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SodaKing Windsor - Sparkling Water Machine - White $29 @ Kmart

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Decent price on the SodaKing Windsor from Kmart as part of the Black Friday Catalogue - perhaps the cheapest its ever been at $29

Create your own delicious carbonated drinks with this slim and elegant SodaKing sparkling water maker!

Includes:
* 1 x Windsor sparkling water machine
* 1 x full CO2 cylinder,
* 1 x 1 litre bottle,
* Instruction manual and 2 year warranty information

  • Water machine
  • Turns tap water into sparkling water
  • Slim design
  • Makes up to 60 litres
  • Reusable
  • BPA free
  • Colour: White
  • 2 years warranty

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Comments

  • +1 vote

    I saw that. The spare bottles were cheap as well. Just wasn’t sure whether “soda stream” (or whatever you call homemade carbonated water) was really worth the cost.

  • +1 vote

    For someone who's never used one of these machines before how much do the gas cost?

    Ive been buying about 3 bottles of soda water for 75c each per week, so i assume this machine works out cheaper

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      About $20

    • +2 votes

      I think they're $19 exchange. The most economical way though is to buy a big bottle from the kegging suppliers and refill the little bottle off that.

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      $19/20 bottle refills do 60 litres and your bottles are 1.25 L.

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        Yeah doing the mathsx it works out to be about 40c per 1.25l bottle

        Just wondering, does the novelty wear off and the gas exchanging etc?

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          I keep a couple in the fridge and bring one to work. Changing the gas cylinder is pretty easy, most supermarkets and petrol stations offer them.

        • +2 votes

          I have three cylinders, more helps to do replacement runs to supermarket. Are you with Woolworths rewards? I keep my empty cylinders for when they have those minimum spend per week deals to hit the reward bonus points.

      • +2 votes

        I have a sodastream and i find i only get just over 30 refils from each cylinder and this seems about average after reading previous threads on sodastream. Also sodastream bottles are only 1L
        Even at 30 refills its good value plus you dont have to lug full drink bottles home from the shops and deal with the empty plastic bottles.

        • +1 vote

          Yes my main problem was recycling and how long the water sat in the plastic bottles after production, shipping etc also where does the water come from? With your own sodastream you have some control

      • +3 votes

        I find that to achieve a similar level or carbonation to a commercial bottle of soda water you'll likely only get 40l per refill.

        To achieve 60l you'd need to carbonate very lightly.

        • +1 vote

          The biggest factor is the temperature of the water.

          If you're not getting ice crystals forming on the nozzle as you gas, the water is not cold enough, and you're wasting gas.

          Lightly gassed, I used to get ~70 Litres out of a bottle.

          I bought the 6KG bottle and hose years ago. Never looked back.

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            @photonbuddy: where do you get the 6kg bottles?

            • +1 vote

              @nitroeagle: Most brewer shops have them. They are used to put fizz in home brewed beer.

              Not all will have the adapter though. This can be bought online from Kegland.

              Sadly, most brewer shops only deal with the CO2 bottles they sell, which can be a pain in the rear some times.

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            @photonbuddy:

            Lightly gassed, I used to get ~70 Litres out of a bottle.

            Good lord! Very lightly I'm guessing.

            I bought the 6KG bottle and hose years ago

            Ditto. I even bought a 2nd 6kg to refill family and friends 400g bottles.

            The biggest factor is the temperature of the water.

            Indeed. The other factor in the number of litres per 400g bottle is which size drink bottle you use.

            To corbonate 2x 500ml bottles to my preferred level of fizziness it takes 10g of co2. Similarly, the the 1L bottle just 8g. Of course this has to do with double the headroom (empty space above the water line) in the drink bottle.

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      wow negged, for asking how much the gas costs!

  • +1 vote

    Cheers OP. Ordered one and set of 3 bottles for $10. Stock is quite low online.

  • +2 votes

    Well worth it just for the gas cylinder on its own + you get a bonus machine

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      Now I’m just picturing people buying this in bulk on Black Friday for the gas canister and bottle then throwing away the machine.

      • +2 votes

        Only if you need a spare cylinder.
        Otherwise refills are cheaper.
        DIY solution from kegland even more so

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          Can someone explain this kegland solution or directe to where I get more details. Thanks! Cost and effort breakdown if possible.

          • +2 votes

            @Vietsoldier: It cost me $100 for a 6 kg bottle which is around 14 fills, so less than $8 a fill. You need a 5mm Allen key, goggles and gloves, not included. Bottles need to be frozen first for the best fill and takes around 5 minutes to fill. Only problem is the first time took me around 30 minutes as I had leaks and had to use 2 of the replacement seals. Additionally I always get around 420g of c02 so I have to bleed some off. I'm technically minded so for me it was worth it, not recommended for anyone else.

            • +3 votes

              @Gusper: I went the other route of hooking the cylinder directly to the machine. A lot less fiddling about if you have the room for the cylinder.

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        edit: beaten

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      Can you swap a Soda King starter for a SodaStream refill?

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      I think a 2 pack of cylinders is $43 at Costco, I didn't snap a photo so going off memory from a few days ago.

  • +6 votes

    Not Israeli. Deserves an upvote just for that.

  • +1 vote

    Great price…. A no brainer at this price if you've ever considered trialling a "sodastream" .

    Worth noting that I unlike the newer models of sodastream, like the Spirit which uses a fast click in mechanism, this sodaking uses the older screw in mechanism. Not a big deal, just takes a bit longer.

  • +1 vote

    SodaKing = Australian

    SodaStream = owned by America’s PepsiCo

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    We have a Sodastream and use it to make sparkling water.
    We haven't yet considered the financial cost, however the environmental cost of using Sodastream is significantly lower. We used to fill our bin with the plastic bottles and feel very guilty in doing it.. now we can drink our sparkling water guilty free!

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    Replaced my broken soda stream with one of these a few weeks ago, bottles and gas are 100% compatible.

  • +2 votes

    The profit margin at all levels is mega.

    Think along the lines of the inkjet printer model. You buy a reasonably/cheap priced printer and then get screwed on the ink that needs constant replacing.

    The dispensers are ingeniously simple devices. With the basic cheapies you have to screw the bottle in whereas the pricier dispensers have a very easy insert and lock down. A friend was so taken with our Soda Stream that she bought a cheap screw in dispenser but hated it and it got little use. We gave her a Soda Stream Source as a thank you gift and she uses it all the time.

    I have a kegland 6kg bottle that I refill my collection of soda stream bottles from. It costs me $30.00 to have the 6kg bottle filled whereas you will pay $20.00 approx changeover for each little soda stream bottle. A little fiddly and if you are not a practical/good with your hands around the house type person you will struggle to use such a setup.

    My water supply is fully filtered and all I drink water wise is freshly made soda water (work from home so high consumption). Love the ability to enjoy very cheap home made soda water and avoid all the plastic bottle waste.

    If you want cheap supermarket soda water, buy from Aldi (Regal?)- as good as Schweppes and much much cheaper

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      Only a numpty buys the Sodastream flavours.

      I used to use Cottee's, but they dropped the strength, so now use Diet Rite. I hope they don't follow the road of reducing strength.

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    Brandon Park store still had 8 units when I bought mine. Just the gas cylinder normally cost $35. Based on buying the std 60L gas refill, each serving (330mL can) costs 11 cents.

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    Out of stock online now. You only option at this point is to contact your local store to ask if they have any left.

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    heads up! bought some soda king bottles from aldi, as they were compatible with soda stream. THey do not keep their fizz. THey were so crap we got rid of them. Hard to fathom how you could f**k up a plastic bottle, but somehow they managed it. They are not as rigid as soda stream bottles and the caps leak unless you tighten them mightily.

    • -1 vote

      Another Aldi success story.

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        LOL. Aldi don't make them …

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          They don't make lots of things. Sadly that doesn't mean they're not awful, LOL.

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            @GregMonarch: While that's true, bagging stuff one buys at Aldi is usually because it's only available at Aldi's.

            People don't buy an Aldi special that is a Logitech mouse, and then bag Aldi when it fails.

            They bag Aldi when they buy an item only available at Aldi, usually because it's made for Aldi.

            Given this is a thread relating to K-Mart, who the exact same bottles as Aldi, it is ridiculous to some how equate Aldi as being the cause of this failure.

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              @photonbuddy: Hm, perhaps - but not in my case. Nearly everything I've bought there (apart from consumables like food, cleaners, toilet paper, etc.) has been a truly awful product.

              • The bath mat I bought (which wasn't cheap either!) - the rubber began sticking to the floor and pulled away from the cotton of the mat after a couple of months.
              • A thumbdrive failed on second use (which was three seconds after the first use) so I couldn't even access it to delete the password file I put on it - and they required me to hand it over to them to get the refund - but immediately dropped it into a dustbin. But no, they refused to let me stand on it to smash it to make sure no-one ever gained access to the file.
              • The ice cream machine worked ONCE the night I bought it. Next day on second use it didn't work.
              • I'm quite handy with tools and can tell by inspecting things like their hand tools/screwdrivers/screw extractors/etc. we may as well buy on Aliexpress. Because they'll snap/bend or not work correctly in the first place.
              • I'm also a musician. And the guitars they sell really are a disgraceful joke - with such poor quality, so many faults due to the [gag!] 'craftsmanship', I would only buy one for someone if I literally hated their guts and wanted to discourage them from developing any talent out of vindictiveness.

              It's not everything they sell, of course. And there are plenty of other stores just as bad like Kmart. But I am beginning to suspect Aldi (along with the rest) must have some secret agenda to make Australia a landfill site, ready for China to take over and build over the top of.

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                @GregMonarch: Yes, but again, how much of that stuff was a generally available product that Aldi happened to be selling, or something only Aldi was selling?

                There's a huge difference between bagging Aldi for selling rubbish made-for-Aldi products, and bagging Aldi for selling a product available elsewhere.

                Unless, of course, you are suggesting that Aldi is buying products of less quality from the manufacturer?

                Not sure many manufacturers would sell the apparently same item to two different retail streams, and make one of them inferior.

                Of course, it does happen …

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                  @photonbuddy:

                  how much of that stuff was a generally available product that Aldi happened to be selling, or something only Aldi was selling?

                  Well, all of them ;-) - except the thumbdrive which was Medion (spelling!?) - but while I now know it's not an Aldi-only brand, Aldi is the only place I've ever seen that brand sold. Pretty much all hand tools are theirs.

                  Unless, of course, you are suggesting that Aldi is buying products of less quality from the manufacturer?

                  No, only that they have no qualms about knowingly selling stuff they know is quickly destined to become landfill. Kmart and others do it too. I'm just 'anti-aldi' without checking, either. I still look at things Aldi sells closely - hoping quality/materials/usability/etc. have improved, so if I bought and actually USED it (LOL, most people don't), that my ownership isn't just a temporary stop on the way to landfill.

                  e.g. The screw extractors I mentioned were machined so poorly, with such course threads, and NO thread near their tips - that they probably wouldn't have gripped a screw or bolt to back it out. I suspect most people that used them would think the problem was them, put them back on the shelf because they paid for them, but never use them again.

                  Demanding Chinese (etc) factories make something decent/just slightly better wouldn't add much if anything to the price. But it would sure improve Aldi/Kmart/etc's. reputation exponentially. Things don't have to last forever, but for goodness sake - a couple of months before the rubber on a bathmat starts to rip off and stick to everything it touches is ridiculous. And most of what I see wrong with the things they sell are not one-off faults. Like with that mat, that would have happened to nearly every person that bought it.

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    Thanks OP, bought one + 3x extra bottles.

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    Does the bottle that comes with the dispenser come with a cap? Mine didn't. I'm wondering if they missed putting one in, or it doesn't actually come with one. How are you supposed to store it in the fridge after carbonating if there's no cap?

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    Anyone bought this and didnt work? I bought one, didnt work, exchange, still not working

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      3rd times the charm?

    • +1 vote

      Yeah I had one that didn't work as well. The issue was that the gas canister wasn't able to screwed in completely, so pushing the button to carbonate didn't make contact with the pin on the gas cylinder.

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        First time I didn't screw the gas cylinder in enough, thought it was faulty and the gas was depleted.

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          Yeah, I probably could have forced it, but didn't want to risk breaking the unit. Especially since the first one I got went in so easily.

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    Ok, so I already own the freedom hose and a 2.6kg kegland bottle. Currently use it with a sodastream play but it is a real pita to get the hose up through the machine. Thought I would trial this 1 as the back came off.
    In true OzBargain style I bought 2 units. Both units when I connect the hose do not turn off they just keep flowing the gas through when the bottle is opened On 1 unit it leaked water out of where the gas connects after as well. I tested them both with the regular gas bottle and they work fine, well the 1 still leaked but I think it may be the rubber seal. Any ideas?

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