Today In Awesome Stuff That Nobody Really Needs (But People Buy Anyway): Sparkling Water Makers

Written by Allison Krumm. Posted in Featured, Lifestyle

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Published on November 07, 2011 with No Comments

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American households have a rich tradition of buying kitchen devices and tools that no one ever really uses. You see them on bridal registries and gathering dust in cabinets or on countertops everywhere. Why, in my parents’ home alone, there is at least a deep-fryer, a dehydrator, and a George Foreman grill that never see the light of day. (To be fair, the Foreman would probably be much more useful if they didn’t have a giant propane grill in the backyard.)  At one point in the past, they also owned an ice cream maker. Not sure where that one ended up, but it is firmly entrenched in my mental list of non-active kitchen gadgets. However, none of these, in my opinion, is quite as silly a purchase as the sparkling water maker.

Is it amazing you can make your own carbonated beverages at home? Yes. But unless you’re a serious cocktail enthusiast, like my friends over at Home Speakeasy (and maybe not even then), or an environmentalist-sparkling-water-fanatic, there’s probably no reason to pay $130, $150, or $200  (Yes, that’s right, Williams-Sonoma stocks three different SodaStream models. What’s the difference? No idea!) to put bubbles in your tap. Most folks need a sparkling water maker like they need a fancy wine aerator, an electric juicer, or a chocolate fountain. Which is to say, not at all.

About Allison Krumm


During the day Allison serves as the Digital Marketing and Social Media Manager at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts. At night she quite likes judging things that play in darkened theaters and cinemas, taking photos of live arts events, and attending elaborately themed costume parties cooked up with various co-conspirators. Allison has two almost (but not quite) completely useless film degrees that have taught her everything she knows about weaving tall tales. She aspires to one day be half as awesome as Patti Smith and cares not a whit about split infinitives. | 

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