A Review for Pop Drinkers: SodaStream Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker
|Isn't it a cute cherry red?|
Confession: My family and I drink a lot of pop -- like 2 liters per day a lot. It's pretty safe to say that we love the fizzy stuff. You'll always find a bottle of Mountain Dew or Coca-Cola chilling in the ice box if you stop by. It's not the greatest thing to drink if you're watching calories or trying to eat healthy, but it's the one thing we can't seem to resist.
Since we're such big fans of carbonated beverages, when the SodaStream Fountain Jet maker popped up on my Kindle's lock screen as a $20 Lightning Deal (seriously people, if you have a Kindle check to make sure you receive the ads, past deals included a Keurig Brewer with K-Cups for $20!) I couldn't resist. I figured for 20 smackers I wouldn't be losing much if the fam didn't love the machine. I'm glad that I only paid the 20 and not the full price of $79. Overall, I'm not impressed with SodaStream.
First thing's first, the good things about the SodaStream Fountain Jet. When the UPS guy dropped off my SodaStream, I didn't have to do much to set it up other than take it out of the packaging (frustration free packaging = genius!), read the instructions, attach the included CO2 bottle, rinse the carbonating bottle and fill with cold water and screw it onto the front of the SodaStream! Set up is easy peezy. Carbonating the water is easy to do as well. Just give the button at the top of the machine 3 short but firm presses and voila, you have fizzy water that's ready to flavor! The machine itself is actually fun and easy to use. It's rather tall, but it doesn't take a lot of counter space as far as its width and depth dimensions go. Since it doesn't require electricity or a power source you can set it up almost anywhere in the kitchen.
|Dr. Pete is just what the doctor ordered.|
(AKA it tastes like medicine. Blah.)
Each of the sample sodas and the full-size bottle of Dr. Pete syrup that I purchased all have that bitter after taste you have with non-sugar sweeteners. To get syrups made without the low-cal sweeteners, you have to purchase the SodaStream Natural Syrup flavors at almost double the price of the syrups from the regular SodaStream line (Amazon: $9.99). They aren't a good value at all, especially when you add in the cost of the CO2 refills at around $15. Each regular size CO2 refill makes about 30 2 liter bottles, which combined with the regular syrups isn't a bad deal, but if you want strictly sugar sweetened beverages, it's cheaper to buy pop at the grocery store.
If you don't mind the taste of sweeteners, then this machine could potentially be worth the money, but for my family, it's not worth owning. I'm very disappointed in SodaStream. I'll keep the machine packed away in my closet just in case they decide to make more flavors with sugar, but in the meantime it's good ol' Mountain Dew for this gal!
SodaStream Fountain Jet Machine ~ 4 out of 5 stars for ease of use and quality
SodaStream Syrups ~ Rootbeer (1 out of 5 stars)
Lemon Lime (1 out of 5 stars)
Orange (2 out of 5 stars)
Dr. Pete (2 out of 5 stars)
Overall value of the SodaStream system ~ 3 out of 5 stars
Costly natural syrups and CO2 refills don't make that much sense economically.
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* I was not required to write a review. I received no compensation. I purchased the SodaStream from Amazon.*