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Soda Club Sparkling Water Maker

Bonnie: I don’t know when the love affair began.

For as long as I can recall, I’ve been passionate about sparkling water, AKA seltzer or club soda.

(An aside about club soda before I continue: It usually contains “salt” from the sodium additive—often sodium bicarbonate. Those watching their salt intake should choose other sparkling waters more often.)

When eating out, I’ll order Perrier before or San Pellegrino with a meal as the latter’s bubbles are smaller making it a better accompaniment to food. Seriously. I learned that at one of the water tastings held for food editors.

At home I drink sparkling water by the gallons, literally. I’d lug home quarts and ½-liter bottles of whichever of my favorite brands were on sale. As with other carbonated beverages, the fizz would often be gone before the liquid in the bottle was. There’s nothing worse than expecting fizz and getting flat as you begin to quench your thirst.

My sons were raised on spritzers, my blend of juice and carbonated water. No soda, pop or whatever you call it in your part of the country in our home, other than for parties as others always requested it.

I tried those siphons with cartridges, the ones that make just one quart. I found this process too expensive for the amount of seltzer we drank.

Back to lugging the bottles. Bags and bags of bottles. Heavy bottles.

And then I learned about Soda Club. Their countertop gadget works on the same principle as the siphons and cartridges I just mentioned, but instead of needing a cartridge for each bottle, Soda Club’s makes about 110 bottles, depending on how much or how little carbonation you add to your water. This gadget is also meant to make flavored soda as the company produces syrups too, but that’s of no interest to me.

I love my seltzer maker. It proudly sits on my counter awaiting the next bottle of chilled water to be made as fizzy as I like it. And that chilled water is always in my fridge, in Soda Club’s quart containers, ready and waiting to be fizzed. That’s any water. Tap water, filtered water, mineral or any other bottled water. The choice is yours.

Now when company asks for sparkling water, I ask, “How fizzy?”

Bryan: I will go ahead and toss myself in the lot of club-soda lovers here. Being raised by a dietitian has different angles. No cake (except on your birthday) is a drawback; being raised without the ubiquitous American addiction to soda is a giant leap forward. I ALWAYS have a bottle (generally the quart size that keeps carbonation better than larger bottles) of seltzer in my fridge. My favorite mixes for it are with heavy pulp OJ or just a dash of (real) cranberry and lemon juice. Artificial soda is one of the worst things you can put in your body (period). Parents—stop giving your children sugar water! Do them a favor and mix up some natural ‘spritzers’. The countertop seltzer maker is an amazing product that allows easy access to sparkling water anytime…

Eric: Mother, don’t deceive your adoring readers, I think my first introduction to weight lifting during my teenage years was lugging the 20-pound bags of on-sale soda water brands from the car to the house; so don’t over exaggerate about the “heavy” bottles. How you must miss honking the horn when you drive into the garage (my signal to come help) followed by hearing the pitter-patter of feet running down the stairs to carry the bags back up to the kitchen. However, I must give credit where it is due; you started me on my love affair with sparkling water. The soda maker is one of my favorite appliances to ever grace the kitchen counter in my mother’s house, and to this day I still love the ability to play with the amount of carbonation I can add to the water. If you’re a soda water fan, then I can tell you nothing makes better than this machine. Its simplicity, ease and size just add to its value.

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185 Comments

  1. Kristin Harp February 9, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Hi Morris –
    Sorry for the delay – will have to check in with customer service re. the delivery issue above. Meanwhile, despite recent price increases, SodaStream remains an excellent value compared to buying seltzer or sparkling water in the store. On average about $0.25/liter for SodaStream, compared to Vintage (in my grocery store at 79 cents/bottle) or Pellegrino ($1.99/bottle.) Even the store brand is 50 cents/bottle here in New Jersey.

    And now, with over 4000 retail locations, including Bed Bath and Beyond and several other large national retail chains, you should be able to find a local store and save on shipping, too! I encourage you to enter your zip code on our store locator page http://www.sodastreamusa.com/where_to_buy.aspx to find a store near you that has the carbonator exchange program. Bring in your empty, and they will exchange it for a full one on the spot – usually around $15 for the 60L size, and about $30 for the 130L size (available at some of our independent stores.)

    Best, Kristin

  2. Jane February 10, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    Kristin,
    Any news on availability in HI via shipping by Matson or other ocean freight companies? We miss our penguin which we gave to a good friend before leaving CA and would love to purchase a new one.

  3. Sam Bill May 1, 2011 at 6:58 am

    Water is the taste of life. It is the best and most healthy to drink natural water. Why adding gas for God sake?

  4. Amy June 12, 2011 at 8:27 pm

    Found Sodastream on Macy’s website when looking for a wedding gift and was instantly intrigued. My common sense told me to check about the shipping of the CO2 canisters to Hawaii where I live (Kona- on the Big Island) and my search led me to this blog. I can see there is plenty of interest which leads me to believe that sometime these replacement canisters will be made available. However, I’m holding off until I hear that there is a place that will carry these canisters. Spread the word when this does become available here in Hawaii please! Mahalo~

  5. Kristin Harp June 13, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Hi Amy –
    No news yet on a distribution point for Hawaii… Judging by the interest on this forum, and the fact that we are already sold by several large national retailers with locations in the islands, I am hopeful we will get there someday soon! Stay tuned – for sure I will post to this board as soon as there are any developments to report!!

    Best, Kristin

  6. Amy June 13, 2011 at 5:14 pm

    What exactly is involved with shipping the replacement CO2 cannisters to a Hawaii location? Please be specific and include as much detail as you can.

  7. Kristin Harp June 13, 2011 at 5:29 pm

    Hi Amy –
    The economics of shipping the pressurized carbonators to Hawaii (and retrieving the empties…) makes the proposition hard to swallow, as it were. If you’d like to message me directly at kristinh (at) sodastream (dot) com — I’d be happy to go into more detail. We’d love to find a solution, as I know there are many thirsty and eco-minded Hawaiians who would love to start using SodaStream!!

  8. chris boyd November 24, 2011 at 5:55 pm

    Was thinking about buying this product but was concerned that it is built in an illegal west bank settlement. I was also concerned about the returnable canisters and their cost (one I buy the product I don’t have ANY option other than to pay the price they set). Then I saw that possible lower cost after market refill company was sued and individuals that resold the canisters were also sued! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sodastream

    The near domination of web space and near total black out on web searches for any other products (there must be others!) and the number of sites that just seem to be ads for sodastream posing as review sites was surprising.

  9. Tom November 25, 2011 at 11:03 am

    I can’t live without my soda club seltzer maker and love that I can now buy canisters at Bed Bath and Beyond…but why only the small size?
    How can I get the larger ones again? Are there places that exchanges those? Do you still deliver and if so is there a minimum ?
    love love love your product

  10. Kristin Harp November 28, 2011 at 10:04 am

    Hi Tom –
    So far, our national retail partners are carrying only the smaller sized CO2. Since that size is compatible with every machine, it reduces the possibility that someone will buy and bring home a carbonator that won’t work in their soda maker. We are hopeful that soon more retailers will begin carrying the large size CO2.

    Meanwhile, we do have some local independent retailers carrying the larger size now, and I encourage you to check out our store locator and check the ‘notes’ section to see if they carry the 130L carbonators: http://www.sodastreamusa.com/where_to_buy.aspx

    You can also get them at sodastreamusa.com – no minimum!

    Happy fizzing, Kristin from SodaStream

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