Soda Stream Fizz Review

I have already done a number of different reviews on do it yourself beer kits and do it yourself wine kits – so why not a do it yourself soda kit?  That was the question I asked myself when I first saw the Soda Stream Fizz at the local Bed, Bath, and Beyond store.  While I and my wife may enjoy the beer and wine, our kids have said they felt left out before because they weren’t able to try anything we made, or make anything themselves.  While it might not be anywhere near as complicated of a process, I thought that making our own sodas would be at the very least a fun and engaging family project.  I hear a lot of people talking about Soda Stream products when we go to the store, so there has to be something to it – right?

Turns out that there definitely is.  When the box arrived on my doorstep, everyone took interest when I pulled out what was sent, which was a big deal in and of itself.  You see the kids don’t usually care what I get in for review, but they were positively electric when they saw the Soda Stream logo.  Unpacking the box I found a ton of drink mixes, a CO2 canister, and the Soda Stream Fizz itself – enough to keep us going for quite some time.  Set up was incredibly simple – just screw the CO2 canister in to the Fizz unit, and you’re pretty much ready to go.

Using the included bottle, you fill it up to the line with cold water then just screw the bottle into the Fizz unit, and push the lever on the front to shoot the CO2 into the water.  After depressing it for about one second you’ll hear a buzz (pressure build up being released) and you let go for a second, then repeat the process two more times.  That gives you a “regular” amount of carbonation – you can stop at two presses for a bit less than normal, or do more than three if you want a super carbonated beverage (which is GREAT fun if you want to surprise someone).  After that you pour a cap full of the flavor you want into the bottle in order to make your soda.  Simple set up, simple operation; but none of that will matter much if the soda that comes out tastes like toilet water, right?

Thankfully there is no worry of that here, with the drinks we were putting out tasting as good as, if not better, than most commercially available sodas.  The root beer was far and away one of the best root beers that I had ever had, and I like to drink different “microbrew” root beers as I find them to have a crisper taste than the big name brands.  The Dr. Pepper clone was the only flavor that I really didn’t care too much for, but there was one that wasn’t a clone that really blew my mind.  It is listed under Soda Stream’s “Sparkling Naturals” line, and it would be the Black Currant and Pear flavor.  I can’t even really describe it accurately, just know that it was absolutely phenomenal (and mixed really well with vodka for those over the legal age).

Now the Soda Stream Fizz is “different” from the other Soda Stream models as it has a “Fizz Chip” inside of it.  This chip actively monitors the amount of CO2 left in the tank and displays it on a little LCD screen so you know when you need to buy a new tank before it actually is empty.  It also monitors how much carbonation is in your bottle, so you can get it really perfect when you’re making your soda.  Yea, it’s really just a glorified pressure sensor but aesthetically it works, and doesn’t detract anything from the overall look of the system.

Now unfortunately the bottle (the Soda Stream Fizz only comes with one) is not dishwasher safe.  I found this out because my son, in an attempt to help clean up, put it through a normal wash cycle.  What came out was a melted lump of a bottle – so just buy another one, right?  Well there is one of my biggest issues with the Soda Stream – bottles cost $10 a piece (you can buy them in a 2 for $20 pack at WalMart).  Yes, I understand that they cost a lot because they are reusable, but to get enough to outfit my family would make me drop another $40 on top of the cost of the Soda Stream Fizz itself (if I were a normal consumer).  Top that with the cost of the refill packs, and it ends up just being cheaper to go and do things like you’re probably already used to.  It has nothing to do with the quality of the end product but everything to do with the cost associated with getting there.  I know there is probably a good number of people that this product would generally appeal to, who just won’t be able to keep up with the costs of owning it.  On the positive side though, it is extremely environmentally friendly.

Another small issue I had was that on some of the sodas the carbonation didn’t seem to “stay” unless I severely over carbonated them.  On the sparkling juices that wasn’t an issue, however with them there was a different problem – namely that if I filled the bottle all the way to the line, put the carbonation it, and then put the juice mix in it would ultimately overflow.  I never had this issue with any of the soda mixes – only the juice.  Now all I had to do to remedy that was put less water in the bottle, but it was just the fact that things weren’t right.

Editor’s Rating:

[rating:3.5/5]

Very Good

Bottom Line:  The Soda Stream Fizz is a fun toy for those that can afford it, but the expenses can rack up pretty quickly.

Pros:

  • The sparkling juice flavors are pretty much out of this world good
  • Most of the soda flavors are spot on
  • Very simple to set up and use

Cons:

  • Keeping it up can get really expensive
  • Carbonation goes away fairly quickly
  • Can make a real mess if you’re not careful

You can grab a Soda Stream Fizz from retailers everywhere including Amazon for $129.99

 

 

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31 Comments

  1. Bought a soda stream.
    I make homemade wine.
    I want to put wine in the soda stream bottle, then shoot it with co2—- voila—-champagne ?!??
    Would it screw up the machine?
    Valves?
    Thanks

    1. TreeJay, they recommend that you only attempt this with water. If memory serves correct, I tried this many years ago with something other than water and it overflowed.

  2. I’m really disappointed in the new bottles of syfup for the Sodastream. The new containers are about 2 ounces less, and the syrup is much thinner. Why did they have to change? I guess they thought noone would notice.

  3. With all the commercials for Sodastream, let me tell you my experience. I bought the red one with LED lights and metal back. It didn’t seem to work properly so I phoned Sodastream Canada. Within a day I got a message referring me to their website for instructions. Didn’t help. I went to the store to exchange my CO2 cylinder complaining that a lot of times I didn’t get good carbonation and it only did about half the number of litres claimed. I was told not to go to the third level and the machine was being worked in. Still no joy. When this cylinder was spent though its still seems to show gas being pushed in, I again went to the store. I was told to store the bottles with water in the fridge before carbonating them and not to go by the lights but listen for a hissing sound. This time I logged the number of attempts at carbonating a bottle and, after many unsuccessful tries, took the machine, the half used cylinder and three bottles to the store for them to show me what I was doing wrong. Voila! A defective machine. The red was no longer available but one other store in the chain had one and would send it over. A week later I was told that it too was defective and the speculation was that the red batch was defective and that was why they were discontinued. I was offered an all plastic replacement in black or white which I considered a downgrade from mine with a metal back. To get a metal back, I would have to pay the difference. As well, I had paid, in good faith, for two CO2 cylinders after the original had run out. But it doesn’t stop there. I phoned Sodastream twice over two weeks getting only voicemail and, though I left a message both times, no one returned my call. After the two weeks, I filled out the contact form on their website which promised to reply within two business days. As I write this, I’m approaching two weeks again without a response. So my experience has been defective machine, lost money, wasted CO2 cylinders and no customer support or standing behind the product. Caveat emptor–let the buyer beware. Think twice, thrice or ten times before buying a Sodastream product or dealing with them.

    1. Hey Geo,
      Hit me up in a few weeks if you don’t get any where, and I’ll reach out to my PR contacts and see if I can get an answer. You can find my email on the contact page.

  4. Can someone who has owned a sodastream for a long time tell me if you are still very satisfied with it and why? And please, one more thing, if there’s anything you are not satisfied with, I would like to hear that too. Thanks!

    1. Hey Rob,
      I’ve had one for a while now. For the most part I’m satisfied. I’ve got the version with 4 buttons (light to strong CO2). My biggest complaints:
      – You’ll want to use the max CO2 setting to retain carbonation during drink making
      – The syrup kills some of the seltzer

    2. I have one and have enjoyed it a lot until they changed to their soda flavors to four tain style, they are not worth the money, liked the cola free and the diet Pete but can not find them anymore therefore I am not using my soda stream . The fountain style have way too much sugar in them. With the old flavors my husband was able to lose 50 lbs and his life had change tremendously, now he tried the four tain style and does not like any of them and has gone back to canned soda Nad has put the weight back on, really wish they would CONTINUE the old flavors.

  5. I would like to thank all the real reviews of the product as I have been on the fence for sometime now. As for the rest of you, I’m happy that it makes you feel so wonderful to speak down to other humans through the mindless electronic interchange and exchange of information through oour air and insulated copper fiberoptic lines requiring volts and amos produced through nucelar and hydro electric processes as well as the manyoufacturing of polimer based product which also give off hydroflorocarbins when making them…. hmmmm it seems to me all your doing by wasting time, energy and brain power (what little you have) on bashing people about their “carbon foot print” or their “grammer” or even their puncuation! uses is all very silly and a clear sign as to how insecure, uninformed and judgemental you are. Your wasting so much to type your little snide statements directly intended on upsetting other people and causing stress you are the one that should hang your head. at least every one else has a purpose for being here and gets something from it. you on the other hand should be changed with assault causing great bodily injury because stress is one of the leading causes of death and medication use in the US. Right about now you are completely fit to be tied loosing your mind and cant wait to light me up for all my poor spelling typo’s bad or lack of punctuation and whatever other crazy “cause head” theory you come up with to rebut, but there is just one thing…. All the errors that are currently making you puff you chest up and feel so superior ready to dystroy me in the inter world just help to prove my point. spit sputter and choke on whatever it is you think your going to say….it has all been carefully pland and layed out infront of you so you could enjoy jumping on me and demonstraighting my point.
    FYI; I am a very well educated person holding double Doctorates and Advanced Distinction at the Magna Cum-Laude level so by all means please let me have it. I’m very sure whatever snappy come-back you have in your pathetic repertoire will be a great wealth of knowledge for use to be so generously graced with. How does it feel to be the stressed out one now. I am however assuming that you are intelligent enough to figure out if you reply you further support and prove correct these statements that I have just made, or you stay silent and softly prove me correct. Yes either way you loose;-) Doesn’t that just drive you nuts? don’t you want to just exploed each and every encorrectly spell’d word making your eyes bulge even bigger. Ok ok Ill stop now. Please don’t go hurting yourself or anything. Just don’t be that guy (or girl). nobody likes them and there are always smarter people out there.

  6. The soda syrup actually is cheaper then a normal 2 liter would at the store. Every 2 liter runs a $1 or more, while every bottle of flavor gives you 6 2 liters for under $5. I can see how the beginning sticker shock might be a lot, but in the 2 years I have owned my soda stream I have saved over $200 in the amount of soda my family normally drinks.

  7. I have one and do not find it expensive to run. The cost of the bottles is a ‘one off’ and they last, like, forever. The gas lasts me about 5 weeks and I make a lot of carbonated water in that time. The flavour concentrates also last a long time as all you need is a capful per litre. I actually save money now by not having to buy several bottles of soda each week at the store. And these are healthier and better for the environment. I mostly drink water, only using the flavours about a quarter of the time. Would definitely recommend. :)

  8. You all are a bunch of DOLTS!! It is not about the price it is about SAVING the ENVIRONMENT by NOT putting MORE plastic into landfills. OMG you people make this world a sad place to live. It all about you isn’t it.

    1. There is this thing called recycling…It’s where they take things like cans, and plastic bottles and melt them down and then make new things therefore not creating more waste or hurting the environment. It’s really quite something…in fact recycling plants cost more to run then simply making new things or cutting down more trees in a lot of cases…I know the world isn’t perfect, but a lot of us “DOLTS” are doing what we can to help our environment.
      P.S. Try out the recycling thing…it’s pretty cool ;)

      1. Well to be fair, recycling does waste a lot of energy and does indeed create some waste. Far and above better than trash, but there is a reason it is the last of the 3 R’s. Reduce, reuse, recycle.

          1. Mother Earth, Father Earth, Son Earth, Daughter Earth, and then Greg…. I take it he is adopted right?

      2. Thanks Father earth! Sometimes I want to scream that. Those plants also create jobs too. Father Earth is one smart cookie! This SodaStream thing is pretty cool, but I will be trying because of the taste, NOT because I will be saving bottles. Why would I gag down yucky tasting generic coke like products just to save plastic bottles, when there is recycle plants?

  9. I am interested in the Soda Stream because I drink a lot of seltzer water,plain or with citrus. With out the cola flavoring and only needing one bottle (we can pour it into cups or other bottles, I assume)- I wonder of the cost of just the machine and CO2 would be cheaper in the long run, than store bought seltzer…. Any thoughts on that?

    1. I have had a soda stream for 18 months and I find the cost complaint to be nonsense. Yes, it costs a bit to get started but once you make the investment, you simply have the expense of the gas cartridges and the concentrate. For you, if you kept a container of water chilling in the fridge, the 2 bottles that are included could be sufficient. For myself, I bought 4 additional bottles.

  10. Thanks for your review, I will keep buying soda and recycling cans until a more cost effective solution is developed. Thanks for saving me money.

    1. Well, Jacque, maybe you could elaborate a little bit instead of just saying “took it back did not like it no worth the money”.
      I’d like to know what you did and didn’t like about it. How many times did you try it? Was it faulty? Etc.

      Side note – Punctuation is awesome. You should give it a shot.

  11. I would exercise extreme caution with something like this. There are different grades of gases, some designed for consumption, some not.

    1. @gadgetreview:disqus
      Gases do have different grades.
      But from all the research I’ve just done, it seems that the container the gas is in is what’s important.

      CO2 is CO2, regardless of it being for a soda maker or for filling a paint ball canister and I’m not seeing anything about them mixing anything with CO2.

      The device @091561a59f2ca035e6d10fb002fa3d44:disqus is talking about is called the “SodaMod SodaStream Soda-Club CO2 Adapter”. It’s a legit product. The only thing that sucks is the fact that it is pricey ($60 at the time of me writing this), it’ll save you quite a bit of money in the long run though ($2-$4 refills vs $20 refills or $30 new cylinders).

      Another option is to use the SodaStream bottles and just put an after market valve on it. Co2doctor sells one for $50.
      This might be a good option for people worrying about their container not being “food quality”. The valve replaces the proprietary “one way” valve with one that can be refilled.

      Hope this helps.

      1. Wrong, the source of the gas is important. This is because compressors use oil based lubricants that must be filtered out for the product to be deemed food grade. Oxygen tanks used by welders may not be the same purity as oxygen used by diving shops and definitely not by hospitals. If however there are few local main distributors of CO2 in your area, then even paintball shops may be getting food grade gas which are used by restaurants for their soda machines. safer to ask.

  12. O! Thank you so much for your review…wanted to get my daughter (Senior year college) a fun gift, but now realize, that the sheer up-keeping cost would be a burdon on her budget….Thank again for easing our pain.

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