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Soda Stream

Postby Sloe-Gin » May 25th, 2011, 6:18 pm

I went to Argos tonight to buy a half price gazebo (for farmers' markets) and, whilst there, hub was enticed by a Soda stream. I used to have one in the 80's (?), but he said it's the way to go as we drink quite a lot of pop (well, I do!!).
He thought there were some concentrate flavours included, but nope, so we can't try it.

Have any of you any experience with the modern soda stream and can you recommend falvours/suppliers online, please?

Much appreciated if you can.
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby MrsWWoof » May 25th, 2011, 6:20 pm

We had one many years ago but went off the flavoured concentrates - the tonic water just didn't taste quite right for one. Ended up using mine mainly to fizz up water to mix with ordinary cordials. Still have it somewhere in the back of the "cubby hole cupboard" and don't quite know whether to reinstate it or car boot it.
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby scullion » May 25th, 2011, 9:58 pm

we have one but also don't buy the concentrates as they are more dificult to come by now (and cos of the synthetic sweetener taste). we use it for fizzy water to put with things like elderflower conc. etc, too.
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Riocaz » May 25th, 2011, 10:07 pm

We used to have one when I was a kid. And would use squash as often as the concentrates...

You would always buy some blue nun. ;)

I have been tempted to buy one again since the heston blue nun test, but have been put off by reports that soda stream have been known to change their gas cylinder valves at quite short notice making the previous generation of machine useless.
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby scullion » May 25th, 2011, 10:22 pm

i haven't found that , mine is quite old now ( at least 15 years and i think i may still have one of the original ones in the loft ) but i have never had any problem with the cylinders, they have always fitted and worked fine.
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Lukewild1982 » May 26th, 2011, 8:10 am

I remember back in the day fizzing up my own drinks. I remember one that as such a bright emerald blue that it would probably not stand a chance in tests nowadays due to the horrific amount of E numbers it must have contained. It had a name but sure if I had looked closer it probably just said "Sugar adn Chemical Concentrate".

I am not sure there is much call for sodastreams now is there? No doubt if there was we would all still have them and not just refer to them in the nostalgic way we do now
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby icelesley » May 26th, 2011, 3:03 pm

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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Herbidacious » July 1st, 2018, 8:38 pm

Does anyone have one of these? I drink a lot of fizzy mineral water, which means a lot of plastic. The cartridges for soda stream seem very expensive. Am I right in thinking you can get them refilled for free?
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby scullion » July 2nd, 2018, 12:40 am

i've had a soda stream of various iterations since the late seventies and i haven't heard of anywhere filling the cylinders for free - but the refills are a fraction of the price of a new cylinder. we drink loads of fizzy water - especially in this heat. we wouldn't be without ours.

if you do get one it's very useful having a spare cylinder.

i rather like the look of the aarke version but it is a huge price for style over function!
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Herbidacious » July 2nd, 2018, 6:22 am

Is that the metal one? It caught my eye but mixed reviews...

It seems that the gas cylinders are about £30 which gives you 60 l of fizzy water (?) That seems comparatively expensive. 20p for 2l of fizzy (not mineral) water in sainsburys, although I usually buy 60p mineral water. But in the interests of ecology...
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby scullion » July 2nd, 2018, 8:45 am

that's the price for a new cylinder rather than a refill - i think the refills are about a tenner at the range.

yes, the aarke is the stainless steel one - as i said, style over function!
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Ratatouille » July 2nd, 2018, 8:50 am

We have a German version which is exclusively for water. It came with three cylinders and a box in which to send back empties. Refills come back promptly and are postage free and better still they only cost a few €s and because there are 3 cylinders you never run out. it has saved us a fortune on buying bottled water, carrying them back from the shops, plastic waste and "food" miles. It looks good too.

WE too had a Soda stream but never got to enjoy the concentrates
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Busybee » July 2nd, 2018, 1:19 pm

Soda stream fans here. There is always a big bottle of water chilling in the fridge waiting to be zapped before drinking. We don’t bother with the flavour concentrates.

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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Herbidacious » July 2nd, 2018, 1:47 pm

Soda steam seem to be being no marketed as water carbonators unless I am looking at a specialised version.

I am tempted. They don’t look as big as I thought they were.
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Zosherooney » July 2nd, 2018, 3:36 pm

We had one of these units for about 5 years then the mechanism failed. It was botch mended and then the Post Office got funny about returning the used cartridge, something about being 'under pressure'. It was good when it worked but obtaining a replacement fizzes 'bomb' was a bit of a pain. When the unit finally bit the dust I went back to fizzy water in bottles from Lidl for 17p and will continue to do so until you can refill your plakky bottles on site, which might come in time.....? https://www.ebay.com/itm/NSA-Sparkling- ... 2371623984


I heard that ASDA are limiting the amount of bottles of fizzy drinks you can buy due to a carbon dioxide shortage ??
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby scullion » July 3rd, 2018, 12:10 am

i think glass will come back in before you can refill plastic bottles!
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Herbidacious » July 3rd, 2018, 10:35 am

Apparently Argos will handle the cartridges.

Maybe I should just kick my fizzy water habit though...
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby KC2 » July 3rd, 2018, 5:44 pm

I had an unused cartridge for an ancient sodastream that had bitten the dust long ago and Soda Stream took it back for free - they sent me a pre-paid label so that I could drop it off at one of those local stores that handles non PO parcels. Don't know anything about the new generation ones.
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby scullion » July 3rd, 2018, 6:10 pm

the range swapped the old style cylinder, for me, for a filled, new type in the same way that you get a normal refill. i had already bought a new type machine.
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby StokeySue » July 5th, 2018, 10:21 am

I looked at soda stream when this thread was started, but the basic one for water didn't seem to take the glass carafes :rolleyes:

Just had a look on the soda stream site, which is rubbish so will have a look next time I pass through an appropriate department store

If Argos do the cylinders, then that could make life very easy
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Herbidacious » July 5th, 2018, 10:49 am

Can you not decant into a carafe?

edit: ah just looked more carefully. I see...

The glass bottles don't look unattractive.

They seem to have some special offers. They are, of course, trying to cash in on the plastic is evil thing.
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Gruney » July 5th, 2018, 11:26 am

I remember a dash of the lemonade syrup added to a gin and tonic was excellent.
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby StokeySue » July 5th, 2018, 1:02 pm

Herbidacious wrote:ah just looked more carefully. I see...

The glass bottles don't look unattractive.

Yes, I'd be happy to use those including putting on the table, and would prefer to bypass the plastic bottles. But I think they only work with the Crystal machine, which is quite pricey
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Herbidacious » July 6th, 2018, 2:08 pm

I was looking at this one

https://www.amazon.co.uk/SodaStream-Spi ... oda+stream

Those are plastic bottles then...? That's a pity. Dishwashable bottles would have been preferable. I prefer the look of this one to the Crystal one...
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Herbidacious » July 6th, 2018, 2:19 pm

This is probably not at all convenient for anyone, but Lakeland do a £11.99 recylcled/refilled cylinder. £14.99 at Argos.
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Herbidacious » July 6th, 2018, 2:23 pm

i will shut up about this now, but Ocado have the Crystal one on offer for £97

https://www.ocado.com/webshop/product/S ... sodastream

Their gas thingies are a bit cheaper than elsewhere too.
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Herbidacious » July 11th, 2018, 7:48 pm

Ok it just arrived, and honestly, I think my brain must be deteriorating. I got the Crystal one, and there is a plastic ring (ironically it looks a bit like a large version of the part you use to connect a hose pipe to a hose pipe fitting) and I don’t know what it’s for. No pic of it in the instructions. Does this ring any bells for those who have a Sodastream?
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Herbidacious » July 11th, 2018, 7:54 pm

Ok well whatever it is it seems to work without it. It makes great sci if noises :D

I think it’s to stop the carafe from wobbling.
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby slimpersoninside » July 12th, 2018, 5:54 pm

Can you post a picture Herbi? I have a Crystal (it was a birthday present so went up-market :D ) and it doesn't ring a bell, nothing like it in the box iirc.
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Herbidacious » July 12th, 2018, 7:00 pm

I am sure it is to hold the bottle straight. I found a video. The earlier version doesn't have it.
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Herbidacious » July 12th, 2018, 7:02 pm

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Re: Soda Stream

Postby Herbidacious » July 12th, 2018, 7:04 pm

It was loose when I opened the box (in my stupidity defense ;) )
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Re: Soda Stream

Postby slimpersoninside » July 13th, 2018, 10:45 am

I've just looked at mine and it seems to be the bit the bottle stands on inside the metal tube. From your picture it appears that's where you've put it.
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