Soda Makers Buyers Guide

Soda makers buyers guide provides insight into soda makers that were reviewed elsewhere on this site. Also, use the soda maker's frequently asked questions to find the best one.

Carafes

First, some soda makers come with reusable plastic carafes that you insert into the soda maker. So, verify that the plastic bottle is BPA-free to avoid ingesting harmful chemicals. Also, most plastic bottles have limited lifespan, typically two years. After that time, the bottle causes the soda to lose carbonations faster. In addition, the plastic may contaminate the water. So, replace the plastic bottle after the manufacturer recommended time period.


Meanwhile, some soda makers come with glass carafes. These, typically do not have a expiration date for use. Also, glass does not break down like plastic does over time. So they are always safe to use. However, bottles may break easily if they are dropped and would need to be replaced.

Cleaning

Second, cleaning the bottles needs to be easy. While cleaning in a dishwasher is preferable, many of the bottle are made from plastic and so cannot be cleaned in a dishwasher. However, those made from glass can be cleaned in a dishwasher.

Carbonation Methods

Third, nearly all soda makers use a CO2 or Carbon Dioxide cylinder to supply the fizz. Also, manual action is used to carbonate water and other drinks.

On the other hand, electricity is used in some soda makers to replace the manual action. Also, these soda makers do not use CO2 canisters. Instead, they have internal motors that handle the carbonation process. Incidentally, the actual lifespan of the soda’s fizziness created by these soda makers, is limited.

Other things to Consider

Fourth, find out if the soda maker includes a CO2 canister and a bottle. If they do, you can start using it right away. On the other hand, if the soda maker does not include one or either of these items, then you will need to purchase them separately before you can make your own soda. Moreover, be sure to check the requirements of the device, as not every CO2 canister and bottle is compatible with every soda maker. Also, some soda makers may only include a miniature or starter CO2 canister, which will give you significantly fewer charges than a full-sized canister.

In addition, some soda makers may also come with additional accessories, such as special caps for the bottles or stirring spoons to add your favorite flavor to the soda water. Furthermore there are soda makers that come with samples of different flavor mixes. This makes it very helpful since you don’t need to purchase anything else to start enjoying your drinks.

Refills

If your soda maker uses a CO2 canister as a carbonator, then you are eventually going to need to purchase refill. Most soda makers don’t have any kind of indicator on the canister, so it’s hard to tell when you are running low until you actually run out. So, you may want to have an extra canister around if you plan on using your soda maker for a large gathering. Also, in order to get a new canister, you may need to take the old cannister to a participating retailer and purchase it. So you should make sure there is a participating retailer near you before you purchase the soda maker. Otherwise, it might be very difficult to obtain refills.

Uses

By the way, most soda makers use water for carbonation. On the other hand, at least one allows carbonation of more than just water. For example, other drinks that can be carbonated include juices, iced tea, coffee, lemonade, energy drinks, wine, pre-mixed craft cocktails, and even flat soda or beer.

Now, its important to follow the soda makers guidelines for the liquids their soda maker can carbonate. If the soda maker says to only use water, then use only water. Do not use any other liquids

If you want to be able to carbonate juices, alcoholic beverages and other kinds of drinks, then use a soda maker that is specifically made to function with those types of liquids. If you try to carbonate a liquid that the soda maker doesn’t support, then you could damage the device and even put yourself in danger of being harmed by a malfunction from a clog in the system.

Warranty

Finally, a good warranty is an indicator of quality. In fact, the longer the warranty period, the more likely the soda maker is going to last a longer time without breaking down.