Product Reviewed: SodaStream One Touch
To put it simply, I love seltzer. The bubbles, the fizz, the cast of flavors, I love it all. I take my hydration game pretty seriously. When it comes to getting me to drink more water throughout the day, plain water is vanilla, while seltzer is a hot fudge sundae with a cherry on top. One wrench in this game plan? The bottles, cans and overflowing recycling bins that amass while fueling this bubbly habit. I’m always trying to find new and better ways to limit, decrease or eliminate excess waste, especially when it comes to food and beverages, which is why I was more than happy to replace my collections of empty cans for one bottle and the SodaStream One Touch sparkling water maker.
The SodaStream One Touch is a slim countertop machine that is similar to a single cup coffee maker. It comes with a carbonating cylinder (to make all those bubbles), a reusable bottle and three carbonation options to fit your preferences. The machine doesn’t take up much counter space, which is prime real estate in my kitchen, and the only assembly required is attaching and inserting the carbonating cylinder. This process is fairly straightforward but did take me a few tries to get the cylinder into place.
The process of turning tap water into a bubbly beverage is as simple as filling to the marked line, fitting the custom bottle into the machine and pressing a button. I do wish the instructions for the assembly and machine usage were a little more detailed than the simple picture pamphlet provided, as my first run resulted in a countertop full of water because the bottle wasn’t properly connected. After my initial struggles, it has been smooth sailing.
I love that the SodaStream helps to reduce both cost and waste that can come from a regular seltzer habit like mine. The brand also has an exchange program for the carbonating cylinders, which can cut down their costs significantly; the cylinders can be delivered straight to your door or exchanged at participating retail stores. If shipping directly, you can even use the same box to send back empty canisters, which helps reduce waste even more.
I did not use any of the flavor mixes offered by SodaStream but instead cut up fresh lemons and limes for added flavor. It has inspired me to try even more fresh flavor combinations, such as ginger and lemon, cucumber and mint, and basil and blackberries. For those who drink bubbly water on a regular basis and want to cut down the amount of waste that can come from it, adding the SodaStream One Touch to your kitchen is a good investment. Your recycling bin may thank you.