I was offered the chance to do a product review on a SodaStream and I jumped at it.
When I opened the box I was super excited! I didn’t know that they made so many different flavors (over 60 to choose from)!!
They have regular cola flavors, diet soda, Crystal Light, Country Time Lemonade, flavored waters, sparkling tea, energy drinks, and more – if you want it in a soda chances are they make it!
Regular flavors contain no high-fructose corn syrup, and diet flavors are sweetened with Splenda® brand sweetener, not aspartame. That’s important for me as I’ll allow my kids to have some Splenda. Now I won’t say that they’re a healthy soda, but I will say that I would prefer to have these than the sodas out on the market now.
The nutritional data below was borrowed from the taste and nutrition page – this comparison is based on 8 fl. oz. serving size (0.34 fl. oz. of SodaStream sodamix per 8 fl. oz. of water).
I want to show you just how easy it is to turn your tap water into a soda – watch this video that I made…
See it takes only a short time to have fresh fizzy soda in your house. I had pre-filled the bottle with water (from my fridge) and then placed the bottles in the fridge so that they were nice and cold. Also pressing the top button is not difficult, I’m not sure why it looks like I put my whole body weight into it.
I really like the diet pink grapefruit. The diet sprite didn’t taste much diet so that’s a huge win at our house! I like that I can have a little soda without feeling too guilty about it. I was most excited to try Dr. Pete, but sadly I wasn’t a huge fan. Pity as Dr. Pepper is my favorite drink ever. Perhaps that’s why it didn’t work for me – the kids thought it tasted like Dr. Pepper so I guess it’s very similar…I’m just too picky.
The model I have is the Fountain Jet and it’s for sale at the SodaStream webpage for $79.99. They have free shipping in the US until 6/17. I would advise (as a deal seeker) that you keep an eye out for Kohls. They sell these at many stores including Target, Wal-Mart, Kohls, Bed, Bath & Beyond, and more. I would suggest getting a Kohl’s deal – they have coupons at Kohl’s frequently (as they also do at Bed, Bath, and Beyond) and you could really score a good deal using these coupons.
My one issue with the system is this: the CO2 gets expensive. I wasn’t keeping track of my first CO2 output but I thought it would last a while, it maybe lasted 2 weeks. I was using it frequently and the kids were wanting fizzy flavored water a lot. It ran out while my daughter’s best friend was here and we were going to show her how it worked. I went to Bed, Bath, & Beyond to replace as they will recycle the old carbonators. I thought you got a big credit towards your new one if you turned the old one in, I was mistaken. It’s the same price for the ones on the shelf, so using my 20% Bed, Bath, and Beyond coupon (they take expired coupons too, keep all that you get in the mail!) I walked out with a new CO2 canister for about $12. So far I have made 11 sodas with it and I will edit this when I run out and let you know just how many I was able to make with one canister.
Ending this on a good note, the last thing I want to say is better for the environment. Just think of the environment and all the bottles you won’t be tossing into the trash (or recycling). Saving the environment one bottle at a time. Sounds good to me!