I have been wanting to purchase a counter top carbonation machine for a while. These jobbers take tap water and add carbonation. Voila! Seltzer made at home. You can also add whatever flavoring you want to make soda or spritzer or what have you. Problem: they require a big investment. OK, we’re not talking solar panels, which are even better an idea but cost what some might literally call a fortune, but still, these babies are pricey.
How pricey? Well, I have pretty much decided that Sodastream is the brand to get. The entry level model cost a hundred clams. That gets you what you need to get started, including the replaceable carbonating cartridges. Once you use up the carbonation you can send them back and get more (for a fee, of course). The top of the line model cost twice that for the basic package. Of course, you can also buy extra bottles, extra carbonators, flavor mixes, what have you. They make four models of increasing sleekness, although they all do pretty much the same thing. The one I want, of course, is the top of the line model. I would be happy to settle for a “lesser” one but that one contains less plastic and uses glass (instead of BPA free plastic) bottles. Go figure.
I placed a few bids on the classy one on eBay but the bids went too high. Not worth it. Then I found a mid-range model on eBay and bid on that, but got outbid. It is hard to find a bargain on these things apparently. I will get one at some point. I have some cash set aside from my birthday and other events. I’d rather spend less if I can. Duh. The thing is, it pays off in the long run. We got through spurts of drinking seltzer but that gets expensive and there are lots of plastic bottles. Not only do the bottles get created in the first place but I have to deal with recycling, and that chore is a big fat hassle. I’d like to leave that one behind. And save money. They estimate a liter of seltzer costs about 20 cents with this thing. I guess that depends on how you factor in the original purchase price but still, it will save money.
And we will drink more seltzer and other fizzy drinks if we have one of these on the counter. I love to drink the bubbly stuff, but I often don’t, either because we are out or because I can’t bring myself to buy any more. This would alleviate both of those issues. A carbonating cartridge makes about 60 liters so if we had a couple of those we could make a lot. And we could have soda parties, just for fun. We could make tonic water for summer beverages. We could go places with this thing, be popular, make a name for ourselves.
Or we could just enjoy some fizzy drinks. Either way. I just need to get the best price I can and make the plunge. Soon. Soon.