The Cheap, Unlimited Source Of the Fizzy Water You Can't Live Without

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SodaStream is secretly the most popular kitchen gadget in the world. It almost doesn't make sense: All it does is turn tap water into sparkling water. So what gives? We polled our Twitter followers to find out.

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The world's obsession with SodaStream is weird. Can't you just buy a bottle of cheap seltzer when you've got the hankering and deal with tap water the rest of the time? But if you so much as question a friend's devotion, you'll spend the rest of the conversation apologizing as if you'd challenged a deep-seated religious belief.

We asked the denizens of the Twitterverse why they love the SodaStream so much. These are some of our favorite responses. [SodaStream]

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The SodaStream isn't new technology. The original was developed in 1903

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DISCUSSION

SodaStream advertises that you can make various beverages at home for less than what they are sold for at the store. I did a bit of math a while back, and it seems to me that a 12-ounce serving (equivalent to the usual can of soda) costs about $0.25. That's no different than I pay for any mainstream brand when it is on sale (and believe me, I stock up when it is on sale).

The problem is the CO2 cartridges they sell. They are over priced, and I'm sure they are aware of it. The cost I came up with is based on the trade-in discount for the cartridges, too.

I've seen kits that will allow you to refill the SodaStream-branded cartridges with an adapter than can be used at any paintball shop, not to mention your own sister site showing how to make a cheap CO2 dispenser. [lifehacker.com]

If SodaStream would lower the cost of the CO2 cartridges, I might be interested in it again. Until then, I will never recoup the up-front cost of the machine.