I was provided a Sodastream Home Soda Maker to facilitate this review; all opinions are my own.

My husband and I don’t drink coffee or tea. We’re soda drinkers and we have been since the 1970s. There are worse habits to have and I figure as long as I’m going to drink pop (as we call it up here), I should drink the best pop available. For me that means using a Sodastream machine.

Why Buy a Sodastream Home Soda Maker?

What makes the Sodastream different is that it’s a home soda maker you use on demand – think of it as your home fountain jet. When you’re thirsty, you simply take tap water (though in my case I use filtered tap water) and turn it into carbonated water., add the soda flavoring and enjoy! Yes, it’s that easy!

One SodaStream carbonator makes 60 or 110 liters, equivalent to 170 or 310 aluminum cans! When empty, the carbonator is refilled and reused, ready to make more fizzy and tasty soda whenever you want it.

But where the Sodastream really shines is in it’s ability to replace dozens of cans in the landfill with one plastic bottle. Our trash volume has been reduced by a significant amount since switching back to the Sodastream. Yes, this is our second machine. Our first was purchased about 5 years ago and while we loved it, at that time purchasing carbonators was not convenient and it was costly.

Sodastream has solved their delivery issues by making sodamix flavors and carbonaters available in many popular retail stores. That’s the change that made it time to start using the soda maker again.

Sodastream - refrigerating the water makes better bubbles!

Sodastream tip – refrigerating the water makes better bubbles! The syrup doesn’t require refrigeration.

In the meantime they also improved the soda machines. The newer bottles are designed to make attaching the soda bottles is much easier and quicker. Plus they’ve changed the carbonation indicator to make knowing when your water is carbonated  as easy as watching the light progress up the scale. They’ve truly made it the easiest machine to use in my kitchen.

Each 16.9 oz bottle of sodamix makes the equivalent of 33 cans of soda! The machine doesn’t require batteries, electricity, or plumbing and there are over 60 flavors available.

I will admit that the black Source Sodastream machine wasn’t my first choice. I would have preferred the white or any of the Fizz Sodastream machines. That said, I found a way to make it match my kitchen better. My solution is temporary; I may paint a design on it at some time. That said, the machine is perfect so I’ll forgive it for being dark and plain.

My Sodastream home soda pop maker - ad

Sodastream Taste Test

But how does the soda taste? Fantastic. I love that I can regulate the amount of syrup I use and in fact, I’ve been decreasing the amount with every bottle. I’m down to 1/2 of the amount of diet cola syrup they recommend. Since I’m using artificial flavors and sweetners, it’s best to use as little as possible.

Soda Stream - assorted flavors - ad

There are over 60 different SodaMix flavors available including sparkling tea, Kool-Aid, Happy Hour Cocktail Mixers, Energy Drinks, Diet Flavors, and more. We stick to the “diet” variety and love the caffeine-free diet cola, lemon lime, and pink grapefruit flavors the best.

Sodastream Costs

Machines run from $79 to $179 with special and packages available.

Syrup is from $4-$5 and is available from retailers like Barell Drugs, Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Bon Ton, Crate & Barrel, Costco, Fred Meyer, Haggens, HyVee, JC Penney, Kitchen Collections, Kohl’s, Le Gourmet Chef, Macy’s, Meijer, Office Depot, PC Richard & Son, Sam’s Club, Sears, Shopko, Staples, Sur la Table, Target, Walmart, Wegmans, Williams-Sonoma, and Amazon.com.

Carbonators are exchanged at participating retailers. The cost for a 60L CO2 carbonator with exchange is about $16. If you purchase without exchanging, you’ll pay full price (about $30).  Check the list and find out if your retailer carries the soda makers and spare carbonators here.

Have you tried a Sodastream yet?