Back of SodaStream Soda Maker: Worth Gushing About? I have a confession to make: if I didn't worry about what my friends and family would say to me, I'd probably drink soda all day, every day — I love it that much. So when I got my hands on SodaStream's Soda Maker, a SkyMall-like contraption that claims to "turn tap water into sparkling water in three seconds," I knew I'd be in for some fizzy fun. According to Soda-Club, the company behind the machine, the SodaStream is more convenient (since you make soda instantly at home) than buying soda, less troublesome (no need to lug soda bottles), healthier (no high-fructose corn syrup), economically sensible, and better for the environment. Did the soda maker stand up to its claims? Find out when you . I received a starter kit ($99.99) with a Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker, a 110-liter carbonator, two carbonating bottles, and an assortment of diet soda flavors and sparkling water essences. Following instructions, I assembled the machine, which requires no electricity, in under 10 minutes. To make soda, you fill a carbonating bottle with water, screw it into the machine, press a button four times to create fizz, and pour in some flavoring. The soda machine is certainly easy to use, less troublesome to transport, and better for the environment. After the initial cost for the machine, a cup of soda will set you back less than $0.10. As far as taste, however, this is no match for store-bought soda. The pop flavors (which included diet cola, diet grapefruit, diet cranberry-raspberry, and diet root beer) taste artificial with an odd aftertaste, and the bubbles aren't as fine or long-lasting as canned or bottled soda. "It's like Italian soda meets Crystal Light," a friend lamented. The flavored fruit essence drops taste even less natural. The soda bottles, despite being BPA-free, aren't dishwasher-safe. If you're a heavy club soda drinker, or frequently make Italian sodas with traditional syrups, then this machine would actually be a good investment for you. But if you're a regular canned Coke drinker, the soda system's syrupy flavors won't likely be the replacement you're hoping for. Have you ever tried SodaStream? Did you come to the same conclusions about it? View 16 Photos › Photo 1 Photo 2 Photo 3 Photo 4 Photo 5 Photo 6 Photo 7 Photo 8 Photo 9 Photo 10 Photo 11 Photo 12 Photo 13 Photo 14 Photo 15 Photo 16 What’s Your Reaction? Share this reaction with your friends! 0Reactions Comments rodrickjae 4 years Not too thrilled about the flavors myself. So i set out to find a few alternatives. The best that i came across was Ralph's Soda Mix. I prefer their Old Fashioned Cream Soda mix. Nice flavor, no aftertaste... just wonderful. You may have to do a bit of searching to find it. Best bet will be amazon. Their orange flavor is not all that, but ok. I also had some luck making my own natural orange flavor with fresh squeezed orange juice and stevia. Anaclete 5 years as far as the fizz, I've had better luck if I chill the bottle and water before. Not impressed with Soda Stream flavors. I am looking for a better brand - anyone? qb2 5 years I have it and love it. Regular soda is a little too strong for me and this has lower calories and less sugar. No deposit on bottles or lugging to the store. Don't like the diet syrups, the others are good. I have mixed the flavors even with essences. Use very cold water is best. I have even fizzed koolaid and tea. shels1 7 years Yes, this is definitely something worth gushing about. We love this product- its a shame more American families are not aware of being able to make your own soda and seltzer at home. I saved $10 using a coupon for one of these machines at http://makeyoursoda.com live-4-gossip 8 years i love mine as I don't need to lug the heavy bottles as much. I still prefer REAL diet coke but i have figured out if I buy the REAL diet coke syrup from like sam's or costco it is more delish. I do still buy 2 ltrs as well so I use it more as a backup then my primary source of soda. aistea311 8 years My friend's parents have this and I didnt really like it. They used it all the time. kjjbfiles 8 years I have one ad love it! But I don't drink soda. I use it for club soda which I consume in mass quantities. That and friends love to make their own when the come visit. I think it's totally worth it. nicky360 8 years I have one (another brand) and while I don't like the flavors I loooove making my own club soda. I mix it with pomegranate juice (and sometimes rum)- yum. navigator93 8 years we got this exact one at the office.....sent it back within a couple of weeks :thumbsdown: allie-m 8 years to ski gurl --- actually, this is really simple! you just push the button a couple times and voila! seltzer. and you have the added benefit of less pollution cause you're not going through all those bottles each week (i was up to 12... ugh! so much recycling to do). and thanks for the link segat!! ilanac13 8 years that's awesome - i love things like this. it's like the 'make it at home beer' brewing thing.