Review: SodaStream Source
4.5Overall Score
Price (RRP): $149.95 Manufacturer: SodaStream

It’s an interesting year for SodaStream, with Samsung fridges about to receive an injection of the soda-water making gadget, and the appliance itself receiving a refresh by one of the world’s most talked about designers, Yves Behar. Is the Source worth having in your home?

Features

The next generation of the SodaStream carbonation system, Source takes the classic product and updates the design, bottle locking mechanism, and bottle.

A plug still isn’t needed, but the machine is now taller than before, while the front features three simple light-up indicators to show how much carbonation you’re injecting into the water.

The SodaStream Source box contains one SodaStream bottle, one 60L CO2 cylinder, and several sample flavour pods inside good for one litre of soda each.

The SodaStream Source is available in five colours: white, red, black, blue, and silver.

Performance

Easily one of the most used gadgets that even the GadgetGuy himself owns, the SodaStream has long been a product that we can get our heads around.

It’s not even that we’re obsessed with the sugar hit of a soda pop and love being afforded the ability to make our own, but there’s also the added bonus of having all that sparkling water available at different fizziness levels.

For the latest SodaStream, the company tapped the talents of Yves Behar, a designer who has worked with Samsung, Jawbone, Puma, and Prada among others, and is responsible for the design of the XO laptop in the One Laptop per Child project, also known as OLPC.

With a high profile designer on board, the classic SodaStream has been redesigned to make it easier to use and maintain, while encouraging people to make soda at home and reuse bottles, rather than buy more carbonated beverages and add to the plastic waste.

It still takes the same elongated metal cylinders filled with enough CO2 to make 60 litres of soda, and some of the design changes can apparently be seen on the back of the appliance with an easy pull away section that allows you to easily insert the canister underneath the unit, screwing it in to keep the can in place.

This is pretty much the only consumable outside of cordials or flavouring needed for the SodaStream, as one canister is filled up with a set amount of gas. You can buy new cylinders outright when one is spent, or exchange the cylinders when they’re finished for a new one at a lesser price.

Once the cylinder is screwed in place, you merely take your bottle, which is now slightly redesigned to match the contours of a classic soda bottle.

The old bottles still work here, so that’s good news for people with a surplus of the things, and us, since our review unit arrived with the older style. Looking at the press images, though, we’re reminded of a drop of water with this model, and it’s almost a nod to the fact that you’re essentially saving the environment with this machine.