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