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space-saving and attractive
on November 1, 2013
...well, attractive enough for a tall plastic thing that sits on the counter. Also, Genesis has less fiddly moving bits than many of the sodastreams I have encountered in friends' houses.
Sodastream uses a proprietary thread on their bottles, which means you end up paying $10-$15 a pop each time you go to a local store for an exchange. If you also use their syrups, you can end up spending quite a lot on making your own sodas. We generally use the sodastream with home-made syrups and cordials; if you make your own it's a really good way to know exactly what you are drinking. My husband is really fond of a lemon-ginger-honey mixture. (fill up a sterilized glass jar with alternating layers of sliced lemons, grated ginger, and honey, and set it to mix in the fridge. it's good for several weeks. Take a couple of slices of lemon and a table spoon or two of the juice, and add sodawater.) Belvoir's ginger cordial is also really awesome with the soda stream.
There is an adapter you can buy that will allow you to use normal (non-proprietary) co2 cannister with the sodastream. I haven't tried it yet, but if refills are hard for you to obtain that might be a good path.
I've used the Genesis for almost two years now. It's been good to us.