27 April 2016

REVIEW: SodaStream Source

This thing really pops.

Fizzy drinks often mean sugary drinks. If you love a bit of the old refreshing tang of a carbonated soft drink, but hate the fact that most the choices out there are high in sugar (or sweeteners) and pointlessly expensive, relax... SodaStream have you covered with the Source.

You know Sodastream, right? It was one of things we had growing up in the 1980s but never seemed to use, causing it to be something of a mystery. 'It makes drinks fizzy?' our childhood minds considered. 'What devilry is this?' Turns out the whole process is pretty simple, and the epitome of easy carbonation is the SodaStream Source.

In an nutshell, the Source puts carbon dioxide into water. That's all you really need to know, as the time it took to set this thing up and make our first fizzy juice drink took about two minutes. Requiring no external power, the SodaStream Source involves you screwing in a small (and included, obviously) gas tank into the rear of the unit, then attaching the water-filled plastic bottle (also included) into the front. Thirsty fizz-fans then push down on the top of the Source and let LED lights indicate how fizzy their drink will be.
Let go, detach the bottle, and add your favourite favour of juice. Sorted.

See, that's how quickly this thing can make water fizzy. After that, what you add to it is up to you, but we're guessing that it is going to be a lot healthier than necking a can of coke or a Red Bull. SodaStream are there for you as well, offering 30 different types of cordial juice to add to your carbonated water, but you could always add your own from Robinsons or whatever.

The tough plastic bottle into which you 'get fizzy' comes with a screw cap so you can brew up a one litre load of juice, and then cap it and pop it in the fridge for later. The bottle is slightly thicker than a regular plastic bottle, and SodaStream advise against using anything other than the one provided – the pressure builds up pretty quick in that thing, after all. As the bottle is one litre in capacity, and as the gas canister contains 60 litres of compressed CO2, that means you should be able to get 60 bottles worth of fizzy goodness from it, before you need more gas. Maths.

Clearly space-saving prettiness was forefront in the mind of the Source's designer, interior designer Yves BĂ©har, as the unit takes up very little counter real estate. We nestled ours in amongst our coffee kit, and the clean white panels (black and red are also available) makes it look like a far more expensive gadget. Speaking of cost, the initial £89.99 price tag shouldn't alarm you too much, especially when you think about the savings you'll make from not buying regular fizzy drinks. Make sure you have a good variety of flavours on hand, and you'll really enjoy using it. We certainly did.


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