Great gadget: SodaStream

The SodaStream is a kitchen appliance which carbonates ordinary tap water.

Great gadget: SodaStream

The SodaStream is a kitchen appliance which carbonates ordinary tap water and, if you so choose, can add cordials to allow you to make your own fizzy soft drink. The setup includes the SodaStream machine, a small gas cylinder, BPA-free bottles in which to store your drinks and optional cordials.

So, if you can buy mineral water and soft-drink at the supermarket, why would you want a SodaStream? LifeHacker Australia did study which showed that making your own SodaStream soft drink would save you a little money when compared to buying generic soft drink from the supermarket, and quite a bit when compared to buying brand-name soft drink. It can also save you quite a bit when compared to buying bottled mineral water. It would still, however, take you a while to cover the cost of the initial equipment setup with these small savings. Because of this we’re going to say that the SodaStream will not save you money, at least in the short term, but it won’t cost you any more than buying soft drink.

There are three main reasons for buying a SodaStream. The first is that you will massively reduce the amount of packaging your household uses, as the SodaStream comes with reusable plastic bottles. The second is that many people object to paying for water, even if it is fizzy, when they have perfectly good tap water at home. The SodaStream allows you to turn your own tap water into carbonated water. The third reason for buying a SodaStream is convenience. The only time you will run out of carbonated water or soft drink is in the unlikely event that your mains water gets turned off for a day, and it is much easier to store small cordial bottles than big containers of soft drink.

The costs associated with running a SodaStream include occasionally replacing the gas cylinder. You should get 40 litres of carbonated water out of each 40 litre cylinder. The plastic bottles also need to be replaced every 18 months to three years, depending on how often you use them. And if you want to add cordial to your water to make soft drink, you will need to buy the cordial flavour of your choice.

So is a SodaStream worth it? Starting at $74.95 for the basic model, the SodaStream is a good-looking appliance. It isn’t a kitchen necessity but, for the environmentally conscious and those who drink a lot of mineral water or soft drink, it does seem like a practical item.

Find out more at the SodaStream website.

Do you have a SodaStream? What do you think? Is it a great idea or just another silly gadget?





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    ShazzamB
    14th Jan 2014
    10:28am
    I bought one with my Christmas present money this year - got the base model for $49, I drink a lot of mineral & soda water & I liked the idea on many levels - no salt in my water, filtered water & the green choice of not contributing significant amounts of bottles to be recycled per year.
    I was having issues with some bottles of soda water being over carbonated, I was buying a leading brand from my local supermarket & when I contacted the company concerned they said it wasn't their fault, that the drinks were probably exposed to extended heat after they were delivered to the supermarket chain. Having read a lot about plastics shedding dioxins when heated, I thought I would be better off buying a soda stream, so I know my water is filtered sydney tap water & has no added salt - it has been a great choice and I am loving it ! The refills are easy to obtain if you have a local supermarket who exchanges them & as I am not using any flavourings, it works out about the same, although better for the environment with less plastics into the recycling chain. I Would reccomend it to anyone who drinks soft drinks or carbonated water regularly.
    maxigar
    14th Jan 2014
    11:22am
    SodaStream is an Israeli company illegally manufacturing on Palestinian land confiscated at the point of a gun. We should boycott this product and not support Israeli apartheid. Nelson Mandela said:" Apartheid is a crime against humanity. Israel has deprived millions of Palestinians of their liberty and property. It has perpetuated a system of gross racial discrimination and inequality. It has systematically incarcerated and tortured thousands of Palestinians, contrary to the rules of international law. It has, in particular, waged a war against a civilian population, in particular children".
    Fossil
    28th Jan 2014
    5:43pm
    Stop your dribble and go live in Palestine.
    It will be much easier for you to fight the good fight from there.
    Hawkeye
    14th Jan 2014
    11:54am
    Maxigar
    I can't believe that you find this to be an appropriate forum to spread your racist garbage.
    robin hood
    14th Jan 2014
    1:08pm
    Ha ha Hawkeye how absolutely ridiculous to not buy a good product because it comes from a country where a small percentage victimise whatever it does and does not the product is great and if people want to boycott it well they are the ones missing out
    Hawkeye
    14th Jan 2014
    1:41pm
    robin hood
    Agree completely.
    I have one and it saved us a fortune when the kids were younger.
    I don't think anyone would have been saved If I didn't buy it.
    Perhaps Maxigar belongs to the PLO or something.
    MrPhysio+
    14th Jan 2014
    2:00pm
    Maxigar
    Anyone that knows the history of the Middle East will know that various Arab countries have declared that Israel should not and never have existed and that Israel's inhabitants should be pushed into the sea. Arab countries have launched two wars against Israel to achieve their aims. Israel won territory in wars not of its making, yet Maxigar blames Israel. I wonder about the motivation behind the hate.
    Marc
    14th Jan 2014
    2:11pm
    From the small amount of research I have done, prompted by @maxigar's post, it appears that his opening statement, at least, is correct; i.e. "SodaStream is an Israeli company illegally manufacturing on Palestinian land".

    SodaStream has a manufacturing facility in Maaleh Adumim, an Israeli "settlement" in the West Bank. Both the International Court of Justice and the Supreme Court of Israel have ruled that the West Bank is under "military occupation" by Israel. The Geneva Convention, of which Israel is a signatory, prohibits "transfers of the population of an occupying power to occupied territories", which would surely make the Israeli settlement, and therefore the factory, illegal under international law.

    Should we not be concerned about this?

    No "hate" here; I'd barely thought about this issue prior to today and I've never been a staunch supporter of either Israel or the Arab nations in their disputes (seeing fault on both sides), but isn't this a thin-end-of-the-wedge issue? If we turn a blind eye to one breach of international law, so we can enjoy our fizzy drink without any pangs of guilt, where do we draw the line?
    Marc
    14th Jan 2014
    1:06pm
    I own a Sodastream, which I was given as a gift and it gets constant use in our household. We do not use the flavouring syrups, preferring the carbonated water "straight" or with a squeeze of lemon. I love the convenience and the environmental benefits.

    Having said that, I was not aware that Sodastream is an Israeli company (which doesn't bother me at all) but that it also has its major factory in the West Bank (which possibly does bother me). Thanks @maxigar, for giving me something to research and think about.

    For the record; however, I need to point out that Nelson Mandela did not say what you claim. In fact, the quote comes from a "mock memo" written to the New York Times by Arjan El Fassed, a former Dutch politician and human rights activist, in 2001. El Fassed wrote the memo as if "from" Mandela but intended it to be seen as satire and clearly indicated he was the author. The memo went viral and has widely been mistaken as genuine. El Fassed has attempted to clear up the confusion in his own blog and website, for example: http://arjanelfassed.tumblr.com/post/431008597/mandela-memo

    Sorry to be the bearer of ill-tidings, but I have a severe personal distaste for the urban myths and viral inaccuracies that abound on the internet and so can't help delving further into such things as your "Mandela" quote.
    VicCherikoff
    14th Jan 2014
    3:25pm
    First off, I love the Sodastream and we use it a great deal. My problem is that so many bottled water companies are illegally tapping aquifers that will take eons or longer to replenish themselves. Also Sydney Water takes water sitting on top of land illegally stolen from the ecosystems flooded by the various dams used as catchments. Shouldn't we boycott the use of water and support dehydration and the great unwashed?

    I didn't vote for the dams, bottled water or the warlords that steal global water for sale into our water supply. Perhaps the boycott of water everywhere is appropriate.

    In the meantime, collect some rainwater, carbonate it with a Sodastream and have a drink to a foreseeable solution to the Israeli/Palestine situation while you Google for a Palestinian product manufactured on Israeli land. There needs to be some balance in life.
    Marc
    14th Jan 2014
    4:05pm
    Aaahh... nothing like a refreshing bit of sarcasm to shut the door on an issue, is there?

    I think it's pretty unlikely that Google will uncover a Palestinian product manufactured on Israeli land under Palestinian occupation, but please let me know if you find one.

    "All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." (Edmund Burke).

    Just sayin'

    Oh... and if bottled water companies really are illegally tapping aquifers, then of course we should boycott them (shouldn't we??) and, of course, they should be subject to legal sanctions.
    blessed
    14th Jan 2014
    9:55pm
    I really find the remark about "manufacturing on Palestinian land" extremely bigoted and offensive. The earth is one country. We were put here to share it. It belongs to everyone. All the wars in this world have been cause because of religion and land and Oil.
    There is enough to go around for everyone. CONTRARY TO WHAT SOME PEOPLE BELIEVE. We have been given a pretty amazing gift - Life and the ability to reason. For centuries now our disputes over land, oil and religion have been addressed the same way. "its my way or the highway" by whom ever feels they are the stronger. Our powers of reason are not being used. What we have been doing and thinking has been shown not to work and yet we persist in still thinking and behaving in this stupid way.
    YOU HAVE TAKEN THIS OPPORTUNITY TO TELL EVERYONE THAT THIS COMPANY IS WRONG BECAUSE IT SEEMS TO BE OPERATING ILLEGALLY ON "PALESTINIAN LAND" AND I WANT TO KNOW WHAT THAT STATEMENT HAS TO DO WITH THE QUALITY OF THE PRODUCT AND WHETHER IT IS A VIABLE COST EFFECTIVE PRODUCT? I DONT WANT TO HEAR ABOUT SO CALLED "PALESTINIAN LAND" BECAUSE THAT IS NOT THE QUESTION.
    AND, BY THE WAY, who designates who owns what land? Did God or who ever you believe to be in charge, say: THIS LAND BELONGS TO THE PALESTINIANS? NO. HE/SHE DID NOT. IT WAS SAID BY A MAN WHO THINKS HE HAS THE RIGHT TO SAY THIS.
    NOW I WOULD LIKE YOU TO STAY ON THE TOPIC AND ANSWER THE QUESTION ABOUT SODA STREAM AND THE VALUE IN THE PRODUCT PLEASE.
    Marc
    15th Jan 2014
    10:06am
    So... SodaStream can come and build their factory at your place?
    June
    15th Jan 2014
    9:23am
    Received my SodaStream as a gift three years ago and it has been in constant use since. I like no flavourings but a slice of lemon, very refreshing.
    Interesting comments on this subject,


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