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.

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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.
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1 Best Sparkling Mineral Water: Gerolsteiner Sparkling Natural Mineral Water

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.

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2 Best Lime: Polar Lime Seltzer

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.

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3 Best Lemon: Boylan Lemon Seltzer

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.

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4 Best Berry: Schweppes Raspberry Lime

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

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5 Best Original: The Mountain Valley Sparkling Spring Water

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.

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6 Best Orange: La Croix Tangerine

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.