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Last updated: 10 October 2022


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Give your water an extra sparkle at home with a soda maker. Our experts review soda makers from brands including SodaStream, SodaKing, Philips and Aarke to see how easy they are to operate and how well they work.

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Our tests results show you which soda makers:

  • are the easiest to use when installing and removing gas canisters
  • have less water spillage
  • are the easiest to carbonate
  • have consistent carbonation controls.
  • We also calculate weight and dimensions and note any other interesting features.

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      Manual or electric

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      Manual machines don't usually need to be plugged in. Electric machines typically have automatic, pre-set carbonation levels.

        Ease of use score

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        Includes ease of installing/removing CO2 cylinder and drinking bottle, ease of controls, using supplied bottle, water spillage, ease of cleaning and cylinder replacement program.

        enter value/s in increments of i between 61 and 88

        Performance score

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        We test if machines can achieve a low, medium and high level of carbonation using the automatic or manual settings, as well as consistency of carbonation.

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        Carbonisation mechanism

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        Mechanical models may use a button or a lever.

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          • Bottle type
          • Recommended
          • Type
          • Overall score
          • Calculated cost per litre
          • Performance score
          • Ease of use score
          • Calculated litres per cylinder
          • Carbonisation level control score
          • Controls score
          • Core material
          • CO2 canister type
          • Carbonisation type
          • Bottle capacity
          • Weight excluding bottle
          • Dimensions
          • Depth
          • Drip tray
          • Good points
          • Bad points
          • Other comments
          • Included bottle cylinder
          • Installing and removing bottle score
          • Installing CO2 canister score
          • Water spillage score
          • Measured wattage
          • Operating light
          • Pre-set carbonisation levels
          • Warranty yrs
          • Origin
          • Price
          • Width
          • Height


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