We started using the Sodastream Home Soda Machine to have our favorite soft drinks at a fraction of the price.
My family prefers to drink diet soda. I don’t want them drinking sodas with chemicals, like aspartame or loaded with corn syrup.
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.
We were hooked when we tried SodaStream Home Soda Fountain. This home soda machine allows you to create your favorite sodas and sparkling waters at home.
You can’t beat the cost savings either. Each bottle of soda or sparkling water costs a fraction of the store-bought variety.
We were sold on making soda at home, when we had the opportunity to try the Sodastream machine, in 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 home soda machine, 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. You may wonder why you’ve been throwing away so much money on expensive store bought soft drinks.
What is the Sodastream Home Soda Maker?
Sodastream Home Soda Maker allows you to make your favorite sodas and fizzy water drinks at home. The best part you can make them for a fraction of the price of buying soda and waters at the grocery store.
Since Sodastream was introduced, they’ve so many new flavors for fizzy water. You will definitely find a flavor you will like.
If you leave out the syrup, you can 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
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. 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?
Sodastream home soda fountain 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, high fructose corn syrup and 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 Sodastream Fountain Jet home soda fountain comes standard with a 60 Oz carbonator cylindar that turns tap water or bottled water into carbonated water, and a 1 liter BPA free plastic bottle.
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.
Sodastream 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. Waalaa! You have just made a 1 litre bottle of your favorite soda, fizzy water or carbonated beverage at home in about one minute.
Just follow this simple 3 step process to make delicious soda at home or one of the many other favorite fizzy water drinks. This is so simple even a child can make soda or fizzy water with Sodastream.
- 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. You can turn it 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 Sodastream CO2 Refills are available?
Each home beverage system comes standard with one 60 Oz CO2 Cylinder and 1- 1 Liter BPA Free plastic bottle.
Sodasteam offers a 60 Oz and 130 Oz CO2 cylinder.
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. 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?
Bottles are under pressure each time you fill the bottle with CO2. They unfortunately will not last 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.
BPA bottles are not dishwasher safe. Bottles should be washed by hand in warm soapy water. Do not use hot water when washing the bottle. This will damage the bottle and it will need to be replaced.
Is Using a Sodastream Home Soda Fountain
By using the Sodastream home soda machine, you are helping to save precious natural resources.
Since the Sodastream Home Soda Fountain uses water straight from your tap or bottled water, the system makes traditional store-bought carbonated beverage bottles obsolete. This can reduce plastic bottles and aluminum can production.
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 in the US is equivalent to 17 million barrels of oil. (Container Recycling Institute, 2002).
Disadvantages of Sodastream
- The 1 liter bottles are smaller than 2 liter soda bottles sold in stores.
- You may have to make soda more often.
- The casing is made from light weight plastic. If you drop it on the ground, the casing is likely to crack.
Where to Buy a Sodastream Carbonator 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.