Name of Product: SodaStream Jet Black Sparkling Water and Soda Maker
What is a sodastream?
A sodastream is a compact machine that allows you to easily carbonate water at home.
The approximate size is 6” wide x 9” deep x 17” high and it weighs about a pound. It is made of plastic.
How does a sodastream work?
A sodastream runs off a canister of compressed CO2. The machine injects the pressurized gas into the water, carbonating it. To replace the CO2 canister, you remove the back cover of the unit, unscrew the current canister and screw in a new canister – very simple.
PROS – Things I like about the sodastream:
- Carbonates well
- Easy to use
- Custom carbonation level
- Few moving parts, not much to go wrong
- Entirely pressure operated, no power required
- Canisters can be replaced easily
- Can release excess pressure easily
- Can add sweetener / flavor of your choice if desired
- SodaStream products being stocked at more major retailers, can bring canisters in for an exchange at a discounted price (turn in empty canister, get full one)
CONS – Things I don’t like about the sodastream:
- Carbonates water only (flavor is added after carbonation)
- No indicator of specific carbonation level
- Makes loud buzz at certain levels of carbonation as an indicator
- Canister and carbonation bottle must be screwed on and off, which could be difficult for someone with arthritis or trouble grasping
- Only SodaStream canisters and carbonation bottles can be used, and the canisters are only available in certain areas.
- Many sodastream flavoring products contain ingredients similar to those used for store soda – corn syrup, artificial flavor/color, artificial sweeteners, etc. They do have flavorings that contain “natural flavors”, but that's a very broad category.*
Sodastreams are very useful products if you drink carbonated beverages, especially plain seltzer water. I enjoy the carbonated water with a little bit of flavored liquid stevia (vanilla crème or lemon drop) and some ice whenever I want something “fizzy”.
* Title 21, Section 101, part 22 of the Code of Federal Regulations states: The term natural flavor or natural flavoring means the essential oil, oleoresin, essence or extractive, protein hydrolysate, distillate, or any product of roasting, heating or enzymolysis, which contains the flavoring constituents derived from a spice, fruit or fruit juice, vegetable or vegetable juice, edible yeast, herb, bark, bud, root, leaf or similar plant material, meat, seafood, poultry, eggs, dairy products, or fermentation products thereof, whose significant function in food is flavoring rather than nutritional.
This product review is a guest post by my son, August. If you find it helpful, leave a comment, as I hope to get him writing more for the blog.