Sunday, February 24, 2013

Sodastream Source Soda Maker Review

Watching movies is a great way to relax. Having a surround sound system really brings out the action and excitement in movies. But many are not stopping there. Dedicated theater rooms are getting more and more popular, many with some accessories such as popcorn makers and soda machines. These accessories however can take up valuable space. Enter the Sodastream Source soda maker.
The Sodastream Source is a very cool machine that makes soda. It is also quite small, so it does not take up much space. There are also a good amount of flavors to choose from.  Whether you like regular, diet, or even energy drinks, there is a flavor for you.

Features and specs:
  • Source home soda maker
  • 1 Reusable 1L BPA-free carbonating bottle with fizz-preserving cap
  • 1 60L* CO2 carbonator (makes up to 60 liters)
  • Sodamix Taste Sampler (6 flavors)
  • MSRP $129.95
  • Available colors - white (coming soon), black
The Sodastream Source came shipped in an attractive printed box with pictures of the Source and its features. It was well protected with its internal packaging. Included in the box was the Sodastream, one co2 cartridge, and one liter mixing bottle. Construction of the Sodastream Source was good, using a combination of metal and plastic materials. Fit and finish was also very good.

At this point, I was excited to get it put together and try it out. The instructions were easy to follow. Putting the Sodastream Source together was rather easy. All that was really needed was to screw on the CO2 cartridge in the rear compartment. Once it was screwed in, the Sodastream Source was ready to go. Also provided were several flavors, some diet. Many were naturally flavored, without the preservatives in regular soda. So it is actually healthier for you.
The Sodastream Source gives you flexibility. Not only do you choose your flavors, but you also choose the amount of carbonation in your soda. Whether you like a lot of carbonation, or just minimal, it is there for you to choose.

Making the soda was also very easy. First you fill the water bottle. Next you lock it into the Sodastream Source. Then you push down on the front lever until you have the amount of carbonation you want according to the display. Once you have the amount of carbonation you want, just let go of the lever, and push up on it, to release the water bottle. Now you just add the syrup and gently mix. Now enjoy! Having tried several flavors now, there has yet to be one that I did not like. Eventually you will need to refill the CO2 cartridge, but that can be done at your local Walmart.
At the end of the day,  the Sodastream Source is a great product.  Not only can you save some hard earned cash over the cost of regular soda in the can, but there are multiple other benefits as well.  The small bottles of the syrups take up a lot less space than a bunch of soda in the cans, and you will have to deal with much less recycling/trash.  And the flavors all tasted great!  If producing less waste and helping the environment is not your thing, then the Sodastream may not be for you.  But is you want to be able to make your own soda and control the taste as well as the carbonation, the Sodastream Source is worth checking out.  With an MSRP of $129.95, it is priced right.  And based on it's design, features, quality, and performace, not only has it earned our Recommended Award, it also has earned a spot in our theater room!  For more info, check out their website at