Review: The SodaStream soda maker
Laura Sesana is a writer and DC, Maryland attorney, joining...
WASHINGTON DC, January 2, 2013- I do not usually write product reviews, but after realizing that everyone in my family owns a SodaStream, I thought I would share why I (we) like it so much.
Even though we are not a big soda-drinking household, we drink a lot of sparkling water and have begun to experiment with our own soda flavors. My aunt gave us a soda stream about two years ago and it has changed the way we view carbonated drinks.
What I like is that I can make soda or sparkling water at any time, I can make it as carbonated or as sweet as I like it, and there is a lot more room in my refrigerator. I also feel like I’m doing something good for the environment.
What I like
According to the SodaStream website, it costs you $.25 to make a can of soda or sparkling water with the soda stream. I do not know if this includes the price of the soda maker itself, (which can run from $69.99 to $130), the special bottles (one comes with the soda maker, extras are $19.99 for a two-pack) and the carbonator cans (one comes with the soda maker, refills are $14.99 new are $29.99). A note on refills and new carbonators below.
Steven H. Saltzman at Consumer Reports estimates that the machine should pay for itself after around 300 bottles of soda.
Less waste, better for the environment
Another reason I like the SodaStream is that we don’t waste as many plastic bottles or soda cans as before. SodaStream claims to be an “Active Green” product, which reduces an individual’s CO2 footprint the more it is used. According to SodaStream, if you use their product instead of buying soda at a store, “less plastic (is) manufactured, less plastic waste is created, and fewer bottled beverages must be transported from manufacturers to distributors to stores to homes.”
I’m not an environmental expert and don’t know if using a SodaStream will actually reduce your CO2 footprint. However, I can say that we personally waste a lot less in terms of bottles and cans, and have much more room in our refrigerator.
Make soda how you like it
One of my favorite features of the SodaStream is that since you add carbonation gradually by pressing the button on the soda maker, I can make my soda as fizzy or flat as I like it. Also, since you add the flavor syrup, you can make your soda as sweet or as light as you want.
As I said before, I’m not a big sugary soda fan. However, I have tasted the various flavors, and in my opinion, they taste pretty much like the real thing. Soda Stream also has every popular flavor you can think of.
Almost never run out of soda
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