If tired of drinking plain water, and desiring to have more control over the beverages consumed in the household, a SodaStream Aqua Fizz makes for an interesting investment. The Aqua Fizz is the latest innovation to become part of the SodaStream line of products. The device carbonates water easily and quickly. Additional ingredients may then be added to create flavored drinks that are less expensive and healthier in the long run.
The unit measures 10.5 inches in length, 17.2 inches in height and 6.25 inches in width, which makes the device easily stored on a countertop, atop a bar or a table. The starter kit comes with the carbonation machine, one CO2 cylinder and two glass carafes. The Aqua Fizz itself is made using a combination of black plastic and aluminum, which makes the device more durable and enables easy cleaning. The aluminum front panel locks the bottle into place while forming a tight seal, which alleviates leakage.
The machine is completely portable, as it does not need batteries or electricity for operation. In this way, the Aqua Fizz might be taken outdoors for backyard BBQs, to the park or to the beach for picnics. Pushing one button provides all the carbonation needed to make bubbly refreshing drinks. Anyone owning an older Soda Stream model will also appreciate the fact that the upgraded version remains completely quiet during operation.
The BPA-free glass carafes are a step up for a few different reasons. The fill line is molded right into the glass, which remains visible throughout the life of the bottle. The glass bottles will also typically last longer compared to the plastic carafes used in previous SodaStream models. The bottles feature a longer neck and a large base, which equates to fewer mishaps when adding flavorings. The carafes also have ridges for enhanced gripping. The bottle caps are plastic and contain a rubber seal, which ensures that the carbonated water retains the CO2 gas. Overall, the design of the machine and the bottles create a refined elegant appearance.
The Aqua Fizz is available as either the hydration or the starter pack. The hydration kit comes with the device plus two CO2 cylinders and three glass carafes. The starter kit comes with the device plus one CO2 cylinder and two glass carafes. Prices of the kits vary. Soda Stream also offers a three-year warranty on each device. SodaStream also offers a 30-day money-back guarantee.
The device comes with an instruction manual. The instruction manual is also available for download on the SodaStream website. Setting the Aqua Fizz up upon arrival takes less than five minutes. Unpack the carbonation cylinder. Remove the back door of the device. Slide the cylinder onto the nozzle of the device. Twist the cylinder into place and hand tighten. Replace the back door and make sure it clicks shut.
When getting ready to carbonate water, only use the carafes that come with the system. Fill one carafe with cold, refrigerated water to the fill line. Lift the front of the Aqua Fizz and insert the carafe. Lower the top and close the compartment. Press the carbonation button on the top of the device using two-second short bursts and firm pressure.
Standard carbonation requires three presses of the button. Add up to two more bursts for extra carbonation. Adding more than the recommended level of carbonation causes the carafe to overflow, which results in a watery mess needing clean up. If the water is not carbonated to satisfaction, it may be a sign that the CO2 cylinder needs replacing. Only carbonate plain water. Add flavorings after the water has been carbonated.
The carafes come with screw-on sealing caps. Once made, the sparkling water is supposed to last for up to two weeks before consumption. However, the majority of people tend to enjoy the beverages shortly after creation.
CO2 Cylinder Refills
In the long run, the Aqua Fizz saves money over buying traditional carbonated beverages. Users also help conserve the planet by reducing the amount of can and bottle waste created. But, the cylinders need replacing every three to four weeks for a 30-liter cylinder and every six to eight weeks for a 60-liter cylinder. The calculation is based on a household having four Aqua Fizz beverage drinkers. The frequency of use also determines the need for cylinder replacement.
The cylinder needs replacing if noticing that the water is not carbonated after repeated presses of the button. Users might also hear a sputtering sound when depressing the button.
SodaStream offers a cylinder replacement and delivery service, which may not exist in some locations. The company’s website also features a retail locator to enable Aqua Fizz owners to find venues that offer SodaStream accessories. The popular mass merchandiser Target is one of the options where cylinders are readily available.
The average cost for a one-liter soda or juice runs approximately three dollars. On the other hand, the average cost of the smaller cylinder equates to an expense of less than one dollar per day. It is always a good idea to have an extra cylinder on hand to prevent running out when desiring a carbonated drink.
Making Flavored Beverages
SodaStream offers a large variety of flavors that may be added to enhance drinking pleasure. Some flavors may contain fructose, sugar or Stevia. But, the sugar content is less than what is readily available in traditional sodas and juices. The cola flavorings contain approximately 31 milligrams of caffeine per eight ounces. The energy drink option contains approximately 80 milligrams of caffeine per eight ounces.
Carbonate a carafe of cold water. Then add a few drops of the desired liquid flavoring syrup to the bottle. Cap the bottle and lightly shake it to disperse the flavoring. Fruit may be added to the carafe before the carbonation process. However, make sure that the contents do not surpass the fill line. By changing a household’s drinking habits to flavored, carbonated water, all consume less sugar, which is healthier in the long run. The fun and ease of using the device also up the health level by encouraging users to consume more water each day.
Cleaning the Aqua Fizz
Wipe up spills with a cloth to keep the base area dry. Cleaning the unit requires nothing more than a cloth dampened with warm water. Avoid using detergents or abrasives for cleaning. Never use sharp objects. The glass carafes are safe to clean in the dishwasher.