Great product; flavors very close to Coke brands
Posted by: flotsamt from: Kalamazoo, MI on
The product itself is very easy to set-up and use. You'll be making your own pop in about 5 minutes after opening up the box.
The product also has a small profile on your counter and obviously does not need a plug so you have options on where it fits in your kitchen.
The flavors that I've tried and use are very close their Coke counterparts. We stick to the Coke, Diet Coke and Zero flavors. While they do not match exactly, they are close enough for our liking.
The part we really like is that we can control the carbonation so while my wife likes pop more carbonated; I like pop with a little less bubbles. Since you control the carbonation, you can play around with it to fit your liking.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
Posted by: from: Charleston, WV on
I bought the SodaStream maker with the intent to make my own unique sodas that I remember having as a child at real soda fountains, such as sarsparilla, birch beer, and real root beer. It is possible to still get those extracts, but SodaStream does not offer them. I also wanted to sweeten them with real sucrose and not the lousy corn sugar that they use today in most soft drinks. If one makes the extract and sucrose syrup and try to add it to the carbonated water, a literal eruption occurs and all is lost! However, I did find the solution. By adding the syrup to an empty SodaStream bottle and freezing the syrup, just add carbonated water and cap quickly. No carbonation is lost and as soon as the syrup melts, you have REAL SODA!
14 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Posted by: whogirl16 from: on
The sodastream is a great idea that doesn't deliver well. Some flavors are great (anything cranberry) but otherwise you find yourself wanting real soda after a while. As a diabetic, I found the diet options to be good especially if you shop online. Some say its healthier that bottled but I can't comment on that. I will say that the savings in money isn't great once you figure in cost of flavoring, carbonation canister, and water filter (recommended for better taste).
I would recommend this to people that hate hauling bottles of soda and are looking for diversity in soda they can't find at their local store.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Posted by: mnwild from: south st paul on
Absolutely great once you get used to it. It will save you all of the aluminum recycling and hauling all of those heavy cases of pop from the grocery store. You will learn some tricks when it comes to filling the 1 liter bottles. It will ask you to hit the button 3 times and then wait for the "louder" buzz. The thing is you hit the button 3 times no buzz, then hit it an additional 3 times until you hear the "very distinctive" buzz 3 times to get the correct amount of carbonation. We also learned that it's best to keep cold bottles of water in the fridge and when it comes time, take one out, add the carbonation, then the flavor of choice. Leaving it out will save and give you the best carbonation possible. Yes, you will need more ice during the summer, but oh well. The flavors of pop are very similar to the ones you're used to and you can always tinker. With some practice, you will love this product!
11 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Excellent, well designed soda fountain!
Posted by: TheDream from: Seattle, WA on
Like most people, I was skeptical about this machine. Sure it seems like a neat idea, to have a compact home soda fountain that can be relatively inexpensive, be easy to use and maintain, and simply make great tasting Soda's. Yesterday, the Sodastream representative was in the store and I finally got to try and taste it. I was instantly sold and purchased it on spot. Yes there is an initial cash outlay to purchase the machine, but this is something that I could see my family using for years. We drink tons of soda- which admittedly is not good for you and the cost of the "name-brands" keep going up. The Sodastream soda's are MUCH better for you than 95% of the drinks out there (very low or no suger, no high-fructose corn syrup, much lower sodium, no aspartame, etc).
The machine itself is very easy to use and clean and the bottles are pretty durable (they have a rubber seal on the caps so they hold carbonation for far far longer than regular soda bottles). They are NOT hot water or dishwasher safe so you have to take care when cleaning them.
What do they taste like? Well they taste fairly close to the real thing, but more like store generic cola's- but even the regular cola flavor is quite a bit less sweet than the "real" stuff. It's actually quite good, especially if you are used to buying generic soda's. I haven't had a chance to try all the flavors (the machine comes with 12 different flavors (12 Liters!)) but the few I have tried (Mountain Dew, Cola, Diet Dr. Pepper) have all been very good.
Now the best part- the Energy drink. For those of you who drink Red Bull regularly (and that includes myself), this flavor makes the machine worth it by itself. IT TASTES EXACTLY LIKE RED BULL. A $5 bottle of the "Energy" syrup is about $100 in "real" Red Bull and you CAN'T TELL THE DIFFERENCE.
All-in-all, a very well thought out and engineered product. I can't be more thrilled and highly recommend it!
27 out of 27 found this review helpful.
Posted by: MozartsMommy from: on
We were not sure when we first saw Sodastream. "What if it doesn't have the taste we are wanting.?" was the haunting question. But we buckled to the doubts and went for it and we are so glad we did. The hubby can drink A LOT of soda and he likes the taste and that it is fresh when ever he wants it. Plus the mix has much less sodium than a regular diet drink and he was (is) addicted to Diet Coke. If you hate returning cans and bottles (New York State refunds) hate having to shop for the best price on canned sodas every week and hate having to lug those heavy things into the house after shopping....Then Sodastream is for YOU. We Love It.!
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Soda from your faucet- Love it!
Posted by: atlshopper from: Atlanta, GA on
Received as gift. We're not big soda-drinkers, so we were not sure how much use we'd get out of it- we were very surprised! Everyone loves this- and it's been a huge hit at parties- getting more use than our blender! Also makes great energy drinks! We've saved a ton of money not buying the pricey four packs of energy drinks! Not going back. Soda virtually from your faucet, why didn't we do this sooner?
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Great way 2 replace bottled carbonated water, soda
Posted by: Syberknight from: Nashville TN on
Product performs as advertised. Carbonation lasts 24 hours w/o loss of fizz. We put water into bottles and then refrigerate. When ready to use we add carbonation and flavor. We use less carbonation this way and the drinks are immediately ready. Highly recommend!
17 out of 17 found this review helpful.
Best invention Ever!
Posted by: txmike25 from: Amarillo,Tx on
At first glance the price seems high for this home soda maker but if you drink a 24 pack a week or a redbull a day within a few months it pays for itself. You have to experiment with the flavors; energy=redbull, fountain mist=mountain dew, orange=shasta, cola=disgusting but once you find the flavors you like you'll never let this little machine go!.
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Bochok from: Sylmar, Ca. on
I was very hesistant at first in buying this product however after reading the reviews, I was convinced to try it out. This is a great product and a must have one for soda or flavored carbonized water drinkers. Very easy to use and the taste is really fantastic. I tried it with my friends and compared it to a well known brand, they selected Soda Stream's Cola...amazing. I am very happy with my purchase and this is highly recommended.