We drink a considerable amount of carbonated water at home. I cringe a little at the price – and just as much at the amount of bottles that leave the house in the recycling bin (1-2 bottles per week).
A recent string of posts and messages from friends online (Julia, Kaela and Shae; I hope I didn`t forget anybody) encouraged me to check out the SodaSteram units. I`d been curious for about a year when Kaela had let me know about them and called this her `best Christmas gift ever.` I had to check it out.
There are different models which range from $100-$250. The additional money includes additional bottles, cartridges and the like. The biggest difference between units is aesthetic (they all perform equally) although the most expensive unit (which tales more storage room) comes with glass bottles.
The process is fairly simple – attach one of their bottles (they are extra-thick) to the machine and pull a handle a few times – instant carbonation.
The refillable cartridges will carbonate about 60 liters of water. The cost per bottle is estimated at about 50 cents. Since bubbly water costs around $1.50-$2.50 per liter, the cheapest unit would pay for itself in 50-100 uses and the larger units between 125-250 uses.
We love the results!