Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Gift Guide: Sodastream

My boys were so excited when I told them Sodastream was coming. I really don't think they have ever been so excited about any product I have reviewed in the past. The day that the giant box arrived on our doorstep, they were dragging it inside and ripping it open before I even knew what was going on. 

If you have no idea what I am talking about, hang on. I will back up a little. Sodastream is one of the coolest new products on the market. It is essentially an at home soda fountain. Really, you can make your own soda at home, in seconds. Some of the benefits of making your own soda include:
  • Quick, convenient and easy to use
  • Fresh, delicious soda in seconds
  • No more lugging heavy, bulky bottles and cans from the store
  • No more storing cases of soda
  • No more worries about running out of your favorite soft drinks
  • Over 25 great-tasting flavors, including regular, diet and caffeine-free options
  • Regular flavors have much less sugar, carbs and sodium than store-bought brands
  • Diet flavors are sweetened with Splenda® and contain no aspartame
  • Reusable BPA-free bottles and concentrated sodamix cut down on recyclables and disposables, making an environmentally-friendly alternative to store-bought drinks
  • No batteries, electricity or plumbing
  • Reliable and friendly service
  • Money-back guarantee and two-year warranty

We received the Jet to review. I will admit, I was a little leary at first. I love my soda (pop around these parts lol), and I really didn't think I would be happy with anything we could make at home. Add to that the fact that I only drink diet soda, and I was pretty much sure that the Sodastream would be a disappointment. I. was. wrong. 

It was so easy! You attach the carbonator to the Sodastream machine. You just simply screw it in. No wires, no cords, no batteries. There ya go, you have carbonation. Then you fill the provided water bottles (I guess they are actually soda bottles, aren't they?) with cold water. You put them onto the Sodastream and push the button on top to release carbonation into the water. Three pushes of the button, and you have carbonated water. And then comes the fun. 

You add the flavoring syrup. What kind of soda would you like? There are over 30 sodamix flavors to choose from, and they are a great value. It evens out to around $0.25 for a 12-ounce can of soda! There is literally any flavor you can think of : Cola, Diet Cola, Lemon Lime (Sprite), Fountain Mist (Mt. Dew), Cherry Cola, Orange, Root Beer, and many, many more! 

We tried the Root Beer and the Orange Soda first. We were very impressed with them both, and with how easy the Sodastream was to use! The only thing we noticed when using our Sodastream, is that sometimes, especially with the darker sodas, you might want to put an extra fizz or two of carbonation in. Something about the darker sodas needed a little extra carbonation. I liked the fact that the soda tasted so fresh. I really had never tried anything like it. And, me, being me, especially liked the fact of how cheap it was to make that much soda! And then my hubby discovered something that will change his life. FOREVER. 
 This is Sodastream's Energy Drink Flavor. And it tastes exactly like Red Bull. My husband is obsessed with Red Bull. I mean really, we are talking like at least $5.00 a day in energy drinks for him. So, he finds the Energy Drink flavor mix, and he is like so excited I thought he was going to pee himself! I honestly couldn't believe it, but he loves  it. He says it tastes exactly like Red Bull, and he is going to start drinking it and taking it to work instead of stopping and buying it on his way! So, thanks Sodastream, for helping my husband save money!

I am definitely a big fan of the Sodastream at-home soda maker, and I am very excited to add this little gadget to our home appliances. I think this would make a great gift. I would love to get one of these for my niece and nephew. They are "soda crazy", and I think they would really get a kick out of making whatever kind they wanted with the Sodastream.

You can order Sodastream online, or find it in a store near you, like Macy's, Sears, or Bed, Bath and Beyond. Thanks, Sodastream, for letting me review this awesome product!

 I received a sample product in order to conduct this review. Although a review product was received, all opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was given.

1 comment:

  1. Just stumbled over your review ...
    Is that Sodastream thingy really a new product overseas (okay, six weeks ago, but still!)?
    In good old Germany we had that Sodastream hype about 7 years ago, everybody had one (or one of the alternative products, there are many others to choose from and the discounters offer cheap, compatible syrups, too).
    It may not be representative, but people around me stopped using that in the past years, preferring non-bubbly-drinks (guess it's some kind of fashion) and getting a little annoyed by having to prepare a drink first.
    However, I got my Sodastream back from it's storage and it's in use again - still producing perfect cola and all the fancy new low-calories-little-color-intense-taste-beverages, after 7 years!
    Definitely the best 30€ I've ever spent.
    I hope you enjoy yours as much and as long as I did. :o)


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