I was sent the Genesis model and a variety of drink mixes to test out. Assembling the machine was relatively easy. You hook up the carbonator to the top, pop it into the base, and that’s pretty much it. Even making the drinks was easy. They came with these 1L bottles which you fill with filtered water. You then carbonate the water with what the instructions say about 3 pushes or when the buzz sounds. In my case, usually the buzz didn’t sound until 5-8 pushes. It varied each time and I’m not sure why.
I am biased towards the diet flavors though of course because it’s 0 calorie! The SO fell in love with the flavor. It was awesome, which is pretty funny because in the beginning, he was skeptical about the whole idea of having a SodaStream. It turns out I wasn’t carbonating it enough for his tastes. Then he started making his own sodas on a daily basis, sometimes even several times a day. He loves the Pink Grapefruit and Cranberry-Raspberry. We would’ve loved a 0 calorie version of those drinks. Depending on the flavor, you can make anywhere from 6-12 liters of soda for a price range of $4.99-$9.99.
In terms of price, depending on how much you use of your carbonator and the flavor you choose to buy, I don't necessarily think that you save that much on soda costs. The site does say it works out to 25 cents per can of soda but it may be for the lower priced sodas. What I do like, however, is the unique flavors offered, the decreased waste in my home, and the ability to create beverages fresh and to our tastes. It really is an awesome product that we fell in love with. It's sure to be a hit with all ages this holiday season.
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