Sodastream Soda Maker Kit
SodaStream is the brand name for soda maker kit that is used to make soda at home. SodaStream has become very popular lately once the people have discovered its benefits.
This product is, basically, a carbonation machine that let you make your own soda, either in a form of sparkling water, either the form of soft drink by adding one of the flavors specially produced for this soda maker.
The product is now available for purchase online or in some stores that carries it. Just ask for SodaStream soda maker kit and anybody should be able to direct you to the shelf were this novelty gadget could be found.
What is Sodastream soda maker and how it works
Sodastream soda maker is a machine for making soda at home. The kit comes with a soda maker, one carbonating container and two bottles. The carbonator and the bottles have been specially designed to fit the Sodastream machine no other bottles or carbonators can be used with this product.
The machine is very simple though some users say you need to learn some tricks and pay attention to details.
First, Sodastream does not require any electricity, has no cords, nor batteries. It is a mechanical thing that works with a push of a button. Its main component is a back chamber where you insert the carbonator. A carbonator is a special recipient that contains pressurized carbon dioxide that is dispensed into a bottle to make a fizzy drink.
So, the back of the machine contains the carbonator and the front is reserved for making your very own soda. There is a place for inserting the bottle that is made for this machine and is provided with the kit. You can buy extra and it is better to have more then one. Most people have several bottles that they fill up with tap water and store them in the fridge until they are ready for carbonation. These BPA free bottles are not to be put in a dishwasher and they do have an expiration date. If overused or misused they can break.
Before carbonating, the bottle needs to be filled with water up to the line marked on it. Then it needs to be secure attached to the front of the soda maker machine. Only then you push the button that dispenses bubbles onto the water, until you hear a loud "buzz". Then you can choose the level of fizz. One push of the button is a light carbonation, recommended for soft drinks, three is a normal level and is mostly used for sparkling water, and five is a strong and works great with colas.
Sodastream Starter Kits
Where can you buy it
This Sodastream soda maker kit it is still regarded as a novelty though now it is available through many retailers and through the company's website.
If you get lucky you can even walk in on a store and pick one up. But it may not be a regular product and stores may only carry it at certain times as a gift item. The kit and its related products is available year round online, through marketplaces like Amazon, or at Sodastream.com.
The soda maker comes with two years warranty and a 30 days return/exchange policy. If bought during holiday time, from November 1st through December 31st, then the product may be returned until January 31st. It is always a good idea to check the particular retailer return policy as some stores make their own rules regardless the manufacturer recommendation.
Here are some U.S. retailers that offer the Sodastream soda making kit, along with extra bottles and soda mixes:
For a search in your state or for Canada dealers go to sodastreamusa.com or sodastream.ca
It looks pretty convenient to make your own soda at home using Sodastream. And that's true: the machine is very friendly and easy to operate. The part that can get a little complicated is when the carbonator is empty.
The container provided with the Sodastream soda maker kit is guarantied for 60 L (or almost 16 gallons) of sparkling water or soft drink, at a normal carbonation level. Some Sodastream soda machines have bigger carbonators. You can always order a spare one.
When the recipient is empty you have two options:
Refill it through the company's website
Refill it through a local dealer
Bought methods require you to exchange the empty one for a full one. When you refill it online, the company sends you a box so you can send the carbonator, then arranges an exchange. If you use a local dealer then you just need to locate it and walk in with your empty one. They take the empty one, inspect it and reuse it. It is good to know that the carborators have to be stored in a cool dry place, away from any source of heat.
Some people have reported problems in exchanging their empty container for a full one. However, despite some malfunctions or pure logistic in some places, the system is functional.
Once you made sparkling water you can decide if you want any flavors. Sodastream soda maker kit doesn't come with soda mixes but the companies does have over thirty flavors. Among the most popular are diet coke, diet root bear, lime, lemon and orange.
It is easy to make your favourite soft drink.
Here is how it works: carbonate a bottle, add sodamix of your choice, put the cap on the bottle and gently shake it and that's it. Your cola is ready. Sodastreams offers a variety of mixes from fruit flavors, to caffeinated mixes, to root bear, ginger ale and cream soda.
These drinks are made by Sodastream and they advertise them as natural flavors, with no high-fructose corn syrup and no aspartame in the diet version. One bottle of sodamix of any kind makes 33 cans of soda. You can also add your own fresh fruit juice to the sparkling water. Most people are very satisfied with the taste of this home made soda while few are complaining about a splenda aftertaste.
Pros and Cons
Sodastream soda maker kit it is a pioneer and looks like a winner. But is not for everybody. Some people find it difficult to handle the exchange/refill process of the carbonater container while for others there are very few option to do so.
Other people think that actually having this soda machine does not save them any money. The green benefits of not buying bottles of water or cans of soda from the market, some say, are overcomed by the cost of the shipping for the refills.
There are pros and cons in every product but it is obvious that this home soda maker have great benefits. No more heavy loads of bottles or cans, no more making room for storing them, no more piles on the recycling bin. Just one single appliance, few bottles and tap water. The water bottles from Sodastream are BPA free and recyclable. And the machine doesn't require any electricity.
Most users have been very happy with the customer service provided by the company and almost everybody likes the taste and find that the amount of the soft drinks they make at home is just right.
Sodastream home soda maker is a great concept. I believe that sooner or later we all will have such thing on our kitchen counter, saving us time and money.
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