What they say:
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.
I was excited when I learned that this product was delivered and couldn't wait to get home to try it. I've seen various things written and commercials for this product and it sparked some interest. Once we arrived home the first thing I noticed was how light the boxes were. I thought for sure there must have been something missing. With no plugs or cords to mess with this unit is not only easy to store but it is extremely easy to travel with. We actually went up to the mountains for the weekend and took our SodaStream with us. Also with very little in regards to components it is very user friendly. Once you insert the Co2 Carbonator all you have to do is attach the bottle of tap water and press the button on top of the SodaStream. You continue to press this button in short spurts until you hear 3 buzzes, which is hard to explain. It's not like a buzz you would hear out of an alarm clock or anything. If you like your soda with more carbonation or extra fizzy then you can press it for more buzzes. We usually go until we hear 4 buzzes. There different Soda Makers you can choose from as well. We have the basic model called the Jet which in stores cost's $79.95. Check out the video below!
The soda syrup comes in a couple different size containers. The smaller bottle of concentrate makes 12 full liters of soda which equals out to 33 cans of soda and costs $4.99. You also have a larger bottle of syrup which is the Sparkling Naturals syrups. The Sparkling Naturals contain no artificial coloring, artificial sweeteners, or artificial flavors, and doesn't contain any preservatives. With this larger bottle you can make 6 liters.
That brings me to my first point which is savings. In most cases making your own soda is going to save you money. The only time this isn't the case is when you can get the 10 for $10 2 liter sodas. The problem is you're not always going to be able to find that deal. With soda stream you're looking at $0.25 per can of soda and just $0.25 per liter of sparkling water. I did a price comparison with the current sales add at our local grocery store. Right now I can get 3, 2 liters for $5.00. That averages out to 0.83 cents per liter. If I make a liter of Diet Rootbeer using SodaStream it will cost me 0.41 cents per liter. So instead of paying $5.00 for 3 two liters, I'm paying $2.46 for 3 two liters. Let's look further! I can get 36 cans of Pepsi product for $12.00. Ready for this, I can make 33 cans worth of soda using SodaStream for $4.99. Are you ready to go out and buy this product now?
Maybe your big thing is taste and nutrition? We really like the taste of the soda the machine makes. The taste is comparable to brand name soda on the market. The Cola has a similar taste to Coca Cola. You have a very wide variety of flavors from Rootbeer which is our favorite to Dr Pete which is their Dr Pepper, Ginger Ale, Orange, Grape, and many more! Let's look a nutrition. In 1 liter of Coca-cola you're looking at 100 calories, 27g carbs, and 27g of sugar. The SodaStream Cola you're looking at 35 calories, 8g carbs, and 8g of sugar. A diet coke has 40mg of sodium, and the SodaStream Diet Cola only has 10mg of Sodium. The Diet Cola also contains no aspartame as it is sweetened using Splenda.
One other important factor that we love about the SodaStream is that you are helping the environment because you don't have the plastic 2 liter bottles or aluminum cans to dispose of. You're re-using your SodaStream bottles so there is no disposal. Your Co2 Carbinators are taken to a store such as Bed Bath & Beyond or Staples and exchanged for new Co2 Carbinators and you're only paying for new Co2 when you do so. So even there you are re-using containers and there is no waste.
We highly recommend this product and don't foresee purchasing soda from the supermarket again. It's nice being able to make fresh soda when you drink your last sip, and not having to get in the car and driving down the road to restock when you're thirsty. Great product SodaStream!!