Wednesday, November 4, 2009

SodaStream Home Soda Maker Review

Congregating in the kitchen as a family creating savory meals is one of our favorite pastimes to do together. It is always a festive time and any innovative gadgets that can add an element of entertainment and fun, not to mention great taste and flavor is a welcome gadget and device in our home! And, enjoying those family meals with an accompanying flavored beverage is what completes our meals. Do the flavors Cranberry-Raspberry, Orange, Root Beer, Cola, Lemon-Lime getting you thirsty yet? Whether it is a hot sultry day or a cold blustery day everyone loves to sit back, relax for a moment and enjoy a nice, tasty, refreshing drink, right?! How would you love to be able to create your own fizzy, delicious soft drinks or flavored sparkling water fresh right in the comfort of your own kitchen? Well, now you can and why not be a trend setter in your family and in your circle of friends and have some fun with the quick and easy SodaStream line of at home soda makers.

Drinking soda in our home is an everyday occurrence. So when I learned about the innovative SodaStream at home soda makers, I knew they would be an instant hit in our house. The SodaStream at home soda makers are a fun and entertaining way to create fresh, delicious tasting drinks for your entire family AND also an eco-friendly way to be kinder to our environment by not using any plastic bottle or cans that could end up in landfills, now how wonderful is that?! This is why I choose the SodaStream Soda Makers as one of my top Holiday Gift Giving picks this season.

We began our "green journey" almost a year ago. We have made so many changes to the way we live our life and the products that we use, and our first step in "greening up our act" was to stop drinking bottled water. I am so excited to say that now we are no longer using soda bottles, thanks to the new SodaStream maker we have! No more lugging, storing or discarding bottles or cans of heavy soda!

What a great way to show that you care about the environment. With Sodastream there are no more empty bottles and cans to recycle or discard and none of the energy wasted by transporting billions of gallons of soda everyday. It does indeed make good sense to add one of these nifty devices to your home, better for you and better for the environment!

So, are you aware of all the very positive "buzz" about SodaStream at home soda makers? From Wall Street to your street, everyone’s talking about SodaStream soda makers. They have recently been featured in: Woman's Day Magazine, Time Magazine, Popular Science, Ebony Magazine, HGTV Kitchen Trends, Chicago Sun-Times, Boston Globe, Baltimore Sun, Dallas Morning News, Seattle Times, Akron Beacon-Journal, Hampton Roads Daily Press, Home Appliance Magazine,, Visalia Times-Delta, And more! Let me introduce you to the company and how the soda makers work:

"Soda-Club is the world’s largest manufacturer, distributor and marketer of Home Carbonation Systems. Our brands, Soda-Club and SodaStream, are sold in more than 30 countries worldwide.

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 Soda-Club 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.

Every year Soda-Club provides over 600 million liters of carbonated beverage to more than 8 million households, making it one of the largest beverage companies in the world."


SodaStream and the Environment ... Drink to the Earth

Americans drink more than 55 billion liters of soda and seltzer each year. That's almost 200 liters - about 600 cans - for every adult and child in the United States. And, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, that adds 10 1/2 cubic feet of packaging per American — over 3 billion cubic feet - in our landfills and recycling facilities every year. With a SodaStream home soda maker, you'll enjoy freshly made, great tasting seltzer and soda in just seconds ... and you'll be helping our environment by drastically reducing waste from store-bought cans and bottles. And 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 RV.

Reusable Bottles Reduces Packaging:

  • No bottles or cans to recycle or throw away
  • Saves thousands of containers for a family of four in a year
  • Carbonating bottles last for three years
  • Highly concentrated soda mix minimizes packaging

A family of four could slash their home soft-drink-related packaging usage by over 90%, simply by using a SodaStream soda maker. That's a whole lot of cans and bottles that won't end up polluting our environment. SodaStream's plastic carbonating bottles are reusable for up to three years, and Penguin glass carbonating carafes will last even longer than that with proper care. A typical American will toss away over 1500 aluminum cans (and/or hundreds of plastic 2-liter bottles) over three years — while a SodaStream owner will use just one or two reusable carbonating bottles or carafes that come with the home soda maker.
SodaStream's highly concentrated Soda mix syrups also dramatically reduce waste. A single bottle of Soda mix will make 12 liters of soda, the equivalent of 34 cans or six 2-liter bottles. Choose from over 25 regular, diet and caffeine-free flavors including Cola, Root Beer, Lemon-Lime and fruit combos like Cranberry-Raspberry, Apple-Peach and Pink Grapefruit. Take a sip, enjoy ... and feel good that you're helping the environment.
Saves Energy: No Electricity, No Batteries, No Transport Miles

  • No batteries or electricity
  • Reduces energy used to manufacture bottles and cans
  • Reduces gas and pollution from shipping packaged beverages
  • Eliminates pollution from batteries

Operating without batteries or electricity, SodaStream home soda makers are highly energy-efficient small appliances. Appliances that work without electricity improve the environment by cutting down on the emissions generated by electrical plants, giving us cleaner air and ground water.

By operating completely on power supplied by the compressed air in the carbonator - an easily renewable fuel source - SodaStream does not contribute to environmental pollution made by batteries. Empty carbonators are returned to SodaStream to be cleaned, inspected and refilled with CO
2 drawn naturally from the air. Carbonators are reusable as long as they remain in good condition.
Store bought soda and sparking water travels hundreds of miles from the bottling plant to the store shelf, usually in trucks that get fewer than 10 miles to the gallon. Instead, SodaStream uses the water that's already in your home, saving literally tons of greenhouse gases from entering the atmosphere.


Controlling Sugar, Carbs or Calories? Welcome to SodaStream

If you're looking for great tasting soda, but on a low sugar or no sugar diet plan, just cutting back on carbs or concerned about calories, SodaStream is for you. With a SodaStream home soda maker and over 25 delicious regular, diet and caffeine-free soda mix flavors to choose from, you'll enjoy freshly made, great tasting soda that fits your health and dietary needs.

Regular Soda mix flavors contain less sugar, calories, carbohydrates and sodium than national drink brands. Regular flavors are sweetened with a combination of sugar and Splenda® brand sweetener. Diet soda mix flavors contain no sugar, no aspartame and are sweetened with Splenda® brand sweetener.

SodaStream even has all-natural, unsweetened flavor essences for making refreshing, lightly flavored sparkling water.MyWater flavor essences are available in Orange and Lemon-Lime - just like squeezing a wedge of citrus into your seltzer.

So go ahead and close your eyes and take a sip. There's no mistaking the delicious taste of all your familiar favorites including Cola, Lemon-Lime, Root Beer and a whole variety of fruit flavors.

All SodaStream soda mix uses a mixture of Splenda® and sugar, with the exception of diet flavors. Diet flavors are sugar-free. Most of our diet flavors are sweetened with Splenda® brand sweetener. Comparison is based on 8 fl. oz. serving size (0.34 fl. oz. of SodaStream Soda mix per 8 fl. oz. of water).

There 4 different models of Soda Makers to choose from:

The Fountain Jet Soda Maker

The Fountain Jet Soda Maker can make up to 110 liters of carbonated water offering you great savings compared to pre-packed carbonated water and beverages.

Turn tap water into sparkling water in 30 seconds with the Fountain Jet Soda Maker. The Fountain Jet fits the extra large 110-liter carbonator and includes an easy to clean drip tray and customizable carbonation levels.

The Penguin Soda Maker

The Penguin is the first and only soda maker with a glass carafe. Its design is a certain eye catcher in any kitchen, dining room or bar. The stylish Penguin combines form and functionality to prepare and serve your sparkling beverages in elegant, dishwasher-safe glass carafes. Turn water into sparkling water in seconds.

The Genesis Soda Maker is based on a modern slim-line design and looks great in any kitchen and is offered in an attractive and unique color variety. Make your own carbonated drinks, just the way you like them with the Genesis Soda Maker.

The Pure Soda Maker

The Pure Soda Maker received an honorable mention at the Red Dot Design Award (2008). Its design compliments elegance and practicality and is offered in a unique color variety. Each Pure Soda Maker is made with attention to detail and utilizes high quality plastics finished with a brushed stainless steel exterior.


Over 20 great-tasting regular, diet and caffeine-free flavors plus energy drink and MyWater all-natural flavor essences. Regular flavors have no high-fructose corn syrup. Diet flavors are sweetened with Splenda® brand sweetener and contain no aspartame. Each bottle of Sodamix makes 12 liters or about 33 cans.


You can watch the video demonstrating how very easy these Soda Stream Makers are to use by CLICKING HERE


I was asked which of the 4 different Soda Makers I would like to review. It was a hard choice because all 4 models are just REMARKABLE and each one has their own unique appeal. So I read about each one and in the end I chose the
Pure Soda Maker model to review. The Pure Soda Maker received an honorable mention at the Red Dot Design Award (2008). Its design compliments elegance and practicality and is offered in a unique color variety. Each Pure Soda Maker is made with attention to detail and utilizes high quality plastics finished with a brushed stainless steel exterior. I felt this model fit into our lifestyle the most and I was extremely impressed with the quality of it when I pulled it out of the box for the first time. It is very well made.

Okay, let me just say first right off the bat that using this soda maker is easy, easy easy!! I kid you not, I timed how long it took me to set up and make the first bottle of soda. From the time I opened the box to the time I completed the first bottle of soda only 14 minutes elapsed, seriously, isn't that fantastic!! What took me the longest was washing out the plastic soda bottle before filling it with cold water because I wanted to make sure I cleaned it out thoroughly before using it. Other than that it is so, so super simple to set up and get going.

Setting it up was a breeze, and when I say that I truly mean it. That why I think this is just such a perfect gift idea because literally even the most technically challenged person can do this! You just remove the valve seal and cap from the 60 Liter Carbonator vessel and screw the cylinder into the drinkmaker's head.

Then you place the drinkmaker's head into the drinkmaker base and rotate until you hear a click. That's it, you are now ready to make your first bottle of soda or sparkling water!

Step 1: Fill carbonating bottle with very cold water.

Step 2: Screw the bottle into the machine.

Step 3: Pull the carbonating lever in short pulls until you hear a LOUD BUZZ and 3 loud buzzes provides average carbonation. Repeat for extra fizz.

Step 4: ENJOY! Pull bottle toward you and unscrew from the machine. Tilt bottle and very slowly add sodamix flavor. Close tightly, shake gently and voila, your soda is ready! Enjoy you indeed will!

The first flavor we tried out with our Pure Home Soda Maker was the Diet Cranberry-Raspberry. When I ordered the soda maker I requested that we would prefer the Diet soda mixes flavors because it is lower in calories and carbs and we are very conscious of that in our home. It took only SECONDS to make our first bottle, yesiree, SECONDS to treat my family to a fresh fizzy glass of diet cranberry-raspberry soda. It is so delicious and you never would know it was a diet flavor. I love that it is made without high fructose corn syrup or aspartame. There was absolutely no sign of any unappealing after taste, pure refreshing bliss if you ask me or anyone else here.

Okay, so I was like a kid using this soda maker for the first time, I have to admit I had so much fun! I just had to share the excitement with the family so that first night I decided to make the Diet Orange Soda. It was equally delicious, we drank the entire bottle and are now on bottle number 2 of it!

The very generous folks at Sodastream sent us so many flavors to try. Included are: Diet Cola, Diet Pink Grapefruit, Orange-Mango, Energy, Root Beer, Ginger Ale, in addition to the Diet Orange and Diet Cranberry-Raspberry that we already made. How fun this will be to use over the holiday season sharing it with all our friends and family that come to visit. It will also make for a terrific conversation piece, don't you think?

If you are a big fan of flavored sparkling water like I am, you can also use your soda maker to create 3 different flavors of sparkling water. I received a 3-Pack of Sodastream Mywater Flavor Essences. Included in the 3-Pack are Berry, Orange and Lemon-Lime. They are all natural and unsweetened. It gives your sparkling water a hint of fruit flavor and all it takes is one small drop of the flavor into your sparkling water bottle to give your water that fresh natural fruit taste. I have tried all 3 flavors and I do love them all!

As you have guessed by now I am a huge advocate of the Sodastream makers for so many reasons. They are fresh and tasty, healthy for your family, and equally important, a chance for you and your household to contribute to helping to preserve our environment. The fact that there are over 20 incredible flavors to choose from and this device is so easy and quick to use is just the icing on the cake! The convenience of it needing no electricity or batteries makes it perfect for not only your home and kitchen, but how about for cabins and cottages, boats or camping where electicity is not a luxury that is available. You can still enjoy your own fresh soda and sparkling water. You can visit Sodastream HERE to find the model that best suits your lifestyle and needs!

A very special thank you to SodaStream for providing me with the products to use for this review.

Disclosure: I received from SodaStream The Pure Starter Kit and a variety of flavor mixes for the purposes of this Review . This has no bearing on my completely honest review above and was not influenced by any type of monetary compensation. The opinions and experiences I’ve shared with this product are my own and yours may differ. Registered & Protected

1 comment:

Tammigirl said...

Thank you for your hard work in giving us a detailed review. I have been on the fence about trying one of these.