Saturday, December 22, 2012

SodaStream Fountain Jet - Review & Giveaway

My husband drinks a huge amount of soda every day - unhealthy amounts.  He has made some great relationships with everyone that works at the local gas station but that is all he is really gaining from how much soda he drinks.  I am not innocent either - I usually have coffee to start my morning then it is on to a couple sodas throughout the day.  Not only is this not a very healthy habit, but it is expensive, & inconvenient.  My husband likes his pepsi, while I truly just want something flavored to drink - so is there a better option?  SodaStream claimed to be and I put them to the test with their Fountain Jet SodaStream Home Soda Maker.

The Fountain Jet comes in Red, Black, or White.  SodaStream claims to be a simple way to make soda at home that is fresh and convenient.  You can carbonate it to your own taste and it is simple to clean and reuse.  They also have a chart on their site (pictured below) showing why they are the healthier alternative when compared with national brands.



The Dirty Truth is we tried out the Fountain Jet and it is truly everything they claim it to be!
  • Healthier:   I love knowing this product is healthier.  That is a huge factor to me especially with the amount of soda my husband drinks.  He could have 12 to 15 times the amount of the SodaStream Cola and still not have as much Sodium intake as when he drinks Pepsi or Coca-Cola.  With his high blood pressure this means a lot because he should be limiting his sodium, but it is hard to do with traditional sodas.  The lower amount of caffeine isn't necessarily a plus for me - I am a mom & NEED my caffeine.  However, with 2 glasses of the SodaStream mix I actually get MORE Caffeine and still get less calories, carbs, sugar, and sodium!  A mothers dream right - limiting all the stuff that is unhealthy & headed to my hips & thighs and still get all the caffeine I need to get through the day!
  • Convenience:  The Soda Stream truly is a lot more convenient.  Sure my husband may not see all his gas station friends as often but we can make it anytime.  We can make a flavor for the kids (caffeine free) and one for us in about one minute flat.  It is so simple & quick to make and it truly is fresh (and stays fresh longer than the 2-liter bottles you get at the store!).  You simply fill the bottle with water, push the button until it buzzes (we do this twice to get the carbonation amount we like), then dump in a cap full of the desired flavor - yes, that is it....  a matter of seconds & you have soda!
  • Cost:  I am still not sure what the cost savings will be.  Right now it seems it will save us quite a bit in the long run - but I want to wait and see how long until the CO2 runs out before I decide whether this will be a big factor or not.  However, with my husband not needing to buy multiple drinks a day, not to mention make multiple trips to the store (he preferred fountain drinks), I think it will save us some money regardless of when the CO2 runs out.
  • Environmentally Friendly:  I can see how these machines could really make a huge impact on the environment.  They eliminate the need of tons of 2-liter bottles, or 20 oz sodas, cans, fountain cups, etc.  So there is a lot less waste involved when you use soda stream.  I know this is true because when we are not using sodastream we can have our garbage can full 2 or 3 days after garbage day!  We still get it full in 3 or 4 days when using the sodastream but there is a noticeable difference on how much garbage we have (and yes we do need to order a second garbage can!)
To sum it all up SodaStream is definitely a more healthy, convenient & environmentally friendly option.  We are loving our Fountain Jet machine and I love the huge variety of flavors that are available with these machines.   So far my favorite is the Black Currant & Pear (Sparkling Natural Flavor) - it is delicious!  Of course we have already had to go buy a second bottle of the Cola as well & the kids are loving the Root Beer!  The MyWater flavors are also great when you don't want soda but want a little flavor!  I love the SodaStream Fountain Jet - so much actually that we have decided to give my mother & father in law one for Christmas!  Hopefully they will love it as much as we do!

Extra Tip - Make sure to check out the SodaStream recipes page for some great & tasty drink ideas

TO BUY:  To purchase your own go to SodaStreamusa.com and get free shipping with promo code:  FREEFIZZ

CONNECT:  You can connect with SodaStream on Facebook and on Twitter

WIN IT:  Enter to win your own Fountain Jet SodaStream Machine on the Rafflecopter Form Below.

  a Rafflecopter giveaway

Disclosure: I was not paid for this review or giveaway. I was given the above product to review and all opinions are my own. I am not responsible for the prize being delivered to the winner of the giveaway - I will forward your information to the sponsor whom is responsible for supplying the winner with the prize.

2 comments:

michedt January 9, 2013 at 6:41 PM  

I have been wanting one of these so bad. It was the only thing on my Christmas list. Didn't get one, but I'm crossing my fingers. Thanks for the giveaway.

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