'70s Home Carbonation Gadget Sodastream Gets Re-Imagined In Sleek Concepts

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The ability to make soda out of plain old tap water still impresses me, but let's face it: the Sodastream contraptions don't match our sleek modern kitchens, do they? These designs, from a German competition, definitely fit the bill.

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Illustration for article titled 70s Home Carbonation Gadget Sodastream Gets Re-Imagined In Sleek Concepts

Over at Germany's Karlsruhe University, students were encouraged to re-imagine the Sodastream in various ways. That bubble-concertina is from Yigeng Meng, whereas the sodawall below is from Soshin Katsumi, which is fairly self-explanatory to anyone who's ever used a wall-mounted bottle-opener. There are a bunch more designs over on DesignBoom's site, but these two are easily my favorite. Just whack a bit of Midori in there, and pass the pineapple juice, and I'm set for the afternoon. [DesignBoom]

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My issue with SodaStream is how they advertise that it only costs $0.25 for a can of their sodas compared to store-bought.

Well, a 12-pack of store-bought soda can be had for $3 on sale (or even $2.50), which is the same 25-cents per can, and didn't cost $100 up front for a carbonizer.

Costs would be less if the CO2 cartridges were cheaper, of course, but that is almost the entire point of their business. SodaStream is the ink-jet printer of the beverage market. Sure, the syrups are relatively cheap, but you pay through the nose for their CO2.

Been looking at some 3rd-party CO2 refill adapters, but I'm not so sure about going that route, either, particuarly if the SodaStream end product tastes more like RC (as some have likened it) than Coke.