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More Water, Please

I love carbonated water. I’ll drink much more water if it’s the carbonated variety and we all know we’re supposed to drink lots of water. But even though we recycle, I hated all the liter bottles of Poland Spring Sparkling Water we went through.

So I was ecstatic when I received the Sodastream Penguin Starter Kit for Christmas.

Best. Present. Ever. (Okay, not counting the Spring Rocking Horse I received when I was 2, but that’s another story.)

The Penguin comes with its own 20-ounce glass carafes, which is probably the biggest disappointment. I would have liked a bit more capacity in the bottles because we go through 20 ounces really fast. They have other models, like the Sodastream Pure Starter Kit which use BPA-free plastic 1-liter bottles (also supplied) at a lower cost. If I had to choose again, I think I may have gone with the cheaper Pure model, mainly because of the bottle capacity.

But, I’m still thrilled with the Penguin, and it’s super easy to make carbonated water with it: just unlock the chamber and it slides open. Insert the carafe, filled with cold water (we use tap water that is filtered through our refrigerator) and close and lock the chamber.

The CO2 cartridge is stored in the other half of the Penguin and will make about 60 liters of carbonated water. Using short, quick pumps on the “beak” of the Penguin, pump it until the Penguin whistles (it takes about 8 pumps for me). For extra fizziness, you can pump it until it whistles again. Press the button on the front to release the gas and then unlock the chamber (it won’t unlock until you press the button).

You can also purchase SodaMix flavor syrups to make your own soda (lemon-lime, root beer, diet cola, etc.), or if you prefer the unsweetened flavor essence, like I do, they have berry, lemon-lime and orange in a 3-pack. You only need about 1/4 teaspoon to add a hint of flavor to the water.

Voilà! Tasty sparkling water at a fraction of the cost!


  1. Julie C on January 16, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    We have been using sodastream for years. In fact so long that our’s says Soda Club on them. I was not happy when I could only buy the smaller canister in the stores. I order the larger 33 oz carbonator online. Enjoy!!!!

  2. denise on January 18, 2010 at 10:05 am

    Hi Julie C — oh how I wish I knew about this product years ago! Better late than never. That’s another thing about the Penguin–it uses the smaller canisters but it’s been several weeks now and we haven’t gone through our first one yet.

  3. Michelle C. Hardin on August 16, 2010 at 2:34 am

    It’s been a year since I bought this product and my family loves it! We make a different drink every day and it is fun because we have about 30 soda syrups to pick from. The taste is great, but in my opinion better than a bottled beverages purchased at the supermarkets.

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