SodaStream Source Review
SodaStream sent us their new Source soda makers to review and tell you about. Below the product description are our thoughts and experience with this unique product – one that we highly recommend for holiday gift giving!
- Turn water into soda in seconds. No more lugging, storing and disposing of soda bottles and cans.
- Redesigned carbonating bottle with stainless steel accents easily locks into place with a single-push motion.
- Powered by a CO2 canister, the refined mechanics make the entire top surface responsive to touch.
- Carbonation strength is also visible through an LED display to provide instant, visual feedback.
- Unit measures 11.89″ L x 5.98″ W x 17.72″ H to easily fit easily on any counter and make a suitable addition for even the smallest kitchens.
- Starter kit includes home soda maker, one reusable 14.5 oz./60L CO2 carbonator, one reusable 1L BPA free carbonating bottle with fizz-preserving cap plus a Sodamix Taste Sampler (6 flavors).
- Lots of additional options are available, including other size bottles, TONS of varieties of soda (love Coca-cola, Diet Coke, Mt. Dew, Pepsi, Dr. Pepper or any other major brand – they’ve got you covered!), and a new pump dispensers for Sodamix I highly recommend. I got two at Bed Bath & Beyond and love them! ~Wendy
- Two-year warranty.
Wendy’s review: If your family goes through soda like mine does, you’ll appreciate the savings you’ll find with SodaStreamUSA. Each bottle of Sodamix makes approximately 12 liters of soda (about 33 cans!) for around 25 cents per 12-ounce can.
Bed, Bath & Beyond has Sodamix syrup, and you can use their coupons!! I used a 20% off coupon, so it was only $0.33 per liter (imagine finding soda for $0.66 a 2-liter bottle – I’d buy it! And, I did!) I saved the $5 off $15 Bed Bath & Beyond coupon for my CO2 cylinder exchange, which you can also get right at their customer service window.
Target also carries the sodamix syrup, or you can find SodaStream units, Sodamixes and supplies at more than 50,000 retail stores nationwide. And I’m very happy to report Walmart has started carrying the Sodamix as well! Actually, there are about a dozen+ stores that carry SodaStream products now!
Use their SodaStream Store Locator to find a store near you.
Laurie’s review: I recently had the chance to try out the new SodaStream Source. I’ve had a SodaStream machine in the past (and also long ago in the 1980s), so I already knew many of the benefits of making your own soda at home. In my opinion, things like not needing to carry heavy cans & bottles home from the store and not having any cans or bottles to recycle and dispose of are excellent reasons to have a SodaStream. It’s also easier to have a wide variety of flavors available for family members and guests without having to buy a 12-pack of every kind of pop. SodaStream has a LOT of flavors (60+), including regular and diet soda, energy drinks, sparkling naturals, sparkling tea, etc. and even familiar brands such as Country Time, Crystal Light, Kool-Aid and Ocean Spray. Oh, and you can make your own sparkling water too! Definitely something for everyone.
The SodaStream Source is different from our old machine in several ways. First, it looks really cool… the one I tested is blue metal. Next, I really like the “Snap-Lock” bottle mechanism that eliminates the need to screw the bottle on anymore. Also, you can customize your carbonation level. There’s an LED display, which shows you the strength of carbonation. My family and I have tried many of the flavors and have liked most of them. They are not exactly the same as the big name brands that you know of, but they are close. The soda is easy to prepare, just measure out the flavor into the bottle cap and pour it into the water (hint: pour slowly so it doesn’t overflow!).
There are only a couple of things that I thought could have been better: It would be nice to have more than one bottle with the starter kit. We like to have several bottles in the refrigerator so we always have cold water available. (A solution to that would be to keep a pitcher of cold water in your refrigerator and fill the Sodastream bottle when you are ready to carbonate). The carbonation process is a bit noisy. Another thing that I found frustrating with is that some of the flavor bottle caps (large ones) don’t seem to have any measurements in the measuring cap. Seems like that should be a pretty easy fix for SodaStream. Also, I wish the bottles were able to go into the dishwasher.
What I liked:
- Cool new look
- No cans/bottles to carry from store or recycle
- 60+ flavors to choose from!
- New snap-lock bottle mechanism
- Custom carbonation indicator
What I didn’t like:
- Comes with only one bottle
- Bottle is not dishwasher safe
- No measurement markings on some flavor caps
Pat’s review: I love the new SodaStream. It’s a very attractive addition to my kitchen (in color, yet) and a wonderfully simple way to turn plain water into great soda. There’s so many flavors and kinds of drinks, I can’t find anyone who’s not pleased. This is so much better than dealing with cans and bottles from the store. And saving money, time and effort is so nice.
We take the Soda Stream to our lake home and the whole family enjoys it. Just think how the saving enters here. No more buying, transporting and hauling cases of soda and storing them…not too mention the space it frees up in the fridge. I like that each person can make their own drinks in the way they prefer. The supplies are easy to find and economical to buy. It’s easy to stock what every one likes.
An extra water bottle is on my list of “need-to-gets” as we all like to get our dibs at SodaStream. It’s a fun way to enjoy our beverages and we don’t have to give up our favorites. I’m sold on SodaStream and will be telling my friends all about it. Thank you for inviting us in to check it out.