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Doctormhl1 Jan 15, 2014 05:29 AM

SodaStream is a carbonated drink making system. The machine costs about $200.00 in Canada, plus about $7.00 for each of approximately 100 different flavored syrups.
Has anyone used this device? What is your experience?

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    dordogne Jan 15, 2014 08:06 PM

    The best syrups I've found are by Torani (Italian recipes, made in San Francisco); quality is great and the variety of flavors (orgeat, tangerine, caramel, kiwi, pomegranate, etc. in addition to the usual suspects) wonderful. Less than $7 for 750 ml at my neighborhood Italian deli.

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      rasputina Jan 15, 2014 08:15 PM

      Agreed. I use Torani also. The cherry limeade is good, I love their root beer, but my favorite is guava.

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      filtered Jan 15, 2014 06:59 PM

      i was tempted to try the open cola recipe

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OpenCola...

      but it involved getting a bunch of obscure essential oils (neroli in particular) off internet sites that advise "not for internal consumption"

      decided it wasn't worth the effort. anyone else try?

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        foodieX2 Jan 15, 2014 05:47 PM

        I bought mine years ago and use it to make carbonated water, never use the syrups. When I bought it the cost was around $40 and the replacement bottles were about $5, maybe $6. It paid for itself in less than 3 months. I recently went to get a few new bottles and was horrified at the price. I wrote to the company and complained. They sent me two bottles off and a coupon.

        If you drink a lot of seltzer it can be worth it but it's not worth the (current) price for just the novelty.

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          Tatai Jan 15, 2014 05:37 PM

          I've been using a SodaStream for about 5 years now. It's working as well as the day I bought it. They have various models, some for under $100. They're all essentially the same, but the pricier models are fancier-looking.

          The replacement cylinders are very easy to obtain from retailers throughout Ontario, where I live. Extra bottles and cylinders are readily available, as well. I always have three full bottles at the ready in my fridge; in the summer I sometimes have four or five. There's a new 500mL bottle available now, too (I purchased a two-bottle pack at Staples); great for travelling/driving with.

          There is a best-before date (usually about three years from time of purchase) on the bottom of every plastic bottle; they advise you to replace them before this date.

          I've never bought the SodaStream syrups; usually drink it straight up. But I have purchased large bottles of other flavoured fruit syrups that guests occasionally like to use.

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            Nyleve Jan 15, 2014 12:27 PM

            Have had one for at least 10 years and use it every single day - often more than once. The original unit is still working just fine. I mostly drink the plain bubbly water, but do occasionally use their tonic mix because tonic water is something I never seem to have in the house when we need it.

            I understand that the cylinders of CO2 are a rip-off compared to the actual bulk cost of the gas, but the SodaStream system is so simple and unobtrusive that I am willing to pay the cost. Definitely worthwhile for us.

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              rasputina Jan 15, 2014 12:19 PM

              I like mine, but I hate their syrups.

              1. Paprikaboy Jan 15, 2014 11:31 AM

                They were very big in the UK in the late 70's early 80's and we had one when I was growing up. Didn't really like the result but I'm sure the machines and syrups have improved since then, I do remember experimenting as a kid, carbonating milk (weird) and already carbonated drinks -which resulted in a pleasing volcano effect (though mum wasn't too impressed,)

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                  filtered Jan 15, 2014 11:17 AM

                  i asked & got it as a gift. it was great. after about a year i started using it less. but i just used it recently and really enjoyed it.

                  the syrups are good, but i find i guzzle them very fast and am too lazy to use them all the time. you can get them at the bay or bed bath & beyond or many other places

                  i find grocery store club soda oddly salty, but the bubbly water SodaStream makes is great, especially for late night refreshment.

                  the cylinder refill was easy, just bring the exhausted one back to the bay and they'll sell you a new one for a few $ less than without a return.

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                    ferret Jan 15, 2014 11:19 AM

                    Commercial club sodas can contain salt.

                  2. scoopG Jan 15, 2014 05:39 AM

                    You can set up our operation for about $300.

                    http://foo.net/~jmgray/carbonation/

                    ETA: The big selling point of doing it at home yourself is that a $20 tank refill lasts years. The Sodastream business model is to sell consumables.

                    1. LNG212 Jan 15, 2014 05:35 AM

                      You might search here - there have been previous discussions.

                      I have a SodaSteeam. I've had it for years and I love it. I don't recall the cost if the machine and I don't use the syrups. If I want flavoring a I use juice or fruit. I like the machine because the user controls the amount if carbonation. I like a light carbonation for drinking plain but I'll really jack it up if I know I'll be mixing it with something flat like juice.

                      I can't speak to any issues the system might have with regard to being in Canada.

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                        Fiona Jan 15, 2014 05:33 AM

                        I got one as a gift and I use it all the time. I find it very convenient. You just have to find the syrup flavors that you like.

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