Bringing the bubbly: SodaStream Soda Maker

Thank you to Soda Stream for sending us samples. No monetary compensation was received for this Rave Review. 

You know that product you just can’t imagine how you got along without but no one seems to have heard about but you?  The SodaStream is absolutely that product, and something not nearly enough people know about.  SodaStream is the maker of a line of at-home carbonating systems that allow you to make your own soda and seltzer water in just seconds.  It’s eco-friendly, it’s delicious, and most of all, it’s by far the most fun I’ve ever had with fizzy water.   

About_02_0When hubby was younger he had family friends that had what he still refers to as “the coolest house ever”.  The qualifications for that honor?  The movie Tron and their own personal soda maker.  We’ve now owned Tron for quite some time, but when our SodaStream Soda Maker arrived on our doorstep, our house finally lived up to his childhood dreams.  Hubby was ecstatic, but what was surprising was how much I immediately loved it.  I’ve never been a huge fan of soda, so nobody could believe it when I fell so hard for the SodaStream…. or at least they couldn’t until they tried Leanne’s Special Brew for themselves.

Join the Soda Club

The SodaStream Soda Maker is a genius design that requires no batteries, electricity or plumbing and very little counter space.  All of their Soda Makers are sleek and slim and come in numerous designs and colors to fit in just about any kitchen or bar.  The Soda Makers are sold in packages with the CO2 to make over 100 liters of soda, 2 reusable BPA-free carbonating bottles, and their own hermetically sealed caps to keep all the soda you create fizzy and fresh longer than store-bought soda.  Add in some cold tap water and the Soda-Club syrups and you’ve got all you need for months of the best tasting soda you’ve ever had. 

600x250-04_1 The SodaStream instructions are simple: fill carbonating bottle with fresh tap water, connect bottle to the Soda Maker and press carbonating button to fizz to your liking.  Once carbonated, you just add syrup and lightly agitate to mix.  In seconds you will be enjoying soda that is exactly the way you like it – just the right amount of carbonation and just the right amount of flavor – because you control the amount of both!

Since I wasn’t a huge fan of soda before, we almost never had fizzy beverages when guests popped in unexpectedly or hubby had a craving.  When we did have a party or event, we would run to the store and grab a 24 pack or two and then hope we had the right mix of flavors and the perfect number of sodas so we didn’t end up storing a garage full of beverages until the next shindig.  The SodaStream solved both of those problems by allowing us to mix soda as we need it in whatever flavor our guests would like.  No more last minute trips to the store to stock up or replenish and no soda storage required. 

250x250-02On top of it all, the soda making is a fun activity in itself and something just about anyone can do.  And, when everyone leaves, there are no bottles and cans to recycle and no waste, at least none from the beverage table.  For those of you having wild and crazy bar nights, you will be happy to note that the SodaStream Soda Maker also makes seltzer, tonic and more that are perfect in mixed drinks.  Recipes are even available on their website for all sorts of drinks that are kid-friendly and nightlife approved. 

All this variety requires very little storage space in your pantry or cupboard and doesn’t require refrigeration.  Each one of the 500ml Soda-Club syrups makes 12 liters or 33 cans of soda and takes up roughly the space of a ketchup or mustard bottle, which means you could pretty much own all 25+ soda flavor mixes in the space that 24 pack took up.

Red%20machine_0Included in those Soda-Club syrups are a large variety of regular and diet sodas as well as energy drinks and caffeine-free varieties.  SodaStream’s regular soda mix contains no high fructose corn syrup and diet flavors contain no aspartame.  Even their regular selections contain 2/3 less sugar and calories than the national brands as well as less caffeine.  And they are just as delicious, if not more so.  Really.  I’m pretty much addicted to the Orange Soda Mix and could drink a liter all myself.  Luckily for me, it would be a fairly cheap habit, considering that I can make 12 liters for $4.99, or even cheaper if I bought the Soda Mix in bulk. 

Below is a chart of how Soda-Club drink mix selection nutritionals compare to store-bought brands. 

  Calories Carbs 
Sugar Sodium Caffeine
Pepsi® 100     27g 27g 25mg 25mg
Coca-Cola®  100   27g 27g 35mg  
Pepsi® Edge 50  13g 13g 25mg 25mg
Coca-Cola C2™ 45 12g 12g 30mg 23mg
SodaStream Cola 34 9g 9g 2mg 15mg
7-UP® 100 26g 26g 50mg 0mg
Sprite®  100 26g 26g 45mg 0mg
SodaStream LemonLime 36 9g 9g 25mg 0mg

The advantages of SodaStream’s Home Carbonation System, fresh from the Soda Club website:

• Value for Money: Great savings compared to pre-packed carbonated water and beverages.
• Environmentally-Friendly: Soda-Club is an “Active Green” solution that minimizes the huge eco-footprint caused by the manufacture, transport and waste of plastic bottles.
• Convenience: No need to carry heavy bottles from the store. The Soda-Club system is simple to use and requires no batteries or electricity.
• Variety: Soda-Club offers over 60 flavors to suit everyone’s taste. Regular, diet, natural, fruity flavors, ice tea, energy drinks, sport drinks, tonic and many more.
• Space Saver: No need to store bottles of beverages or empty bottles for recycling in your home.
• Personalization: Make drinks just the way you love them… more bubbles, less bubbles, sweeter or lighter, even create your own flavor!
• Family Fun: The system is quick and easy to use. It’s fun for everyone and kids just love it!
• Satisfaction Guaranteed: Soda-Club drinks makers are of extremely high quality and include a money-back satisfaction guarantee and Lifetime Warranty to our customers.

For more information on SodaStream / Soda-Club visit the corporate website

Price: $99 and up for Start-Up Kits.  SodaStream Soda Makers are available online at as wells as sold in retail stores across the country, click here to find a store near you.

Looks: Unobtrusive and matched with your decor or colorful to make an impact, there’s a SodaStream model for any kitchen or bar.

Overall:  The best thing to happen to soda since fizzy water.

436 thoughts on “Bringing the bubbly: SodaStream Soda Maker”

  1. This soda maker looks like it would be so fun. I would choose the Diet Root Beer, Diet Orange and Diet Pete’s Choice soda’s. Thanks so much.

  2. I would try rootbeer, orange, and cola!
    I have always wanted to make soda at home, but I had no idea you could buy a machine and supplies to make it! I just would buy seltzer and mix in some juice XD
    thank you for the giveaway!

  3. I will get the MyWater Flavor Essences: Lemon-Lime, Orange and Berry. I’m not a big soda drinker so these would be perfect for me.

  4. Our choices of the 3 flavors to try:
    Pete’s Choice
    Root Beer
    Creme Soda

  5. I’m a classic kind of girl and I would love the Diet Cola, Fountain Mist and Root Beer. Ooh, I would so love to win this, I just love to drink fountain soda over a can of soda anyday. My hubby always teases me that we should buy a soda fountain for our house!

  6. We would love to try the:
    Diet Pete’s Choice
    Diet Fountain Mist
    Root Beer.
    Thank you so much for the chance to win.

  7. I’d like to try the Cola for my husband, the Diet Cranberry Raspberry for myself, and the Root Beer to make my kids root beer floats. Thanks so much!!

  8. Would love to have this! We want to try the Cola, Energy & Orange flavors… This giveaway is awesome!
    inalak at msn dot com

  9. This would be a godsend for my grandson who is a juvenile diabetic. I think he would like diet cola, orange & root beer.

  10. I would love to make my own soda. Shoot, I make my own everything else… from clothes to computers 🙂 I would start out with Diet Caffiene Free Cola, Diet Root Beer, and Cream Soda. Thanks for the great contest!

  11. Being the major Coca-Cola addict I am, I would love to try the Cola flavor and save those calories, also want to try the orange and cranberry/raspberry flavors…

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