Good Product: Soda Siphon for Homemade Fizzy Water

We're big fizzy water drinkers in our house and we've been thinking about investing in a soda siphon for quite some time.They seem fairly straightforward to use and maintain: You fill the container with fresh cold water, screw on the cap, screw in the CO2 cartridge to release the gas, and PRESTO! Fizzy water!

We really like the idea of cutting down on the number of bottles getting tossed in the recycling bin. And as intrepid home cooks, the possibility of customized flavorings has our imagination in high gear!

Does anyone have experience or opinions on devices like this?With the older glass soda siphons, there was a risk of explosion if too much pressure built up inside the container. This doesn't appear to be as much of a safety concern with the newer models. Their design has been updated quite a bit and the CO2 cartridges are customized for the specific container to only release as much gas as the container can handle.

The manufacturers don't recommend putting any other liquid except for water in the container, but making a flavored fizzy water (a.k.a. Italian soda) is easily done by mixing a few tablespoons of fruit juice concentrate into a glass of fizzy water.

Of course, you can replace the fruit juice with simple syrup, wine, or any other liquid of your choosing. We like the idea of infusing the simple syrup with herbs, spices, and other aromatics!

We've heard a lot of good reviews about the Isi soda siphon, but there are several other brands out on the market in a range of prices. Here are a few we came across:

Isi Soda Siphon SSL, $59.99 at Isi Store
Liss Quart Soda Siphon, $59.99 at Target
Soda Club Home Soda Maker, $79.99 (for a basic package) at Soda Club.
Mr. Fizz Seltzer Bottle, $39.95 via Prairie Moon.
Easy Whip Soda Siphon, $44.95 via Easy Whip
Williams-Sonoma Soda Siphon, $74.95 via William-Sonoma

Check out our article "Make Soda Water at Home" for some other options for DIY sodas!

What do you think: is this a worthwhile investment for seltzer-lovers or another gadget to clutter our shelves?

(Image via Williams Sonoma)

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