2010 TV Advert:
Those fizzing machines of the 80s dominated many a childhood, whether you ran round your neighbours after school or were lucky enough to own one yourself. Somehow, the simple act of adding CO2 to some tap water excited children all over the nation.
1980s TV Advert:
Well it’s out with the old and in with the new as SodaStream has brought out a range of modern, slim-line designs that blend perfectly with modern kitchens. And the best part is you’re old enough to operate the whole thing yourself!
SodaStream machines still feature the simple, electricity free, push button design that makes them so easy to use. They’re environmentally-friendly, quick, convenient, great fun and most importantly, great value for money. What’s not to love?
Obviously, we had to see what all the fuss is about; is it really worth shunning the fizzy drinks aisle at the supermarket and investing your money in a SodaStream? We decided to set one up and let the office sample the delights.
We've tested the aptly named SodaStream Stream Drinks Maker. Setting up the SodaStream is surprisingly easy, even for the technically inept out there. For the eco-conscious, there’s very little packaging to be disposed off and the instructions are printed on a simple single page leaflet. Impressive stuff.
To get fizzing, all you need to do is screw in the CO2 canister and then the bottle of water and you’re ready to get busy with the fizzy. The SodaStream needs about 5-10short bursts and makes a buzzing noise (that sounds strangely like a fart) to signal your water is fully carbonated.
If you prefer your fizzy water to taste a bit less like water, SodaStream offer a variety of rather delicious flavoured syrups that instantly transform your bottle of fizzy water into cola, ginger ale or lemonade to name a few.
So all this takes less than 5 minutes, which is a darn sight quicker than popping to the shop, but how does it taste? We tried out the Sugar Free Cranberry & Raspberry Mixer, which got a big thumbs-up from the office and warehouse team, who modestly admitted they were pleasantly surprised.
So whether you're a diehard coke addict or just enjoy a G&T at the weekends, SodaStream is perfect for creating drinks with minimum fuss. Just think of all the wastage reduced from buying plastic bottles, not to mention the shoulder ache from carrying them all!
For a smaller budget and small kitchen, the SodaStream Stream Drinks Maker or SodaStream Genesis Drinks Maker is ideal. Meanwhile, the SodaStream Pure Drinks Maker and SodaStream Penguin Drinks Maker represents the finer end of the spectrum, with the Pengiun being the only SodaStream to offer a glass carafe.
Don't forget to sample the range of mixers to liven up your drink! If you're having trouble deciding, why not try the SodaStream Taste Sampler Pack?
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