SodaStream – Home Soda Maker Review

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Making carbonated water and soft drinks is simple! Turn tap water into sparkling water in under 30 seconds, with no clean-up. Enjoy the freshness and convenience of homemade soda and protect the environment at the same time. No heavy bottles to carry, store at home or throw away. Fizz to your taste and add the flavor of your choice to make your favorite drink. Simple to clean and reuse. With a variety of colors and silhouettes, you’ll be sure to find a soda maker to match with any decor.

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The Sodastream Soda Starter Kit is by far my families favorite appliance. For the obvious reason (that it makes soda) and also because it saves us untold amounts of money on soda, flavored waters and energy drinks and it’s a lot healthier than regular brands.

With a SodaStream home soda maker and over 30 delicious regular, diet and caffeine-free sodamix flavors to choose from, you’ll enjoy freshly made, great tasting soda that fits your health and diet. Regular flavors contain no high-fructose corn syrup, and diet flavors are sweetened with Splenda® brand sweetener, not aspartame.

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The Sodastream doesn’t require batteries or electricity and it’s extremely easy to use! Once you’ve washed your Sodastream bottles (do not wash in the dishwasher!), you safely place the Carbonator into the Home Soda Maker, fill up the Sodastream bottle to the fill line, screw the bottle onto the holder, push the button till it buzzes three times, pour in your desired syrup and viola! Instant Soda! That is my son’s favorite part, that he can make it himself. I finally convinced him to let me take a video of him making a soda, he tried not to laugh during the entire video, but as you can see he was being goofy. Also, don’t shake your soda that much at the end, he was just nervous.

One of the most important things about Sodastream I’d like to share is the impact it has on the environment. The damage that plastic bottles, especially plastic water / flavored water bottles have been causing not only to our oceans, but to our health, our children’s health and for the future of our beautiful beaches (which are now becoming a mixture of sand and plastic particles) is insurmountable.

Plastics contribute to more than 60 percent of all marine debris. They pose a serious problem to our marine environment as their synthetic material makeup resists natural degradation processes.

They do not biodegrade.

Plastics break down in a photodegrading process —they splinter into smaller and smaller pieces, eventually forming “plastic dust.” During this process, they release toxins that harm the ocean and wildlife and people that depend on it. – San Diego Coast Keeper

Bottled water is not safer than Tap Water, most bottles of water you can easily read on the side that it is taken from municiple water, it’s just advertised to make you think it isn’t. So we play untold millions of dollars for water that would just as easily come out of our sink. Not only that but bottled water isn’t regulated like tap water and many studies have shown that the amount of chemicals in bottled water is over legal limits, some of which is extremely hazardous.

The bottled water industry has created a misconception in the United States that bottled water is cleaner, safer, and healthier than tap water. In fact, both regulation and enforcement of bottled water safety is weaker than of tap water safety. Federal, state, and local environmental agencies require rigorous testing of tap water safety.

Americans spent $10 billion on bottled water in 2005 and paid up to 1,000 times the cost of production, a major windfall of profit for the companies. Bottled water can costs $7.50 to $11.00 per gallon in the supermarket but tap water costs most customers only one-tenth of one cent per gallon.

The United States is the world’s largest consumer of bottled water, purchasing 37 billion bottles in 2005. Our daily bottled water habit is bad for people and bad for the environment. Bottled water wastes fossil fuels and water in production and transport, and when the water is drunk the bottles become a major source of waste.

It takes an extremely large amount of fuel to make a plastic bottle, move it by train/air/truck, cool it in stores and refrigerators, to recover them after they’ve been discarded. The equivalent is to fill one plastic bottle with a quart of oil. In estimate over 178 million liters of oil are used a year to create plastic bottles; 216 billion liters of bottled water (via 2008 study)… well… that’s a lot of our oil and fossil fuels for water that comes right out of our own sinks.

The Sodastream is an “active green” product. The bottles are reusable and 1 of those reusable bottles save over 2000 plastic bottles and cans. The more it is used the more it saves by lessening the purchase of plastic bottles that wind up in our environment, saves much needed fossil fuels from being used to make those bottles and saves you money from having to purchase them.

I was extremely surprised by the taste of the soda, which tastes just like any other brand soda. My favorite being the Cranberry / Raspberry and my sons, the Cola. For my husband, who doesn’t drink soda, the flavored sparkling waters and the Energy drinks are crisp and delightful. The neat thing about the sparkling waters is that the flavor that is added has 0 everything. It is just an essence, the scent of it is like a memory to your taste buds, so really you are just drinking fresh sparkling water but it tastes like raspberries, lemons and grapefruits. It’s wonderful, almost poetic.

Cola Syrup

Let’s take an example of how much money this saves. 1 Cola Sodamix is $4.99, it makes 12 liters OR 33 cans of soda. 33 cans of soda of any generic brand costs .99 cents; estimating $33 dollars. So 1 Coda Soda mix is saving you $28 dollars.

flavoring for water

You don’t drink soda? Just water / flavored water? Well, a 3pk of Raspberry MyWater Flavor Essence is $9.99, it makes 20 liters of water; so 3 would make 60 liters. That’s 165 cans or (if you can find a bottle of water for .99cents) $159 more than one 3pk.

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You get my point, it’s the same for the Energy mixes, the flavored essences, etc. Over time you would have saved an enormous amount of money by buying 1 Home Soda Maker. And the thousands (or millions) of plastic bottles you are saving from the environment in 1 year is unimaginable.

I can think of no better gift to give yourself, your family, your friends or your loved ones than a Sodastream. My son exclaims everytime he gets to use it. It’s a lot of fun for him to make his own soda. It actually arrived the day before his birthday party so he got to show it off to all his friends and they all made their own favorite sodas, he felt special, like a kid who has the coolest toy in school. The kids loved it, it was a great hit for the party and it’s also a great conversation starter about the environment and what our impact is, with your children. Check out Sodastream’s website, which has more videos and information about how it works, what impact it has and how it’s going to save you a lot of money in the coming years.

Connect:

You can connect with Sodastream on their Facebook Page and/or @SodaClub on Twitter.

Purchase: 

You can purchase a Home Soda Maker starting at $79.99.

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I received samples for the purpose of reviewing. All opinions are my own and/or my families and are not influenced by any form of compensation. 

About 

Amanda is a stay-at-home Mom of two boys, a teen and a tot. She loves to share stories, talk about education, movies, books and coffee. A big supporter of community building and outreach, Amanda shares many activities, entertainment and events in her local area of St. Louis.

Comments

  1. I love Cream Soda :)

  2. I <3 Orange :)
    Courtney Roberts
    willys420girl@gmail.com

  3. I love Diet Root beer.
    Thanks so much.
    rickpeggysmith(at)aol(dot)com

  4. I like Cola, Root Beer, and Ginger Ale–in no particular order :)
    bethelderton59 at gmail dot com

  5. Root Beer is amazing.

  6. melissa williams says:

    root beer

  7. Diet cola, any sparkling water

  8. Anonymous says:

    Orange soda!
    <3

    - Jessica Rose
    ijessica_R at yahoo.com

  9. Mysharona says:

    I like orange soda.

  10. I like Vanilla Diet Dr. Pepper and Vanilla Coke Zero. YUM!!! Too bad I can’t find either of those anymore! :( I have to go to Sonic to get my concoctions made.

  11. I love root beer and perrier!

  12. I love Coke Zero! Thanks!

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  13. I’m a cherry coke drinker but love anything cherry flavored.

  14. I’m a Dr Pepper lover!
    magickalblessings26{at}yahoo.com

  15. Sunflower Joy says:

    I like root beer and peach iced tea

    anjellfire at gmail dot com

    Brooke Schwaderer

  16. I am a die hard My Dew fan!!!!! Thanks for the chance to win this! I love your video with your son…it looked like he was trying so hard not to crack up while making the soda!!!!!!

  17. I’m a diet lemon lime person
    dguillen at kc dot rr dot com

  18. My favorite is cherry cola!

    andrea2russia@hotmail.com

  19. Carrie Phelps says:

    I like soda water with lemon.
    carriedust@yahoo.com

  20. jcarrturq5 says:
  21. I like the root beer flavor. Thanks for the chance to enter.

    Andrea D.
    short74717@msn.com

  22. Lemon-lime is my favorite flavor.

    safety_chick@hotmail.com

  23. i like any kind realy as long as its not diet and rootbeer and cremsoda sound good to me . as for my little ones dad he drinks diet and this would be some thing realy good to have a round the house.

  24. sablelexi says:

    My favorite flavor of soda is cola.

    Jennelle S

  25. ninamcclain93 says:

    i love diet coke!

  26. My favorite soda is Coke Zero & my favorite water is any purified waters.
    Jennifer Boehme

  27. Mary Calabrese says:

    I love cherry flavored soda.

    ighmeg at yahoo dot com

  28. Root beer is my favorite.

  29. puffpastryshop says:

    I like root beer.

  30. DancingBorzoi says:

    My favorite is Raspberry. Thanks for the giveaway!

  31. mine is Root Beer and I love DP as well

  32. I love diet cola
    Renee Gauthier Angichiodo
    miss_frenchye@yahoo.com

  33. I’m fond of regular cola flavor.

    renfie.fields[at]gmail.com

  34. cupcake mama says:

    I like Cream Soda.
    mmjohnson555@gmail.com

  35. bored2quickly says:

    I like Rootbeer! Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway!
    Renee Walters
    Bored2quickly@hotmail.com

  36. like2sweep@gmail.com
    jbmthill
    I would like to try diet cream soda.

  37. I love Ginger Ale.
    Thanks for the giveaway!

    4teamrochester(at)gmail(dot)com

  38. I like diet cola!

  39. sarah shult says:

    I like orange
    sheshult@Hotmail.com

  40. I would like to try the Cream Soda

    gerri_bolen(at)msn(dot)com

  41. I love root beer or cream soda!

    demureprincess7(at)gmail(dot)com

  42. I usually like cherry-flavored sodas. They’re so yummy!

  43. I love cola!Awesome giveaway!

  44. I like Cola.
    Thanks for the chance.
    mogrill12@gmail.com

  45. My favorite soda flavor is diet cola – love it!
    lajohnson555 at yahoo dot com
    Laura Love

  46. My favorite flavor is Fountain Mist
    luvsherfam @ gmail dot com

  47. We like the clear sodas, like Sprite, 7-up or ginger ale
    jill24295@yahoo.com

  48. Douglas Houston says:

    My favorite flavor is Lemon/Lime

    digdougx at comcast.net

  49. I like diet cola
    granitjb@gmail.com

  50. Shannon Egan says:

    My favorite soda flavor is Cream or Root Beer. =D

  51. I love root beer
    jjak2003 at gmail dot com

  52. Root beer is the favorite in our household :)

  53. Cola for me! All about the classic (cnfc800@gmail.com)

  54. Kristy Thiel says:

    my favorite is cream soda – YUM!

  55. Kristina S says:

    My favorite is Chery Cola!

  56. My favorite is the cream soda.

    choateorama(at)gmail(dot)com

  57. Valerie Taylor Mabrey says:

    rootbeer sounds yummy
    vmkids3 at msn dot com

  58. root beer!

  59. Lvve Diet Coke

  60. Yona Williams says:

    I like Diet pepsi and Dr. Pepper flavors, or the equivalent of those flavors. Email: yona(at)pricelesswriters.com

  61. My favorite flavor is cherry cola!
    Kendra
    akritical at yahoo dot com

  62. I like the Green Tea Citrus and Orange.

  63. Jakes Movie Reviews says:

    orange soda ftw!

  64. Cream soda is my fave!

    scarter305 at aol dot com

  65. geekbearinggifts says:

    I’m happy with club soda and a squeeze of lime, but dh is a big diet cola fan. Thanks so much!

  66. Midnite Echo says:

    I like ginger ale or lemon-lime sodas… my hubby and son like rootbeer. We compromise – most of the time we get root beer, sometimes we get lemon-lime, and very rarely (like holidays) we get ginger ale. Something like this sodastream would really come in handy!

  67. incorporealidol says:

    I like the MyWater Orange flavor!

    incorporealidol [at] aol [dot] com

  68. I love cherry cola.

  69. My favorite sodas are Dr. Pepper, Coke, and Cactus Cooler.

    couponcookie at gmail dot com

  70. Diet pepsi -Sharon M

  71. I like cherry cola

  72. I like Diet Coke

  73. Love rootbear

  74. Diet Cola and Root Beer

  75. I forgot to add my twitter name – @wewintoo to the follow @inrandom. Sorry :(

  76. I like Diet Cola
    KellywcuATyahooDOTcom

  77. Jacqui Odell says:

    rootbeer

  78. Root beer is my all time favorite.

  79. cola is my favorite ut_oh_its_kim@hotmail.com

  80. Root beer!

  81. Root beer!

  82. I like diet coke or diet cream soda

  83. i like root beer jtwark@mail.com

  84. Ginger Ale

  85. I love orange soda.
    rsgrandinetti@yahoo(dot)com

  86. cream soda

  87. I love Root Beer!

    hebert024 at aoldot com

  88. Diet Cola
    lafittelady at gmail dot com

  89. bill campbell says:

    Lemon lime and teas.

    campbell2455@gmail.com

  90. I love black cherry soda.

    dkozuch(at)comcast(dot)net

  91. channallocks says:

    black cherry!!!!

  92. Traumajunky says:

    Root beer!

  93. Orange..

  94. I love Diet Dr Pepper and Classic Coke

  95. I’m a dr pepper fan. And I miss red cola from Scotland, that was the best

    nieceyd(at)gmail(dot)com

  96. i like root beer

  97. I really like root beer flavor.

    Bshaw75015@aol.com

  98. My favorite flavor is root beer.

    shelnew19 (at) gmail (dot) com

  99. I’m a bit of a Diet Coke fanatic!
    pauline15_01(at)hotmail(dot)com

  100. elangomatt says:

    My favorite name brand soda is Mountain Dew, so I would really like to try SodaStream’s Fountain Mist.

    elangomatt at gmail dot com

  101. ♡♥♬ Raven In A Blue Room ♬♥♡ says:

    I like Cream Soda

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    pumuckler {at} gmail {dot} com

  102. I usually drink Diet Coke but that Cranberry-Raspberry flavor sounds very refreshing
    sue14625@gmail.com

  103. The Diet Cola flavor would be my favorite.

    tderosa142 at gmail dot com

  104. Kelsie Harris says:

    I’ve always loved cola the most.

    klshrrs(at)gmail(dot)com

  105. Jody Sisson says:

    Cherry Cola is my Favorite.
    jodysis at windstream dot net

  106. My favorite is Diet Dr. Pepper.

    jweezie43[at]gmail[dot]com

  107. crackersmacker says:

    I like plain old cola.

  108. I’d have to say Coke.

    katfam95 at aim dot com

  109. I love Berry Pomegranate Mio in my water. Thanks for the chance to win! :o)

  110. My favorite is cola

  111. Angela Cisco says:

    I am a cola drinker

  112. Angela Cisco says:

    I am a cola drinker

  113. tiffany.hoyt says:

    My favorite flavor is cola.

    tiffany.hoyt@hotmail.com

  114. My favorite is Diet Dr. Pete.

    alittlepieceofheaven777(at)yahoo(dot)com

  115. Stacey P (cosaver213) says:

    I love cola.

    spaller213 (at) gmail (dot) com

  116. cream soda
    amy16323(at)gmail(dot)com

  117. I love any kind of berry flavored water

  118. speck135les says:

    rootbeer i love it speck135les at yahoo

  119. My favorite is lemon/lime.
    russrpm@gmail.com

  120. Review Guru says:

    i love the ginger ale

  121. Inez Cegelis says:

    I really like cream soda.

    janessa1430@yahoo.com

  122. mary brown says:

    Almost any flavor that is diet but I would love to try the pink grapefruit.

  123. I like rootbeer.
    erma2167@sbcglobal.net

  124. I like Root Beer. paglossian at mail dot com

  125. I want to try the MyWater Lemon Lime

  126. Cream Soda for us!!!

  127. I love my diet coke, but I would love to try a diet orange or diet lemon lime soda! I really enjoy them, but don’t get them often.

  128. cream soda

    marygardner49 at aol dot com

  129. I like pepsi or coke
    calger63@yahoo.com

  130. bargainsmarts says:

    Lemon Lime is my favorite flavor.

    ward-ward@live.com

  131. Chisum Crew says:

    I like Ginger Ale. Raffle Copter: happi shopr

  132. marjeannie says:

    Diet Grapefruit!

  133. I love Cream Soda!

  134. Vanilla Coca-Cola!

  135. Rootbeer!!
    weta1972@yahoo.com

  136. my favorite is cola

    cpsnsamples@aol.com

  137. I like Cola

    s2s2 at comcast dot net

  138. Ginger ale.
    lorenalke@yahoo.com

  139. Mmmm, Orange Mango.
    heatherpooh (hotmail)

  140. Hotsnotty2 says:

    I love diet cola

    Hotsnotty2@hotmail.com

  141. I like root beer.

    daveshir2005@yahoo.com

  142. My fave is orange soda.

  143. diet ginger ale is my fav
    brich22 at earthlink dot net

  144. Nikki Lynn Hanna says:

    I like the cola and cherry cola

  145. bjcunningham says:

    Root Beer is my fave!

  146. bjcunningham says:

    I love root beer! (Not sure this posted the first time) bjcunninghm@aol.com

  147. Bakersdozen says:

    Right now, I mainly drink Diet Cola or Diet Dr. Pepper. vidomich(at)yahoo(dot)com

  148. I really prefer club soda…but my second choice would be root beer. :-) Thank you.
    jaquerichards at yahoo dot com

  149. kathy pease says:

    i love cola

  150. Root Beer is my favorite flavor.

  151. My favorite is root beer

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