We Tried It: Soda Stream Review


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12/8/2009 5:00 AM   :  135 comments   :  20,575 Views

Club soda, seltzer, Perrier, San Pellegrino… I love it all. While most of my eight cups a day are plain old flat tap water, I do indulge in bubbly water whenever I can. It's just such a treat for my tongue.

I was thinking about buying an old-fashioned seltzer canister, but then I saw the Soda Stream on another blog. Bubbly water and better-for-you seltzers and sodas at home? I would be able to make bubbly water without feeling guilty for importing it from halfway around the world in a plastic bottle. I couldn't wait to check it out!

They say:
"Making carbonated water and soft drinks is so simple. Turn tap water into sparkling water in 3 seconds! Enjoy the convenience of home soda and protect the environment. No heavy bottles to carry, store at home or throw away. Fizz to your taste with our delicious syrups. Add the flavor of your choice and make your favorite drink. Simple to clean and reuse. With the latest designs it will also look great in your kitchen. So… do you still do bottles?"

We say:
Soda Stream is an at-home soda system that allows you to make homemade seltzers, sodas and flavored waters. It looked easy enough to use, so I emailed the company and asked them to send us a machine. (Note: Soda Stream did send us a free machine and several syrups to test.)

We sometimes have "play time" for an hour or so on Fridays; we play Wii, ping pong, or have taste tests. I thought that testing this would be a fun Friday afternoon activity.

Once we figured out how to work the machine (reading the directions first would have helped), it was easy to use. With supervision, even kids could learn how.

I opted for straight-up bubbly, but many of my co-workers tried some of the soda syrups. The non-diet syrups are lower in calories than regular soda because in addition to sucrose, dextrose, and fructose, sucralose is used. Soda Stream also offers some flavorings to add fruity tastes to your water. (Though we think just adding a lime, lemon or orange slice is better and easier.)

We didn't ask to test the Soda Stream because we suddenly think you should drink more soda. We wanted to try it because the average family of four spends $500 a year on soda! The Soda Stream machine kits start at $89.95. The bottles are reusable and if you do opt for one of the syrups, they make about 12 liters or 33 cans and cost $4.99-$6.99.

Flavored seltzer is a great option if you're having trouble getting eight cups of water a day. If you're feeling particularly inspired, you could add fresh fruit juice or other flavors to your bubbly water. You could even create your own soda flavors (just be sure you're still drinking your eight cups of water a day).

Paul, whose love of energy drinks is well-known, was really excited to try the "Energy" drink syrup. He quickly went through the first bottle included in the kit and bought himself two more bottles. Instead of paying $2-$4 a day for his energy drink, he spent $5.99 on a bottle that will make almost a month's worth of servings!

Most people in the office have long forgotten that the Soda Stream is still here. To them, it was a novelty that was fun for an afternoon. Paul and I are the only two who use it regularly. But, if you're often spending $1 a bottle for flavored carbonated water, a Soda Stream seems more affordable.

Even when carbonated, Cincinnati's tap water doesn't have the minerals and unique taste of my once-loathed, now-beloved Perrier, nor does it come in that familiar green bottle. But it's still pretty good.

Would you try the Soda Stream? How do you make sure you're getting eight cups a day? Do you add flavorings?

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  • 135
    I'd get one for mixing drinks for the summer and seltzer water since I drink tons of club soda. - 2/25/2014   1:25:21 PM
  • 134
    I have had a Soda Stream for many years. I bought it because I was tired of dragging home heavy 2 litter bottles of soda. When my kids were younger they took over the making of the soda. Slowly but surely they each got tired of making it. Now I won't buy soda the my teenagers no longer want to make it. It turned out to be a great way to taper off soda in our house. I would highly reccomend this product. - 2/2/2014   10:26:57 PM
  • PLIDC1
    My daughter owns a coffee shop and serves "Italian soda." She used to buy seltzer to mix them, but I bought her a Soda Stream to increase her profits. - 2/2/2014   7:59:25 AM
  • 132
    I love my soda stream. I've done different things like add Mio or crystal light. I also like some of the soda and the amount of soda I drink has been cut in half or more because of soda stream. I would grab a can of soda any time I felt thirsty. Would drink soda like it was water. well over a gallon a day. I drink a half liter of soda a day. Sometimes not everyday but that is a drastic change. I feel better too. I tend to drink Diet Dr Pete or zero soda. It's worth the investment. - 1/31/2014   12:48:40 PM
    Not interested - 1/30/2014   4:56:45 PM
  • 130
    not interested - 1/29/2014   5:22:50 PM
    I would be interested in an alternative made by some other company. I would not consider Soda Stream because their factory is in the illegal settlements in Palestine. I won't support demolishing homes of Palestinians to build factories and homes for Israelis on Palestinian lands. - 1/29/2014   1:03:30 PM
  • 128
    We got it for my folks for christmas because dad was complaining about the cost of pop in general - it was on sale (half price) so we took the plunge and got it. Got a couple bottles of flavours we though we'd like (Ginger Ale, Cola and Root Beer) well dad doesn't like it and wont drink anything made from it. But my hubby loves it, he makes his Ginger Ale and using other mixes and syrups that he's used for years (he use to get his water from a local spring near his home, that was natural mineral water) he's a happy camper me its taken a bit to get use to the after taste from the cola and i can't stumic any of the other's that we got, but make our own has proven good. I can saw that since getting it I've not bought a bottle or even a single case of pop of any type for my hubby or I we've both been drinking only what we make from the soda stream. We just got syrups 4 more (for under 20 bucks) and our first tube is still going strong (for all go though a liter of what I mix up a day - which equals 6 pumps from tube). Getting refills are cheap enough put an order in on the site, they send you a new tube and you put your used on into the return package (postage has been paid already) and shift it off. - 1/20/2013   5:00:22 AM
  • 127
    We just bought one my college age daughter really wanted it and if it helps her drink eeven a little healthier I'm all for it! I was disappointed to find out that all of the soda flavors use sucralose and I will probably do the bubbly water and fruit juice insteady! I read on SP that some people buy the concentrated fruit juices and add those, cranberry, pomegranate, grape. You can bu 100% juice concentrates in health food stores and there is no added sugar or sucralose in those! Not sure how much we will use it but glad to hear you can recycle the CO2 cartridges and I also read you can trade them in at Bed Bath and Beyond! - 5/1/2012   8:59:11 AM
  • 126
    I'm not terribly big on pop, especially since over the years I've had to give it up when the various artificial sweeteners didn't agree with me and I discovered that HFCS wasn't helping me either. So I'm fairly happy with water, teas, coffee on occasion. But my husband and my son are both really big on pop (remember, I'm MsDrPepper so that pretty much tells ya what's going on down here!). I doubt if we can make a suitable DP substitute, but just being able to bubble up the water and use fruit juice concentrates or stevia for sweeteners will likely thrill my son. We do this with just regular plain bottles of club water or seltzer water (I never can remember which is the lower sodium of the two, I have to check labels every time I'm at the store!!), mix it in with the 3 or 4 cans of the fruit juice concentrate, instead of plain water, and he just loves that. But being able to make our own seltzer might be worth the price of admission!! (Will he clean up after himself, though - that's the $64,000 question!?).
    - 1/5/2011   3:17:51 PM
  • 125
    My GF got SodaStream last Christmas and uses it all the time! Sometimes with just water, sometimes with their artificially sweetened flavorings, and sometimes with her own flavorings.

    I'm not much for carbonated water, though; I just stick with water, tea, and iced tea. - 6/28/2010   12:38:20 PM
  • 124
    I love seltzer water. I would try this product. I'll look for it. Thanks for sharing. - 1/10/2010   9:45:41 AM
  • 123
    Thanks for the info. This is all new to me. Sounds interesting. - 1/4/2010   8:43:04 PM
  • 122
    I definitely would. When I was in Ukraine, I loved the "bubble" water. I do miss it now that I am in the USA. - 12/28/2009   7:18:09 PM
  • 121
    prefer tap water chilled in the refrigerator occasionally with a slice of lemon or orange - 12/17/2009   6:17:24 AM
  • 120
    Thank you so much for the information. If this helps with drinking more water I'm all in. Never heard of this until now, I'll have to do my on line investigating. - 12/15/2009   1:49:02 PM
  • 119
    I actually just saw an infomercial for this last weekend. We buy a lot of pop. My kids love sprite and my hubby loves Diet Cola. I will have a sprite now and again, but I mostly drink water. I would love to have the ability to have flavored water without having to spend a ton of money at the grocery store. I also hate lugging the pop bottles into the house. I always make my hubby do it! Maybe I will put this on my wish list and save up some money so that I can buy it. - 12/15/2009   11:17:03 AM
  • 118
    I would rather have bottled water, crystal light drink mix, or flavored water.
    - 12/15/2009   9:47:25 AM
  • 117
    I prefer plain old water, not fizzy. I've even cut way back on the diet Coke. - 12/14/2009   3:58:18 PM
  • 116
    They have them at my local grocery store. I saw them last night at Hannford in Maine. $79 and they have the syrups as well. Didn't look at the price of them.
    - 12/13/2009   2:07:44 PM
  • 115
    I had a Soda Stream years ago when my kids were young (in Scotland). I saved a fortune on drinks and yes we all enjoyed them! - 12/13/2009   12:56:10 PM
  • 114
    We've been using SodaStream for about 2 years. I appreciate it for two reasons: 1) no more lugging heavy bags Coke & tonic water home from the grocery store, 2) our recycling bin has only tin cans & glass bottles in it (i.e., no more plastic bottles cluttering up the planet). - 12/13/2009   11:51:50 AM
  • 113
    I would love to try this! My new years resolution is give up diet pop. I love that it is calorie free, but it has so many unnecessary chemicals. I am moving back to the States from Asia in one month. I will definitely look into this. Thanks for sharing! - 12/13/2009   3:28:11 AM
  • 112
    I sure would! I do not like plain water. - 12/12/2009   12:47:20 PM
  • 111
    I have this and LOVE it! I do use the fruit flavorings they sell - lemon lime, orange. They aren't sweet, just flavored. I do save a lot of money and I'm kinder to the earth than when I was buying all those bottles of seltzer at the store. - 12/12/2009   10:11:55 AM
  • 110
    Mmmm. Interesting. 2 months ago I had one of those road to Damascus reactions to carbonated beveages - diet sodas in particular - and just quit drinking them. I haven't been tempted much since then - it was easy to eliminate them from my life - but the memory of bubbling water is still connected to feeling good in my psyche. I wonder if I would enjoy bubbling up something good to drink some day. I still remember grape flavored Ni-Hi and you can't get that any more. Maybe I could make some.

    but as for water - I've always loved water so long as I can't taste the chlorine in it. - 12/11/2009   11:30:24 AM
    I do not like fizz or fruity tastes in my water. - 12/10/2009   10:49:52 PM
  • 108
    I wish they still had Frizzies. They started back in the 1960's and then a company came out with them about 10 yrs ago. Had them around for about 5 yrs or so, then gone again. 2 tablets in in a 16 oz bottle of water, gave it flavor with only 10 cal., and I purchased them at my local 99cent store and you got 20 tablets in package. But I guess this machine would do the same thing. - 12/10/2009   10:07:39 PM
  • 107
    I don't like carbonated beverages very often. Most of the time I wait for them to go flat before I drink them. I maybe have soda once a month if that. - 12/10/2009   11:30:05 AM
    I'm all for anything that gets me drinking more water. I will try it! - 12/10/2009   10:04:45 AM
  • 105
    I love bubbly water and usually drink it as a treat and not the standard. Plain water is what I normally have all the time. I mix Club Soda with Organic Cherry Juice (supposed to be good for inflamation), but again, it's a treat. Will have to look into the Soda Stream. Maybe I can get my hubby off of all the RedBull he drinks. - 12/10/2009   8:57:28 AM
  • ELIZAJ1965
    It sounds like a good gift idea. - 12/10/2009   8:33:27 AM
  • 103
    i use zip fizz in my water - 12/9/2009   9:44:36 PM
  • CATHYK231
    I'm not into bubbly drinks. I like plain water. - 12/9/2009   9:30:01 PM
  • 101
    We have family in Germany and grew to love the mineral water. When tap water was approved for drinking water, they bought a machine like this. It is not the same as mineral water, but does give the water a different feel and taste. My daughter bought my husband a Soda Stream for his birthday. He mixes it with Gatorade to cut the sugar. I mix the soda water with juice. I usually drink water straight from the tap for plain water. We do not use the flavor packets that came with the machine. I especially like grapefruit juice or cranberry juice with the seltzer -- very refreshing. I do not drink commercial soda. I still like mineral water when in Europe. - 12/9/2009   7:20:22 PM
  • 100
    I quit my soda habit many years ago. I sometimes have bubbly water when I eat out. At home, I drink distilled water in a 24 ounce glass, 4 of them a day. I put a big rubber band around the glass everytime I fill it up. At the end of the day I have 4 rubber bands and I know I've had my water for the day. - 12/9/2009   5:20:51 PM
  • 99
    I almost never drink soda. But several years ago I bought something similar from Soda Club for my kids. I love that it gives me control over the ingredients especially the sugars. My kids are very happy to mix half juice and half "sparkling" water to get mom approved "kid" soda. I don't let them drink regular soda, except if we are out to dinner for a special occasion with friends, etc. But I can add "sparkle" to plain water for me too or go all out and add a twist of lemon. - 12/9/2009   3:53:22 PM
  • 98
    I would never need one of these -- I don't like 90% of bubbly drinks. But it would be a GREAT thing for my sister and my parents, who practically live on seltzer and flavored bubbly waters! - 12/9/2009   3:40:44 PM
  • 97
    In NYC we could buy Seltzer anywhere! Some even had it delivered when I was a child.

    I could always find Club Soda too! But here in Mississippi, zip, nada, zilch.

    So yes, I will look at this machine and say Thank YOU! - 12/9/2009   2:39:37 PM
  • 96
    Stepfanie's original reaction to Perrier is the one I still have! I've never acquired a taste for carbonated water. As she said: Sour, too fizzy and just plain bad. This product has zero appeal to me. - 12/9/2009   2:28:41 PM
  • 95
    I am not into anything like this. I like my water, coffee and tea, just PLAIN!!! - 12/9/2009   1:50:00 PM
  • 94
    This sounds really interesting...thanks for posting. - 12/9/2009   1:49:35 PM
  • 93
    I don't drink much soda, but maybe a diet rootbeer(splenda sweetened) from publix for .79 a 2 liter. - 12/9/2009   1:38:29 PM
  • 92
    I too saw the Infomercial just recently and went to their webpage. However, I have lots of questions about the returnable bottles and how this all works. Do they pay for shipping? If not, are these available locally at supermarkets or other stores? My husband and son love Pellegrino and my husband also drinks plain old soda water as a digestive thing. - 12/9/2009   1:37:32 PM
    we have had sodastream since set 2008. we love it. my husband is a daily rokcstar drinker and you can iagine how much $ we've saved. plus i guess their energy syrup is 1/3 less sugar/calories than store bought. we think all the syrups taste very much like storebought name brand carbonated beverages.i am not much of a soda drinker but it is great for making mixed drinks since you can keep a few kinds of drink mixes on hand for whatever cocktails your makinng. i particularly love not having to buy ,store and dispose of cans. i have never had a single issue with the maker, bottles ordering or delivery. i gave one as a gift to my best friend last year for xmas and they all love it too. i know 3 other people who have one and none of them has had any problems. - 12/9/2009   1:29:24 PM
  • 90
    My parents bought a SodaStream machine when I was a teenager, at least 20 years ago. We all loved it, and used it for many years. We tried different syrups, but my favorite was always plain water. True, it doesn't taste exactly like Perrier water, but it's close enough for me. - 12/9/2009   1:11:43 PM
  • 89
    not a fan of seltzers and i'm not much of a soda drinker anymore so this is not something i will try. - 12/9/2009   12:34:12 PM
  • 88
    We have had one of these machines at home for about 5 years now (I can't remember if it is the same brand or not). It is so simple and easy to use, massively reduces the overall carbon footprint of your beverages (production, shipping, packaging, recycling, etc.), WAY cheaper, and tasty. I would recommend one of these things for everyone (I have several times). You can get almost any flavor of syrup or make your own flavors (we like the lingonberry concentrate from Ikea) or use nothing at all. When family comes to visit everyone gets their own flavor. We have never had a problem with our machine in the 5+ years we have owned it except when we run out of gas and haven't ordered a new canister yet. - 12/9/2009   12:16:37 PM
  • TANYA2461
    Sounds like fun! I could see how this would be very useful for some people. I wouldn't ever buy this though because unfortunately I had to give up "bubbly" drinks due to my irritable bowel syndrome. My kids only get soda on special occasions like at Grandma's house or the rare instance that we eat out. - 12/9/2009   12:06:43 PM
  • 86
    Water has to be ice cold for me to drink it, but sometimes to switch it up a bit I add the PROPEL powder. (The grape is my favorite). - 12/9/2009   11:59:19 AM

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