On-demand bubbles with a smaller carbon footprint. It's a win-win.

By Deanne Revel
September 24, 2020
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I love drinking bubbles. Any bubbles: seltzer water, club soda, champagne. I just love the feeling of fizz and that crisp, Pop Rocks-tingling carbonation on my tongue. But I go through a lot of canned seltzer water and lately I've been questioning my carbon footprint with this habit. So, I finally tried a SodaStream. And, it really does live up to the hype and I can't believe I ever got by without this appliance. 

There are three different machines in the SodaStream family: the Fizzi Classic for $80, the One Touch Electric for $135, and the Aqua Fizz Premium for $160.

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Fizzi Classic

The entry-level SodaStream Fizzi Classic can make nearly 16 gallons of sparkling water on just one carbonation tank. That's the equivalent to about 170 12-ounce bottles of sparkling water! $80 for a small countertop appliance isn't cheap, but you'll save so much money (and plastic) in the long run. Plus, exchanging SodaStream carbonating cylinders is super easy. You just order a new tank online for $14.99 and it comes with a mailing slip so you can mail-in your empty tank. No wasted materials. And that $15 goes a long way. One carbonating cylinder lasts me months.

Buy It: SodaStream Fizzi Classic, $80; amazon.com

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One Touch Electric

I recently upgraded to the One Touch Electric for $135 to customize my bubbles. Yes, that's right. This baby comes with multiple settings so I can control how bubbly my bubbles are. And, of course, I crank it up to the highest setting. On a scale from one to Grandpa Joe drinking "Fizzy Lifting Drink" in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, I'm dangerously close to that fan. But for those who want just a subtle hint of carbonation, there's a setting for that, too. The only drawback to the One Touch Electric vs. the Fizzi Classic is that it requires a bulky cord. The Fizzi Classic is cordless and much more compact. But I wouldn't trade my custom bubble power for anything.

Buy It: SodaStream One Touch Electric, $130; amazon.com

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Aqua Fizz Premium

The high-end Aqua Fizz Premium goes back to a cordless design, but loses the extra buttons that One Touch Electric has to offer. In my opinion, you're paying the extra $25 for a glass, dish-washer safe water carafe, not advanced machine performance.

Buy It: SodaStream Aqua Fizz Premium, $160; crateandbarrel.com

Even if you're not a diehard seltzer drinker, the SodaStream is still a handy appliance to have—particularly if you love to entertain. What I didn't realize is how much I could use the SodaStream for other drinks, too, from at-home cocktails to homemade soda. You can buy SodaStream soda mix-ins ($27, amazon.com), but I've really enjoyed making simple syrups and creating my own sodas, from sparkling lavender lemonade to at-home Shirley Temples.

The SodaStream has quickly become my favorite kitchen appliance. Like a towel warmer or a crushed ice maker, it's one of those fringe appliances that's easy to talk yourself out of buying; but, once you look at the numbers, there's no denying the savings on your wallet and the planet.

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