Review: SodaStream Art for seltzer & sparkling water

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Erin Lawrence

SodaStream Art for seltzer & sparkling water

I love sparkling water and find adding that bit of bubbles helps me drink more water throughout the day.  My old Sodastream seems like it’s becoming less effective after about 10 years of use, so I was curious what’s new. In this SodaStream Art review I’ll  see how well it carbonates water, what else it can or can’t do, and I’ll also take a look at the design and the new Quick-connect cylinder technology. I’ll wrap things up with the pros and the cons and let you know if I can recommend this machine to you.

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Summary

The Sodastream Art is a solid product with a simple, easy-to-use design.  A combination of good design, easy use, effective carbonation, and sustainability make it a strong contender among other soda water makers.

Pros

  • Good control over carbonation
  • Quick Connect Cylinders make changing canisters super easy
  • Bottles are dishwasher friendly and hold carbonation for days
  • Fast, easy way to get carbonated water
  • Eco-friendly
  • Small footprint

Cons

  • A little pricey
  • Does not re-carbonate flat sodas or other drinks
  • All-plastic construction

Design & what’s in the box

In the box of SodaStream Art machine, you get the Sodastream Art, plus a starter carbonation canister and a bottle. Unlike some previous models from Sodastream, a dishwasher-friendly 1-litre plastic bottle is included (although technically the capacity is limited to 840ml to allow for carbonation). You can also pick up smaller to-go bottles to make it a party.

The very first thing I noticed is that the machine is made entirely of lightweight plastic. It feels like and, if I’m being honest, really cheap and hollow; like a knock with something will snap it. My old Sodastream was part plastic and part aluminum, and it’s been a tank in my kitchen; I’m actually disappointed in the build, but I think the design keeps true to the slim and sleek looks that many Sodastreams are known for. A little more utilitarian than something like an Aarke carbonator, but not as juvenile as say a Sparkel. The lever on the side of this model adds a retro vibe that also makes it easy to carbonate with.

Sodastream Art sfor sparkling water doesn’t need power to function, which is a huge plus in my kitchen.

Sodastream Art uses the Quick-Connect Cylinder, which is meant to be an improvement over previous soda stream carbonator canisters which required being screwed tightly into place.

Since it’s part of the set up I’ll cover this off right now; you’ll pop the rear cover off of the Sodastream machine, and then lift the lever. Slide the bottle with its flared neck into the slot, then close the lever.

If you have some old Sodastream cylinders, take note they will not work with this model: a compromise to be made for a far simpler mechanism, which will likely become the standard in the future.

Making water

SodaStream Art for seltzer & sparkling water

There is little fuss when it comes to the operation. Sodastream recommends cold water for best results, and it works with different types of water (filter, distilled, etc.).

To use SodaStream Art sparkling water maker, hook the bottle under the carbonator nozzle, then push it backward until it locks. The lever maneuvers easily; you’ll pull it down for about one second at a time; each lever pull adds a shot of carbonation to the water, so the amount of carbonation is easy to control. Sodastream says three poles of the lever will give you standard carbonation, and five pills will give you a high carbonation level.

If you know how much fizz you want to add, you can also hold the lever down until you get your perfect carbonation.

Watch my video review Sodastream Art

How does the water taste

I find the SodaStream Art sparkling water depends a lot on the water you use with the machine. If you have crappy-tasting water going in, your sparkling water isn’t going to be much better. For that reason, I preferred to use filtered water in the bottle.

I like a fizzy or drink so my preferred setting was the higher carbonation level. I found the machine made quick work of carbonating my water and was extremely easy to use.

Depending on how many times you pull the lever, one cylinder should last between four to six weeks; Sodastream claims that each canister is suitable for the carbonation of about 60L of water.

Sodastream art review.I also definitely appreciate the fact that the bottle that is included with this machine is dishwasher-safe. My old machine’s bottles needed to be handwashed and that meant it didn’t get done as much as it should. (If your bottle is dishwasher safe there will be a small dishwasher emblem on the side of the bottle.) I also think this is another aspect of Sodastream’s operations that will become the future standard.

Can I carbonate tea or juice in SodaStream?

Unfortunately for some beverage lovers out there, only water should be carbonated in the SodaStream, according to the company. The money-back guarantee and the warranty are both invalidated if you carbonate any liquid other than water in your Sparkling Water Maker.

With that said, if you search Google for what else can I carbonate with a Sodastream Art Sparkling water maker, you’ll get a lot of information. Because this machine was on loan to me, I did not try carbonating other drinks.

If you do want a beverage maker that can handle different types of liquids, I highly recommend you look into the Sparkel water carbonator which I reviewed here.

Noise

Like almost every other Sodastream I’ve tried, the noise of SodaStream Art machine required for carbonation is noticeable but not unbearable. It makes a loud whistling and squealing sound, but it doesn’t last long.

Price and Final Verdict

There are several options when you go out looking for soda water makers. The Sodastream Art Machine is on the higher end, although not at the top of the table. What it does offer, in comparison to cheaper alternatives, is a simple, no-nonsense mechanism, a two-year warranty, and a brand name leading the industry. It’s also future-proof within Sodastream’s product line. Future carbonation cylinders will have the Quick Connect technology, so you don’t need to worry about finding cylinders and getting your fizz fix.

In addition to the convenience and easy carbonation it brings to your kitchen, it’s worth noting the sustainability aspect. Owning a couple of Sodastream bottles that maintain carbonation for several days reduces the need for single-use plastic bottles, or cans or bottles of Perrier, or the like, making it an eco-conscious choice.

In summary, the Sodastream Art may not steal the spotlight in a bar, but it will undoubtedly become the star of your kitchen. Its combination of nice-looking design, easy use, effective carbonation, and sustainability make it a valuable addition to any household, especially for those looking to quench their thirst for customizable sparkling beverages.

So what are the downsides? The biggest knock on this particular model for me is the 100% plastic construction. I do have questions about its longevity over time… Questions I won’t get answered in the short-term review.

I also think the price is a little high for the flimsy materials. It’s also made only for use with water. Even so, I think this is a very good machine that does its job well. I can definitely recommend it to you if you are looking for an at home water carbonation device.

SodaStream Art sells for about $195US /$239CAD and you can get yours as I got mine from Amazon.

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