Environmentally the 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. The more the system is used on a daily basis, the more CO2 footprint the user actively saves. (This differs from "Passive Green" products, which use green-friendly production processes, but their products are not inherently helping the consumers save on their daily footprint.) One SodaStream carbonator makes 60 or 110 liters, equivalent to 170 or 310 aluminum cans and when empty, the carbonator is refilled and reused resulting in less packaging waste from cans and bottles and less pollution caused by transportation.
With a SodaStream there is none of the hassle of carting cases of soda cans or bottles. You don't have to find room in the refrigerator to store them. No empty cans or bottles piling up in the trash or recycle bin. It takes no batteries, no electricity, no plumbing and no clean up. You can have a fresh soda, sparkling water or energy drink with just the push of a button made exactly to your tastes.
The SodaStream comes in six different styles and a variety of colors. They offer a 30-day money-back guarantee and a two-year manufacturer's warranty on all new soda makers.
SODA MAKER STYLES:
The Pure soda maker is easy to clean and takes minimum space on counter tops. Among the Pure features are: automatic access gas release mechanism, customized carbonation level, and metal drip tray.
The Pure soda maker received the Red Dot design award – honorable mention, in 2008.
The Penguin is the first and only soda maker with a dishwasher safe glass carafes. Among the Penguin features are: customized carbonation level, easy to clean, automatic access gas release mechanism and minimal space usage on counter tops.
Winner: 2011 Green GOOD DESIGN Award, 2011 Housewares Design "Green House" Award.
The Genesis soda maker is based on modern slim-line design and is a great choice for small kitchens. Among the Genesis features are: automatic access gas release mechanism, an attractive and unique color variety, a clever design ensuring minimum space taken on work top, customized carbonation level, and and easy to clean drip tray.
The Jet soda maker comes in a range of bi-colored machines. Among the Jet features are: automatic access gas release mechanism, fits extra large carbonators - optional 100 liter aluminum cylinder, minimal space usage, customized carbonation level and easy to clean drip tray.
The Fizz Chip's gas level indicator monitors the amount of C02 left in the carbonator, so you'll know when it's time to exchange your carbonator for a full one. The Fizz Chip also shows the carbonation level in your drink as you press the carbonating button so you'll make your favorite fizzy drinks perfect every time! Available in four bold new colors: green, blue, red and black.
Flavors Include: Cherry Cola, Cola, Diet Cola, Diet Caffeine Free Cola, Cola Free (compare to Coke Zero), Cranberry Raspberry, Diet Cranberry Raspberry, Cream Soda, Diet Cream Soda, Dr Pete (compare to Dr. Pepper), Diet Dr. Pete, Fountain Mist (Compare to Mt. Dew), Diet Fountain Mist, Ginger Ale, Diet Ginger Ale, Grape, Green Tea Citrus, Diet Green Tea Citrus, Green Tea Mixed Berry, Diet Green Tea Mixed Berry, Green Tea Pomegranate Peach, Diet Green Tea Pomegranate Peach, Green Tea Strawberry Kiwi, Diet Green Tea Strawberry Kiwi, Lemon Iced Tea, Diet Lemon Iced Tea, Lemon Lime (Compare to Sprite), Lemonade, Diet Lemonade, Orange, Diet Orange, Orange Mango, Peach Iced Tea, Diet Peach Iced Tea, Diet Grapefruit (compare to Fresca) Root Beer, Diet Root Beer, Tonic, Diet Tonic, Energy Drink (compare to Red Bull) and Diet Energy Drink.
New Sparkling Naturals make great-tasting "better for you" sodas. Made from all-natural ingredients, Sparkling Naturals contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors, no artificial sweeteners, and do not contain any preservatives. Each 750ml bottle of Sparkling Natural concentrate will make 6 liters (approximately 25 8-oz servings) of all-natural soda.
Flavors Include: Apple Mango, Black Currant Pear, Cola, Naturally Sweetened Cola, Ginger Ale, Green Tea, Lemon Lime, Orange Pineapple, Pink Grapefruit and Root Beer.
MyWater is an unsweetened, all-natural flavor essence for making lightly flavored seltzer or sparkling water. Each 40ml (1.35 fl oz) bottle will make around 20 liters of flavored sparkling water and comes in a cardboard purse containing three bottles.
Flavors Include: Lemon Lime, Mint, Orange and Raspberry
Carbonators are available in two sizes, to make up to 60 or 130 liters of soda or sparkling water per carbonator. A full, licensed CO2 carbonator is included with the purchase of every SodaStream soda maker kit. When empty, SodaStream takes back the cylinder to be cleaned, inspected, refilled and reused. Carbonators may be exchanged online, or at select SodaStream authorized retailers.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and SodaStream supports research and treatment so through December 31, 2012, every sale of our Limited Edition Pink Fizz soda maker will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation for the Cure. You can go to their website for more information: http://www.sodastreamusa.com/
Question for My Readers: What about you, do you own or have you tried a home soda maker and if so did you like it? What was your reason for getting/trying one (environmental, cost, kids or do you just like fountain drinks)?