Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Sodastream - Review & Giveaway



I remember, as a child, that we would make soda at home. Me, my brother, and mother spent lots of quality time together gathering around the soda machine and taking turns making our carbonated beverages. It's a happy memory of my childhood.

I did not know that you could still make your own soda, until I found out about Sodastream. Sodastream gives you the option to turn water into fresh sparkling water and soda from the comfort of your own home.

One vice of mine is drinking a lot of soda. My husband does not drink as much as I do and the kids drink even less, but it still adds up in expenses. With Sodastream we can make our own soda and sparkling water without spending a lot of money and it helps the environment because we do not throw away so many bottles now.


I received the Fountain Jet home soda maker for review, along with flavor mixes. I let our oldest daughter read the instructions and give us a how-to on the workings of making our own soda. It took her just a short time to figure it all out and she got to work on making her first soda. In short, she mixed the syrup with the water into the reusable bottle and set it onto the Fountain Jet. She pressed a button for the carbonation, took the bottle back off, and shook it a little.

The first time she carbonated it a little too much. That's because we weren't sure if the sound we heard was the indicator of how much carbonation was to go in it. After a couple more tries, we perfected the method and enjoyed a nice cold glass of soda. Since then, we've all taken turns at making our own soda and it reminds me of the quality time I had with my mom and brother back in the day. I also noticed that we don't spend near as much on soda at the store because we are making our own at home. A plus is that no batteries and no electricity are needed to make our sodas and sparkling waters. The sleek, stylish design of the Fountain Jet fits nicely on my kitchen counter without taking up much room.

Here's a picture of Shelby inserting the carbonator onto the back of the Fountain Jet.

This is Shelby pouring the needed amount of SodaMix Flavor into the lid.

There are many flavors of sodas and sparkling waters that can be made. We each had our favorites, with mine being Root Beer. Each soda flavor mix makes 12 liters of soda and contains no high-fructose corn syrup. If you run out and are in need of more mixes, carbonators, or reusable bottles they can be purchased online.
Win It!
One person will receive a Fountain Jet Soda Lover's Start-Up Kit. It includes a Fountain Jet (in choice of black/silver, red/silver, or white), CO2 to make over 100 liters of soda, 2 reusable carbonating bottles, a sample pack of flavors, and 3 full-sized flavors of mixes.
 
Mandatory Entry:
Leave a comment with something you learned from the Sodastream FAQ's.
Extra Entries:
Leave a comment with which 3 full-sized flavor mixes you would choose.
Follow Sodastream on Twitter, SodaStreamUSA.
Follow me on Twitter, partymix25.
Tweet about the giveaway, leave a link to the tweet (can be done daily).
Follow my blog.
Subscribe to my blog by email.
Add my button to your blog.
Blog about this giveaway, leave a link to the post (+3 extra entries).
Enter any of my other current giveaways (+1 extra entry for each one entered).

Leave a separate comment for each entry and include your email address in your comments. Giveaway is open to residents of the continental US. Giveaway ends 12/20/09 at 8 pm CST. Winner will be randomly drawn and will have 48 hrs. to respond to email notification or a new winner will be drawn.

I received product for review from Sodastream. The opinions within this post are of my own and I was not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products, as your opinion may differ.

178 comments:

Amy said...

I want one of these so much! I would like the cola, grape and orange mixes to try first, but I can see trying a lot of their flavors.

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Amy said...

Following you on twitter. @atrane

Amy said...

Following Sodastream on twitter

Amy said...

Following your blog!

Tj and Amy said...

I learned that Soda-Club is just the name of the company. There are no membership requirements, annual dues or minimum purchases of any kind. Once you have a soda maker, you may purchase soda-making supplies at your own pace and convenience. amypugmire@live.com

Tj and Amy said...

would love to try cola, cream soda and root beer. amypugmire@live.com

Tj and Amy said...

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Tj and Amy said...

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

i learned that each bottle makes 12 liters of soda. Nice!

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Shooting Stars Mag said...

i want to try the cola, the fountain mist, and the orange.

lauren
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Charity said...

I learned that these are much better for you than regular soda:) Please enter me in this giveaway. Would love to win it!!
Thanks!!
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Charity said...

And 3 flavors I would like to try are Cream Soda, Cola and Root Beer.

Charity said...

I am a follower of your blog also:)

Charity said...

Also a subscriber through emails:D

Charity said...

I also blogged about it here:)!! #1
http://giveawaygal.blogspot.com/2009/12/sodastream-giveaway.html

Charity said...

Blogged about it #2
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Charity said...

Blogged about it #3
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Alexis AKA MOM said...

I've been dying to try one of these for the boys.

I learned:

Since the bottle has to withstand recurring pressure from carbonation, it can not be used forever. The expiration date on the bottle must be checked and new bottles purchased as soon as the former expires. The bottles must also be replaced if put in the dishwasher, exposed to a heat source, or if they have become scratched. All components of carbonating bottles are recyclable. Check with your local recycling authority for more information.

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Cream Soda, Grape, Peach Ice Tea

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I follow :)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

I subscribe ;)

Alexis AKA MOM said...

Button up ;)

hollowsins said...

I would chose red with orange,grape and root beer

hollowsins said...

Im a twitter follower
hollowsins

hollowsins said...

I am a follower

hollowsins said...

I subscribe via email

Tara said...

I have been trying to win one of these forever LOL I learned that SodaStream started operations in the United States in 2003.

Thank you :)
Tara
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Tara said...

I would love to try the Ginger Ale, Lemon Lime and Pete's Choice!!

Thank you :)
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Tara said...

I follow SodaStream on Twitter @notsoperfect2

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Tara said...

I subscribed via email



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Tara said...

I blogged #1

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Owen's Mom said...

Soda Stream has over 10 million soda makers sold in more than 15 countries
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Owen's Mom said...

I would love to try the MyWater Berry, Cola, & Cream Soda
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Owen's Mom said...

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Owen's Mom said...

I am following you on twitter (notimeMom)
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Owen's Mom said...

I follow your blog
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Owen's Mom said...

I subscribe by email
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Owen's Mom said...

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Owen's Mom said...

Tweet!
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Charity said...

Daily Tweet!!
http://twitter.com/kingsdaughter24/status/6502749185

Hope said...

After the original purchase of the machine, it only costs about 25 cents a can to make a flavored soda!
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Hope said...

I'd get root beer, pete's choice, and orange.
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Hope said...

Email subscriber!
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Anonymous said...

I learned that you can make a liter of soda for just 57 cents.
Please enter me.
Thanks!
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Anonymous said...

I would get the Cream Soda, Pete's Choice, and Cola. Thanks
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Anonymous said...

I am a subscriber!
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Angela C said...

I would get Cola, Orange and Rootbeer.

Tara said...

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Owen's Mom said...

Daily tweet!
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Tara said...

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Chris and Sarah said...

SodaStream started operations in the United States in 2003.

Wendi P said...

I learned that SodaStreams carbonating bottles are BPA free.

Wendi P said...

I would love to try rootbeer, cream soda and the energy drink. Thanks so much for the chance!

Wendi P said...

I follow you on google friend.

Wendi P said...

I follow you on twitter (WendiP). Thanks!

Wendi P said...

tweet, thanks so much!

http://twitter.com/WendiP/status/6580265433

Aileen said...

The diet sodas are sweetened with Splenda according to the FAQs

Aileen said...

I would like to try the orange-mango, diet caffeine free coke, and diet peach ice tea.

Aileen said...

I follow Sodastream on Twitter @monkeygrl59

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ABCFrugality.com said...

Follow Sodastream on Twitter

ABCFrugality.com said...

Follow you on Twitter! @abcfrugality

ABCFrugality.com said...

Cream Soda, Orange Mango, Cranberry Raspberry

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Follow your blog

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Tara said...

Daily Tweet http://twitter.com/notsoperfect2/status/6595244796

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Wendi P said...

12/12 tweet, THANKS so much!

http://twitter.com/WendiP/status/6605855028

Wendi P said...

I follow SodaStream on twitter (WendiP). Thanks again for the chance!

barty said...

I would try Pete's Choice because I haven't a clue what that is, and the Diet Grapefruit.

Tara said...

Daily Tweet http://twitter.com/notsoperfect2/status/6625677833


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Wendi P said...

12/13 tweet. Thanks again for the chance to win this!!

http://twitter.com/WendiP/status/6634035726

Kristy said...

I learned that they offer a money back guarantee!

Kristy said...

I would get Cranberry Raspberry, Pete's Choice and root beer!

Kristy said...

Follower!

Kristy said...

Subscriber!

Kristy said...

Entered Ouchies giveaway!

Kristy said...

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Wendi P said...

12/14 tweet, thanks!

http://twitter.com/WendiP/status/6666371091

Wendi P said...

I entered your Wat Aah giveaway. Thanks again for the chance to win!

Eileen said...

I learned that Soda Stream is Eco friendly by having a product that does not get bottled and end up in landfills. I didnt know that 80% of the plastic drinking bottles that we THINK are being recycled are ending up in our landfills. That's HORRIBLE!

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Eileen said...

We would want to try orange, rootbeer and also Cream soda first...and then move on to a lOT of other favorites!

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Wendi P said...

12/15 tweet, thanks so very much!

http://twitter.com/WendiP/status/6711852011

Wendi P said...

I entered your Ouchies giveaway. Thanks for the extra chances to win this!

Anne J said...

I learned that after the initial purchase soda will cost about .25 a can.

Anne J said...

I'd pick diet cola, diet pink grapefruit and rootbeer.

Anne J said...

I follow soda stream on twitter, lunaj1456

Anne J said...

I follow you on twitter, lunaj1456

Anne J said...

I follow your blog.

Anne J said...

I subscribe by email.
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Anne J said...

I tweeted
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Anne J said...

I entered the wat-aah giveaway

Anne J said...

entered the ouchies giveaway

Anne J said...

entered the I used to know that book giveaway

Anne J said...

entered the heelys giveway

Anne J said...

12/16 tweet
http://twitter.com/lunaj1456/status/6731561107

Wendi P said...

12/16 tweet, thanks again for the extra chance!

http://twitter.com/WendiP/status/6741549761

Deb K said...

I learned The hermetic seal on the cap keeps your seltzer or soda from going flat as quickly as ordinary store-bought beverages. If you make sure to close the cap tightly, and keep the bottle in the refrigerator, your SodaStream soda should remain fizzy and fresh for over a week!

Deb K said...

I would love to try the following 3 flavors first~

Diet Root Beer
Diet Lemon Lime
Diet Fountain Mist

Deb K said...

I follow Sodastream on Twitter{Deb55106}

Deb K said...

I also follow you on Twitter

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Deb K said...

Tweet!
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Deb K said...

I also follow you

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Deb K said...

Email subscriber

Tara said...

Daily Tweet http://twitter.com/notsoperfect2/status/6759270395

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Wendi P said...

12/17 tweet, thanks agiain!

http://twitter.com/WendiP/status/6769866119

Wendi P said...

I entered your "I Used To Know That" book giveaway. Thanks for the extra chance to win.

Aileen said...

I'd like to try their orange-mango and diet cranberry, raspberry soda.

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Aileen said...

Follow Soda Stream on Twitter @monkeygrl59

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Aileen said...

One bottle of soda syrup makes 33 cans of soda.

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Anne J said...

I tweeted
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coriwestphal said...

I learned that it costs less than $.20 to make a liter of sparkling water with the sodamaker! Wow!

coriwestphal said...

I'd pick the Cream Soda, Diet Pink Grapefruit, and the Grape. Yummy!

coriwestphal said...

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coriwestphal said...

I follow you on Twitter @coriwestphal

coriwestphal said...

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coriwestphal said...

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Anonymous said...

"Many of SodaStream’s consumable packages are completely recyclable, once they’ve outlived their useful lives." *Thanks* for the giveaway!
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Anonymous said...

I would choose Diet Cola, Diet Pete’s Choice, and Diet Pink Grapefruit.
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Anonymous said...

Following SodaStreamUSA on Twitter
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Anonymous said...

Tweeted
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Anonymous said...

Following with Google Friend Connect
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Anonymous said...

Subscribed by email
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Anonymous said...

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1 - Blogged
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Wendi P said...

12/18 tweet, thanks!

http://twitter.com/WendiP/status/6812845288

Michele P. said...

for best results, they recommend using COLD water!

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Michele P. said...

ginger ale, orange and lemon lime!

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Michele P. said...

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Tara said...

Daily Tweet http://twitter.com/notsoperfect2/status/6824048622

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Wendi P said...

12/19 tweet, thanks so much!!

http://twitter.com/WendiP/status/6843532424

Anne J said...

I tweeted
http://twitter.com/lunaj1456/status/6830028477

coriwestphal said...

Tweet: http://twitter.com/coriwestphal/statuses/6849918727

Wendi P said...

12/20 tweet, thanks again for the chance to win!!

http://twitter.com/WendiP/status/6865672317

Tylerpants said...

I learned that SodaStream regular sodamix flavors contain sugar (sucrose), not high fructose corn syrup (HFCS)!
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Tylerpants said...

I'd love to try Pete's Choice, Root Beer and Cola!
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Tylerpants said...

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Tylerpants said...

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Owen's Mom said...

Daily tweet!
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Owen's Mom said...

I entered your "I Used to Know That" book giveaway.
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trixx said...

I learned that you can re-fizz plain seltzer if it goes flat with the Sodastream but not if you added sodamix already!

trixx said...

Orange, Root Beer and Grape would be my picks!

trixx said...

I'm a subscriber

trixx said...

I'm a subscriber

coriwestphal said...

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Anne J said...

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Anne J said...

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Anonymous said...

I learned
SodaStream is an "Active Green" product, meaning that consumers are actively reducing their CO2 footprint every time they make soda or sparkling water at home instead of buying it from the store

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Anonymous said...

Diet Fountain Mist, Root Beer, and Diet Cola.


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Anonymous said...

I Follow Sodastream on Twitter
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Anonymous said...

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I follow.

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Anonymous said...

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I entered Heelys

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