Everyone has a favorite. Is it the taste? The pretty can? We tasted 40 seltzers, sparkling waters (which, FYI, are the same thing), and sparkling mineral waters to get the truth.

By Heath Goldman
September 05, 2017
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Others were stale or flavorless. By contrast, this pick reminded us of freshly squeezed orange juice—a bit like a mimosa sans champagne. To buy: $11 for 12 pack; amazon.com.
Ralph Smith
Ralph Smith

1

Its tiny bubbles cascade just like champagne. Thanks to naturally occurring magnesium and calcium, it has a subtle mineral flavor that cleanses the palate and pairs well with food.

To buy: $34 for 24 pack; amazon.com.

Ralph Smith

2

Seltzer should be refreshing, not sweet. While some brands packed on the flavor, this one stayed fresh with just a hint of lime and tons of bubbles.

To buy: $21 for 12 pack; amazon.com.

Ralph Smith

3

We loved this bright and fizzy pick because it didn’t have a chemical aftertaste. Plus, it comes in cute vintage glass bottles.

To buy: $50 for 12; amazon.com.

Ralph Smith

4

This seltzer stayed bubbly long after the bottle was opened. Its fresh raspberry-lime flavor was the perfect balance of sweet and tart.

To buy: $59 for 24 pack; amazon.com

Ralph Smith

5

If you’re thirsty, this one is easy to down quickly (no stinging). It has just the right quantity of medium-size bub- bles. And the glass bottle preserves the crisp flavor of water that’s sourced in the Ouachita Mountain valley.

To buy: $2 for a 1-liter bottle; at grocery stores.

Ralph Smith

6

Others were stale or flavorless. By contrast, this pick reminded us of freshly squeezed orange juice—a bit like a mimosa sans champagne.

To buy: $11 for 12 pack; amazon.com.