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SodaStream vs. canned seltzer [moved from Boston board]

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[NOTE: We've moved this digression from the thread at http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/7881... -- The Chowhound Team]

I'm very surprised to see so many folks loving the SodaStream - am I missing something? I looked at it and thought "$80, environmentally-unfriendly plastic plus permanent counter space, plus ordering cartridges, plus maintenance" vs. $5 12-pack recyclable aluminum cans. I immediately dumped SodaStream into my mental SkyMall file.

ObFood: when you get amarene cherries in the blue and white funeral urn, the syrup + seltzer makes a fantastic cherry soda.

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  1. I don't use the environmentally-unfriendly plastic. The 60-liter CO2 cartridges last a long time. There's an obvious carbon footprint advantage to using tap water vs. carbonated water shipped from a spring or a plant to the store to one's home. Recycling is obviated. I don't have to haul seltzer from the store to my home (probably my favorite thing about the whole setup, as I drink a lot of seltzer). It's true it takes up some counter space, about 10" x 6".

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    1. I'm with you. That's some seriously expensive soda water. And honestly, on sale you can get those twelve pack sleeves for $2.50.

      1. Your environmental math is way off.

        The environmental un-friendliness of the beverage industry more than trumps whatever perceptions of environmental issues you may have with the Sodastream (especially for "spring water" which is an environmental scam). At about 40 cents a liter it's also a cost saver compared to your $1.14 a liter 12-pack. Even adding the cost of the device you're at break-even after 100 liters. The plastic bottles also last for years while you're getting new cans every time you shop - recycled or not, there's a lot of energy going into that.

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        1. re: ferret

          Bottom line for me is I just don't drink enough seltzer. I doubt I drink 30 liters a year. Mostly it's a splash in cocktails. For me, one of those sleeves of a dozen cans can last 6 months if it's not summer time.

          1. re: StriperGuy

            Not every product is for everybody, but the OP was looking for seltzer delivery, which presumably meant he was looking for a regular and frequent supply. For our family of 4, we've nearly eliminated purchasing seltzer and soft drinks from the store. Less lugging and storage of water, an essentially endless supply and, overall, some money saved.

            I'm not an environmental activist by anyone's standards, but I do get a little angry at the thought of all the energy that goes into bottling beverages and the costs of transporting them, sometimes from other continents. And with the craze for perceived natural "spring" water, it means that these often public sources are now being privatized.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              "a dozen cans can last 6 months"
              That's 2 cans a month or about 1 every 2 weeks. If you're using a splash at a time, it would seem difficult to retain any fizz on an opened can.

          2. Other than the environmental issues (and I agree with ferret that your enviro math is seriously compromised), the other really big difference between sodastream (or any other home seltzer maker) and cans is the control of the fizz factor. Cans come just one way. Personally for drinking straight, I find most canned seltzer to be too fizzy for me. We like a lighter carbonation. When I'm planning on using the seltzer as a mixer (with alcohol or juice or whatever), then I make it a higher carbonation. The point is being able to control it to exactly where I want it to be.

            Oh the other big difference I guess is your water. I have no idea where the water comes from for canned seltzer. Here in nyc we have terrific tap water and that's what we use for home carbonated seltzer.

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            1. re: LNG212

              The thread started in Boston which has very tasty tap water as well.

              Just don't do make your own Seltzer in FL ;-) unless you seriously filter your H20.

              1. re: StriperGuy

                re: FL, good to know! ha! I didn't know that about Boston either. It's funny how a person gets used to good tap water and then when you go somewhere else, you don't even think about it! Even where my mother has moved to in NJ, I won't drink their water. Ick. She buys litres of seltzer.