I’ve been learning about sodas and the different options to make your own, and I wondered whether a Sodastream or a soda syphon is better.
I did some research and here’s what I found.
I’ll explain the steps needed to carbonate water using a Sodastream and a soda syphon below, and also a cost breakdown of both devices and the CO2 gas canister. So you can get a better idea of exactly why a Sodastream is better.
Which is easier to use a soda syphon or a Sodastream?
A Sodastream requires about the same amount of effort to set up initially, but once you’ve installed the gas canister on a Sodastream you can use it to make 15 gallons (60 liters).
Whereas, with a soda syphon you need to install the canister, and remove it afterwards for each liter you make.
Here’s a video showing how installing a canister in a soda siphon works:
And here’s a video showing how to install a Sodastream gas canister:
Which is cheaper to use a soda syphon or a Sodastream?
The soda syphon cartridge price I found by looking at different options on Amazon, and they can range from between $10 and $15.
You can use any syrup you like on both a Sodastream or a soda syphon, and therefore the syrup doesn’t affect the price.
But, the initial cost to get a Sodastream is more than a soda syphon.
On the Sodastream website they list 3 different models for sale that are $80.99, $116.99 and $143.99.
The difference in price between the different Sodastream units is due to additional features, such as preset fizz levels, and the kind of bottle that comes with it.
With the preset fizz levels you don’t have to guesstimate how fizzy your soda will be.
And the more expensive glass bottle Sodastream unit looks nicer than the plastic bottle.
You can also pick up second hand models on Amazon for a bit cheaper.
A soda syphon on the other hand costs in the range of $35 to $80.
Considering you pay an extra $0.75 per liter when you use a soda syphon after 10 to 20 liters the difference in price balances out to be the same.
And then after that you continue to save $0.75 per liter of soda you make.
A Sodastream comes with a CO2 canister which you refill, and you can purchase additional spare canisters for $30 each.
This is recommended so that you never run out.
Therefore, a Sodastream is better priced, and easier to use.
Is SodaStream cheaper than buying soda water?
When you take into consideration how much a Sodastream machine costs – around $100, you need to make 25 liters (825 oz) for it to pay for itself.
If you drink one glass of soda every day it would take about 3 months for the Sodastream machine to pay for itself.
If you get a soda syphon you will still save money compared to buying soda water in a store or online, but it will take 4 times longer before you begin saving money with it.
This means it would take a year for a soda syphon to pay for itself.
Is Sodastream soda water healthier than store bought soda water?
As you may be aware there are many different names for carbonated water, such as seltzer water, soda water, sparkling water, club soda, and tonic water.
Interestingly, they are all roughly the same.
There are, however, minor differences based on a few additives that are added to a few different kinds of carbonated water such as tonic water, which is traditionally used for making cocktails.
There are also differences in where the water comes from.
For example, there are springs that have naturally carbonated water in areas where there has been volcanic activity in past.
I provided a complete summary of the differences between each of the different kinds of carbonated water in [this, link: Is Perrier Water Naturally Carbonated?] article, and how they’re made.
Definitely give it a read to find out more about what makes each kind of carbonated water unique.
How long does a 60L SodaStream canister last?
If you drink more soda, use it for a whole family, or share it with your friends then it will last a month or two.
Because it can take some time to refill your CO2 canister, Sodastream recommends to get a back up canister or two.
How much does a SodaStream CO2 refill cost?
To see which stores are close to you that will exchange your Sodastream CO2 canister for a new one, you can use the search feature on the official Sodastream website by clicking here.
A Sodastream is more economic and easier to use than a soda siphon.
The CO2 gas cartridges for a soda siphon are about $1 each and make 1 liter.
Whereas, the gas on a Sodastream 60L canister costs $14.99, which is $0.25 for 1 liter of soda.
This is because each soda siphon cartridge is a complete canister, so you pay for both the gas and the cartridge which increases the price.
Both devices cost around the same price, which means overall the Sodastream makes soda for a lot less than a soda siphon.
Each time you use a soda siphon cartridge you need to unscrew it, and put another one in.
Which is more time consuming than setting up the 60L canister for a Sodastream.