SodaStream Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker Review
I thought I'd write a nice and quick review of the SodaStream Soda Maker. I just bought this last week for my dad's birthday and was able to finally give it to him today. I'm so impressed I thought I'd head over to Squidoo and do a review to help others decide if they want to give this product a try.
I got mine for about $99 (things are often a bit more expensive here in Canada than the USA). I got the G100 model of Soda Stream Soda Maker. From what I can tell things look just slightly different than the Jet home soda maker but everything functions the same and the process is essentially identical.
For starters - this soda water machine is extremely simple to use. It needs no batteries or extra accessories. All you need is included in the box. You get the base, the carbonating bottle, and a can of compressed carbon dioxide. That's all you need to start carbonating your water in seconds.
I was impressed with how simple this was to setup - all you need to do is take the top part of the base, screw in the CO2 canister (after removing the cap) and put the top back onto the base until you hear a click. That is basically everything that's involved in the setup process!
To make a 1L bottle of carbonated soda water you need nice and cold water. I used filtered and chilled water from the fridge. You just fill the carbonating bottle up to the fill line (a few inches from the top) and screw it into the machine (the part where the white tube sticks out at an angle). The weight of the water pulls the bottle to a vertical position.
Next you just push the button on the top of the machine until you hear three loud buzzes. I was tricked at first and just did three quick squirts of CO2 and hadn't heard any buzzes but it is very obvious once you hear a buzz actually. The second and third buzzes are quicker than the first. In total you'll press the button about 5 times. That's all you have to do. Each push of the button squirts more carbon dioxide into the water, making it fizzier!
All that's left is to unscrew the bottle from the Soda Stream machine and you're ready to enjoy the soda water. If you want to add flavors you can easily do so by pouring the recommended amount in and gently turning the bottle over a few times after putting the cap on.
One thing is important to remember. The carbonating bottle can be rinsed with soap and COLD water. Do not put it in the dishwasher or use hot water to wash it in a sink. That can ruin the bottle and make for unsafe conditions. I think it can ruin the sealing components and the bottle may not withstand the pressures involved. Also - make sure to pay attention the expiry date of the bottle. If you get to that date - buy a new bottle!
Overall, I must say I was thoroughly impressed. With three buzzes the water was perfectly carbonated. I can't wait to get my own SodaStream soda water maker and start enjoying flavored carbonated water at my own house!
Here are three add-ons that are technically optional for your new soda maker but you'll quickly discover you'll want to get all three. There are a few different flavor packs as well as some extra SodaStream bottles for making your carbonated water safely!
This is a great 2 pack of official 1L SodaStream carbonating bottles. If the one bottle that came with your Soda Maker isn't enough you need to get a couple extras. SodaStream highly recommends only using official bottles for safety reasons as they are especially designed to handle the excess pressure involved in the process. After getting my dad his soda maker he went right out and bought a similar three-pack!
This is a great 12 pack that includes a huge variety of flavor boosters for your soda water. You will get 6 delicious trial portion packs and another 6 diet flavors to try out!
What better way to add flavor to your newly carbonated water than to use the official flavor packs for the SodaStream soda maker. All you have to do is follow the directions on the bottles to spruce up the carbonated water!
This is a nice and quick summary of pretty much everything you need to know about how to use the Soda Stream Jet Soda Water Maker!