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Sodastream? To buy or not to buy, hmmmm?

I'm having a debate with myself over whether to buy one of these contraptions. I'm primarily interested in being able to generate club soda. Where I live, it's a hassle tracking it down. My preference would be an old fashioned glass syphon bottle, but the last one I mail ordered didn't work and had to go back. What a hassle. But I do like being able to "pour" a glassful with the syphon bottle as opposed to having to make soda one liter at a time with the Sodastream, but ideals sometimes have to be compromised. Do you find it an economical choice, or is it strictly a matter of convenience? I figure some of you out there are likely to have first hand experience with Sodastream. I'd love to know what you think about yours. Do you love it, hate it, and would you buy another? Thanks for your thoughts!

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  1. I adore mine. I bought it because I got sick of the bottles piling up. To address the quantity issue, I bought a set of two half-liter bottles to go with it, so if I only want to make a little bit I use one of those instead. Although I can easily go through a liter/day.

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    1. re: Wahooty

      That's why I bought one for my husband - he loves sparkling water but the bottles were driving me crazy. The Soda Stream solved that problem and I highly recommend it.

    2. We use ours daily and are very happy with it. I think it might have been nice to get away with just a siphon, but it really only takes a minute to make a bottle.

      We bought one that uses glass bottles, and we bought an extra bottle. I wish they were a bit larger, but they are fine for a few glasses per day for my husband and me.

      I've never tried any of the add ons (syrups) but we enjoy the sparkling water with meals. I love not having to purchase/transport plastic bottles, and I like that these can go in the dishwasher.

      1. My son/DIL have one with a zillion extra bottles, syrups, and god knows what else. Product tastes good whenever l use theirs. Have not sprung for one myself yet.

        1. It's a lot cheaper than buying the Italian Soda water I used to get at WF and the best part is that I don't have to worry about it going flat because I didn't use it up fast enough. I can make one bottle at a time or as many as I need, I don't like SS's brand of syrups except their Naturals line. The others use artificial sweeteners.

          1. Thanks for the replies! It should be here by 4th of July! I'm looking forward to a Fizzy Fourth! '-)