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Crystal

 


Sodastream Crystal Soda Maker Starter Kit – Black/Silver

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Overall Rating – 4 out of 5 stars

Glass or Plastic bottle – glass

Carbonation Cylinder size – this model uses the 14.5 ounce carbonation cylinder

Overall Review – 69% of the SodaStream reviews for the Crystal model are very positive and accompanied by a 4 or 5 star rating. Most users love this handy little machine for a myriad of reasons. First, it lessens the cost of soda when you make it yourself at home. Second, you won't be contributing soda bottles to landfills every time you drink a fizzy beverage. Third, many people like the fact that you can make soda that contains no high-fructose corn syrup.

The Crystal model is unique in that it uses a glass carbonating bottle rather than plastic. Now that the Penguin has been discontinued, this is the only option for those seeking glass. This is important to many people who try to avoid having their food come into contact with plastic. The glass bottle is also dishwasher-safe, unlike the plastic bottles that come with the other models.

Reviewers have also commented on how esthetically pleasing this model is; it has much more of a high-end look than the other models. Another unique feature to this model is the lack of a twist-on bottle. You simply place the bottle into the machine and close it. This makes it easier to use, which is helpful for everyone. But it is especially important to anyone with limited dexterity in their hands, from arthritis or other reasons.

Many people marvel at how easy to use this unit is. Like all SodaStream models, the Crystal requires no batteries or electricity to operate. The power comes from the compressed air in the carbonating cylinder. That makes it incredibly convenient to use almost anywhere. You won't need to find a spot near an outlet in your kitchen, office, boat or RV. Most users love the fact that it only takes seconds to turn tap water into sparkling water. They also love the way you can customize your beverages, making them as fizzy or strongly flavored as you desire.

People love not having to haul soda home from the store. Many users say that is even more important to them than the cost savings. This also means that there are no greenhouse emissions from your soda being shipped around the country.

What soured the other 31% of users? There is an identical negative review on each SodaStream model, written by the same person, who clearly dislikes SodaStream in general. That one negative review makes a bigger impact on the overall rating of models without many reviews (such as the Crystal.) Keep that in mind as you look at the lower approval rating of this model. Within the other, more legitimate, negative reports many people complain that the carbonation cylinders and soda mixers are too expensive. Although they do agree that it still costs less than buying pre-made soda, they did not feel that there were enough cost savings to justify making their own fizzy beverages. Some people complained that while they think the machine itself is superb, they don't love the flavors of the mixers. It is important to realize that all soda brands have super-secret recipes that will never be exactly duplicated. So if you are looking for a very exact flavor profile that matches your favorite drink perfectly, you are likely to be disappointed. There are many flavors available and the overwhelming majority of people can find many that they love. Many other companies make flavor bases as well, making the beverage possibilities almost endless.

Some reviewers feel that the number of liters carbonated per cylinder is overstated. The problem here has to do with the customization of your drinks. You may use anywhere from 1 to 4 presses of the carbonating button to achieve the fizziness you desire. Obviously, someone who like lightly carbonated beverages will get many more liters out of a cylinder as compared to someone who wants a very fizzy drink. The majority of reviewers did not complain about going through the CO2 too quickly.

Some reviewers report using their SodaStream Crystal for a year and a half (about how long this model has been available) without any troubles or product failure. See All 29 Crystal SodaStream Reviews


 

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