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I'm a huge fan of sparkling water. I've been drinking it for years. At one point, my roommate and I were each buying a six-pack every week so we'd never run out in our apartment.
Instead of having to buy cans or bottles of seltzer all the time, I can make it in seconds in my apartment and never run out.
I also love how much better for the environment it is — I've reduced my plastic and aluminum consumption by a lot.
I loved my Soda Stream so much, that I told my mom (another sparkling water fan) about it and got her one for Christmas.
This was great thinking on my behalf since I'm staying with my parents right now and get to use hers every day. It has made our lives a bit easier because we don't have to get cases of water from the grocery store, which saves us money and strength because we don't have to carry them home.
Each C02 canister makes around 60 bottles. We replace ours about every six weeks. And according to the SodaStream website, 1 CO2 bottle equals 2,070 disposable bottles.
There is a bit of a learning curve to it though, and many reviewers talk about how it can make a mess. And that has happened to me a couple of times, but once you get the hang of it, it's really easy.
But I'm going to walk you through it in case you need some help:
After you fill the bottle up with water to the line on the outside, you put it on the machine. Then you press slowly down for two seconds over and over again, until you hear a releasing sound.
Not only do I feel great about the less waste I'm creating, but I do feel like I'm actually saving money. And other reviewers agree:
"I'm very happy with SodaStream Fizzi. I've done the calculus, and I'll save $35-$42/ canister I buy (and more if I were buying LaCroix). The canister can be exchanged for $15.99 a swap, so I'll more than break even on the one canister. Sure, it's not as convenient as having a 12 oz at your fingertips, but it's cheaper at face-value cost in the short-term, and if you consider all the externalities that an individual never pays for in the manufacturing, processing, waste and recycling of the cans, it's fantastic for everyone I love in the world and all living creatures!" — avatarmh
"This SodaStream Fizzi is going to save me a lot of money and my recycle bin will be much emptier without all the bottles I used to have. Instead of spending $40 a month on sparkling water, I can make my own. In fact, I figure the SodaStream will have paid for itself in two months and future months will use maybe half of a CO2 bottle (which is $15 to refill). Anyone can use the Fizzi without even being instructed. Just slide the bottle up, and it gets sealed in automatically then you pump 3 or 4 times and pop the bottle back off. Simple! The Fizzi is the most basic SodaStream machine but unless you want to pay more money to push an electronic button instead of pumping manually just get this model. You can put it anywhere since it has no plug, and it takes up very little counter space. I've never had a drop of water escape from my bottle either." — Linnie
When the CO2 bottle runs out, you can exchange it and get a new one for half-price.
You can do this on their website or by visiting stores that sell the products, including Target and Bed, Bath & Beyond.