SodaStream Pure Starter Kit, Black/Silver
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- Enjoy freshly made, great tasting sparkling water/seltzer in less than 30 seconds with no mess
- Starter kit includes SodaStream Pure soda maker in black/silver with brushed stainless steel exterior, one carbonator (good for making up to 60L of soda), and one BPA-free plastic bottle
- Requires no electricity or batteries--great for using in RVs and boats
- Reusable carbonating bottles last for three years with hermetically sealed caps to keep drinks fresh and fizzy
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However, you will not save money. I've put all the math below. For startup costs I've assumed you'll want at least two additional bottles, and two additional canisters. This is probably conservative, since the whole point is to save trips to the supermarket, and the bottles will definitely wear out over time. I've amortized these startup costs over 3 years, with four family members each drinking 45 gallons per year of soda. The Diet Cola flavor sells for $8.32 here on Amazon as of today, and refills on the canisters cost $15 each.
Put all this together, and it comes to $1.04 per liter. Average retail on Diet Coke is $0.70. So you won't save money.
What you will save is your time, your gas, your back and your fridge space. It's nice to be able to whip up soda any time without having to lug big slabs of cans or heavy bags of bottles in from the supermarket. It's nice not to have to fill up a whole shelf in the fridge with soda. That's the real benefit to this. I think they have actually priced this out accordingly, so the slight premium you pay per liter offsets the hassle factor of buying soda the regular way.
Here are the calculations. (No, I didn't factor in cost-of-capital. I'm keeping this simple.Read more ›
The company is misrepresenting the exchange situation in an almost criminal manner. They told me that if I bought 2 more spare bottles for 100 dollars, I would have free shipping for life as long as I ordered two exchange bottles at a time.
Not too long after, they reneged on that, and started charging me for shipping.
In addition, their site says, "Exchange locally to avoid shipping charges". That was true for me when I bought it. It did not last long. Fewer and fewer places have exchange bottles, and some have really high prices. Today, a local exchange for my (formerly) standard size 130 liter bottle is not possible in 99% of the US. Only the smaller 60 liter bottle is available in my state, as well as several neighboring states. I suspect this is a scheme to force me to convert to the smaller bottle, which will increase my costs and their profits considerably.
To add insult to injury, their site trumpets "Now available at thousands of retail locations." A quick check reveals that there are a couple hundred retail locations that will sell you the equipment, but far fewer who will exchange your small bottles, and about three nationwide that will exchange the large 130 liter bottle.
It would seem that they are far, far more interested in sales than service. This is particularly onerous, since their product requires constant refill service, and it is only available through them, at whatever price they charge, both for the refill and the shipping.Read more ›
I use my Penguin soda maker with a PUR 2-Stage water filter PUR DS-1800Z 2-Stage Water Dispenser, which sits in my fridge and dispenses cold water that can go right into the soda maker carafe/bottle.
I was skeptical before buying the soda maker as I could not fathom how such a small product could produce carbonated water almost instantly without electricity. But it surpassed all expectations and continues to amaze me every time I use it, which is basically every day.
I have not used any syrups with the soda maker but typically mix the sparkling water with natural juice, about 20% juice to 80% water, and it tastes amazing and is healthy too.
I saw this classic SodaStream version of the soda maker at a friend's house and he raved about it, so I just purchased it for a friend. It seems to work like the Penguin except that you screw the bottle in at the top to attach it to the machine, rather than slip a carafe into a holder like you do with the Penguin. I think the Penguin design is slightly less cumbersome but I thought the look on this one was more elegant and simple.
In any event, I highly recommend this product or the Penguin, without reservations. There is simply nothing wrong with it - it's perfect in every way and pretty darn ingenious (for me, anyway!).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I use this entirely too much! Probably go through a canister of air every 10-12 days.Published 13 months ago by A. Moskowitz
This is so EASY to use!! Works just as advertized. Really cannot get easier.... First, look inside the top of your machine for your serial number so you will have it when you... Read morePublished 19 months ago by HouseOfPink
My son in law loves it, claims it is the best birthday present he ever received. Now I'm waiting for someone to give me one!Published 22 months ago by Julie C. Wang
Ours is going on 4 years old now and still works great. A wonderful product and we've been very happy with this purchase. Looks nice with our kitchen appliances as well.Published on June 27, 2014 by A. Barry
Works great, I primarily use it to make club soda and add Lemon for a healthy twist. The soda mixes are very good too. No more cans/bottles!!Published on May 28, 2014 by Marcus Mamolen
I bought this soda stream for a gift for my mother-in-law two years ago. She uses it nearly every day. She absolutely loves it and it's held up very well.Published on April 24, 2014 by t ellerbrock
this product does what it says and delivers the best flavor of and diet soda product with no aftertaste. No hauling of bottles ,cans, and garbage . wow, what a great product. Read morePublished on March 28, 2014 by robert jones
It works fine. Annoyed about the inconvenience and cost of refill canisters. Too many flavor choices to weed through. Fairly glad I got it.Published on March 18, 2014 by Nancy D Logan