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Talk to me about Sodastream

Lionne posted 10/26/2020 16:47 PM

H gave up diet soda after his heart attack. He hates water but is drinking a lot of carbonated water flavor with drops of something.
Is a Sodastream worth it or is there a comparable product that isn't Sodastream?
I realize it may not be a cheaper option but certainly save on recycling.

number4 posted 10/26/2020 17:20 PM

My daughter has one after basically becoming addicted to Spindrift, so became cost-prohibited. They have fruit trees in their yard, so she uses the fruit to add to her soda; she uses it daily. When we're over there (which is next to never lately), she will make me a soda with it, and it's good. But not enough for me to add one more appliance to my countertop; if I drink too much carbonation, it does a little number on my tummy. I will keep buying Spindrift and Hint water at Costco for the times I want something other than plain water.

FaithFool posted 10/26/2020 18:56 PM

I have one and love it. The ($22.00 cdn) C02 bomb lasts me a couple of months, YMMV.

I like that you can control the fizz by how many times you press the button. Usually have a glass on the go with frozen berries, and I love to make mocktails with different juice combos. I've never been so well-hydrated.

[This message edited by FaithFool at 6:57 PM, October 26th (Monday)]

Hippo16 posted 10/26/2020 19:24 PM

the sodastream co2 cylinders are refillable - not thrown away - go online to find a place to refill

also if you have a LOT of users (kids/neighbors or ??) you can buy a larger co2 cylinder (I have a 20# size) and keep the small sodastream for 'backup' when your co2 20# get empty. 20# cylinder is about $40 to refill in my area - much cheaper per # than the mini-sodastream cylinders

side note: carbonated water (soda) is acidic - so keep in mind your teeth - there is info posted how bad carbonated water is for your teeth - most of it a bit over hyped. still many OTC soft drinks are even more acidic

just so you know

Phoenix1 posted 10/26/2020 21:34 PM

I use my Sodastream all the time cuz I like my carbonated beverages and this lets me experiment with all kinds of flavors and fruit. I keep one CO2 cylinder in use and rotate with a backup that I exchange when empty (1/2 the cost of a regular cylinder). One lasts me a couple of months.

It also works well with cocktails.😁

Lionne posted 10/26/2020 21:46 PM

Anyone have experience with Qarbo or DrinkMate? These brands allow for carbonation of other liquids and Qarbo allows for the use of fruits.

Hippo16 posted 10/28/2020 15:56 PM


Sodastream "warning" about using for anything other than water - It is a bit like 'proposition 65' we read about (present from CA) and the "do not eat" we read on little packets of silica gel in packages to absorb moisture.

Drinkmate and Sodastream essentially identical mechanisms. So why the Sodastream warning? Probably only the corporate lawyers can answer.

I bought the 20# tank and an adapter to connect the Sodastream stand to the tank and also another adapter/hose/connector so I can carbonate anything I can put in a standard plastic soda bottle.

There is lots of info online on how to carbonate!

Lionne posted 10/28/2020 16:24 PM

@hippo, Thanks!

The quarbo is actually a lot sleeker looking and about the same price. I'll investigate further and appreciate the help!

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