- The first step to using a SodaStream is installing the CO2 cylinder.
- The more times you press the carbonation button, the fizzier your drink gets.
- Get creative by flavoring the sparkling water with fresh fruit, herbs, or syrups.
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If you love sparkling water and want it on-demand, you’re probably the happy owner of a new SodaStream. While the at-home carbonator might seem complicated at first, you’re only a few moments away from fizzy hydration.
Setting up a SodaStream
Currently, SodaStream offers three different models:
- SodaStream Terra: As SodaStream’s most basic model, the Terra has a manual button for carbonation, and utilizes a quick connect CO2 cylinder that clicks into place.
- SodaStream One Touch: The One Touch is an electric model, so you’ll need to set it up near an outlet. The CO2 cylinder is screwed into place, and you choose from 3 pre-set levels of carbonation — low, medium and high. Press the button once and the machine does the rest.
- SodaStream Aqua Fizz: With a glass carafe and a sleek metallic exterior, the Aqua Fizz is SodaStream’s premium model. The CO2 cylinder screws into place. And like Terra, the Aqua Fizz has a button that allows you to control your desired level of carbonation.
All three models come with three components: the device unit, a CO2 cylinder, and a reusable one-liter bottle. But no matter what model you own, installing the CO2 cylinder is fairly simple and straightforward.
To install the CO2 cylinder, first remove the plastic seal and unscrew the cap. For all three models, the cylinder is housed in the back. You can remove the back cover by pressing on the top and pulling it away from the body of the SodaStream.
If you own the Terra, raise the pink cylinder handle, insert the cylinder, and lower the cylinder handle to snap it into place. For the One Touch and Aqua Fizz, screw the cylinder tightly in place.
Once you install the CO2 cylinder, replace the back cover and you’re ready to carbonate.
How do you add flavor to carbonated water?
Carbonated water can be enjoyed plain or flavored. The only rule of thumb is you should always fizz water before adding any flavor. Carbonating any liquid that isn’t water (like juice or tea) can clog the mechanism and void the warranty.
SodaStream sells its own line of syrups, which you can add straight to the bottle and shake to mix. But if you prefer a natural alternative, you can also experiment with infusing your bubbly water with bitters, fresh fruit (like lemons, limes, or oranges), or herbs (like mint, basil, or lavender).
How long do CO2 cylinders last?
Depending on how often you fizz, SodaStream’s CO2 cylinders typically last between four to eight weeks. The 60L cylinders will make up to 60 liters of fresh sparkling water when used for a medium level of carbonation. You’ll know your CO2 cylinder is empty and out of gas when you’re not getting enough bubbles.
A SodaStream makes quick work of turning water into fresh sparkling water just by pushing a button. It’s convenient and arguably more eco-friendly when compared to buying sparkling water in cans. Plus, you can customize your carbonation level and add a variety of flavors.