SodaStream Cost Comparison: Is It Cheaper Than Pop?

SodaStream Cost Comparison: Is It Cheaper Than Pop?SodaStream has been bubbling up everywhere for a while now.

Chances are you know someone who has one – or maybe you own one yourself.

But with every new trend, it's good to have some healthy skepticism. Otherwise your kitchen will be filled with unused appliances.

With things like the up-front cost of the machine, syrup cost, and co2 tank replacements...is SodaStream really cheaper for your pop and carbonated water fix?

Let's take a look at the benefits of SodaStream – including the ones that will keep more money in your wallet.

SodaStream is better for the environment

Even without considering any monetary benefit, it's important to note that SodaStream produces significantly less waste than buying the canned or bottled variety.

This, of course, depends on how much pop or sparkling water you tend to drink. But one co2 tank produces the equivalent of 30 2L plastic bottles. That's a lot less waste.

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But what do you do with the empty carbonator?

When your co2 tank runs out, simply bring the empty carbonator to a participating retail location. They'll exchange your empty tank for the price of the gas only.

At Canadian Tire, this will cost you $19.99. It spikes up to $49.99 if you aren't exchanging your old canister.

Check out SodaStream's store locator to find an exchange station near you.

SodaStream is healthier

If you're trying to kick your pop addiction, sparkling water is a great alternative.

Not only do you still get the fun bubbly texture (without the piles of sugar), but you can add hints of flavour as you like – even a slice of lime can go a long way.

SodaStream flavours

But if you still find yourself missing some of the classic soda flavours, SodaStream offers over 20 syrups, including:

  • Black Cherry Cola,
  • Cream Soda,
  • Root Beer, and
  • Ginger Ale.

Not to mention all their fun fruit blends.

Of course, all these flavours come in 0-calorie diet versions as well.

The best part is you can add these flavours as you like – giving you the power to control how sugary your drink is.

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If you want a special treat, add a bit more than usual. If this is your 2nd glass that day, just add a little. Or don't add any at all. It's up to you.

Plus, there are plenty of tasty recipes online that can really spruce up your water consumption.

The syrup is also a little healthier (if soda can be that). It's just made with sugar, while store-bought soda contains glucose-fructose, which is worse for you.

SodaStream cost comparison

These are all good reasons to consider SodaStream, but will it really help keep your money in your bank account?

Well – yes and no. It depends what you use it for.

Method Cost per litre
SodaStream sparkling water $0.33
Generic sparkling water $1.00
Coca-Cola $0.99
SodaStream pop $0.52 - $1.11

The first hurdle when purchasing a SodaStream is the up-front cost of the machine itself.

Right now there are 4 versions available, ranging from $119.99 to $199.99. For the sake of this analysis, we'll meet in the middle and use SodaStream Source for $149.99.

Bonus tip – Wait for a 20% off coupon from Bed, Bath & Beyond to come in the mail, or for a Canadian Tire personalized offer that gives you $30 in Canadian Tire e-money when you spend $150 or more to purchase your SodaStream.

So this means before you can even start saving money, you have to make up for this initial cost. How long will that take?

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Sparkling water comparison

For SodaStream, the only cost for each glass of sparkling water is the carbonation itself.

It costs $19.99 per replacement cylinder (as long as you exchange your empty tank) and each one can make 60L of carbonated water. This means you're paying $0.33 per litre:

$19.99 / 60 L = $0.33/L

The cheapest prices available for sparkling water at both Walmart and Superstore were about $1.00 per litre. With every litre of SodaStream, you're saving $0.67.

This is how much you'll need to drink in order to recoup the up-front cost and start saving money:

Up-front cost of machine Litres required to make up cost How many days
(drinking 500ml/day)
$119.99 179 358 (1 year)
$149.99 224 448 (1.2 years)
$179.99 269 537 (1.5 years)
$199.99 298 597 (1.6 years)

Pop comparison

But it's a different story when you start to add some tasty flavour to your drinks. Now you have to factor in the cost of the syrup on top of the carbonation.

SodaStream sells its syrup at $6.99 for a bottle that makes 9 litres of pop. This is pretty expensive, costing you $0.78 per litre. It gets worse when you add the cost for carbonation, bringing the total price per litre to $1.11.

($6.99 / 9 L) + $0.33 = $1.11/L

In comparison, even branded Coca-Cola costs about $0.99 per litre at both Walmart and Superstore. This means for every litre of flavoured SodaStream, you're losing $0.12.

Adding this little bit of flavour to your drinks no longer makes SodaStream worth it (from a pure money perspective).

But wait!

You have more than just the syrup on their site to choose from.

In fact, this SodaStream-branded syrup sold at Canadian Tire will plummet your cost per litre. For $11.99 and enough syrup to flavour 60L of water, you're looking at $0.19 per litre. Add the cost of the carbonation, and you're looking at a total of $0.52 per litre.

So now you're back to making money – $0.47 per litre, to be exact.

In this scenario, you'll have to drink a bit more in order to make up for the up-front cost of the machine:

Up-front cost of machine Litres required to make up cost How many days
(drinking 500ml/day)
$119.99 255 511 (1.4 years)
$149.99 319 638 (1.7 years)
$179.99 383 766 (2 years)
$199.99 426 851 (2.3 years)

You can bring this cost even lower by substituting the syrup for off-brand water flavours when they go on sale. Price checking can go a very long way.

Some things to note

These numbers are all based on the recommended servings for both the carbonated water and syrup.

If you like your water a bit bubblier – you'll be using more carbonation with each glass, decreasing the value you get per tank.

Likewise, you could use less than the recommended amount of syrup to offset its increased cost.

That's one of the perks of SodaStream – you're in control of the taste and cost (to an extent).

Conclusion

As with most things, it's not always a simple matter of money.

Yes, you can save money with SodaStream – if you use it right and skip the flavour. But you can also lose money.

Despite this, you're still opting for the healthier alternative (just don't put too much of that tasty syrup in!) and eliminating a whole truckload of waste with each canister.

So, what do you think? Is SodaStream worth it?

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Comments

Louis Beaudoin
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SodaStream refills ane not cheap. Instead you can buy a CO2 tank, a regulator and an adaptator for regular soda bottles. The initial cost is around 300$. The 20 lb tank lasts really longer than a SodaStream bottle and a refill costs around 50-60$.

May 16, 2019 @ 5:58 pm
HowToSaveMoney Team
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Great idea, Louis. Thanks for sharing!

May 21, 2019 @ 10:30 am
Cathy Meunier
Cathy Meunier's picture

Love our soda stream! We use it 90% for sparkling water. Add some fresh lime or lemon for a refreshing drink. Also gets me drinking more water and not using bottled water. For a favoured drink my husband sometimes adds a dash of coke to the water and it works well. Have never used the store bought flavours. Have used a splash of pure cranberry juice though!

May 17, 2019 @ 9:36 am
HowToSaveMoney Team
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Adding a splash of coke or cranberry juice sounds delicious. Thanks, Cathy!

May 21, 2019 @ 10:31 am
Sheila
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We have a Soda Stream we got free because the lady who gave it away thought it was broken when it made a "funny noise" (we're pretty sure it was the burp noise she was talking about as we've never heard any noise other than that.). We use fruit, homemade fruit syrup, coffee syrups or we leave it plain. We only have to buy a refill every 6 months to a year as we prefer our water filtered and non-bubbly. We don't buy pop, juice or anything but coffee, tea and hot chocolate so the Soda Stream is our bubbly indulgence. It doesn't have to be expensive.

May 17, 2019 @ 5:46 pm
HowToSaveMoney Team
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You're right! As soon as you cut the SodaStream-affiliated syrup, the cost goes way down. It can definitely be a nice and cheap treat.

May 21, 2019 @ 10:31 am

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