The 6 Best Soda Makers of 2023, Tested and Reviewed
Being able to make seltzers and soft drinks at home saves you a lot of money in the long run, puts you in control of the ingredients, and is an eco-friendly choice that eliminates bottle and can waste. Soda makers create soft drinks in seconds by injecting carbon dioxide from a replaceable cartridge into plain water, and some can even be used to add fizz to other beverages, like fresh juices and teas.
To help you sift through all the options out there, we tested and rated different soda makers on the following attributes: ease of use, carbonation performance, and ease of cleaning. For machines that carbonate more than water, testers made effervescent apple juice, natural wine, and even cocktail syrup. Lots of bubbly drinks were made, but not every maker passed our standards. See the winners below.
Drinkmate OmniFizz Sparkling Water and Soda Maker
Carbonates any beverage beautifully
Compatible with any brand’s carbonation cartridges
No batteries or electricity needed
Some leaking if not careful removing bottle
One of the biggest draws of this soda maker is that it can be used to carbonate any liquid. You can make fizzy orange juice in the morning, sparkling tea in the afternoon, and carbonated cocktails for happy hour. (Most carbonators are designed to only work with water.) The sparkling wine we made came out beautifully carbonated, like prosecco, and the carbonation lasted even after it had been sitting out for a while. The carbonation distributed evenly for all beverages, too, with tiny bubbles and a great mouthfeel.
We liked this machine's small countertop footprint, which makes it a great option for small spaces, and that it doesn't require electricity (or batteries for that matter). The included bottle has a clearly marked fill line, plus low and high bubble levels that let you easily eyeball if you need more or less carbonation. The manual lists how many seconds you'll need to carbonate different drinks.
The Drinkmate can accept standard 60-liter carbonation cylinders from any brand. To help keep things cost-effective, the manufacturer has a trade-in program with which you'll score discounted CO2 cylinders when you send back your empties.
Price at time of publish: $120
Power Source: Manual | Bottle Material: BPA-free plastic| Bottle Capacity: 1 liter | Carbonator Included: No | Dimensions: 5 x 8 x 16 inches | Weight: 4.55 pounds