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As satisfied users of the Fountain Jet style soda maker, manufactured by SodaStream International LDC, Mr. Dave and I have concluded that we are so bedazzled by this extremely neato gadget that we must share our enjoyment of it with all you peoples who, like me, are confessed gadget addicts.
This gadget enables you to carbonate water. After carbonating the water, you can mix in any number of flavorings to make your own homemade soda pops, flavored waters, or excellent sparkling fruit juices.
To carbonate water using the Jet Fountain, you pour some ice cold water (we use tap water we keep in the refrigerator) into the bottle. Really cold water carbonates better. The SodaStream bottles are designed to hold up to the pressure created by the carbonation process. After filling the bottle with cold water, you screw the bottle into the unit. Next, you simply press down on the button located at the top. The button releases CO2 into the water, creating carbonation.
The unit makes a buzzing sound when you have reached maximum carbonation. After carbonating the water, you add in your flavoring, screw on the cap, and then turn the bottle up and down a couple of times to mix the carbonated water and flavoring together.
The cost, excluding shipping, was $79.00. Because of the CO2 cylinder, someone had to be home to sign for the package. If you order one online, be aware of this, because in the USA, UPS won’t deliver it without a signature. It may be easier to purchase one at Walmart or some other department store if this will be a problem for you working peoples.
Here’s some info on SodaStream courtesy of Wikipedia. Yep, Wikipedia had articles on SodaStream! I so love Wikipedia. One fact I found interesting about this particular company is that it’s factories are located in Israel’s West Bank and employ over a thousand Palestinian citizens.
We’ve had this gadget for a few weeks now and have sampled several of the SodaStream brand drink mixes. SodaStream offers a good selection of liquid drink mixes in both diet and non-diet form. We use the diet kind.
This is an OK thing for us. We were more interested in reducing the number of plastic bottles we toss out rather than saving oodles of cash by making our own carbonated beverages versus purchasing the store brands. So, for our household, this gadget worked as advertised. SodaStream sells both liter and half liter reusable containers with screw on caps. The containers are solidly made to withstand the pressure created when you carbonate the water with the CO2. The caps are also made to last.
These are the SodaStream drink mixes we’ve tried, thus far, and our opinion of their flavor:
The CO2 cartridge lasts a good long time; and, when it’s empty, we recycle it by exchanging it for a new cartridge at a local retailer. By recycling the CO2 cartridge, we receive a discount on our replacement cartridge. That is another good thing about this gadget.
Thanks must be offered to my brother, Tom, for alerting me that this gadget worked as advertised.