SodaSparkle Home Soda Maker Kit Easy-to-Use Sparkling Carbonated Seltzer Beverage Maker, BLACK
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- Small and compact design - portable and convenient to store
- Fully recyclable and disposable CO2 chargers - no need to refill the chargers
- Use for sparkling water, add our natural healthy soda flavors or make alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails
- Perfect for parties, picnics and outdoor dining as well as at home
- Make healthier soda drinks
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We've been looking at soda makers for some time, but many of them are really expensive -- in the $200 range -- and then, they require custom CO2 containers you have to buy -- forever.
This kit is a much cheaper solution. This way, we don't have to haul cases of water home, and we don't add all those empty cans to the recycling bins in town (for those who throw the cans in the garbage, shame on you! :-) This is essentially a heavy duty clear food-grade plastic bottle that can take pressure, an insert cap that lets you attach the cartridge holder to the top to gas up your water, and then, a normal cap so you can refrigerate your soda. It comes with 5 CO2 pressurized cartridges to get you going.
Bottom line -- it's easy to use and works great. Just follow directions.
HOWEVER, there's a catch. They don't want you to use generic cartridges for making soda water -- they're out there (and here on Amazon) and they're a lot cheaper. So the Soda Sparkle folks made their proprietary cartridge just a little longer, so the generic ones don't fit. But let's do the math. At this time, Soda Sparkle wants about 84-cents apiece for their cartridges (which are here on Amazon with Prime shipping). However, we can buy the generic type in boxes of 50, for about 48-cents apiece (and it does take a full cartridge for each liter of water you make).
The kit write-up says that with their system, you can make soda water for about half what it costs for the store-bought variety. Not so. We can buy cans of soda water for about 25 cents a can. Of course, that's not apples-to-apples: we're making liters, not 12 oz cans. But let's not get a headache. Let's just say: price does matter, and so the cheaper the CO2 cartridge, the better.
We solved the problem by using an ordinary penny to "fix" the cartridge length issue. Now, the manufacturer says not to do this, so do so at your own peril, but we really can't see what's riskier about this than that inherent in puncturing a pressurized cartridge. You fill your bottle with "normal" water, and screw down the gas cap insert into it. Then take the black plastic cartridge holder top, turn it upside down, and slide your penny into it, so gravity will hold it in place. Take a generic cartridge, nozzle up, and push it into place, so the rounded end is against the penny. Now turn the top over, and screw it smoothly and quickly onto the other fitting. Wooooshhhh!! You'll hear and see the air rush into your bottle of water. You do it fast so very little gas escapes before you make the seal.
Shake your bottle (whatever cartridge you use) vigorously for a good 30 seconds or so to disburse the bubbles throughout your "home water." Now remove the top, then unscrew the insert. Either pour your home-make soda water into a glass, or use the normal cap, put it in the fridge for later.
This is contrary to manufacturer's instructions, of course, but it works. For us, it's what makes the whole system affordable. We'd recommend to Soda Sparkle in future manufacturing to go with the generic cartridge length and not get us coming and going! Better yet, price your cartridges half what the generic ones cost (instead of nearly twice as much).
Overall, we're getting our own high quality soda water without having to buy and haul home "heavy" water -- and then have to deal with all the recycling issues. It's just a better idea.
I have been using this machine for years. I even had a bottle explode in the past year, and I simply replaced the machine, which came with a new bottle. I usually keep 3 bottles of seltzer water in the refrigerator at any given time. (Years ago, when I 1st purchased this machine, I also purchased several extra bottles.)
But these bottles have a limited life. This point is the same for the plastic seltzer bottles from another popular soda water company. You need to replace them once they start to deform or leak. One alternative company, which also sells a soda water making machine, actually advertises that you should replace their bottles every 6 months. I've had my bottles for years. But it has finally come time to replace a couple of my bottles. At this time, I only have 1 bottle which is less than 4 years old.
Problem: Amazon doesn't seem to be selling the SodaSparkle bottles. And if you go to the SodaSparkle website, their bottles are sold out! It doesn't seem as if you can replace these bottles without buying a new machine right now.
But the bottle which comes with the machine should last for years.
Original Review below:
This is the 2nd SodaSparkle device that I have purchased. I purchased the 1st in 2013. The first one got broken last week (After 4 years) when a bottle exploded while a it was being charged. The exploding bottle sent the SodaSparkle device though my ceiling. (Photos here) I would say that it provides plenty of pressure. The old machine and bottle was 4 years old.
* With this machine, you are not locked into buying CO2 from companies like SodaStream.
* You can buy the standard Seltzer cartridges from nearly anyone. (My last order for cartridges was $59.99 for 96 cartridges.) (The Mr. Fizz cartridges are too small.)
* The SodaSparkle bottles are much larger then the SodaStream bottles. (SodaSparkle has 2 sizes of bottles, but I only see one on Amazon.)
* And you can use the syrup of your choice.
* You can also store the SodaSparkle device in a drawer, instead of it taking up valuable counter space.
* You can not charge several bottles in succession without ice clogging up the nozzle of the device.
* Never put the SodaSparkle (Or SodaStream) bottles in a dishwasher. They soften at the low heating temperatures common in a dishwasher.
* And I learned last week, always stand clear when charging a bottle. (As I said, I had a bottle explode.)
In 2013, I purchased both the SodaSparkle and SodaStream machines. I much prefer this machine. When the one exploded last week, I simply ordered another one.
I'll post photos of my exploding bottle here. In all honesty, I put too much water in the bottle, which caused it to build up too much pressure inside the bottle while it was charging. There is a release valve, but ice forms in the valves when charging more than one bottle. And I had just charged a previous bottle. Oops...
Each full bottle of soda uses one CO2 cartridge. I am just keeping the plain carbonized water in the refrigerator and pouring it into a glass with a flavor (a bit of grape juice for example) when I want soda. When I finish the bottle, I just fill it with plain water and put it back in the refrigerator, then carbonize the chilled water when I want the next drink. I just ordered a huge pack of refills.
I like that I don't have to lug the huge packs of canned soda or 2 liters' from the store.