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6 Facts About Why I Like Sodastream; Save Money And Earth

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I am talking about how much I love “SodaStream” today, but not trying to push you to buy one.

In other words, I love daily “Vodka & Carbonated water”, oh well, so I need STRONG FIZZY water.

However, I couldn’t find my preferred STRONG FIZZY water for my drink outside of Japan, and I don’t like losing fizz the next day once a bottle is opened.

In Japan, there are two types of commercial carbonated water bottles- one is regular fizzy, the other is extra fizzy.

Why is it that way?

We are craving extra fizzy impact for Izakaya drinks such as Highballs, Sours, and Chu-hi.

(By the way, carbonated water is more familiar than tonic water for making daily cocktails at home to the Japanese. My husband and I often have a hard time finding stores where sell tonic water in Japan.)

For this reason, I am very used to STRONG FIZZY water and also had to wonder if I can save money and time for carbonated sparkling water.

I know I can find cheap sparkling water at a regular grocery store or COSTCO, but it’s still not enough fizzy for me. I like “Perrier” but it’s enough price to make me hesitate to purchase for daily use.

I am very happy about SodaStream since I used it the first time.

Adjust The Fizzy Level And Add Fizzy Again

The best feature of SodaStream for me is I can make Strong fizzy water, of course.
The feelings that the bubbles in the back of your throat.
I love it!

sodastream, adjust bubbles

My *SodaStream [1] has an LED carbonation indicator that I can see how much carbonate the water in 3 levels, so I can adjust carbonation each time.

Which is a big meaning to me, because I can add fizzy again when it loses the power of bubbles the next day. [2]

[1]My SodaStream model is a former generation model- SodaStream source.

Personally, I like this model because of the LED indicator and manual operated which the official web doesn’t sell anymore.

[2] You can add fizzy again for only water. After adding flavored syrup, you can’t do this.

I did once, and it almost blew up! It’s very dangerous, never do it! Almost? The 1-dollar plastic tray under the gadget was blown away.

Always Ready To Prepare To Make Carbonated It

make a lemon sour

I can make fresh fizzy water at home anytime, which makes me happy that we don’t have to run into a grocery store.

Yes, you have water to drink, and SodaStream.

Also, just in case we run a bottle of tonic water out, we have diet tonic syrup.

(But we need time to get used to its taste.)

Easy To Operate

Honestly, I was nervous to set the gas cylinder to the gadget for the first time- My heart started beating when squeezing it to the holder. Now, it is nothing after I know it’s safe.

It’s better to use cold water rather than room-temperature water. So, I fill the bottle with water the night before.

Carbon dioxide (CO2) has a high solubility when it is cold, in other words when the water is very cold, it can be fizzier than when using room temperature water.
Also, fizzy will stay in the water once you open the lid compared with room temperature water.

Only 3 Steps To Carbonate Water

  1. Fill the bottle with cold water up to the fill line. Don’t over the line (It causes making a mess), but not too low from the line. (It consumes extra gas.)

fill the water up to the fill line

2. Insert a “SodaStream” bottle into the gadget. Make sure to insert the bottle properly.

sodastream,insert the bottle into the gudget

3. Press the top button or Hold pressing the top to add carbonation (depends on the model)

sodastream, press the button and carbonate water

The Snap-lock Bottle Insertion

If you may try to look up a former model at some type of outlet malls, or second-hand shops, it may be better to check out it has a “snap-lock bottle insertion”. It’s just to insert the bottle in a socket and is locked automatically.

My model, Sodastream Source has a “snap-lock bottle insertion” luckily and it is my first Sodastream, so I never have trouble inserting the bottle.

Reading some reviews of SodaStream, people blew water and made a mess on counters.

I have been using SodaStream for 4 years, I never have the same problem.

Make sure filled water is not over the fill line on the bottle and insert the bottle properly until you can hear the “click” sound.

Also, before inserting the bottle, make sure the metal bar is pulled forward.

Once you get used to it, it’s easy to feel you can set properly or not.

In my experience, when the sound is a little odd than usual and the bottle is not stable, the bottle unlikely to insert correctly.

Does SodaStream Save Money?

Everyone wants to know whether Sodastream is worth it or not as saving money.

As I said, I can buy a 1-liter bottle of sparkling water for $0.99 at a local grocery store.

I consume almost 1-liter SodaStream water daily and a gas cylinder lasts about 1.5 – 3 months on my average.

I carbonate water with the max level and often re-carbonate it again the next day.

  • Giant Eagle…$0.99 × 30 (1 month) = $29.7 + Tax / $29.7 × 3 = $89.1 + Tax for 3 months
  • Sodastream gas cylinder (60ml)…$29.99 + Tax for 1- 3 months
  • SodaStream gas cylinder program…$14.99 + Tax for 1- 3 months

Moreover, you can get a gas cylinder with a half-price (only $14.99) when you use the “Gas exchange program”. To exchange a gas cylinder, you can order and return via the official website or go and exchange it at stores that handle Sodastream.

Bed bath & beyond handle SodaStream products, and you can use a 20% off coupon if you sign up e-mail letter every month.

Moreover, I bought 500 ml bottles to avoid wasting water because it will be dull fizzy sparkling water the next day. So, obviously, it costs more than buying a 1-liter bottle.

Don’t Forget Why I Love SodaStream

Even you are looking at the cost I showed above, you don’t see the clear answer about “Does SodaStream save money?”

As I said, the reason I love SodaStream is because of…

  1. Extra strong fizzy
  2. No need to space for bottles of water
  3. No rush to buy a stock of water
  4. Always enjoy fizzy without losing fizzy (by adding fizzy)
  5. Reduce plastic waste

So if you like extra-strong fizzy, drinking sparkling water daily, don’t have time for grocery shopping, living in a small apartment house, and eco-friendly, SodaStream is not a bad investment.

Who Doesn’t Need SodaStream

Conversely, you may need to consider more whether to purchase SodaStream, if..

  1. You don’ like sparkling water
  2. You drink “pop”, “soda”, “coke” rather than sparkling water
  3. You never run out of stock of bottles of water and other drinks
  4. Your recycle bin is huge

SodaStream Can Reduce Plastic Waste

plastic bottles, waste

The United States generated 268 million tons of trash, on average, a family of four generates 6,500 lb of plastic waste in 2017. (the washing post)

To use SodaStream,

Say, if you consume a 1-litter bottle of sparkling water each day, you can reduce 30 plastic bottle wastes when you switch the sparkling water to Sodastream for a month.

30 bottles × 12 months = 360 bottles per year, you could reduce.

bulk, plastic bottles, waste

In the case of 500 ml bottles of water and you drink two bottles at least per day, you throw 60 bottles away per month.

For example, 720 500ml-bottles per year, which you could reduce when you switch to make your own sparkling water at home.

How about your recycle bin now? It is not only water bottles but also coke and soda?

You can make major soda pops with Sodastream mixes such as coke, diet coke, ginger ale, tonic water, lemonade, and flavored water.

So you can reduce more other plastic bottles with SodaStream.

A gas cylinder can be exchanged when you get a new one, so it is not going to be a waste.

Add Flavor

you can add the flavor syrup after carbonation if you like flavored fizzy water.

“Sodastream” has a wide range of flavor syrups from classic to diet versions, in addition, you can make flavored fizzy water up to 9 litter from 1 flavor bottle.

Coke/Tonic/Diet Coke/Berry Mix/Lemon drop/Cucumber drop/Energy Drink…and more!

Which Models You Should Buy

Fizz ClassicAqua FizzOne Touch
color(s)Black, White, Navy, Icy Blue,
Red, Gold Rose
BlackBlack,
White
How to
Carbonate
Manual
pump action
Manual pump actionAutomatic, just press a button
Powered by electricityNoNoYes
Selectable levels of fizzNoNoYes
Bottle insertion
type
Snap lockEasy InsertSnap lock
Compatible bottlesSlim and Classic 1L and 0.5LGlass carafeSlim and Classic 1L and 0.5L
Dishwasher safeNoYesNO

Fizz Classic

“Fizz” is the standard model of Sodastream, make fresh sparkling water at the push of a button on the top with few times.

If you want to fine adjustment of carbonation, this is the best to buy even at a good price.

Moreover, it has the most available colors that you can select colors to match your kitchen.

  • Want to save budget
  • Want to adjust carbonation by yourself
  • Want a color option
  • Don’t want to use electric power

Fizz One-touch

“Fizz One-touch” is only the model to make fresh sparkling water automatically once you press the button on the top.

You can just select from three levels of fizz and hit the button. (required to press few times.)

It makes freshly carbonated water in 10 seconds.

Also, only this model uses electrical power (to use automated function) and available colors are black or white.

  • Looking for just Easy-use
  • Have an available outlet where you want to place it
  • Black or white is just fine

Aqua Fizz

The official site says “Aqua Fizz” is a stylish design and glass carafes.

Also, the insertion process is very easy, just open the slot and place it in.

Only this model has a dishwasher-safe bottle.

  • Drink flavored carbonated water frequently (Easy to wash)
  • Like the easiest bottle insertion
  • Like glass carafes

Source

SodaStream Source is not in the current generation models, but there are still lots of “Source” fans worldwide.

I know I have never used other models but I like “source” the best while researching current models.

What I like are…

  • Design
  • A LED indicator
  • Manual operation
  • No electricity needed

However, it is not found on the official website for now.

Why I Don’t Choose Drinkmate

At last, I am going to tell you why I chose “Sodastream”, not “Drinkmate”.

People who like “Drinkmate” is because you can add fizz almost anything of drinks such as fruit juices, red wines, white wines…

First of all, I don’t care to carbonate other liquids outside of water and I think I am going to be lazy to wash bottles if I use them for another drink.

Secondly, you need more gas when you make non-water drinks.

Technically, the fill line is much different between water and other drinks.

Since the fill line is lower, more gas is required.

Third, steps to insert and remove the bottle of Sodastream are fewer and easier than Drinkmaker.

so I chose “Sodastream” and am very happy still now.

But it’s my opinion and I have never used “Drinkmate” so consider whether you like it or not.


My “SodaStream” love is because I like Japanese Izakaya drinks. You will need Strong fizz to make Japanese-style highball and Lemon sour!


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