Is This Pop-Alternative A Must-Have Item?

Soda Stream pop-alternative device
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I’ll be the first person to admit that I have quite the addiction to pop. Most of the time I do drink caffeine-free diet, but I always have to drink pop. Sometimes even three times a day. Every summer I keep telling myself that I’m going to cut back on the pop and start drinking more water. I’m sure you can guess that each summer it doesn’t happen. After getting the opportunity to test out the SodaStream, a healthier pop-alternative, I thought that this summer may be different.

Items included with the Soda Stream

A Healthier Pop-Alternative

With the SodaStream, you can make sparkling water right in the comfort of your own home. You also get the option of adding different flavors to your water. I wasn’t sent any flavored syrup, but I was sent the One Touch Starter Pack in white ($129.99). With this, you’re able to create fresh sparkling water with a single touch of a button. It takes tap water from boring to fizzed in just a matter of second with three levels of carbonation available.

You also have the option of buying different flavors, which range from $3.99 to $5.99. Flavors include:

  • Lemon Fruit Drops
  • Raspberry Fruit Drops
  • Lime Fruit Drops
  • Coconut Pineapple
  • Diet Caffeine Free Cola
  • Cola (Also available in diet)
  • Energy Drink (Also available in diet)
  • Dr. Pete (Also available in diet)
  • Diet Fountain Mist
  • Berry Mix
  • Coconut
  • Pina Colada
  • Welch’s Concord grape
  • Pink Mojito
  • Tonic (Also available in diet)
  • Ginger Ale (Also available in diet)
  • Root Beer (Also available in diet)
  • Homestyle Lemonade (Also available in diet)
  • Root Beer
  • Diet Strawberry Watermelon
  • And More

I like that they offer a variety of flavors, especially cola flavor. Looking for a pop-alternative wasn’t easy for me, and often times people don’t always know how hard it is for people to stop drinking pop. People get hooked on the caffeine, just like with coffee. So to have a cola flavor to help get you to drink less actual pop, that’s cool.

Soda Stream without the bottle

Soda Stream aerial view of buttons

Soda Stream with the CO2 attached

Soda Stream Instructions opened

Soda Stream Bottle filled

Soda Stream with bottle filled with water

For me, a product has to be user-friendly. It doesn’t matter if it’s sent to me or if I purchased it, I don’t want to spend days trying to get something to work. While it didn’t take days, there was a major learning curve. A lot of it had to do with the instructions. I’m going to be real honest here, the instructions weren’t the most helpful.

The instructions were images showing you how to set this up. The photos were on the small side without any written instructions. Anyone who has a little trouble seeing/reading may struggle with this. I’ve had people say, well watch a YouTube video. Someone spending $130 on a product, shouldn’t have to turn to YouTube or bloggers to show them how to use that product. The instructions should cover that.

I couldn’t get this to work. I even filmed probably around 15 short videos because I thought I finally got it… and I didn’t. After several tries, it just went on and water splattered EVERYWHERE! I made a huge mess, but thankfully it was just water and easy to clean up.

I was really frustrated. In fact, I’ve mentioned to several people that had I bought there, I would have returned it. I think the concept of the SodaStream is amazing, I really do, but I just didn’t like it. I’d rather just continue having just my plain water, or buying Crystal Light drops to add if I’m looking for flavor water. For the price, it’s just not worth it.

Check Out the SodaStream For A Healthier Pop-Alternative

Even though the SodaStream, and looking for a pop-alternative, isn’t for me, it still could be for you. Just because I didn’t like it, doesn’t mean it’s horrible or everyone should hate it. I think this is a product that could work for a lot of people, and therefore, it’s worth checking out. They sell SodaStream at Bed Bath & Beyond, with their 20% off coupon, it’s more affordable. They even have one is a cute, chic pink color, and what I like to call Tiffany Blue. If you don’t like it, they have a great return policy.

Have you tried the SodaStream? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below!


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