940 of 955 people found the following review helpful
Better Carbonation With Less CO2 Use,
This review is from: SodaStream Jet Sparkling Water Maker Starter Kit, Black and Silver (Kitchen)There has been some good advice written about maximizing carbonation with the Sodastream Soda Maker. Much of it involves the use of cold water, and proper addition of flavor media afterwards.
I've been carbonating water by various methods for several decades, and another factor for maximum CO2 absorption onto water involves not only cold water, but patience. Dispensing CO2 up to or exceeding 3 buzzes, as mentioned in Sodastream instructions is wasteful, but keep in mind that Sodastream is in the business of selling CO2 and flavors.
I keep a 2 liter bottle of water in the fridge, so my water is always cold enough. I dispense CO2 up to a single buzz, then walk away. If you immediately remove the bottle from the unit, you will lose pressure that needs to remain to allow more CO2 to absorb into the water. The longer you wait, the more absorption, the greater the level of carbonation, and the better the savings on CO2 use. Actually, I place the entire unit into... Read more
841 of 886 people found the following review helpful
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This review is from: SodaStream Fountain Jet Sparkling Water Maker Starter Kit, Red (Kitchen)I purchased this soda maker as my son and I were going through about 5 liters of club soda per day, and even from Cosco, the liters were costing us 59 cents plus a 10 cent deposit. While we recycle, we don't bring back our bottles, and allow the homeless in our neighborhood to collect them (we live in New York City).
The actual machine is made of a rather cheap plastic shell, and was surprisingly flimsy, although it has functioned perfectly through six 60 liter refills of CO2 gas.
My problem is with the advertised "60 liter" gas canisters. If it filled 60 liters, each liter of soda water would cost 16 (the cost of the canister refill) divided by 60, or 27 cents a liter.
However, the 60 liter canisters don't produce 60 liters of soda water. We've counted. :) in fact, we've gotten an average of about 40 liters per canister refill, or about 40 cents a liter of soda water. And while that's still less expensive than buying and hauling bottles... Read more
46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
The instructions for use of this machine that were included with the box are TERRIBLE. They lack important details on how to use ...,
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This review is from: SodaStream Jet Sparkling Water Maker Starter Kit, Black and Silver (Kitchen)
I received the SodaStream for Christmas and was very excited! However, I was about to return it because I didn’t think it worked properly. Thank goodness for the Amazon videos listed for this product. The instructions for use of this machine that were included with the box are TERRIBLE. They lack important details on how to use the machine properly. I went on Amazon to return the product when I came across customer videos. After watching the first video, I was able to get a clear understanding of exactly how the machine works. For example, the bottle needs to be twisted into the machine; and the length of time needed to hold down the carbonation button and the sound to hear when you know it is complete; AND that you should let the bottle sit for a few minutes before taking it off the machine. NONE of these three examples were listed on the poorly written instruction card that SodaStream provided!