Fizz, Sparkle, and Pop

David Letterman insists, “There’s not a man, woman or child in America who doesn’t enjoy a lovely beverage from time to time.” He’s right, of course. At our house we’re hopelessly addicted to Letterman and to any drink that fizzes, sparkles, or pops when we open it. But that means lugging bottles from the store, cramming them into our pantry and then taking the empty ones to be recycled. So we were thrilled to find SodaStream. In 1903 London, George Gilby invented a contraption that could turn still water bubbly. Unfortunately, his design was so large and elaborate, only the wealthy could afford it. Today’s SodaStream is sleek and affordable. With a touch of a button you can turn flat water effervescent. Add any of the company’s flavored syrups (regular and diet) and you’ve got homemade soda or seltzer water at a fraction of the cost of store brands (and without high fructose corn syrup). Our bundle includes the Jet soda maker; a refillable CO2 carbonator canister; flavor packs; and two BPA-free carbonating bottles, so there are no bottles or cans to recycle. We heard about SodaStream from a friend of Jules, Omar Khudari, whose family loves seltzer water but not the environmental impact of all the commercial production and transport. SodaStream is a great way to save time and money and reduce your carbon footprint. There are no batteries, no electricity and no clean-up. No laughing matter.

SodaStream

Jet Starter Kit

Fizz, Sparkle, and Pop

David Letterman insists, “There’s not a man, woman or child in America who doesn’t enjoy a lovely beverage from time to time.” He’s right, of course. At our house we’re hopelessly addicted to Letterman and to any drink that fizzes, sparkles, or pops when we open it. But that means lugging bottles from the store, cramming them into our pantry and then taking the empty ones to be recycled. So we were thrilled to find SodaStream. In 1903 London, George Gilby invented a contraption that could turn still water bubbly. Unfortunately, his design was so large and elaborate, only the wealthy could afford it. Today’s SodaStream is sleek and affordable. With a touch of a button you can turn flat water effervescent. Add any of the company’s flavored syrups (regular and diet) and you’ve got homemade soda or seltzer water at a fraction of the cost of store brands (and without high fructose corn syrup). Our bundle includes the Jet soda maker; a refillable CO2 carbonator canister; flavor packs; and two BPA-free carbonating bottles, so there are no bottles or cans to recycle. We heard about SodaStream from a friend of Jules, Omar Khudari, whose family loves seltzer water but not the environmental impact of all the commercial production and transport. SodaStream is a great way to save time and money and reduce your carbon footprint. There are no batteries, no electricity and no clean-up. No laughing matter.

Grommet Launch Conversation

Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Julie
    Julie

    I'm Julie and I represent SodaStream products. I LOVE my SodaStream machine and use it all of the time. The flavors are great, you can adjust the amount of fizz to your preference and the special bottles keep the fizz longer than store bought beverages. I personally think this is going to be the gift of the holiday season. Let me know what questions you have!

  • cassandra berholtz
    cassandra berholtz
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I love the idea that I can make my own soda. No more cans and bottles to recycle. I like that the flavor selection is so great and that you can control the amount of fizz. This really sounds like a great product. I never knew something like this existed. Thanks for the info.

  • Aine
    Aine
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I never drink soda -- I've sworn off artificial sweeteners, and regular sodas have way too much sugar. But I would LOVE to be able to make juice/water combos fizzy! This sounds like a really cool product.

  • tara Greco
    tara Greco
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    love the concept. my son would have fun concocting his own soda!

  • Susanne Troop
    Susanne Troop
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    This would be so much fun with my kids. And it would be great to enjoy while entertaining friends and family. Thanks.

  • Kim Poirier
    Kim Poirier
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    This is amazing! Our family has been trying very hard to eliminate all products that have high fructose corn syrup i them! It has made grocery shopping a longer process because now I look at the ingredients in every product. My 16 year old son misses his soda and as soon as I saw this I thought of him and then I looked at the different flavors and the diet option and it started me thinking of all the refreshing drink I could make for me and all my friends. It would be a great change from drinking flavored seltzer water which as we know doesn't truly have much flavor. thanks for telling me about this machine! I may just have to squeeze it into the family budget!

  • mineola
    mineola
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Cool flavors! I like that they don't use aspartame in their flavored products. Really convenient item & fun to use!

  • Nancy
    Nancy
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    This is neato! I gave up soda a long time ago because of the high sugar content, but ginger ale and cream soda are my favorite comfort foods! How nice to be able to have it to my taste and with less guilt. This is definitely going on my Christmas list! Thanks!

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    YAY! Daily Grommet does it again. This is the perfect Father's day gift for our household. Going right now to purchase so it arrives in time. THANKS for the fantastic idea!

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    My two good friends Paula and Ronni both raved to me so much about the SodaStream and gave me demonstrations on how delicious it was, easy to use, good for the environment, less expensive.... that I just had to submit it for consideration as a Grommet to our discovery gals. Sure enough, they loved it too and it became a Grommet! Thanks Paula and Ronni! Anyone else have a great Grommet idea? Tell us about it!

  • Tony
    Tony
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I'm thinking of getting one of these for my wife!

  • Tracy Wells
    Tracy Wells
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I always had trouble drinking enough water every day until I discovered fizzy water. Now, I drink plenty of fizzy, but I sure do get tired of lugging all those cans back to the store for recycling. A SodaStream system would certainly make my life easier (and it would be great to save some money, too) !

  • Amy
    Amy
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    WOW! My family would love this! Would give me an option for the kids that doesn't include Coke and Dr Pepper! My husband is going thru way too many sodas lately so I'm sure this would also help his, ummm, "bottom" line. lol

  • Richard Lorenc
    Richard Lorenc
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    What a great idea! We could have a lot of fun with this in our customer waiting area and sure to generate a lot of buzz!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    My daughter is at that age where she loves fizzy drinks. It would be great to have this so we would no longer need to have the "no soda today" conversation.

  • Nicole
    Nicole
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I would love to be able to make my own sparkling water and I know my daughter would love it too!

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Like a lot of people here I gave up soda because of the high sugar content and diet because of the artificial sweeteners. Would like to be able to make sparkling beverages with stevia or without any sweetness at all. Best of both worlds!

  • MRS.MOMMYY
    MRS.MOMMYY
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    this looks great- saving on plastic money and getting love to be able to make a variety of flavors for everyone in the house

  • Deborah
    Deborah
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I gave up my flavored sparkling water because of the plastic bottle usage. To think I can go back to enjoying it, instead of "suffering" through boring tap water is a miracle! I felt to guilty using all those plastic bottles, now I can help keep the planet and green AND put the sparkle back into my daily drink!! Thank you so much!

  • Alessandra
    Alessandra
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I love the concept! Great for the environment and none of the bad sugars! This would be a great addition to our little family :)

  • Dustin
    Dustin
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I think this would be a lot of fun for the kids, not to mention they'd be getting soda with the corn syrup. Sounds great!

  • Tara
    Tara
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I think it is a great concept. At our office, we always run out of the soda someone is looking for so this would be a good way to always have stock on hand.

  • Terri
    Terri
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    This is such a great concept! I'm really trying to avoid the high fructose corn syrup, and soda is such a huge offender! My kids (and husband!) would love this!

  • Julia
    Julia
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    What a great investment, good for the environment and the wallet. This is the way of the future.

    Can I carbonate juice?

  • Christine Jacobs
    Christine Jacobs
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    This sounds like a great product. We drink diet soda and Crystal Light in our house, but I worry about all the chemicals that those contain and all the plastic those use. We would really enjoy making our own beverages so that we can all drink more water while being more environmentally friendly. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Hannah
    Hannah
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I would love to have one of these first of all because we drink a lot of plain seltzer with lemon or lime in it and this would taste even better and secondly because my husband has to schlep all of the cans and bottles to the recycling plant and this would make his life easier too.

    This reminds me of when I was a child and my father used to have cases of CO2 cartridges delivered, just like the cases of milk that the milkman brought, and he would make seltzer at home all the time. It's a great idea and helps the environment at the same time.

  • Nadine
    Nadine
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I must admit, an ocassional soda is a guilty pleasure of mine... I'm sitting here with a Coke right now. It sure would be great to have the variety of flavors, and the convenience of not lugging all those 12 packs and liter bottles, but the BEST part is the reduced footprint on the environment with the elimination of all that plastic and aluminum AND the HFCS-free is key. It's a WIN-WIN-WIN cool product... Count me in!

  • christopher h
    christopher h
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    this is such a great idea, we're big soda drinkers and it's just a pain to have to hit the stores so often for soda

  • Carol
    Carol
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I really love this!

  • Roseanna Cannaday
    Roseanna Cannaday
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    As a single mom on a limited budget, this would make an excellent item to have. My daughter is 2 years old and loves to make popcorn, have soda and watch a movie with mom at the end of a hard day!

  • Ashli McBee
    Ashli McBee
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    This seems amazing! I love Italian sodas, which are made by adding flavored syrup to sprite or soda water and some cream, and this would be a quick and simple way to make them at home. Plus, it'd be amazing in my college dorm. Love it!

  • Cookie Lady
    Cookie Lady
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    As the parent of two teens with a steady stream of them in the house, I love the no cans, no high-fructose corn syrup. And, while juice and seltzer is a popular combination here, making it sounds like a very cool idea. Neat Grommet!

  • carol
    carol
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    We have the SodaStream and it is exactly as advertised! Cheaper, greener, healthier! Highly recommend it, especially for large families like ours that were going through gallons of seltzer water! Also, the kids think its a blast to make the soda/seltzer!

  • susan
    susan
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    love it

  • M
    M
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I'd love to be able to make my own soda water at home. It'd save so many bottles!

  • Margaret Smith
    Margaret Smith
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Making my own soda at home sounds like it would be fun and no more flat soda! Thanks.

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Ooh, love the idea of being able to make soda without the HFCS. Don't want to give the kids diet sodas because of the artificial sweeteners, so this seems like a great alternative!

  • Mary
    Mary
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Yum! Sounds like a fun experiment in flavors.

  • Cindy
    Cindy
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Does having 15 restless girls count ( Summer Day camp- starting June 21)? What did I get myself into?

  • Kristin
    Kristin
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Wow this is so cool to read everyone's comments...There are so many great reasons to use a home soda maker - you guys really 'get it'!!

    To Julia - The soda maker is used for carbonating water only...but after the water is fizzy, you can add whatever you like. For my 3 year-old's birthday last weekend, we used frozen pink lemonade concentrate and used fizzy water instead of flat for a special birthday treat. A lot of people like to add pomegrate juice for a nutritious spritzer. And the Italian soda syrups go really well with it, too. You are limited only by your culinary imagination!

  • Daniel
    Daniel
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    This will save money, compared to buying bottles of Poland Springs, in the long run. And it avoids creation and recycling of bottles. And we don't have to schlep the bottles back to the store. I just ordered one!

  • Lee
    Lee
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I had one of these systems as a kid, some 25+ years ago... it was pretty cool.

    I like the concept of making drinks without HFCS.

  • Dan
    Dan
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Isn't this still releasing Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere? Co2 is Carbon Dioxide is it not? So lessening your carbon footprint shouldn't be a bullet... you should be touting the "less garbage" aspect of it... and if you drink more soda because of it... are you then pretty much pulling a wash over the whole?

  • Kristin
    Kristin
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Hi Dan -

    You are correct that the CO2 in SodaStream is no different than the CO2 in any other soda. So if you are replacing your storebought drinks with SodaStream, it's effectively 'carbon neutral.' However, every SodaStream carbonator makes 60 liters of sparkling water, and every bottle of sodamix makes the equivalent of 34 cans of soda. You definitely reduce your carbon footprint when you consider the transport miles associated with trucking all of those beverages around. Also, less garbage = less manufacturing of cans and bottles...another reduction in oil use and carbon footprint. There's actually some really good math on this at CarbonRally: http://www.carbonrally.com/challenges/20-plastic-bottles

  • Angie
    Angie
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    First of all, Its Carbon Monoxide that is extremely harmful. All Carbon Dioxide does is make things bubbly.

    Also, Carbon is an element that is present on our planet, it is a natural substance that keeps this planet warm. We would all freeze to death without it.

  • Marie
    Marie
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I bought a machine simular to this one about 15years ago we really enjoyed it. only issue was getting flavors (had to buy Gal. of each ) and being able to get the co2 and flavors. after only few months could not find anywhere. My machine is still in good condition as far as I knnow. I held on to it hoping I could again one day buy the products to use. would love to have one of these but would be upset to invest and it become out dated or wouldn't be able to get products any more.

    Marie

  • Garrett
    Garrett
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Well that's a neat little machine. Just wait until those kids realize they can carbonate anything with water in it. Did your beer go flat? Not anymore!

    But if you were going to spend a bit of money on a carbonation machine, consider checking out a full soda keg. If you've ever taken a look at brewing beer, that's one method to present your beverage through a tap. Not like anyone has any plans to drink 5 gallons of cola, but hey, eventually we all do.

  • Sandysanfran
    Sandysanfran
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Those home soda makers are absolutely brilliant!

    Got one last week and my family love it.

    Saving money, saving the environment and so convenient having soda on demand!

  • Jermey
    Jermey
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    This is a super product which i bought on the strength of the comnments here.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/23/2010 12:13 PM

    This is the second time we have featured SodaStream and didn't want to lose the great conversation from the last feature and so have copied it here. We look forward to your comments about the SodaStream carbonator!

  • Marge Janiak
    Marge Janiak
    9/23/2010 2:49 PM

    What is the soda flavors made with, if not with artificial sweeteners or corn syrup?? I am diabetic and HATE the diet taste.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/23/2010 3:19 PM

    @Marge - the Diet flavors are sweetened with Splenda and the regular flavors are sweetened with sugar and Splenda. No high fructose corn syrup. No aspartame. The people mentioning giving up artificial sweeteners completely are looking at the SodaStream Carbonator as a way to make their own fun fizzy water and fizzy fruit drinks.

  • SAlly G
    SAlly G
    12/20/2010 5:52 PM

    @Katherine - Daily Grommet Team:

    Isn’t Splenda aspartame? I thought it was, just like Equal. (Of course, one can always add nondiet flavors, such as fruit juice, to the carbonated water. . . .)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/20/2010 7:27 PM

    @SAlly G: I am definitely not knowledgeable in this area, but Splenda does not have aspartame.

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    9/23/2010 6:27 PM

    How do you get the replacement CO2 cartridges, and how much do they cost?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/23/2010 6:55 PM

    @Sarah - SodaStream has a CO2 cartridge exchange program. You can read about it here.

  • Guest
    Guest
    9/24/2010 1:34 PM

    How do you make the flavored seltzer water?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/26/2010 9:50 AM

    @anonymous - You can use a quarter-capful of any of the flavors in each liter of seltzer for a very lightly flavored drink. You can also try using fresh lemons, limes, oranges or berries to flavor your drink. Once you have the carbonated water, you can experiment with adding flavors that appeal to you!

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    10/19/2010 6:14 PM

    It would be so much fun to have a flavor-combo contest and see who in the family can come up with the winning drink!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/19/2010 6:30 PM

    @Tori: my son would love doing that! The stranger the combination the better. He is one of those kids who loves the soda fountains in fast-food restaurants because he can put in a little bit of everything.

  • Dave
    Dave
    2/9/2011 8:36 PM

    I've owned one of these SodaStream seltzer makers for years. It's terrific...my dad who likes his seltzer very highly carbonated was so impressed that he got one of them and then my brother had to get one as well. I highly recommend it!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/10/2011 11:25 AM

    @Dave: Thanks for letting us know how much your family loves their SodaStream machines!

  • Shoshana
    Shoshana
    5/18/2011 7:13 PM

    I'm so glad we got a SodaStream. The syrup is made in Israel! I love supporting Israel with the soda our household drinks. It's kosher, delicious, and healthier than the drinks we used to buy.

The launch day conversation has ended. Please direct further questions about this Grommet to our Community Experience Team.

 

SodaStream

Jet Starter Kit

Fizz, Sparkle, and Pop

David Letterman insists, “There’s not a man, woman or child in America who doesn’t enjoy a lovely beverage from time to time.” He’s right, of course. At our house we’re hopelessly addicted to Letterman and to any drink that fizzes, sparkles, or pops when we open it. But that means lugging bottles from the store, cramming them into our pantry and then taking the empty ones to be recycled. So we were thrilled to find SodaStream.

In 1903 London, George Gilby invented a contraption that could turn still water bubbly.
Unfortunately, his design was so large and elaborate, only the wealthy could afford it. Today’s SodaStream is sleek and affordable. With a touch of a button you can turn flat water effervescent. Add any of the company’s flavored syrups (regular and diet) and you’ve got homemade soda or seltzer water at a fraction of the cost of store brands (and without high fructose corn syrup). Our bundle includes the Jet soda maker; a refillable CO2 carbonator canister; flavor packs; and two BPA-free carbonating bottles, so there are no bottles or cans to recycle.

We heard about SodaStream from a friend of Jules, Omar Khudari, whose family loves seltzer water but not the environmental impact of all the commercial production and transport. SodaStream is a great way to save time and money and reduce your carbon footprint. There are no batteries, no electricity and no clean-up. No laughing matter.
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Grommet Launch Conversation

  • Julie
    Julie

    I'm Julie and I represent SodaStream products. I LOVE my SodaStream machine and use it all of the time. The flavors are great, you can adjust the amount of fizz to your preference and the special bottles keep the fizz longer than store bought beverages. I personally think this is going to be the gift of the holiday season. Let me know what questions you have!

  • cassandra berholtz
    cassandra berholtz
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I love the idea that I can make my own soda. No more cans and bottles to recycle. I like that the flavor selection is so great and that you can control the amount of fizz. This really sounds like a great product. I never knew something like this existed. Thanks for the info.

  • Aine
    Aine
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I never drink soda -- I've sworn off artificial sweeteners, and regular sodas have way too much sugar. But I would LOVE to be able to make juice/water combos fizzy! This sounds like a really cool product.

  • tara Greco
    tara Greco
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    love the concept. my son would have fun concocting his own soda!

  • Susanne Troop
    Susanne Troop
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    This would be so much fun with my kids. And it would be great to enjoy while entertaining friends and family. Thanks.

  • Kim Poirier
    Kim Poirier
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    This is amazing! Our family has been trying very hard to eliminate all products that have high fructose corn syrup i them! It has made grocery shopping a longer process because now I look at the ingredients in every product. My 16 year old son misses his soda and as soon as I saw this I thought of him and then I looked at the different flavors and the diet option and it started me thinking of all the refreshing drink I could make for me and all my friends. It would be a great change from drinking flavored seltzer water which as we know doesn't truly have much flavor. thanks for telling me about this machine! I may just have to squeeze it into the family budget!

  • mineola
    mineola
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Cool flavors! I like that they don't use aspartame in their flavored products. Really convenient item & fun to use!

  • Nancy
    Nancy
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    This is neato! I gave up soda a long time ago because of the high sugar content, but ginger ale and cream soda are my favorite comfort foods! How nice to be able to have it to my taste and with less guilt. This is definitely going on my Christmas list! Thanks!

  • Lisa
    Lisa
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    YAY! Daily Grommet does it again. This is the perfect Father's day gift for our household. Going right now to purchase so it arrives in time. THANKS for the fantastic idea!

  • Sara
    Sara – Grommet Team
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    My two good friends Paula and Ronni both raved to me so much about the SodaStream and gave me demonstrations on how delicious it was, easy to use, good for the environment, less expensive.... that I just had to submit it for consideration as a Grommet to our discovery gals. Sure enough, they loved it too and it became a Grommet! Thanks Paula and Ronni! Anyone else have a great Grommet idea? Tell us about it!

  • Tony
    Tony
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I'm thinking of getting one of these for my wife!

  • Tracy Wells
    Tracy Wells
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I always had trouble drinking enough water every day until I discovered fizzy water. Now, I drink plenty of fizzy, but I sure do get tired of lugging all those cans back to the store for recycling. A SodaStream system would certainly make my life easier (and it would be great to save some money, too) !

  • Amy
    Amy
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    WOW! My family would love this! Would give me an option for the kids that doesn't include Coke and Dr Pepper! My husband is going thru way too many sodas lately so I'm sure this would also help his, ummm, "bottom" line. lol

  • Richard Lorenc
    Richard Lorenc
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    What a great idea! We could have a lot of fun with this in our customer waiting area and sure to generate a lot of buzz!

  • Jennifer
    Jennifer
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    My daughter is at that age where she loves fizzy drinks. It would be great to have this so we would no longer need to have the "no soda today" conversation.

  • Nicole
    Nicole
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I would love to be able to make my own sparkling water and I know my daughter would love it too!

  • Bonnie
    Bonnie
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Like a lot of people here I gave up soda because of the high sugar content and diet because of the artificial sweeteners. Would like to be able to make sparkling beverages with stevia or without any sweetness at all. Best of both worlds!

  • MRS.MOMMYY
    MRS.MOMMYY
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    this looks great- saving on plastic money and getting love to be able to make a variety of flavors for everyone in the house

  • Deborah
    Deborah
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I gave up my flavored sparkling water because of the plastic bottle usage. To think I can go back to enjoying it, instead of "suffering" through boring tap water is a miracle! I felt to guilty using all those plastic bottles, now I can help keep the planet and green AND put the sparkle back into my daily drink!! Thank you so much!

  • Alessandra
    Alessandra
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I love the concept! Great for the environment and none of the bad sugars! This would be a great addition to our little family :)

  • Dustin
    Dustin
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I think this would be a lot of fun for the kids, not to mention they'd be getting soda with the corn syrup. Sounds great!

  • Tara
    Tara
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I think it is a great concept. At our office, we always run out of the soda someone is looking for so this would be a good way to always have stock on hand.

  • Terri
    Terri
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    This is such a great concept! I'm really trying to avoid the high fructose corn syrup, and soda is such a huge offender! My kids (and husband!) would love this!

  • Julia
    Julia
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    What a great investment, good for the environment and the wallet. This is the way of the future.

    Can I carbonate juice?

  • Christine Jacobs
    Christine Jacobs
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    This sounds like a great product. We drink diet soda and Crystal Light in our house, but I worry about all the chemicals that those contain and all the plastic those use. We would really enjoy making our own beverages so that we can all drink more water while being more environmentally friendly. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • Hannah
    Hannah
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I would love to have one of these first of all because we drink a lot of plain seltzer with lemon or lime in it and this would taste even better and secondly because my husband has to schlep all of the cans and bottles to the recycling plant and this would make his life easier too.

    This reminds me of when I was a child and my father used to have cases of CO2 cartridges delivered, just like the cases of milk that the milkman brought, and he would make seltzer at home all the time. It's a great idea and helps the environment at the same time.

  • Nadine
    Nadine
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I must admit, an ocassional soda is a guilty pleasure of mine... I'm sitting here with a Coke right now. It sure would be great to have the variety of flavors, and the convenience of not lugging all those 12 packs and liter bottles, but the BEST part is the reduced footprint on the environment with the elimination of all that plastic and aluminum AND the HFCS-free is key. It's a WIN-WIN-WIN cool product... Count me in!

  • christopher h
    christopher h
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    this is such a great idea, we're big soda drinkers and it's just a pain to have to hit the stores so often for soda

  • Carol
    Carol
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I really love this!

  • Roseanna Cannaday
    Roseanna Cannaday
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    As a single mom on a limited budget, this would make an excellent item to have. My daughter is 2 years old and loves to make popcorn, have soda and watch a movie with mom at the end of a hard day!

  • Ashli McBee
    Ashli McBee
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    This seems amazing! I love Italian sodas, which are made by adding flavored syrup to sprite or soda water and some cream, and this would be a quick and simple way to make them at home. Plus, it'd be amazing in my college dorm. Love it!

  • Cookie Lady
    Cookie Lady
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    As the parent of two teens with a steady stream of them in the house, I love the no cans, no high-fructose corn syrup. And, while juice and seltzer is a popular combination here, making it sounds like a very cool idea. Neat Grommet!

  • carol
    carol
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    We have the SodaStream and it is exactly as advertised! Cheaper, greener, healthier! Highly recommend it, especially for large families like ours that were going through gallons of seltzer water! Also, the kids think its a blast to make the soda/seltzer!

  • susan
    susan
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    love it

  • M
    M
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I'd love to be able to make my own soda water at home. It'd save so many bottles!

  • Margaret Smith
    Margaret Smith
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Making my own soda at home sounds like it would be fun and no more flat soda! Thanks.

  • Elizabeth
    Elizabeth
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Ooh, love the idea of being able to make soda without the HFCS. Don't want to give the kids diet sodas because of the artificial sweeteners, so this seems like a great alternative!

  • Mary
    Mary
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Yum! Sounds like a fun experiment in flavors.

  • Cindy
    Cindy
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Does having 15 restless girls count ( Summer Day camp- starting June 21)? What did I get myself into?

  • Kristin
    Kristin
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Wow this is so cool to read everyone's comments...There are so many great reasons to use a home soda maker - you guys really 'get it'!!

    To Julia - The soda maker is used for carbonating water only...but after the water is fizzy, you can add whatever you like. For my 3 year-old's birthday last weekend, we used frozen pink lemonade concentrate and used fizzy water instead of flat for a special birthday treat. A lot of people like to add pomegrate juice for a nutritious spritzer. And the Italian soda syrups go really well with it, too. You are limited only by your culinary imagination!

  • Daniel
    Daniel
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    This will save money, compared to buying bottles of Poland Springs, in the long run. And it avoids creation and recycling of bottles. And we don't have to schlep the bottles back to the store. I just ordered one!

  • Lee
    Lee
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I had one of these systems as a kid, some 25+ years ago... it was pretty cool.

    I like the concept of making drinks without HFCS.

  • Dan
    Dan
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Isn't this still releasing Carbon Dioxide into the atmosphere? Co2 is Carbon Dioxide is it not? So lessening your carbon footprint shouldn't be a bullet... you should be touting the "less garbage" aspect of it... and if you drink more soda because of it... are you then pretty much pulling a wash over the whole?

  • Kristin
    Kristin
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Hi Dan -

    You are correct that the CO2 in SodaStream is no different than the CO2 in any other soda. So if you are replacing your storebought drinks with SodaStream, it's effectively 'carbon neutral.' However, every SodaStream carbonator makes 60 liters of sparkling water, and every bottle of sodamix makes the equivalent of 34 cans of soda. You definitely reduce your carbon footprint when you consider the transport miles associated with trucking all of those beverages around. Also, less garbage = less manufacturing of cans and bottles...another reduction in oil use and carbon footprint. There's actually some really good math on this at CarbonRally: http://www.carbonrally.com/challenges/20-plastic-bottles

  • Angie
    Angie
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    First of all, Its Carbon Monoxide that is extremely harmful. All Carbon Dioxide does is make things bubbly.

    Also, Carbon is an element that is present on our planet, it is a natural substance that keeps this planet warm. We would all freeze to death without it.

  • Marie
    Marie
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    I bought a machine simular to this one about 15years ago we really enjoyed it. only issue was getting flavors (had to buy Gal. of each ) and being able to get the co2 and flavors. after only few months could not find anywhere. My machine is still in good condition as far as I knnow. I held on to it hoping I could again one day buy the products to use. would love to have one of these but would be upset to invest and it become out dated or wouldn't be able to get products any more.

    Marie

  • Garrett
    Garrett
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Well that's a neat little machine. Just wait until those kids realize they can carbonate anything with water in it. Did your beer go flat? Not anymore!

    But if you were going to spend a bit of money on a carbonation machine, consider checking out a full soda keg. If you've ever taken a look at brewing beer, that's one method to present your beverage through a tap. Not like anyone has any plans to drink 5 gallons of cola, but hey, eventually we all do.

  • Sandysanfran
    Sandysanfran
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    Those home soda makers are absolutely brilliant!

    Got one last week and my family love it.

    Saving money, saving the environment and so convenient having soda on demand!

  • Jermey
    Jermey
    9/23/2010 12:00 PM

    This is a super product which i bought on the strength of the comnments here.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/23/2010 12:13 PM

    This is the second time we have featured SodaStream and didn't want to lose the great conversation from the last feature and so have copied it here. We look forward to your comments about the SodaStream carbonator!

  • Marge Janiak
    Marge Janiak
    9/23/2010 2:49 PM

    What is the soda flavors made with, if not with artificial sweeteners or corn syrup?? I am diabetic and HATE the diet taste.

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/23/2010 3:19 PM

    @Marge - the Diet flavors are sweetened with Splenda and the regular flavors are sweetened with sugar and Splenda. No high fructose corn syrup. No aspartame. The people mentioning giving up artificial sweeteners completely are looking at the SodaStream Carbonator as a way to make their own fun fizzy water and fizzy fruit drinks.

  • SAlly G
    SAlly G
    12/20/2010 5:52 PM

    @Katherine - Daily Grommet Team:

    Isn’t Splenda aspartame? I thought it was, just like Equal. (Of course, one can always add nondiet flavors, such as fruit juice, to the carbonated water. . . .)

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    12/20/2010 7:27 PM

    @SAlly G: I am definitely not knowledgeable in this area, but Splenda does not have aspartame.

  • Sarah
    Sarah
    9/23/2010 6:27 PM

    How do you get the replacement CO2 cartridges, and how much do they cost?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/23/2010 6:55 PM

    @Sarah - SodaStream has a CO2 cartridge exchange program. You can read about it here.

  • Guest
    Guest
    9/24/2010 1:34 PM

    How do you make the flavored seltzer water?

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    9/26/2010 9:50 AM

    @anonymous - You can use a quarter-capful of any of the flavors in each liter of seltzer for a very lightly flavored drink. You can also try using fresh lemons, limes, oranges or berries to flavor your drink. Once you have the carbonated water, you can experiment with adding flavors that appeal to you!

  • Tori
    Tori – Grommet Team
    10/19/2010 6:14 PM

    It would be so much fun to have a flavor-combo contest and see who in the family can come up with the winning drink!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    10/19/2010 6:30 PM

    @Tori: my son would love doing that! The stranger the combination the better. He is one of those kids who loves the soda fountains in fast-food restaurants because he can put in a little bit of everything.

  • Dave
    Dave
    2/9/2011 8:36 PM

    I've owned one of these SodaStream seltzer makers for years. It's terrific...my dad who likes his seltzer very highly carbonated was so impressed that he got one of them and then my brother had to get one as well. I highly recommend it!

  • Katherine
    Katherine – Grommet Team
    2/10/2011 11:25 AM

    @Dave: Thanks for letting us know how much your family loves their SodaStream machines!

  • Shoshana
    Shoshana
    5/18/2011 7:13 PM

    I'm so glad we got a SodaStream. The syrup is made in Israel! I love supporting Israel with the soda our household drinks. It's kosher, delicious, and healthier than the drinks we used to buy.

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