Saturday, May 12, 2012

SodaStream Home Soda Maker Review!

Oh my gosh you guys I am so excited for this review! My husband is even more excited because he loves soda. I, on the other hand can take it or leave it. Have you ever heard of SodaStream? No? Well, no worries we are going to fill you in today! SodaStream is so unbelievably cool and I truly believe this is the next best thing to the coffee maker, every home should have one! Here is a little description of SodaStream from their website:

Making carbonated water and soft drinks is simple! Turn tap water into sparkling water in under 30 seconds, with no clean-up. Enjoy the freshness and convenience of homemade soda and protect the environment at the same time. No heavy bottles to carry, store at home or throw away. Fizz to your taste and add the flavor of your choice to make your favorite drink. Simple to clean and reuse. With a variety of colors and silhouettes, you'll be sure to find a soda maker to match with any decor.

We received a super cool (and heavy) package from SodaStream about a week ago and ever since we have been making our own soda at home! Yes, you heard read that right, we are making our own soda at home!

This is what we got: The SodaStream Fountain Jet and the flavors we got were: Root Beer, Cola, Orange, Ginger Ale, Cranberry Raspberry, Black Currant and Pear, Cola Free, Diet Pink Grapefruit, Diet Lemon Lime. MyWater Flavor Essence Variety 3 pack! Whew what a lot huh?
Whenever we get a new gadget like this as soon as the package man drops it off my husband goes straight for it, so I apologize if the photos are a little crummy. 

So first things first when you open the SodaStream Fountain Jet you want to make sure you read the directions. My husband failed to do this and in the long run he made a huge mess with the water. 

The CO2 cylinder, it easily attaches to the back of the SodaStream. 

Getting the SodaStream set up is extremely easy and there are four steps to making your own soda at home! Attaching the CO2 cylinder to the back of the fountain is the first step. You will want to rinse your carbonating bottle before you first use it, so do that. Then fill it up with VERY cold water, Screw the bottle into the machine.

Now this is where the part on reading the directions before you begin comes in. My husband did NOT screw the bottle into the machine, he just placed it in the fountain. So be sure to screw the bottle in otherwise you will have a mess.

See? Bottle is not screwed in :)

Once you get the bottle screwed in you will pull the lever on top of the SodaStream until you hear a loud buzz. 3 buzzes will get you average carbonation. The thing that my husband likes about the SodaStream is the fact that you can adjust the carbonation to your liking. 

When you are finished carbonating your water pull the bottle toward you and unscrew from the maker. And bam you have carbonated water! Next, as lastly you will add the soda mix to your water! We chose orange to try out first.

We have tried 3 out of the 9 flavors we were sent. Like I mentioned we tried the orange first. Orange soda is really the only kind of carbonated soda I will drink, but I have to say I am quite impressed with the taste. It really does taste like brand name orange soda. My husband has tried the Cola and Ginger Ale flavors and he loves them both! While we are going to try out all of the flavors the reason why we didn't try them all is because the soda mix has to be refrigerated after opening.

I really like the ability to be able to control how much soda mix you put into the water. For sweeter drinks add a little more or for less sweeter drinks add less. I tend to find that store bought sodas are way to sweet for me so being able to adjust it to my liking is a huge plus.

SodaStream has a wide variety of over 50 sodamix syrups including dozens of regular, diet and caffeine-free options. Flavors include classics like cola, lemon-lime, and root beer. SodaMix flavors are all available in economy sized bottles. Each bottle makes 12 liters (about 33 cans) of soda! The SodaMix range in price from $4.99-$9.99.

Another thing you have to think about when you have the SodaStream is purchasing the CO2 for it. Carbonators are available in two sizes, to make up to 60 or 130 liters of soda or sparkling water per carbonator. When empty, SodaStream takes back the cylinder to be cleaned, inspected, refilled and reused. Carbonators may be exchanged online, or at select SodaStream authorized retailers. There are a lot of choices when it comes to exchanging and ordering spare carbonators for your SodaStream.

As if I couldn't give you enough reasons to purchase a SodaStream for yourself here are some more:

  • Quick, convenient and easy to use
  • Fresh, delicious soda in seconds
  • No more lugging heavy, bulky bottles and cans from the store
  • No more worries about running out of your favorite soft drinks
  • Over 25 great-tasting flavors, including regular, diet and caffeine-free options
  • Regular flavors have much less sugar, carbs and sodium than store-bought brands
  • Diet flavors are sweetened with Splenda® and contain no aspartame
  • Reusable BPA-free bottles and concentrated sodamix cut down on recyclables and disposables, making an environmentally-friendly alternative to store-bought drinks
  • No batteries, electricity or plumbing
  • Money-back guarantee and two-year warranty
Overall my husband and I are extremely satisfied with our new SodaStream maker. I think in the long run it will save us money and I really like the fact that it is Eco-friendly since we're not throwing away plastic 2 liter bottles and cola cans anymore.

SodaStream products are available at a wide variety of retailers across the world including Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, Amazon, & Target. For a more detailed list check out their store locator.

You can connect with SodaStream on facebook, twitter, and Youtube!

Thank you to SodaStream for letting us review your awesome product. I think we will be long time customers and I can't wait to try some more soda mix flavors!

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one or more of the products or services mentioned above for free .Regardless, all opinions are 100% my own and have not been influenced by any one else. I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. For my full disclosure click here.


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