Soda maker review - 06/2019

No more carrying heavy boxes - with a soda maker you can easily make your perfect sparkling water out of tap water in a few seconds, each one in its desired sparkling intensity! Not only does the carrying of boxes remain in the past, but the environment will also thank you for it. We have tested 4 different soda maker for you and paid special attention to user-friendliness and sparkling result. Our test winner is the sodastream Easy soda maker: The soda maker is easy to use, equipped with many equipment and produces a very good sparkling result. Our favourite with the test mark 9,4!

last modified: 15.09.2019, 10:50
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Our winner: sodastream Easy soda maker mySodapop Jerry soda maker Soda Trend Soda maker Rosenstein & Söhne Soda maker

sodastream

Easy soda maker

mySodapop

Jerry soda maker

Soda Trend

Soda maker

Rosenstein & Söhne

Soda maker
  • Very good sparkling result
  • Delivered bottles have a long shelf life
  • Easy handling
  • Very good sparkling result
  • Easy to use
  • Extensive scope of delivery
  • Delivered bottles have a long shelf life
  • Good sparkling result
  • High filling capacity of the bottles
  • Good sparkling result
  • Delivered bottles have a long shelf life
  • Less filling quantity of the bottles than other test devices
  • Delivered bottles short-lived
  • Big
  • Unstable
  • Not very high quality workmanship
  • If the sparkling process is too long, water will quickly overflow
  • Unstable
  • Sparkling button difficult to operate
  • Excess CO2 is only released very slowly
  • Less included in the delivery

An easy to handle soda maker with good sparkling result!

Large soda maker, with good sparkling result and easy handling.

Good sparkling result and easy to handle, but a bit unstable and easy to overflow.

Produces a good sparkling result, but is less easy to handle and the delivery doesnt include the necessary equipment.

Filling capacity of bottles 850 ml 850 ml 950 ml 900 ml
Scope of delivery Soda maker, 2 bottles, 2 glasses, CO2 cylinder, syrup (6 flavours), operating instructions Soda maker, 2 bottles, 2 glasses, CO2 cylinder, transport bag, operating instructions Soda maker, 1 bottle, CO2 cylinder, operation instructions Soda maker, 1 bottle, operating instructions
Design
Scope of delivery
Result
Handling
Quality impression Very good Good Good Good
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★★★★★
4 reviews
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☆☆☆☆☆
★★★★★
1 reviews
Packaging Good Good Good Good
Additional Warranty
Manual language DE DE, EN, IT, FR DE, EN, FR, ES, IT, NL DE
Quality of instructions Very good Good Good Satisfactory
Width 13 cm 15 cm 12 cm 14 cm
Height 42,5 cm 44 cm 46,5 46 cm
Depth 18,5 cm 25 cm 28 cm 15 cm
Weight 2,4 kg 2,7 kg 2,7 3,3 kg
Colour Black Dark grey Light grey Black
CO2 cylinder 60 l 60 l 60 l 60 l
Dishwasher safe No No No No
Number of supplied bottles 2 2 1 1
Material Waterbottles PET PET PET PET
Service durability of bottles 2 1/2 years 5 months 1 1/2 years 2 years
Test seal: sodastream Easy soda maker, Rating 1.45
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Test seal: mySodapop Jerry soda maker, Rating 1.65
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Test seal: Soda Trend Soda maker, Rating 2.35
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Test seal: Rosenstein & Söhne Soda maker, Rating 2.55
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Tested products

sodastream

Easy soda maker

Test seal: sodastream Easy soda maker, Rating excellent

The sodastream Easy soda maker convinces in handling, scope of delivery and sparkling result. The soda maker is easy to use and compact in size. The sparkling result is good and the delivery includes a second bottle, two glasses and syrup in addition to the necessary equipment.

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mySodapop Jerry soda maker - thumbnail Test seal: mySodapop Jerry soda maker, Rating good

mySodapop

Jerry soda maker

The mySodapop Jerry soda maker is a slightly larger, easy-to-handle soda maker. The device is easy to use and produces a good sparkling result. All necessary equipment is included and in addition you get a second bottle and a transport bag. Unfortunately the supplied bottles can only be used for 5 months.

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Soda Trend Soda maker - thumbnail Test seal: Soda Trend Soda maker, Rating good

Soda Trend

Soda maker

The Soda Trend soda maker is easy to use and provides a good sparkling result. The case is a bit unstable and shaky and doesn't look very well built. The necessary supply is included and the bottle can be used for 1 1/2 years.

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Rosenstein & Söhne Soda maker - thumbnail Test seal: Rosenstein & Söhne Soda maker, Rating satisfactory

Rosenstein & Söhne

Soda maker

The Rosenstein & Söhne soda maker is a bit less easy to handle. Handles are hard to operate, excess CO2 is hardly released and the position of the case is a bit shaky. In addition, not all necessary supplies are included, e.g. CO2 cylinders have to be ordered separately. A good sparkling result, however, is also produced by this soda maker.

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  • For the best possible sparkling result, it is recommended to use cooled water, as cold water absorbs more CO2.
  • To avoid water overflowing during the sparkling process, never fill the bottle above the maximum mark.
  • You should clean the PET bottles regularly to prevent germs from forming.
  • To avoid frustration with a sudden empty gas cylinder, it is always a good idea to have a second in back-up.
  • For a little variety you can mix your soda with syrup in various flavours.

 

Products

In our soda maker test we tested and compared 4 different devices from different manufacturers. The devices have slight differences in handling and equipment. During the test the same procedure took place for all devices and it was graded according to the same criteria.

Test procedure

In our test we rated according to the following criteria:

  • Handling
  • Result
  • Supply
  • Design

The different sparkling intensities were tested for each soda maker. During use, we took great care to ensure that the devices were easy to handle and therefore user-friendly. Consumption also played a role in our test. We weighed the gas cylinders before and after sparkling to determine how much gas is used to bubble a bottle of water to maximum sparkling intensity.

We also tested the supplied bottles. Here we have paid attention to how long the bottles are durable and thus how often you are forced to buy new bottles. We also left the sparkling water in the bottles over two nights to test how well the bottles can keep the sparkling strength.

Fizzling yourself is the trend: every tenth German household estimates that they already use a water sprinkler, and the trend is rising all the time. The advantages are obvious - the quality is in no way inferior to bottled water, there is no need to carry boxes, and even the environment wins!

The soda makers from our test
The soda makers from our test

The system is quite simple: Boring tap water is transformed into sparkling water by carbonic acid. To do this, you first fill water from the tap into a special bottle with a thread. Then turn this bottle into the soda maker. Inside it is a cartridge with CO2, better known as carbon dioxide and often also called carbonic acid. A push button on the top of the device opens the valve of the cartridge and the carbon dioxide escapes into the water with hissing and bubbling. Depending on your taste, you can choose how much bubble you want to put in the water by keeping the button pressed for a shorter or longer time.

The CO2 that has not found its way into the water is then released. This is usually done via a switch on the appliance. This opens an outlet vent and the excess carbon dioxide escapes.
That's it - unscrew the bottle, fill the glass with water and enjoy the bubbles. Experienced bubblers don't need much more than one or two minutes for the process.

Insert the cylinder
Insert the cylinder

Insert the bottle
Insert the bottle

Push the botton
Push the botton

Enjoy your selfmade sparkling water
Enjoy your selfmade sparkling water

In its basic form, the sparkling process is purely mechanical. The CO2 in the bottle is compressed; when the valve is opened at the push of a button, it flows into the bottle without further assistance. This means that there is no need for electricity and the device can be used practically anywhere. Most bubblers also have hardly any wearing parts and last accordingly long.

There are also electrically powered models where you can choose between different preset CO2 dosages. They always promise constant sparkling intensities and are somewhat more pleasant to operate. However, they also cost more and can break more quickly due to the more complex technology.

There are some good reasons why you should get a soda maker.

The most important one is that there is no need to carry heavy mineral water boxes. In times when more and more people are abandoning their own cars in order to save money and the environment, Sodastream and Co. come in handy: a normal drinks crate with 12 one-litre bottles weights a good 13 kilos - and if you prefer water from glass bottles, you can add another four to five kilos.

If you're lucky enough to live on the 4th floor without an elevator, the soda maker in the house is quite a relief. The water itself is delivered directly to your house via a pipe - around the clock, transport included. And one CO2 cartridge delivers as much water as five full beverage crates. That should be enough for a while.

However, there are indications that users of soda makers drink more than people who only consume bottled beverages. Is this due to a subconscious dislike of carrying crates? According to the motto: "If I drink less, less often I have to go to the beverage market!

Most of us tend to drink too little rather than too much. We lose a good two to three litres of water every day. They should be balanced somehow, but that's often not so easy. Because if the body needs energy, then we get hungry and the stomach growls. If there is a lack of water, the thirst does not necessarily come immediately - but we notice the consequences, for example in the form of concentration problems or exhaustion.

Of course there may be other reasons for this, but dehydration is definitely a possible cause.

So it can hardly hurt to drink a little more. And if the soda maker helps - the better it is!

Especially since the water from the tap in Germany is of very high quality. You hardly notice it in your everyday life - but when you go on holiday to a more distant foreign country, we quickly realize that drinking water from the tap is not necessarily a matter of course.
In many countries, water is often heavily chlorinated, which kills most bacteria and makes it suitable for washing and showering. But that's it; nobody wants to cook or drink it pure. In these countries, drinking water must therefore usually come from a bottle (or even from a canister). And for us?

Here the water from the tap is clean. Several thousand regional water suppliers make sure that the abundant groundwater everywhere is pumped into wells, checked regularly for cleanliness and delivered directly to our homes via a network of pipes. These water suppliers belong to the towns and communities - and ultimately to us.

There are no companies involved that primarily want to make a profit. And that is why the drinking water from the pipeline is unbeatably cheap; it costs about 0.1 to 0.2 cents per litre.
That is really not a lot - especially when you consider how complex the quality of the drinking water is controlled.

The Drinking Water Ordinance, which says that drinking water must not contain any pathogens or other substances harmful to health, serves as a guideline. The limit values are very strict and are also regularly adjusted. About 50 different factors are currently being tested. They must all be in the green zone so that the water can enter the pipe as drinking water. This also makes clear that the water from the pipeline is NOT treated waste water, as it is sometimes claimed. You wouldn't be able to clean wastewater so cleanly that it passes the strict tests - not even with a lot of chlorine.


How does it compare with mineral water?

When it comes to quality, it can still keep up halfway. The Mineral and Table Water Ordinance is also very strict, but somewhat looser than the Drinking Water Ordinance. Drinking water, for example, is tested for pesticide content, while mineral water is not. Mineral waters are often advertised with the fact that they have many extra-healthy ingredients. That may be true - but on the one hand the minerals and trace elements from the water are quite small compared to those we eat. And on the other hand it is usually not much more than in tap water.

Stiftung Warentest came to a very clear verdict on water quality in 2012: none of the 30 still bottled waters tested was better than the average tap water.

But each of them was certainly significantly more expensive. While tap water is sold at cost price, mineral water costs a lot. On the one hand, bottling and transport to the supermarket cost money. And on the other hand mineral water is advertised naturally strongly, so that we get desire on it and forget completely: We already have a great water at home!

Tap water is quite cheap - how about soda makers and equipment?

The soda maker itself is available in a simple version from approx. 60 Euro - including one or more matching bottles and a filled CO2 cylinder. Parallel to the electric version mentioned above, there are also more stylish models or sets with high-quality glass bottles, which cost correspondingly more; however, the basic principle does not change. Thus there are also no differences in taste and quality of the selfmade sparkling water. In addition to the device, the following supplies are required:

  • The carbonic acid. A CO2 cylinder delivers about 60 litres of sparkling water - depending on whether you like it sparkling or rather "medium", also a little less or more.
    Empty cylinders can be exchanged for full ones in most supermarkets and drugstore chains, which costs 6 to 9 euros. Additional cylinders are available in online shops for about 35 Euros.
  • The matching PET plastic bottles have to be replaced after a few years (they actually have an expiry date printed on them). They are available for relatively little money in different colours and sizes. The glass bottles are in principle indefinitely durable, but they also only hold 0.6 liters (a full liter fits into the plastic bottles). Especially if you don't want to bubble for yourself, it's handy to have a few more bottles at home.
  • Every now and then a bottle of syrup to add variety. The prices are quite different, depending on the quality. You can expect about 5 Euro for half a litre of "normal" syrup - a little less at the discounter, a little more in the organic version. The quantity is enough for a good 10 litres of sparkling syrup drink. You can find out more about "Pimp your Drink" below.

Scope of delivery of mySodapop
Scope of delivery of mySodapop

Fizzling yourself is not only good for our wallet, but also for our environment. Because comparatively little energy is needed to get the tap water we need from the ground via the water pipes. Most of this happens through natural pressure differences: Under the earth the water is under high pressure, through the rock layers above it. When a well is drilled, it pushes the water upwards. And if it is pumped into the water pipe after filtering, then overpressure comes into play again. It will only be completely released when you open the tap at home.

The mineral water, on the other hand, must first go from the manufacturer to the beveragemarket or supermarket. In most cases this is done by truck - and anyone who has ever stood directly behind a starting truck with a diesel engine knows that these things stink like the plague and smoke like hell. A clean transport certainly looks different.
For the "last mile" from the supermarket to home, another engine is often started - that of one's own car. And this causes even more exhaust pollution than the transport from the manufacturer: the journey to the supermarket may be a bit longer, but a few hundred crates are transported with one truck load. But what if each of these crates is picked up individually and by car from the supermarket afterwards? So if, thanks to soda makers, you can often avoid having to drive to get drinks by car, then you are making a very concrete, personal contribution to environmental protection. So you reduce your CO2 footprint, as the saying goes. The CO2, which you drink with your own sparkling water, doesn't carry much weight in the savings...

Besides, don't forget: The production of millions and millions of mineral water bottles per year consumes an enormous amount of energy and thus pollutes the environment. Even glass and returnable plastic bottles are not really "green" on closer inspection: they last a long time, but their production is very energy-intensive. The situation is even worse for disposable plastic bottles, which also consume a lot of material. It sounds paradoxical: To produce a plastic bottle, up to five times as much water is used as fits into it at the end. If the bottle can then only be used once, this is a real waste. And only about a quarter of the plastic that is used to make an average disposable bottle comes from recycled material. Even beverage cans are not much worse: aluminium can at least be recycled quite well.

No more bottles and cans: another eco-advantage for the selfmade sparkling water from the tap.

If pure sparkling water is too boring for you in the long run - maybe you'd like to try syrup?

There is a wide range of flavours to choose from: from the classics such as cola, raspberry and lemon to the extraordinary such as basil and the extraordinary (e.g. isotonic sports and energy drinks). Especially at weekly markets, there is often high-quality, regionally produced syrup made from natural ingredients that tastes a little better.

And if you take the time, you can also make syrup yourself in every imaginable variation. You can find some good instructions on the Internet.
By the way, the syrup should NOT be bubbled up with the water! First bubble the water alone, then add the syrup and gently swing the closed bottle a few times. If you bubble together with the syrup, it foams up, which usually ends in a wet kitchen floor and sometimes also in a damaged device.

There are other ways to spice up water besides syrup. For example with a few slices of lemon or lime, a bunch of mint - and the refreshing summer drink is ready. By the way, experience has shown that it tastes most intense with water that is sparkling: this causes movement in the bottle and the ingredients unfold their full aroma.
Even sparkling juice is quite tasty and quickly prepared. A bit more complex, but guaranteed the hit in the summer with guests, are homemade lemonades.

There is even a cocktail family where sparkling water must not be missing - the Fizzes. Just google!
Very daring people have already made their own champagne by simply bubbling up their favourite wine. But this is only an "inspiration" - all manufacturers attach great importance to the fact that only water is bubbled up in their machines!

Fine-tune your sparkling water with some syrup
Fine-tune your sparkling water with some syrup

Finally, a few tips for cleaning the device. The point is often forgotten, but it is very important. Because the cleanest tap water is of no use if there are germs on the soda maker and in the bottles. You should therefore dry the nozzle through which the CO2 enters the bottle after each use. After the bubbling, there is still some water hanging on it, and when it warms up over time, it forms an ideal biotope for bacteria.

In addition, tap water contains calcium - this doesn't make it worse for us, but calcium deposits over time (you may know this from the kettle). Not only does it look strangely "unclean", it can also affect the function of the bubbler by blocking the nozzle. If there is hardly any carbon dioxide in the water at the push of a button when the CO2 cartridge is full, this is not uncommon. Sodastream, for example, recommends the following procedure to remove limescale from the bubbler:

  • Get some citric acid from the supermarket or drugstore. Liquid citric acid is usually found with the cleaning products; citric acid as a powder is also available in the baking department.
  • Fill as much of it into a bottle as indicated on the packaging. Usually, about 50 ml of liquid or two tablespoons of powdered citric acid are added to one litre of water.
  • Then fill the bottle with warm tap water.
  • Then screw the bottle into the soda maker and briefly press the bubble button once.
  • The citric acid must then be left to soak in for about 10 to 15 minutes.
    Finally you can unscrew the bottle. You should wipe the bubbler nozzle again with a wet cloth and then dry it.
  • The used bottle should be emptied and cleaned immediately. Rinsing with clear water is usually enough (what may be left of lemon acid residues is not worth mentioning). However, if you don't want to find a lemon taste in the water, you can also clean the bottle more intensively.

Ideally, you should clean the bottles thoroughly after each use (especially if you use syrup). To do this, pour a few drops of dishwashing liquid into the bottle, fill it with warm water and clean it with a dishwashing brush. Then remove the rinsing water, add fresh water and shake well with the bottle closed so that no rinsing residue remains. Then you can fill the bottle again with water to bubble up.

To be on the safe side, you should also do this if you want to use a bottle that has not been used for a long time.
It is best not to leave water bottles with sparkling water standing around for too long. It will stay sparkling for quite a long time as long as the lid is well closed. But the warmer it is, the easier bacteria spread. It would be better to put the bottle in the fridge in the meantime (which usually tastes better as well).

Of course, it is optimal if the drinks don't have to stand for long. Especially with water with syrup you should not wait long, because the syrup settles after quite a short time and can stick to the bottom of the bottle. For a small thirst in between, it is therefore very practical to have correspondingly small 0.6-litre bottles in your house.

One last important note: the plastic bottles are not dishwasher-safe. Even if it may seem a bit annoying at first, rinse them regularly by hand.

This will make sure that the water you bubble up on your own is always tasty and healthy - and puts any "normal" mineral water in a bad light.

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