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Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions:

  1. Can you really make real soda at home?
  2. Why should I buy a home soda maker?
  3. What will it cost me to make a bottle of soda or seltzer?
  4. How do I get ongoing supplies for my home soda maker?
  5. How long have you been in business?
  6. Do you have a referral program? 
  7. Is SodaStream really a club that requires membership and some type of ongoing commitment?
  8. Are SodaStream products recyclable?
  9. Are SodaStream's plastic carbonating bottles BPA-free?
  10. What are your shipping charges?
  11. What are SodaStream Caps?
  12. Will SodaStream Caps work with all carbonating bottles?


Customer Service and Order Information:

  1. What do I do when my carbonator is empty?
  2. How do I return my empty carbonators?
  3. Do you offer a money-back guarantee?
  4. Do you offer a warranty?
  5. How do I find the model number to register my soda maker?
  6. How long will it take to receive my order?
  7. How can I check my order status?
  8. Do you have a location or deliver to my area?
  9. I have another brand of carbonating system but I would prefer to use your system. Do you have a trade-in program?
  10. Why do I have to pay taxes on my Internet order?


Operating Your Home Soda Maker:

  1. Do I need a special water system in order to use the product?
  2. How do I clean my home soda maker?
  3. Can I carbonate drinks other than water?
  4. Can I re-fizz a drink that has gone flat?
  5. Can I add anything other than sodamix?
  6. How can I tell if there is enough fizz in my water?
  7. What kind of power source does the home soda maker use?
  8. I'm missing the instruction manual. Help!


Sodamix and Finished Soda/Seltzer:

  1. What is the shelf life of sodamix?
  2. How much sodamix should I add to a bottle?
  3. How long does the soda last before going flat?
  4. Should I refrigerate sodamix?
  5. Do you have any caffeine-free flavors?
  6. How do you sweeten your regular flavors?
  7. How do you sweeten your diet flavors?
  8. I like very fizzy seltzer. Can I make this with a SodaStream machine?
  9. I like flavored seltzer. Can I make this with a SodaStream machine?
  10. Are your products kosher?
  11. Are your products allergen-free?
  12. Is the MyWater Flavor Essences product line vegan?
  13. Does your tonic contain quinine?
  14. Are your products gluten-free?
  15. Do the sparkling iced teas and green teas contain caffeine?


Carbonating Bottles and Caps:

  1. Why does the carbonating bottle have an expiration date?
  2. How do I clean my carbonating bottles?
  3. Can I use a different kind of bottle?
  4. I lost my bottle caps. Can I get replacements or use another one that fits?
  5. Can I use 1/2 Liter carbonating bottles with my soda maker?


Carbonators:

  1. My carbonator is empty. Now what do I do?
  2. Can I refill my own carbonator or get it re-filled locally?
  3. Can a different company's carbonator be used?
  4. How often will I have to replace my carbonator?
  5. How should the carbonator be stored?
  6. What is the shelf life of the carbonator?
  7. Is it safe to have a carbonator in my home or kitchen?
  8. Can I take my carbonator on a plane?
  9. Can I exchange my 15-oz. carbonator for a 33-oz carbonator?
  10. What is the difference between a spare carbonator and an exchange carbonator?


Common Troubleshooting Tips:

  1. I made the soda and it made a fizzy mess all over my counter. Why?
  2. I hear gas escaping from the carbonator. Is this a problem?
  3. How do I know if the carbonator is empty?
  4. I press the carbonating button on my soda maker and nothing happens.
  5. My soda is not fizzy enough.
  6. My soda is not flavorful enough.

 

 
 
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General Questions:


 

 

1. Can you really make real soda at home?

Yes - the secret is out! Soda is simply water, fizz and flavor. With SodaStream's home soda makers, you transform ordinary tap water into fresh, great-tasting soda by adding fizz (in the form of carbon dioxide from a SodaStream carbonator) and flavor (one of 25 tempting sodamix syrups.) So go ahead and enjoy the freshest, best tasting soda on the planet!

 

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2. Why should I buy a home soda maker?

Coffee lovers enjoy fresh brewed coffee at home using their coffee makers. Now, soda and seltzer lovers can enjoy delicious, freshly-made soda at home using a SodaStream home soda maker! People buy soda makers for many reasons. Some of the most popular benefits include:

  • Quick, convenient and easy to use
  • Fresh, delicious soda 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 soft drinks
  • Over 25 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 sodamix cut down on recyclables and disposables, making an environmentally-friendly alternative to store-bought drinks
  • No batteries, electricity or plumbing
  • Reliable and friendly service
  • Money-back guarantee and manufacturer warranty

 

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3. What will it cost me to make a bottle of soda or seltzer?

After your initial purchase of a home soda maker package, you'll enjoy seltzer and sparkling water in reusable 1-liter PET bottle for just $.25 per liter and flavored sodas for about $.25 per can, before any applicable shipping charges.  Penguin and Crystal machine users will pay just $.40 per liter of premium sparkling water and as little as $.82 per liter of fresh gourmet soda. (Note to Penguin and Crystal lovers: Each glass carafe holds about 2/3 of a liter.) When applicable -- and depending on location and order size -- shipping from sodastream.com adds $.03 to $.06 per liter.  

 

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4. How do I get ongoing supplies for my home soda maker?

SodaStream soda makers and supplies are offered at over 17,000 retail locations nationwide! Find your closest retailer here, or shop sodastreamusa.com for all of your home soda making needs!

 

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5. How long has SodaStream been in business?

SodaStream is the world leader in home carbonating systems, with over 10 million soda makers sold in more than 40 countries around the world. Founded overseas in 1991, SodaStream started operations in the United States in 2003.

 

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6. Do you have a referral program?

Yes we do. Our "Refer A Friend" program, allows you to earn store points by referring friends to SodaStream. Details on this exciting program can be found here! Please note, you will need to login to your account before you can access this page.

 

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7. Is SodaStream some kind of club that requires membership and some type of ongoing commitment?

No. There are no membership requirements, annual dues or minimum purchases of any kind. Once you have a soda maker, you may purchase soda-making supplies at your own pace and convenience.

 

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8. 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. 
 

Item

Recycling Number

Carbonating bottle

 

   Body

1 (PET)

   Base

5 (Polypropylene)

   Frog (holds base to body)

7 (ABS plastic)

   Cap

7 (ABS plastic)

   Sealing gasket inside cap

not recyclable (silicone)

Penguin carafe

 

   Body

Glass

   Cap

7 (ABS plastic)

   Sealing gasket inside cap

not recyclable (silicone)

Sodamix

 

   bottle

1 (PET)

   cap

5 (Polypropylene)

 

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9. Are SodaStream plastic carbonating bottles 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.

 
To obtain an independent laboratory report examining SodaStream carbonating bottles, please contact info@sodastreamsupport.com. See above for more information on the types of plastic materials used by SodaStream.

 

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11. What are SodaStream Caps?

SodaStream Caps are SodaStream's new patent-pending flavoring system that takes home soda making to the next level.

 

SodaStream Caps single-serve, disposable capsules deliver a simple, fun and user-friendly experience with lifestyle appeal. One SodaStream Cap will flavor one SodaStream carbonating bottle in an instant, resulting in a consistently flavored sparkling beverage each time.

 

Learn more about SodaStream Caps here

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12. Will SodaStream Caps work with all carbonating bottles?

SodaStream Caps are compatible with 1L carbonating bottles only. SodaStream Caps are not compatible with 1/2L bottles or Glass Carafes.

Learn more about SodaStream Caps here

 

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Customer Service and Order Information:


 

 

1. What do I do when my carbonator is empty?

When your carbonator runs out of gas, you need an EXCHANGE carbonator. Bring your empty carbonator to any participating retailer, and exchange it for a full one for the price of the gas contents only. If you have any questions, you may also call our Customer Support Center toll-free at 1-800-763-2258, 24 hours a day.

 

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2. How do I return my empty carbonator?

SodaStream offers a convenient way to exchange your carbonators:

  1. Bring your empty carbonator(s) to any participating retail location. They will swap your empty for a full one on the spot, for the price of the gas contents only.
For more information about exchanging carbonators, click here!

 

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3. Do you offer a money-back guarantee?

Yes! If you are not satisfied with your soda 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 of the total cost of the merchandise you ordered, plus any applicable sales tax. Valid on sodastreamusa.com purchases ONLY. (SodaStream does not refund any shipping charges.) Soda makers purchased as holiday gifts between November 1 and December 31 may be returned through January 31. If you wish to make a return, please contact SodaStream Customer Service by calling us toll-free at 1-800-763-2258.

 

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4. Do you offer a warranty?

Yes! SodaStream manufactures our home soda makers to exacting specifications and therefore we are able to offer a manufacturer's warranty. For more information, please check out our warranty.

 

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5. How do I find the model number so I can register my home soda maker?

First, remove the back cover where the carbonator is inserted. You may need to remove the carbonator to view the label. The serial number of your machine is the second line of text on the label. To find out where the registration number is located, click on one of the following links: Fountain Jet, Dynamo, Genesis, Pure, Penguin, Crystal, Fizz, Source, Revolution, Play.

 

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6. How long will it take to receive my order?

Normal delivery time within the US is 7-10 business days. During our end-of-quarter inventory, your order may take up to 14 business days to arrive. Please check your order confirmation for estimated delivery timing.

 

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8. How can I check on my order status?

If it has been longer than two weeks since you ordered, please call or email our Customer Service department for a status update. Click here to contact SodaStream Customer Service.

 

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9. Do you have a location or deliver in my area?

At this time, SodaStream delivers everywhere within the continental United States. We also have a list of growing local authorized dealers; please see our Dealer Locator to check on suppliers in your area.

 

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10. 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 soda makers purchased from other manufacturers. We will also accept SodaStream soda makers purchased overseas that are incompatible with American parts. For more information about SodaStream's discount trade-in offer, please click here.

 

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11. Why do I have to pay taxes on my Internet order?

Consumers must pay tax on Internet orders if the company from which you are buying does business in your state. Your purchase of a SodaStream home soda maker includes a SodaStream carbonator, which is supplied by SodaStream against payment of a "User License." The carbonator remains the property of SodaStream at all times in accordance with the terms and conditions stated in the User License Certificate. Because SodaStream retains ownership of the carbonator, technically SodaStream does business in every state. When you shop at sodastreamusa.com, or place an order through 1-800-763-2258, you are assessed the normal rate of sales tax for your state.

 

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Operating Your Home Soda Maker:


 

 

1. 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.

 

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2. How do I clean my home soda maker?

The home 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 carbonator before cleaning. The machine and the PET bottles are not dishwasher-safe.

 

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3. Can I carbonate drinks other than water?

No. Only water should be carbonated in the SodaStream home soda maker. You risk damaging your soda 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 soda maker. Stick with plain cold water and adding any one of our fantastic flavors - AFTER the water has been carbonated!

 

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4. Can I re-fizz a drink that has gone flat?

If you're drinking plain seltzer, the answer is yes. However, if you already prepared a drink with sodamix, the answer is no. Since only water can be carbonated in the home soda maker, you can not re-carbonate once you've added sodamix.

 

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5. Can I add anything other than sodamix?

Sodamix 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 sodamix. 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.

 

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6. How can I tell if there is enough fizz in my water?

"Enough" is a very subjective term! One of the great benefits of using a SodaStream soda 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.)

 

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7. What kind of power source does the home soda maker use?

SodaStream home soda 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 or seltzer is purely a result of the compressed gas stored in the SodaStream carbonator.

 

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8. I'm missing the instruction manual. Help!

SodaStream instruction manuals are available as PDF documents for download and printing (requires Acrobat Reader). Please select the instructions you need:

 

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Sodamix and Finished Soda/Seltzer:


 

 

1. What is the shelf life of sodamix?

Typically, your sodamix will arrive with 3-4 months prior to the “best before” date printed on the back of the label. Sodamix is at peak drinkability before this date. However, when tightly closed and stored in a cool, dry place, sodamix may be consumed for several months beyond the date on the label. Please contact info@sodastreamsupport.com or call 1-800-763-2258 with any questions or concerns regarding sodamix expiration dates.

 

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2. How much sodamix 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 soft drinks. In general, use a capful of sodamix for each liter of sparkling water. If you like it sweeter, add more! If you like it less sweet, use less.

 

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3. How long does the soda last before going flat?

The hermetic seal on the cap keeps your seltzer or 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.

 

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4. Should I refrigerate sodamix?

Unopened bottles of sodamix 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 sodamix in the refrigerator. All-natural flavors - like new Sparkling Naturals, and MyWater flavor essences - should be refrigerated after opening.

 

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5. 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, Grape, Orange-Mango, Lemonade, Diet Lemonade and any of our new sparkling tea flavors or MyWater essences. Sparkling Natural Cola and Crystal Light Wild Strawberry Energy DO contain caffeine, but the other Sparkling Natural, Country Time, and Crystal Light flavors are all caffeine-free.

 

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6. How do you sweeten your regular flavors?

SodaStream regular sodamix flavors contain sugar (sucrose), not high fructose corn syrup (HFCS). The exception to this is Energy Drink, which indeed does contain fructose and dextrose, in addition to sucrose. In addition to sugar (sucrose), regular sodamix flavors contain sucralose (Splenda® brand) and some also contain acesulfame potassium. Sparkling Natural flavors are sweetened exclusively with cane sugar. If you have dietary concerns, please read the label of every SodaStream product before purchasing, available by clicking the sodamix images on the Flavors page of this website. When in doubt, consult with your physician.

 

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7. How do you sweeten your diet flavors?

SodaStream diet flavors are sweetened with a blend of acesulfame K and sucralose, also known as Splenda®. SodaStream flavors contain no aspartame.

 

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8. I like very fizzy seltzer. Can I make this with a SodaStream machine?

One of the best benefits of making seltzer at home with a SodaStream soda maker is that you control the fizziness of your drinks. When you're making seltzer: If you like very lightly carbonated seltzer, press the carbonating button until you hear just a single loud buzz. If you like extra-fizzy seltzer, keep going until you hear 5 buzzes. The amount of fizz your seltzer 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.

 

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9. I like flavored seltzer. Can I make this with a SodaStream machine?

Yes! MyWater flavorings are all-natural, unsweetened flavor essences for making flavored seltzer. Or, for sweetened flavors, try using a quarter-capful of any of our sodamix flavors in each liter of seltzer 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!

 

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10. Are your products kosher?

SodaStream products are kosher (OU) certified (click to see OU certificate). SodaStream seltzer is kosher for passover (click to see OUP certificate). Also, please note that your home soda maker can be used on the Sabbath. For more information, please contact us send an email to info@sodastreamsupport.com or call 1-800-763-2258.

 

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11. 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. If we can be of further assistance please do not hesitate to contact our Customer Support Center at 1-800-763-2258.

 

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12. Is the MyWater Flavor Essences product line vegan?

Yes! SodaStream is proud to offer a vegan option for its users. Not only are MyWater Flavorings all-natural, unsweetened flavor essences for making great tasting seltzer, but they are also 100% vegan!

 

 

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13. 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.

 

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14. Are your products gluten-free?

Yes. In accordance with our ingredient suppliers' certifications and independent laboratory tests, SodaStream confirms that all sodamix flavors are gluten-free.

 

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14. Do the sparkling iced teas and green teas contain caffeine?

All of SodaStream's sparkling iced teas and green teas (and diet green teas) are caffeine-free.

 

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Carbonating Bottles and Caps:


 

 

1. Why does the carbonating bottle have an expiration date?

Since the bottle has to withstand recurring pressure from carbonation, it can not 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.

 

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2. 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. You may also use an anti-bacterial dish-washing liquid for extra disinfecting. Please do not place carbonating bottles in the dishwasher, as exposure to extreme heat can weaken the integrity of the 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!

 

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3. 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 carbonators will not be covered by your warranty. SodaStream will not be responsible any damage caused to products made by another company.

 

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4. I lost my bottle caps. Can I get replacements or use another one that fits?

You can, but the other bottlecap may not have the special rubber seal that helps keep SodaStream soda so fresh. Please call Customer Support (1-800-763-2258) for replacement caps, or add an extra set -- or two! -- to your next online order.

 

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5. Can I use 1/2 Liter carbonating bottles with my soda maker?

1/2 Liter carbonating bottles are compatible with Fountain Jet, Genesis, Dynamo Deluxe, Pure and Fizz soda makers. 1/2 Liter carbonating bottles are not compatible with Crystal, Penguin, Source or Revolution soda makers. 

 

 

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Carbonators:


 

 

1. My carbonator is empty. Now what do I do?

When your carbonator is empty, you need an EXCHANGE carbonator! SodaStream offers a convenient way to exchange your empty carbonators:

  1. Bring your empty carbonator(s) to any participating retail location. They will swap your empty for a full one on the spot, for the price of the gas contents only.
For more information about exchanging carbonators, click here!

 

 

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2. Can I refill my own carbonator 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 carbonator. Damaged carbonators will not be accepted for return by SodaStream. Any gas filling by parties other than SodaStream authorized filling stations violates the User License.

 

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3. Can a different company's carbonator be used?

No, SodaStream provides a guarantee only for its own products. We are not responsible for the products of any other company, which may damage the machine. Only SodaStream carbonators carrying identification and a nylon shrink wrap bearing the SodaStream (or Soda-Club) brand name should be used.

 

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4. How often will I have to replace my carbonator?

On average, the carbonator will make 60 or 130 liters of seltzer or 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 carbonator every 3-4 months, and a 60-liter carbonator every 6-8 weeks, depending on usage.

 

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5. How should the carbonator be stored?

The carbonator 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 carbonator 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 carbonator unit in a cool and dry environment. Every carbonator is fitted with a unique safety valve which will safely release the gas in the unlikely event the pressure in the carbonator rises.

 

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6. What is the shelf life of the carbonator?

The carbonator has no expiration date. As long as your carbonator is stored in a temperate environment, your CO2 will remain fresh and usable indefinitely, with no concern of spoilage.

 

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7. Is it safe to have a carbonator in my home or kitchen?

Absolutely. SodaStream carbonators are manufactured to exacting specifications that include many unique safety features to protect consumers. Carbonators 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 carbonator 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 carbonator safety.

 

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8. 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.

 

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9. Can I exchange my 14.5-oz. carbonator for a 33-oz carbonator?

 

As long as your soda maker model is compatible with the extra-large 33-oz. carbonator, you may exchange an empty 14.5-oz carbonator for a full 33-oz carbonator, and vice versa. The following soda makers are compatible with either size carbonator: Fountain Jet, Dynamo, Design, Edition 1, Fizz, Revolution.

 

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10. What is the difference between a spare carbonator and an exchange carbonator?

Purchase an exchange carbonator when you have empties by bringing your empty carbonator(s) to any participating retail location. They will swap your empty for a full one on the spot,. Authorized retailers exchange your empty one for a full one -- get it? Users are expected to return an empty carbonator for every full exchange carbonator they purchase.

 

Order a spare carbonator when you want to have more carbonators on hand. Keep a spare in the cupboard so you always have a carbonator ready to pop into your machine while you exchange your empties. Spare carbonators include a user license in the box.

 

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Common Troubleshooting Tips:


 

 

1. I made soda 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 carbonate a liquid other than water
  • Adding sodamix to the bottle before attempting to carbonate
  • Not tilting the carbonating bottle when adding sodamix flavoring
     

If you still have trouble with overflow after checking these tips, please contact Customer Support for advanced troubleshooting!

 

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2. I hear gas escaping from the carbonator. Is this a problem?

Not at all. Normally after carbonating a bottle of water, there is a small amount of gas in the soda 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 carbonating button) you may need to screw the carbonator more tightly to the soda maker. If the gas continues to escape continuously, this indicates that the sealing washer (the black rubber gasket inside the soda maker where the carbonator connects) is missing or damaged. There is a spare washer located inside the soda makers on some, but not all models. We recommend you replace the sealing washer in your soda maker every 18 months to 2 years. Additional spare washers are available through SodaStream Customer Support by calling toll-free 1-800-763-2258.

 

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3. How do I know if the carbonator is empty?

There are a number of indications that show your carbonator 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 carbonator in the cupboard so that when one carbonator runs out, you simply swap the empty carbonator for the full one. That way, you'll keep enjoying fresh, fizzy drinks and can return the empty carbonator as you order your next gas refill.

 

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4. I press the carbonating button on my soda 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 carbonator 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 at 1-800-763-2258.

 

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5. My soda is not fizzy enough.

Flat soda 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!

 

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6. My soda 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 sodamix 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 sodamix -- or more -- if you like a stronger or sweeter flavor
  • Shake well after adding sodamix to ensure that the syrup mixes completely with the carbonated water 

 

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