Monday, February 22, 2010

SodaStream Soda Maker: Review

Ok, of all the products I've yet reviewed, this home soda maker was the most fun!

SodaStream gave me the opportunity to test out their Genesis Soda Maker.

I was surprised at the contents of the box SodaStream sent me!


A sleek, black Soda Maker (the Genesis model), one carbonator, 2 bottles, NINE soda mixes, and three MyWater flavors.

Making your own soda (or POP as my Western NY roots call it!) at home is super easy with SodaStream! After twisting the carbonator into the machine, you simply fill one of the carbonator bottles up to the line with *cold* water.

Then, twist the bottle onto the machine, press the button - 3 times for average fizziness - and wah-laa! Stage one: seltzer water! You can add a small amount of SodaStream's MyWater to flavor your seltzer.





OR...

Stage two: if you want pop, then you just add a capful of your favorite SodaMix flavor to the seltzer water. Gently swirl to mix...and there you go! Homemade pop!





The SodaStream was the most fun product I've tested - and also the most messy! Absolutely operator error!! I had to test the boundaries. I wanted to see if I could make sparkling grape juice (or cider or lemonade).

Ahem.

The bottle is clearly marked, "Carbonate water only."

Oh, c'mon!

I can tell you - don't do it. My children cried as juice loudly hiss-sprayed and spilled ALL over my kitchen. It was quite the sticky mess! (Thankfully I used WHITE grape juice...)

This was all that was left of a full bottle of juice:


What was left was very tasty. But, definitely not worth wasting 2/3 liter of juice all over my kitchen to do again! ;-)

But, my risk helped me get to know my SodaStream a bit better! The machine is very easy to clean! :-)

My kids loved the pop! They don't get sweet drinks very often, so the grape sodamix was a hit!


My husband and I enjoyed the Pink Grapefruit best.

I also loved that the SodaStream soda maker only makes 1-liter of seltzer/pop at a time! My husband doesn't mind flat soda, but I can't STAND it! We drink a 1-liter quick enough that it stays fizzy!!

The soda mixes are not made with high fructose corn syrup - but Splenda. So, even the non-diet ones tasted "diet-y" to me. Unfortunately, this was something I didn't like, although I'm sure it'd be a positive for many who love diet soda or can't have sugar.

A SodaStream starter kit cost may seem a bit steep ($89 and up) - unless you and your family drink a lot of pop -- OR spend $1.50/per 20 ounces from soda machines - THEN...this cool product may be just for you! On average, both a serving of soda or 1-liter of seltzer is only around $.25 - even store brand pop is almost twice that!

I think SodaStream's products would make a really fun family gift! I think you could get pretty creative with the seltzer water, creating your own simple syrups, and making your own pop flavors!

You can check out all of SodaStream soda makers HERE.

And see the amazing variety of soda flavors they offer HERE.

Thank you SodaStream for allowing our family to use the Genesis to make soda at home! We had a lot of fun!

Recommend: YES

*many thanks to my hubby who willingly allowed me to tape him making soda.* ;-)

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**Disclaimer: I was given a free product for review purposes only. My reviews are not monetarily compensated and have not been influenced by the sponsor in any way, unless otherwise disclosed. Each review is based on the reactions and opinions of myself and/or family.**
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6 comments:

theUngourmet said...

Looks like fun! I've always called it Pop too! :)

Krista said...

We call it POP too! This does look like lots of fun. We rarely have soft drinks in the house, but it would be cool to make our own when we indulge. : )

The Not So Perfect Housewife said...

Oh my! How fun is that! Looks like that is a blast!!

Anonymous said...

I love homemade soda because it is something I can do together with my kids - quality time in my busy schedule. Thanks SodaStream!

Anonymous said...

wondering if instead of using their flavors, is it possible to use something like cool-aid to flavor the drinks? that would make this product a perfect winner as a gift to friends and family :-).

Stephanie said...

I'm sure you could google how to make your own soda syrup...or, just make a simple syrup with koolaid. Certainly worth a try!

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