The Best SodaStream Model Comparison: One Touch vs Aqua Fizz vs Fizzi vs Power vs Source vs Genesis

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SodaStream on counter with CO2 and bottleMake soda and sparkling water in 30 seconds or less with a SodaStream. Choose from more than 100 of the best SodaStream flavors or use fruit juice as your syrup. Either way, you’ll be consuming less sugar than what’s in store-bought soda and the “stay-fizzy” closures keep your drinks carbonated longer too.

Stay healthy and save the planet by reducing plastic liter bottles and alumni can waste with a SodaStream.

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Ways SodaStream Is Eco-Friendly

SodastreamConsidering switching to a SodaStream vs Lacroix or other carbonated beverage? Here are a few benefits of making your own:

  • One CO2 canister carbonates 60-130 liters of water, which saves plastic and money
  • SodaStream has its own recycling program where you can send in used CO2 canisters and get replacements
  • 2 of the 3 SodaStreams do not require electricity or batteries
  • SodaStream bottles are BPA-free

 FizziOne TouchAqua FizzGenesisPowerSource
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ColorsBlack, White, Blue, Yellow, PinkBlack, WhiteBlackBlackBlack, WhiteBlack, White
Number of Carbonation LevelsPress button in short burst for customized carbonation3 automatic presetsPress button in short burst for customized carbonationPress button in short burst for customized carbonationPress button in short burst for customized carbonationPress button in short burst for customized carbonation
Carbonates with 1L Classic & Source Bottles and 500ml BottlesCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Carbonates with Glass CarafeCheckmark
Designed for IndividualsCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Designed for SharingCheckmark
Warranty2 years2 years2 years10 yearsLimited lifetimeLimited lifetime

SodaStream Reviews

The SodaStream models compared are quite similar with a few features varying here and there. Below are our picks for the SodaStream that is best for each situation.

  • If you’re looking for the basic, least expensive model, Fizzi will get the job done.
  • If you want to be precise with how much carbonation you add, One Touch has three carbonation presets.
  • If you want to share at the dinner table, Aqua Fizz can carbonate larger amounts at one time.

How Does SodaStream Work?

Want to know how to make flavored sparkling water with SodaStream? Each SodaStream varies slightly, but the video below will give you a general idea of how to use SodaStream.

Is SodaStream Soda Maker Cheaper Than…

SodaStream CO2 cylinders are required to pump fizz into your water and syrup flavors help enhance the flavor. But in the end, is SodaStream cheaper than buying sparkling water? What about SodaStream vs soda cost?

One two-liter bottle of soda costs $0.80 to $2.00; therefore one-liter of pop costs $0.40 to $1.00. Gas stations or other retail locations charge $1.00-3.00 per drink. To make a liter of SodaStream soda it costs:

  • 130 liters of CO= $30 or $0.23 per liter
  • Syrup for 12 liters of soda = $5 or $0.41 per liter
  • TOTAL = $.64 per liter of SodaStream (plus the upfront cost of the machine)

Over time, the cost of a SodaStream is far less than buying pre-made sodas (not to mention the environmental impact of reducing wasteful cans, bottles, etc.). It is also more convenient and time-saving for you.

Drink More Water Daily

One of the main reasons behind SodaStream is to get people to drink more water. Adding a little carbonation and a slice of lime can jazz up what many think of as a bland beverage. You will also want to make sure you’re putting the best water into your body by using a quality water filter.

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About The Author:

One of Kimberly’s favorite things to do is cook. She is trying her best to be more conscious about the nutrients she puts into her body and enjoys trying new recipes. Kimberly grew up helping her dad with the family garden and hopes to have her own garden some day. She enjoys brightening up her dishes with the food mother nature can provide and enjoys composting her produce scraps.

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Here in Europe, I can get a 1.5 liter bottle of soda for just under 50 Euro cents at Lidl. So the cost differential is not significant. However, I really get a wierdo and satisfying kick out of making my own custom / bespoke soda. Look, I made it! Makes me feel a little like a badass (somewhat megalomaniac) craft brewer: (Read the follwing with a Queen’s English accent) “Bought it? Pfft.. no, no, old chap, in THIS house, we HAND-MAKE it, you know, because I find hand-made things like soda, suits and cars to be of a better quality than the mainstream stuff”. Seriously, though, it’s the “I made this” factor that I like
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Dan, I have a SodaStream and share the same sense of enthusiasm for the homemade factor! It makes you feel good to not use up as many resources like manufacturing and plastic bottles while using natural resources at our disposal (tap water).
Randy in Indiana
So, at best, you are calculating a $.36 savings per liter of soda. If I buy the mid-priced machine, it will cost me $120.00. So, I’ll drink more than 300 liters before I break even. I think I’d be at 900 liters (five years of my consumption!) before I felt like it cost “far less.” …and that’s the best case. In your worst case, the SodaStream costs over 50% MORE to operate. I can see plenty of reasons to want to run one of these. But I think “far cheaper” is a stretch.
If you exchange your co2 cartridge at Target it is about half the price thus increasing your savings even more.
I use natural lemon or lime to flavor my water, so that certainly makes it cheaper for me in the long run. Please disregard my previous comment.
Kevin Moore
There is an error in your text. You say “Generally speaking, sparkling water is often more expensive than soda, so if SodaStream is more expensive than soda, it is more expensive than sparkling water.” That would only be a correct statement if sparking water was often LESS expensive than soda. I think you are correct that sparkling water is often more expensive than soda and much harder to find on sale v.s. common sodas. That being the case then Sodastream while more expensive from soda, might not be as much as sparkling water.
Joe Bloe
So, according to the chart, 5 of the 6 models are exactly identical except for the warrantee.

Thanks, real helpful.

sara c
It’s more eco friendly that buying bottles of soda, but is it really? With all the C02 canister replacements and plastic packaging for the flavors the waste could be just as much, if not more? It is convenient though and seems healthier since the flavors are less sugary and toxic than sodas or other artificial sparkling beverages.
The co2 canisters are reusable though. A spare one will set back $30, but when you exchange a used canister for a new one, needing where you go, they will give you a 10$ discount.

Environmentally, the co2 canister has minimal impact. Also, those calculations will have to be adjusted to show cost over time not over volume.

Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Eruc, thanks for sharing! We recently switched to a Sodastream maker to help reduce the # of plastic bottles we use from purchasing soda and other drinks, so that’s good to know there’s a recycling program for canisters. In fact, according to SodaStream’s website Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Staples, Target, Wal-Mart, and Williams-Sonoma are a few national retailers that participate in the exchange program. When you bring in the empty cylinder, they’ll charge you only for the gas in the new one! They also have a direct mail program with free shipping in select states.
Bed Bath & Beyond always has coupons. If you have 2 canisters, you can get them swapped out for $15 each. The coupon is usually $10 off a $30 purchase. Knocks the price down to $10 a canister.
Mary L Cottingham
In the cafeteria of my office building, I just spent $1.50 a piece for 20oz (591ml) bottles of sparkling water. The sodas cost about the same. I think I’m going to come out ahead in year 1 if I put one a SodaStream on my desk.
Fizzy water is fun to drink, always makes me feel more full than I am which helps with dieting and portion control