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Sodastream Spirit $68 (in-Store Only) @ Big W

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Looking at Sodastream devices lately and noticed a sale going on at Big W. It seems so recent that staticice still has it listed for $98. Best price on OzB recently was $79.90 at Dan Murphy's end of last year (they still have the price as a 'member offer').

This seems like a good device and is the reasonable entry model (uses all the source/fuse accessories) as opposed to the Jet or Play which are very basic.

Might be perfect to pair with a kegland CO2 cylinder?

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  • -2 votes

    Excuse my ignorance but is not sparkling water terrible lol. I've heard about these but sparkling water scares me from the few times I've drunk it.

    • +9 votes

      Ignorance excused. I like sparkling - not scary at all.

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        Does it taste the same as the bottled stuff from shops? Also do add anything or drink it as is?

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          Well I have rainwater, so it's a little different from the shops to begin with. It doesn't really change the flavour at all, and I drink it straight.

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          I'm not a fan of the bottled stuff from shops as it tastes different with some brands having a bit more sodium than others. I usually add fresh slices of lemon to my sparkling from the sodastream.

        • +3 votes

          bottled from shops usually has more co2 in it if you go with the plain brands, soda stream is close to the imported soda / mineral waters in regards to fiz and flavor. co2 in water forms carbonic acid, so the difference in flavor between brands is more due to the amount of co2 and hence PH level. i like my soda stream as i can adjust how fizzy i want my water, i add a squirt of lemon or lime juice. nicer with a meal than plain water.

          i used to buy the supermarket plain brand mineral waters and cut with some plain water as they were too fizzy.

          saving on plastic waste and always available are some reason people get soda streams.
          cost less than supermarket after you’ve made enough bottles.

          don’t get soda stream for making cola ….. doesn’t come close in taste or quality to pepsi or coke, and they are cheapest when on 50% off at the supermarket than trying to make at home.

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            @garage sale:

            don’t get soda stream for making cola

            Sage advice. I'd go a little further and say only get the sodastream to replace any commercially produced softdrinks. The economics and the taste fall well short.

            Do get a soda stream if you're into sparkling water or lightly flavoured sparkling water (ie a slice of lime or a dash of cordial flavouring).

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              @ash2000:

              Do get a soda stream if you're into sparkling water

              Do not get a soda stream if you want sparkling water or to replace soft drinks.

              The economics of using a soda stream fall well sort.

              Home brand sparkling water is about 50 cents per litre. Less if you return the bottle.

              A soda stream 60L tank does about 30-40L with normal carbonation.
              If you get 35L from a soda stream cylinder you are paying about 60 cents per litre.
              Plus you need to buy the soda stream and the plastic bottles (which you need to replace every 18 months).

              If you want soft drinks buy sparkling water and add the flavouring syrup.

              • +2 votes

                @spaceflight:

                Home brand sparkling water is about 50 cents per litre

                The cheapest unit price at woolworths is 72cents a litre.

                But beyond the economics is the convenience factor. I almost drink a couple of litres of sparkling a day. I don't want to be carting 14kg a week of water from the supermarket!

                Then of course there is the environmental impact of churning through so many bottles.

                I personally use an external tank and hose setup….. My per litre costs sit at around 7cents a litre. Bargain!

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                @spaceflight:

                The economics of using a soda stream fall well sort.

                That all depends on how much you use it.

                I've had mine for about 5 years, and in that time, I have made well over 2000 litres of soft drink.

                If you're a big user, then the CO2 bottles, as alluded to in the original post, come out MUCH cheaper. My initial setup cost $250 for the 6KG CO2 bottle, and $150 for the adapter hose. That bottle did ~650 litres.

                Now, for a $50 refill, I get the same ~650 litres, which makes it VERY cheap.

                I use Cottees flavours, bought on special (30 bottles at a time!!), as they mix perfectly in the bottle, with little guess work.

                which you need to replace every 18 months

                That's what they say. My original ones are still going strong!

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                  @photonbuddy:

                  My initial setup cost $250 for the 6KG CO2 bottle, and $150 for the adapter hose.

                  The price of these two items is much cheaper now ~$150 and $50 or $70 depending on the length of the hose.

                  Of course with 5 years of use it would have paid for itself maNy times over!

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                    @ash2000:

                    The price of these two items is much cheaper now ~$150 and $50 or $70 depending on the length of the hose.

                    True. At least I can say I have a genuine FreedomOne, and not a cheap knock-off! Probably would have rather saved the $100 though …

                    Of course with 5 years of use it would have paid for itself maNy times over!

                    Indeed. Back then it was a no brainer for me.

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                  @photonbuddy: Curious what hose you nought for $150? I thought they were significantly cheaper than this?

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                    @db87:

                    Curious what hose you nought for $150? I thought they were significantly cheaper than this?

                    This was back before all the cheap knock-off hoses became available.

                    Almost no-one who buys a Freedomone locally is getting a genuine one these days.

                    The people at CO2Doctor, who make the Freedomone unit refuse to deal with Australians any more because of the way Kegland screwed them over.

    • +4 votes

      Plain sparkling water is a bit of an acquired taste if you've never really had it. I've been drinking it for years and love it.. I actually dislike drinking just plain water now.

      I usually drink soda water though so a bit stronger than what I used to get on the Sodastream.

  • +1 vote

    Is this the screw in bottle model or the popin model?

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      It clicks in without screwing. The only one I have seen that screws is the Jet (but I haven't seen them all).

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    Which is the best model? I have cheap flimsy one and use it daily, wouldn’t mind upgrading.

    • +1 vote

      Soda Stream Source is non screw in (popin) model and one of the current models, it's what I have. For cheap cylinders, Spotlight have them on special sometimes for the soda king range, same cyclinders, paid $16.95 last time on special for new cyclinder which included gas.

    • +1 vote

      Very difficult question to answer. If you have the cheap flimsy one and use it daily, and it works - it's probably the best model for you. I personally didn't buy this - I am new to the market so I decided to get the cheapest one ($67 Sodastream Jet from Harvey Normal plus 20% off from AMEX gift cards = $53.60). That option was 'best' for me to try it out at very little expense. I had a look in store and the mechanisms for the Jet/Spirit/Source all seem the same. I am worried that the clip system is more likely to fail compared to a screw-in system but a screw-in system is harder to use. The lever on the Spirit is plastic from memory as opposed to metal in more expensive version (the bit you push against to get the bottle in). The 'best'-looking soda maker to me is the Aarke Carbonator II.

      Hope that helps.

    • +1 vote

      I've got two but I'm not sure what models they are. One is a flimsy screw in model the other is a clip in. I mainly use the screw in model because I feel that it uses less gas, I could be wrong but I think I read somewhere that the clip in models allow for some of the gas to escape as a safety feature. The clip in one is easier to use but I'm a tight arse.

  • +2 votes

    Great to pair with ~FreedomOne CO2 cylinder adapters or brand of choice, asking with a standard CO2 cylinder.

    For those who are more than casual users, this approach is much more economical per litre than swapping the proprietary Sodastream cylinders.

    Nice price for the Spirit model aka Fizzi

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    So does it work out cheaper in the long run to buy a soda stream then to buy a bottle of generic soda water (a woolies branded one $1 for 1.25l) if I had a bottle everyday?

    • +7 votes

      The maths says it is worth it after the 255th litre (roughly a year of regular use) but that ignores plastic waste and carting heavy bottles from the shops. My working out.

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        Great calcuation!I've noticed here in Canberra at least that sparkling mineral / soda water has gone from 75c to 85-90c at Coles and Woolies, so you'll hit that threshold before 200L if I'm using your calculator right!

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        It's even faster than that because the $68 initial outlay includes $20 worth of gas.

      • +1 vote

        All this maths is great, but you're not taking into account a impromptu session of vodka and soda's and running out of soda water. That has to be worth at least $20-30 dollars of anguish compensation.

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        But your don't get 60L from a refill, you get 'up to 60L'.

        30-40 is more realistic meaning you are paying about 60 cents per litre of water.

        You can buy bottled sparkling water for less.

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          But your don't get 60L from a refill, you get 'up to 60L'.

          You can get 60 litres, but not if you like heavy fizz.

          If you use really cold water, and stop fizzing when you first hear the hiss of gas coming out of the bottle, you can get 73 litres. Well, I did.

          The colder the water, the less fizz you need to add. If you get an ice crystal on the nozzle, you know you're cold enough.

          Fizzing warm water is a waste of CO2.

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            @photonbuddy:

            You can get 60 litres, but not if you like heavy fizz.

            True, I was comparing equal fizz to supermarket water which wouldn't give you 60L

            The colder the water, the less fizz you need to add.

            Cold water absorbs more CO2 than hot water :)

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              @spaceflight:

              Cold water absorbs more CO2 than hot water :)

              Precisely. So you don't need to add more CO2 that floats away in warm water. More of it stays in the water, hence you use less CO2 from the bottle to achieve the same level of fizz.

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      I want to know too.

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    pair this with cheaper cannisters from spotlight.

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    Can someone pls explain the difference in soda stream models ?

    • +1 vote

      They all produce the same results and all use the same co2 cylinders and drink bottles.

      I'd avoid the jet model, which is the cheapest model and uses the older screw-in method of attaching the bottle. Frustrating. All other models now use the newer click-in method.

      The spirit model is the latest manual machine and well worth a look at this price.

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      The model up from this model (Source) allows you to choose from 3 levels of carbonation and has led indicators to show you what level you’re at. The Spirit just has one level of carbonation.

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        I'm only new to sodastream myself but you can control it, dare I say, with all of them, at the least, the one listed here. It's controlled by how long you depress the lever for.

        As quoted on the box, 3 (2 second) presses = light fiz, 5 presses = heavy fizz and so on. Vary accordingly.

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        The source element (the one with LEDs) is still a manual machine. It just gives you a guide as for how long to old the button down for. It is only calibrated for use on 1 litre bottles. If you use it on 500ml bottle the LEDs are not of use. I've owned this machine, and it was my least favorite of all the machines I owned, a very clunky press mechanism.

        I now use the sodastream power which is the top of the line model with electric gas infusion. But at the end of the day they all produce the same results.

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    CHeaper than I bought this at staff pricing at HN a year ago, good deal.

  • +2 votes

    This is great for turning goon into champagne

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    Got one of the source variety, best thing ever if you drink a lot of soda water, convenient and no waste. If you are breaking the bank on soda water then you got bigger problems.

  • +1 vote

    Thanks op. First machine for me. I price matched at target today. Was nowhere near a big w so tried my luck. Target are hit and miss with price matching even though they clearly state they do it! Case in point, the manager today had to refer to "cost" pricing before he considered it and murmored a few words before agreeing to match it.

    YMMV

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    I am completely bamboozled by the different models on the market and the lack of clarity from the Soda Stream website.

    The Source Element model from JB Hi-Fi was the one I always had my eye on because of the LED indicator and nice design.

    Then this seemed to be the better option, but then I saw the Spirit OneTouch model for $149 and it looked a significant step up. But it seems only Big W sell this model in Australia and and only comes in black and not white.

    And for build quality are they all plastic or is that a model(s) built from aluminium?

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      They all seem pretty plasticy. The LED indicator seems nice but keep in mind that I think all it does is count how many times you've pushed the button, and also the battery is not (easily) user-replaceable.

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