Hey so I got caught up in the latest wave of Sodastream mania, and have myself a Sodastream with one canister. Have been really enjoying the fizzy water it produces and plan to use it a lot. I assume my supply will run out soon.
So the question is; what is everyone doing for refills?
I'm thinking of buying a spare at least, so I can have one on hand if my other one runs out. It seems the going rate for these is around £23.
Has anyone found a cheaper alternative? I know there are various subscription services out there and I wonder if it's worth exploring those.
Any recommendations? Has anyone tried refilling themselves? Sounds kinda wild but I know people do it
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I'm not sure yet, onto about week 3 .. it's supposed to be 60l but it depends very much on how much you bubble!
I'm down in Brighton, maybe a bit far but thankyou (edited)
No 1 canister produces around 33 litres, I have used and counted 3 which all came to around the same
I use the refill scheme which is £120 per year (I pay in three installments) and providers 12 bottles so £10 a bottle.
I usually use a bottle a month so order a delivery when I start the 4 bottle so it really works well for me.
There is a third party that has a similar service but they send you the bottles on their schedule so you don't have the flexibility.
Yeah that's why I didn't use the refill company you mentioned.
Soda stream don't have the same restrictions, your 12 bottles are for a 12 month period. I've had 3 on the shelf for a few months waiting for me to return them in the provided box and packaging labels (you drop off free if charge at Collect+).
Timing wise is all in your control, you order a bottle delivery (4 bottles) when you want them and then return the empty bottles when you're ready. If you order a delivery before you've returned the original set of 4 bottles I think you have 3 months to return the first set before they start charging you.
Yeah if you take the 3 payment option you pay 3 monthly payments right at the start of the plan. All it does is spread the cost across three months. That's why you get the same discount as a one-off plan as they still get their money before you consume your 12 bottles.
Yeah £23 seems the going rate. I was hoping to buy a spare to have in for when my other runs out so I can always have a full one at hand.
It seems £23 for a full canister is my only option then but was wondering if anyone had a better option
Okay cheers ill look into that
I counted 3 bottles, and each one I got around 33 litres, that's with 5 squirts per litre
So 1 canister produces around 100 litres? That's a lot, I may have to invest in one again, ... last time I used one was prob in the early 90s, I remember it been used a few times by the kids then left in the back of the cupboard..
Yeah I was looking into this and also this GAS REFILL PROGRAMME – CO2 YOU . The problem with this CO2 one is that if you keep the canisters longer than 4 months they start to charge you £2.49 per extra week you keep them. I guess they want you to use one a month, but also seems like you would hit a dead spot every now and then when you would have no canisters!
Does the sodastream one do a similar thing? I can't see the benefit of paying the official subscription by year as the 3 instalments seem to work out the same price?
The services sound like a good idea but they also sound like a bit of a headache to manage timing wise.. and also don't seem to save that much money in the long run?
I think maybe it's best for me just to buy one more spare canister to have in stock, then if one runs out I always have a full one on hand and can swap out the empty one whenever i'm near a shop.
Ah I see so you can order a set before you're fully done with them. I read this bit:
Using your delivery box from your new shipment, return the empty cylinders to us within 30** days of receipt
and then further down it says:
"If we don't receive 4 used gas cylinders within 30 days of ordering full ones, you will be charged £10 per each unreturned gas cylinder. If you fail to return the gas cylinders during such 30 days and return them later, it would still be possible to get a refund of the £10 charge, but it's best to avoid the inconvenience."
Still seems a better deal than the 3rd party refill company I guess.
If you pay by instalments do you still have to commit to a full year? (3 x payments?)
That's the bit I couldn't work out :P
I feel like this is taking me way to much time to work out what is the best way to deal with this sodastream haha.
Yeah I've read about this but was struggling to find any UK specific guides on how to do it. When you say 'not that cheap' what are we talking?
Would you be willing to share your method?
Also £3-7 a fill seems pretty fair!
grabner.co.uk/ - send them 10 and they do them at £7 each, prices goes up as the quantity goes down. That is just an example for you.
Method - It's not a secret, buy/rent a large food grade CO₂, get a regulator + adapter for the large tank to the Sodastream cylinder, and then spend some time learning by reading/watching videos on how to handle highly pressurised gasses. I have a high quality regulator that was £90, but I use it a lot.
£3-7 is still good profit as the gas is about £60-90 per refill for 34kg, the canisters take about 410g, so about 80 refills per 34Kg. So less than £1 normally per fill.
No problem, I'd take a look around the local area though, as you can usually find someone doing it cheaply. It's worth having 3-4 bottles at least.