A couple of months ago, the fine people at Sodastream sent us a Sodastream Jet Soda Maker and a whole host of flavours to sample.
As someone who used to drink way too much soda, the soda stream is definitely a great product. While the upfront cost may be a little intimidating, it doesn’t take long for it to be paid back. When you take into consideration the cost of the flavours and the cartridges it works out to about $0.25 per can of soda or $0.25 per litre of soda water.
It’s also wonderfully convenient. It’s nice to be able to make some seltzer to mix a drink or some soda to go with your meal whenever you want.
We were also provided with many different soda and water flavourings. The flavours were similar to those of mainstream soda brands. One good thing about adding your own flavouring is that you are able to control how much you add. I found this great because it would allow me to control how sweet the soda was. My favourite soda flavours were the cola and lemon lime. My favourite of all though were the “MyWater” flavourings. These flavours are made from natural ingredients. With a little drop of the flavours, you could add a little punch to your drink.
There is a lot less sugar and calories in these sodas than commercial sodas (and they have no High Fructose Corn Syrup), but this comes at the expense of combining sugar with the artificial sweetener Splenda to keep the calories low. To avoid the artificial sweeteners, you can stick to the MyWater flavours or by coming up with your own flavours for the sparkling water.
Overall, I think the SodaStream is a great value for people who drink a lot of soda and seltzer.