- Easy to clean
- Easy to use
- Durable all-metal design
- A bit pricey
- The process is slow
- To big
Some say commercial soda and sparkling water are bad for us, others include them in exclusive diets. If you like sparking water, we found a solution that will make you stop buying it from supermarkets, and start producing it on your own. This amazing alternative is a home sparkling beverage maker. When you make your own sparkling water (or other beverages for that matter), you are in full control over the ingredients used in the process. Another favorable argument that we found for this product is the fact that it is environmentally-responsible. In this way, you reduce the number of bottles and cans you must recycle, avoiding exposure to potentially-toxic chemicals usually found in plastic soda containers. One of the most popular products of this kind is KitchenAid KSS1121CU Sparkling Beverage Maker an premium counter-top soda maker that was created in collaboration with SodaStream International. We tested it and now we have a good idea over what’s good and what’s wrong in interesting product. We hope you’ll have one too by the time you reach the end of this review.
|Dimensions||11 x 7.9 x 17.9 inches|
|CO2 tank size||60 liters|
|Price||The list price is around $300, but occasionally you can find it at a cheaper rate.|
If you are looking for a fresh beverage and you want to save some money, the KitchenAid KSS1121CU is a great product. It’s very easy to use, you only have to fill the bottle of water with which the product comes along, and you can choose from 4 levels the carbonation that you desire the most. To make it more interesting, you can add flavors to your carbonated water, or you can enjoy it just as it is.
As far as design goes, the product comes with a curved and streamlined silhouette and a metal body. They have a big variety when it comes to choosing the color; they are available in aqua sky, contour silver, empire red, green apple, cobalt blue, onyx black and tangerine.
The carbonation settings are easy to use. It has a 60 liter CO2 tank and a one liter free plastic bottle. It measures 13.7 D x 12.6 W x 21.4 and weights 17 pounds, so we are sure it won’t get tipped over by accident. What is great is that it uses SodaStream’s technology: you can mix syrups if you are thinking if making any sodas, thanks to the SodaStream 3 flavor starter pack. This KitchenAid’s built-in CO2 pressure gauge ensures the precise beverage carbonation.
Some of the 60+ flavors with which you can start when you want to make your own soda are:
- SodaStream’s pink grapefruit – has a great taste of virgin mimosa and is great to consume any time of the day – probably better if you drink it during brunch.
- Dr. Pete’s syrup – totally made for those who are on a diet
- Tonic syrup – perfect for mixing cocktails.
We enjoyed the product, it’s easy to use, comes with a stunning look and it does not require electricity. Some of the cons that we found are low gas retention (water becomes flat after a while), the tallness of the device (if you have a low cupboard it will not fit) and the relatively high price. SodaStream produces some sparkling beverage makers that have a lower price. You will basically pay a bit extra for looks, not only for the capabilities, but in today’s world, we think it’s worth it.
Overall, the product is well made, has a great design and is very easy to operate. These are most the things we are looking for on any product we intend to buy. It’s a great way to save nature by just reducing the number of bottles or cans you might need to recycle. Some of you may be very interested in this product if you’re keeping a diet, because it allows you to have a complete control over the ingredients – in this way you can minimize calories and carbs.
Do you think it is worth buying a fancy sparkling beverage maker such as this KitchenAid?