Cut calories and save money with our favorite soda makers

BestReviews Staff

Always add any flavoring syrup after you’ve carbonated the water. If you add the syrup first, the liquid will likely erupt in a huge rush of bubbles and make a mess all over your kitchen.

Love carbonated beverages but hate the cost, want to cut down on cans and bottles, or trying to cut back on sugar? You need a soda maker! Soda makers are usually used to carbonate water to create seltzer or sparkling water, but good ones can add fizz to just about any liquid. By adding flavorings to the water, you can also make sodas.

Most soda makers include bottles that are designed for that specific model. You must use those bottles with your maker because other bottles or containers won't fit in the machine. Look for bottles that are BPA free and that will be convenient to carry, should you prefer not to transfer it to another water bottle.

Soda makers use CO2 cartridges that add the carbonation to the water. The cartridges must be replaced when they run out, which will depend on how large the cartridge is, how often you use the soda maker, and how much carbonation you add to your beverages. You'll likely need to change the cartridge once a month.

Ready to buy a soda maker and stop hauling all those 12-packs home? Here are our recommended models.

KitchenAid Sparkling Beverage Maker

This soda maker can add carbonation to any liquid (we tested everything from wine to hot sauce), making it the most versatile of all the soda makers on the market. Provides the solid construction and attractive appearance you'd expect from the brand. Includes a starter kit to help you get the basics of soda making down.

SodaSparkle Home Soda Maker

A basic good soda maker at an attractive, mid-range price point, this model has a compact design - which means it won't take up too much space in your kitchen. CO2 chargers are recyclable and disposable. On the downside, it may not add as much carbonation as other options, and extra C02 chargers are needed.

SodaStream Fountain Jet Starter Kit

A high quality machine from one of the field's pioneers. Features easy operation and superior durability. Carbonation units can be expensive, though, and you'll need to replace them often if you use the maker a lot.

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