Selz-it Up with iSiWritten by Urban Sherp on August 4th, 2008
Who: iSi, (HQ) Vienna Austria
What: iSi Soda Siphon
Where: Target.com, $69.99, plus $9.99 for 10 chargers
Why: The iSi Soda Siphon has finally moved out of the “What I Want Now” category and onto the list of my new most favorite things…….I am exceedingly excited about it. I found this lovely model in sky blue for a steal! It is now the most admired appliance in my kitchen-well second to the Liebherr Fridge—but a very close second. What can be more fabulous than spritzing your vodka with a dash of freshly brewed tonic? I feel like the the ultimate hostess when I mix up a delightfully fizzy beverage-wows the crowd, and the nieces as well who love the “spicy” bubble water. Note, the colder the water the better the bubble.
The soda siphon is a great eco-friendly alternative to buying (and then lugging home) 2 litre plastic bottles of seltzer. The iSi can be used for years and requires only the use of tiny recyclable steel CO2 cartridges. Using less plastic bottles means a smaller carbon footprint. I contemplated the Penguin, but seems more cumbersome and a bit pricey at $199.99. These posts from chowhound did raise some concerns about the quality of home brewed seltzer, so I will report back.
(Updated January 12, 2009) Just found a great new website for all things Seltzer, Prairie Moon. List price for the iSi, $44.95. And P.S. I still love my iSi, definitely a conversation piece when entertaining. Since I drink less icy beverages in the winter, I ended up leaving a 3/4 full bottle in the fridge for over a month and it was still fizzy!