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    Published on October 25th, 2012 | by Greg


    So­das­tream Rev­o­lu­tion: The Best Home Car­bon­a­tor Yet

    We’ve been look­ing at a bunch of bar gear late­ly, and to­day’s gad­get might seem like a bit of an odd fit. But it’s a great ad­di­tion to any kitchen, and es­pe­cial­ly to any po­ten­tial bar­tenders, as well as any fam­i­lies who are tired of spend­ing a lot of mon­ey on so­da. Bot­tles add up- en­vi­ron­men­tal­ly, and in terms of space on your shelves, and in weight while you’re car­ry­ing them.

    The So­das­tream Rev­o­lu­tion is the lat­est in a line of home car­bon­a­tors- we’ve tried sev­er­al out in the past. Some of them are cute and play­ful, and oth­ers are classy, as we wrote about ear­li­er this year. And we’re ex­cit­ed about some of the up­dates that are yet to come that we pre­viewed at the IHA House­wares show re­cent­ly. The newest mod­el takes the same CO2 car­tridges- ours came with a 60L car­bon­a­tion car­tridge that should make around 60 liters of so­da, de­pend­ing on a few vari­ables like the tem­per­a­ture of the wa­ter and how fizzy you make it.

    And that leads us straight to the best part- you’ve al­ways had some lev­el of con­trol over the end prod­uct. But with the Rev­o­lu­tion, you can di­rect­ly se­lect from four dif­fer­ent car­bon­a­tion lev­els, and en­joy con­sis­tent re­sults. As with the some of their oth­er mod­els, you’ll have a few col­or op­tions here- ours was black, but sil­ver, white, cream choic­es are avail­able (or will be short­ly). Un­like any of the pre­vi­ous ver­sions, this one re­quires pow­er- just plug it in- but has a more gad­gety look and feel and even an LCD screen that al­lows you to see how much CO2 is left in the car­tridge. It’s sleek, sexy, and sets up nice­ly next to, say, your Keurig sin­gle-cup cof­fee mak­er.

    The bot­tles are the same- you have a choice be­tween plas­tic or more at­trac­tive glass, and we rec­om­mend buy­ing a spare. They come with lids that help keep your so­da fresh- and re­mem­ber that you’ll on­ly be car­bon­at­ing wa­ter (trust us, oth­er liq­uids don’t re­al­ly work well). The build qual­i­ty of this ma­chine is the best yet, and sharp­er, more sta­ble and sol­id than any of the oth­er ma­chines we’ve tried. The on­ly re­al down­side we no­ticed was that the bot­tle con­nec­tion mech­a­nism is a bit more finicky than many of their oth­er ma­chines, most like­ly be­cause of the new elec­tron­ic car­bon­a­tion sys­tem.

    We’ve talked in depth about their fla­vors and mix­es be­fore, but a quick note on the syrups. They’re con­tin­u­al­ly im­prov­ing, in fact- the first ones we tried used ar­ti­fi­cial sweet­en­ers, but now a com­plete line of nat­u­ral­ly-sweet­ened so­das are avail­able. Many might not quite com­pare to the orig­i­nals- the co­la isn’t quite as good as Pep­si or Coke- but we love the Nat­u­ral Root Beer, Ton­ic, and Gin­ger Ales, and some of the best are unique, like their ex­cel­lent Black Cur­rant Pear and Cran­ber­ry Rasp­ber­ry. Di­et ver­sions (and even ze­ro calo­rie) ver­sions are avail­able as well, and you can ex­pect to get the equiv­a­lent of 33 cans or so per bot­tle of syrup. So­das­tream al­so of­fers a pret­ty good line of “essences”, for those who want some fla­vor but no sug­ar, with mint, or­ange, lemon-lime, and raps­ber­ry avail­able. Ex­pect to spend about $5 to $10 a bot­tle, and keep in mind the car­bon­a­tion costs- you’ll still save mon­ey over time, es­pe­cial­ly if you are pay­ing to buy so­da wa­ter reg­u­lar­ly.

    The Rev­o­lu­tion is sim­ple, fast, and a per­fect gift for the per­son who wants their own so­da foun­tain. It doesn’t yet make recipes for you, but that’s part of the fun. Avail­able now, on­line and in stores, for $199.

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    Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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