Sodastream Review – How Does It Compare To Regular Soda?

  • Taste
  • Cost
4.25 Star Rating
Reviewed By Nathan Watson Others

We all love soda, including me of course, but what prevents most of us from drinking too much is because of health issues. Drinking too much soda will lead to obesity, diabetes and other health issues. It’s an addiction we must all get rid of… or do we?

This is where Sodastream comes in and promises that their product can turn regular water into a healthier soda. I have to say it was hard to believe that a at-home-machine like Sodastream could turn water into great taste soda, but after the first attempt at making diet lemon lime soda, I am now a believer.

Here’s a 2 minute video showing SodaStream in action:

Pretty cool right? It’s simple and easy to use.

Soda Stream Benefits

  • Health – We all know regular soda is bad for you which could lead to health issues such as obesity and diabetes. Sodastream offers a healthier alternative with less sugar, carbs and calories.
  • Cheaper than Soda – This is also a major concern for a lot of people who are considering to switch to Sodastream. SodaMix (the flavor) will range from $4.99-$9.99 which will let you make about 12 liters or 33 cans of fresh soda. On average, your soda will only cost about 25 cents per can.
  • Save Space – Instead of having all the bottles and soda cans laying around, you have a Sodastream instead that only takes up a small amount of counter space.
  • Lots of Flavors –  Currently, SodaStream offers over 50+ flavors and more will be released
  • Convenience – No more needing to go to the local grocery store just because you had a craving for soda. You can now make soda in the comfort of your home in less than 30 seconds.

The Bad

  • Initial Investment –  The Fountain Jet Starter Kit will cost you $79.95 and will come with everything you need to make your own soda in less than 30 seconds without the mess.
  • Replace Carbonator Cylinder – Replacing your 14.5 oz. CO2 carbonator cylinder will cost you $30 and will produce 60 liters of soda or seltzer. The carbonator is what makes normal water into soda. 60 liter is a lot of soda, so these will last you for awhile.

Even with the initial investment and replacing the carbonator, you will eventually save money in the long run.

The Taste

This is one of the biggest factor that a lot of people have when purchasing a Sodastream. They have a lot of flavors that are as good as my favorite soda brands and some flavors that are not so great. It really depends on your taste buds. The good thing is that Sodastream has a large collection of flavors so finding a couple of flavors you like won’t be that hard.

My Favorite SodaMix (Flavors)

The cola and diet cola flavors are below average and not that good. I can’t believe that the cola flavors are below average especially when Coke and Pepsi are so popular.

  • The Best: Cranberry Raspberry, Diet Lemon Lime, Diet Ginger Ale & Ginger Ale, Dr. Pete, Energy Drink and Caffeine Free Orange.
  • The “NOT SO GOOD”:  Cola & Diet Cola, and Caffeine Free Root Beer.

You may or not agree to which I think is good or bad as this is strictly my own opinion. I would recommend getting the SodaStream Sodamix Variety Pack if you wish to try the flavors before purchasing a Sodamix.

Is SodaStream For You?

I definitely love my Sodastream as soda made with this machine has 1/3 less sugar, calories and carbs than your average soda brought from the store. Health issues were one of the biggest reason I decided to purchase the Sodastream machine, but now that I’ve had this machine for awhile, I’ve also noticed that I’ve saving a lot of money compared to buying soda from the local grocery store.

If you are new to the Sodastream family, I would recommend the Fountain Jet Starter Kit which includes everything you need to make soda in your own home.

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9 Comments. Leave new

Which are gluten free.


Any idea of the sugar product & content of these flavoring? Someone needs to lose weight & loves his rum & coke, baby steps, so wondering if this is a “better” alternative that Coke??


I’ve tried many of the citrus flavors and they are okay – my favorite is the Root Beer. Just as good or better than root beer bottled years ago. Recently the larger bottle of syrup is getting replaced with a smaller bottle at the same or slightly higher price. However after buying one bottle of the new syrup – it is terrible. I am stocking on the previous larger volume bottles and know some day I will run out. I can’t describe the new root beer taste. I pitched the bottle in the trash. It was that bad!


do a google search for michigan soda syrup company. I forget their name, its Northern or something else, but they are in Michigan, and they have 1 gallon syrup for $20 plus shipping.


Cherry is great. Dr Pete tastes so much like Dr Pepper its unreal. I think my favourite is probably one of the del monte, I particularly like the tropical flavour. I am yet to try some of the other flavours, but i’d much rather drink that than a bottle of “normal” fizzy drinks.


Cherry Cola is my favorite, give it a try.


omg the Cola was ok BUT the Diet Cola is soooooo awful what the heck is in it!!!! it taste like meditcine. Very disappointing cause thats mainly why i bought the machine. anyone have any tips to improve it!


Regular soda is better, but Sodastream comes close. The cola flavor doesn’t taste nothing like cola though but the other flavors are pretty good


I think the taste of the soda made by sodastream is okay, but my wife loves this piece of machine and even brings it with her on trips.

I still prefer normal soda over the sodastream drinks, but I know it’s bad for me so I try to avoid drinking soda from the store too much.


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