I've heard and seen the hype about Soda Stream for a while now, and have been dying to try it out for myself and see just what all the hype was about. So when the opportunity came for me to do a review for a Soda Stream machine, I jumped at the chance!
From their website:
"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."
Green Tea Pomegranate Peach
Diet Lemon Lime (Sprite)
Cola Free (Coke Zero)
Energy Drink (Red Bull)
Black Currant Pear
The day I received the kit, I wanted to try it out right away. The first thing I noticed was that it was very easy to get started. The instructions were easy to follow. The carbonation canister slips into the back of the fountain jet, and that's all there is for putting the kit together. After that, you fill the soda bottle with very cold water up to the fill line, and it attaches to the fountain kit by screwing in the top of the bottle to the top of the fountain kit, similar to how a soda cap screws on to the top of the bottle. When you have done that, you push the lever on the top of the fountain jet to carbonate the water. There are a recommended number of times to carbonate the water, depending on your preference for how carbonated you like your soda.
When you have carbonated the water, you unscrew the soda bottle from the machine, pour in the flavor mix you want, put the cap on the bottle, and lightly shake to mix. Voila! You are all done!
Now, I have to be honest in that I was slightly skeptical as to how the end result would taste, but it really does taste just like the soda you buy in the store! I know it seems like there are a lot of instructions, but it only looks like a lot in writing. When you are actually doing it, it's so quick and easy! It takes me less than five minutes to make soda, it's really that simple.
You definitely don't notice a difference in taste, and it's cheaper and you get more for your money, in my personal opinion. I have tried almost all of the flavors that came with my kit, and have loved them all. They are all so yummy!
Soda Stream is also good for the environment. There are no empty soda cans or bottles to be thrown away or to have to find the time to gather up and take to a bottle redemption center, and no more paying bottle deposits like you do when buying soda from the store. Soda Streams also make great gifts for friends and family!
I am glad I got the chance to try Soda Stream for myself, and I can give firsthand experience to my friends and family members who may be interested. I am also now a loyal Soda Stream customer myself, and will be re ordering from them when I run out of flavors and carbonation. :-)
To purchase your own Soda Stream and accessories and flavors, visit their website today!