Sodastream Review (2021) – Is It Worth the Money?
The Sodastream is a revolutionary home kitchen product that produces fresh sparkling water with just the push of a button. Multiple Sodastream models and sizes exist, each with the ability to carbonate water or even make flavored sodas that promise to be healthier and tastier than traditional pop brands.
Best yet, using the Sodastream can drastically reduce a household’s dependence on single-use plastic soda bottles. So is the Sodastream worth the money? In this review, we attempt to answer just that question by taking a careful look at Sodastream’s many features, pros, and cons!
Overview of the Sodastream
Some people purchase the Sodastream in order to do their part in the fight to reduce the waste of single-use plastic bottles. Other people find that the Sodastream helps them to save money and to break free of their addiction to traditional sodas like Coca-Cola. Whatever your motivation, most of those who have already purchased the Sodastream agree that it works as well as advertised and is worth the purchase price.
Using the Sodastream is remarkably easy. Simply rotate in the CO2 canister, press the button, and watch as your water becomes fizzy. During the process, carbon dioxide is forced into your tap water under high pressure, which creates the fizz and crisp taste so often associated with bubbly drinks. The Sodastream can be used to create healthy soft drinks, cocktails, and more right in your own kitchen, in a matter of seconds.
Multiple Sodastream models are available. Though they do not vary much in terms of performance or final result, they do vary in their compatible bottles, sizes, maintenance, and fizzing methods. We outline a few of the major differences below, though excellent comparisons are also available on Amazon and Sodastream’s official website.
Regardless of the Sodastream model you ultimately choose, Sodastream sells anything and everything you need to take full advantage of your new Sodastream’s capabilities. Potential add ons include:
- CO2 canisters
- Carafes and other compatible bottles
- Bubbly drops for flavor
Regardless of model type, most Sodastreams boast the same standout features.
1. CO2 cylinder: The most important feature of the Sodastream is the CO2 cylinder. This 60 liter carbonating cylinder is what adds bubbles to your water. It is simple to install, includes enough CO2 for one to two months of carbonating, and can easily be exchanged for refilling.
2. Single button: Anyone will be able to turn boring tap water into fizzy, sparkling water thanks to the Sodastream’s one, single button. This simple design allows you to customize your drink. Just hold down the button longer in order to add more bubbles. Otherwise, a shorter hold results in less fizz.
3. Reusable carbonating bottles: Any time you carbonate some tap water using the Sodastream, you will need a reusable carbonating bottle into which the new bubbly water can flow. Each new Sodastream unit comes with a reusable carbonating bottle, however, most Sodastream owners report having multiple bottles on hand. Just one reusable carbonating bottle can replace upwards of 3,700 bottles and cans from our landfills.
The bottles can be used as refrigerator storage for newly carbonated water or coke, or they can be carried around with you on your day-to-day activities. Each reusable carbonating bottle is made of plastic that is safe, high-quality, and free of BPA. Sodastream routinely releases special edition carbonating bottles that have popular sayings or designs, some of which are done by famous artists.
The reusable one-liter bottles can be purchased on Amazon or wherever Sodastreams are sold. They are usually priced under $20 each. Most are not dishwasher safe, however, dishwasher-safe plastic bottles and glass bottles can be purchased separately.
How to Set Up a Sodastream
Setting up the Sodastream is only slightly more complicated than removing it from the box. Indeed, it takes fewer than five minutes to go from unpackaging the Sodastream to drinking fresh, bubbly water or your own soda. Some Sodastream models include or require different items. However, the most popular models of the Sodastream will include the following:
- The Sodastream unit
- A carbonating bottle
- CO2 cylinder that is full of CO2 gas
- Power adapter
For a complete list of all that your Sodastream unit should include, you should consult the included owner’s manual. Once you have unboxed all of the included pieces, become familiar with the Sodastream unit. You should notice one to three carbonating buttons on the top, a carbonating tube that extends downwards, a snap-lock situated beneath the “head” of the unit, and a bottle rest tab behind the carbonating tube.
If anything is missing or appears broken, you should contact Sodastream’s customer service representatives before attempting to carbonate any water. Your next step is to remove the seal and cap from the CO2 cylinder. This takes a little upper arm strength, at most. Then tip the Sodastream towards you so that you can twist the CO2 cylinder into its place at the back of the unit. When the cylinder is properly in place, you should hear a snap.
Next, plug the Sodastream’s power cord into the nearest outlet. It is recommended that you unplug the Sodastream whenever it is not in use so as not to accidentally waste any CO2 gas. Some of the newer models are cordless. If you have a Fizzi, One Touch, or Aqua Fizz, then your Sodastream unit will not include a power cord. Finally, replace the cover over the CO2 cartridge and you are ready to go. What button you press next depends on the model of Sodastream you are using.
How to Maintain a Sodastream
Proper maintenance of the Sodastream is important, though well laid out in the user manual and simple to accomplish. If you need to clean the outside of your Sodastream unit, use a soft, damp cloth and some lukewarm water. Only water should be used to clean the Sodastream. After removing both the back of the unit and the CO2 canister, wipe down each surface with your damp cloth.
It is important to remember that you should never remove or replace the CO2 cylinder while the carbonating bottle is attached to the Sodastream unit. Accidentally doing so could result in the CO2 cylinder exploding (and a big mess to clean up). To clean the carbonating bottles, use cold or lukewarm water. If necessary, mild liquid dish soap and either a cloth or soft-bristled brush can be used. It is very important that the Sodastream never be submerged in water or placed in the dishwasher.
The carbonization cylinders come with enough CO2 to carbonate 60 liters of water. Most Sodastream users report each cylinder lasting between one month (frequent use) and two months (less frequent use). Accidentally allowing the cylinder to leak, or preferring carbonated water that is more bubbly, could also shorten each cylinder’s lifespan.
Like everything about the Sodastream, replacing and refilling the CO2 filters is an easy task. Simply order new cylinders via the Sodastream website and wait for the delivery. In the box with your new cylinders will be a pre-printed USPS shipping label. Simply place your used, empty cylinders into the box, stick on the shipping label, and send them back to Sodastream.
The empty cylinders will be carefully examined by Sodastream and must pass the Triple Quality Control check. If they pass, they are refilled with fresh dietary-grade CO2, and will be used again. This process of exchanging and refilling is both cost-efficient and environmentally friendly.
Pros & Cons
No matter which Sodastream you choose to purchase, the pros and cons remain the same.
- Allows the user to customize their sparkling water to their preferred carbonation level
- Reduces the need to use and carry around wasteful plastic bottles. In fact, just one Sodastream bottle can reduce more than 3,000 single-use bottles and cans!
- Saves money by making it unnecessary to purchase expensive, name-brand beverages
- Sleek designs in classic colors that look great on a countertop
- BPA free
- The ongoing cost of having to replace CO2 filters. However, most users report that they spend less on CO2 refills than they did when buying name-brand sodas and seltzers.
- Some users report slow or unhelpful customer service representatives
Which Sodastream Do I Get?
Looking at the various Sodastream models can be a bit overwhelming. Below, we’ve laid out some of the major differences between the models to help make the decision a little easier. Sodastream’s three most popular models are the Fizzi, the One Touch, and the Aqua Fizz.
The bestseller of the three, the Sodastream Fizzi, requires merely the press of a button to sparkle water. It fizzes manually, meaning you control your desired level of fizz by pressing the button for a longer or shorter amount of time. The Fizzi is cordless and measures just 16.8 inches in height, so it can be used anywhere and won’t take up much space. It comes with a reusable BPA-free plastic bottle and is available in your choice of five appealing colors.
The One Touch is very similar to the Fizzi. Like the Fizzi, the One Touch includes a reusable BPA-free plastic bottle and requires a single touch to begin the carbonation process. However, instead of just one button, the One Touch has three, each pre-set for a level of bubbliness. The One Touch is electric and requires a power cord to work. You may choose to purchase the One Touch in black or white.
The Sodastream buyer who remains wary of the BPA-free plastic bottles employed by the previous two models would do well to consider the Aqua Fizz. Like the Fizzi, the Aqua Fizz is cordless and allows the user to control their fizz level by manually pressing down on the single button. However, instead of a BPA-free plastic bottle, the Aqua Fizz’s carbonated water flows into a 0.8-liter glass carafe that is dishwasher safe.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. Where can I buy a Sodastream and its accessories?
Over 12,000 individual locations throughout the United States sell the various models of Sodastream and their accessories. Target, Wal-Mart, and Bed Bath & Beyond all carry Sodastream products. You can also purchase on Amazon or the Sodastream website. Most of these same markets sell the flavors and bottles that enhance the Sodastream user experience.
2. How long does a carbonator typically last?
The answer to this question will depend on how often you use your Sodastream, as well as the carbonation level you prefer. Most customer reviews state that the 60-liter carbonator lasts between one month (frequent use) and two months (infrequent use).
3. How do I know if my CO2 cylinder is empty?
There are a few ways you will be able to tell that your CO2 cylinder is empty and that it is time to replace it. If you do not see any gas going into your bottle of water when you press the carbonating button, then your CO2 cartridge is likely empty. This is also the case if you notice the carbonator sputtering instead of letting lose a steady stream. Most Sodastream users prefer to order their CO2 cylinders in pairs, so as to always have one handy.
4. Is the Sodastream also a soda maker?
Yes, it is possible to DIY soda with the Sodastream that is healthier than the typical name-brand pops you would buy at the store. To make your own soda, simply purchase the flavor drops sold by Sodastream and add them to your freshly carbonated water.
5. How often should I clean my Sodastream?
The Sodastream should be cleaned as needed. It can be wiped down using a damp cloth and lukewarm water. It is important that the Sodastream never be put into the dishwasher or submerged in water.
6. Will the Sodastream recarbonate soda? Will it carbonate other things like juice?
No! The Sodastream is only designed to carbonate water — nothing else! Not only is attempting to carbonate something other than water (such as juice) a safety issue, but it will also void the warranty.
7. How long does the sparkling water last before it goes flat?
The sparkling water produced by the Sodastream can remain fresh for up to two weeks when properly stored in the refrigerator. For the best results, be sure to tightly close the hermetic seal on the bottle’s cap.
8. Do I need to use a special type of water or have a certain type of water system to use the Sodastream?
No. You may use whatever water you prefer to drink regularly. For the best results, it is recommended that you use cold water.
9. Where is the Sodastream manufactured?
The Sodastream company has 13 production facilities located all around the world. However, the company’s main manufacturing facility is located just north of Beersheba, Israel in Idan HaNegev Industrial Park.
10. Is SodaStream owned by a bigger company?
SodaStream was purchased by PepsiCo in 2018.
So is the Sodastream worth it? The Sodastream is an appealing and revolutionary kitchen gadget that can carbonate water into sparkling water, Lacroix-like seltzer, or even soda. Multiple Sodastream models are available on the market, though they mostly vary in terms of the number of buttons, electric vs. non-electric, and whether or not they require a glass carafe or BPA-free plastic bottle.
If carbonating water is your goal, then you really can’t go wrong with any type of Sodastream. The Sodastream is affordable, though there remains the monthly or bi-monthly cost of replacing the CO2 cartridges. Replacement cartridges average about $15, and most households use one per month.
Still, most users report that this still makes the Sodastream less expensive than purchasing traditional seltzer or soda at the store. Purchasing and using a Sodastream comes with the added satisfaction of being environmentally friendly. Just one Sodastream bottle can save more than 3,000 plastic water bottles and cans.
Bonus tip: While you are considering the various Sodastream models, check out this video on how to achieve the perfect amount of fizz.