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Leader of the Club
03-12-2011, 06:02 PM
Does anyone have a Soda Stream? Tell me all about it.

pezheadmeg
03-12-2011, 06:47 PM
I use mine almost daily. And it takes up half the counter space of my belove Keurig. Originally I was looking at it from the going green standpoint and not the money saving aspect. But it is a money saver as well.

As for the flavors, I'm a brand loyal Diet Pepsi and Diet Mt Dew girl. The cola is a pretty close match for the Diet Pepsi. They're versions of Mt. Dew and Dr. Pepper I like 8 times better! Plus I can control how syrupy I make the soda, so I can totally stretch a bottle of syrup past the number of liters the bottle says it makes.

pjlla
03-12-2011, 06:52 PM
I've had mine since last June. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT. Haven't regretted the decision for one minute. That said, I primarily use it for seltzer and not soda. Occasionally I'll let DS make a bottle of root beer for a treat, but mostly I use it for plain seltzer.

I currently own 4 of the bottles so I can keep plenty of them cold in the fridge. The store where I buy my cannister refills usually gives me a bounce back coupon with each purchase.... so I try to time my purchases to make the most of those coupons. I usually keep 3 cannisters on hand at once (I live 45 minutes from the mall where I buy my refills). Once I am onto the last one, I usually go in and get my refills.

I would love to find a cheaper source for my cannister refills, but I haven't really taken the time to search too much.

No more lugging home bottles from the grocery store, no more recycling bins full of bottles, no more running out of seltzer!! WOOHOO!............P

MistressMerryweather
03-12-2011, 06:56 PM
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merbobear
03-12-2011, 07:01 PM
I have one and love it! I love being able to control how fizzy my seltzer and soda is. If you like flavored sparking water, they also have bottled flavorings for that (fruit flavors) that are pretty good.

southern_redhead
03-12-2011, 07:02 PM
Wow, this post took me back. My dad had this in the 80's :) He was always doing "budget minded" experiments LOL We had a Soda Stream, a yogurt maker, I believe we had a bread machine until my mother yard saled it....

Anyway, I do remember the soda being pretty good so if it is the same thing and hasn't changed much I would think you'd like it.

Now I'm going to have to look for one ;)

pezheadmeg
03-12-2011, 07:07 PM
I've had mine since last June. LOVE IT, LOVE IT, LOVE IT. Haven't regretted the decision for one minute. That said, I primarily use it for seltzer and not soda. Occasionally I'll let DS make a bottle of root beer for a treat, but mostly I use it for plain seltzer.

I currently own 4 of the bottles so I can keep plenty of them cold in the fridge. The store where I buy my cannister refills usually gives me a bounce back coupon with each purchase.... so I try to time my purchases to make the most of those coupons. I usually keep 3 cannisters on hand at once (I live 45 minutes from the mall where I buy my refills). Once I am onto the last one, I usually go in and get my refills.

I would love to find a cheaper source for my cannister refills, but I haven't really taken the time to search too much.

No more lugging home bottles from the grocery store, no more recycling bins full of bottles, no more running out of seltzer!! WOOHOO!............P

My Bed, Bath, Beyond has the cartridges. It was $29.99 for the new but with a replacement they're like $15.

britfish
03-12-2011, 08:09 PM
Good to know about Bed Bath and Beyond having them!
We got our soda stream at Christmas and love it. We don't drink water in our house, just carbonated water. It is so nice not to have to lug bottles of water home from the store. We have used the flavoring for the water and love it. It was a great buy for our family and I couldn't imagine not having it, we never run out of bubbly water now!

Millermom0606
03-12-2011, 08:13 PM
DO these use REAL sugar or fake sugar? (I mean the real soda not diet ;) )

I can't have aspertame or sucralose or any of that stuff.... :(

webprinter
03-12-2011, 08:41 PM
We bought ours at the Black FRiday sale at Bed, Bath and Beyond. We use it but aren't sure if we are saving money or not. We like it but the diet, (which is all we drink), has an after taste. When we bought ours at BBB, they told us we could return it after trying it if we didn't like it for any reason. That made us buy it as we felt it was risk free but we did decide to keep it.

MistressMerryweather
03-12-2011, 08:53 PM
I'm wondering if one model works better than the other. I really like the glass bottle, stainless steel model. We would only be using if for totally unsweetened seltzer.

snels
03-13-2011, 07:13 AM
We love our Soda Stream.

Soda Stream is coming out with real sugar flavors in the spring. I know there will be a real sugar lemon lime, root beer, ginger ale, and cola. We are looking forward to getting some flavors with real sugar.

ConnieB
03-13-2011, 08:38 AM
How long does it stay bubbling in the fridge? We don't drink a lot of soda, and one of the drawbacks to the liter bottles is that they go flat before we finish. Cans are so much more expensive though.

MrandMissVacation
03-13-2011, 08:41 AM
DO these use REAL sugar or fake sugar? (I mean the real soda not diet ;) )

I can't have aspertame or sucralose or any of that stuff.... :(

We have a soda stream,but didn't like the flavors or the sweetener.
We make our own version of sprit/7-up using simple syrup (regular sugar) and the True Lemon/True Lime flavor crystals. It takes some experimentation to get it to your liking. There is True orange too,but only avaiable from the website (and it's clear orange soda-kinda weird, but tastes good)
I am noe experimenting with agave syrup as the sweetener instead of simple syrup and I really like it.

HTH

LovingMickey
03-13-2011, 09:05 AM
Let me start by saying we drink a lot of diet soda. So we bought a soda stream and then we have an adapter that hooks a larger CO2 tank to it. This way we dont have to spend $15 on each of those little refill canisters at bed bath & beyond. It lasts much longer then those did. I fill it at a local fire extinguisher refill place, they will fill our 5 lb tank for $12. Then we buy real diet coke syrup in the box from gordans food service. We have an adapter for the end of that so we can pour the syrup out and use it. We have a reverse osmosis water system and just use that for the water. I love that we dont have to run to the store all the time now when we are out of our caffiene fix. It is always on hand and only takes a few minutes to make more. No more saving all those cans and bottles to recycle. The kids like some of the flavors that came with the soda stream, especially the root beer. Love it!

Lisa

lucyem
03-13-2011, 10:51 AM
LovingMickey - Where did you get an adapter???? I need one of those.

We bought a soda stream a couple of months ago. We love it. We have tried the soda stream flavors and they are gross. I like the torani syrups best. Made with no HFCS and you can add as much or as little as you want. Vanilla is my personal favorite. You can also just use juice, my kids love orange "soda". Once we make up a bottle of soda water we pour it into a cup and then add the flavoring so everyone can get exactly what they want.

I did a lot of searching of reviews online. The top of the line with glass bottles does not seem to get the best reviews. We went for the next one down that has plastic bottles and was available at Bed&Bath.

ceecee
03-13-2011, 11:29 AM
Never heard of this before...then I saw it at Kohl's for $79.00 (with Kohls cash it would be less) but that's a lot of soda!

ellone
03-13-2011, 11:58 AM
We love ours. We only use it for seltzer here. We've pretty much given up soda. Canister refills are $15 at Bed Bath Beyond and you can use a 20% coupon on it bringing it down to $12.

My husband was drinking a lot of seltzer cans before and I hated all the cans I had to bring back to the store, plus the fact that cans have BPA in their lining. The sodastream bottles are BPA free.

pansmermaidzlagoon
03-13-2011, 12:06 PM
are the flavors for the sparkling water sugar free - as in no sugar or substitutes? If not, I could just add fresh squeezed lemon, lime, etc.

I have just about given up soda (only have it at the movie theater). I am drinking bottles of sparkling water - gotta have the fizz!!!! I have been limiting myself only because I was going through so many plastic bottles and I hate that for so many reasons!!!!

Would love to do this and have all the guilt free beverage I want! This sounds like the perfect answer.

poohbearbt
03-13-2011, 12:07 PM
DH got one for xmas and he loves it! He uses it mostly for seltzer flavored water. He likes the ginger ale flavor and the Petes' Choice(dr pepper version)

pezaddict231
03-13-2011, 12:13 PM
I got DH one for x-mas and he loves it and uses it almost daily. He only makes plain seltzer. We did try the fruit flavors and liked the lemon/lime. I don't normally like seltzer but I can drink it from the soda stream. It is much fresher tasting and doesn't have a weird aftertaste.

thebeesknees
03-13-2011, 12:18 PM
My friend got one and her advice is taken from her experience with her DH: do NOT fizz your coffee! :rotfl2:

BellePrincessBelle
03-13-2011, 12:24 PM
We've had ours for 5 years & love it.

SookieStackhouse
03-13-2011, 01:33 PM
I have seen these at Bed Bath and Beyond, I would totally want it for the purpose of making carbonated water.

I just worried the refill things for carbonation would be a pain.

merbobear
03-13-2011, 03:58 PM
are the flavors for the sparkling water sugar free - as in no sugar or substitutes? If not, I could just add fresh squeezed lemon, lime, etc.

I have just about given up soda (only have it at the movie theater). I am drinking bottles of sparkling water - gotta have the fizz!!!! I have been limiting myself only because I was going through so many plastic bottles and I hate that for so many reasons!!!!

Would love to do this and have all the guilt free beverage I want! This sounds like the perfect answer.

I just checked on the bottle of Berry flavoring in my fridge. On the front it says "all natural unsweetened" and the ingredients are "natural gooseberry flavor and other natural flavors." No sweeteners of any kind!

Leader of the Club
03-13-2011, 08:19 PM
Thanks for all the feedback.

I really like that it does not have high fructose corn syrup--we avoid it has much as possible.

I also like the idea of sending fewer bottles and cans to recycling. And avoid BPA.

Jedana
03-13-2011, 09:24 PM
We have one, but we dislike the syrups that you can get from them. They have a funky aftertaste, due to the sucralose.

So, I buy my syrups from the Pittsburgh Soda Pop company. A bit pricier, and the cola is more like RC than Coke, but they're made with real sugar, and that is the big selling point.
We like: cola, vanilla root beer, golden cream, grape, butterbeer (used to be vanilla cream soda) and lime.
www. pittsburghsodapop. com

pansmermaidzlagoon
03-14-2011, 12:08 AM
I just checked on the bottle of Berry flavoring in my fridge. On the front it says "all natural unsweetened" and the ingredients are "natural gooseberry flavor and other natural flavors." No sweeteners of any kind!

thank you!!!!:)

buzz5985
03-14-2011, 01:53 AM
We received one from Santa at Christmas. We have a bunch of teenage boys constantly at our house, so it has saved a ton of money - plus it is only 35 calories for 8 oz. So it is lower in calories than a regular soda for the boys. It does not contain HFCS. I found that there was an aftertaste.

I bought my unit at BJ's - it is a Fountain Jet and I paid 79.99 for it and had a $10 off coupon. It came with 2 -1 L bottles and a smaller 1/2 L travel bottle and 24 trial packets of soda flavors. and came with the 33 oz carbonator (the Co2 canister). We bought a back up carbonator at Bed bath and beyond the 14.5 oz for I think 29.99. We are still on the 33 oz, and I wish we had kept track of how many bottles we have made. The soda does not seem to go as flat that quickly. Plus you can regulate how much syrup you use. My DS uses 3/4 of the recommended amount.

I do not care for the soda, or the seltzered water. But I don't drink soda that often, and I never cared for sparkling flavored water. DH loves the flavored water. Just a teaspoon flavors a whole 1 L bottle.

The bottles you use do expire in 2 years. I'm sure the integrity of the bottle diminishes from the high pressure they have to endure. But I bought additional bottles and they were 2 for $19.99 at BB&B, I think i had a $5 off coupon.

I would recommend the purchase of one. Not only do you save money, the environmental impact is nothing to be sneezed at.

Janis

kacaju
03-14-2011, 05:15 AM
how long does the canisters last?

BuzznBelle'smom
03-14-2011, 08:23 AM
I have a question, and I'm honestly not trying to be snarky here--has anyone figured out the payback time/usage of one of these? It just seems to me that you have the initial $80 or so, then the cost of CO2 and syrups, plus additional bottles down the road. You would have to make an awful lot of soda to be saving money, no?

I can understand if the money is secondary, but this is the budget board. Personally, I find it a lot cheaper to just give up soda. I'm not criticizing the choices other people make, I'm just wondering what I'm missing.

FTR, my gang typically drinks lemonade, made from real lemon juice. It's one fo the few things we all can agree on.

Trinity524
03-14-2011, 08:31 AM
wrong post

ellone
03-14-2011, 08:40 AM
how long does the canisters last?

It makes about 60 liters. For us, it lasts about a month.

mjkacmom
03-14-2011, 09:04 AM
I have a question, and I'm honestly not trying to be snarky here--has anyone figured out the payback time/usage of one of these? It just seems to me that you have the initial $80 or so, then the cost of CO2 and syrups, plus additional bottles down the road. You would have to make an awful lot of soda to be saving money, no?

I can understand if the money is secondary, but this is the budget board. Personally, I find it a lot cheaper to just give up soda. I'm not criticizing the choices other people make, I'm just wondering what I'm missing.

FTR, my gang typically drinks lemonade, made from real lemon juice. It's one fo the few things we all can agree on.

We go through about 20 liters of selter a week. I don't think using this product is costing us any more than buying seltzer, it saves me a lot of room in the cart, and it's better for the environment. I see no reason to give up our seltzer addiction - my kids drink soda about twice a month, average one glass of juice per day (oj or cranberry), and otherwise drink seltzer or water.

hipchickie
03-21-2011, 08:41 PM
can someone tell me - does sodastream use the same cartridges as an iSi? Our iSi just broke, and I have a ton of cartridges. If it uses the same maybe I will switch to sodastream, but if not I will just get another iSi

If it does use another kind, do you get them refilled? Or where do you buy them?

Parkers_girl
03-22-2011, 11:17 AM
Love my soda stream! I've had mine for over two years now..I wandered into a boat store in FL that was closing down and I purchased the soda stream and two cartridges for around 20 bucks. Best money I ever spent! I only drink seltzer water, so this machine is a life saver as far as saving money on buying bottled seltzer at the store. I love that I can control how "fizzy" it is ( I like it reallll fizzy lol). I exchange my cartridges at BB&B or at a local kitchen store.

dfchelbay
03-22-2011, 12:38 PM
We love ours. We only use it for seltzer here. We've pretty much given up soda. Canister refills are $15 at Bed Bath Beyond and you can use a 20% coupon on it bringing it down to $12.

My husband was drinking a lot of seltzer cans before and I hated all the cans I had to bring back to the store, plus the fact that cans have BPA in their lining. The sodastream bottles are BPA free.

So, how much soda water do you get with this system? The only thing I drink is sparkling water, 1-2 (2 liter) bottles a day. I pay 79 cents for each two liter bottle. Would this system save me money over buying the 2 liter bottle of sparkling water?

Anyone can answer me, I only quoted you because you use your system the way I would use one if I had one. TIA

LilSweetPeaPhoto
03-22-2011, 01:10 PM
Are any of the flavors caffeine free besides the one listed? I'm caffeine-free but I don't like diet. Caff-free Coke is so hard to find, LOL.

jgdsoarin
03-26-2011, 06:16 PM
I just bought one of these today at Bed Bath & Beyond with a 20% coupon. We have been experimenting and my question is about how many pulses it takes to get the water really fizzy. The directions say 3, but after 3 I can't even see any fizz at all. It also says to listen for a "loud buzz"... I'm not sure what that is, since all I hear is the hiss of the air going into the water. I'm just wondering if we are doing it right... it seemed so easy, but it's taking 6-10 pulses to get my water to fizz the amount I like. At this rate, I might go through my canister really fast! I really like the lemon-lime flavored water and my kids/DH say the Pete's Choice is good.

MyDizneyBoyz
03-26-2011, 08:08 PM
I just bought one of these today at Bed Bath & Beyond with a 20% coupon. We have been experimenting and my question is about how many pulses it takes to get the water really fizzy. The directions say 3, but after 3 I can't even see any fizz at all. It also says to listen for a "loud buzz"... I'm not sure what that is, since all I hear is the hiss of the air going into the water. I'm just wondering if we are doing it right... it seemed so easy, but it's taking 6-10 pulses to get my water to fizz the amount I like. At this rate, I might go through my canister really fast! I really like the lemon-lime flavored water and my kids/DH say the Pete's Choice is good.

Press and hold the button down until it starts to make loud "farting" sounds (sorry - but that's what the boys says it sounds like! :lmao: ). If you're just pushing and releasing 3 times you won't get enough fizz. Press, hold and wait for the "blat blat blat" which is just the sound of the pressure relief valve. After 3 "blats", I give it another quick press to give the water that extra fizz cause I like lots o' bubbles.

Also, be sure to tilt the bottle and SLOWLY pour in the syrup, esp. the non-diet ones, or you will have an eruption all over your countertop! I'd highly recommend adding the syrup over the sink until you get the hang of it. :thumbsup2

jgdsoarin
03-27-2011, 09:56 AM
Thanks, MyDizneyBoyz! I just tried it again and I heard the "buzz!" Made a huge difference in how fizzy the water got! This is going to be our favorite gadget for quite some time!