Soda originated from mineral water, and was originally bottled for consumption due to its health benefits. In the late 1700's, carbon dioxide (CO2) was infused into water by dripping sulfuric acid onto chalk to replicate the "fizz" that mineral water has, allowing the gas to penetrate water when the liquid was agitated. Initially, plain water was consumed as a health drink, but flavors like ginger for ginger ale, birch bark for birch beer, dandelion and sassafras for root beer, and finally fruit extracts were added. This created a fruit flavored drink that eventually evolved into modern soda pop.
We’ve chosen the best following soda makers which allow you to choose whatever flavor you desire, either in concentrated forms offered by the manufacturer, or your own flavor that you can add in yourself. Each of these soda making machines are all economical to use, meaning they’ll cost less to use for making your own soda over the long run versus purchasing canned sodas from a store. They’re also environmentally friendly to use so long as you use the same bottles over and over again. While ach of these soda makers will need CO2 carbonation added in the form cartridges or a bulk carbonator filled gas, they feature air-tight seals so none of the CO2 escapes and mechanisms so the actual process of infusing liquid with CO2 is fast and uncomplicated.
The SodaStream Genesis Home Soda Maker Starter Kit lets you literally unpack the machine, attach the carbonator bottle, screw on a filled water bottle and make sparkling water. Flavors and accessories are available at many major department stores, and SodaStream features 60 different flavors, all of which are high-fructose corn syrup free. Read Full Review
SodaStream almost created this category of making soda at home with some other soda makers actually using this manufacturer’s accessories because of how they’ve gotten it so right. There are several different varieties of the SodaStream maker, with this one being a starter kit. It comes with everything you need, including a bottle and a CO2 cartridge, to make sparkling water as soon as you take it out of the package.
Screw in the carbonator bottle of CO2, fill a bottle with water and screw it on the front, and push the button on the top and infuse the water with CO2. Believe it or not, that's all there is to it. There are over 60 different SodaStream flavors to choose from with all being free of high-fructose corn syrup. The carbonator bottles and soda bottles needed for use with this appliance are readily available at many department stores. The SodaStream Genesis also comes covered with a 10 year warranty.
The KitchenAid KSS1121CU Sparkling Beverage Maker is the most solidly built soda maker here because it is made of metal instead of the usual plastic. This unit features an actual pressure gauge so that you can precisely infuse as much carbonation into your water bottle. Read Full Review
If you want a deluxe soda maker (and price is no object) the KitchenAid KSS1121CU Sparkling Beverage Maker stands alone. The appliances design allows you to monitor how much carbonation you are infusing via a pressure gauge, giving you a precise measurement so you'll always have the right amount of carbonation in every bottle. The large handle makes it easy to control the CO2 infusing process, and the metal housing is solid and sturdy, unlike more commonly found plastic-housing types.
Although the unit is made by KitchenAid, it makes use of SodaStream accessories, like theCO2 carbonator and the SodaStream flavors. The KitchenAid KSS1121CU Sparkling Beverage Maker offer deluxe construction and design, but it will cost about three times more than our top pick. Even with the premium price, you'll still only get a one year warranty.
The CarbaCap Carbonation System must be accessorized with a bulk CO2 tank and a pressure valve, which are available at any home brew store or on-line. Simply screw the cap on to any soda bottle filled with water, infuse the CO2 and that's it. Read Full Review
If you’re into home brewing, or just need versatility for carbonating any beverage, consider the CarbaCap Carbonation System. This unique carbonation system needs to be supplied with a CO2 tank that’s connected to a pressure valve, which can be found at virtually any home brewing supply store or on-line. Bulk CO2 is inexpensive compared to the packaged cans that come with other soda makers, and this little cap will screw on to virtually any 1 liter, 2 liter or any bottle with those standardized threads.
Add any flavoring you like (from packaged soft drink mixes or even real fruit juice) screw on the cap and carbonate until your desired pressure/carbonation is reached. You can carbonate virtually anything, including commercially made soda that has gone flat. This is the simplest and easiest pick listed here, provided you supply the bulk CO2 bottle and the valve to regulate the pressure. But for a versatility in carbonation that is unmatched, the CarbaCap Carbonation System rocks, and it comes covered by a lifetime guarantee.
The SodaPlus SP76327 Soda Carbonating Starter Kit uses standard 8g CO2 cartridges to infuse virtually any liquid with carbonation. This unit works best as a single serve bottle, but it can be resealed and stored if so desired. You must use the proprietary bottles provided by SodaPlus, so that the screw-on adapter for the CO2 cartridges can be used. Read Full Review
For single serving carbonated beverages, the SodaPlus SP76327 Soda Carbonating Starter Kit is easy and effective to use. You’ll need to use only the proprietary bottles made for this unit, which is why the SodaPlus is considered a single serving. Pour a liquid into the bottle, add the flavor of your choice, from soft drinks to flat soda, and attach an 8 gram CO2 cartridge to the top. Shake the bottle and the CO2 will infuse the liquid. One cartridge is good per serving but you can use two cartridges for extra fizz. This appliance will carbonate virtually any liquid you pour into the bottle, from wine to cider, flat soda or any flavor packet you choose to add. The 1.2 liter bottle can be resealed and placed in the fridge to be consumed later.
The Sparkle Soda Siphon is the classic bar sparkling water maker, and it uses standard 8g CO2 cartridges. The one liter bottle holds enough liquid for two 16 ounce drinks, and you can carbonate the drink mix of your choice. When the carbonating step is finished, place the Soda Siphon into the refrigerator for two to three hours to achieve maximum carbonation effect. Read Full Review
This is the classic sparkling water dispenser that can be used to make virtually any liquid bubbly and effervescent drink. For home bars or if you just want a cold glass of soda, Sparkle Soda Siphon is a good option. The Sparkle Soda Siphon uses 8g CO2 cartridges that are readily available on-line or in many department stores. You fill the one liter container with water, attach the CO2 cartridge, and shake it like a polaroid. Remove the cartridge, place the container into the fridge for a couple of hours, and you'll have carbonated water at the touch of a button.
You can add your favorite soft drink mix into a cup and fill it with carbonated water right from the siphon. This is a great idea for single servings, or making drinks on your home bar. The classic, easy to use design makes the Sparkle Soda Siphon a favorite among bartenders, but it’s just as good for making bubbly drinks out of any drink mix that you have.