My husband is a soda addict. Yep. He tried to stop drinking it but then I see random soda bottles in the backseat floorboard of his car. Like, “How’d that get there”? Yeah he’s crazy addicted. I mean, it could be worse and he have other bad habits so I guess soda it’s the worst one but it’s still a costly one so I knew we had to do something.
For those who don’t know, SodaStream is a drink making system that allows you to carbonate water yourself, then add any flavor you want again and again.
The Genesis comes with 2 1-litre drinks bottles and a cylinder of CO2. After filling with one of the bottles with water and chilling in the fridge (carbonating chilled water is better than room temp water), you simply screw the drink bottle over the nozzle on the front of the machine. Press the button on top 3 times (more if you like more carbonation) and your regular water is ready for one of the Sodastream sodamix flavors.
The process can get rather noisy so I wouldn’t recommend using this if you anyone is sleeping nearby.
So does Sodastream really save you money? Let’s figure out the bottom line and I’ll tell you if Sodastream is really worth it.
If you don’t include the initial cost of the machine (Soda Starter Kit is $119.95), the cost of each can of soda is about 25 cents a can. When you purchase your soda starter kid you get the Genesis, a sample-size variety pack of flavor mixes and three 16.9oz bottles of syrup (of your choice). Each syrup bottle makes 12 liters (about 33 cans!) of soda. If you add in the expense of the machine, the cost of each can of soda is about 41 cents a can for the first 132 cans of soda and then it will be 25 cents thereafter. Buying the syrup on the Sodastream website is always your best bet since they cost about $4.99 but if you purchase at Target they are $5.99. And when you buy online every 10th SodaMix is free!
So I don’t know about you but I know there are days where my family goes out to a theme park paying $1.50 for a small soda so bringing our Sodastream bottles is a great way to save money for us. Not driving to the store, not bugging heavy 12 packs of cans, AND I save money. Sodastream is for us! And since you reuse your carbonating bottles you are actually being green!
Now the only drawback is if you aren’t a big soda drinker than I would say this isn’t for you. With the cost of the machine, flavor mixes you will be out a lot of money if you decide you don’t like the taste or don’t use it enough.
So what does it taste like? From our experience the flavors are really true compared to the real thing! We’ve tasted everything from Cola, Orange, Cream Soda, Dr. Pete (Dr. Pepper®), Lemon Lime (Sprite®), Fountain Mist (Mountain Dew®), Root Beer, and Cola Free (Coke Zero®).
We’ve been happy with the outcome of all of them except the regular Cola. Even the Cola Free (Coke Zero®) has a genuine taste but We cannot get the Cola to taste exactly like Coke. We’ve added more syrup, less syrup, more and less carbonation.. nothing seems to help it taste “normal”
If soda isn’t your thing they also have MyWater Essence Flavors which is unsweetened, all-natural flavor essences for making lightly flavored seltzer or sparkling water. Adjust the intensity of the flavor by adding more or less flavoring. Each 40 ml bottle will make approx. 20 liters of flavored seltzer. I LOVE the raspberry flavor.
We’re very happy with the Sodastream and have noticed that we have in fact been saving money and love the extra money in our wallet!
- Fountain Jet – winner’s choice of color (black/silver, red/silver or white)
- 1 carbonating bottle, reusable for up to 3 years
- Reusable carbonator to fizz up to 60L of soda
- Variety 6-pack of popular sample-size flavors
- 3 full-sized flavors of the winner’s choice
Disclosure: I was provided with the mentioned product(s) for the purpose of this review. No other monetary compensation was received. All opinions are my own.