Am interested in hearing about experiences using Sodastream machines to produce carbonated (fizzy) water at home.
We bought a bottom of the range model just over a year ago. I am not sure exactly how much it cost (probably around $80 on special at Target) but it did include a full cylinder of CO2.
Initially, I was disappointed with how little carbonated water we got from the supplied cylinder of CO2 given that the company info suggested that we would get 60 litres of medium fizzy water.
Unfortunately, I did not record exactly how much we actually got but it seemed much less than this. So, after buying an exchange filled gas cylinder for $19 I kept a record of how much carbonated water we got from the new cylinder,
And, very importantly, I got, and applied, the following tips from the internet on how to achieve the best results:
- Only gas very cold water, because the gas dissolves best in very cold water. (We always have a bottle of cold water in the fridge ready to pour into the Sodastream bottle for gassing.).
- Wait a few seconds between each gas injection to allow more time for the gas to dissolve.
- Wait about a minute after final gas injection before removing the bottle from the machine and putting the top on the bottle in order to allow more time for the gas to dissolve.
- Only gas water, because the gas dissolves better in water than in juice, etc.
As result of using these tips, and making 3 short injections of CO2 per bottle, with the second cylinder we got 116 litres (138 x 0.84L bottles) of medium carbonated water, so the cost of the gas was only 16.4c per litre of carbonated water.
So, if the machine works OK for several years, I think this is a very economical way to buy carbonated water, plus there are the benefits of: always having carbonated water at home; not needing to carry bottled water home; and not using plastic bottles.
However, there was a negative. The plastic gas dispensing lever on the machine broke after a year. But, I got the machine replaced by Sodastream at no cost and with relatively little effort and also ended up with an extra full cylinder of CO2 and an extra carbonation bottle.
I am interested to know whether other people have also had this problem,
There is a 2 year manufacturers warranty and of course in addition there are the general guarantee provisions in the ACL.
Finally, there are several models of Sodastream machines which vary a lot in price, construction and sophistication. Currently, instead of the cheap one we bought, we are using an old but hardly used expensive Crystal model given to us by someone. I am still assessing its performance, but it seems to be more sturdy than the one we bought.