Frequently Asked Questions
Are SodaStream plastic carbonating bottles BPA-free?
Yes. SodaStream bottles are BPA-free.
For many years, SodaStream has demanded that our suppliers and subcontractors meet exacting specifications, so that our millions of customers worldwide can enjoy a safe and superior product that is compliant with international standards for beverage quality.
Some topics of special concern:
- Phthalates and PCBs: SodaStream does not use any materials in the production process that can produce phthalates or PCBs.
- Bisphenol-A (BPA): SodaStream does not use polycarbonate materials, and therefore our products are free of this chemical compound.
- MSDS sheets and certificates of supplier conformity are available upon request.
Are SodaStream's products recyclable?
Yes. Many of SodaStream’s consumable packages are completely recyclable, once they’ve outlived their useful lives. Remember that carbonating bottles are reusable up to 3 years before they need to be replaced, and Penguin glass carafes may be used indefinitely, provided they remain free from cracks or other damage. Check with your municipal recycling authority to find out how to recycle your SodaStream items.
Can you really make real soda at home?
Yes. With SodaStream's home drink makers, you transform ordinary tap water into fresh, great-tasting soda by adding fizz (in the form of carbon dioxide from a soda carbonator) and flavor (one of over 100 concentrate syrups.) So go ahead and enjoy the freshest, best tasting soda on the planet!
How do I get ongoing supplies for my home drinks maker?
SodaStream supplies and products can be found for sale on our website and at local retailers. Visit our Online store at www.sodastream.com, where you can also find a listing of local retailers.
How long has SodaStream been in business?
SodaStream is the world leader in Home Carbonation Systems, founded in 1991, with over 10 million drinks makers sold in more than 39 countries around the world.
Is Soda-Club really a club that requires membership and some type of ongoing commitment?
No. Soda-Club is the former name of the company. There are no membership requirements, annual dues or minimum purchases of any kind. Once you have a SodaStream drinks maker, you may purchase soda-making supplies at your convenience.
What will it cost me to make a bottle of soda?
After your initial purchase of a home Sparkling Water Maker package, you'll enjoy Sparkling water in a reusable 1-liter PET bottle for just $0.20 per liter and flavored sodas for as little as $0.57 per liter, before any applicable shipping charges.
Penguin soda maker users will pay just $0.46 per liter of premium sparkling water and as little as $0.83 per liter of fresh gourmet soda. (The glass carafe holds about 2/3 of a liter.) When applicable and depending on location and order size, shipping adds $0.02 to $0.06 per liter.
Why should I buy a home Sparkling Water maker?
Soda lovers can enjoy delicious, Better-for-you soda at home using a SodaStream Sparkling Water
People buy Sparkling Water for many reasons.
The most popular benefits include:
- Quick, convenient and easy to use
- Fresh, delicious Sparkling Water in seconds
- No more lugging heavy, bulky bottles and cans from the store
- No more storing cases of soda
- No more worries about running out of your favorite carbonated soft drinks
- Over 100 great-tasting flavors, including regular, diet and caffeine-free options
- Regular flavors have much less sugar, carbs and sodium than store-bought brands
- Diet flavors are sweetened with Splenda® and contain no aspartame
- Reusable BPA-free bottles and concentrated syrup cut down on recyclables and disposables, making an environmentally-friendly alternative to store-bought drinks
- No batteries, electricity or plumbing (PLAY, Source)
- Reliable and friendly service
- Money-back guarantee and three-year warranty
Customer Service and Order Information
Do you offer a money-back guarantee?
Yes! If you are not satisfied with your drinks maker for any reason, you may return it, postmarked within 30 days of date of purchase (please keep your dated receipts) for a full refund (less the value of free shipping for those customers who purchased a value package).
Do you offer a warranty?
Yes! SodaStream manufactures our home drink makers to exacting specifications and therefore we are able to offer a money-back satisfaction guarantee and warranty to our customers per country policy.
I have another brand of carbonating system but I would prefer to use your system. Do you have a trade-in program?
Yes! SodaStream offers a discount trade-in program for drinks makers purchased from other manufacturers.
What do I do when my carbonator is empty?
When your soda carbonator runs out of gas, order an EXCHANGE carbonator. SodaStream will collect your empty one and return it to our filling facility where we clean it, inspect it, and refill it. Carbonator exchanges and other soda-making supplies are available on our online stores with 24-hour secure ordering. You may also call our Customer Support Centers. Supplies are also available at SodaStream events or at SodaStream Authorized Dealer locations.
For more details on how to exchange your empty carbonator, visit your country’s SodaStream website
Operating Your Home Soda Maker
Can I add anything other than syrup?
Syrup and MyWater flavors have been specially formulated to work with your home soda maker. However, some SodaStream customers like to add fresh fruit juice to their fizzy water instead of syrup. This is perfectly fine - as long as you try this after the water has been carbonated. Mix it in a glass or pitcher for best results.
Can I carbonate drinks other than water?
No. Only water should be carbonated in the SodaStream drink makers. You risk damaging your drinks maker, not to mention making a big fizzy mess! The money-back guarantee and the warranty are both invalidated if you carbonate any liquid other than water in your drinks maker. Stick with plain cold water and adding any one of our fantastic flavors - after the water has been carbonated!
Can I re-fizz a drink that has gone flat?
If you're drinking plain soda, the answer is yes. However, if you already prepared a drink with soda syrup, the answer is no. Since only water can be carbonated in the homemade soda machine, you cannot re-carbonate once you've added syrup.
Do I need a special water system in order to use the product?
No. You may use any type of water that you typically drink at home. However, we do recommend using COLD water to achieve best results.
How can I tell if there is enough fizz in my water?
One of the great benefits of using a SodaStream drinks maker is that you control the level of fizz in your soft drinks. In general, you should press the carbonating button several times until you hear the LOUD BUZZ that indicates carbonation. Keep going until you achieve the level of fizz that you like! Three LOUD BUZZES provide average carbonation. Use one buzz for very light carbonation (good for fruit flavors) or five buzzes for strong carbonation (works well for colas and other dark syrups.)
How do I clean my home drinks maker?
The soda maker should be cleaned with a soft, damp cloth in lukewarm water using a non-abrasive cleanser if necessary. Be sure to remove the soda carbonator before cleansing. The machine and the PET bottles are not dishwasher-safe.
What kind of power source does the home drinks maker use?
SodaStream home drinks makers operate without batteries, electricity or plumbing, making them an energy-efficient home appliance and an ideal accessory to take on the road in your RV or onboard your boat. The carbonation in your soda is purely a result of the compressed gas stored in the SodaStream carbonator.
Soda Flavored Syrups and Carbonated Soft Drinks
Are your products allergen-free?
Our products are allergen-free. We define allergens as being: cereals containing gluten, seafood and shellfish, eggs, fish, peanuts, soy, milk, tree nuts, celery, mustard, and sesame seeds.
Are your products kosher?
SodaStream products are kosher (OU) certified. Also, please note that your carbonated drink maker can be used on the Sabbath. (PLAY only)
Do you have any caffeine-free flavors?
Yes! Lemon-Lime, Diet Lemon-Lime, Root Beer, Diet Root Beer, Ginger Ale, Diet Ginger Ale, Tonic, Diet Tonic, Diet Pink Grapefruit, Cranberry-Raspberry, Diet Cranberry-Raspberry, Cream Soda, Diet Cream Soda, Orange Soda and Diet Orange Soda have no caffeine. You may also want to try Caffeine-Free Diet Cola and Grape.
Does your tonic contain quinine?
Yes. SodaStream tonic contains 0.0857 grams of quinine per liter of finished drink. One serving (8oz.) contains 0.02 grams.
How do you sweeten your diet flavors?
Our diet flavors are sweetened with a blend of acesulfame K and sucralose, also known as Splenda®.
How do you sweeten your regular flavors?
Soda flavored syrups contain sugar (sucrose), not high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). We have chosen to formulate without high fructose corn syrup. The exception to this is Energy Drink, which indeed does contain fructose and dextrose, in addition to sucrose. In addition to sugar (sucrose), regular syrup flavors contain sucralose (Splenda® brand) and some also contain acesulfame potassium. If you have dietary concerns, please read the label of every SodaStream eco-friendly product before purchasing.
How long does the soda last before going flat?
The hermetic seal on the cap keeps your soda from going flat as quickly as ordinary store-bought beverages. If you make sure to close the cap tightly, and keep the bottle in the refrigerator, your SodaStream soda should remain fizzy and fresh for over a week.
How much syrup should I add to a bottle?
One of the best features of making soda at home is that you can control the level of flavor in your carbonated soft drinks. In general, use a capful of syrup for each liter of sparkling water. If you like it sweeter, add more! If you like it less sweet, use less.
I like flavored soda. Can I make this with a SodaStream machine?
Yes! Mywater flavorings are all-natural, unsweetened flavor essences for making flavored soda. Or, for sweetened flavors, try using a quarter-capful of any of our soda syrup flavors in each liter of soda for a very lightly flavored drink. (Fruit flavors work best.) Or try using fresh lemons, limes, oranges or berries to flavor your drink. Sophisticated, healthful and quite tasty!
I like very fizzy soda. Can I make this with a SodaStream machine?
One of the best benefits of making soda at home with a SodaStream drinks maker is that you control the "fizziness" of your carbonated soft drinks. When you're making soda: If you like very lightly carbonated soda, press the carbonating button until you hear just a single loud buzz. If you like extra-fizzy soda, keep going until you hear 5 buzzes. The amount of fizz your soda can hold is limited only by the laws of chemistry - after about 10 buzzes, you won't be able to inject any more fizz into the water.
Should I refrigerate syrup?
Unopened bottles of soda syrup do not require refrigeration, but we do recommend that you store unopened bottles in a cool dry place. For the coldest soda, we recommend storing opened bottles of syrup in the refrigerator.
What is the shelf life of syrup?
Typically, your soda syrup will arrive with 3-4 months prior to the “best before” date printed on the back of the label. Syrup is at peak drink ability before this date. However, when tightly closed and stored in a cool, dry place, syrup may be consumed for several months beyond the date on the label.
SodaStream Carbonating Bottles and Caps
Can I use a different kind of bottle?
Only SodaStream bottles are recommended for use with your soda maker. Damages caused by or during the use of non SodaStream bottles or Cylinders will not be covered by your warranty. SodaStream will not be responsible for any damage caused to products made by another company.
How do I clean my carbonating bottles?
Carbonating bottles may be cleaned in warm water with a bottle brush and regular dish-washing liquid if necessary. Please do not place carbonating bottles in the dishwasher, as exposure to extreme heat can weaken the integrity of the bottles. Other than our special dishwasher proof bottles. Bottles stay cleanest when immediately filled with fresh water and returned to your refrigerator. Plus, you'll always have cold water on hand when you're ready for your next bottle of soda!
I lost my bottle caps. Can I get replacements or use another one that fits?
You can, but the other bottle cap may not have the special rubber seal that helps keep SodaStream soda so fresh. Please call Customer Support for replacement caps, or add an extra set, or two to your next online order
Why does the carbonating bottle have an expiration date?
Since the bottle has to withstand recurring pressure from carbonation, it cannot be used forever. The expiration date on the bottle must be checked and new bottles purchased as soon as the former expires. The bottles must also be replaced if put in the dishwasher, exposed to a heat source, or if they have become scratched. All components of carbonating bottles are recyclable. Check with your local recycling authority for more information.
Can a different company's carbonator be used?
No, SodaStream provides a guarantee only for its own eco friendly products. We are not responsible for the products of any other company, which may damage the machine. Only SodaStream CO2 cylinders carrying identification and a nylon shrink wrap bearing the SodaStream brand name should be used.
Can I refill my own CO2 cylinders or have it refilled locally?
SodaStream licensed carbonators are filled with beverage-grade CO2 in compliance with exacting FDA standards for food and beverage safety. Your local filling station may not be in compliance with these standards and could possibly introduce toxins into your CO2. Furthermore, unauthorized filling machines may cause damage to the CO2 cylinders . Damaged soda CO2 cylinders will not be accepted for return by SodaStream. Any gas filling by parties other than SodaStream authorized filling stations violates the User License.
Can I take my carbonator on the plane?
Unless you are traveling in your own private jet, SodaStream advises against carrying carbonators on an airplane. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has restrictions that prohibit compressed gas cylinders in carry-on items as well as in checked baggage.
How often will I have to replace my CO2 cylinders ?
On average, the soda CO2 cylinders will make 60 or 130 liters of soda, depending on the size you have. This number could be more or less depending on the amount of carbonation used when making your drink. A household of four soda drinkers might need to replace a 130-liter cylinder every 3-4 months, and a 60-liter carbonator every 6-8 weeks, depending on usage.
How should the CO2 cylinders be stored?
The CO2 cylinders contains compressed carbon dioxide (CO2). Compressed gas has a tendency to expand when it is exposed to a source of heat for prolonged periods of time. Therefore, the CO2 cylinders must not be exposed to sources of heat (such as travel in the trunk of a car) or placed right next a heat source such as an oven, stove or fireplace. It is important to always store the CO2 cylinders unit in a cool and dry environment. Every cylinder is fitted with a unique safety valve which will safely release the gas in the unlikely event the pressure in the cylinder rises.
Is it safe to have a CO2 cylinder in my home or kitchen?
Absolutely. SodaStream CO2 cylinder are manufactured to exacting specifications that include many unique safety features to protect consumers. CO2 cylinder are safe at virtually any altitude (our customers in the Swiss Alps can attest to that!) and are specially equipped with a safety valve that will harmlessly release the gas in the unlikely event that the pressure within the cylinder rises above threshold levels. Please do not expose your CO2 cylinder to extreme heat (such as travel in the trunk of a car, or right next to an oven, stove or fireplace.) Please see above for more information on CO2 cylinder safety.
My CO2 cylinder is empty. Now what do I do?
Cylinder exchanges and other SodaStream making supplies are available in certain markets online via the website with 24-hour secure ordering. You may also call your local SodaStream Customer Support Center. Supplies are also available at SodaStream events or at SodaStream Authorized Dealer locations.
For more details on how to exchange your empty carbonator, visit your country’s SodaStream website.
What is the shelf life of the CO2 cylinder?
The CO2 cylinderhas no expiration date. As long as your CO2 cylinder is stored in a temperate environment, your CO2 will remain fresh and usable indefinitely, with no concern of spoilage.
Common Troubleshooting Tips
How do I know if the CO2 cylinder is empty?
There are a number of indications that show your CO2 cylinder is empty:
- When you press the carbonating button you will not see any gas going into your bottle of water
- Even after repeated presses you don't reach the 'buzzing' sound
- The carbonating button may stay down
- The carbonator splutters, showing you have run out of CO2
Please note: SodaStream recommends that you keep a spare CO2 cylinder in the cupboard so that when one cylinder runs out, you simply swap the empty cylinder for the full one. That way, you'll keep enjoying fresh, fizzy drinks and can return the empty CO2 cylinder as you order your next gas refill.
I hear gas escaping from the CO2 cylinder. Is this a problem?
Not at all. Normally after carbonating a bottle of water, there is a small amount of gas in the Sparkling Water Maker. The tilt of the bottle releases that gas as a safety measure. The amount of gas lost is not problematic, as this gas has already passed through the water as a part of the normal carbonation process.
If you hear gas escaping while you are carbonating your drink (i.e. while pressing the fizzing button) you may need to screw the CO2 cylindermore tightly to the Sparkling Water Maker. If the gas continues to escape continuously, this indicates that the sealing washer (the black rubber gasket inside the Sparkling Water Maker where the carbonator connects) is missing or damaged.
There is a spare washer located inside the Sparkling Water on some, but not all models. We recommend you replace the sealing washer in your Sparkling Water Maker every 18 months to 2 years. Additional spare washers are available through Sparkling Water Maker Customer Support.
I made Sparkling Water and it made a fizzy mess all over my counter. Why?
Make sure your carbonating bottle is filled just to the "Water Fill Line" indicator (the lower of the two pronounced ridges near the neck of the bottle.)
Other possible causes for overflow:
- Trying to fizz a liquid other than water
- Adding syrup to the bottle before attempting to fizz
- Not tilting the carbonating bottle when adding syrup flavoring
If you still have trouble with overflow after checking these tips, please contact Customer Support for advanced troubleshooting!
I press the carbonating button on my drink maker and nothing happens.
Usually this is a sign that there may be two sealer washers in the carbonating gasket head. The sealer washer is a small, black, O-shaped ring about ½" in diameter. To try and correct this problem, first remove the carbonator cover in back of the machine. Unscrew the CO2 cylinder from the fitting and lift the machine so you can see inside the gasket head. Using tweezers or a small screwdriver, attempt to remove the black rubber washer from the head. If there is a second one underneath it, you've just solved your problem! If not, please replace the washer in its original position and call Customer Support.
My Sparkling Water is not fizzy enough.
Flat water may indicate that you have not carbonated properly. After twisting the carbonating bottle into place, press the carbonating button ALL THE WAY DOWN in firm short bursts. You will hear a hissing sound at first. Continue to press the button in firm short bursts until you hear a LOUD BUZZ. The loud buzz indicates the first level of carbonation. Three loud buzzes will achieve average carbonation.
Another tip: Make sure you use very cold water for carbonation. Cold water (from the refrigerator) holds carbonation much better than cold water from the tap. We recommend keeping carbonating bottles full of water in your refrigerator so they are always ready to go when you want a fresh soda!
My Sparkling Water is not flavorful enough.
The SodaStream system is designed to allow users to choose how sweet and fizzy they want their drinks. If you have used the recommended amount of syrup in your drink, try adding a little more until you find the level of flavor you like best.
- Fill only to the level of the water fill line, indicated by the blue arrows near the neck of the carbonating bottle. Overfilling the carbonating bottle will result in a more diluted flavor
- Try a full cap of syrup -- or more -- if you like a stronger or sweeter flavor
- Shake well after adding syrup to ensure that the syrup mixes completely with the carbonated water