Which is the best soda maker: cuisinart soda maker vs sodastream

Even since Sodastream open the home soda making market, we have seen a number of competing products entering the market. Cuisinart’s sparking beverage maker is one such recent entry, launched into the market late 2012. With Sodastream having such a big lead in the market, especially with tonnes of positive online reviews, it will be interesting to see how Cuisinart will try to curve out a niche for itself.

cuisinart soda maker vs sodastream

From a consumer point of view, you probably want to know the difference between cuisinart and sodastream soda maker.

Below is a table that I have put together for your convenience in terms of product comparison.

Updated (5th June 2014): Sodastream has further reduced its price and is now even cheaper than cusinart soda maker.

Cuisinart Soda Makersoda maker for beginners 2 Sodastream Soda Makersoda maker for beginners 1
Prices on Amazon USD72 USD81 USD69
Size of CO2 cartridge Make 16 liters of soda Make 60 liters of soda
Cost of replacing CO2 cartridge USD20 USD15
Cost in terms of soda produced USD1.25 (USD20/5.5) USD0.25 (USD15/60)
Where to replace CO2 cartridge Bed Bath and Beyond Hardware store, Target,
Bed Bath & Beyond
Soda favors available Currently none More than 60
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How much soda can each model make?

Both machines are actually quite similar to each other. The main difference boils down to how much soda can you make, which in turn translates to the cost of usage. In this area, Sodastream clearly is in the lead. Although Cuisinart claims that it can produces 16 liters of soda water, the truth is that you must use the lowest possible level of carbonation to achieve this output. If you want your drink to have more frizz then I am afraid you are not going to get 16 liters out of cuisinart soda maker.

The reason for this is that the Cuisinart soda machine itself has only a small 3oz tank, which explains the low output. What’s more, the cost of replacing the CO2 cartridge is much higher for Cuisinart. See the table above to get a picture of how much cost is needed to product 1 liter of soda for each of the two brands.


Quality of carbonation

Beyond the facts, there are some reviewers who claim that the carbonation is much better in Sodastream as you get more bubbles out of the carbonation process.

Overall, it seems that the Sodastream soda maker is a better product relative to Cuisinart. The only thing is that the latter is a bit cheaper but if you consider the cost of usage (i.e. the cost of making soda), Sodastream is clearly in the lead.

Of course, I expect Cuisinart to improve their product over time given the company’s reputation but for now, Sodastream soda maker is the best soda maker in the market.

Check out the full review of sodastream here.