SodaStream about a year ago in the form of The Penguin and thought this was one of those items I could do without - I did not even give it a second thought. My problem was that I didn't delve deeper into it and find out more about SodaStream and their brand. Fast forward to almost a year later when I see what I thought was a newer model called the SodaStream Pure - I was almost instantly hooked. I think my inner impulse shopper was not too keen on the Penguin because it did not allow me to see the carbonation in action. I like knowing what is going on - being present in my culinary experiences. The Pure model also has a full, 1-liter bottle which makes for less refilling as opposed to 2/3 of a liter. I of course also enjoy the $50 reduced price tag - I admit it, I can be cheap. AND I FORGOT TO MENTION THAT NONE OF SODASTREAM'S SYRUPS USE HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP!!
Speaking of reducing, this model reduces more than just output on your wallet at the time of purchase it also reduces output of your wallet at the grocery or convenience store. Imagine how much money one spends on carbonated beverages throughout the year. I readily admit that I probably spend $700 a year on soda, and that includes my affinity for the pricey Energy drinks. Do you wonder like I do why they cost $2-$3 a bottle? On top of all this wonderfulness, you also get to reduce your carbon footprint and be green because you are limiting how much waste you put back into the world. Not only are the BPA-free bottles reusable, but the CO2 cartridge that makes the bubbly is also recycleable!
Forgive me for being ridiculous, but let's break down what the actual costs are in general. I figure if you buy a 12-pack of 12-oz. canned soda from the store AND have a coupon it will run you around $3.50, which is $.29 per can. A bottle of soda from the convenience store is going to run you $1 for a half-liter. The SodaStream Pure is going to cost you around $150 and it comes with a CO2 cartridge and two bottles. One bottle of their syrup averages $6 and you can get 8 liters out of that one bottle of syrup. One liter ends up costing you $.75 which in canned soda would cost you $.90, bottled soda $2 and $4 in a typical energy drink. Let's use the bottled soda calculator as our medium and we can easily say that it would take us using the SodaStream 120 times to pay off the original investment which is generally 2 liters a week, that's it. I personally am making 2 liters a day on average which means it will take me two months to pay off my original investment. You can easily see if you are an energy drink hound that it really will only take one month to get your investment back!
I will be doing follow up reviews of the flavors. Yes, I cannot forget the most important savings of all -saving our planet is priceless! Do your part and invest in SodaStream