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Any Soda Stream owners/users?

spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
As I child, I visited my family in Ireland and England every summer and noticed that many homes had a "Soda Stream" contraption in their kitchen. (It fizzes the water and you add syrups, etc.) I desperately wanted one! I mean desperately. The quality of the beverages it produced was great. And so convenient. And you could make them as sweet or lite as you wanted, as fizzy or flat. It was just so cool to me. Finally, my mother agreed but it was confiscated at Customs for the gas cartridge. I was always sad about that.

Well, a few weeks ago, what did I find at Bed Bath and Beyond?? An updated Soda Stream contraption!

I want to buy it. ($100 for the black one and $150 for the stainless. A second bottle costs more and you buy the syrups and/or essences as needed.)

Does anyone have one now? Are you happy with the quality of the drinks? Do you have any problems with the machine itself? Do you order the syrups online or always have to go to the store? Do you drink the diet sodas, too, and are they very good? Do you use other brands of syrup, in addition to Soda Steam's? Is it hard to find replacement gas cartridges?

I'm not a big soda drinker and my kids never have soda. But I would be willing to add a few a week into our diets just to have this thing! :laughing6: It's like a trip back to my childhood.

(Did anyone have one back in the early 80s? I grew up in NYC and couldn't find one anywhere, ever. But my bf lived in east bumbafuk, KY and says he always had one and so did everyone he knew. Go figure!)

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  • solidgoldsolidgold Posts: 1,485Registered Users
    I have a Soda Stream (the Penguin--I think it's the stainless steel one). I bought it for my boyfriend last year in an attempt to get him to drink more water and less soda, but now I get to enjoy it too. I love it--I love sparkling water and used to buy 6 packs of cans and bottles but hated how much waste was involved. I feel better about "making" the soda myself. I don't use the syrups at all. Sometimes I'll put some fresh juice (lemon, orange, graprefruit) in the soda just for something special! My BF bought one for his mother for the holidays, and I think I'm going to do the same for my mother this year.

    I would have bought the cheaper one for myself but my boyfriend likes smaller bubbles that the Penguin purports to provide.

    You can take the empty cartridges to a Williams Sonoma and exchange them for full ones at a discount. Each cartridge lasts a couple of months, so when both are empty, we take them to the store and exchange them for full ones. It's not inconvenient.

    All in all, I love the Soda Stream!
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  • CanItBeChristineCanItBeChristine Posts: 6,343Registered Users
    That's funny, I just got a coupon for Bed, Bath and Beyond and was considering using it for this! My friend has one and says it's the most delicious flavored seltzer you can imagine (and I love flavored seltzer.)
  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    I never heard of these, but they sound neat! Does it work with any kind of sink, or is it a stand-alone thing?

    I love fizzy water, and it would be fun to make my own!


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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    Thank you. Wow, I want one of these!


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  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    I never heard of these, but they sound neat! Does it work with any kind of sink, or is it a stand-alone thing?

    I love fizzy water, and it would be fun to make my own!


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    There are much cheaper, non-brand name "fizzers" you can buy. Just a glass carafe and a screw on top with a gas thingie in it.

    But I'm just oddly hooked on this specific brand...because it comes with it's own line of syrups and cute little bottles and whenever I hear the name "soda stream" it just takes me back...:tongue10:

  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    solidgold wrote: »
    I have a Soda Stream (the Penguin--I think it's the stainless steel one). I bought it for my boyfriend last year in an attempt to get him to drink more water and less soda, but now I get to enjoy it too. I love it--I love sparkling water and used to buy 6 packs of cans and bottles but hated how much waste was involved. I feel better about "making" the soda myself. I don't use the syrups at all. Sometimes I'll put some fresh juice (lemon, orange, graprefruit) in the soda just for something special! My BF bought one for his mother for the holidays, and I think I'm going to do the same for my mother this year.

    I would have bought the cheaper one for myself but my boyfriend likes smaller bubbles that the Penguin purports to provide.

    You can take the empty cartridges to a Williams Sonoma and exchange them for full ones at a discount. Each cartridge lasts a couple of months, so when both are empty, we take them to the store and exchange them for full ones. It's not inconvenient.

    All in all, I love the Soda Stream!

    Good to know the quality hasn't declined! You're making me want to get one even more!

    The cola was really delicious...better than Coke or Pepsi. And I think the lemon/lime was too. I can't remember ever trying any of the other flavors. Now they also have "flavored essences" if you don't want to use syrups or juice...just for a touch of flavor w/o sweeteners and all that.

  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    You can do carbonated alcoholic cocktails and sparkling iced teas???? I'm getting one this weekend! Yay! Thanks for posting the link to the website! :toothy6:

  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    Bumping an old thread.

    I got one of these a couple of days ago and am really liking it. I'm using the flavors in the sample kit that came with my machine. I may play with the essences and just stuff like straight lemon and/or lime juice as well.

    Anyone still using theirs? What concoctions do you like.

    I also like just the plain fizzy water.
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  • sarah42sarah42 Posts: 4,034Registered Users
    I want one! That may be illogical because no one in our house is a big soda drinker, but it just looks cool and fun.
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  • yossarianyossarian Posts: 967Registered Users
    sarah42 wrote: »
    I want one! That may be illogical because no one in our house is a big soda drinker, but it just looks cool and fun.

    I was a total skeptic, but my hubby REALLY wanted one and was dropping heavy hints, so I bought one for his b'day in Sept. We haven't bought soda since (aside from a case of Coke in case of upset stomach).

    I love the fact that we're not wasting all that aluminum, as well as the variety of flavors. As someone mentioned, there's a recipe book on the Sodastream website for making cocktails.

    OTOH, you have to factor in the cost of the flavors (~$5 each, makes 12 liters) and the carbonating cylinders ($15 each with trade-in of empty canister at Bed Bath & Beyond; makes ~40 liters). The bottles themselves are NOT dishwasher safe, unless you spring for the significantly more expensive ones. So there's the time and effort of making the soda, plus manually cleaning the bottles.

    I do think it's a worthwhile purchase. The savings are about 15% versus buying bottles or cans. The diet versions are pretty good, and I think we're drinking less soda overall. And we don't have a refrigerator & recycling bin full of cans. So I'd recommend it.

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  • StarmieStarmie Posts: 6,677Registered Users Curl Dabbler
    I still have one of the originals from the eighties lurking at the back of a kitchen cupboard. Brought it with me when we emigrated but couldn't bring the gas cylinder, then couldn't buy one when we got here. I wonder if the new ones fit but then I know the bottles are different and would imagine the rubber seals on mine have perished by now.
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  • Cuban-curl-ECuban-curl-E Posts: 476Registered Users
    Great thread!!! I've been wanting one of these for a while now. I don't buy soda but I love flavored seltzer and sparkling water. My coworker just got one and loves it. I'll post back when I get it. ;)
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  • SCGSCG Posts: 5,416Registered Users
    I SO want one of these! I keep telling my mom I want one, but she doesn't seem to believe me... :lol:

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  • geekygeeky Posts: 4,995Registered Users
    I got one for my husband a few weeks ago as he is a big seltzer drinker. We have mostly been drinking plain seltzer. I've tried a few flavors from the sample pack and they are OK (but i don't like the fact that even the non-diet ones have splenda). I've also made my own gingerale and added some raspberry sauce to soda. I think we will mostly stick to the plain seltzer, which we love
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  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    We love ours! We also just drink mostly the plain seltzer. I think most of the flavorings are really disgusting. Sometimes I'll add s splash of juice (or a juice concentrate) if I don't want it plain.
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  • goldygoldy Posts: 5,455Registered Users
    My parents drink a lot of seltzer. I'm thinking this may be a good gift for them.

    Hmmm.
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  • rileybrileyb Posts: 1,975Registered Users
    Are you guys using tap water or bottled water to make your sodas/seltzers?
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  • Who Me?Who Me? Posts: 3,181Registered Users
    rileyb wrote: »
    Are you guys using tap water or bottled water to make your sodas/seltzers?

    Usually filtered tap water (we have one of those filters that goes right on the faucet). Otherwise I'd just use tap water, personally. Personally I am REALLY against buying individually bottle water, as it is just such a ridiculous waste (of money, and plastic).
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  • yossarianyossarian Posts: 967Registered Users
    Who Me? wrote: »
    rileyb wrote: »
    Are you guys using tap water or bottled water to make your sodas/seltzers?

    Usually filtered tap water (we have one of those filters that goes right on the faucet).

    We also use filtered tap water, from a Culligan faucet attachment. (Straight tap in FL is just awful.)

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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    rileyb wrote: »
    Are you guys using tap water or bottled water to make your sodas/seltzers?

    Tap water that's been through the Brita. We have nice tap water.
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  • rileybrileyb Posts: 1,975Registered Users
    Yeah, I prefer not to drink tap water (because of the fluoride) and I wasn't thinking it would be cost effective to use bottled but I figured I'd ask what other people were doing.
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  • SpringcurlSpringcurl Posts: 8,002Registered Users
    I want one. I buy at least two 12 pack cans of seltzer a week.
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  • wavyblondewavyblonde Posts: 1,637Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    My parents got one for Christmas. I really liked the Coke Zero flavor and the natural root beer flavor. Good stuff!
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  • redcelticcurlsredcelticcurls Posts: 17,502Registered Users
    I was wondering if the soda tasted more like Coke or Pepsi. The energy drink was pretty real, lol. Liked the orange. Haven't tried more yet since I'm liking it plain, too.
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  • SpiralSpunkSpiralSpunk Posts: 243Registered Users
    Getting this for my birthday! I love seltzer and am drooling thinking of all the delicious (and healthy) combos now! Idk why, but when watching the commercials it never occurred to me that it's also aseltzer maker (I know, duh) the "soda" in soda stream just didn't appeal to me.

    Can anyone say if the plain seltzer compares to say Perrier? I'm slightly afraid I won't like it. I'm sure it largely depends on what kind of water you use to make it and I'm guessing I should get the one that makes smaller bubbles...
  • scrillsscrills Posts: 6,700Registered Users
    I'm not a soda drink, so this never appealed to me. but now that I'm allergic to practically ever drink, I'm desperate to drink something other than tea and water.

    How do you make your own recipes? What are the healthy options you are referring to?
  • spiderlashes5000spiderlashes5000 Posts: 17,495Registered Users Curl Neophyte
    Bumping an old thread.

    I got one of these a couple of days ago and am really liking it. I'm using the flavors in the sample kit that came with my machine. I may play with the essences and just stuff like straight lemon and/or lime juice as well.

    Anyone still using theirs? What concoctions do you like.

    I also like just the plain fizzy water.

    I use mine occasionally. I still haven't tried the tea concentrate but this bump reminded me.

    I just bought some Pom pommegranate juice (has a lot of nutritional benefits, apparently) this wknd and added it to seltzer I made in my Soda Stream. Pretty good.

    I keep saying i'm going to concoct some kind of fizzy coffee drink but I haven't so far.

    I use regular tap water that has been chilled in the fridge. (In our house, bottled water is for company LOL)

  • nynaeve77nynaeve77 Posts: 7,135Registered Users
    I use mine all the time. I usually drink diet cola and diet pink grapefruit. I like the raspberry-cranberry flavor, too. The ginger ale is gross, though. We make our own flavors with Crystal Light sometimes, too.

    SL, we chill our bottles first, too. It seems to make them more fizzy.
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