Depending on which SodaStream machine you have and which canister it came with, you can make somewhere between 60 and 110 litres of soda before the time comes to grab a refill. That’s the equivalent of 170 – 310 aluminium cans! Although SodaStream CO2 canisters can make a lot of soda before running, sadly, they won’t last forever.
If you’ve already had your SodaStream for a while and you’re almost out of CO2—or you’ve managed to run out completely—it’s time to get a refill!
How Does the SodaStream Refill System Work
One of SodaStream’s guiding values is a strong commitment to the environment. SodaStream products are “Active Green”, which means that consumers actively reduce their carbon footprint every time they make soda. They do this mainly by eliminating unnecessary waste that comes from single use products. This means that both their carbonating bottles and CO2 canisters can be reused.
The SodaStream refill system used to be somewhat complex, requiring consumers to mail in their empty canisters to be refilled. Fortunately, this system is no longer in use. Empty carbonators can now be exchanged through local retailers such as Walmart. Just bring in your empty canister and trade it for a full one. You’ll only be charged for the CO2 inside.
It’s worthwhile to give SodaStream a call and ask whether your SodaStream model is compatible with the larger canisters. While even 60 litres is a fair amount of soda, the larger canisters can make more, save you more money, and don’t need to be exchanged as often.
Where To Get Backup Canisters
It’s easy enough to exchange canisters, but if you don’t want to go without soda until you have to time to run to the store, we recommend getting a backup canister. That way, you’ll always have one on the go while the other is being exchanged. Some SodaStream machines come with an extra CO2 canister but they can also often be purchased at the same retail locations that take exchanges.
If you can’t find a backup canister at your local retailer, the easiest—and cheapest—place to pick one up is on Amazon.
Save Money With Paintball Canisters
If you really want to limit how often you need to refill your canister, and save a pile of money too, consider switching to paintball canisters for CO2. Paintball canisters tend to be a little bit bigger than SodaStream canisters and they also cost about half as much to refill—sometimes even less!
In order to use paintball canisters with your SodaStream you’ll need to purchase an adaptor that allows the paintball canisters to properly attach to your SodaStream machine. These can be ordered on Amazon and usually cost around $60. It’s worth the investment—they’ll save you hundreds in the long run. They’re also more environmentally-friendly since they don’t need to be driven back for a refill as often.
To get your paintball canister refilled all you need to do is figure out where there’s a paintball range near you. There’s one in pretty much every town. If there isn’t one near you, check out your local sporting goods store. Most will be able to refill your CO2 tank.
If you’re a business or you like to throw parties with lots of soda, you might even want to buy a large bulk tank so you can refill your paintball canister at home. This isn’t really worth it for most people, unless you drink a lot of soda and have a lot of guests on a regular basis.
Finding a refill for your SodaStream machine isn’t hard once you know what to do. It doesn’t even have to be expensive if you switch to paintball tanks! No matter what you choose, you can rest assured that you’re saving hundreds of plastic bottles from the landfill every year.