Sodastream Genesis Review


We are going to take a closer look at the Sodastream Genesis Home Soda Maker along with the pros and cons of this model.  Each of the different Sodastream models work in basically the same manner.  They also have the same overall features and benefits.  For this reason, I will not cover these items in my review of the Sodastream Genesis.  You can, however, find this information along with my detailed review of the product as a whole on my Sodastream Review Page.

Luke’s Sodastream Genesis Review:

Sodastream Genesis

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Most Sodastream Genesis Home Soda Maker Kits Include:

  • Sodastream Genesis Home Soda Maker Unit in Black/Silver or Red
  • 2 One Liter BPA-free Plastic Carbonating Bottles (Hand Wash Only)
  • 1 Refillable 60L Co2 Cartridge (Carbonator)


  • Ease of Use
  • Makes sparkling water/soda from tap water in under 30 seconds
  • No bulky bottles/cans to buy, carry or store
  • Drastically reduces waste and recycling of empty bottles or cans
  • No Batteries or Electricity required
  • Earth Friendly Manufacturing Process does not use any materials that produce BPA, Phthalates or PCBs
  • Compact Design takes up little counter space (5.2″W x 8″D x 16.4″H)
  • BPA-Free 1 Liter Plastic Bottles are safe for children
  • Hermetic Seal Caps keep soda fresher than store bought soda


  • Plastic Bottles must be hand washed
  • Plastic Bottles must be replaced every 2 Years
  • Sodastream Sodamix flavors don’t appeal to everyone

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Here is a quick Demonstration Video on the Sodastream Genesis I thought you might find helpful:

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 Tip: You may have noticed in the demonstration video above that the bottle was pulled forward after the water was carbonated.  This is an important tip that will prevent you from trying to unscrew a pressurized bottle from your Sodastream Genesis.  If you forget this tip, you’ll likely get splattered with a bit of carbonated water when you unscrew the bottle from the Sodastream Genesis unit.  If you didn’t take note of this, please watch the video once more.  You’ll see exactly what I’m talking about the second time through.

What I love about the Sodastream Genesis:

If you’ve read my other pages, you’ll know we give the Sodastream Genesis as gifts quite frequently.  Many of my readers often ask “Why do you own the Sodastream Penguin and Fountain Jet but give the Sodastream Genesis as gifts?”   I realize this may seem odd but there are several reasons.  Price is obviously a factor.  It’s not often you are going to fork out the cash for a Sodastream Penguin for your average friend or relative.  The Sodastream Genesis, however, is one of the least expensive Sodastream Models, the starter kit comes with enough goodies to get the average person started and it just looks nicer than the Sodastream Fizz.  The Sodatream Genesis is also easy to use and the BPA Free Plastic Bottles make it a great gift for friends and family with small children.  For the price, the Sodastream Genesis Starter Kit makes the perfect gift.

Other great features of the Sodastream Genesis are:

  • Convenient & Easy to Use
  • Easy to Maintain
  • Stylish Design available in Red or Black
  • Lightweight & Compact Design Allows Portability
  • Small Footprint Requires Little Space
  • Consistent Performance
  • BPA Free Carbonating Bottles Safe for Children

As I have mentioned before, the negative aspects of each model often come down to personal preference.  Items I view as negative are often viewed as positives for others.  With that said, here are the weaknesses of the Sodastream Genesis:

  • BPA Free Carbonating Bottles Must Be Hand Washed
  • BPA Free Carbonating Bottles Must Be Replaced Every 2 Years
  • Carbonator (Co2) Replacement Requires Separation of Top from Bottom
  • Carbonating Bottles Must Be Screwed Onto Unit

These negative aspects are based on my own personal preferences but most people are not bothered by them and will find the Sodastream Genesis to be a welcome addition to their kitchen.  If you wish to get away from these aspects, you best option would be to go with the Sodastream Penguin or Sodastream Crystal.  Otherwise, look at the features, design and function of each unit and based your decision on personal preferences.  If you select the model that most appeals to your personal preferences, you can’t go wrong.


Here is what other Sodastream Genesis users are saying:

Sodastream GenesisSimply Awesome! by Meekers: “Got this starter kit for my birthday and it’s simply awesome!…Healthier than sodas you will find in the stores…Saves space, Fresh, Energy Efficient, Tastes Great..Environmentally Friendly..doesn’t take up a lot of counter space.” – Read Meeker’ full review with additional Pros & Cons Here

Sodastream GenesisSodastream is great! by Jeff: “There isn’t a whole lot to say about this – it’s a very simple product that works extremely well.  The actual unit seems to be well built and looks great on my counter.  The soda it produces is nothing short of amazing!  It’s so funny to take filtered water and turn it into top quality soda in just a few seconds with so litter effort.  It’s so easy to control how carbonated you want it…and it holds its carbonation for a very long time in the included bottles…I ordered from Brookstone and have nothing but good things to say.  They called me the morning after I placed the order to confirm that I wanted additional bottles, because the starter kit already comes with two.  They didn’t have to do that…what can I say?  Extremely satisfied.” – Review condensed to save space – read the full review here

Sodastream GenesisAwesome and very convenient by Douglas: “I got this for Christmas and have been using it non-stop for over a month.  It is really easy to use and the diet sodas taste great.  At first, I wasn’t sure if I really wanted this thing, but now I couldn’t live without it.  I drink a lot of soda and realized how expensive they are at the grocery store…and how much work it is to lug a couple of 2 liters home every week.  With this thing, you just fill it up with water, carbonate and add flavor.  Also, since the bottles are 1 liter, they work better for me as they don’t end up getting flat before I finish them…it’s not expensive at all compared to buying Coke at the store.” – Read Douglas’ review and watch his video demonstration/review here.

Sodastream GenesisGreat for the right user by Stephen S: If you want carbonated water, the Genesis is terrific.  We have reduced the purchases of bottled water dramatically…You probably want to be sure there is a local dealer near you, so you can drop off the old charging canister and get a full one without using a delivery service…it will pay for itself quickly and reduce the use of nasty plastic bottles to buy municipal water at mineral springs prices.” – Review condensed to save space – read the full review here

Tip: Use this link to find local retailers that participate in the Carbonator (Co2 Cartridge) exchange

Sodastream GenesisMixed Bag by James W: “First of all, the positives, of which there are many.  It’s easy to assemble, easy to use & works like a charm.  If you’re after sparkling water, then this is the ticket for you.  Unfortunately, I’m not interested in sparkling water.  My passion is tonic water, so I was eager to try the tonic mix.  If you like Schweppes® Diet Tonic Water, then you’ll be pleased.  unfortunately, again, I do not like Diet Tonic Water.  I made a batch of the Dr. Pepper® substitute.  My better half said immediately, ‘It tastes like diet’.  Hummm…perhaps there’s a reason?” – Read original review here

Sodastream GenesisI love this thing! by Madoo: “My parents bought me one for Christmas.  I love this thing!!  Soda is a treat at my house but now it’s a very inexpensive and convenient one.  I have a child that is very sensitive to sugar so the diet options with Splenda® are great!  I have recommended this to quite a few people and have been asked to bring the unit to family get-togethers.  I’m impressed with how long the Co2 canister lasts as well.  We have been using it several times a week, 2 bottles at a time since early December and I have yet to need to exchange the canister.” – Review written 03/02/2011 – You can read the original review here. (Note to those outside the United States & Canada: Aspartame is used in other countries.  Please check ingredients in your area to confirm the use of artificial sweeteners).

Sodastream GenesisPop pop, fizz, fizz by My two cents worth: It took a little trial and error but now I make the perfect cola every time!  I filled the cap to the line and it was ok but had a little aftertaste.  I went online and people said add more but there was still an aftertaste.  So, I decided to try less and WOW!  Perfect diet cola!  No more trips to the store because we ran out of soda or have to return bottles.  No more flat soda.  We LOVE it! – Review paraphrased – read the full review here.


Sodastream Genesis Value Kits:

There are a couple of nice Value Kits for the Sodastream Genesis.  These kits offer a bundled option including additional items along with a $10 savings over purchasing items individually.  Many customers will find the Sodastream Genesis Value Kits to be the best option.



Sodastream Genesis Seltzer Value Kit

Sodastream Genesis Seltzer Value Kit Includes:

  • Sodastream Genesis Home Soda Maker
  • 3 60 Liter Carbonators
  • 3 BPA Free Carbonating Bottles

Sodastream Genesis Seltzer Value Kit Details




Sodastream Genesis Soda Value Kit

Sodastream Genesis Soda Value Kit Includes:

  • Sodastream Genesis Home Soda Maker
  • 2 60 Liter Carbonators
  • 3 BPA Free Carbonating Bottles
  • Sodastream Sodamix Variety Pack
  • 5 Sodastream Sodamix Bottles (your choice) – Each Bottle makes approximately 12 Liters of Soda

Sodastream Genesis Soda Value Kit Details


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Thank you for taking the time to visit my site and read my Sodastream Genesis Review.  It is my hope that you have found the information necessary to make an informed decision about the product.  If you have not already done so, please head over to my Sodastream Review page to read my review of the Sodastream Product as a whole.  I also recommend visiting my Sodastream Sodamix page to make sure you’ll be pleased with the Sodastream Flavors available.  If you still have questions after reviewing this page or have Sodastream Genesis specific questions I have not answered above, please feel free to leave a comment below or Contact Me privately.  I will do my best to answer your questions or point you in the right direction.  I wish you luck on your Sodastream Genesis Adventure.

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Sodastream Genesis Review4.4Luke2012-08-11 13:54:54 

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55 Responses to Sodastream Genesis Review
  1. Bill
    December 2, 2012 | 1:13 AM

    Genesis or Source????


    I simply just cannot decide on which one. Cost is a factor of course but here is my problem. I got a flyer in the mail from a retailer that offered the Source at MSRP but also offered a 20% off coupon (interesting). I went to the store this evening and saw the Genesis and they offered this deal for it $99 + a $10 visa gift card and the stuff you mentioned above (the two bottles and what not plus not one but TWO 12 pack samplers) (the Source had a 6 pack + an additional 12.

    Here is what I noticed the screw on bottles on the Genesis was interesting but you noted how much of a pain that it is (and probably so) The Source has the snap on feature. The co2 bottle you have to disassemble the unit on The Genesis (which I found rather tough to open but it was a display model) and looked pretty simple to snap in the bottle on the Source. You mentioned about the Fizz and i saw that the source has an led indicator for the carbonation. The sales lady told me all you have to do is push about three times on the Genesis and you have a fine result of the carbonated water (no gauges and no telling when the co2 would run out). On a family level its just me not paying $1.50 for a 20 oz bottle and the 2L fizz out after three days happy with the knock offs of coke, pepsi and dr pepper at the stores and with the 24 packs going up in prices makes sense for me to look at alternatives and when I saw this it really got me to thinking, people I talked to loved it and I do drink sodas so I am very curious as to these two. Now to update some of your previous notes I did see dishwasher 1L bottles for about $15 but noticed on the bottles they have a one year use date on them (unless this is excess store inventory then it makes sense). The replacement co2 are not a problem in my area but I just can’t yet decide the Genesis makes economical sense but as a newbie there are some pluses to the Source..what do you think?

    • Luke
      December 2, 2012 | 6:42 PM

      Hi Bill,

      I am sorry it took me a while to reply. Sunday is our “family day” here and I’ve been spending the day with the family. I noticed you had left a message and broke away for a while to try and answer your questions.

      If you are looking at the Sodastream Source or the Genesis, I would probably tell you to go with the Genesis. I have not been able to personally test the Source. I have seen it demonstrated and it looks slick but it is not a proven model yet and has a higher price point.

      The screw on bottles are difficult for me because I have arthritis in my hands and users with dexterity issues may find the screw on models a bit more challenging. If you don’t have this issue, the screw on bottles will not be a problem for you. It takes a few seconds longer to attach the bottle but that’s not a real issue for someone that doesn’t have trouble with their hands. Even with the issues with my hands, I have been able to use all the models; my hands just sometimes bother me when I do. Someone like my Mother, however, whose arthritis is more severe couldn’t use a model like the Genesis.

      The LED indicator on the Source sounds nice but as an experienced Sodastream user, I would end up ignoring it. You will learn through trial and error the carbonation levels you prefer regardless of what an LED indicator tells you. Since I have not tested the Source, I can’t comment on the accuracy of the LED but I can tell you on models like the Fizz it is my personal opinion that the indicator from the fizz chip promotes over carbonation causing you to go through more CO2 than you would if you judged carbonation based upon number of bursts and/or buzzes/whistles of the other models. These are just my opinion but remember, I’ve been using Sodastream products for over three years now. Perfectly carbonating a beverage comes second nature to me and it will for you too after a few weeks of use.

      Ultimately, you need to decide for yourself which model is best for you. Also keep in mind that Sodastream backs up their product. If you get one and are unhappy, you should be able to exchange or replace it without issue. Many visitors of this site have written in because they selected the wrong model and each reported back that either the retailer or Sodastream made things right.

      Good luck with your Sodastream adventure! Please come back and leave us an update and a review after you have used yours for a while. – Take good care, Luke

      • Bill
        December 2, 2012 | 7:55 PM

        sure will went with the Genesis because of the special deal I got on it :) I’ll write one up soon :)

        • Luke
          December 3, 2012 | 2:17 PM

          Thanks Bill & Congratulations! I think you’ll be pleased with the Genesis. I am looking forward to reading your review. – Take good care, Luke

          • Bill
            December 5, 2012 | 12:10 AM

            Genesis Review…..

            Well after a few days of debating it I decided to get the Genesis one mainly because of the deal that was just too good to pass up. 2 1 l bottles included 12 sampler pack bonus 12 sampler pack and a $10 visa gift card :) very much happy with that….

            Now then for the review….ripped the box open and started checking out the contents set up was well under five minutes (probably about two) and decided I would try the root beer (regular) with my reheated pizza. Started the fizz but didn’t hear that buzzing sound (strange) so I had to sample the carbonation in it after about 6 presses I was ok with the carbonation and started pouring in the root beer after swishing it around opened the cap again and noticed that it smelled like the root beer I had in fountain drinks (closely to A+W as a matter of fact) and tasted it yup it was root beer…:) because of the experiment the carbonation went out quick in it so I tried again with the Orange flavor drink this time just kept pressing until it would not dispense any more carbonation (at least 10 times) and got a better fizz this time I left the orange drink in the fridge overnight so I can have something to drink at work the next day. The next morning I decided to try the cola and this time I pressed hard and held it in and finally heard the buzz :) then two more presses and two more buzzes this time I KNEW it was carbonated right :) (especially pouring in the soda mix fizzing right to the top :) ) and left that in the fridge. The orange drink which I started the night before went to work with me and having a late lunch was ok and the Fizz was still there :) (and tasted pretty good too for I finished it all off after my lunch and drank it at my desk for the rest of my shift :). Got home and started on the cola and it was a little stronger tastes than the other two but I thought it was fine to me. Had a glass then put the rest in the fridge again overnight and took it to work with me today. The fizz was still strong and same routine went though lunch and had the rest at my desk afterwards and it kept the fizz throughout :). I normally drink a can or two at the most a day so its unlikely that this 1 L bottle will last a week anyway. Still have a lot of samples to try but I really want to try the tea one normally I brew the tea myself add the sugar and put it in a 2 gal container and drink that for dinner each night never had carbonated tea (that I know of) so it will be interesting to try that.

            So in the style of the review format Style/Design well the look is ok (guy look eh) and it was very easy to assemble so a solid 4 on this one. Easy of use? Despite the initial no buzzes it was still very very easy to use 5 solid. Construction Quality eh nothing but plastic but I guess its ok 4 stars. Durability well haven’t dropped it yer and haven’t broken anything on it eh 4. Perceived value? well seeing the deal I got on it 5 easy overall 4.4 or rounded to 4.5 works for me. Can’t give it a pure 5 especially with the no buzz when I first used it. But if this thing can keep up the taste and hopefully save me some money down the road on can purchases then I will be very happy.

            While I know it can go overnight, I have yet to try it to see if it can go three days on one type of drink. Like I said a week on a 1 L is impossible it will be gone within three but if it is still fizzy going into 3rd day thats a plus in itself for once I open a 2 L bottle what is not drunk by day three is thrown out.

            With the taste of it the ones I have tried so far I am very satisfied with so far and probably will try all 24 even if half of them are DIE to the T. Not sure how long the 60 L carbonator will last though if it goes a week I’ll be ok with it seeing how this will now replace my store can sodas. Will probably get the 1/2 L bottles for work and use the 2 1 L bottles for the home with one for the 1/2 L as a work refill each time.

            I do recommend the product time will tell if thsi turns out to be a good cost saving measure.

            • Luke
              December 6, 2012 | 6:18 PM

              Wow Bill! That’s quite the review!

              Thanks for taking the time to come back and leave us your impressions. Take a look at the Tiffany’s video on my Sodastream Fountain Jet page. She does a great job of demonstrating how to carbonate your beverages. I have found that quick short bursts of CO2 tends to carbonate much more effectively and efficiently than longer bursts. It make take a lot of presses to hear the buzz but this seems to agitate the water and better distribute the CO2 allowing you to get more fizz from less CO2. The difference is only slight, I’m sure, but it seems more effective.

              Thanks again for leaving your review. – Take good care, Luke

              • Bill
                December 7, 2012 | 9:19 PM

                Ok thanks Luke well the past few times one strong shot and its a buzz immediately. Just tried out the country time half and half. Its a totally different look on tea (never had carbonaited tea before). Last night I broke down and opened up one of my dr thunder soda cans and I noticed the taste difference immediately (sticking to sodastream now). My new challenge will be doing the 1/2 liter bottles especially with the sample packs (only use half of the pack) but one thing I also noticed is that after I take the water bottle out of the fridge I noticed that when I use the sodastream some solid co2 shows up in the drink. Still its a great product and I should of found this sooner but all is good :). Still planning to review the sample packs as well :)

  2. Rachel Perlow
    September 23, 2012 | 7:32 PM

    I just bought my Sodastream Genesis today. We had already decided to buy a Sodastream (we used to have a similar device but it broke about 10 years ago), but choosing which one was the hard part. I want to thank you Luke for this very thorough website. It really helped in my decision making process.

    I wanted to let everyone know that I found the best deal for buying the Genesis was at Bed Bath & Beyond. In addition to a 20% off one item coupon, which gave me the Genesis for $79.99, they are also displaying a rebate for $10. This is the basic kit which comes with 1 carbonator, 2 bottles and the sample pack of flavors.

    In addition, I had a $25 off $125 purchase (can purchase multiple items), so I used that to get an extra carbonator, extra bottles, My water variety pack and a bakers dozen of various sodamixes. Again, thanks to the reviews on this site, I knew I wanted extras of the Cola Free (love Coke Zero) and Diet Pink Grapefruit, and skipped the regular Diet Cola.

    • Luke
      September 24, 2012 | 5:57 PM

      Rachel, Thank you for all your messages, comments and review of the Sodastream Genesis. Congratulations on your new Sodastream. I think you will be pleased with this model and you got a really good deal based on your strategic shopping. I had shared the rebate on our Facebook page but BB&B is always pretty good about making all rebates available to their customers. Please feel free to come back and leave a reply to your initial review after you have used the Genesis for a while. Thanks again for the messages, comments and review. – Take good care, Luke

  3. Gary
    April 11, 2012 | 3:04 PM

    I just got a Genesis for my birthday, and I love it. I’m trying all different flavors and combinations, but, I was just wondering…has anybody tried this with still wine. I figure you could make yourself a good batch of “sparkling wine” or “champagne” with a light carbonation…any thoughts?

    • Luke
      April 11, 2012 | 6:29 PM

      Hi Gary, Thanks for visiting the site and leaving your comments. I am happy to hear you love your Sodastream Genesis. If you have a moment, leave another comment with your Sodastream Genesis Review by clicking on the star ratings below the comment form and enter some more detailed comments about your experience using this model.

      You are not the first person to ask about carbonating wine. Sodastream warns against carbonating anything other than water with the Sodastream and will void your warranty if you do. Some Sodastream users have written in to chastise me for not providing information about how to carbonate other things and claim they have done so successfully. However, I will not promote using the Sodastream in a manner that voids your warranty. If you are dead set on carbonating wine, check out this article on Wine Without BS. If you decide to give it a try, remember it is at your own risk.

      Thanks again for your comment – Take good care, Luke

  4. Bill Pasnau
    April 3, 2012 | 12:34 PM

    Hey Luke,

    Thanks so much for all the information. I’ve been trying to decide on whether or not a Soadstream would be a good purchase for close to a year and a half now – so glad I found your site.

    I was going to get the Fizz, but man… has anyone bought that model and NOT had the chip malfunction or the battery die? I’ve yet to see a single reviewer stick up for it and say it’s a good bet.

    I’m sure you have information on your site about this, but my largest concern about Sodastream is still the CO2 refills. I want to make sure I’m getting the best deal possible on them, and I’m wondering if there are any “generic” (do they have generic CO2 out there???) options available?

    PS – I saw you mention on another page that you like the time stamp method for your updates, but it might cause readers to miss an update and they make a decision based on a former opinion. The timestamp does look great, but you’re right. I almost missed your update on the Fizz after dealing with customer service about the chips. You might want to just include a link that will drop the reader down to the appropriate section on the page, so you can type “Here’s what I think about the Genesis… [UPDATE]” and if you click “[UPDATE]” it drops you down to where you’re like “Yeah actually… 3.5 is all the stars they’re getting out of me”.

    If that helps.

    I just ordered the Genesis, I’ll let you know how I like it once I’ve been using it for a bit! Thanks for supplying in 1 hour of reading what I wasn’t able to do in a year and a half…

    Bill Pasnau

    • Luke
      April 3, 2012 | 6:36 PM

      Bill, Thank you for visiting the site and taking the time to leave your comments on my Sodastream Genesis page. I am glad you found the site helpful and obtained the information you needed. I had the same experience when I attempted my research, which is why I launched the site.

      I am glad you caught the updates on the Fizz before making your decision. I’ve added a link per your suggestion to point out the updates and make them more visible. Sometimes, it is the simple things we overlook. I’ll be updating that page shortly as it seems we have finally identified all the flaws with the fizz. I have had some Fizz owners write in to state they were pleased with their choice but you are correct, none have been willing to defend the Fizz publicly on my site.

      As to your question about “generic” CO2. The price for exchanges is pretty much fixed. You can expect to pay $14.99 per exchange for the 60L Sodastream Carbonator used by the Sodastream Genesis. There is no “generic carbonator” I am aware of that will fit the Sodastream. Others have found unique ways to purchase adapters and fittings to fill the tanks themselves or adapt their Sodastream to accept larger CO2 tanks. I caution against this as the only verified accidents I have seen with a Sodastream involved these setups. You also want to make sure you are purchasing “Food Grade” CO2 that is free from impurities. Many argue you can save money by getting your carbonators refilled at places that fill Paint Ball CO2 canisters but this is not Food Grade CO2 and can contain additional impurities and lubricants. Saving a few bucks isn’t worth the potential injuries or health risks in my opinion. I will say I am currently researching safe options and alternatives for CO2 refills. Once I have completed my research and have enough information, I’ll be adding another page dedicated to this topic.

      I think you will be pleased with your choice and I’m looking forward to your Sodastream Genesis Review once you have tested it out. Until then, take good care. – Luke

  5. Lynette Blanchard
    March 13, 2012 | 9:45 AM

    1st: Thank you for your reviews. With all of the information you provide it helped me make my decision. A local store advertised the Genesis and the Fizz, I found your site (AWESOME) and decided on the Genesis. We’ve had it for about a week, LOVE IT!!! My husband and adult children are having a blast trying the sample flavors and deciding which ones to purchase full size and like you said it’s trial and error on how much carbonation and syrup to use. Thank you so much for all of your information.

    • Luke
      March 13, 2012 | 1:02 PM

      Lynette, Thank you for visiting the site and leaving your Sodastream Genesis Review. I am happy to hear you found my site helpful. Thank you for taking the time to come back and leave your review. It is most appreciated! – Take care, Luke

  6. Kim
    January 26, 2012 | 10:44 PM

    I just received my Sodastream Genesis for Christmas. We love the flavors in a our sampler pack that we have tried so far, but we seem to be having trouble with the carbonation. The guide says 3 bursts for normal carbonation, but even after 15 pushes of the button our soda does not seem to have that much carbonation. How many pushes/bursts does it take to match the carbonation of a store bought soda or is my unit defective?

    • Luke
      January 26, 2012 | 11:10 PM

      Hi Kim, Thanks for visiting my site and leaving your Sodastream Genesis question. Don’t think of “bursts” or “pushes of the button” when it comes to carbonating. Think of carbonating in terms of “buzzes” with the Sodastream Genesis. Press the button in short controlled bursts of carbonation to agitate the water and distribute the Co2. Don’t worry about how many times you are pressing the button just wait until you hear the “buzz”. That buzz, by the way, sounds nothing like a buzz but you’ll know it when you hear it. You want to make your Sodastream Genesis buzz three times. Use this as your starting point and adjust the number of buzzes (more or less) to your liking. For additional help, jump over to my Sodastream Fountain Jet page and watch Tiffany’s review/demonstration video. She does a great job of showing you how to properly carbonate your beverages. Thanks again for visiting the site. – Take care, Luke

  7. Jayne
    January 24, 2012 | 4:00 PM

    We bought our sodastream a month ago. we do love it. but we have gone thru three co2tanks already. we now have a 20lb tank with a conversion tank to fill our own. thou that has not been cheap it will be a huge savings once we catch up on the cost. with the cost of the syrups I really wouldnt say it is a huge money saver. but we are thrilled to not have all those cans and bottles to return. and it is nice to be able to make a different flavor when ever you want. I’m ready to start expermenting with making my own flavors and trying more fruit drinks. thanks for your time in getting this infor out to so many people.

    • Luke
      January 25, 2012 | 5:00 PM

      Jayne, Thank you for visiting the site and for leaving your comments about the Sodastream Genesis. Wow! Three carbonators in a month? You’re either making tons of soda or you are making all your beverages extremely carbonated. I have heard others talk about using larger tanks to refill their carbonators. Please be extremely careful with this. I have seen a couple of articles about folks injured while attempting to fill carbonators themselves. I would hate for anyone to get injured for sparkling water or soda.

      It is quite nice to make any flavor you want on a whim without fear of wasting soda or having it go flat before you drink it. I think you will enjoy making your own flavors. This opened up a whole new world of beverages to my family and we find we do this more than anything else these days. Andrew Schloss’ book Homemade Soda Recipes got us started. I think we will see even more recipe books in the near future. Thanks again for your comments. Enjoy your Sodastream Genesis. – Take good care, Luke

  8. Gayla
    January 22, 2012 | 2:24 PM

    Luke, I want to thank you for your unbiased reviews of the SodaStream machines. We took the plunge, and bought the Genesis about a month ago. We couldn’t be happier with the machine nor the results. The entire family is so pleased with the ease of making fresh soda, as well as the taste of the soda flavors. Again, thank you for your review site. It made the decision making process so much easier!

    • Luke
      January 22, 2012 | 5:33 PM

      Hi Gayla, Thank you for taking the time to leave your Sodastream Genesis Review. I am happy to hear the site helped you in making your decision and that you are pleased with the Sodastream Genesis. Thanks again for leaving your review. – Take good care, Luke

  9. Mike
    January 15, 2012 | 8:06 AM

    I received mine for Christmas last year (2010), have been using constantly and average about 50 1 liter bottles per CO2 cartridge. Our recycling is down about 50% when it comes to plastic bottles. My favorite flavors are the diet pink grapefruit and the diet orange. With my usage, I believe it has more than paid for itself after the first 6 months of usage. I must admit, I cannot think of a negative.

    • Luke
      January 16, 2012 | 8:40 AM

      Hi Mike, Thanks for visiting the site and leaving your Sodastream Genesis Review. – Luke

  10. Dan
    January 9, 2012 | 7:22 PM

    Hey Luke!
    Great site with tons of great information. I am a Coke addict, and have been for many years. I know all of the health issues and environmental issues, but I just can’t get enough. I’ve always wondered about these machines, but never moved on them??? Well I finally got the Genesis and I LOVE IT! The biggest advantage for me is the sugar aspect vs. HFCS. I’m Canadian and moved here to the States about 4 years ago. As I said, I’m a Coke addict, so when I moved here all I can get is the HFCS as they don’t use real sugar here. I also HATE Diet Pop as it uses aspertame and I can’t stand the taste, so this is another huge advantage for me! So again, I’m loving my new machine! Easy, cheap, great tasting drinks, my kids love it and I now have an alternative to my bad boy days of Coke!

    • Luke
      January 9, 2012 | 9:47 PM

      Hi Dan, Thanks for leaving your Sodastream Genesis Review! I am happy to hear you love your Sodastream Genesis. If you have the chance, let me know which Sodastream Flavors you are using. Is it the Sodastream Sodamix or the Sodastream Sparkling Naturals? The reason I ask is because you specifically mentioned the sugar and your dislike for diet pop. I am guessing you are using the Sodastream Sparkling Naturals but thought I would check. Other visitors of my site would probably like to know as well. Thanks again for taking the time to leave your Sodastream Genesis Review. I wish you the best of luck in your Sodastream Adventures. – Take good care, Luke

  11. Dana
    January 8, 2012 | 7:14 PM

    I love my new soda machine!!! Have been enjoying trying different flavors and seeing what ratio of carb and flavor I like. I ventured out and bought the flavored water pack to try and I have to say it is HORRIBLE!!!! Tastes like salt water and is just terrible, i am going to take them back to the store. I can not see paying 10 dollars for something I hate. Anyone else have bad luck with the water flavors?

    • Luke
      January 9, 2012 | 5:29 PM

      Dana, Thanks for visiting the site and leaving your Sodastream Genesis Review. The Sodastream MyWater Flavors seem to be one of those things people either love or hate. I don’t personally care for them all that much and prefer to flavor my sparkling water with fresh fruit and juices. Lately, I have been experimenting with infused water and am very pleased with the results. Keep in mind, you are not locked into using just the Sodastream flavorings. You can add any water flavorings you like to the carbonated sparkling water. Thanks again for leaving your Sodastream Genesis Review. – Take good care, Luke

  12. Don Massi
    January 1, 2012 | 12:48 AM

    Just wanted to say your site was extremely valuable in researching Sodastream before I purchased one. I must say I am very, very happy with my new Sodastream Genesis. My wife actually got it for me for Christmas (thanks honey!) but I had checked it out first. I guess I’ve made 5 or 6 bottles of soda already and they’ve all tasted great! The Genesis does just what you said it does and I’ve had no problems at all.
    So far my favorite flavor is the Pink Grapefruit from the Sparkling Naturals line. This could be the best soda I’ve ever had!
    I liked the the regular cola, not great, but not bad, but I think I’ll try the Sparkling Natural cola next.
    I also really liked the Energy drink flavor. Do you know if this is supposed to give you a burst of energy like the real thing, or does it just copy the taste?
    Anyway, rest assured I’ll continue to read (and enjoy) your site and recommend it to all my friends and family who suddenly want to get a Sodastream for themselves.

    Don Massi

    • Luke
      January 3, 2012 | 10:44 AM

      Hi Don, Thanks for taking the time to leave your Sodastream Genesis Review and for your kind words. I am glad you have found some value in the site and I was able to help. I have to agree with your opinion of the Sparkling Naturals Pink Grapefruit. This flavor was a complete surprise to me and is my absolute favorite of all the Sodastream Flavors. You will have to let me know what you think of the Sparkling Naturals Cola, I have not tried that flavor yet. As for the Energy Drink flavor, it is just supposed to taste like the real thing. If you look at the ingredient list, you’ll quickly realize there is no way for it to deliver the same punch as say a regular Red Bull. There is just too much missing in the ingredients. Still, some people just like the taste and others use it as a mixer and may not mind the difference in ingredients. You will need to stick with the real thing if you are looking for the kick. Thanks again for the kind words and your review. They are both appreciated. – Take good care, Luke

      • Rachel Perlow
        September 23, 2012 | 5:14 PM

        Re: Engergy

        It may not have all the ingredients of Red Bull, but it does have “High Caffeine” and various vitamins. I’m not a Red Bull drinker, so I can’t compare the labels or taste, but if you’re mostly looking for the caffeine kick, there you go.

  13. EdithAnn
    December 30, 2011 | 1:21 PM

    My friend was given a Genesis as a gift and brought it to my house to try out as a fun activity with me and my children. She had picked up a bottle of Fountain Mist flavor syrup, thinking it would be the equivalent of Sierra Mist or other name brand lemon lime soda. Once we read through the directions, made our first bottle of soda and tried it, we realized that Sodastream Fountain Mist flavor is equivalent to Diet Mt Dew. We were a little disappointed, as were my children, because they are not allowed to have caffeine, but it was our own fault for not reading the label completely before using. That small thing aside, my family and I LOVE the Genesis! It is very easy to use and takes up very little room on my counter. We haven’t had a bottle of soda go flat before we finish the whole liter either-another major plus. As I said, this is my friend’s machine, but I don’t want to give it back.

    • Luke
      December 30, 2011 | 1:30 PM

      Greetings EdithAnn, Thanks for visiting the site and for leaving your own Sodastream Genesis Review. It was the Lemon Lime you and your friend were looking for when you picked up the Fountain Mist but I can understand how you were mislead by the name. I almost made the same mistake my first time picking up Sodastream Flavors. I can’t blame you for not wanting to give the Genesis back. Perhaps you should hold it hostage in exchange for a Sodastream of your own. Thanks again for leaving your Sodastream Genesis Review. – Take good care, Luke

  14. joe
    December 20, 2011 | 4:49 PM

    Hey Luke/others, nice job with your site. I just bought the Genesis to give as a present and am curious to see to what degree my girlfriend adopts its use to replace her latest “kicks” of Vitamin Water, Trop50, and previously, Diet Pepsi. I haven’t gotten through all of your site, but want to offer that users turned off by the sucralose-based Sodamixes might try Stevia as a natural, healthy sweetener alternative.

    • Luke
      December 20, 2011 | 4:58 PM

      Hi Joe, Thanks for visiting the site and taking the time to leave your comment. You’ll have to ask your girlfriend to come back to the site after she begins using her Sodastream Genesis to leave a review and let us know what she thinks. It is funny you mentioned Trop50. It used to be one of my favorites as well. Now, I use regular Tropicana Pure Premium and dilute it with sparkling water from the Sodastream. It is quite tasty. Using Stevia is an excellent idea especially for use with homemade soda recipes. We have played around with using both Stevia and Splenda in our homemade sodas to reduce calories and have been pleased with the results. Thanks again for your comment. Happy Holidays, Luke

  15. Kris Bradner
    September 14, 2011 | 11:40 PM

    Luke – thank you so much for your site! My cousin and a couple of her friends have the Sodastream and I was envious of their constant supply of fresh soda water! I was unsure which one to purchase for myself until I discovered your website. After reading your reviews, I settled on the Sodastream Genesis and love it! I got the value pack that included the syrups, but am not a big pop drinker and do not like artificial sweeteners (I did try them out on some kids and they really liked them). However, I am enjoy drinking the seltzer water whenever I want it and have been trying out the mywater flavors (pretty good). Think I will buy Andrew Schloss Homemade soda book and do a little experimenting. Thanks again for your help.

    • Luke
      September 15, 2011 | 9:21 AM

      Hi Kris, Thanks for visiting the site and taking the time to leave your comments. I am very please to hear you are happy with your Sodastream Genesis. In a perfect world, Schloss’ Homemade Soda Recipes book would be included in the box with every Sodastream. Of course, this will never happen but the book is an excellent companion to the sodastream. You will be happy to know that Schloss does not recommend the use of artificial sweeteners in his book. Just remember to follow the directions that say “To Mix With Seltzer”. Thanks again for taking the time to leave a comment. I wish you the best of success with your Sodastream Genesis.

  16. Mark Fisher
    September 6, 2011 | 8:51 PM

    I’ve been using the Sodastream almost nightly to make carbonated water. Lately, the sound blasts have gotten weaker, and there is a slight leak around where the bottle mouth is inserted into the Sodastream. Is this a sign that I need a new washer, and if so how do I insert it?

    • Luke
      September 6, 2011 | 10:20 PM

      Hi Mark, Thanks for taking the time to leave a comment. I hate to hear that you may be experiencing a problem with your Sodastream Genesis. How long have you had it?

      Sodastream recommends replacing the sealing washer (black rubber washer where the carbonator connects to the unit) every 18 to 24 months with normal use. You can damage the washer by over tightening the carbonator which may require you replace the washer before the usual time. Some of the units are shipped with an extra washer but not all. If yours doesn’t have an extra washer, they can be ordered directly from Sodastream. They are fairly easy to replace using a pair of tweezers. However, I am not sure this is your problem based upon your description above.

      It sounds like you are describing a leak where the bottle, not the carbonator, connects to the unit. I’m not overly concerned about the change in the sound of the Buzz as this is fairly typical as the unit breaks in. The sound on both my Sodastream Penguin and Sodastream Fountain Jet changed as the units broke in. You will also notice a change in sound with different carbonators that you use from the exchange program. This is normal and shouldn’t cause concern as the unit will still carbonate properly. What concerns me is the leak you mention.

      The first thing I would suggest is inspecting the bottles to make sure they are not damaged. If you have run them through the dishwasher, damaged the threads or compromised the integrity of the bottles seal to the unit in any way, this could cause the leak you are mentioning. However, I have had one other person report a leak on the Sodastream Genesis in this same location. Her bottles were fine and I referred her to Sodastream’s customer service. They determined the unit was defective and exchanged the unit.

      If there is nothing wrong with the bottles, I would suggest reading through the troubleshooting section on the main Sodastream FAQ page, Sodastream FAQ (Common Trouble Shooting Tips # 2 & #4 just to make sure we are diagnosing the problem correctly. If this does not solve your problem, I would recommend giving Sodastream a call directly and requesting their assistance. If you are in the US, you can reach them at 1-800-763-2258 or you can use their contact form at

      I wish you the best of luck in diagnosing and solving the problem. Please come back and leave a reply comment to let us know what you discover and how Sodastream handles it. Thanks again for leaving your comment. Take good care, Luke

    • lee
      January 23, 2012 | 9:57 PM

      i had the exact same problem as Mark — water leaking rather badly at the point where the bottle is inserted in to the unit, and as a result the carbonation process was not working (never got the buzz sound). i called the 800 support number, and they were more than happy to replace the unit for no charge. they shipped me a new unit along with a pre-paid box to ship the malfunctioning unit back to them. i got the replacement in a week, and am now back in business.

      the SodaStream is a great product, and on top of that, the company has great service! a very rare combination these days, that’s for sure.

      • Luke
        January 23, 2012 | 10:21 PM

        Lee, Thanks for taking the time to leave your comment on the Sodastream Genesis. You’re right; finding a great product with a company that provides excellent service is a very rare combination these days. I have been very impressed with how they handle their customers. I hate to hear you experienced a problem with your Sodastream Genesis but it is nice to hear they handled it to your satisfaction. Thanks again for the comment. – Take care, Luke

  17. Melinda
    July 19, 2011 | 11:25 PM

    Yours is the only site I’ve found that shares so much information and gives people everything they need to figure out if Sodastream is right for them. I’m commenting here because I’ve decided to get the Sodastream Genesis. I would love to get the penguin but I can’t justify spending that much. Maybe once I’ve saved some money I’ll get one and take the Genesis to work. I spend far too much on drinks out of the machine but I’m hoping I’ll stick with making my drinks at home and taking them with me. I guess we’ll see. Thanks again for all the info. You’ve really helped me out.

    • Luke
      July 20, 2011 | 2:50 PM

      Melinda, Congratulations on your decision to get the Sodastream Genesis. I think you will be very pleased with it. Please feel free to come back and leave a review after you’ve used it for a while. Take good care, Luke

  18. Meg
    July 15, 2011 | 6:13 PM

    I’m a sodastream genesis owner (got it as a xmas gift) and I’d agree with the review. It isn’t the nicest sodastream out there but hey, it was free for me and it does the job. I honestly didn’t know what I was going to do with it. It sat in the box for two months before I opened it. It wasn’t until I cleaned out the closet that I figured I’d better give it away or use it. I tried it and loved it. Hard to believe I thought it was junk when I got it. I drink a lot of sparkling water which I no longer have to buy. The genesis is saving me tons of cash and I don’t have to feel guilty putting a mountain of bottles in the trash. I don’t drink a lot of pop but I like the sodastream pop. It’s better for me ’cause I decide how much syrup to use. Most pop has too much syrup for my taste. The sodastream pop I make is the only pop I drink now. I would I recommend the sodastream genesis to anyone that drinks a lot of sparkling water or pop. I would suggest an extra bottle or two though.

    • Luke
      July 15, 2011 | 6:42 PM

      Hey Meg, Thanks for taking the time to leaver your impressions of the Sodastream Genesis.

  19. Norris
    July 15, 2011 | 8:56 AM

    I have been using the sodastream genesis since it first came out. I was considering letting our son take it to college this fall and replacing it with the sodastream fizz. I came across your site in my research and noticed you ask others to comment with their experience. Your assessment of the sodastream genesis is astonishingly accurate. Some of your points actually make me appreciate it more. It has been a great soda maker. WWe weren’t crazy about some of the flavors at first but there is something to be said for having perfectly made soda all the time and now find we’re disappointed with anything else. Now that we know how to make the perfect soda, we notice when we get one that wasn’t made correctly. The sodastream will spoil you for other soft drinks but it is well worth the sacrifice.

    • Luke
      July 15, 2011 | 6:38 PM

      Thanks for leaving your comments about the Sodastream Genesis Norris!

  20. ping
    July 15, 2011 | 3:37 AM

    Sorry my english not so good but me want to talk on sodastream genesis for you. Your site is good. I use google translate to help your writing and I think you do good speak on product. I have genesis and like very much for make good drink all the time. You get sodastream genesis you like very much. Sorry my english not so good.

    • Luke
      July 15, 2011 | 6:47 PM

      Ping, Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments. Google Translate is a great little tool. I use it all the time too. Thanks for visiting my site.- Luke

  21. Ginger
    July 6, 2011 | 9:15 PM

    Can you explain why you say the Genesis is nicer than the Fountain Jet? What features are nicer? It seems that the Fountain Jet may be a better deal, because you can use the larger CO2 canister, so it doesn’t need to be changed as often. The price is less, but does that mean it’s not as good? Any advice you can give is greatly appreciated.

    • Luke
      July 6, 2011 | 10:08 PM

      Hi Ginger, Thank you for your question. Please keep in mind that much of this is subjective based upon personal preferences and your preferences may be different than mine. As far as the process of making soda, either the Fountain Jet or Genesis will do just fine. With that said, however, I’ve used both the Genesis and Fountain Jet extensively and my personal preference is for the Sodastream Genesis. In fact, I give the Sodastream Genesis as gifts quite frequently.

      First, the Sodastream Genesis is just easier for me to use. My Fountain Jet feels a bit bulky, clunky and awkward. The action of pressing and holding the front of the unit while I attach and detach the carbonating bottles took a bit of getting used to. The Genesis by comparison is much easier for me to use and I’ve noticed the children have an easier time with it as well. Little effort is required to attach and remove the carbonating bottles with the Genesis. If you don’t have any dexterity or arthritis issues with your hands, however, this may not be an issue for you. The other reason I prefer the Genesis is for the difference in cost, it is a much nicer looking unit. I wouldn’t mind having the Sodastream Genesis sitting it on my kitchen counter where I would likely hide the Fountain Jet in a kitchen cabinet. Since the Fountain Jet is for my office, I don’t really care what it looks like but if I had it to do over, I would have gotten the Genesis for the ease of use alone.

      The Fountain Jet can accommodate the larger 130 Liter Carbonator but before count on using it, you should check your local market to make sure you have a retailer that participates in the 130L Carbonator Exchange. While I have several choices here to exchange the 60 Liter Carbonator, I don’t have a single retailer that will exchange the 130 Liter Carbonator. For this reason, I use the 60 Liter Carbonator in both my Sodastream Penguin and the Fountain Jet I keep at the office.

      I hope my reply has answered your questions. Again, much of this is subjective based on personal preference. What’s important to me (ease of use, style, design, etc.) may not be important to you. Thanks again for posting your question. If you still have questions, feel free to use the Contact Me feature of the website to contact me privately. I would be more than happy to discuss this with you further. – Take good care, Luke

  22. Wade
    July 4, 2011 | 8:34 AM

    Hi, Just wondering why you give the Sodastream Genesis as gifts but don’t use it yourself. Is it because of price or is there another reason?

    • Luke
      July 5, 2011 | 12:30 PM

      Hi Wade, Thanks for your question. I actually get this question often and will probably include it in my upcoming FAQ page. I give the Sodastream Genesis as gifts so often for a few reasons. It is a bit nicer than the Sodastram Fountain Jet but not as expensive as the Fizz, Pure, Crystal or Penguin. Most of the friends and family I have given this to have young children. Kids just love using the Sodastream Genesis and the BPA Free Plastic Bottles are safe for them to use. Overall, it is just a good unit at a fair price point that fits well with my friends/family that have kids. Let me know if you have any other questions. – Take good care, Luke

  23. maggie
    June 20, 2011 | 10:05 AM

    We are loving it! Could not be easier to use. We only have soda in the house for company and it often sits in the fridge for months unopened because we over bought or the leftovers go to waste. Now we can make it as needed. It’s so convenient and fun to use. Still haven’t tried all flavors but the cola is good and the sparkling water flavors are great!

    • Luke
      June 20, 2011 | 11:50 AM

      Maggie, Thank you for taking the time to leave your comments. I am happy to hear you love your Sodastream Genesis. I remember the pain of stocking soda for company very well. It consumed tons of space and there was always wasted soda. Now, thanks to our Sodastream, we just stock a variety of Sodastream Flavors. Our guests love using our Sodastream to make their own soda and there is never any waste. Sodastream just makes life easier. Thanks again for leaving your comments. Take good care, Luke

  24. Austin
    April 30, 2011 | 2:08 PM

    Just had to say I love your site. Your passion shows through in every word you write but you remain objective…that isn’t easy to do! I like how you have all the different versions of the sodastream on your site. This is the only site I found that let me compare them all. Looks like the genesis is the sodastream for me. Thanks for helping me figure that out!