SodaStream Review

I have always loved soda ever since I can remember but don't drink it much anymore due to several reasons:

  • The cost: In my area, 12 packs can range from $3-5 each if not on sale. The same goes for the 6 packs of bottles. A 2 liter of national brand soda can cost nearly $2 if not on sale. Even on sale, 12 packs are $2.50 each and 2 liters are $1.25.
  • The lugging: I hate having to lug multiple 12 packs or 2 liters. They are heavy and just a pain.
  • The storing: I don't have a ton of room in my apartment so storing lots of soda isn't always possible.
  • Waste: I hate wasting food and drinks. I always find myself wasting parts of canned soda or having a 2 liter go flat before it's finished. My daughter is notorious for not finishing a can of soda
  • The garbage: Yes, I recycle but it's still a lot of garbage just from 1 12 pack of soda.   
When I heard about SodaStream, I was very excited to learn I could make my own soda at home. I was recently sent a SodaStream unit for my review.

About SodaStream(from their website):
SodaStream is the world's largest manufacturer, distributor and marketer of Home Carbonation Systems. Our brands are sold in over 40,000 retail stores in 41 countries including home & electrical appliance stores, hypermarkets, supermarkets, department stores, convenience stores, DIY, specialty and "green" stores, water specialists & dealers, as well as online and in catalogs.
Our long standing and deep heritage dates back to 1903, when we introduced innovative solutions to the beverage market. We continue to grow as market leaders in both technological advancements and the quality of our products.
The SodaStream system enables consumers to carbonate water and to flavor carbonated beverages at home as an alternative to purchasing pre-packed bottles or cans. This has many important benefits to the consumer including cost savings and no hassle with bottles.
The advantages of SodaStream's Home Carbonation System include:
  • Convenience: No need to carry heavy bottles from the store. The SodaStream system is simple to use and requires no batteries or electricity.
  • Environmentally-Friendly: SodaStream is an "Active Green" solution that minimizes the huge eco-footprint caused by the manufacture, transport and waste of plastic bottles.
  • Variety: SodaStream offers over 100 flavors to suit everyone’s taste. Regular, diet, natural, fruity flavors, ice tea, energy drinks, sport drinks, tonic and many more.
  • Space Saver: No need to store bottles of beverages or empty bottles for recycling in your home.
  • Personalization: Make drinks just the way you love them… more bubbles, less bubbles, sweeter or lighter, even create your own flavor!
  • Family Fun: The system is quick and easy to use. It's fun for everyone and kids just love it!
  • Value for Money: Great savings compared to pre-packed carbonated water and beverages.
  • Satisfaction Guaranteed: SodaStream drinks makers are of extremely high quality and include a money-back satisfaction guarantee.
Every year SodaStream provides 600 million liters of carbonated beverage to millions of households, making it one of the largest beverage companies in the world.
We employ more than 1,000 people worldwide, with over 30 nationalities represented. Company headquarters are located in Israel and we have seven manufacturing facilities in Germany, Israel, Australia, South Africa and China. The SodaStream group has an intellectual property portfolio that includes 65 patents and 198 trademark registrations worldwide.

My Thoughts:
I will admit I was rather skeptical because I thought it would be hard to set up, use or the drinks wouldn't taste good compared to what I can buy in the stores. I was wrong!

The set up couldn't have been easier. Basically all that was even required was to screw on the CO2 container under the back of the machine. I couldn't believe there was no batteries or electricity needed either.

Using it is even more simple. First, it uses tap water. You fill up the special bottle(s) that are available from the company, with tap water. The water carbonates best if the water is super cold so filling a bottle and placing in the fridge over night is best. Then you screw the bottle on to the front of the machine, press the carbonation button on the top and make sure it makes a loud buzzing noise. Do this 3 times. Then you decide what drink you are going to make. Fill the cap of the drink syrup bottle top to the top and slowly pour the syrup into the carbonated water bottle. Place cap back on the carbonated water bottle and slowly mix. You are done!

I was sent Root Beer, Energy, Green Tea Pomegranate Peach, Cola, Black Currant & Pear, Diet Lemon Lime, Diet Pink Grapefruit, Ginger Ale, Cola Free, Cranberry Raspberry and a package of MyWater to make sparkling water.

All of them tasted just like what I could buy in the store which is great. I couldn't tell a difference at all and neither could my daughter. I love that most of these don't contain high fructose corn syrup. My favorite was the root beer by far. I love root beer and have never found a root beer I haven't liked. I didn't care for the flavoring of the black currant & pear or the energy. They tasted great if you like those flavors. It just wasn't my preference.

The only thing that might be a negative would be the cost of the carbonators. The one I received is enough to make approximately 60 liters of soda. To exchange 2 of these carbonators on SodaStreams website is $30. Other option are available on there but that's the cheapest. You can also buy/exchange carbonators at some stores including Bed Bath and Beyond.

Overall, I think it's a great product that produces great tasting sodas but I am not sure over the long run, if it's anymore economical than buying sodas in the store after factoring in the cost of the machine(prices start at $80.00), the syrups(prices start at $4.99) and having to buy and exchange the carbonators. I do know for certain that it was a lot more fun and easier to make our own soda at home, regardless of cost.

Disclosure: I received a complementary review unit from SodaStream in order to do a review. No monetary compensation was received. All of my opinions are honest and my own.


Unknown said…
This is an excellent review! This looks like something that I could get for my home! Found you on the FNF weekend blog hop! New follower!
Looks like a neat product!

New follower from the hop! I'd love it if you could stop by and follow back! I also wanted to invite you to our Super Stalker Sunday hop! Hope to see you link up on my blog!

Have a great day!

April @ Mama on a Green Mission
Claire Justine said…
I remember having on of these when i was little,i didn't even realize they still made them,bet my kids would love one :)
Pain SUX said…
Hey there, new follower here. I hope that when you get a chance, you will stop by and follow me back.

Thanks. Have a great day.

Great job on the review. I think I could use this!Hopping over from VB. Hugs and have a great week!
Colie's Kitchen said…
Hi this is Nicole from Colie’s Kitchen I just discovered your blog and wanted to drop by and say hi. I am now a new follower. I would love to have you stop by Colie’s Kitchen if you get a chance.
I've always been a juice girl, myself ;) Hii! I'm your newest follower from the blog hop! Please swing by & visit my blog when/if you have a chance. If you have a Twitter, I'd love to be friends there as well. xoxo! & @shelbylatelycom

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