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Sodastream Updates 4/14-- still using it? Just dusting it? Don't remember where it is?

The Sodastream tap water-to-carbonated water machine [and a few other brands] were pretty hot kitchen appliances in 2012.
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Who is still using one?
Any ups or downs of long term usage?
Any other uses that are Chow-worthy?

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  1. I don't have one, but have a few friends who got theirs 1-2 years ago. Only one of them uses the Sodastream with regularity. He was a soda addict, and loves the machine because he's completely weaned off of artificially sweetened drinks. Now, everything is done with real fruit juice + carbonated water. He does use it daily.

    1. Hi Kris -

      We do. Daily.
      None that we know of.
      Cleaning up spots in the Persian carpets with soda water after visitors come by.

      1. I still have one. I go through about a litre of water a day, for two years or so, and it's still working fine. I bought a second one for my office.

        I mainly use it for the soda water - I live in a hot climate, want to limit my consumption of high calorie drinks, and don't like artificial sweeteners. Sometimes I'll add a dash of angotsura bitters, or some cinnamon for variety, or I'll add the juice of a lime (unsweetened) for a refreshing summer drink. It's also lovely with umeshu (Japanese plum liqueur).

        1. We use our's pretty much daily. We switched from the first one we got that used the plastic bottles to the model that uses glass bottles (which are dishwasher safe) and kept right on going with it. It's almost always just for seltzer, but we also get Monin syrups for the occasional soda type application. They make a cola syrup that's quite good and my wife likes their ginger syrup a lot.

          1. I've been a Sodastream owner since before you could purchase them in stores. Only directly from Sodastream online. We use ours every day and have never had a problem with it. The main use is for seltzer and a few diet sodas. Great product.

            1. I've had my machine since 2007 - before it was Sodastream. Love it! We probably use 2 liters per day of seltzer, maybe more. We only use it for seltzer; we aren't soda people. The machine still works exactly as it did in the beginning - no issues, no problems.

              1. We use ours 1-2 times a week. We don't drink soda on a regular basis, but if we're doing pizza night, we'll make some soda, or if we have company over, we'll make some. I like to carbonate water and then add juice to it for a slightly bubbly juice drink.

                1. Hi... I'm not willing to buy the brand for political and humanitarian reasons but am a major LaCroix consumer. Does anyone know of another brand that works well? I'd really like to have one and this thread has made me want one even more since it answered one of my persistent questions: Is it just a fad item? Thanks for any suggestions.

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                  1. re: debbypo

                    Cuisinart has a similar model.

                    https://www.cuisinart.com/products/sp...

                    I can't vouch for that machine, or where they stand politically. If you find out, please let us know.

                    1. re: SWISSAIRE

                      Thanks. It didn't have great reviews but I may go there anyway.

                    2. re: debbypo

                      I have the pureFizz by Mastrad, and it works quite well. I like being able to carbonate juice with it, and it takes regular CO2 chargers..

                      1. re: gnomatic

                        I've been looking at that one. Thanks for the feedback.

                    3. Love it.
                      I wasn't sure if I'd be using it for long- if the shine would wear off, but I love it.

                      Worth every penny.

                      1. I've had mine for three years this week (mother's day gift, so I know for sure!). No problems with it, and we use it every day for soda water. Our soda consumption has reduced to nothing, but we all like just plain soda water with a squeeze of lemon or a dash of juice.

                        If mine broke today, I'd have to buy another one ASAP.

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                        1. re: jeanmarieok

                          I would, too.
                          I also splash in either citrus or Diet Oceanspray.
                          Sometimes plain, because the carbonation hits the spot sometimes.

                        2. We still use ours, maybe 1-2 times a month to make soda water for mixed drinks

                          1. use it maybe once a month. i would use it more often but i realized alot of the appeal of cold fizzy water is that it's cold and i started just drinking cold refrigerated water in the ikea glass water bottles.

                            not really

                            i use it to water down excessively sweet pop.

                            1. We have five bottles (1.5 liter?) that we go through every other day. I can't drink alcohol, pop is too sweet and too many calories, diet soda is all chemicals and caffeine, so my fizzy water is my indulgent drink. It's just more fun than a plain ol' glass of water (which I drink plenty of, as well).
                              And we've had it for several years. Our best friends got one and my son got one because they liked ours so much.

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                              1. re: kitchengardengal

                                Carbonation is so delightful and thirst quenching.

                              2. I use mine daily.

                                The chow-worthy options are, in my view, replacements of the SodaStream syrups.

                                My favorites include:
                                - Using flavored bitters instead of syrup
                                - Homemade ginger syrup
                                - Tonic syrup