I have been using the Sodastream for well over a year.
I wanted to cut down on the number of plastic bottles of soda I was buying from the supermarket and this was a good solution.
I kept records of output of the Sodastream and it was on par or slightly better than the price per litre for supermarket soda.
The Sodastream assembly is almost entirely plastic and I believe this is the reason that it doesn't give consistent carbonation. You might get good gas on one pour (5 depressions of 3 seconds) but the next will be very weak and despite multiple depressions you get hardly any fizz. This pattern seems to continue and it isnt the bottle at fault.
So, if you want consistency buy soda water from the supermarket.
Doesn't produce enough refills
Sodastream works well however it filled only 25 bottles for $20. I can buy Springwater from coles for .90c. I am very disappointed in the poor economic value. I hope to see the price of the refill cylinders come down in price in the near future.
- Verified customer
Cylinder doesn't last long enough to be economical
I purchased a Spirit OneTouch a couple of months ago from BigW. The first cylinder lasted about 4 weeks with 2 bottles carbonated a day. The last one has only lasted about 2 weeks with similar carbonation amount. I like the idea of less waste going to landfill when using Sodastream, but it is not going to be very economical if there is a need to purchase a cylinder so often!
- Verified customer
Just so good!
We absolutely loved our Soda stream Power I've just purchased my 2nd one. We have 2 in separate locations where we spend a lot of time.
I was so surprised at how bubbly the water becomes and the best feature of the power stream is the fact you can choose 1 2 or 3 rather than continuing to press the carbonate button
The cylinders seem to last ages. I found our first one we used in about 5 weeks which was rather quick but the subsequent ones have lasted longer I think we were just so excited with it we were using so much.
As a family we now alway...
Sodastream Works Well and Reduces Waste Plastics
Has been working well for the past six months. We find simple Aldi cordial make good softdrinks and likewise simply lime juice.
We were able to reduce our plastic consumption also.
Only negative is they're perhaps a little expensive for what they are.
A pathetic company with poor customer relations
I accidentally left my empty SodaStream cylinder at home, needed a refill so paid double $38 ($19 normally with a replacement cylinder). When I went back with 2 empty canisters, I thought they'd just give me a new one as a trade-in for the 2, But no they only offered me a $1. What a rip-off. Spoke to the Company, who admitted that was their customer policy. Thought everybody should be aware of such a mean-spirited company, so Soda Stream really is. Don't trust theses guys
poor after sales service
Machine not fizzing and not buzzing. Rang help desk they said send photo, photo sent. Then they wanted me to send video. Very difficult, so my son had to help me to send it via We Transfer. They accessed the video then, they emailed me to say they had lost the video and to resend. I am not able to video or submit video myself. Don't expect efficiency from this company.
After 12 months the machine fails
Soda stream told me they do not provide spare parts or have repair centres for their machines!! After warranty our machine started leaking. I had to message a video recording so they could help me. They told me to hold the machine in locked position! I want a FIX!! $160 FOR THE MACHINE, $30ea FOR THE GLASS CARAFES, $20.95 TO REFILL A CYLINDER!!! NO REPAIR SERVICE, NO SPARE PARTS??! This is a joke! NOT ENVIRONMENTAL! We purchased the machine as an environmental choice to reduce waste and use our own water. It was great whilst working but it's cheaper to buy horrible plastic bottles from supermarket... NOT HAPPY!!
Sodastream Play - no bubbles dreadful service.
We had an old model soda stream which was fantastic and eventually died and so we went and bought a new sodastream Play (the only model available) immediately. We were so disappointed. The new model didn't grip our old bottles so thinking that was why we had no bubbles we went and bought all new bottles which the Play machine gripped but still didn't put bubbles into the water - a total fizzer - no pun intended. We contacted soda stream but they are very very slow to respond.
Not all machines are equal.
I had often commented on Mum's ready supply of SodaStream sparkling water. So she gave me a SodaStream for my birthday. My new "Play" version had no where near the 'Fizz" despite the amount of gas I pumped into the bottle (up to 2 x 10 secs), compared to Mum's old machine which required 1 x 4-5 secs pump. After 2 calls to the Soda Stream company - they told me 20 seconds is normal, keep pumping more gas into it (despite the instructions say 2 - 6 seconds is all that's required) I took the machine back to the original retailer - with receipt- a...nd ready with a video-clip if necessary to show them. They happily exchanged it, and I now have a machine that actually works. From my experience Soda stream will never been as bubbly as commercial Soda Water, but you can expect it to be like some commercial sparkling water. It should not produce a result that tastes like very flat mineral water. If it does - take it back; there must be some duds getting through their quality testing.
Saving me heaps of time and money
I bought a soda stream "Revolution" model, thinking that the 4 different levels of carbonation would be a bit of a gimmick. To my surprise I actually do use them. The lowest setting for carbonation makes nice soda water and the heavier ones make nice "Extra fizzy" drinks for the kids. This model has an LED display which shows how much gas is left (a handy feature, although this means that this particular model needs to be connected to a power outlet in order to work). It also has what they call a snap-lock mechanism to insert the bottles - much...less fiddly than the screw in models (although I still have had the odd water explosion from not inserting the bottle all the way in properly, but not a problem to clean it up). This model also takes with 40L or100L gas bottles. I find the syrups very suite for my taste, so I only use 1/3 or a cap (the recommended dose is 1 full cap) per bottle, and I find that they last quite a long time this way. Their syrups retail for about $7.50 a bottle (although you can add ANY cordial or flavours you like which can be a lot cheaper than the Soda Stream syrups), and a gas bottle can be about $60 for 40L and $80 for 100L but you get about half those amounts refunded when you swap the cylinder. I use mine every single day for several litres of soda water and the 40L lasted almost all summer. I then took a 100L gas cylinder and although I've had it about 3 months it isn't even 1/4 used yet. Not having to buy and carry the soft drink bottles from the shops is a Godsend, and because you use the Soda stream bottles with the system, there's no recyclable PET bottles to worry about (in fact you can only use the soda stream bottles in the machine. If you want to make bottle after bottle of soda you either have to buy more of the Soda Stream bottles which are NOT dishwasher safe, or just decanter the soda you make into another bottle - which is what I do for the kids). Having had the Soda Stream for about 6 months now and I am so happy with it. Ease of use. No more carrying heavy soft drink bottles from the shops. Convenience. I'm being picky but the "Revolution" model only comes in black, and needs a power outlet to work the lcd screen
Love soda streem, but my advice is don't buy it. You cant find refills for the canisters. Service is shocking you go forweeks without gas as they don't supply shops with them. The canisters are expensive. the stores selling Sodastreem should advice people no rifills . And last you will not get 60liters out of one canister as it claims.
Like the carbonated water
No refills avaible
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