Unless you’ve had your advertising shields set at maximum for the last few weeks you are likely to have noticed that Christmas is back and apparently here to stay. If you are like me you will spend the next couple of weeks procrastinating before hitting the shops in a frenzy of angst and confusion, wondering whether your brother in law would enjoy Piers Morgan’s bumper book of patronising put downs or whether Mum would like a bread maker. Seriously guys no-one wants to bake their own bread!
However, everyone likes to make their own fizzy drinks and that is a fact. If you are thinking of buying yourself or your loved ones a SodaStream drinks maker, rest assured, you won’t look back and you will remain hydrated and happy forever more. The question is though, which model to pick up – should you lean towards lean pvc utility or decadent chrome. I reckon they all work – they all successfully produce a bottle of fizz, so the decision here is about how easy they are to use and how good they look next to your espresso machine/food processor/slow cooker (delete as appropriate) So then, here’s my round up of the best SodaStream models of 2012:
The Genesis is the everyman of the range. A drinks maker for the people which should really be government subsidised. A stylish plastic model available in white, red, grey and black colours to suit all modern kitchen designs, the Genesis is the reliable workhorse of the SodaStream fleet, producing more bottles of fizz across the land than any other model. It’s a trooper – highly reliable, durable, easy to clean and though a little light-weight, quite nicely styled… and no bank breakingly expensive. I own one myself and I haven’t looked back, you won’t either.
The Pure is SodaStream with aspirations. Aspirations to better than the Genesis. Still, a little bit of chrome wrapping is not everything in this world and what the Pure gains in gaudy foil coating, it loses in annoyance – the lever for fizzing your drinks feels more flimsy than the button on the Genesis. Still, quite a styling number if you prefer a metallic finish to a matte one.
Part drinks maker, part complex piece of uranium distilling, laboratory equipment, the Crystal is a drinks maker to be taken seriously. If you are into your cocktails and keeping up with the Jones’ the Crystal excels by giving the appearance that some serious drinks making is going on here and the step up to glass bottles makes for a much more distinguished drink. Behold the brushed steel exterior. Marvel at how neat and self-contained the device is when closed up and not in use. Rejoice, it is beautiful, but pricey!
A relative new comer to the drinks parteh, the Source is part of what I suspect is a new range for SodaStream. It is available in 6 colours (white, black, blue, red, metallic white, and metallic black) and features an easier snap lock bottle mechanism for attaching the bottle to the drinks maker. There are part metal and all plastic versions available. You set your required level of carbonation using controls on the maker and then it does the fizzing for you. Personally I kind of like doing that bit manually, but there is no denying that the source makes drinks making feel like a more technologically enhanced process. It’s a solid looking unit with a bang up to date design that will look good alongside your other knick knacks. Want to be a part of the future? Then go direct to the Source!