens. This home soda machine is equally stellar in its carbonation game, delivering top-notch quality seltzer in a matter of seconds. Instead of a button, you have a nifty lever to make your water as fizzy as you like. Aarke Carbonator III includes a reusable plastic bottle, a cleaning cloth, and a drip tray. But you have to purchase the CO2 canister separately. The machine is compatible with any standard screw-top 60L cylinder.

Read Full Review HERE!

In-Depth Independent Carbonator III Review

Design and Build Quality

Aarke Carbonator III boasts a very elegant design that also happens to be the selling point of the machine. Measuring 10 x 6 x 16.2 inches (25.8 x 15.3 x 41.4 cm) in size, it has a smaller footprint. It’s also light enough to carry around easily and weighs only 3lbs (1.45kg). It’s noteworthy that while this home soda maker features a stainless steel enclosure, it’s not entirely of metal build. But it’s a very durable and long-lasting choice. Aarke Carbonator III is available in stunning finishes such as Steel, Hammertone, Sand, Copper, Cobalt Blue, Matte Grey, Matte Black, and Matte White.

Ease Of Use

From the drip tray to the ‘whistling’ sound, Aarke Carbonator III is engineered with attention to detail to give you a highly user-friendly experience. It comes with a detailed instruction manual to help you set up the machine with ease. It is a portable soda maker that requires no electricity to operate. The handy lever is also kid-friendly.

FIZZ Factor

Aarke Carbonator III’s ability to make fizz water is similar, if not slightly better compared to other leading brands like SodaStream. For a slight fizz, pull the lever and hold it until you hear a noise that users refer to as a ‘whistle’ or ‘fart.’ It signals that your water is carbonated. You can repeat the process for a stronger fizz. The long stainless-steel carbonation nozzle ensures the gas release is consistent.

Cleaning and Maintenance

This soda water machine also makes cleaning a breeze with its drip tray at the bottom. This way, there won’t be a mess on the counter due to spills or overflowing during carbonation. The reusable PET bottles are only hand washable and should be replaced every two years.

Final Thoughts

Aarke Carbonator III is very beautiful, but it doesn’t supersede top models like the SodaStream’s Terra or DrinkMate’s OmniFizz in performance. The standout points are the premium look, ease of use, and sustainability. If you pay a lot of emphasis to the design aesthetics and durability of the products you buy, this will be an irresistible choice.

What We Like

  • High-end design
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Good carbonation
  • Customizable fizz strength
  • Very user-friendly
  • Light in weight

What We Don’t like

  • Very expensive
  • Bottles are not dishwasher-friendly
“Sophisticated”

Aarke Carbonator PRO

Aarke Carbonator Pro is perhaps the most expensive home soda machine in the market and has attracted a lot of hype since its release. Interestingly, there are some remarkable features in this home soda maker that make the splurge worth it. For one, it looks exceptionally stunning and is made from premium materials for longevity. Aarke Carbonator Pro, with its steel and glass design combo, is a more sustainable choice compared to plastic soda makers. It’s also second to none in performance, owing to its smooth and consistent carbonation mechanism.The standard kit of Aarke Carbonator Pro comes with a glass bottle and Aarke cleaning cloth, but you need to purchase the CO2 cylinder separately. This soda maker is also not fussy about which CO2 cylinder you use as long as it’s compatible.

Read Full Review HERE!

In-Depth Independent Carbonator Pro Review

Design and Build Quality

Aarke Carbonator Pro is minimalist in design yet posh enough to exhibit on your counter. It’s made using high-quality stainless steel and is very sturdy. The glass bottles are a nice alternative to plastic carbonation bottles and enhance the machine’s elegant look. Measuring 11.4 x 6.7 x 20 inches (29 x 17 x 51 cm), the Aarke Carbonator Pro is quite imposing and requires significant counter space. But it needs no electricity to run. It’s quite bulky, weighing 8 lbs (3.65kg). Aarke Carbonator Pro is available in Steel, Sand, and Matte Black.

Ease Of Use

This is one of the most user-friendly home soda makers in the market. Unlike in most other machines, you don’t have to attach the bottle by screwing it in. You just have to place the bottle in the base and push the cover to enclose and lock it. It also reduces the chances of leaks from improper screwing. After carbonation, you push the handle halfway to release excess pressure and then push it all the way down to open the cover. Aarke Carbonator Pro comes with clear instructions and is a breeze to set up.

FIZZ Factor

The fizz game is very impressive in this one. You must press the button at the top to pump CO2 into the bottle, and the machine makes an audible noise to let you know that it has done the job. You can do a couple more presses, depending on how strong you like your seltzer to be. The mechanism is foolproof and gives consistent results.

Cleaning and Maintenance

Aarke makes it easy to keep your machine clean and sparkling with its cleaning cloth. You can use it to wipe the exterior and get rid of fingerprints. The glass bottles are dishwasher-friendly.

Final Thoughts

Aarke Carbonator Pro is attractive enough to turn heads or draw crowds if you must! It’s eco-friendly, durable, super simple to use, and offers top-tier soda water. However, know that it comes at a heavy cost, and that’s without accounting for the CO2 cylinder. If you don’t mind the price, this is a home soda maker that will serve you for a long time!

What We Like

  • Attractive and intuitive design
  • User-friendly and easy to set up
  • Dishwasher-safe glass bottles
  • High-quality and durable
  • Compatible with most standard CO2 cylinders
  • Impressive carbonation
  • The fizz strength can be increased easily

What We Don’t like

  • Very expensive
  • May be too tall for some counters
  • A few complaints about faulty machines

Philips

As one of the most trusted global brands for electronics and appliances, Philips needs no special introduction. Founded in 1891 in the Netherlands, the company has journeyed for over 130 years as a leading innovator in the field of technology. Its products are renowned for their durability, longevity, and affordability. So far, GoZero Soda Maker is the only sparkling water maker Philips has introduced, but it’s very popular. The company also follows sustainable practices to reduce the carbon footprint of its operations worldwide.

“Simple Value”

Philips Go Zero

Despite being the only soda maker of this reputed brand, Philips GoZero Soda Maker remains a strong contender in the sparkling water maker game for many reasons. Firstly, it’s modern and attractive in design, seamlessly blending with contemporary kitchens. While the construction is robust and premium, it’s still a very budget-friendly option compared to other brands. As it’s operated manually, it’s also energy-efficient and eco-friendly.Philips GoZero Soda Maker is sold without the CO2 canister, but you can get it as a bundle pack on Amazon. It includes a reusable bottle, and interestingly, you can choose between BPA-free plastic bottles or stainless steel bottles. We know for some users, it makes a great deal of difference!

Read Full Review HERE!

In-Depth Independent GoZero Review

Design and Build Quality

Philips GoZero Soda Maker is undoubtedly a minimal design statement, and this appeal seems to be a strong selling factor. Measuring 9.5 x 5 x 16.5 inches (24 x 12.5 x 42 cm), it is slim and requires only a small space on your counter. However, it’s not super light, weighing 3.9lbs (1.75kg). The machine is made from plastic and has a stainless-steel finish, and the overall build quality is impressive. With good use, you can use it for a long time without issues. It’s available in white and black colours.

Ease Of Use

The Phillips GoZero Soda Maker, with its screw-in cylinder system, may look like a dated machine. But it’s a plus for people who like the convenience of using any screw-top CO2 canister instead of having to purchase one from the brand itself. The carbonation bottle also has to be screwed into place. It would have been better if the bottle insertion mechanism was simpler because if the bottle goes off-thread when screwing, it can be prone to leakage. While the setup can require some time, and it takes a bit of practice to press the button hard enough, GoZero is a user-friendly gadget overall.

FIZZ Factor

No worries here because the fizz quality is at par with its contenders. It also does the job real quick! You have to press the button a bit harder and hold it to pump a good dose of CO2. Repeat the process 2-4 times to get the fizz strength you prefer. Remember to give a 5-10 second break in between presses.

Cleaning and Maintenance

The stainless steel carbonation bottle(s) that come with the soda water maker are dishwasher-friendly, while the plastic bottles are hand-washed only. While it’s not specified, it’s recommended that you carbonate plain water first and then add the flavourings.

Final Thoughts

The Philips GoZero soda maker is a cost-effective investment for sparkling water fans. While it’s not the most convenient to handle and operate, it’s a very durable machine. We also love its design! We recommend that you read the instructions carefully to prevent potential damages from mishandling the product.

What We Like

  • Eye-catching and sleek design
  • Budget-friendly
  • Quick and adjustable carbonation
  • Impressive fizz strength
  • Smaller footprint
  • Sturdy and durable
  • The machine is compatible with any screw-top cylinder

What We Don’t like

  • The CO2 cylinder is not included
  • Screw-in bottle insertion
  • The button can be a bit difficult to press
  • Some complaints about faulty cylinder loading mechanism
  • Plastic bottles aren’t dishwasher-friendly

Spärkel

Spärkel holds a unique position in the realm of home soda makers because of its innovative tankless carbonation system. Founded in 2011 by Darren Hatherell & Roy Sawyer, the Canadian brand was brought to light with the idea of offering a more convenient alternative to CO2-powered soda makers. It’s unique ‘carbonators’ make it possible for consumers to make any fizzy beverage without the need for CO2 tanks.

Spärkel is also a brand committed to sustainability, and the Spärkel Beverage System and packaging materials are made using reusable plastic. Its Carbonator Offset Program ensures that after the sale of a unit, the same amount of plastic is collected from the oceans.

“Tankless Carbonation”

Spärkel Beverage System

The speciality of the Spärkel Beverage System is that it elimiates the need for CO2 cylinders, freeing you from the hassle of replacing or refilling your empty cylinders. Then how does this tankless gadget work? It uses carbonators – sodium bicarbonate and citric acid sachets – to produce CO2. When you pour them into the water tank in the machine, the chemical reaction of these ingredients produces CO2, which is then pumped into the carbonation bottle. Spärkel assures you that no carbonator product goes into the drink except for the CO2 created! Besides this innovative technology, we love that you can carbonate anything, and the fizz strength is automated and adjustable to match your taste! Another plus is that you can prepare your fizzy drinks in advance and store the unopened bottle for up to a week in the fridge. Spärkel Beverage System includes a reusable water bottle and 10 carbonators.

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Design and Build Quality

This sparkling water maker is sleek and slim in design, measuring 10 x 5.7 x 15 inches (25 x 14 x 38 cm) in size. However, it’s bulky, weighing 11 lbs (5kgs). The machine is entirely made out of plastic, including the fizz control buttons. It looks reasonably well-built, although not the sturdiest. Overall, we think it will be a stylish addition to any kitchen or bar.

Ease Of Use

The soda water maker comes with clear instructions, and the setup takes very little time. To operate, you have to plug it in, fill the water tank, and pour the contents of the sachets for carbonators to do their magic. Then, you just have to place the drink bottle and select the carbonation level. We have to admit that while the overall process is not tedious, it’s not as convenient as CO2 canister-powered machines. Also noteworthy is that a pair of sachets is meant for one use.

FIZZ Factor

The tankless system makes no compromises in its ability to offer you the fizziest drinks. With five preset carbonation levels, you can make your drink lightly bubbly or seriously tingly. Alternatively, you can also choose the fizz level based on the beverage type. The minimum level is ideal for light drinks, while the maximum level is ideal for thicker concoctions. As users highlight, the fizz strength delivered by the machine is exceptional.

Cleaning and Maintenance

The carbonation bottles are dishwasher-friendly, making it easy for you to clean them, regardless of the type of beverage. Some users have noted that the carbonated liquid tends to leak from the bottle, and this could be due to a faulty machine or improper screwing of the top and bottom lids of the bottle.

Final Thoughts

We love that Spärkel is a fresh take on home soda makers and the only one to operate without CO2 canisters. If you like the idea of ordering carbonators from the comfort of your home instead of dealing with the hassle of exchanging CO2 cylinders, this is ideal. The operation is smooth and convenient once you get the hang of it. The catch is that it’s expensive – both the initial investment and the cost of purchasing carbonators afterwards for continuous use.

What We Like

  • Unique tankless carbonation system
  • Can carbonate any beverage
  • Good fizz strength
  • Automated carbonation in varying levels
  • Easy to set up and operate
  • Attractive design
  • Dishwasher-friendly bottle

What We Don’t like

  • Pricey, considering the cost of purchasing carbonators
  • Time-consuming than other machines to operate and carbonate drinks
  • Loses carbonation quickly after opening
  • Bulky
  • Requires electricity to operate
  • Sachets are not readily available, unlike CO2 tanks

Twenty39

Twenty39 is an upcoming Australian soda maker brand that has introduced two models so far. The company aims to provide high-quality and sustainable products for its customers and contribute to reducing global plastic wastage. Twenty39 Qarbo home soda makers, Qarbo Classic and Luxe utilise an innovative patented pressure release system to help consumers carbonate any beverage right in the bottle. The company is also committed to environmental conservation and has pledged to plant one tree for every Qarbo machine sold.

“Direct Infusion”

Qarbo Classic

Twenty39’s first sparkling water maker, Qarbo Classic, is a gadget you won’t mind displaying on the counter, owing to its clean aesthetics. However, we favour its ability to add carbonation directly to flavour-infused water. So, there’s no loss of fizz in the process, and the kick of flavour will be as sharp as it should be! It also means you can add fresh fruit pieces prior to carbonation to enjoy naturally-flavoured seltzer if you don’t prefer artificial flavourings.Qarbo Classic includes two BPA-free plastic bottles and is compatible with any average 60L CO2 cylinder, which has to be purchased separately. However, make sure you purchase the model compatible with the screw thread used in your country.

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In-Depth Independent Qarbo Classic Review

Design and Build Quality

The design is neat and sleek, giving a timeless elegance to the machine. Its super slim and long structure measures 6 x 3 x 16 inches (15 x 8 x 41 cm) in size. It’s also very light, weighing just 3.4 lbs (1.55 kg). While the machine is of plastic build, it has a metallic effect due to the electroplated finish. It seems to be durable and well-made. Qarbo Classic is available in matte black, metallic red, bronze, and chrome.

Ease Of Use

The detailed instruction manual helps you set up the machine within a short time. Qarbo Classic is also very user-friendly. Once you screw in the CO2 cylinder, you have to place the bottle with the Aircharge cap in position and press the Injector Head a couple or more times. The machine also doesn’t require power to operate and is easily portable.

FIZZ Factor

Qarbo Classic’s patented Aircharge cap is what makes it possible to carbonate any drink, as it has a 2-stage pressure valve to release excess gas safely. You can customise the carbonation to suit your liking with more presses, and the fizz strength is commendable. In addition to delivering the right amount of carbonation, Qarbo Classic is also designed to preserve the fizz until you open the bottle. So, you can also refrigerate the drink and enjoy it afterwards.

Cleaning and Maintenance

The good news is that this home soda maker’s bottles and the nozzle can be washed to ensure no fruit particles remain clogged in the system. However, they can only be hand-washed. Also, the reusable BPA-free plastic bottles of Qarbo Classic should be replaced every two years.

Final Thoughts

Twenty39 Qarbo Classic is the perfect blend of design and performance. We love how it looks, and we love its ability to retain the fizz when the drink is refrigerated. If you drink seltzer or soft drinks regularly, it’s worth purchasing an extra cap, so you can store carbonated drinks easily. However, it is a pricey investment.

What We Like

  • Can directly carbonate flavour-infused water
  • Very attractive design
  • Smaller footprint
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Good build quality
  • Good fizz strength
  • The fizz level can be customised
  • No loss of fizz until you open the bottle

What We Don’t like

  • Expensive, considering that it doesn’t come with the CO2 tank
  • Hand wash only
  • Bottles can be too tall for the refrigerator’s shelf
  • Complaints of CO2 canister running out quickly compared to other machines
  • Some users say carbonation doesn’t last long once opened
“Luxurious Design”

Qarbo Luxe

Twenty39’s top of range model, Qarbo Luxe, is a more sophisticated version of its predecessor. While the metal design, beautiful ribbed exterior, and innovative look elevate its appeal, the improved carbonation cap delivers better performance. You can add flavours or fruit pieces to the water before carbonation, allowing for better flavour absorption. It also prevents the fizz from dissipating before you get to enjoy the beverage.The carbonation bottle in this sparkling water maker is shorter and wider –  a notable improvement compared to the Qarbo Classic because users have highlighted that it’s difficult to store the Classic bottles vertically in the refrigerator. Qarbo Luxe comes with 2 reusable BPA-free water bottles. Twenty39 has also announced that it will soon release a stainless steel bottle for those who prefer a plastic-free alternative.

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In-Depth Independent Qarbo Luxe Review

Design and Build Quality

Qarbo Luxe features a corrugated metal texture, which gives it a premium and exquisite appeal. It is constructed from anodized aluminium and is a highly durable, eco-friendly, and sustainable choice for a soda water maker. The bottles are also designed to fit into your refrigerator doors more easily. Weighing 6.6 lbs (3 kgs), it’s not the most portable device. It measures 7.6 x 4 x 17.8 inches (19 x 10 x 45 cm). You can get Qarbo Luxe in black, gold, or silver.

Ease Of Use

The setup and operating mechanism are straightforward. With the instruction manual, you can assemble the machine, install the cylinder, and get it ready within minutes. You can use any 60L screw-in CO2 cylinder with a thread that’s compatible with the machine. For carbonation, place the bottle with the Airplus cap in position and press the Injector Head.

FIZZ Factor

With Qarbo Luxe, achieving your preferred fizz level is quick and easy. A single press of the Injector Head will give you lightly bubbly water, while a few presses provide heavy carbonation. The patented Airplus cap is the game-changer as it not only allows any beverage to be carbonated but also retains the optimum level of fizz with its 2-stage pressure release system.

Cleaning and Maintenance

The bottle and the cap are washable, but they are not dishwasher-friendly. You have to wash them thoroughly to get rid of the smell of beverages and any remaining fruit particles in them. Also, the reusable carbonation bottles need to be replaced every two years.

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Final Thoughts

If you prefer a very durable and good-looking metal soda water maker and don’t mind the hefty price tag that comes with it, Twenty39 Qarbo Luxe is a good choice. It’s also a very versatile machine, and its carbonation strength is decent enough to please all seltzer lovers.

What We Like

  • Luxurious design
  • Can carbonate any beverage
  • Customizable carbonation
  • Good fizz strength
  • Sturdy and durable metal build
  • A more sustainable choice than plastic soda water makers
  • Bottles fit in the refrigerator easily

What We Don’t like

  • Very expensive
  • Hand wash only
  • Drink Loses carbonation pretty quickly once opened
  • Quite bulky

Shark Ninja

Founded in 1994 by Mark Rosenzweig, SharkNinja is an award-winning company renowned for its innovative and high-quality household appliances. It is headquartered in Needham, Massachusetts, United States and offers its products under the brands Shark and Ninja. While the Shark brand is focused on cleaning products and hair care tools, the Ninja brand provides cooking solutions like ovens and grills.

This year, Ninja unveiled its latest product, Ninja Thirsti Drink System, a machine that lets you create still and sparkling drinks. While it’s the first soda maker of the brand, it’s already popular owing to its versatility. Ninja also offers an assortment of calorie-free and sugar-free flavours to use with it and a range of stylish stainless steel water bottles designed and engineered to store your sparkling drinks.

“Versatile”

Ninja Thirsti Drink System

Ninja Thirsti Drink System is not just about carbonating water. It also goes a step ahead of its rivals and dispenses flavour at the press of a button, giving you a perfectly crafted drink. We also love how it offers plenty of room for customisation in every step of the process, starting from the choice of still or sparkling water to selecting the intensity of the flavours infused.While Ninja Thirsti is powered by a CO2 cylinder, it doesn’t use carbonation bottles like other models. Instead, it offers four drink sizes such as 6, 12, 18, and 24 ounces. This way, you don’t need to carbonate an entire bottle and can have the drink poured straight into a glass or cup of your choice! The standard kit includes a 60L CO2 tank and 8 of its Flavoured Water Drops.

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In-Depth Independent Ninja Thirsti Drink System Review

Design and Build Quality

Ninja Thirsti is a sleek, well-designed, and professional-looking home soda maker. It measures 14 x 8.7 x 16 inches (35 x 22 x 40.6 cm) in size and needs significant counter space. Weighing 8.5 lbs (3.9 kg), it’s also quite bulky and is not a portable gadget because it needs power for operation. While it’s constructed using plastic, it seems sturdy and durable. It is only available in black.

Ease Of Use

What many users love about Ninja Thirsti is its ease of use. The setup requires less than 5 minutes. The control panel is user-friendly with clear indications of each button’s functionality. To get started, insert the CO2 cylinder, the cold water-filled tank, and the 2 of your preferred Ninja flavours in place. Then, place the cup or bottle at the base and specify the carbonation level, flavour(s), the strength of each flavour, and volume.

FIZZ Factor

Ninja Thirsti prefers cold water for carbonation, and the disc turning blue at the bottom indicates that the water you have poured is sufficiently cold, pretty cool excuse the pun!. The soda maker offers 3 preset carbonation levels for sparkling water such as light, medium, and strong. The overall fizz strength is impressive, and users also point out that it’s long-lasting when refrigerated. Besides the strength of bubbles, you can also get creative with flavours. While you can only use Ninja’s flavour drops, there’s a wide range of choices, and you can use two at a time. You can go for a single flavour or a combo and choose between ‘classic’ and ‘punch.’ Classic gives a mild flavour, while the Punch is a stronger infusion. The upside of this mechanism is that flavours are diffused evenly into your drink.

Cleaning and Maintenance

As this home soda machine allows any cup to be used, you can choose dishwasher-friendly cups to keep cleaning minimal. Maintenance primarily involves keeping the water tank and the exterior of the soda maker clean, simple and easy!

Final Thoughts

Ninja Thirsti is an ideal choice for those who like their drink to be carbonated and flavoured well. You can also experiment a lot with the available flavours and carbonation levels, which we think is great for those who find plain water too boring. But it’s pricey, and you have to factor in the cost of purchasing flavours and CO2 tanks, however it’s versatility makes up for the cost.

What We Like

  • Adds flavour after carbonation
  • Wide range of flavour options
  • Good quality carbonation
  • Many customization options compared to other models
  • Very user-friendly and easy to set up
  • Low maintenance    
  • Good design

What We Don’t like

  • Can be costly
  • Only compatible with Ninja’s flavours
  • Quite bulky
  • Requires power for operation

DrinkPod

Founded in 2017, Drinkpod is a small manufacturing company in Brooklyn, USA. It is renowned for its user-friendly kitchen appliances. Its popular products include countertop soda machines, water coolers, induction machines, and coffee makers. Its first soda maker the FIZZpod is well liked for its ability to carbonate more than just water.

“More Than Just Water”

DrinkPod Fizzpod

Crowned the ‘best overall soda maker in 2023’ by GearLab, FIZZpod is an affordable home soda maker that lets you carbonate almost any beverage, from plain water to fruit juices. This star feature is enabled by the brand’s patented carbonator lid that is the lid for the bottle and not attached to the machine. It also has a 2-step pressure release system that releases excess gas safely and effectively. Besides its versatility, FIZZpod is well-known for producing high-quality fizz, and we also can’t help but admire the minimal and lightweight design of the machine. While the standard FIZZpod kit doesn’t include a CO2 cylinder, it comes with three reusable carbonation bottles, three caps, and one fizz infuser. The extra bottles come in handy if you want to prep the drinks in advance and refrigerate them. The Fizzpod is compatible any standard 60L CO2 cylinder.

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In-Depth Independent DRINKPOD Fizzpod Review

Design and Build Quality

FIZZpod is compact, slim, and very simple in its looks. Measuring 6 x 3.16 x 16 inches (15.2 x 8 x 40.6 cm), it demands very little counter space, although a bit too tall. It is also light and portable, weighing only 4.24 lbs (1.9 kg). While the machine is of a plastic build and may not be the sturdiest option in the lot, it seems well-made. It requires no electricity for operation. FIZZpod is available in Silver, White, Black, Cognac, Aruba Blue, Ash Green, and Polished Silver.

Ease Of Use

FIZZpod is super simple to use, and you can set it up in no time. Once you insert the CO2 cylinder, the next step is to place the bottle with the carbonator cap and press the top for carbonation. Then, remove the bottle, give it a good shake, and spin the cap slowly. Make sure you read the manual to learn how to open the bottle gradually when carbonating different beverages. 

FIZZ Factor

You don’t have to worry about the fizz quality in this one, as it’s excellent. Some users also say that its finer bubbles deliver a better taste than seltzer made from other models. 2-4 presses should give you a moderate-level fizz. You can easily customize the carbonation level with additional presses!

Cleaning and Maintenance

FIZZpod carbonation bottles and caps should only be hand-washed. Use a mild detergent to clean them thoroughly and get rid of any residue. You can keep the machine’s soda maker clean by wiping it with a damp cloth.

Final Thoughts

FIZZpod is a delight to use. It’s a convenient home soda machine, and gives you plenty of freedom to carbonate different beverages and enjoy them. While it’s not as sophisticated as some other models in the market, it’s a solid choice, especially if you are looking for a budget-friendly option.

What We Like

  • Can carbonate just about anything
  • Minimal and attractive design
  • Small footprint
  • Easy to operate
  • Good value for money
  • Portable
  • Good fizz quality
  • Customizable carbonation

What We Don’t like

  • Bottles can be too tall to fit in the refrigerator
  • The CO2 cylinder is not included
  • Bottles are not dishwasher-friendly

Conclusion

We hope our guide on the best home soda maker brands helped you sift through the pool of choices and pick one that fits your requirements. While every soda maker is designed to carbonate water – and, in some cases, other beverages – not all of them are built the same. They differ in price, carbonation ability, design, and operation.

So, we recommend you review each model’s pros and cons with their price to find the right one. While some would prefer a high-quality machine to make seltzer regularly, others may prefer the versatility of carbonating any beverage. However, regardless of your choice, a soda water machine is a worthy investment as it significantly reduces the cost of store-bought soda water and soft drinks. The environment will also thank you, so very much! Don’t forget to visit our recommended best water bottles for carbonated drinks: FIZZ ON THE GO!

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