Tuesday, October 11, 2011

The SodaStream Soda Maker -- Turn Water Into Fresh Sparkling Water And Soda -- Product Review

The SodaStream Jet Starter Kit bundles the soda maker with one 60L carbonator and a carbonating bottle.

Fresh Soft Drinks In Seconds... Without Lugging Or Storage Hassles!
With a SodaStream soda maker, you'll transform ordinary water into the freshest and best-tasting seltzer and soda anytime, at the touch of a button, with no clean-up.

Now, you can enjoy the best tasting soda on the planet ... and it's as easy as making coffee! 

Features and Benefits of the SodaStream Soda Maker:
  • Save space with concentrated soda mix and reusable carbonating bottles
  • No more lugging and storing heavy, bulky bottles and cans
  • No more hassles with empties in the trash or recycling bin
  • No batteries, no electricity, no plumbing
  • Over 30 flavors at the touch of a button
  • Enjoy freshly made, great tasting sparkling water/seltzer in less than 30 seconds with no mess
  • Starter kit includes SodaStream Jet soda maker in black/silver, one carbonator (good for making up to 60L of soda), and one BPA-free plastic bottle
  • Reusable carbonating bottles last for three years with hermetically sealed caps to keep drinks fresh and fizzy
  • The SodaStream Jet measures 16.7 by 5.3 by 7.9 inches (HxWxD) and weighs 2.58 pounds.

With the SodaStream Jet Starter Kit, you've got everything you need to turn tap water into sparkling water in 30 seconds--saving you money as well as helping you stay . This black/silver SodaStream Jet soda maker comes with one CO2 cylinder that will make up to 60 liters of sparkling water. With no batteries or electricity, you can use your soda maker in your kitchen, outdoors on your patio or deck, or on your boat or R.V.

In addition to making fizzy water, SodaStream also offers more than 25 regular, diet, energy and caffeine-free flavors of syrup (sold separately). Each 500ml soda mix bottle makes the equivalent of 12 liters of soda (about 33 cans). And with over 25 flavors, the possibilities for creative beverages are limited only by your imagination. How about a Creamsicle (Orange and Cream Soda), or a Japanese Beetle (Ginger Ale and Lemon-Lime)? The regular soda mixes contain no high fructose corn syrup, while the diet soda mixes contain no aspartame.

Frequently Asked Questions 

Can I carbonate drinks other than water?
No. Only water should be carbonated in the SodaStream home soda maker. You risk damaging your soda maker, not to mention making a big fizzy mess. The money-back guarantee and the warranty are both invalidated if you carbonate any liquid other than water in your soda maker.

Why does the carbonating bottle have an expiration date?
Since the bottle has to withstand recurring pressure from carbonation, it cannot be used forever. The expiration date on the bottle must be checked and new bottles purchased as soon as the former expires. The bottles must also be replaced if put in the dishwasher, exposed to a heat source, or if they have become scratched. All components of carbonating bottles are recyclable. Check with your local recycling authority for more information.

What Do I Do with the Empty CO2 Carbonator?
When the CO2 carbonator is empty, you can visit the SodaStream web site to purchase a new CO2 cylinder as well as set up a cylinder exchange, which helps to eliminate waste. SodaStream collects your empty cylinder and returns it to our filling facility where it's cleaned, inspected and refilled.

How do I clean my carbonating bottles?
Carbonating bottles may be cleaned in warm water with a bottle brush and regular dish-washing liquid if necessary. Please do not place carbonating bottles in the dishwasher, as exposure to extreme heat can weaken the integrity of the bottles. Bottles stay cleanest when rinsed and then immediately filled with fresh water and returned to your refrigerator. Plus, you'll always have cold water on hand when you're ready for your next bottle of soda.

How long does the soda last before going flat?
The hermetic seal on the cap keeps your soda from going flat as quickly as ordinary store-bought beverages. If you make sure to close the cap tightly, and keep the bottle in the refrigerator, your SodaStream soda should remain fizzy and fresh for over a week.

How often will I have to replace my carbonator?
On average, the carbonator will make 60 liters of soda, and this number could be more or less depending on the amount of carbonation used when making your drink. A household of four soda drinkers might need to replace a 60-liter carbonator every 6-8 weeks, depending on usage.

My Thoughts:

We have been using the SodaStream for the past week and a half and absolutely love it.  It game in handy this past weekend when I help a few house parties for my girlfriends and I.  Instead of heading to the grocery store and buying cases or bottle of soda and then having to lug them to the car and then the house, instead, I was able to make the soda at home in minutes.  And, best of all not only did I have on the bottle deposit, but I also cut down on the recycling or need to return the empty bottles to the market.  With over 30 flavors to choose from and the ability to combine flavors to made specialty soda flavors, like orange creamsicle (my favorite).  For my parties, I was able to make a variety of sodas and sparkling water options for guests.  And, when I told everyone that I made the soda myself, they couldn't believe it.  They loved the fizz that I was able to add and control with each soda or sparkling water I made, and some even said it tasted better than bottled soda from the market.  

And, if you have children at home, this is a great way to let them experiment in the kitchen. You don't have to worry about electricity and it is safe and easy to use.  Let your kids impress their friends with their own homemade soda.  After trying most of the flavor options sent to me, both my husband and I agree that we like regular cola, orange, sparkling iced teas and root beer flavors the most. 

Overall, we are glad we were able to try out the SodaStream in our home, and with another baby on the way, it has helped with the soda cravings I have had, and saved both my husband and I in making trips to the market to restock up.  What a convenient little soda maker?  The drink options are endless, and the flavor is spot on (and even better) to sodas you buy at the market.  We are also liking how we have cut down on plastic waste.  

So, if you are looking for the perfect gift for a soda lover or a family gift this holiday season, why not check out the SodaStream Machine today.  All you need is the starter kit and you are ready to make your own sodas and sparkling water at home in minutes -- and, they last up to a week in the refridgerator!

Disclosure:  I was sent a sample in order to write up an honest review.  The views above are mine and mine alone.

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