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SodaStream Spirit review: Saving the world, one fizzy water bottle at a time?

You can get your hands on Pepsi and 7Up flavours for your SodaStream now too

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We love fizzy water. It’s water, but better. What we don’t love is fizzy water in endless plastic bottles. Even when they can be recycled, we’d still rather do our bit and use as few as possible in the first place.

If someone says the word ‘SodaStream’ to you, your mind might drift to dinner parties of old, when James May was serving up his sandwiches alongside a prawn cocktail doused in thick Marie-Rose sauce.

A little history...

Well, you may be surprised to know the SodaStream was invented way before that in1903 by George Gilbey, who also ran a London gin distillery. Rich families loved their ‘aerating liquid machines’, and rumour has it, even the royal household had one.

All the way back in 1920, the company introduced the first flavour concentrates of cherry and sarsaparilla (which apparently has a flavour similar to root beer). SodaStream plodded along throughout the 20th century, still mostly finding itself something only rich people could afford. Until the late 70s.

In 1979, SodaStream brought out a new version, in brown and beige – the kitchen colours of the moment – and it was a hit.

The company then got passed around a bit, being bought by Cadbury Schweppes in 1985, and by various others, until the 00s when it was time to put a little fizz back into SodaStream.

SodaStream expanded into the US and other markets, and has been really popular since. It was bought by PepsiCo in 2018 for £2.5bn, and the first four PepsiCo flavours for the SodaStream have just launched in the UK: Pepsi Max, Pepsi, 7Up Free and 7Up.

With each 440ml bottle of flavour, you can make up to nine litres of fizzy drinks. You can buy them directly from SodaStream.co.uk, or at Sainsbury’s, Asda or John Lewis for £4.99 each, which works out at quite the saving compared to a 2 litre bottle of the stuff.

Is a SodaStream worth the money?

One of the reasons for SodaStream’s continuing popularity is that it’s helping deal with the huge problem of plastic waste. On top of its eco-friendly credentials, you don’t have to plug it in or power it, it’s easy to use, and it doesn’t take up much space on your kitchen worktop or in a cupboard.

SodaStream says that by using one of its machines, over a four year period, you can save up to 1,280 single-use plastic bottles from the planet. And that by 2025, 67 billion single-use plastic bottles will have been eliminated, thanks to SodaStream.

There are three different machines to choose from: Spirit, One Touch and Crystal, ranging from £79.99 to £149.99. We’ve got a Spirit, in white and gold, but you can also opt for black, white, grey, blue, sage green, red or dark purple. Like the brown/beige of the 70s, they’re all the popular kitchen colours of moment.

All you need to kick things off is a CO2 cylinder which you pop inside. There’s a recycling system in place so you can keep topped up with fizz, and not have any waste. You can exchange directly with SodaStream (each cylinder costs £13 with a £10 refundable deposit), or you can exchange them in various shops like Asda, Sainsbury’s, Robert Dyas, Lakeland and Argos.

To jazz up your water, all you do is fill up your bottle to the line indicated with normal boring water, clip it into place, and press and hold the button for two seconds each time. You’ll need to do it at least three times for a light and gentle fizz, or five times for a STRONG FIZZ. And that’s it.

If you just want jazzy water, drink up, or add one of the syrups for some fizzy pop.

Yes, we’re sure your mind is thinking, ‘ooh, but could you turn crap wine into classy Champagne using a SodaStream?’. We’ve seen videos on the internet, and we really don’t want to try it.

Apparently the company did release Sparkling Gold in Germany a few years ago, which was a ‘fine alcoholic concentrate’ that would basically allow you to turn water into wine. The dream. A press release at the time said, "An independent market research test conducted in Germany in October 2017, established that 76 percent of people surveyed enjoyed the taste of SodaStream 'Sparkling Gold' as much as or more than French champagne brands 'Moet & Chandon' and 'Veuve Clicquot.” Interesting. Sadly it didn't make it to the UK though, so consider this us starting a petition.

If you want to keep things more sensible, there are lots of cocktail recipes on the SodaStream website, which won’t cause you to cover your house in Merlot.

Overall we're huge fans of the SodaStream, and genuinely use it every day. Especially if you buy one when it's on offer (as it is currently), you'd easily make back the money you'd spend on bottles of sparkling water or fizzy drinks. Plus, there's the added bonus of using hundreds fewer plastic bottles a year.

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Comments (9)

  • Hot tip… put your favourite rose wine in.. and make it sparkling 😉

      29 days ago
  • Love it! I got one for my wife and I use it more than her!!!! HAHAHAHA Can't wait to try the Pepsi flavors!

      29 days ago
  • I have a sodastream and I love it. I use it every day with various low sugar cordials.

      29 days ago
  • While I do prefer plain tap water, I always appreciate innovative ideas that help reduce waste :)

      29 days ago
  • Nope, I just drink plain ol' tap water instead. ☺ But I'm lucky enough to gave tasty tap water...

      30 days ago
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