SodaStream is a modern way to enjoy carbonated beverages. If you’re tired of bottles, cans, and are looking to revolutionize the way you enjoy your beverages, this is your ideal product.
Three Different Options
SodaStream provides you with three different options to choose from when making your purchase. It’s important to know which one is best for you so you can appropriately enjoy your flavored sparkling water in the best way possible.
Here are benefits to each one as well as their costs.
The Fizzi Classic is the cheapest and most simplistic of the Sparkling Water Makers. However, this doesn’t take away from its efficiency and elegance.
The Fizzi Classic offers a compact and cordless design. This means you can take your Fizzi Classic on road trips, vacations, or to the office.
It’s also compatible with all of SodaStream’s reusable plastic bottles so that you can save more money on buying plastics.
Eco-friendly and carbonated beverages on the go? It’s almost too good to be true.
One Touch Electric
The One Touch Electric is ideal for those who want to take a deep dive into the world of flavored sparkling water.
The One Touch Electric is, like it says, electric. You’ll need an electrical outlet to be able to use this.
Once you’ve plugged in your One Touch Electric, it takes literal seconds for your tap water to turn into marvelous sparkling water. Simply plug it in and select one of the three levels of carbonation to choose from and watch as you create amazing sparkling water – all at the touch of one button. It also offers a wide variety of colors to choose from.
For those who like to experiment with all the crazy creations you can think of, this is the perfect machine to use with SodaStream.
Aqua Fizz Premium
The Aqua Fizz Premium is by far the most elegant and classy of the machines you can purchase. It features a stunning design that’s perfect to make your countertop pop.
Similarly to the Fizzi Classic, the Aqua Fizz doesn’t require electricity as it’s powered by a CO2 cylinder. It comes with an easy twist-lock to insert a bottle into it.
It also isn’t compatible with the reusable plastic bottles SodaStream offers. However, it’s compatible with something much better for long-term use.
The Aqua Fizz Premium is compatible with glass carafes that SodaStream has available. These are dishwasher-safe glass containers.
The Aqua Fizz is a bit pricier than the rest of the products. You’ll see the difference in cost reflected in a much more elegant sparkling water creation experience. The glass carafes are provided when you purchase it and replaces the reusable plastic bottles that come with the other machines.
Here are the differences.
- Sparkling water maker that you’ve chosen
- Carbonating cylinder
- One 1L Bottle
- This is only available for the Fizzi Classic and One Touch Electric as they use reusable plastic bottles.
- 620 Milliliter glass carafe
- Similarly, this is only available for the Aqua Fizz Premium as that product uses glass carafes instead of reusable plastic bottles.
- Free Shipping
- Three-year warranty
- Sparkling water maker that you’ve chosen
- Carbonating Cylinder
- Three 620 Millimeter glass carafes
- Only available for Aqua Fizz Premium purchases
- Three 1 liter bottles and three half-liter bottles
- Only available for the Fizzi Classic and One Touch Electric
- Lemon Fruit Drop flavoring
- Free shipping
- Three-year warranty
Getting Prepared to Make Flavored Sparkling Water
Align these on your countertop and get ready to soon enjoy the magnificent taste of flavored sparkling water.
It also may be helpful to set up near a source of water so that you can easily fill your bottle with water later.
The first thing you’ll want to do is remove the plastic seal from your carbonator. If you’re using the carbonator that came with the SodaStream machine you’ve purchased, it will be labeled “SodaStream CO2.” Once you’ve done that, go ahead and unscrew the cap as well.
At this point, you’ll want to pop the back cover off of your soda machine.
It should be noted that if you’re using a smaller model of a SodaStream machine, the top will be located on the top of the machine rather than the back. Either way, take it off and set it to the side so you can reattach it later.
Let’s Get Ready To Carbonate
This is where things start to get exciting for the soda and sparkling water fanatics out there.
You’ll need to insert the carbonator in the soda machine. You’ll see the space where the carbonator is intended to go – it’s the space that’s now unaccommodated because you’ve taken off the back cover. If you have a smaller machine, you can place it where you’ve taken off the top cover and it will work all the same.
You’ll now need to screw the top of the canister into your soda machine. The mechanism that connects the carbonator is easily visible. Simply take your cannister and attach the top of it to the connector and screw the carbonator about three times in a clockwise rotation. You’ll need it to be securely attached and make sure it’s not able to wiggle around.
You’re now almost ready to start carbonating your water.
At this point, take the back or top cover that you’ve set to the side and reattach it to your soda machine. This will allow the carbonator to lock in place. You must make sure the cover is secured back on before you start using your soda machine. This goes for both the smaller and larger, newer models of SodaStream machines.
Grab Some Plain, Boring Flat Water To Transform
It’s now time to dive into the process of making flavored sparkling water.
Once your soda machine’s carbonator is correctly attached, grab your reusable plastic bottles or the glass carafes that are provided with your SodaStream machine purchase.
The glass carafes and plastic bottle should both have a line on the inside of the container that indicates how much water you should be filling the container up with. Take the container and fill it up to where the line indicates.
SodaStream highly recommends using cold water to carbonate with to receive the best experience.
Once you’ve filled up your container to the appropriate amount, you’ll now need to snap or screw the container back into the machine. The different models of soda machines carry different variations of how you can lock your bottle to the machine. You’ll either have to screw the bottle in, or it will be able to snap in.
Either way, secure your container to your soda machine by either turning the bottle three times in a clockwise position or simply push the top of your container into place. Ensure that the bottle is in an upright vertical position. There should be a visible gap between the base of your soda machine and the bottom of your container.
It’s Time to Get Carbonated
Once you’ve secured your carbonator and container into your soda machine, it’s time for the magic to happen.
Depending on which machine you own, you’ll need to either press down on the carbonating block or button to start the carbonation process. The button will look like a small black button while the block is the entire top block of your machine. Both are easily identifiable.
You’ll also need to take a one-second break in between each press you make.
The One Touch electric will have its way of showing carbonation levels, while the Fizzi Classic and Aqua Fizz Premium will have their way of carbonation. Here are the differences.
The Fizzi Classic and Aqua Fizz Premium
The Fizzi Classic and Aqua Fizz Premium and other soda machine models don’t come with predefined levels for your carbonation. SodaStream recommends pressing your carbonation button in short bursts of 2 seconds, with a one-second pause in between, a total of four times if you’d like to add flavor. The fewer bursts you use, the less carbonated your drink will be.
However, SodaStream doesn’t recommend ever pressing the button more than five times as it will add too much carbonation to your drink.
Try experimenting with different increments of bursts to find the perfect carbonation to your flavored sparkling water. Or, stick to the standard four increments of two-second bursts as SodaStream recommends.
The One Touch Electric
The One Touch Electric shines in terms of adjusting how carbonated your drink will become.
You may want to try multiple fizzy levels to find the perfect amount for your drink.
Once you’ve achieved the level of carbonation you desire, you’re almost finished.
You’ll need to pull the bottle or glass carafe of water out of the lock mechanism once carbonation has finished. You’ll either need to twist the bottle out or pull it towards yourself to unlock it. Either way, remove the container from the locking mechanism in your soda machine.
At this point, you’ll want to grab a capful of flavoring. This can either be a concoction you’ve created or a capful of Sparkling Drink Mix that you’ve purchased.
Take the flavoring and hold your container at a 15-degree angle as you pour the flavor mix into the bottle. Pouring it at an angle makes it much less likely for the container to overflow as you pour the mix into your drink.
Once you’ve added your flavor, screw the cap onto your bottle of cold water and drink mix and shake it gently for 10 seconds.
A useful tip to try is slowly turning your bottle upside down and then back to right side up to mix your flavors well without risking overflowing the container.
Enjoy the Deliciousness You’ve Created
Finally, you should now have a bottle of the flavored sparkling water of your choosing. You can pour the flavored sparkling water into a cup with ice or just drink it straight from the bottle. It should be cold and refreshing if you’ve stuck to using cold water.
You can even store excess soda in the fridge for up to two days as long as the cap is on. Any longer than two days and you run the risk of your drink becoming flat.
While you can re-carbonate plain water, you can’t re-carbonate water that is already flavored. So, make sure you’re enjoying the fruits of your labor when you can!
Creating Your Flavors
You’ll need to make sure you’ve done this first before you can add any flavor to your sparkling water. The process will not work nearly as well if you add flavoring before the carbonation process.
Here are some ideas for both methods:
Creating your syrups is by far the most creative and expressive way to make your flavored sparkling water.
To create your syrup, you’ll need water and sugar or a sugar substitute. You’ll need equal parts of sugar and water to create the syrup, so one cup of each is a good starting point.
You can take the sugar-water concoction and microwave it for several minutes or take the time to boil the sugar-water to allow them to combine thoroughly. Either way, you’ll need to boil both the syrup and the sugar so it’d be in your interest to just start by boiling the sugar-water into syrup.
Common flavors include lime, lemon, and orange. Or, try combining all of them with some cranberries and pomegranates thrown into the mix. There are almost endless possibilities of flavors you can create.
After you’ve loaded up your boiling syrup with your flavor items, allow them to simmer for four to five minutes to blend with the water. After you’ve finished simmering them, run the now-delicious syrup through a fine-mesh strainer to remove any remaining fruit pieces.
After you’ve let it cool, you’ve now created your syrup that no one else has! Add a capful of this to the sparkling water you’ve created with your SodaStream machine and start enjoying the refreshing coolness that only you know how to create.
Using Muddled Fruits
Using muddled fruits is classic and takes little time and gets rid of all the preservatives. Using this instead of syrup can be a great way to live a little healthier and save time. It’s ideal for the flavored sparkling water lovers.
To flavor your sparkling water with fruits, simply take the fruits of your choice (strawberries and peaches are amazing) and begin to muddle them with a blunt object.
After you’ve done this, just add the single muddled fruit or mixture of muddled fruits into your sparkling water to create a refreshing flavored sparkling water using only fruits.
Many love to use this method to continue to enjoy flavored sparkling water even when on strict diets. It’s also great for the on-the-go consumer who wants to quickly create flavored drinking without spending the time to make their syrups.
Common Issues and How To Resolve Them
Can I Re-Carbonate My Drink?
The answer is yes and no.
You can re-carbonate plain sparkling water. If you have not added flavor to your drink, you’ll have no issues adding more fizz as long as the water reaches the line indicator on your container.
If you’ve already flavored your beverage, then you won’t be able to add more fizz to your drink. The SodaStream machines are only made to add carbonation to water.
How Long Until My Drink Goes Flat?
The seal on your container’s cap will work just as well as ordinary store-bought beverages. If you’re using it correctly (keeping it tightly sealed and secured), your flavored sparkling water should remain carbonated for up to two weeks.
However, if you’ve left it out in the open with no seal on for too long, expect a flat drink.
Can I Carbonate Other Drinks?
SodaStream states that you should never carbonate anything other than water in your soda machine. You could create a mess and/or damage your machine if you attempt to carbonate other drinks. This can be especially true in sugary, sticky drinks. This is why you should never try to re-carbonate an already flavored drink.
However, you can add more carbonated water to your drink as a quick fix to adding more fizz to a flat drink.
You’ll also invalidate your warranty if you attempt to carbonate anything other than water in your SodaStream machine, so make sure to avoid doing so at all costs!
How Do I Refill My CO2 Cylinder?
SodaStream will exchange your empty CO2 cylinder for a full one at a reasonable cost. You can order an exchange online or find a local retailer to do it in-person.
A local filling station may not comply with these standards, which could introduce toxins into your cylinder.
SodaStream also only provides a guarantee for its products. If you manage to damage a SodaStream product by using another company’s filling station or cylinders, SodaStream won’t accept them for return.
Always only use SodaStream products to use in your SodaStream machine.