Item: SodaStream Fizz
Overall Impression: Less streamlined than some other models but the Fizz Chip indicator is very useful.
We are avid drinkers of carbonated water and homemade soda in my household, and the SodaStream, which can convert tap water to sparkling water in a matter of seconds, is one of the appliances we use most. When our SodaStream Pure model died after two years of near-constant use, I was curious to try the company's latest model, the Fizz.
Characteristics and Specs: The Fizz is the first (and thus far only) SodaStream model to include the Fizz Chip, a gas level indicator that monitors the amount of carbon dioxide left in the carbonating cylinder. The LED screen also shows the carbonation level in your drink (low, medium, high) as you press the carbonating lever. Available in black, green, blue, and red. Dimensions are approximately 9 x 5 x 18 inches.
Favorite details: With previous SodaStream models, it could be hard to tell how much carbonating gas was left. The Fizz helps you keep tabs on the gas level, ensuring that you won't unexpectedly run out of CO2.
Potential problems: This model is a bit bulky, and the plastic body appears somewhat cheap.
Splurge-worthy? Possibly, if you drink a lot of carbonated water and/or soda.
Good for small kitchens? The Fizz isn't enormous; however, there are other, more streamlined models that might work better in small kitchens.
The first thing I noticed is how bulky the Fizz seems in comparison to the more streamlined Pure (and the Genesis, which Faith has reviewed). It isn't at all heavy, but the form factor strikes me as overly plastic-y and a bit cheap-looking. The carbonating lever, which you press down to infuse the water with CO2, is more unwieldy than the lever/button on the aforementioned models, and there's an added tilt lever that you must press to insert and remove a bottle from the machine. I have not had any issues so far, but the number of plastic parts just gives me the impression of it not being a sturdy appliance, and of potential problems down the line. (I could be completely wrong, and I hope I am.)
What I do really like about the Fizz is the LED screen, which has a gas level indicator and a drink carbonation level indicator. Having had the experience of running out of CO2 in the middle of a party, I appreciate knowing when the canister is getting low so I can ensure that I have a replacement cartridge ready. The Fizz accommodates a 60-liter or 130-liter carbonator.
From an aesthetic standpoint, I have my eye on the new Yves Béhar-designed SodaStream, but for now this model is certainly functional and I appreciate the LED screen features. The Fizz also comes in red, blue, and green, and I could imagine it looking cute in certain kitchen decor schemes.
Find It! SodaStream Fizz Kit, $149.95 at Amazon
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(Images: Emily Ho; SodaStream)