We started using the Sodastream Fountain Jet home soda maker in our home about two years ago, since my family prefers to drink diet soda, and I don’t want them drinking sodas with chemicals, like aspartame.
The problem with diet sodas is they are often sweetened with the artificial sweetener, aspartame, but regular soda is loaded with corn syrup, which is not much better health-wise.
I really like that the Soda Stream syrups create our favorite sodas at home that taste just like the name brand varieties my family likes to drink, yet do not contain those harmful sweeteners and chemicals, and each bottle of home-made soda costs a fraction of the store-bought variety.
Since our family members each like different tasting sodas, keeping a few bottles of their favorite syrups in the pantry takes up much less space than storing several bulky two-liter bottles or six pack cans.
We were sold on making soda at home, when we had the opportunity to try Sodastream at a store demonstration. We tried their Cola, Dr. Pepper, root beer and Ginger Ale syrups, and found the drinks tasted just like the national brand varieties sold in grocery stores.
The best part about the Sodastream syrup, is the regular sodas are free of high fructose corn syrup, and the diet sodas do not contain aspartame. The sugar free drinks contain sucralose as the sweetener.
Once you buy a Sodatream Home Soda Fountain, you’ll wonder how you lived without one for so long, and why you’ve been throwing away so much money on expensive store bought soft drinks.
What is Sodastream Home Soda Foutain?
The Sodastream Home Soda Maker works by forcing carbon dioxide, that is stored in a cylinder in the back of the unit, into a bottle of tap water. Next just add a cup full of your favorite Sodastream syrup and shake it up, and you have just made a 1 litre bottle of your favorite soda, fizzy water or carbonated beverage at home in about one minute.
You can also leave out the syrup and make a bottle of soda water.
One bottle of syrup can make up to 50 – 8 oz glasses of your favorite carbonated beverage. Actually, the Sodastream Fountain Jet home soda fountain available here was invented in Israel nearly 100 years ago in 1903!. This home soda maker has been a hit in Israel and Europe for nearly a century, and was finally introduced to the United States in the 1990’s.
I remember family and friends having these machines when I lived in Israel in the early 90’s, and my wife who grew up in Israel remembers having home-made carbonated drinks when she was a kid. My first question when I learned about Sodastream was – why did it take so long to come to the US?
Until the Sodastream home soda maker came to the US, the only way to make home-made carbonated drinks was to make Italian sodas or buy seltzer water and mix with sugar-laden syrups.
The syrups used with to make these fun fizzy drinks are either made with real sugar, or sucralose (Splenda®) for their sugar free versions. The syrups are 100% free of corn syrup and high fructose corn syrup, which has been linked to Type 2 Diabetes and obesity, and is also free of aspartame.
If you prefer flavored soda water, no problem, Sodastream also offers several varieties of water essence to make delicious and refreshing carbonated water and fizzy water.
How Does the Sodastream Home Soda Fountain Work?
The Fountain Jet home soda fountain from Sodastream comes standard with a 60 Oz carbonator cylindar that carbonates tap water or bottled water, and a 1 liter BPA free plastic bottle. Depending on the amount of carbonation you use, one 60 oz cylinder should last 6-8 weeks. Depending on which model of the Sodastream soda maker you buy, you also get a 6 or 12- 1 liter sampler syrup kit of the most popular drinks.
Just follow this simple 3 step process to make delicious soda or one of the many other favorite fizzy drinks. This is so simple even my 9 year old daughter loves making the sodas as well.
- You simply fill the plastic bottle with tap water to the fill line.
- Screw the bottle into the soda maker.
- Press the button a few time to carbonate the water, unscrew the bottle from the unit add your favorite SodaStream syrup.
- Put the bottle cap on and lightly shake the bottle to mix the syrup and water.
- You are ready to enjoy your favorite home made soda or carbonated beverage.
Are the Sodastream Syrups Kosher?
Sodastream syrups are kosher (OU) certified. The Sodastream syrups are not kosher for Passover. The carbonator makes Kosher for Passover (OU)P carbonated water. All of the soda makers can be used on the Sabbath. Please note the Sodasteam Fizz soda fountain has a battery powered CO2 level monitor, and can be used on the Sabbath if the CO2 monitor is turned off.
We found Amazon.com, while having a great price for the Sodastream soda makers, their price for the Sodastream Flavor Syrups and fizzy waters are a bit on the expensive side.
The soft drink syrups are free of aspartame and corn syrup, and taste remarkably like their national brand counterparts, including Coke®, Coke Zero®, Dr. Pepper® to name just a few. My kids love the Dr. Pete syrup since is tastes just like their favorite soda – Dr. Pepper. My wife says she can’t tell the difference between the Sodastream Cola Free and Coke Zero®.
Which Sodasteam Home Soda Fountain is Right for You?
You can find all models of the Sodastream Home Soda Fountain at Amazon.com including:
Most popular Sodastream Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker
Genesis Soda Maker
* Fizz has a battery operated carbonation status monitor that can be turned off to allow the soda maker to be used on Jewish holidays.
** The Penguin Soda Maker uses a glass soda bottle, while other soda makers use a plastic bottle.
Since there are no electric¹ or mechanical parts, your carbonated drink maker can be used on the Sabbath.
How Much Soda will a Bottle of Sodastream Syrup make?
Each 500ml (16.9 Fl Oz) beverage mix bottle makes the equivalent of 12 liters of soda, or about 33 cans of soda. Sodastream offers over 25 flavors to make your favorite carbonated beverage.
What Size CO2 Cylinders are available?
Sodasteam offers a 60 Oz and 130 Oz CO2 cylinder. Each home beverage system comes standard with one 60 Oz CO2 Cylinder and 1- 1 Liter BPA Free plastic bottle.
What Happens When my CO2 Cylinder is empty?
You may be asking what happens when my CO2 cylinder is empty? Sodastream has this all figured out for you to easily get a new CO2 cylinder.
Don’t throw away the cylinder. Several stores that sell the Sodastream Carbonated Drink System also sell replacement 60 Oz carbonators.
Bed Bath and Beyond offers a cylinder exchange program. Just bring in your empty CO2 cylinder and you can exchange it for a new fully changed cylinder ready to use for about half the price of buying a new one.
They only sell and exchange 60 Oz CO2 cylinders. You can also use your Bed Bath and Beyond discount coupons to reduce the price of the carbonator even further.
Why the Soda Bottles have an Expiration Date?
Since the bottles are put under pressure each time you fill the bottle with CO2, they unfortunately can’t be used forever. Over time the bottle loses its ability to maintain the pressure.
Check the date on your bottles, so you know when to discard them in your garbage recycle bin and purchase new ones.
Also, bottles cannot be put in a dishwasher and must be washed by hand in warm soapy water. Do not hot water when washing the bottle, or you will damage the bottle and it will need to be replaced.
Is Using a Sodastream Home Soda Fountain
Since the Sodastream Home Soda Fountain uses water straight from your tap or bottled water, the system makes traditional store-bought beverage bottles obsolete. That means fewer plastic bottles and aluminum cans are manufactured, less plastic and aluminum waste and reduced transport and cost of bottled beverages.
Globally, 391 billion liters of bottled water were consumed in 2017 (Statista Global Bottled Water Report, 2017), and this is up from 206 billion liters in 2008. The energy required to make water bottles just in the US is equivalent to 17 million barrels of oil (Container Recycling Institute, 2002).
So, while you are consuming delicious beverages, you can feel good that you are helping to save precious natural resources by reusing your bottles for about 3 years before disgarding.
Disadvantages of Sodastream
After having experience using a Sodastream Fountain Jet carbonation system for a few months and testing a few other models, I can say there really isn’t much I don’t like about this beverage carbonation system.
- The 1 liter bottles can be a little small compared to 2 liter bottles of soda sold in the US. We have to make soda often.
- Like most products costing $100 or less, the outside casing is made from light weight plastic. If you drop it on the ground, the casing is likely to crack, and to make it out metal would be too expensive and make the machine too heavy. So, just don’t be too rough on it.
Where to Buy a Sodastream Carbonation System?
While you can generally buy the Sodasteam Jet at most big box stores like Costco, Target, Walmart, Bed, Bath and Beyond, our research found that Amazon has the best price, and offers free shipping.
CO2 carbonator replacements are available at Bed, Bath and Beyond for your convenience, and with their discount coupons, you can save a few extra dollars.