I have a confession. I am not a fan of water. I will choose coffee and carbonated water above plain water 9 times out of 10 so when the opportunity arose to do a review for SodaStream I was excited. I loved the idea that I could make my own bubbly beverages at home with filtered tap water and without the excessive packaging that comes along with purchasing soda.
When I unpacked the box that I had received SodaStream from it included a Fountain Jet machine, Co2 cartridge and a huge variety of flavors. Even though our kitchen counters are already quite full the Fountain Jet fit nicely and hardly took up any space. Once we followed the quick start sheet we were up and running and ready to make soda.
To make soda you simply fill the bottle with water, screw it into the machine and press the button at the top until you hear 3 loud buzzes. Our first few attempts were not as successful as I had hoped. The water was fizzy but only mildly so, definitely not what I expected. I realized I was missing a crucial step in the instructions, I wasn’t chilling the water. Once I started chilling the water, prior to making the soda, it worked much better. Also after checking SodaStream‘s helpful FAQ I realized I could go up to 5 buzzes to make the water even more carbonated.
Once we go the carbonation down we started trying the different flavors. We were sent some of the regular flavors but what I was most interested in were the Sparkling Natural flavors. These contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors and no artificial sweeteners, which is important to me. We tried a bunch of different flavors but by far my kids loved the Sparkling Naturals Cola the best. I myself liked the Green Tea Pomegranate Peach or the plain sparkling water enhanced with one of the the my water flavor essences.
Soda is a treat in our household and will still be one moving forward but being able to make it at home, in BPA free bottles with natural flavorings and our own filtered water makes it one that I can feel good about letting my kids indulge in. We have really enjoyed having the SodaStream and making our own sparkling water and soda at home. So if you’re a soda drinker, or even just love sparkling water, and you’re looking to cut down on waste, save money or just make “better for you” soda I suggest you pick up one of these, they are a great addition to any household.
Disclosure: Although I did receive a complimentary Fountain Jet system and flavorings from SodaStream to review the opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.