Anyone who doesn’t share a taste for bubbly soda water could be forgiven for thinking these gadgets were a gimmick, but the reality is the opposite. Because for those who do, a home sparkling water maker should be a no-brainer when it comes to sustainability.

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These cordless countertop gadgets transform tap water into sparkling at the touch of a button, which not only saves on plastic bottles, but the faff of carrying them home. Suddenly you can add easy fizz to your homemade elderflower cordial, a mojito pitcher or even spruce up your favourite bottle of wine.

SodaStream has long been a key brand player driving the sparkling water maker market forwards and the brand offers a refilling service, whereby cylinders can be sent back for sterilisation, re-testing and refilling. It’s set the standard that most now follow.

We tested the SodaStream Crystal (£149.99) in this category due to the unique addition of glass bottles, but found the body to be large and cumbersome compared to others and this is an indication of the variety now available.

Best sparkling water makers at a glance

  • Best premium sparkling water maker: Sage InFizz, £179.95
  • Best sparkling water maker: Aarke Carbonator 3, £190
  • Best sparkling water maker for large quantities: SodaStream Duo, £124.99
  • Best sparkling water maker for good looks: Aarke Carbonator Pro, £249.99
  • Best sparkling water maker for eco credentials: Mysoda Toby, £76.12
  • Best sparkling water maker for personalisation: Bibo Fizz, £74.99
  • Best sparkling water maker for versatility: Drinkmate, £89.99

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Sage InFizz Fusion

Sage InFizz Fusion

Best premium sparkling water maker

Pros:

  • Easy to use
  • Good-looking
  • Smooth mechanism
  • Carbonates more than just water
  • Flat liquids can be 'refizzed'

Cons:

  • CO2 canister not included
  • Easily marked by fingerprints

Star rating: 5/5

If you've got a fair bit of budget to play with, Sage's sparkling water maker is a truly impressive piece of kit. It's very tall, but benefits from a super-polished, stainless-steel exterior that shines on the countertop. It's also designed to carbonate more than just water – you can also add fizz to juice, cocktails, wine and tea, and 'refizz' any previously fizzy liquids that have gone flat.

Canisters need to be bought separately, but Sage offers a CO2 refill programme in partnership with CO2 You, which also recycles old canisters. To use the InFizz, simply fill the included one-litre bottle with water, attach the FusionCap (which controls how quickly the excess gas is released), then twist and lock it into place. The manual advises pressing the lever down six times to inject the maximum amount of carbonation. When you remove the bottle, slide the switch on the FusionCap for a slow or fast release.

On test, all our beverages had small, fine bubbles, and stayed fizzy overnight after being left in the fridge. We also tried Sage's fizzy lemonade recipe, which was pleasantly tart and refreshing.

Aarke Carbonator 3

Aarke Carbonator 3

Best sparkling water maker

Pros:

  • Comes with two bottles
  • Compact footprint
  • Automatic pressure release
  • Sleek stainless steel outer

Cons:

  • Price

Star rating: 5/5

Swedish Brand Aarke has transformed sparkling water maker design into elegant statements with an industrial feel, made of metal rather than plastic. They sit at the luxury end of the price spectrum, but we think this is justified as the performance, efficiency and user-experience of these models are in a league of their own.

The stainless steel model tested was a pleasure to unpack, gift wrapped in an elegant black box and secured with a ribbon. Two BPA-free bottles with metal caps and bases are included as is a canister which screws in to secure. When lowered, the handle releases CO2 and it was the quietest tested. This would make the ultimate gift.

SodaStream Duo

Soda Stream Duo with GF badge

Best sparkling water maker for large quantities

Pros:

  • Comes with four bottles
  • Small footprint
  • Easy to use

Cons:

  • Pricey compared to other models
  • Stainless steel canister shows fingerprints

Star rating: 4.5/5

SodaStream is one of the best known names in the world of sparkling water makers, and this model comes with four bottles each with a capacity of 1 litre. This makes it a great option if you like to keep sparkling water on hand in your fridge, or if you regularly have people round for drinks. We found that the water retained its bubbles really well for over 24 hours after the being carbonated. The bubbles themselves had a large, pleasant mouth-feel and no other lingering flavours.

Aarke Carbonator Pro

Aarke Carbonator Pro with GF badge

Best sparkling water maker for good looks

Pros:

  • Compact footprint
  • Sleek attractive design
  • Entirely recyclable packaging

Cons:

  • Expensive
  • No time indicator for adding pressure

Star rating: 4.5/5

At £250, the Aarke Carbonator Pro is one of the pricier models of sparkling water maker that we've tested. But if you're after a premium sparkling water maker to live on the countertop as a sleek addition to your kitchen, this is a great option.

It comes with a single canister and a single 800ml glass bottle which looks attractive enough to sit on the table when entertaining. On test we were impressed by the fact the packaging was entirely recyclable which is, unfortunately, still fairly unusual with kitchen appliances.

Mysoda Toby sparkling water maker

Mysoda Toby sparkling water maker

Best sparkling water maker for eco credentials

Pros:

  • Body of device is made from a wood-based bio-composite made from almost 100% renewable raw materials
  • Plastic-free packaging
  • Two bottles included
  • Affordable

Cons:

  • CO2 canister not included
  • Chunkier design than others
  • Slight rattle to the outlet spout

Star rating: 4.5/5

The Mysoda Toby is incredibly quiet to use. Two BPA-free reusable bottles accompany the outlet, one with an 850ml capacity and the other just under 500ml which is a more practical size for taking out and about.

One of the biggest unique selling points is the composition of its wood-based bio-composite body made from almost 100 per cent renewable materials. The model is available in three earth-tone colours and is a good option if you're hoping to lessen the environmental impact of your sparkling water maker.

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Bibo Fizz

Bibo Fizz sparkling water maker

Best sparkling water maker for personalisation

Pros:

  • Adjustable fizz levels
  • Statement block design

Cons:

  • Lots of plastic packaging

Star rating: 4/5

The Bibo Fizz sparkling water maker offers four levels of carbonation which is a unique level of control depending on your taste. The use of plastic packaging felt a bit excessive during unboxing. The process of loading and unloading the canister involved releasing the back panel using a silver catch, which was simple to do.

The featured BPA-free bottle twists to lock into the outlet, which itself is removable so once carbonated, you manually release the pressure before twisting off the outlet cap. Bibo does offer a CO2 cylinder return and refill program by which empty canisters can be returned with a pre-paid returns note.

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Drinkmate sparkling water and soda maker

Drinkmate sparkling water maker

Best sparkling water maker for versatility

Pros:

  • Measurement notches up the 850ml bottle
  • Adjustable carbonation
  • Two-year manufacturer warranty

Cons:

  • One bottle provided

Star rating: 3.5/5

'Carbonate anything' is Drinkmate's slogan when it comes to this carbonator, designed to inspire the user to go beyond water and experiment with adding bubbles to wine, ice tea and cocktails. It was very efficient. Once slotted in, the carbonation outlet head secures with a magnet making for a smooth user experience.

The outlet itself offers a slider for adjustability over fizz level depending on what you've got in the bottle. Once filled, you need to release the surplice gas by pressing a button before twisting off the bottle. It was incredibly efficient at carbonating the water, creating more fizz than any others. The UK-based brand also does a CO2 exchange scheme.

What to look for in a sparkling water maker

Although simple in functionality, user-experience definitely plays into the quality of a sparkling water maker. Some are more efficient than others, or louder than you’d like for open-plan living, some offer adjustability over the intensity of carbonation, or may require you to use a screw-driver to load and unload the gas canister. Other factors to consider include:

  • CO2 canister included: If purchasing from a brand abroad, current import regulations may mean a canister cannot be delivered alongside the sparkling water maker. It’s worth being aware of this.
  • Number of BPA-free bottles included: Most will offer a one-litre bottle in the box with a maximum fill capacity of 850ml. But some brands like Aarke and Mysoda offer two, making life easier if you’re pre-chilling or want some on the go or for families.
  • Use-by date on the bottles: Carbonating water requires gas regulator valves to be set around 55PSI, which in turn needs bottles that can withstand the pressure. The majority will have a two-year lifespan before needing to be replaced.
  • Easily removable base: Gas canisters screw in and should be easily accessible for removing after. Some makers have removable bases that require a screwdriver to release.

What is the difference between sparkling water and soda water?

Sparkling mineral water: naturally carbonated spring water that contains a variety of minerals so therefore varies in flavour.

Club soda: water that’s carbonated by adding CO2 followed by mineral salts.

Seltzer: water carbonated with CO2, without added minerals.

How we tested sparkling water makers

Our reviews experts tested a carefully researched shortlist of sparkling water makers and scored them across a standardised set of criteria.

For this test, we followed each model's instructions for carbonating the water, filling the bottles up to the recommended amount and releasing the gas. The mouth feel and concentration of 'bubbliness' was assessed, reflecting the machine's effectiveness but also efficiency.

We then re-tested the water 12 hours later to assess which bottle had best held the bubbles. The scores out of five against the following areas determined the product's overall star rating out of five stars.

Ease of set-up

Loading and unloading gas canisters plays a big role in determining the user-friendliness of a sparkling water maker. Those with bases that required unscrewing, for example, with a screwdriver, were marked down.

Ease of use

Sparkling water makers are pretty basic but by applying pressure to a machine, you want the base to be stable, the body not to flex and the gas release to be easy to control. Where some machines automatically release unused pressure, others require the manual release or the outlet cap will pop off like a cork.

Quality of materials

Flexing carbonator body? Rattling button or spout? Those with cheap-feel components were marked down.

Quality of carbonated water produced

Depending on the recommended number of pumps for each machine, we marked each model on how fizzy the resulting water was, then re-tested the water after 24 hours in the fridge.

Value for money

Does the price feel justified?

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This guide was last updated in November 2023. If you have any questions, suggestions for future reviews or spot anything that has changed in price or availability, please get in touch at goodfoodwebsite@immediate.co.uk.

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