You may have considered purchasing one, but probably have a few concerns. Is it valuable? Is it easy to use? Do the sodas taste… okay?
I received a Sodastream to review a couple of weeks ago, and lemme tell ya, it’s awesome. I love it because it’s convenient, fun to use, the ingredients are better than name-brand soda, and you really can save money with it.
SodaStream Home Soda Makers come in a number of varieties, ranging from the Fountain Jet you see at the top of this post, to higher-end varieties. The Fountain Jet makes one liter of soda at a time and takes minutes to work with.
You can get the bare-bones kit, which comes with the SodaStream, a carbonator that will fizz 60 liters of soda, a one-liter carbonating bottle, and a variety of six sample Sodamix flavor syrups, each giving you one liter of Sodastream’s most popular flavors.
I would recommend getting the Soda Starter kit you see pictured at the top of this post. With it you get the samples of soda, AND can pick three full-size Sodamix flavors of your choosing. Each of these bottles makes 12 liters of soda, and sell for $4.99-5.99 at SodastreamUSA.com.
I went to Target to scope out the prices, and the lowest price I found on any of the syrup flavors was $5.99, so again, I’m going to suggest you stick to buying online. More on that later.
What about the flavor? In addition to having a number of delicious, fruity soda and seltzer flavors like Orange, Black Currant-Pear and Cranberry Raspberry, they have a number of “copycat” flavors for drinks like Mountain Dew, Coca-Cola, Dr. Pepper and even Red Bull.
I purchased the Diet Dr. Pete for my Diet Dr. Pepper-loving mom, and she was completely AMAZED by the flavor. What I really liked about this alternative was that while Diet Dr. Pepper has 55 mg of sodium per can, the SodaStream version has less than one mg per serving. Since my mother needs to watch her sodium intake, this is great news. Mom said she’s even prepared to make the transition once her Diet Dr. Pepper supply runs out!
While not all of the flavors are this sodium-friendly, all diet sodas are sweetened with Splenda instead of aspartame or saccharine, and the sodas have very few ingredients and few preservatives, if any.
I must say, however, that as a Coke Zero fan, I was slightly disappointed with SodaStream’s attempt, Cola Free. I tried both sodas side-by-side, and the Cola Free just didn’t have the same taste; it reminded me a lot more of Pepsi. Is this going to make me stop using the Sodastream or forego the Cola Free? Probably not; instead I will probably continue to experiment with the soda to get a flavor to my liking.
One copycat I DID enjoy was the Diet Grapefruit, which is SodaStram’s answer to Fresca. Even though the soda has a distinct pink color (Fresca is clear); the flavor tasted a lot more like a delicious, fizzy ruby-red grapefruit drink. It also included real grapefruit juice!
How is it for the environment? SodaStream is also an earth-friendly way to enjoy soda. Instead of purchasing plastic bottles or aluminum cans over and over again, you get a refillable carbonating bottle that needs to be replaced every three years.
The bottles are sturdy and able to withstand lots of use. If you have a big family, you can purchase extra carbonating bottles at two for $19.99 directly from SodaStream’s web site. Compare that to $24.99 at Target!
You can also exchange your carbonators either through SodaStream’s web site or at local retailers like Bed, Bath and Beyond; Staples, and Williams-Sonoma. You then pay only for what’s in the carbonator, and the carbonators are then shipped back to SodaStream, where they are cleaned, inspected and shipped out for re-use.
A carbonator exchange costs $15 at a retailer and varies if you purchase online; this is the one time I’d go for the retail store option to avoid paying extra shipping costs.
Okay, let’s get back to the price. The value of your SodaStream really depends on how much you and your family go through carbonated drinks each week. In my most conservative estimations, I determined that using the Sodastream, we will end up paying 30 cents for each liter of soda.
There are only two people in this house, and we’ve already learned we’re going to save a lot of money with this. We’ve already saved LOTS of dollars making soda at home in an instant!
The SodaStream will pay for itself; when you consider that you will get much more use out of the machine than you ever could from a fridge pack or a two-liter, you will see the savings.
Also, a $15 exchange carbonator, combined with four bottles of syrup will cost you approximately $35 to make 60 liters of soda.
Also, if you buy online, you get a free bottle of Sodamix with every ten bottles you purchase. Make a $100 purchase and shipping is free, so if you purchase the Soda Starter kit, you won’t even have to pay for it to be delivered to your door!
They also have a referral program in which you get $10 in credit for every person you get to purchase a SodaStream!
This is a welcome addition to our household. It’s a LOT of fun, it’s easy, it’s hassle-free and it’s going to keep me from lugging fridge packs back and forth from the car every week! I love it!
SodaStream provided me with products for this review. All opinions are my own unless attributed otherwise.