In July, I wrote about the SodaStream seltzer maker and my first impressions on it. I liked it then, but many things we have tend to become ‘just another thing’ over time and you sort of feel cheated because it’s not what you thought it would be like. (Ladies, many of you might feel this way toward you husbands).
Anyway, snarky comments aside, I’ve owned the Sodastream soda maker for about 6 months now and it still delights me. It’s great to have soda when I want it. It’s great to be able to flavor it as needed. It’s great to take a bottle that has gone flat, top it off, give it some squirts of CO2 and have nice bubbly soda.
Both my daughters like it – my toddler will ask for soda and we give it to her plain – a great habit to get her into. My older daughter will make it herself as needed as well.
Reading the comments on my original post, the subject of the refills is a sensitive one. A lot of people seem to think that SodaStream is ‘sticking it to them’ by having proprietary threads so the compressed air containers can’t be filled locally, so a number of folks go out and buy an adapter that allows them to fill it locally. Read the comments on the previous post regarding this if you are interested.
My conclusion on all this: it’s not really a hassle to get a refill. You order online, throw in a soda flavor or two, and leave the empty on the porch. The refill might be expensive compared to getting it refilled at the local paintball place, yes – but it’s not all that expensive when compared to buying seltzer or soda. It ends up considerably less, actually, and you’re not lugging cases of soda and seltzer in the house – then lugging the empties out to the curb.
The kit to adapt the threads so you can fill the canisters is not cheap, either. So, for the present, I’ll support SodaStream and do it their way. And to me, that’s what it is – support. They have to eat, too – and it does me no good if they go belly up if their business model gets hacked because it was based on these refills.
As to the flavors, we like them – my daughter and I are particular to Pete’s Choice and we both have a fondness for the pecularly engaging Orange. They are a bear to find locally, however. Kohls supposedly stocks a few, but I’ll be damned if I could find them with all the Xmas crap jammed into the store – gots to make room for shower radios and salad shooters – two examples of items that no one buys for themselves and get trotted out for the holidays. Electric tie racks are another.
Digression aside, I have noticed that Sears supposedly stocks them now – I think my daughter and I will have to check that out today.
Mostly, I use 4C drink mix – I pour a small bit at the bottom of a glass and pour on the soda. I NEVER put drink mix in the bottles that come with the unit.
While this method sometimes creates varying results, I’m OK with it.
In short: I’m glad I got it, it gets used nearly every day, the kids like it, we buy way less soda and seltzer, and I would miss it if I didn’t have it.
And the Sodastream people didn’t bribe me to say this.