- One 500ml bottle of concentrated Sodamix.
- Makes 12 liters of soda, the equivalent of about 33 cans.
- Save the earth from countless plastic bottles!
- All SodaStream regular sodamix uses a mixture of Splenda® and sugar. Diet flavors are sugar-free, sweetened with Splenda® brand sweetener
- You pay just pennies per glass of delicious sparkling soda!
Contains SPLENDA – yuck
Unhealthy ingredients for a healthy drink
I drink seltzer instead of soda because I want to avoid these artificial ingredients. These syrup mixes were not worth the money.
Warning, non-diet syrup contains Sucralose (Splenda)
I think they’re trying to keep the calorie count down by creating a “half diet” drink. But I don’t like diet drinks. I’ve never had one that didn’t have some sort of weird taste or aftertaste. I don’t drink a lot of colas either, but I like to treat myself to one every now and then. So, when I do drink one, I want one with real sugar, no HFCS, and no artificial sweeteners. I used to seek out Mexican Coke for this, and I was hoping to get a similar product with the Sodastream.
I think a lot of people are attracted to the Sodastream by the prospect of getting a purer product. They’re going to be disappointed by the presence of artificial sweeteners in these syrups. It’s not a big deal to me because I mostly use the Sodastream to make plain seltzer, but I’m sure their syrups would sell better if they would get rid of the sucralose.
After taste from nutraSweet Aspartame
From the looks of it all SodaStream syrup has Nutrasweet so be warned if you don’t enjoy the taste.
Are they kidding with the price?
What Every Consumer Should Know – NOT Economical
While the general idea of at-home carbonation is solid, consumers should understand that they are grossly overpaying for SodaStream carbon dioxide refills. In fact, the prices charged are sixteen times (16x) wholesale costs or many, many times more expensive than the prices a restaurant would pay. In Europe, frugal consumers are aware of such markups and actually purchase their own restaurant-sized CO2 refills. In the US, we aren’t so frugal.
Other than the outrageous costs for the CO2 refills, there are other issues with the SodaStream Fountain Jet. One is the construction quality is quite low with very thin molded plastic and little weight. Additionally, the taste of generic soda flavors do not match that of the brand name products.
Below is the calculated cost per two liter for the output of SodaStream soda. This includes the cost of the consumables AND the equipment costs. I have used very generous assumptions, including a low discount rate (i.e. cost of money).
Transportation costs were not factored because 1) purchases of typical groceries should more or less overlap with soft drink purchases 2) grocery delivery has long been available in many areas 3) most people live closer to a grocery store than to a home furnishings store (I walk 100 ft. for groceries and drive one mile for BB&B) 4) the reverse logistics for the CO2 refills is an extra expense for the retailer that has to be factored into its profit margin and will ultimately be borne by the consumer.
One of the reasons Bed Bath & Beyond, Macy’s and Crate and Barrel choose to carry SodaStream is that they want the consumer to make MORE FREQUENT trips to their establishments for consumables. Instead of going to such establishments once every 3 to 6 months, customers will now visit once every 1 to 2 months. That makes an enormous difference for generating impulse purchases at such retailers. One could argue then that transportation costs could increase for the individual consumer.
Total Costs = $1.73 per Two Liter — More Expensive Than Retail
Flavor cost bottle of concentrate $4.99
Liters of product per container 12
Volume of CO2 130
Cost of CO2 per refill (130 liters) 29.99
CO2 cost per liter $0.23
*Sodastream Equipment Costs – Amortization Per Liter
Equipment cost $89.00
Equipment life (years) 5
Discount rate (cost of money) 8%
Liters per month 10.00
Monthly amortized cost $1.80
Cost of equipment per liter $0.18
*Water Cost with Brita Filtration
Municipal water costs per liter in US $0.0004
Brita filter three pack (454 liters of water output) $16.95
Brita cost per liter $0.0373
Water and filter costs per liter $0.0377
(assumes you already own Brita Pitcher so no equipment costs, just incremental filtration)
***TOTAL COSTS PER TWO LITER = (Flavor + CO2 + Equipment + Filtered Water) * 2
SodaStream Total Cost Per Two Liter = $1.73
Without filtered water:
SodaStream Total Cost Per Two Liter = $1.65
*****What does CO2 Really Cost????
THE MATH BELOW IS WHAT SODASTREAM DOESN’T WANT THE CONSUMER TO KNOW
*Restaurant Carbonation (note distributor prices, so there is still a distributor profit)
weight of CO2 contents of large restaurant CO2 tank: 50 lbs
weight in grams: 22,680 grams of CO2
cost to refill – Summer 2011: $35
CO2 grams/liter of carbonated water: 7 grams
*Efficiency of Restaurant CO2 Carbonation
available CO2 in tank (residual is required for pressure): 85%
net accessible CO2 of total: 77%
usable grams of CO2: 17,350 grams
carbonated liters of water: 2,479
cost per liter in USD$: $0.014
SodaStream Refill: 130 liters (quoted end product)
Cost per refill: $30.00
cost per SodaStream carbonated water: $0.231
*SodaStream Markup Economics
ratio of SodaStream to Restaurant prices: 16.3x
SodaStream inflation price over restaurant pricing: 1534%
math: [y/x-x] to give increase over base case restaurant pricing
This is an incredible 1500% markup
Allows flexible mixture of flavors
Cost of output is not compelling
Grossly inflated CO2 refill costs
Another store trip required for refills separate from grocery store visit
***Disclaimer: I am an investor who has used the product multiple times. At the time of this review, I did NOT have an investment in SodaStream either short or long. In the past, I have both owned the stock and shorted it (bet against it). I may be on either side of the trade by the time you read this — I am not very sentimental.
Tastes fine, but 2X price of buying soda at store.
The syrups taste good–just like store bought sodas. But, the price for the syrup is insane! Each bottle makes the equilalent of 6 2L bottles of soda. Every supermarket I go to has 2L bottles of soda for $1 regularly–so the store bought equilent is only $6.
Regular flavors contain Splenda
Great Idea, but it is not very good.
Disgusting Artificial Sweeteners in All Sodastream, even non-diet
Misleading discription-bad taste
Diet Lemon Lime- flavor
It has splenda in it
SULFITES!!!! NOT MENTIONED BUT INCLUDED!!!!
Product not sealed
Nasty tasting splenda
If you use the Soda Stream, buy the bag in a box brand name soda syrup.
Diet lover’s delite
But the syrups you get from them all have a bitter after taste, which is from using the Splendia.
Currently looking for better syrups.
not as it seems
We’ve only had it for a week, but this little gadget works as advertised. It is easy and quick and effective to use, and we all like that we can control the level of “fizz.” I like more, the kids like less. I bought extra bottles and flavorings (for the kids) so everyone could do their own. We use it mostly with filtered water, although the tap water works perfectly well too, as long as you have good tap water.
The flavorings will be used not as much around here, although they seem good and the kids like them.
I would highly recommend this product. The only caveat I would give at this point, is make sure you want more “gas” in your life. My entire family is doing a lot more belching and burping than we ever have before, but we like this machine!
Some are good, some are not so much.
I do not like diet cola. I don’t like diet Coke, diet Pepsi or diet other drinks. We bought this flavor so we could make diet drinks for someone who might like a diet cola when we were making our own soda. However, this is really one of the better diet drinks that I have tried. If you make your own soda, this is a good one to try.
This is the best one by far of all of the flavors we have tried. This flavor tastes just like the fanta orange soda. We love this one.
This cola flavoring is ok. It’s not great. You can easily make simple syrups that will not be a cola flavor but will taste much better than this flavor. This is the equivalent of RC Cola. Ok but it’s not near as good as other name brand colas.
Warning – Non-Diet Flavors contain Splenda
If you are NOT of the persuasion that Splenda is natural and don’t enjoy aftertaste and don’t want to acquire a taste for fake sugar, then this product is NOT for you.
From now on, I’m not buying anything without reading the label first.