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SodaStream Power 2015: gadget review

Read our review of the new SodaStream Power. Three different levels of fizziness to choose from, a super sleek design, and a good quality drink at the end of it. If only it wasn’t so tall…

What we liked

  • The sleek, slim design would suit any modern kitchen. And it doesn’t take too much room up either (think small coffee machine size).
  • Love the colour. Gone are the days of white plastic kitchen gadgets – we much prefer black and chrome.
  • It’s a simple design – just three buttons with light-up LED elements. It’s actually designed by Yves Béhar, the Chief Creative Officer for Jawbone.
  • Although the bottle isn’t dishwasher-safe, it’s strong and durable – we can imagine this machine lasting for a long time.
  • One of the coolest things about SodaStream Power is the fact that there are three options for sparkling intensity (denoted by LED water droplets). Our favourite setting was ‘intensely bubbly’.
  • The snap-lock mechanism means that there is no danger of spillage/spraying, or the bottle dropping.
  • It’s pretty easy to set up, once out of the box. We didn’t have any problems.
  • Environmentally speaking, there is little to complain about. Bottles are never thrown away, and the carbonator is refillable/exchangeable for a £9.99 charge.
  • We loved the recipe book included… ever thought about making a cocktail in a SodaStream?
  • In terms of taste, the fizzy water made by our SodaStream was barely discernable from shop-bought sparkling water – despite the fact that we were starting with tap water. The best taste, we found, came from the highest fizz level. And we’d recommend keeping your creation in the fridge for at least half an hour before drinking.
  • Once carbonated, the screw cap keeps your drink fizzy for at least a couple of days.
  • After you’ve registered your machine, SodaStream gives you £10 to spend on their products online. A nice little extra, we thought.
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What we didn’t like

  • Unfortunately, our SodaStream was too tall to sit snugly underneath a row of kitchen wall cabinets. So it jutted out a bit, over the counter surface.
  • A small point, but the SodaStream comes in a pretty large box and there’s no integrated handle to carry it with. So expect an awkward journey back home.
  • It only comes with one bottle. At £149, you might expect the SodaStream Power to come with two – one for the fridge, whilst another carbonates. Extras are available to buy, though (£10.99 for a twin pack).