Well, there are 3 primary considerations when evaluating the right carbonated water choice for you.
The first is accessibility:
SodaStream will make carbonated water or sparkling water in your kitchen, while San Pellegrino is a ready-to-drink product straight from the bottle or can.(check out my ultimate guide to the best Sodastream Models here)
Varies based on the water you choose to use with it
High Minerality – includes calcium, sodium, sulfate, potassium, and magnesium
Re-usable bottles that you purchase
Available in glass bottles, plastic bottles, or cans
One-time, appliance purchase plus ongoing costs of gas, flavorings, and reusable bottles
Can be purchased by the bottle, can, or case
The biggest difference is that San Pellegrino is bottled water that you purchase and drink, while SodaStream is an appliance that will sit on your counter and allow you to carbonate your own water to make soda water.
San Pellegrino is carbonated mineral water, meaning that it contains minerals like calcium, magnesium, and sodium among many others.
On the other hand, SodaStream will allow you to carbonate the water of your choice to make SodaStream fizzi. This could mean simply using tap water, distilled water, or choosing a mineral water bottle that you love.
The accessibility and water choice are just the tip of the iceberg, though.
There is a wide range of flavoring options to keep in mind.
Don’t forget that you’ll also want to think about how and where you prefer to enjoy your carbonated water.
You’ll also want to think about how soda water and San Pellegrino compare to traditional soda pop, as well.
Most sodas and soft drinks have large quantities of sugar that are far greater than what is considered healthy.
Many sodas also have high levels of acidity that combine with the sugar to be terrible for our teeth in addition to being bad for our waistlines.
Even if you’re drinking diet soda, it still has a lot of acid and a ton of chemicals, and artificial flavors.
San Pellegrino does not have any of the junk that you’ll find in Fizzy Drink.
While it is available in a range of flavors, many of them are sweetened with real fruit juice like orange juice, and apple juice, and none of them contain the artificial colors and high levels of sugar found in soda.
San Pellegrino has even begun offering some of the flavors with a hint of tea added, though the original is still a very popular choice.
The flavor of S. Pellegrino comes from its natural mineral content, not a bunch of added chemicals.
Even the SodaStream will allow you to replace the chemicals, acidity, and sugar of traditional soda with healthier flavor options.
You will want to carefully consider the flavoring that you choose to add to your SodaStream if you are making this choice to improve your health.
Once you’ve carbonated the water, you can keep it in the SodaStream bottle in your refrigerator or carry it with you – much like you would with a bottle of San Pellegrino.
Of course, if you want more than one bottle available at a time, you’ll need to have enough SodaStream bottles and take the time to carbonate the water.
Many people find carbonating their water at home more convenient than having to purchase it at the store and carry it in with the rest of their groceries each week.
For those who procrastinate and don’t plan well enough to have the water ready to go in the morning, it can sometimes be easier to grab an already chilled bottle of san Pellegrino at a convenience store.
Any soda water is going to be a healthier choice than traditional soda.