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May 19, 2007 02:49 PM

best budget/bulk sparlking mineral water options

What is the best option for sparking mineral water. I prefer this to still drinking water and want to buy alot...drink 2 liters of it per day or so.

Trader Joe's brand?

Do the grocery brands do ok? Costco? Perrier? halp!

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  1. Does it have to be mineral water? If not, I'd suggest the carbonator option. We got one and love it (just stay away from the soda mixes, nasty stuff). They send you some bottles and a carbonator than does 100 plus bottles on a canister. Not too spendy (I think around $80 or so for the start up). Long run, it ends up being about 20 cents a bottle or so. We use filtered water and we like the end result better than any bottled spakling water we could find.

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    1. re: ccbweb

      wow..that looks cool...i'm a bit lazy to do that...but i'll check it out more!

      1. re: Xericx

        I can't tell you how easy it is. My wife actually, literally, laughed the first time we used it. I'm going to sound like a shill for them, but they also have a 30 day money back guaruntee. Granted, you'd still be risking whatever the shipping is, so its not totally risk free. But it only takes about 20 seconds to carbonate a bottle.

      2. re: ccbweb

        We also got this over the weekend and LOVE it! We drink about as much as you do and we've tried getting it from Costco, the San Pellegrino is about $1/liter and the Crystal Geyser bottles at TJs is about $1 for 1.5 liters. In our effort to reduce waste, I saw an article about a home carbonator and thankfully someone had a new unused one, the Penguin model, on Craigslist! I would recommend this for anyone who drinks more than 1 liter a day. Also get the Penguin model and you can use the glass bottles which we have found in the short time that we've had it to be better tasting than the sparkling water that came in plastic bottles.
        Also this carbonator allows you to make the water as bubbly as you want which is pretty cool.
        And the final thing that pushed me over the edge in getting this was that it was not Made in China! Might be another topic but I'm trying my best not to buy things MIC given all the negative stuff that's been brought to light.

      3. I like the Whole Foods brand of sparkling Italian mineral water - I think it is about 89 cents per bottle - certainly cheaper than Pellegrino. You might also want to try soda/seltzer water, though to me it's not the same.

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        1. re: MMRuth

          i like that stuff too. they have different flavors (no calories/sugars) that can be refreshing on their own or enhance juice sparklers.

        2. Safeway brand club soda is about $1 for a two-liter bottle. Often it is on sale for less. We drink a lot of it. Club soda has some sodium in it (for flavor); there's also a seltzer in the same style bottle that has no sodium.

          1. I don't know what part of the world you're in, but in the Northeastern U.S. the Polar brand of sodas sells something called "Vichy Water." Basically, it's their carbonated seltzer with some minerals added to it, approximating a more assertive mineral water like Gerolsteiner or Apollinaris. My supermarket sells four liters for five bucks. It's not quite as good as the real thing, but it's still pretty good, very cheap, and doesn't have to be shipped across the Atlantic.

            Actually, I was sort of wondering whether I might be able to make something similar at home with my soda siphon. Does anyone know how to get the appropriate mineral salts?