Buyers Guide

These machines are a very reliable way to make your own carbonated beverages like soda, energy drinks, and sparkling seltzer water right in your own home. They make having to go to the store and buying and carrying home all your favorite drinks a thing of the past. You can have fresh made to order customized fizzy drinks in as little as 30 seconds, no fussing required.

There are a few things you should know before making a decision on if you want to buy one and which of the many models of soda makers you want to purchase for your household.

The first thing you should know is that these machines carbonate your drinks with Co2. Depending on whether or not your family drinks a lot of carbonated beverages like soda and sparkling water, you will need to replace the cartridges on a regular basis. Most of the models have a 60L cartridge which will make around 60 1 liter bottles of fizzy water or soda depending on just how fizzy you like your drinks. There is one model that holds a 130L cartridge, but again you will need to factor in replacement costs which for the 60L average 15 to 20 dollars.

Another thing you need to consider is the flavoring costs that are involved. On average 1 large bottle of flavoring can cost 6 to 8 dollars and will make around 50 liters of soda, or you are able to pick up variety sample packs that make single servings for anywhere between 9 and 20 dollars. There are a lot of flavors to choose from including regular, diet, and energy, and all but the pure cane sugar flavors are sweetened with Splenda, a sugar substitute that to some people taste funny. Now you can make your own flavored syrup your self, and this will lower the overall cost of making soda in one of the devices.

You should also take into account whether you are wanting plastic, metal, or glass containers to hold your beverage in, Sodastream has machines that carry all 3 depending on what you wish to spend on the machine.

The lower priced soda makers, are made out of durable plastic, but there is the newer model The Source that has recently become available that is made of metal, including the bottle you make the fizzy drinks in. The Crystal Model is made out of both metal and plastic but has a glass bottle to make and store your drinks in. Some also ae electric operated, and some models like the Jet do not require any power or batteries at all, so you should really consider where you will be using your soda maker at too.