System produces very little carbonation. Looks good when dispensed, but first sip tastes "flat" and not the sparkling sensation I was hoping for.
We drink a lot of sparkling water at our house and bought this online because I wanted something nicer.. Having used a sodastream for years, I had long had issues with water leakage and, more annoyingly, having to go through so many steps just to get a glass of bubbly water. The Carbon8 is expensive. No doubt. But its usability and design is well worth it. It looks and feels high quality and my wife lets me keep it on the counter vs my sodastream which I only took out to use it. Another benefit is that this is compatible with existing SodaStream bottles and gas cylinders, which means you can find them anywhere. I signed up for their exchange program though, but just in case..
I've tried a few different sparkling water makers in the past and Carbon8 is by far the best and easiest one I've used. One of the things I love most about it is that are way less steps than the conventional sparklers. Push the button and you get sparkling water dispensed into a glass vs having to fill a plastic bottle, screw it into the maker, push push push push and then filling the water into the glass.Too many steps. With this appliance I can have a splash or glass when needed. I have the aluminum version side panel looks very good quality and the design is super high end overall. As I said, its a lot different and I really like it.
If you love sparkling water but hate the waste of plastic bottles and cans, this machine is definitely worth checking out. The touch panel is easy to use, but the machine is a bit noisy when dispensing the water ( But so was my old seltzer maker when I kept pushing more gas into the water). The one thing I am a bit skeptical about was the UV light. According to the website is kills algae and other stuff but its difficult to tell I had it for a month now and tank looks clean and water tastes goodSo far so I will update if anything changes ( but seems to work for now). BTW..IT LOOKS GOURGEOUS ON THE COUNTER.
I feel like all the sodamakers have looked and functioned somewhat the same in the past 20 years that I have looked at them ( I had a sodastream in the past but stopped using it because was tired of the steps)
If you're tired of the same old soda makers and want something different, the Carbon8 is definitely worth checking out. It's a much better looking option than the Sodastream and others, and the fact that it doesn't use plastic bottles is great.