Monday, September 06, 2010

SodaStream: A Great Combination of Taste and Savings: A Review

I never realized how destructive consumption of commercial carbonated beverages could be until my daughter, Sarah, became addicted to them.  Full of empty calories and tons of chemicals it was really affecting her skin and energy levels.

That's why I was so excited to try SodaStream

How does SodaStream nutrition stack up against national brands?

With a SodaStream home soda maker and over 30 delicious regular, diet and caffeine-free sodamix flavors to choose from, you'll enjoy freshly made, great tasting soda that fits your health and diet. Regular flavors contain no high-fructose corn syrup, and diet flavors are sweetened with Splenda brand sweetener, not aspartame.

                    Calories  Carbs     Sugar       Sodium       Caffeine

Pepsi             100       27g         25mg        25mg           25mg

Coca-Cola     100      27g         27g           35mg            23mg

SodaStream    34         9g           9g             2mg           15mg

All SodaStream regular sodamix uses a mixture of Splenda and sugar. Diet flavors are sugar-free, sweetened with Splenda brand sweetener. Comparison is based on 8 fl. oz. serving size (0.34 fl. oz. of SodaStream sodamix per 8 fl. oz. of water).

I was pretty impressed! 

Actually the whole product impressed me!  Right out of the box it was sleep and attractive and easy to fit into any color scheme.  It's slim design takes up very little counter space and it took about five minutes to get it fully assembled and about three minutes to start enjoying our first SodaStream Cola experience!

From the SodaStream 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."

As our family has been trying to live a more "green" lifestyle, we appreciated the information provided by SodaStream as to it's environmentally friendly attributes.  Check it out:

SodaStream is an "Active Green" product, meaning that consumers are actively reducing their CO2 footprint every time they make soda or sparkling water at home instead of buying it from the store. The more the system is used on a daily basis, the more CO2 footprint the user actively saves. (This differs from "Passive Green" products, which use green-friendly production processes, but their products are not inherently helping the consumers save on their daily footprint.)

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 distributors to stores to homes.

Globally, 206 billion liters of bottled water were consumed in 2008 (Zenith International Global Bottled Water Report, 2008). The energy required to make water bottles in the US only, is equivalent to 17 million barrels of oil (Container Recycling Institute, 2002).

According to the US Recycling Institute, more than 80% of bottles in the US do not get recycled and end up in landfills. Also, an estimated 4.7 million tons of greenhouse gas emissions were produced in the process of replacing the 134 billion bottles and cans not recycled in 2005.

Using your own home carbonation system means:

•Less packaging waste from cans and bottles.

•Less pollution caused by transport of bottled beverages.

One SodaStream carbonator makes 60 or 110 liters, equivalent to 170 or 310 aluminum cans! When empty, the carbonator is refilled and reused, ready to make more fizzy and tasty soda whenever you want it.

They have over 30 flavors and many different models.  The have great starter kits that include everything you need to get started making your own soda right away.  We have been using SodaStream in my house for over a month and have completely eliminated commercial carbonated beverages.  Yes, you heard me correctly - COMPLETELY!

The website is easy to use and easier to order from and you can find everything you need on one page!  If you prefer you can also find SodaStream in many stores in your area.

Go ahead, check it out, get a unit and let me know what you think!

Disclaimer: I was not compensated for this post but I was provided with a sample in order to write this review.  It in no way influenced or obligated me to write this post.

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