I remember having a Sodastream ‘first time round’ – a hulking great piece of beige plastic that you used with glass deposit bottles and syrups that made my brother hyperactive (according to my mum), so imagine my surprise when I was asked to test a Sodastream and this sleek little beauty turned up at my door:
Sodastream is back and behind a new campaign to encourage us to precycle – to reduce our usage of plastic bottles before they are consigned to the recycling centre – and they can count supermodel and environmentalist Erin O’Connor as one of their supporters. Sodastream hope to encourage bottle reuse through the ‘World Without Bottles‘ campaign as it has been estimated that using their reusable carbonating bottle can save up to 2000 cans and bottles being used over a period of three years. That’s an amazing amount of plastic and, while consumers are making great strides in being more green, you can bet a large proportion of those bottles would be dropped into the nearest bin.
The machine we were sent to try was the one pictured above, the Genesis model, specifically released in conjunction with the World Without Bottles campaign. It was easy to assemble out of the box and came complete with one gas bottle and one carbonating bottle. We were also sent the apple and low sugar lemonade syrups to try. I received the machine and syrups a couple of months ago now and, despite using the machine practically every day, the syrups and the CO2 cylinder are still going strong. The syrups made very nice drinks and I was particularly impressed with the low sugar lemonade as I had expected it to taste a bit chemical-y, but it was lovely served from the fridge. I also drink a lot of carbonated water, so the ease of making that straight out of the tap was good too.
When the gas runs out you can simply exchange your cylinder with Sodastream for a full one. I didn’t actually realise that you need a user license to use a CO2 cylinder but this is all taken care of by Sodastream and a license valid for the life of your machine is included in the box. Sodastream sell drinks makers, syrups, CO2 cylinders and spare carbonating bottles directly from their website and I suppose if I had one complaint this would be it. I’d really find it a lot easier to be able to buy the syrups more widely, but as far as I can find out from Sodastream’s store locator, only a few stores local to me sell them. Having said this, they are available online from other stockists (sponsored) so it’s really the smallest of complaints given that the machine itself is aces.
Drinks makers start from around £55 and syrups from £3.29 online. Check the website for your nearest stockist.
Note: This is a supported post in that I was sent the drinks maker and syrups to test and some links are sponsored. I was not paid for this review and all opinions are entirely my own.