Got a SodaStream to test out about a week ago now. My box was redirected to my in-laws house from our address and opened, but we did manage to get it eventually. (Suck it UPS.)
Aside from that unfortunate event, the machine was in mostly good shape. We couldn’t figure out why it was so hard to get it to do the signature “buzz” noise for a few days, but may husband finally found out the problem.
Do make sure your spring is on properly, otherwise it won’t work as well as it should.
We got the Fountain Jet along with the sample packs as well as a few different flavors to try out. While we have yet to find Dr. Pete in a store and try it, out of everything we have tried I’d stick with Cola. It tastes a lot like Pepsi out of a can or like Coka-Cola when flat.
The directions are pretty straight-forward. You fill the carbonation bottle with cold water, screw into the machine, push down the button until you get the suggested number of buzzes. While the sticker on the SodaStream suggests that you do so many buzzes, the different syrup may say something different so be sure to check that!
It does not have to be plugged in and you no longer have to order everything offline. Our local Walmart carries most flavors and spare CO2‘s for about $30. If your canister is empty, you can get it refilled at the service desk for just under $15. I know the price of the canisters was a huge turn off for most people, but now that you can do this at most Walmart’s, it makes it a lot more affordable.
Flavors cost about $5 each and around $10 for the bigger ones. There are also water flavors and ones that aren’t soda, like the new Country Time flavors. You can always just have carbonated water if you’re so inclined, but we find that to be far too bitter for our tastes!
You can also buy different bottles than the standard black 1 liter. They have different colors–like white, orange, blue, green, and pink–as well as a stainless steel one online. They do have ones that are half a liter so it’s easier to carry around for one person. You can also buy new caps just in case you lose yours, which I’m sure we’ll end up doing sooner rather than later.
At Walmart, the flavors are considered a food item in case you use EBT (food stamps) so you could really save some money if you can afford to put the $80 for the Jet which is the cheapest and what most stores carry. They come in a few different colors, but ours is the standard–now covered in GetGlue stickers.
The small Cola flavor bottle cost $4.96 at our local Walmart. It makes 12 liters, or 6 2-liters for less than $5. It’s cheaper than buying 2-liters normally at anywhere between $1.25-$3 each. If you get them on sale and with coupons, yes, they’ll be cheaper but you also have to find the space for your hoard of pop. It’s going to take a while to add up the savings, but over time it is going to save you money, even if just a few cents at a time!
That’s 41¢ cents per 1 liter, which are normally $1 at Walmart and more at gas stations/convenience stores, or 82¢/83¢ per 2 liter, which is still cheaper than I can find it on sale most of the time! You’ll save over time, even with the $15 CO2 charges!