8 best sparkling water makers for making fizzy drinks at home 2024

Everything you need to know about sparkling water makers in the UK, including expert advice on how to stay hydrated.

Best sparkling water makers

by Lily Anderson |
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These days, our kitchen countertops are full of different gadgets, from air fryers to help us get our fast food fix to toastie makers, and the best sparkling water maker is another that's definitely worth the investment if you're a sparkling water fan. Not only can it save you money in the long run, but it's also better for the environment too, as it reduces people buying single-use plastic bottles.

Best sparkling water makers at a glance:

Our favourite: SodaStream E-Terra Electric Sparkling Water Maker - view on Amazon UK
Best overall: SodaStream Terra Sparkling Water Maker - view on Amazon UK
Best for style: Philips GoZero Sparkling Water Maker - view on Amazon UK
Best slimline option: Aarke Carbonator 3 Sparkling Water Maker - view on Amazon UK

Sparkling water makers in the home were initially dominated by SodaStream and, although still very much the market leader, today, you'll find many different brands and options to suit your fizzy water needs.

So which is best? In our guide, we've found the best sparkling water makers to suit your needs (and budget), as well as answered all your questions about these popular devices.

The best sparkling water makers 2024

Best overall

SodaStream Terra Sparkling Water Maker with 2 x 1L Bottles & 60L CO2 Cylinder
Price: $124.99

Available in a black or white colourway with a sleek-looking design, the SodaStream Terra Sparkling Water Maker will look great in any modern kitchen. It has SodaStream's Quick Connect technology which offers fast, no-twist CO2 cylinder insertion for your ease of use. Cleaning up after use is also easy as the plastic bottle included is dishwasher-safe, so it's easy to see why this sparkling water marker is a good choice.

Tried and tested by Commercial Content Writer Arabella Horspool: "There's many things that make the SodaStream Terra a great machine. It's lightweight, meaning you can move it around your kitchen (or wherever you put it) and it's super easy to use. Plus, there are so many great flavours to try, including Pepsi MAX Lime."

Pros

  • Designed for a modern kitchen
  • Looks stylish
  • Quick Connect technology for easy CO2 cylinder insertion
  • Versatile and convenient
  • BPA-free dishwasher-safe bottle

Cons

  • Some reviews suggest that the carbonation dissipates quite quickly

Our favourite

The newest release from SodaStream, the E-Terra, goes where few sparkling water makers have gone before, utilising mains power for immediate, carbonated joy. There are three power buttons that carbon water on a light, medium or strong intensity - depending on how you like your bubbles. It's great for those who love to have sparkling water throughout the day and works perfectly in a home office environment (or to show off to your guests during a dinner party).

Our review: "Perhaps the most efficient sparkling water maker I've ever used, it couldn't be quicker or easier to enjoy a sparkling beverage. I love that the E-Terra is mains powered, plus the dishwasher-safe bottle makes cleaning up much faster. The Quick-Connect cylinder technology really is faultless and the three carbonation levels mean that you get the perfect amount of fizz as per your tastes. I'm a total convert - and I'll never buy bottled fizzy water again!"

Read our full SodaStream E-Terra review

Pros

  • BPA-free dishwasher-safe bottle
  • One-touch carbonation
  • Mains powered
  • Quick Connect cylinder technology
  • Three carbonation levels

Cons

  • No additional colourways

Most stylish sparking water maker

Refill, twist and press to create a refreshing drink at home. It really is as simple as that with the Philips GoZero Sparkling Water Maker. You can customise the carbonation levels based on your personal preference, too. As well as the easy functionality and the peace of mind of the built-in safety relief valve, here at Yours, the shopping team love the sleek design, which is available in four different colours: black, mint, red and white.

Customer review: "Bought to replace another supplier model. Compact compared to others, very easy to use and clean. Ideal to save money on bottle sparkling water, bottle provided is an ideal size."

Pros

  • Built-in safety relief valve
  • Just three steps to make sparkling water
  • Modern and sleek
  • Choice of colours to match your kitchen
  • Manual operation means no electricity is required and no cables cluttering your kitchen counters

Cons

  • Bottle is not dishwasher-safe

Best sparkling water maker for modern kitchens

One of the newer SodaStream models available on the market, this one wins on style points if you're keen to uphold the aesthetics of your kitchen. Available in black or white, the SodaStream Art Sparkling Water Maker has a stylish retro design with a lever that would rival the sleekness of your coffee machine. Simply pull down on the lever up to five times to determine the level of fizz.

Customer review: "Easy to attach gas cylinder. Easy to use. Looks stylish in the kitchen. I have wanted one for so long, I am not disappointed. Love my soda stream. Soda syrups are easily available, Currys has the best selection. Also saving on cost and reduced use of plastic bottles."

Pros

  • Aesthetically pleasing
  • BPA-free dishwasher-safe bottle
  • Quick Connect cylinder technology
  • Easy-to-use manual lever
  • Different levels of carbonation available

Cons

  • Only available in two colourways

Best sparkling water maker for ease of use

Reliable, easy to use and stylish are the best ways to describe this SodaStream. From delicious cocktails to classic favourites, add a bit of sparkle to your drink. The benefit of the SodaStream Spirit One Touch is that with just the touch of a button, you can get your drinks carbonated with three levels of 'carbonation' to choose from. A great choice for families or homes with people who need the automation for ease of use and that can be customised to your preferred level of 'fizziness'.

Our review: "One of the biggest selling points of the Sodastream Spirit One Touch is, you guessed it, the one-touch system. With three illuminated buttons on the top of the machine, you simply press the button for your selected level of fizziness and let the carbonator get to work. It really is super easy and I've never had any issue with these buttons not working. Once it's finished, the illuminated button fades so you know it's ready to go - simply unclip your bottle from the machine and you've got your sparkling water.

"The simplicity in the use of this machine really is standout and means I can simply get the sparkling process going and walk away - making it great for people as equally busy as me! Not to mention, if you have reduced hand dexterity, you don't need to worry about having to pull levers to get your fizzy water."

Pros

  • Different levels of carbonation available
  • Mains powered
  • Modern design
  • Quick and convenient with One Touch operation
  • BPA-free dishwasher-safe bottle

Cons

  • Reviews suggest that any slight overfilling causes spillage

Best slimline sparkling water maker

Aarke Carbonator 3 Sparkling Water Maker
Price: $220.89
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Made from stainless steel and available in a choice of colour finishes, the Aarke Carbonator 3 Sparkling Water Maker will be a sleek and stylish addition to your kitchen. It only requires CO2 to run, with no hidden cords, so you won't need to worry about finding a socket to place it near. With just a push of the lever, you control the bubbles, so you can push it as many times as you like to get the perfect level of carbonation for your drink.

Customer review: "What a stunning piece of equipment. Great addition to any kitchen. Carbonates nicely, and because it's electricity-free can take it anywhere, like to the table during dinner!"

Pros

  • Choice of sleek and stylish colours
  • Slimline design
  • Rubber base so it won't scratch countertops
  • Different levels of carbonation available
  • Compatible with most standard CO2 gas cylinders

Cons

  • CO2 gas cylinder not included

Best sparkling water maker for variety

DrinkMate OmniFizz Sparkling Water and Soda Maker
Price: $164.99

Water, cocktails, wine, juice and even tea - you name it, and you can probably make it carbonated using the DrinkMate OmniFizz Sparkling Water Maker. It includes two CO2 cylinders, with each one able to make up to 60 litres of drinks. When you've finished using them, DrinkMate operates an exchange service where if you send the cylinders back to them, you get a voucher with money off to repurchase them.

Customer review: "I've bought other well-known soda makers in the past, and this excels all of them. It's so easy and quick to use, and the flavour is great. A five-star product."

Pros

  • Carbonates any beverage, not just water
  • Can use any brand of standard 60L CO2 cartridges
  • Easy to operate
  • Safe and quick operation
  • No electricity or batteries required

Cons

  • Parts can only be handwashed

Best premium option

The SodaStream Duo is the brand's most premium sparkling water machine and the first to be compatible with both SodaStream’s new stylish glass and reusable plastic bottles. With the Duo, you can make sparkling water with ease at the push of a button. Featuring the new Quick Connect technology for fast and easy CO2 cylinder insertion, the Duo is the perfect sparkling water maker whether you're hosting friends and family, or making sparkling water at home to take anywhere on the go with you.

Our review: "I have to give Brownie points for the design of the Duo. While I never disliked how the previous models looked on the countertop, it's fair to say that the Duo looks that extra bit premium. This in itself helps elevate my kitchen as it's one of those kitchen appliances you'll have on display constantly. The black/ almost charcoal grey body paired with the sleek stainless steel flask looks seriously smart though there is a white option too if that's better suited to your kitchen aesthetic."

Read our full SodaStream Duo review

Pros

  • Cordless
  • Sleek and stylish design
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Accommodates glass and plastic bottles
  • Choice of two colours

Cons

  • Can't see the carbonating process
  • Locking the bottle in place may be harder for those with weaker hand dexterity

Choosing the right sparkling water maker for you

Before you invest in your new water carbonator, there are a few things to consider:

Size: First things first, you need to make sure your sparkling water maker fits on your kitchen counter. Whilst most are reasonably slim, they can be quite tall. If you have a small kitchen or compact counter space, you may need your new gadget to fit beneath an overhead kitchen cupboard. If so, we'd always recommend measuring up. For reference, the Drinkmate OmniFizz is the smallest of the sparkling water makers.

Types of bottles: Whilst most water carbonators come with plastic bottles, you can find some that use glass as well. Consider the type of bottle you prefer. Plus you can find some come with different size bottles (1L is standard). It's also worth noting that not all bottles are dishwasher-safe.

Bottle lifespan: The type of bottle can also affect its lifespan. Plastic bottles can typically no longer be used for carbonation after four years - your bottle should come with an expiration date. However, glass bottles can be used indefinitely.

CO2 canisters: With every sparkling water maker, CO2 cylinders are needed and this is an extra cost to account for. Consider the cost and how easy or readily available you consider the canisters of the brand you're thinking of going with. Not only that, but some come with quick, easy-to-connect CO2 bottles whilst others need to be screwed in. Both are simple to use but the former may be better for those with reduced dexterity in their hands.

What's included: A sparkling water maker isn't much good on its own! Consider in your purchase what's included. Most come with a bottle and CO2 cylinder, but you may find some that are available with added extras, like additional bottles, as part of a bundle deal.

How to use: Different water carbonators have different methods of operation. You can find both manual and automatic options with the latter being best for those who are looking for an easy-to-use machine. However, if you want more control over your fizz operation, you may prefer to go manual. Also, consider what you plan to make. Most carbonators fizz water that you can add sparkling water flavours to, whilst the Drinkmate OmniFizz will bubble absolutely anything.

Are sparkling water makers really worth it?

Yes, the benefits of sparkling water makers are endless; from giving you control over the level of fizz, giving you fresh bubbles every time, to doing your bit for the planet.

When speaking to sparkling water experts at SodaStream, they said, "Whether you like your sparkling water lightly fizzed or as bubbly as possible, you can sparkle your water to the exact level you like with the push of a button and add any flavours you like to make your perfect drink."

SodaStream goes on to add, "Do your part to look after the environment by making your own sparkling water at home, rather than buying ready-made bottles. SodaStream cuts the need to buy single-use plastic bottles (particularly as they are in short supply right now), turning tap water into delicious sparkling water."

How do sparkling water makers work?

Sparkling water makers use carbon dioxide to turn plain tap water into tasty fizzy water. They don't need electricity to work either, as you twist on the CO2 cylinder, and it will release gas into a carbonating bottle at the touch of a button. If the water isn't fizzy enough, you can just repeat pushing the button till the fizz is to your liking.

Is it cheaper to make your own sparkling water?

This depends entirely on your consumption and the machine of your choice. A SodaStream gas cylinder refill will cost you around £20 and will give you 60L of sparkling water. So, that's £0.33 per litre.

A supermarket's own-brand fizzy water could cost you anywhere from £0.40 to £1, depending on where you shop. Let's go with ASDA's four-pack of 2L sparkling water, costing £1.03. This works out at £0.12 per litre, so it's cheaper to purchase from the supermarket - even without the cost of the machine itself.

However, (and this is a big however) the number of plastic bottles you would use and throw away over a year would be pretty astronomical, and if you're trying to reduce how much plastic you use, it's definitely the eco-friendly choice.

Plus, you'll no longer end up accidentally running out as it's always on tap. Additionally, you can get creative with your flavours and syrups, and it puts you in control of how much sugar is in your drinks if you do like a sweet beverage.

Sparkling water maker
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How to recycle gas canisters from your fizzy water maker

If you're thinking about getting a sparkling water machine, knowing how to recycle your gas bottles is vital. That's because if they aren't disposed of properly, they can be dangerous.

Did you know that if you place your gas cylinder in the bin, it may explode when it's being crushed? Well, now that you do know, here are some of the best ways to dispose of gas canisters:

Most gas bottles can be recycled if taken to your local household waste centre. Herthey'll be emptied and have their valve removed.

If you're buying your gas directly from SodaStream, you can return an empty cylinder within 12 months of your purchase. You'll also get your £10 deposit back after receipt at their warehouse. You can also do a gas exchange in-store at some retailers, such as Lakeland or Sainsbury's, so you can refresh your supply of gas in your weekly shop and save a tenner in the transfer.

Is drinking too much sparkling water bad for your health?

If you're thinking about investing in a water carbonator, you may be wondering whether or not it's bad to drink too much sparkling water. It's certainly a question we've asked ourselves, too. In fact there are many sparkling water benefits when it comes to our health.

The NHS website lists advice on Water, drinks and your health. It states, "Water is a healthy and cheap choice for quenching your thirst at any time. It has no calories and contains no sugars that can damage teeth."

We also spoke to Dr Reena Wadia, Gum Specialist and Founder of RW Perio, to find out more about the rumoured teeth issues that can come from drinking sparkling water.

"Lots of people are switching to sparkling water. Although sparkling water doesn't contain sugar, it is carbonated. It's definitely much less erosive than other beverages. But, it can still cause some erosion of the teeth (especially if the water is cold). Watch out for flavoured or sweetened sparkling water – this is more damaging. Plain, still water is always the best choice."

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Does sparkling water have the same benefits as water?

Now that you've fully committed to a soda maker, it's essential that you understand the benefits that you can have from enjoying a glass of bubbly. Here's why we think you should make the switch to a drink carbonator.

Studies have found thathere's's no evidence that carbon dioxide in drinks is bad for you. In theory, this should mean that drinking sparkling water has the same benefits as drinking water.

However, for many years rumours have circulated around drinking sparkling water to drink lose weight. Researchers at Birzeit University in Palestine found" "There seemed to be a clear distinction in this study between fizzy and non-fizzy drink consumption in terms of weight gain, appetite and ghrelin production."

"These findings were further supported by the study in healthy adult volunteers, which similarly showed that fizzy drinks increased ghrelin production."

"It had been thought that the sugar content in soft drinks causes obesity, but this doesn't account for the link between weight gain and diet drinks that don't contain sugar. The researchers suggest carbonation could be the common link between the two."

Eleanor Weaver is the Deputy Homes & Garden Product Editor for Yours, specialising in home décor, furnishings and appliances. Having worked commercially on Yours magazine and Yours.co.uk for the past six years, she's previously hosted Yours Live events and loves looking for home inspiration online.

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