Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 107
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Randy Far less expensive than isi bottle
I got this on a great sale plus there was a rebate, so the purchase price is somewhat irrelevant. The real savings of the SodaStream system is that each charge of about one liter of water costs approximately ten cents. This is based on a conservative 100 liters against the cost of a refilled/exchanged bottle of SodaStream CO2. They rate their bottle at 160 liters, so in the end it might be less than that. Compare that to the cost of CO2 cartridges for isi and other similar siphons. Even buying in bulk on the Internet, cartridges run about $0.45 each (and even more for the isi brand). No need for a math degree to see that the payback period is quite good, particularly if there are kinds in the house and you are making your own root beer or cola drinks. And the returnable CO2 cartridges are more environmentally sound that throwing away the little, empty CO2 traditional cartridges.
To save CO2, I have been charging bottles by pressing briefly, then waiting about 10 to 15 seconds, then repeating until the "burp' sound indicating full pressure has been reached, and then waiting a few minutes before removing the bottle from the charger. This allows the CO2 to be more sully dissolved into the water.
The soda water created with the SodaStream is very close to seltzer water and far more carbonated than we were ever abler to achieve with the isi charger. The SodaStream also allows you to choose or make your own flavors. We have been using a homemade concentrate of fresh-squeezed lime just, a touch of lemon juice, and sweetening it with stevia and sugar. We add a bit of that over ice and use about half cold water and half soda water. Add an ounce of vodka and it makes a wonderfully refreshing cocktail. We did not use the sample pack of flavorings as they all contain artificial ingredients.
Speaking of cold water, we keep a large dispensing container of cold water in the fridge and use that to fill the SodaStream bottle to be charged. Cold water will hold more CO2 than warm (tap) water.
I have read that the internal valves and such of all SodaStream products is the same. You just pay extra for styling and added features like display of pressure. With a two year warranty, don't worry about the apparent low-cost of the basic models. AND, it's not made in China! A rarity in itself today!
July 23, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Kat714 Disappointed but hoping that will change
I bought this because I have one and love the product! However the new one did not make the familiar buzz when "charging" the water and then water had only slight carbonation. I called customer service and they were very helpful. Talked me through a troubleshooting process and determined the sodastream was not functioning properly. They then emailed me a return packing slip and I had to repackage the sodastream and return via UPS (which was not very convenient for me due to where I live). I have received notice that the replacement should be delivered Monday. I am hoping to be satisfied and will update after that.
July 9, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by FossilJack Getting used to this new machine
This is a replacement for the glass bottle model I have had for a few years and I already appreciate the larger bottle size. Most attractive is that it will take the larger CO2 canister. The "buzz" on this model is so subtle I didn't think it was charging at first; don't expect it to be very loud. It was very different from any other SodaStream I've used. Also, it's taken me a while to master my hand placement to get the right angle and rotation to screw in the bottle for charging. This sounds silly, but I'm not a clutz and it wasn't immediately apparent to me.
July 12, 2016
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by mart miss the beeps
This is my second soda stream, and I very much miss the "beeps" that let one know when it has carbonated. The little "pop" that comes now is almost too quiet to hear.
July 10, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Beecka Love it
I bought this to replace my Kold, I really like Soda Stream it easy to use and taste great.
July 8, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by IG144 New concentrates taste good
I was concerned after reading the reviews that the new concentrate formulations would be very disappointing. However the diet lemon-lime and Dr Pete are excellent and probably better than their predecessors.
July 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Urse My fourth soda stream-I keep gifting them!
I have been using Soda Stream for ten years at least! I drink a lot of soda just plain. Can't live without it! I love this model because it takes the 60 liter size CO2 refill. I don't have to replace it as often.
July 6, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by mk4223 Love this machine!
I've had mine for over 6 years with no issues. Works great and I like the fact that I can control how much fizz I want. Really like the fact that you don't need electricity for it to work. Just need to watch the expiration dates on the bottles as I learned a few years ago. Just ordered another one to keep at the office so I can have fresh sparking water available all day
June 16, 2016