Our family does not drink a lot of soda, but when special occasions occur having a bottle or can of soda available is not uncommon. In Texas, Dr. Pepper seems to be the chosen soda of many households. Even B likes to drink a DP every once in awhile. My mom also likes DP, as do the Little Ones (when they are with my mom.)
One thing I hate is that there always seems to be half-empty cans and half-bottles of soda that are no longer carbonated left sitting around the house. Since mom’s house burned down, we have had an influx of bees, wasps, and yellowjackets. I couldn’t figure out the reason why, but recently discovered that there are cans upon cans of soda that have been left around our home and her 5th wheel camper. Something needed to change, and fast!
A few of my review items were mistakenly packed away with my mom’s salvaged possessions from her burned home. One of them happened to be my new SodaStream Jet Home Soda Maker. I thought I accidently threw it out, but that wasn’t the case. It was just tucked away in their container since early October of 2012. Mom’s house burned in September of last year, and our home suddenly became the catch-all of her items until they packed them away.
I was very excited about writing my SodaStream Jet Review and now I can share it with you all!
Since our family has began using our SodaStream Jet, we have significantly cut-down on costs associated with purchasing canned and bottled soda. Even though we didn’t buy much for our own use, we always bought DP to help my mom out a little.
The SodaStream Jet Starter Kit arrived with 6 sample flavors included, and a carbonator that can fizz up to 150 cans of soda. The setup was easy as well. After placing the bottom in, and installing the carbonator into the SodaStream Jet, I washed the bottle with cool water, filled it with water, fizzed using three presses of the soda maker, and slowly added in root beer flavoring. It was very good!
There are over 50 flavors available for purchase at mass retailer such as Wal-Mart, and recently I have even seen a Kool-Aid variety! All of the soda mixtures are made without high-fructose corn syrup, and aspartame. No storage is necessary for the SodaStream Jet, there are no empty bottles to recycle, and the kit is very light and easy to travel with.
As a “reward” one day while completing my student-teaching Residency, I brought our soda maker for the 6th graders to create their own flavors. It was a lot of fun, and it was enjoyed especially by those who otherwise wouldn’t have access to a machine like this.
The kids loved mixing the water flavorings into their sodas. One of the favorites of the day happened to be Orange Cola. Who would have thought? I’m happy to have shared this with a great group of kids who did their very best to do well for an entire 6 weeks in hopes of spending a fun afternoon with me with a “mystery” experience!
This particular Jet model of SodaStream starter kit is priced right about $79.00 at my local Wal-Mart, and drink mixes cost anywhere between $4.97-$9.97. They smaller ones last about 2 months, and I still have larger bottles of soda mix that we haven’t used up yet. The CO2 canister costs around $30.00 for a replacement. One has lasted us since March/April of this year. We still have quite a few uses left in the one that came with the starter kit.
Thank you to SodaStream for facilitating this SodaStream Jet Review in exchange of my time writing this blog post. All opinions are 100% mine.