Making carbonated water and soft drinks is simple! Turn tap water into sparkling water in under 30 seconds, with no clean-up. Enjoy the freshness and convenience of homemade soda and protect the environment at the same time. No heavy bottles to carry, store at home or throw away. Fizz to your taste and add the flavor of your choice to make your favorite drink. Simple to clean and reuse. With a variety of colors and silhouettes, you’ll be sure to find a soda maker to match with any decor.
This was definitely a product that I had tons of fun reviewing. So far all of my friends and family who have either watched me or made the soda for themselves have marveled at this easy to use invention.
I drove my sister crazy on the day I knew it was being delivered. I was like a little kid on Christmas waiting for Santa to arrive. I raced to the door when I saw the FedEx truck pull up to the house.
The first thing I noticed when I opened the box was how amazingly compact this “machine” was. It could easily store away in a cabinet or cupboard. Ours gets way too much use for that though. So it is tucked away in a corner on the counter.
There are a ton of great flavors that are currently on the market. And they seem to keep coming up with new ones. In fact, they just came out with a few at the beginning of this month. And there are 3 more flavors that are coming out in mid May. We received 8 bottles of soda flavoring and 3 bottles of sparkling water flavoring. We have since went out and bought 2 more bottles of soda flavoring.
The SodaStream does not use any electricity or batteries to work. In fact, it is really easy to set up. You open up the back of the unit and screw in place a CO2 cartridge. It goes on really nice. It didn’t take long to put it on.
One single CO2 cartridge can make up to 60 liters. So that is a lot of soda. They cost about $30 US. However, I found out that our local Bed, Bath & Beyond has a CO2 exchange program. If you bring in your empty, they will sell you a full one for only $15. So basically, you are getting half off on your next one. I am sure that there are other stores that do this as well. You just need to check out your local stores that sell the SodaStream to see if they participate.
All you do is fill up one of their special bottles with water. Then you insert it into the machine. Definitely make sure that you have it screwed on tight enough. Then you press down on the button up top a few times until you hear it “buzz”.
The first time I made it, I wasn’t sure what to listen for. So when I heard the swooshing sound it makes as the air goes it, I thought that is what they meant. But there wasn’t enough fizz in the soda for our liking. The directions said that you could go up to 6 buzzes if you prefer more fizz. So I decided that the next time I would give it a few extra pumps. That was when I heard the “buzz” for the first time. I actually jumped since I wasn’t expecting it. Now that I heard it and knew what to listen for, we have gotten perfect soda each time.
After you inject the air into the water, you take the bottle out of the unit. You will hear some of the air leave. Don’t worry, you will still have tons of fizz.
Now you are ready to mix in your flavoring. If you are making soda, then you shake up your flavoring bottle and measure out a capful. If you are making flavored seltzer water, then you will only use 1/2 teaspoon. Once you are measured out, pour the flavor into your bottle.
Here is a word of caution. I learned the hard way to make sure that I put a towel under the bottle when I am pouring in. Plus, each flavoring will have a different reaction when it hits the water. Such as the energy drink fizzes up immensely so you want to make sure to pour it in slower. Otherwise, you will have it bubble over. Trust me, I know! LOL! Our counter top was covered. But that is the good part about trying, you learn.
Once you have poured in your flavoring, you will then put the cap back on the bottle and slowly tilt the bottle back and forth to allow mixing of the flavor with the water. Once you have done this a few times, you are ready to pour it into your favorite cup and sit down to enjoy a refreshing beverage.
We only received one bottle to test out. So when we hit our local Bed, Bath & Beyond to check out availability and pricing of flavors, we picked up two extra bottles. This is great when you have different people wanting different flavors.
The great thing is that you can quickly and easily mix up different flavors. I have also found that this quenches my thirst much more quickly then regular soda. I think that is because it has a high concentration of water in it.
In conjunction with the Wakela’s World Disclosure Statement, I received a product in order to enable my review. No other compensation has been received. My statements are an honest account of my experience with the brand. The opinions stated here are mine alone.