I didn’t think it was possible we’d ever see a good-looking water carbonator hit the market, so were pleasantly surprised to discover the Aarke Premium Carbonator. Designed and made in Sweden (of course), the device includes a 33-ounce PET water bottle with stainless-steel cap. And best of all, because it uses a manual lever to carbonate water, the device requires no electricity or batteries.
Curious to know more? Our SF editor Alexa Holtz just sent me her take:
“We just got the Arke Premium Carbonator in polished stainless. I like it! You can up the carbonation as much as you want, which is good because I’m more of a Gerolsteiner person than a San Pellegrino person.
Drawbacks: I’m not convinced the entire thing is stainless steel. I think the body area that surrounds the tank is actually plastic, à la KitchenAid stand mixers. It’s also tough to have in a small kitchen because it needs to be upright and out on the countertop and it’s very tall, so not great if you have overhead cabinets. Also you cannot keep it near a heat source like a stove/oven or in the line of direct sunlight because of the CO2 tank.
Pluses: That said, we’ve been making our own tonic water and we’ve already cut down on the cost of stocking the fridge with bottled water (and eliminated the hassle of lugging glass bottles home from the grocery store). Two things I know people with SodaStreams say as well, but in my opinion, the SodaStream has never delivered enough carbonation to make it worth it.