The 7 Best Soda Streams

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This wiki has been updated 35 times since it was first published in May of 2015. These SodaStream carbonation systems make ordinary drinking water bubble with excitement, so you can get that effervescent sensation and come up with your own favorite sparkling beverages free of the artificial colors, preservatives and additives found in the fizzy drinks on grocery store shelves. Add fruit slices or a splash of juice for healthy hydration you can enjoy every day. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Fizzi One-Touch

2. Fizzi Classic

3. Genesis Sparkling

Editor's Notes

August 06, 2021:

We removed a bundle that's no longer available, but otherwise have not adjusted our rankings. The Fizzi One-Touch remains the most consistent, easiest to use, and least likely to explode. It's worth mentioning that there are some generic alternatives that work almost as well as Sodastream appliances, but they just aren't quite on the same level, and they're not even much more affordable, so we've stuck to brand name options on this Wiki.

We also want to mention that it's important to always carbonate the water first to avoid powerful reactions. If you're very careful, though, and use just the right kind, you can actually carbonate beverages like wine for a delicious treat, but it takes a steady hand and a bit of patience.

February 28, 2020:

The SodaStream brand is well-known for their sparkling water machines and one of the first to bring them to mass market. Because of this, they have quite a range of models available. While they may all seem rather similar at first, upon closer inspection, one can see they do offer a range of different features.

The Fizzi One-Touch and Power Metal are both electric options, which makes them easy to use and also helps ensure consistent effervescence drink after drink. If you don't want to have to deal with pressing a button again and again to reach your preferred level of carbonation, these are the best two options for you. The Source Sparkling, which not electric, features an illuminated display that lets you know the current fizziness of your water, also taking the guesswork out of the job.

Since many people get SodaStreams for health reasons, it stands to reason they may want to produce their bubbly refreshments in glass bottles. If this resonates with you, you'll want to look at the SodaStream Penguin and Aqua Fizz. Rest assured though we are not saying the plastic bottles included with the other models are bad for you, as they are all BPA-free.

If you are particular about the style elements you add to your kitchen, particularly how well they match your other decor, you will like that the Fizzi Classic comes in five color options, including navy blue and pink.

Though SodaStream may be the best-known seller of sparkling beverage makers, they are by no means the only one. If you want to see what other options there are out there, we recommend you take a look at our list of the best soda makers, which includes models from a wide variety of brands, some of which are even portable.

4. SodaStream Penguin

5. Source Sparkling

6. Aqua Fizz

7. Jet Bundle

Ditch The Cans and Bottles

It is a relatively simple process that has been used by soda makers for over a century, and has recently become a staple in many homes.

A soda stream, or any other home soda making, device uses a pressurized cylinder filled with carbon dioxide to add pizzazz to plain water. These devices are designed to shoot the pressurized carbon dioxide directly into the water to create carbonation or "fizz."

The average soda maker has three basic parts: a base machine, a pressurized carbon dioxide cylinder or other container, and a bottle that can be filled with water.

The base machine is designed to have the carbon dioxide container and bottle attached to it so that it can shoot the carbon dioxide directly into the water.

It is a relatively simple process that has been used by soda makers for over a century, and has recently become a staple in many homes.

For the consumers who prefer soda to carbonated water, or simply need a little flavor with their water, there are many flavors available in concentrated form. Many of these flavors are produced by popular drink companies or by the soda maker themselves. They can be added to the carbonated water to create a delicious, flavored beverage that rivals the average store-bought soda.

SodaStream is the brand that seems to dominate the majority of the market of soda makers, and their brand has more or less become the noun associated with the product–a la Xerox or Tissue–, but companies like Hamilton Beach and iSi have developed incredible products that can also appeal to the soda maker on the go.

What Do I Need to Know Before I Buy?

If you are in the market for a soda maker, you are going to run into two different types: soda siphons and soda maker appliances. Both of these types are featured on this page.

A soda maker appliance (like the SodaStream Crystal) uses a carbon dioxide container placed inside the machine to shoot carbonation into the water bottle. It's a counter top appliance that is easy to use and great for people who drink soda or carbonated water on a regular basis.

Finally, make sure that you consider the design of your chosen soda maker and determine if it is right for your particular needs.

Soda siphons (like the iSi Soda Siphon) are more portable and have less parts. They use replaceable CO2 cartridges on a piece attached to the bottle to shoot the carbon dioxide into the water. They are smaller than the soda maker machines but can sometimes be messier and more difficult to use. However, if you want your soda on the go, the soda siphons are the choice for you.

When you are choosing your soda maker, consider how easy or difficult it is to get the carbon dioxide refills or to locate and purchase the soda flavors that you like. Most manufacturers of soda makers also produce CO2 refills, but there are other types of refills available that are sometimes more affordable and compatible with the brand name options.

You can opt to purchase the recommended soda flavors that are produced by your soda maker's company, or you can research how to create and make your own soda flavoring so you have sodas that are unique to you.

Finally, make sure that you consider the design of your chosen soda maker and determine if it is right for your particular needs. Is it sturdy? Will it stand up to the amount of use you have planned for it? Do you need something portable, or do you want something that is going to add to the appearance of your kitchen?

Once you have considered all of the available options, you'll be ready to make your purchase.

History of the Soda Stream

The first carbonation machine was invented in 1903 by Guy Hugh Gilbey. He worked for the London gin distillers, W&A Gilbey Ltd. He called his invention the "Apparatus for aerating liquids." This invention was only sold to people of upper class society. Even the English royal family used it.

This invention was only sold to people of upper class society.

It wasn't until the 1920s that flavors for these carbonated beverages were put on the market. The two most popular flavors were cherry and sarsaparilla.

SodaStream developed and marketed a carbonation machine for home use in middle class families in the United Kingdom in 1955. The company later expanded their reach to many other countries including Australia and New Zealand.

SodaStream used the slogan "Get busy with the fizzy" in the 1970s and 1980s to sell their machines to homes all across the United Kingdom. They were hugely popular and a status symbol for any home fortunate enough to purchase one.

As of May 2012, the SodaStream soared to popularity in the United States, and could be purchased in over 2,000 Walmarts across the country.

While SodaStreams have been a brand new fad for Americans during the past few years, they are a source of nostalgia for the United Kingdom and other European countries.

Brett Dvoretz
Last updated by Brett Dvoretz

A wandering writer who spends as much time on the road as in front of a laptop screen, Brett can either be found hacking away furiously at the keyboard or, perhaps, enjoying a whiskey and coke on some exotic beach, sometimes both simultaneously, usually with a four-legged companion by his side. He has been a professional chef, a dog trainer, and a travel correspondent for a well-known Southeast Asian guidebook. He also holds a business degree and has spent more time than he cares to admit in boring office jobs. He has an odd obsession for playing with the latest gadgets and working on motorcycles and old Jeeps. His expertise, honed over years of experience, is in the areas of computers, electronics, travel gear, pet products, and kitchen, office and automotive equipment.

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