We got a SodaStream soda maker several months ago and while I’ve enjoyed using it, I’ve wondered about SodaStream’s claims that it saves you money.
Does it? Probably not, or at least not for a long time.
Let’s assume you buy soda in the most economical way, in 2-liter bottles. You’ll probably pay about $1.50/2 liters. Assuming you buy CO2 refills at $15 and not $30 for a new CO2 bottle and you drink half a liter of soda a day, it will take you 2,376 days or 6.5 years to make back your investment in the SodaStream maker. Wow!
In fact, if you spent less than $1.33/2 liter on soda before, you’ll never make your money back.
However, there are other ways to decrease your cost per liter:
- Buy a SodaMod, which allows you to attach a paintball CO2 tank which is much more cheaply filled than what SodaStream charges. A similar product is the FreedomOne-PBI.
- Make your own syrup.
- Since Bed, Bath and Beyond sells SodaStream supplies, take advantage of all those coupons they send you and buy syrup and CO2 there.
- Buy one of the cheaper SodaStream models.
You can run your own calculations by making a copy of the Google Spreadsheet I used.