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My New Favorite Gadget: Sodastream Soda Maker Machine
Hi. I want to tell you about my family’s newest favorite gadget, our Sodastream soda maker machine. A friend of mine bought one recently and showed it to us. We were amazed and knew we had to have one. He said it was the “coffee machine of soda”. He was right. It is about the size of a coffee machine and it only takes seconds to make fresh sparkling seltzer water and soda.
Here is how easy it is:
1. Fill the reusable soda bottle with water.
2. Insert the bottle into the machine and press the button to carbonate.
3. Add flavoring or enjoy the crisp, clean sparkling water.
It is remarkably simple to operate. It doesn’t use any electricity. There are no batteries and there are no power cords. There is only one button. You simply press the button to carbonate the water. You’ll hear a funny noise when the charge is complete. Press the button a few more times to fully carbonate the water. Usually three times is enough.
My three year old son is particularly fond of the charging noise. He loves to press the button and then falls on the floor laughing everytime after he hears the noise. We have to store the machine on top of the refrigerator to keep it away from him.
My wife and I love to unwind in the evenings with a glass of sparkling soda with a splash of lime or other juice. We get to enjoy a fizzy drink without concern for chemicals or calories. We have found, on occasion, that the sparkling water makes an excellent club soda for cocktails. Our guests love to watch us use the soda maker machine to make club soda on the spot.
I also enjoy a good soda, and so do my kids. But, like many people these days, I have become increasingly concerned about both the over use of high-fructose corn syrup in our food and drinks as well as the waste from so many empty used plastic bottles.
Sodastream’s flavors do not use high-fructose corn syrup. Their diet flavors use Splenda as a sweetner.
I enjoy the savings as well. According to the website, you can make the equivalent of a can of soda for about 25 cents. That is water plus flavoring. If you are a sparkling water or seltzer drinker, you can make an entire liter without flavoring for about the same amount.
My father loves sparkling water. He used to buy crates of sparkling water from the super market. When I showed him our machine and how much he could save, he was hooked.
For us, the soda maker machine also gives us control over what we eat. I like to create my own flavoring for the sodas. Sometimes adding a little juice or a few tea bags. But Sodastream also makes some wonderful flavor syrups. I counted over 25 different options. They are available in both regular or diet versions. You’ll find all your favorites, cola, root beer, lemon lime, ginger ale, and a large variety of fruit flavors. I’m particularly fond of the Zero Cola flavor (comparable to a well known brand). They also have an energy drink mix, but I haven’t tried that one yet.
I recommend buying a soda maker machine as part of a kit. You will get the base unit, a CO2 charging canister (good for 60 liters), a reusable plastic bottle, and an assortment of flavor syrups. It is all you need for several months of soda or sparkling water. For slightly more, you can buy a kit that includes three CO2 charging canisters. This one makes the most sense to me because you can always keep one as a spare while you send two back for a refill.
The soda maker machine uses refillable CO2 canisters to carbonate your water. They are available in two different sizes, one is good for aproximately 60 liters of water. The other is good for about 110 liters. The larger size only works in certain models. So check which one as this feature before your make your purchase. As of this writing, the FountainJet model and Edition1 support the larger canisters.
I like the reusable canisters. Again, there is no waste or inconvenience. When it is time to order a refill, you simply exchange it for a new one. How you exchange it depends on where you live. First you order the refills. Then you either leave it on your doorstep for a replacement, or you will receive replacements in the mail along with postage paid return boxes. We use the postage paid return boxes in my area and have had no problem. We simply call UPS for a pickup when we are ready.
Here is a quick little demo of a Sodastream soda maker machine on YouTube.