I have really been wanting to try the SodaStream so I’m glad to be able to tell you that it doesn’t disappoint! I was surprised and more than a little excited to see all of the amazing flavor choices that our SodaStream came with. In addition to all of these tall containers of flavor syrup, we also received a dozen sample size containers (like the 4 small white ones you see above) of their most popular flavors. The trial-sized samples contained enough to make four servings so that was more than enough for us to have a little fun with trying out the different flavors.
The SodaStream machine itself takes up very little space on the counter and is extremely simple to use. When you initially unpack your SodaStream from the box you must first twist the carbonator into place, but then you’re ready to go! Fill one of the two provided water bottles with regular water (I recommend using COLD water for best results) up to the fill line then screw it into place in the machine. Push the carbonator button on the top three times then add a capful of your favorite flavor syrup, put on the lid and shake gently to mix. We really liked all the flavors but my favorite is the Diet Cola and hubby’s is the Rootbeer.
It’s as easy as that to make your own sodas, flavored waters and energy drinks for much cheaper than you can buy them at the store. While I’m always thrilled to find a new way to save some money, I’m also super excited about being able to reduce our use of bottles and cans. The Clean Air Council reports that Americans throw away 2.5 million plastic bottles every HOUR. The SodaStream provides a fabulous way to reduce our impact on the environment in addition to saving us money and making it easy for our family to stock a variety of flavors in very little space.
The SodaStream comes with a 30 day money back guarantee and a two year warranty. The really neat thing is that you can exchange or refill empty carbonators at participating retail stores or through the SodaStream website. I found a nearby Staples and a Bed, Bath and Beyond that will exchange my canisters and they carry some select SodaMix flavors as well. There were many local retailers in my area including J.C. Penney, Target and Best Buy who carry the SodaStream unit as well as a variety of flavors.
Disclosure – I was provided with the SodaStream and flavor syrups shown above for the purpose of facilitating this review. I received no other compensation and all thoughts and opinions are my own.