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Have you seen these yet?  I thought they were the coolest thing ever! (If you see me work in the word pop, know I am referring to soda.  I’m from Iowa, it’s what we call it.)

Soda Stream sent me a huge box of goodies and I just kept pulling out more and more and more.

Look at everything they sent for us to try.

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Possibly I should have cleaned off my table better for the picture.

Let me borrow a bit from the Soda Stream website:

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.

We broke it out of the box and I have to admit, I was a little intimidating by the bottle of CO2, especially when I saw the license that gave me the permission to use it, but there was nothing to it.

We started out with the diet root beer flavor by a minority vote (Katiana’s vote).

Hooked up the CO2.  In shock that there was no plug, no electricity needed.  Soda Stream just got greener and greener!

Filled up the bottle to the line with water (purified no less).

Put the bottle onto the Soda Stream and pushed!

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See those bubbles?  That’s what you get when you push on the button.  It says to push 3 times for average carbonation.  The kids are good with the 3 pushes, I’ve found that I need about 5 for my liking.  I’m used to diet pepsi and diet mt dew and I’ve got to have a lot of fizz.  Added a cap of the soda mix, put the lid on, and very carefully shook it.  It doesn’t tell you to very carefully shake it, but I have had pop fizz all over me one too many times after my kids’ shook up a can.  Didn’t want to do that here.

Now came the moment of judgement.  The taste.  All of us gathered around with a small glass in our hands and I poured it out.  We loved it!

Katiana wanted to make another flavor.  So we opened up the diet cranberry raspberry (someone at Soda Stream must have gotten the memo that I only drink diet pop.  Kidding, I didn’t tell them that, but I really only drink diet pop).  I added another push of the fizz and it was done! That was yummy too!

We’ve now tried all the flavors and I have liked all of them.  The kids favorite are the diet root beer, orange, and grape.

My favorites are the diet ginger ale and the diet cola.

The only one we haven’t tried yet is the energy.  I’ve been saving that for Pato.  I’m still nursing so I haven’t tried it and I don’t think the kids really need any extra energy.

The only one I wasn’t a big fan of was the MyWater Flavor Essence.  I have a sweet tooth.  The only flavored water I like is the ones with lots of a sugar substitute in it.  (So healthy, I know.)  Pato on the other hand loves tonic and flavored water without sugar, so this was right up his ally.

Ok, so now we have the facts that Soda Stream is green, no cans or bottles to recycle, no electricity to run it, you’re reducing your CO2 footprint by using this.

Because SodaStream uses water straight from the tap, the system makes traditional store-bought beverage bottles obsolete. That means less plastic manufactured, less plastic waste is created, and fewer bottled beverages must be transported from manufacturers to distrobutors to stores to homes.

Plus, I knew this, did you know this?

Bottled water is not safer than tap water

(Food & Water Watch Organization)

The bottled water industry has created a misconception in the United States that bottled water is cleaner, safer, and healthier than tap water. In fact, both regulation and enforcement of bottled water safety is weaker than of tap water safety. Federal, state, and local environmental agencies require rigorous testing of tap water safety.

Bottled water is a waste of money

(Food & Water Watch Organization)

Americans spent $10 billion on bottled water in 2005 and paid up to 1,000 times the cost of production, a major windfall of profit for the companies. Bottled water can costs $7.50 to $11.00 per gallon in the supermarket but tap water costs most customers only one-tenth of one cent per gallon.

Bottled water is bad for the environment

(Food & Water Watch Organization)

The United States is the world’s largest consumer of bottled water, purchasing 37 billion bottles in 2005. Our daily bottled water habit is bad for people and bad for the environment. Bottled water wastes fossil fuels and water in production and transport, and when the water is drunk the bottles become a major source of waste.

That’s the main reason I love my water purifier.  It takes away all of those issues.  Now I’m making our soda with our purified tap water.  Win win!

There is also the facts that with the Soda Stream you don’t have to carry heavy 2 liters or 12/24 packs of cans.  You’re not having to find places to store them.  And your not needing a spot to keep all of the empties until you take them to the redemption center.  That’s our problem.  We don’t have a spot to store all of the empty cans and bottles.

I’m going to link you to their nutrition page because Soda Stream beats the competition in those areas too, by about 1/3 in most areas, except for sodium, in sodium in blows the competition away with just 2 mg compared to Coke’s 35 mg.

Ask my kids how much soda they got to drink before we got the Soda Stream?  Jordan will tell you none.  I’ll tell you that they got 1 can of caffeine free root beer every one or two months.  I didn’t let them drink pop.  I didn’t think they needed the extra sugar and caffeine.  Since we’ve gotten this, I’ve let them have a glass of soda every other day usually.

I’m a horrible example because I, myself go through a 2 liter of diet pepsi or diet mt dew every other day at least.  That’s another reason I didn’t let my kids have pop.  When I don’t have one of those above every day, I get horrible caffeine withdrawal migraines that nothing will touch except for a can of diet pop.  I can say that I have lowered my own caffeine intake since we got the Soda Stream because I’ve been drinking the diet pop that came with it.  Have I completely cut out diet mt dew yet?  No.  But I’m hoping too.

Let’s talk cost too.  A 2 liter of diet pop in my area runs $1.75-$2.00.  That’s one 2 liter.  One bottle of the Soda Stream soda mix runs $4.99 – $5.99.  It makes 12 liters of pop.  12 liters of diet pop here would cost me about $24.00.  I could easily go through 6 – 2 liters in 8-10 days.  That’s quite a savings.  It wouldn’t take long for me to make up the initial investment and start saving money.

I’ll repeat, Soda Stream win win.  I can’t see a negative period.  Even the CO2 containers.  You can exchange those online with Soda Stream or if you have a retailer in your area that changes them out you can take the empty and exchange it there.  You can check here to see where there is an exchange location near you.  Just so happens there is 1 less than a mile from where I live.

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All in all I was really happy with the Soda Stream so they get a

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from us!  Tastes good, green, saves $$, better nutritionally, no storage issues, what more could I ask for?

Soda Stream has very generously offered to give one of my readers a Soda Stream for themselves!

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Thank you to Soda Stream for sending me a Soda Stream soda maker.  We have loved it!

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