5.25.2010

Home made soda- SodaStream Review

I have to admit, I love gadgets.  When it comes to kitchen gadgets I have to weigh the gadgets usefulness against the space it takes up as our counter space at the moment is VERY limited.  Luckily the Fountain Jet is worth twice the space it takes up! Whether your the occasional soda craver or a daily drinker (or in my house, both) there are things about the Fountain Jet that will appeal to you.
What it is- this little baby turns plain old tape water into sparkling water or (when you ad flavor) soda! It's actually a lot simpler than you might think it is.  No batteries required, just a co2 cartridge and a few pushes of the button into your plain water, then remove the bottle and pour in your flavor.  That means the only thing that touches the machine is plain water so there is no clean up!!!!

There are a ton of flavors to choose from and I was pleasantly surprised to see this...
It's nearly one third the calories of regular soda! You can find more nutritional information here. There are also all kinds of environmental reasons to use the SodaStream products,  you can read all about it here if that's your thing.  For me, it's the value.  Making soda at home averages out to be about 25 cents a can.
I was able to try a wide selection of their flavors (there are over 30 soda flavor choices). My favorite is the diet root beer.  The diet cola tastes just like diet coke and the cola tastes like a generic coke or pepsi.  Lemon lime was refreshing, as was the citrus options of pink grapefruit or orange mango.  The only one I didn't like was the lemon iced tea (and I'm an iced tea drinker).  I think it was because I don't think tea is supposed to be carbonated.  Although you can control the amount of carbonation, as well as the amount of flavor you want. 

What I'm loving-
  • Different flavors of sodas all at my fingertips for all my moods.
  • Fresh root beer floats! Check out some of their other recipe ideas here!
  • Narrow design takes up less space than my coffee maker
  • No batteries
  • No clean up!!!!
What I'm not loving-
  • Although you may find alternative flavoring methods, you will always need to purchase replacement co2 cartridges which means ordering and waiting for them to come.  SodaStream does have a few options so that you can have spares on hand though and even recycles the used canisters! Plus the Jet has the option to hold the extra large canister so you replace it less. 
I use my SodaJet on a daily basis.  My husband used to take two cans of soda a day to work with him and now takes one of the durable liter bottles saving us money.  I love that I can get the flavors I crave when I want them just a little at a time (and for fewer calories!).   Put this on your list for the soda drinker on your Christmas list!  Or order extra bottles and use it for your parties, no more buying a ton of 2 liters just to have a bunch of half empty containers to store when the party is over!
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15 comments:

  1. Wow, what an interesting concept! I am not really a soda drinker, but I am intrigued.

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  2. I'm impressed with some people's ingenuity! I wonder if it is better for your teeth than soda???

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  3. Wow, I never knew there was such a thing! I'll definitely have to look into this for Hubby!

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  4. This does sound really neat. :)

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  5. Oh! That is so cool! I never think soda is carbonated enough so I would be curious to know if you can adjust the amount of carbonation you use?

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  6. Ohhh I have been wanting to try this For-ev-er!! It just looks so cool!

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  7. This is so cool. I'm a once in a blue moon pop drinker but my hubby has 2-3 cans on a normal day and more in the heat. Thanks for this.

    Carolyn

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  8. We were looking at one of these for awhile, mainly because of the no HFCS and fewer calories. I was afraid it would be gimmicky and heaven knows I don't need more kitchen gadgets. Thanks for the review!

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  9. That is so awesome! I LOVE soda but never drink it because it's so bad for you and expensive and I feel like I'm just wasting so much money - but I would love to have one of these!! Thanks for a great review!

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  10. My husband has been addicted to Diet Coke for 28 years! I just recently cut out all fast food, soda and...COFFEE and kept teasing him that he needed to do that with the Diet Coke. He'd drink a 12pk a d-a-y! I was worried about his aspartame intact, so if this baby uses Splenda, he might be making your house payment next month in appreciation for me getting him one!

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  11. That is really cool! My husband loves soda (and gadgets!), I am going to look into this for Father's Day. Thanks for the heads up...

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  12. What a unique product. I am not much of a soda drinker but this is really fun!

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  13. A non-soda drinker turned me on to this awhile ago. She didn't care for it, but their family rarely drinks soda. But I'm curious...

    because I buy soda for me as a weekly treat, but rarely get any. My "I don't like pop" husband drinks it all first. Grrr.

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