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Review: DrinkMate Carbonator

Early last year, an editor asked me to review and rank home carbonators—those countertop machines that turn chilly water into lovely seltzer. Research quickly revealed an industry in chaos. Some brands were plagued with deservedly horrible reviews or simply didn’t sell. One, with a tendency to explode, was recalled. SodaStream made carbonators that some people liked and had politics that some didn’t. It got so complex, I needed a spreadsheet to keep track of it all.

DrinkMate Carbonator

8/10

Wired

Does a great job of carbonating wine, cocktails and many other alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages without making a big, foamy mess. Does just fine carbonating water, too.

Tired

CO2 tank refills rely on competitor SodaStream’s expensive system.