Living a healthy lifestyle for you and your family means sussing out the junk from your pantry and fridge to make sure you’re limiting your and their intake of the red flag items. This isn’t to say that you should never enjoy a just-out-of-the-oven fudge brownie or tall glass of ice-cold soda ever again. There’s a reason why “everything in moderation” has become a golden rule, after all. It just means you start investing in products that are better for you, like making your own favorite fizzy drinks with a soda maker rather than chugging a bottle of the store-bought stuff every week.
Have you actually read the nutrition label on a soda bottle? You’re essentially drinking a glass of carbonated corn syrup and other additives. Does that take away from the fact that it tastes good? No, but it does tell you that, just maybe, these fizzy drinks aren’t so great for your, your partner or your little ones to be consuming on the regular.
We get it, though: Water isn’t exactly the most thrilling beverage option, and with no flavor or carbonation to make each sip a little more enticing, guzzling down the recommended 64 ounces a day is no small feat. That’s where soda makers come in. These quirky kitchen appliances take plain old glasses of water and transform them into bubbly sips. Just add syrup drops or fresh fruit for added flavor, and you’ll be sipping on more cups of water than you can count. Plus, these machines are also a more sustainable option than buying a couple of plastic bottles every week. You end up saving money, doing your part to save the planet and drinking more H2O. So check out the best soda makers below — we promise your body and family will thank you for making the swap.
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1. SodaStream Fizzi One Touch Sparkling Water Maker
In case you’ve somehow managed to dodge the infomercials (and if you have, go watch them right now because they’re great), here are the sparknotes: The SodaStream machine is an authority in the at-home soda maker biz, so if you love carbonated beverages, but not the added sugars and wasted calories fizzing around them, this is the system for you. It’s the one-touch appliance that transforms still water to sparkling goodness with a single press of a button. Your purchase comes with everything you need to make your favorite drink from scratch: two 60 liter Co2 cylinders, three 1 liter carbonating bottles and two fruit drops flavors, Cucumber and Raspberry (flavors may vary). Snap the bottle into place, choose your preferred carbonation level and add your favorite flavor. It’s easy, sustainable and a better beverage option for your family, too.
2. iSi North America 102001 Stainless Steel Soda Siphon
This soda maker from iSi North America looks like something you’d see in a movie set kitchen (which obviously makes it that much more appealing). The siphon is made of stainless steel and designed with black accents. It features an ergonomic charger holder with non-slip silicone grip, a pressure control valve for comfort and safety, plus a measuring tube that prevents overfilling. Just add water, charge it up and your still tap or bottled beverage pours out bubbly. You can add flavor drops for a closer-to-soda taste, or add fruit like berries and slices of lemon and lime for a sip that’s super refreshing.
3. Aarke Carbonator II
Aarke’s soda machine looks pretty fancy, huh? The Carbonator II is the brand’s second generation model that’s been redesigned with updated internal features for a better bubbly. The mechanics work like this: The Aarke Sparkling Water Maker isn’t battery-operated. Rather, it’s powered by a Co2 cylinder that you screw into the machine. Fill up the bottle with still water, screw it into the machine and pull down the handle. Once you hear a little burp-like sound (appropriate, no?), the fizzing process is complete. All that’s left to do is add your favorite flavors, sip and enjoy!