Sodastream Terra: This sparkling water maker can make fizzy favorites (including Kombucha) for less

The Sodastream Terra sparkling water maker turns plain ol' H2O into soda, tonic, or Kombucha in under 10 seconds

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Real Homes Verdict

The SodaStream Terra is an easy-to-use sparkling water maker, that's capable of so much more. If you've ever been intimidated by the gas cylinders, this new design makes installing canisters a piece of cake. Plus, the large carbonating button makes light work of turning still water into soda in less than 10 seconds.

Reasons to buy
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    Sleek and small modern design suits contemporary kitchens

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    Save up to thousands of single-use plastic bottles

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    Ability to customize level of fizziness

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    Quick connect CO2 cylinder is easy to install (clicks into place)

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    Dishwasher-safe carbonating bottle

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    Bigger carbonation button than older models

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    Wide range of flavored syrups

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    Gas cylinder exchange initiative

Reasons to avoid
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    Plastic frame

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    Bottle is made using plastic

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    Requires batteries to operate

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    Competing products appear superior

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The Sodastream Terra is the latest of the brand's sparkling water makers that quenches my thirst for fizzy stuff. Sure, there is a camp that thinks carbonated H2O tastes like TV static, but it can easily be transformed into cola, the occasional homemade tonic (for G&Ts), and other bubbly beverages.

You see, the biggest issue I have is that I'm not a massive soda fan, but I definitely find it easier to hit my hydration target, when I'm not drinking plain water. And, when I've got friends around, this gassy gadget means I don't need to carry several 70-ounce plastic bottles from the store and find ways to fit them into a teeny tiny kitchen cupboard. Nor do I have to go into my garage, which is a scary place in the winter.

The other issue this small kitchen appliance fixes is that of waste. It's generally cheaper to buy a big bottle of soda, but I find after a day or two, it goes flat. This "pop-ular" product means you only make as much as you need. Plus, the shelf-stable Kombucha flavors save me so much on my probiotic-rich sips. On the flip side, I'm thinking it might have the ability to refresh flat beer, and even make a Lambrusco-style drink out of sweeter red wines. With almost 7,000 4.6-star reviews on Amazon, see how I got on with the battery-powered beverage maker.

Sodastream Terra review

What I thought of the SodaStream Terra

The Sodastream Terra is the fourth iteration of the ever-popular seltzer maker. Aesthetically, it has a modern ribbed design and is available in smart colorways including black or white, as well as red and pastel blue to add a color pop to your kitchen. The large button is effective, however, admittedly I prefer the bartender-style lever that comes with the Sodastream Art. The biggest improvement, however, has to be the easy-fit gas canister. With older models, users were required to screw in the cylinder which was a tad fiddly.

Though you're only using one plastic bottle to make the gallons of your favorite thirst quencher, lessons can be learned from the Sodastream Duo which gives you the choice to use reusable plastic or glass bottles, making it a more eco-friendly option. Better still, if you want to go completely plastic-free, the Sodastream Aqua Fizz is the way to go.

Testing the Sodastream Terra

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Christina Chrysostomou

I (Christina) reviewed the SodaStream Terra at Future Plc's test kitchen in Reading, UK. I used it to create unflavored sparkling water, Pepsi, and Ginger ale. I invited editorial colleagues from our sister publication, Homes & Gardens to taste the results.

Sodastream Terra specifications

  • Colors: Black, white, red or blue
  • Size (in.): H17 x W5 x D7.9
  • Material: Plastic
  • Weight: 10.65 pounds
  • Bottle capacity: 1L and 0.5L, BPA free, reusable bottles

Using the SodaStream Terra

Unboxing the sparkling water maker

The Sodastream box is slim and lightweight, allowing you to comfortably place it on your worktop and unbox it. The box contains the Sodastream Terra body, a 1-liter carbonating bottle, and a Sodastream quick-connect CO2 cylinder.

Unboxing the Sodastream Terra sparkling water maker

(Image credit: Future / Christina Chrysostomou)

Inserting the quick-connect CO2 gas canister

To get started, you'll want to remove the plastic cover from your gas cylinder and pull off the cap. Then, pull open the back cover as demonstrated in our test kitchen..

Removing plastic panel from Sodastream Terra sparkling water maker

(Image credit: Future / Christina Chrysostomou)

Next, you'll raise the handle, insert the cylinder (bottom first), lower the handle to lock the gas bottle in place and replace the back cover to conceal the canister.

Inserting a gas canister into the Sodastream Terra

(Image credit: Future / Christina Chrysostomou)

Carbonating water

To transform tap water into soda, fill the bottle with drinkable water from your faucet (or water filter). Better still, Sodastream says that cold water from your refrigerator creates the best results.

Ensure the bottle rest is tilted out, before inserting the bottle neck into the snap-lock. Essentially, you'll want to push it up and then back. Just so you know, the bottle is inserted correctly when there's a gap between the bottle and the base.

Christina Chrysostomou installing carbonating bottle into Sodastream Terra

(Image credit: Future / Christina Chrysostomou)

Christina Chrysostomou using the Sodastream Terra to recreate Lime-flavored Pepsi cola drink

(Image credit: Future / Christina Chrysostomou)

Now the fun part! Firmly push the carbonation button all the way down for at least 1-2 seconds and release. If you only want a light sparkle, I recommend three presses, otherwise go for five for a full-on bubbly experience. To release the bottle, tilt it towards you, and it should come away easily.

Lastly, add as much (or as little syrup) to your taste. By luck, I managed to pour just the right amount in so that it was palatable to our tasting panel. I received quite a few surprised/raised eyebrows, suggesting that I'd created an accurate dupe to the draft colas they'd drunk at McDonald's, which was nice to hear. However, when we tested out the ginger ale flavor, my colleagues said that it was nice, but didn't represent the spicy notes that some readymade ginger drinks had.

What I love about the Sodastream Terra

  • Bigger button than previous models: The larger carbonating control is more easier and comfortable to use.
  • It doesn't rely on electricity: My coffee maker, kettle, and air fryer have already shotgun the power outlets, so I'm glad this uses batteries.
  • Slim design: At 5 inches wide, this soda maker takes up minimal space on my worktop
  • Lots of flavors: My 'Good to know' section lists them out per your preference
  • Adjust the amount of fizz to your needs: However, this isn't exactly a USP, as the Sodastream Art (which one of our staff writers reviewed), uses a lever mechanism to increase the fizziness.
  • The bottle is dishwasher safe: Head of e-commerce, Annie Collyer reviewed the Sodasteam Spirit and mentioned that the bottle is not safe to pop in the dishwasher. This accessory on the other hand can be washed using the bottle brush (available on the Soda stream site) or in your dishwashing machine.

What I don't love about the SodaStream Terra

  • Plastic: Considering this appliance is near the $100 mark, it would be nice to have a more premium design that doesn't feel plasticky.
  • No instruction on syrup dosage: Yes, drink strength is subjective, but it would be nice if there was a measuring cap to pour the flavoring into the bottle.

Cleaning and maintaining the Sodastream Terra

Confession: when testing out the strong fizz setting, we managed to make quite a big mess, which resulted in sticky soda spilling onto the countertop and the drink-making device. Thankfully, we had some unfragranced dish soap and a damp microfiber cleaning cloth to hand and were able to wipe down and clean up this sticky situation. We hand-washed the plastic bottles in between tests, but in a residential setting, we would place these in our dishwasher.

Gas canisters

Christina Chrysostomou holding Easy-fit Sodastream gas canister

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Rather than end up with a glut of metal containers, Sodastream will exchange your empties for full cylinders of carbon dioxide. The refill process is simple. All you have to do is order extra gas online, then use the cardboard box and pre-paid label provided to package up your return shipment within 30 days of receiving the postal materials. Either send it back via USPS or leave it in your mailbox to be collected. Note that if you don't return them in the timeframe, or at all, Sodastream will charge you an additional $15 (plus tax) for each unreturned cylinder. Alternatively, if you've got a local brick-and-mortar store nearby, you can turn in your spent cans and only pay for a refill.

Good to know


Sodastream offer a 2-year warranty for your machine. To qualify, you'll need to register your machine by visiting the link via the QR code on your pamphlet. If you've lost it, we've got access to an online version.

Choice of flavors

As well as the cola and Ginger Ale flavors that Sodastream provided me with, the brand also sells over 40 different syrups including PepsiCo varieties (including Starry), classic own-brand interpretations on favorites (think root beer, orangeade, and a Dr. Pepper alternative), Diet, zero-sugar flavorings, and organic kombucha concentrates.

FYI, as well as the aforementioned sweeteners which have a cordial-style consistency, Sodastream also sells bubly drops™ for an economical alternative to buying fruit-flavored water. But, if you are buying these to try and get children to drink more water — you might want to avoid the caffeinated varieties.

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Is the Sodastream Terra right for you?

If you're looking to save money on soda, but have been put off by the screw-in mechanism of older Sodastream models — the Terra sparkling water maker is something to consider. It's the second-lightest model in the range, and the quick-snap technology ensures you can click the bottle into place with ease. And, with over 40 flavors, water will never be boring again!

But if the Sodastream Terra isn't quite right for you, check out these alternatives...

Where to buy the Sodastream Terra

As well as buying direct from Sodastream, the Terra is also available at Amazon, Lowe's, Sur La Table, and all good retailers.

How we test sparkling water makers

Sodastream Terra sparkling water maker with gas canister and reusable plastic bottle

(Image credit: Future / Christina Chrysostomou)

The Sodastream Terra was sent to me by the brand, and I tested it out for a few hours before writing this review, tasting different flavors and carbonation levels. My colleague took the appliance home to see how long it lasts, and to keep me updated with any important observations.

Here are a few things I like to look out for when testing sparkling water makers:

Packaging: How well are the machine and accessories protected in transit? Do the parts come wrapped in unnecessary amounts of plastic?

Weight: How easy is it to carry from my front door to the kitchen?

Setup: How easy is it to assemble the machine (if applicable) and make soda water? How long does this process take? Does it require instructions?

Flavor: Here, I make each drink and assess the strength and time it takes to make each drink.

Noise levels: Is this machine quiet enough to make a drink in the morning or evening, without disturbing co-habitants and neighbors?

Size: Can the machine be used in a small kitchen? How tall is the machine and is there adequate counter clearance for it to sit underneath cupboards?

Cleaning: How easy is it to maintain this machine? Are syrup stains wipeable? Which parts are hand-washable or dishwasher-safe?

Christina Chrysostomou
Former acting head ecommerce editor

Hi, I'm the former acting head ecommerce editor at Real Homes. Prior to working for the Future plc family, I've worked on a number of consumer events including the Ideal Home Show, Grand Designs Live, and Good Homes Magazine. With a first class degree from Keele University, and a plethora of experience in digital marketing, editorial, and social media, I have an eye for what should be in your shopping basket and have gone through the internal customer advisor accreditation process.