The KitchenAid Sparkling Beverage Maker is the highest quality soda maker available on the market and, despite being manufactured by KitchenAid, it still uses the SodaStream refill system. The Soda Maker Club Recommends it to those who want a very high quality machine that won’t fail them and that is still, at the same time, easy and efficient to use.
- Bottle Lock Mechanism: Snap-lock
- Size: 13.7″H x 12.6″D x 21.4″L
- Refill Method: 60L SodaStream Carbonators
- Construction: Metal
- Warranty: 2 years
- 60L SodaStream Carbonator
- 3 AAA batteries
- 1L BPA free reusable bottle
- 3-flavor starter pack
How To Use
The KitchenAid Sparkling Beverage Maker is very easy to use and efficient thanks to the snap-lock mechanism and the carbonation lever.
- Fill the carbonating bottle with water.
- Attach it to the soda maker with the snap-lock mechanism.
- Pulse the carbonation lever until the desired level is attained.
- Remove the bottle and pour.
The KitchenAid Sparkling Beverage Maker uses 60L SodaStream carbonators that, as their name implies, allow for carbonation of roughly 60L of water (most users do however report around the 50L range). You can exchange empty carbonators for full ones at various retailers such as select Bed Bath & Beyond, Costco, Target, etc. To find a retailer close to you.. Every exchange costs $14.99 but there are cheaper, DIY options.
This KitchenAid SodaStream machine is a truly uniquely premium soda making machine that we highly recommend to those who are willing to pay its above average price. In fact, in the world of soda makers, products range from $15 to roughly $274, with this machine obviously being at the top of the spectrum. Now that the >$300 Keurig Kold has been discontinued, the only comparable soda machine in terms of price is the SodaStream Penguin (it’s hard to compare the two machines in terms of other characteristics as the latter is shaped as a penguin).
So now that we’ve established that the KitchenAid Sparkling Beverage Maker is more expensive than other soda machines, the question remains: is it worth the price? Its premium characteristics definitely make a strong argument in favor of its purchase. The KitchenAid SodaStream machine is undoubtedly the most sturdy soda maker out there. Made out of metal, it is also manufactured in the United States and, weighing it at nearly 20 pounds, is a testament to good, durable and powerful American manufacturing. Users confirmed the quality of this machine, giving amazing reviews with almost none of them having any issues with the machine while all of them appreciating its quality. Hence, if you buy this soda maker, it’s likely to be the last one you’ll ever need, justifying the high initial investment.
And that’s not all, this KitchenAid SodaStream machine is among the easiest to use. In fact, it uses a snap-lock mechanism, meaning you just need to push the bottle into place and not twist it on as is the case for certain products. It also uses a unique lever to carbonate the water while most other soda makers have buttons that need to be pressed multiple times. It’s not a huge deal, but it’s slightly more satisfying to use which can add up after hundreds of uses. It also boasts a carbonation meter which can help you get the perfect level of carbonation for you each time. The KitchenAid Sparkling Beverage Maker really differentiates itself through its incredible quality and design. It is by far the sturdiest of any soda maker machines offered by any company (most of the others being made out of plastic while this Kitchenaid machine has a premium die cast metal housing). On top of that, it is manufactured in the United States unlike most other SodaStream models. It’s clear, with all these characteristics, that the KitchenAid SodaStream machine will last you a long time as proven by the great customer reviews the machine has gotten and the few issues users have encountered. As if that wasn’t enough, it’s easy to use thanks to the snap-lock mechanism and the carbonation lever, carbonates water quickly and looks great in modern kitchens.
However, it is more expensive than almost all other soda makers, with only the now discontinued Keurig Kold being more expensive. At upwards of $200, you must really be ready to make an investment in this machine since there are plenty of other machines that will do the same job almost as well, at a fraction of the price (for example, the SodaStream Genesis has also gotten good reviews at only $90).
Nonetheless, when not considering price, the KitchenAid Sparkling Beverage Maker is, in our opinion, the best overall soda maker machine on the market right now. No other soda makers come close to its durability and it’s easily on par with the best soda makers in term of ease of use and appearance. Thus, if you’re ready to pay the high upfront cost, this soda maker will pay for itself many times over the course of its lifetime. Just be sure it can fit on your counter!
What Others are Saying
The KitchenAid SodaStream machine has gotten rave reviews from users that loved its durable feel, ease of use and its design. Even though some people cautioned that the machine is very big and could be loud while also encountering issues with chilled water, the vast majority of consumers really enjoyed their machine and found that it got the job done nearly perfectly.
12 Thoughts on “KitchenAid Sparkling Beverage Maker Review”
I have a Big Soda co2maker. It says it was made in UK .I have no bottles for this unit and i cannot remember if it required special ones Has anyone else one of these units? remember it was supplyed eith 1 lt bottles but i have lost it. has anyone got one?
Great machine, works great and looks cool. Yes it costs the earth, but it looks great on the countertop and matches all my other appliances. Why do all other Sodastreams have to look so cheap and nasty?
This carbonator is not cheap but it has several advantages over SodaStream. You don’t have to screw the bottle in, it just locks in place. Also, the KitchenAid vesion is solidly built unlike the cheap plastic SodaStreams. Get this one if you’re planning on using you new soda maker for a long time.
first one died in 8 months, they replaced it and that one just died 2 years and 4 months later…..conveniently out of warranty.
just try to find somebody to fix it.
needs a new carbonator mechanism. try to find somebody at Kitchen Aid who can provide the correct part number. they say call Soda Stream. Soda Stream says Kitchen Aid makes that call them.
truly disappointed in both companies.
Richard Stuart Elbert Colorado
This is the fourth soda stream I have purchased. I thought the would be the last. Sadly to say, it’s broken.
I got my Sodastream machine first and liked it. So decided to buy the Kitchen Aid machine thinking it would last a lot longer and work better.
I was disappointed, when I used them side by side and the Sodastream carbonates the water better, don’t know why. I used both machines at the same time and carbonating the same amount of time. The Sodastream does a better job. I tried 15 to 20 times, I put a new C02 bottle in the Kitchen Aid to make sure it had good presser. Did not change anything. I see now why you can find them used for sale.
I like it! This machine seems well made, looks good, and is easy to use. People who love sparkling water but are counting their pennies will love that it not only is cheaper to make your own, but saves them gas money and time spent running to the store. I bought a 20 oz. CO2 paintball bottle and keep a spare handy so I don’t run out unexpectedly; too bad it can’t handle a 24 oz. or something bigger.
My family drinks sparkling soda all the time, so cost was getting too high. There were other problems, like a lot of flat soda going down the drain. The KitchenAid we bought can use a 120-liter CO2 cartridge, so it seemed right for us.
My new KitchenAid carbonator will take a 20 oz paintball tank right out of the box. It might even handle a 24 oz, I just haven’t tried yet. With this arrangement, the KitchenAid makes more financial sense, and that’s on top of the convenience of making your own quality sparkling water.
I like that the Kitchen Aid canister is made of metal. You can get alot of pressure building up, so you don’t want a plastic container blowing up in your face. It appears to be well-made overall, and everything works just as promised. Carbonating your water is easy and smooth.
It comes with instructions, so keep them handy. I found that no matter how simple it looked, it’s a quicker learning curve to READ THE INSTRUCTIONS first. Now I can quickly carbonate whatever I need, and the fizz will last in the refrigerator for a long time if you keep the lid tight.
More tips: Use only clean filtered water to prevent any clogging or unsightly mineral deposits. Use a glass with some ice instead of trying to drink straight from the bottle. Personally, I like to add a splash of pomegranate juice and then pour into a glass over ice. The fizz enhances the taste.
This KitchenAid is a nice looking product that I keep ready to use on my kitchen countertop. It costs more than the SodaStream, but I took the chance because KitchenAid has a good reputation. However, I ran into problems after six months of daily use. KitchenAid customer service sent me to a website to schedule repair service. But my local service provider wouldn’t touch it! So KitchenAid sent a replacement, which works fine.
I have to say I was pleased with KitchenAid’s customer service. Just be sure you fill out and return your 1-year warranty card with a new purchase, and you should have no trouble if there are problems.
I tried the SodaStream, but got the feeling it was one of those products where they gouge you aftermarket: charge a low price upfront and then make their real profit on refills. We drink gallons of soda water at my house, so I got tired of paying $15 for a refill. You had to buy an adapter to use other CO2 tanks.
My new KitchenAid carbonator will take a 20 oz paintball tank right out of the box. With this arrangement, the KitchenAid makes more financial sense, and that’s on top of the convenience of making your own quality sparkling water.
I like my soda real bubbly and am disappointed with the carbonation put out. Unless I chug it down right away, the fizz dissipates fast no matter what I try, like making sure the cap is tight. It seems like in a couple of hours the carbonation is gone. I can’t see that I am doing anything wrong, so I don’t recommend buying this.