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SodaStream Play Sparkling Water Maker, White
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- Transform ordinary tap water into fresh great-tasting soda or sparkling water in less than 30 seconds
- Choose from over 60 better-for-you regular diet and all-natural soda mix varieties with no high-fructose corn syrup and no aspartame
- Each bottle of soda mix makes up to 12 liters of soda (33 cans)
- Requires no electricity, no batteries and no clean up
- Exchange the 4-ounce starter co2 carbonator for a full 60-liter carbonator with included mail-in rebate
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SodaStream has once again partnered with Yves Behar, world-renowned designer and social entrepreneur, to create the SodaStream Play home carbonation system. Behar's design re-examines the interface, shape and material selection of the SodaStream system, redefining the way it is used. As an innovative new feature, the refined mechanics of the machine allow the high-gloss slider column to automatically return to the original position after being pressed, simplifying the process of carbonation. The matte texture and contrasting color of the column and base add a light-hearted, playful feel, and the carbonating bottle easily locks into place with a single-push motion. The Play will work with either the 60L or 130L CO2 cylinder, providing even greater user flexibility.
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Historically the SodaStream machines work by screwing a bottle onto the machine and then repeatedly pressing a button which injects CO2 into the bottle. The Play works without having to screw the bottle into the machine, you just press it into place. Additionally, rather than repeatedly press down a button to inject CO2, the Play has you press and hold until the bottle is fully fizzed. If you release the button, it releases the pressure and you have to start over. From a product perspective, this all sounds like a good thing, on the face of it this new system should be easier to operate. In practice, it is much, much worse than the previous status quo. The core issues:
1. It takes longer reach the same level of carbonation.
2. Occasionally the CO2 canister is not seated correctly, inhibiting the flow of carbonation.
3. The nozzle can freeze, which inhibits the amount of CO2 getting into the bottle, inhibiting the carbonation.
4. It seemingly uses more gas for the same effect, by a large margin.
These issues combine to produce a very negative experience. It took me about three weeks to be able to consistently produce a baseline bottle of carbonated water. It took a couple of months to figure out the issue with seating the CO2 canisters, which seems to be somewhat random in any case. Basically you have to screw it down much more tightly than with previous models; than even feels safe screwing metal to plastic; and that is difficult to do in any case because of the design of the Play.
With regards to the freezing nozzle: with the old style, if the nozzle froze there is enough time between button presses that the ice would melt and not cause an issue. With the new style, if you release the button to let the nozzle unfreeze, it releases the pressure, effectively wasting that CO2. The trick was to gently release the button so that you stop the flow of CO2 without releasing the pressure. A delicate and time-consuming process.
With regards to the CO2 consumption: unfortunately I only have anecdotal evidence for this. However I noticed that bottles were used up more quickly and that my schedule went from buying three large bottles per quarter to three large bottles every six weeks or so. With the official SodaStream refills, this is extremely expensive. This consumption issue led me to investigate lower-cost alternatives to SodaStream's official bottles. However, be warned that with the Play and an alternative source of CO2, the freezing issue becomes unbearable.
Ultimately, I wound up purchasing a Fountain Jet model on eBay for $30 to replace this nightmare. The Fountain Jet is not as stylish and you have to screw on the bottle, but ultimately it is worth it for the cost and time savings. Skip the Play until they can solve these issues.
One other note: the coupon for a refill carbonator included with this was soon to expire, likely before now. But it could only be used for a 60L bottle anyway, and we always use the 130L carbonators. So instead of buying a 60L refill and sending in the coupon, we bought a 130L refill and threw away the coupon. Since the 130s cost less to use per serving, we figure we're still ahead, particularly because we also had a 20% off one item coupon to apply to the purchase at that store.
We are huge fans of Sodastream, but no longer of this particular model.
The bottle that comes with the SodaStream is not dishwasher safe. Thinking that was an important feature, I bought an additional bottle for $15 that is. I will say, I find myself rinsing the new bottle with warm water and shaking some soap inside, more than actually putting it in the dishwasher. If I buy additional bottles, I don't think I will pay extra for the dishwasher safe one.
I wanted a SodaStream mainly for the sparkling water as I easily drink a liter a day and at an expense of $60+ a month it was a luxury up for debate in the grocery budget. The SodaStream Play has not disappointed in the least bit and the carbonation exchange is very reasonable at $15. A full canister will make 60L. If you like high carbonation and carbonate each liter more than once, you may get less. Either way $15 a month is way better than $60+.
We have tried one of the sample flavors and my son loved it. We used the Orange flavoring, contrary to other reviewers, I didn't think it tasted like a diet drink at all.