Sunday, September 13, 2009

Giveaway & Review: Soda Stream Soda Maker! (CLOSED)


We all know the best way to save money on anything is to make it yourself. And usually it's more fun doing it yourself because you can customize it: everyone loves making their own pizza or sundae, right?! What if I told you that you could make your own soda!

DH and I were very excited when Soda Stream sent us a Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker and an assortment of flavors to try out! And since we'll make up any excuse to throw a party, we assembled a team of soda connoisseurs to help us test it out! Soda Stream Soda Makers can make up to 110 liters of soda water with one co2 carbonator! And each bottle of flavoring makes up to 12 liters ( the equivalent of 35 cans) worth of soda! And it doesn't make just soda - you can also make flavored sparkling water and an energy drink comparable to a certain popular name brand!

Here is my nephew, "N", making Cola!

The set up for the machine is very easy. The co2 cartridge fits into the machine and you attach a bottle of chilled tap water to the machine. You then hit a button on the top of the machine a few times until you hear a buzz - this carbonates the water, and allows you to control the amount of carbonation you want in your soda. As soon as you reach the desired bubbliness, you pull the bottle out of the machine and add flavoring. You give the bottle a quick shake and you're done! In a total of about 3 minutes you have a 1 liter bottle of fresh soda, perfected to your taste! And the machine itself needs no battery or power source!

We were very impressed with the Fountain Jet machine and the quality of the soda! We definitely had some issues getting the right amount of carbonation- but through trial and error we ended up with some delicious & perfectly fizzy soda! Our only complaint was that the directions were a little vague. When we first were trying to carbonate the water, we had issues getting the machine to 'buzz' - but after a few tries it worked fine! The machine recommended 3 buzzes of carbonation, but we found that 5 was perfect for us.

My nephew "Z" shows off his favorite flavor!

Best features about Fountain Jet Soda Maker:

  • Make soda exactly the way you like it - customize your carbonation level and the amount of flavoring!
  • Because the flavors are made with splenda - each serving of regular soda steam soda is only 36 calories! (Diet flavors of course have 0 calories.)
  • Quick, easy and convenient!
  • No mess & easy cleanup! (Just wash/rinse the bottle!)
  • Take the machine on the deck or anywhere!(Rootbeer floats, anyone?)
  • Bottles are BPA free and reusable for up to 3 years - no waste, and no trips to the recycling center!
  • Lots of flavors and lots of variety!
The flavors themselves were right on and tasted just like (or better than) their brand name counterparts! On test day we tried Orange, Cola, Root beer and Lemon-Lime. The Lemon-Lime is very light, more like a club soda. But we found that after it sat a little bit, the flavors came out a little more and it was perfect! Out of all four of the flavors we taste tested, the Orange was definitely the best. It had a wonderful sweetness that both the kids and adults loved! Soda Stream makes over 25 regular, diet, energy and caffeine-free flavors!

One lucky Frugal & Fabulous reader will win a Fountain Jet Soda Lover's Start-Up Kit (approx. $100 retail value!) It includes the Fountain Jet in winner's choice of color (black/silver, white or red/silver) CO2 to make over 100 liters of soda, 2 reusable carbonating bottles, a sample pack of flavors, and 3 full-sized flavors of the winner's choice!

To enter please leave me a comment with:
*Your name
*Your email/blog contact
*Tell me which three flavors you would pick!

Want more chances to win? For extra entries you may:
1. Follow me on blogger!
2. Subscribe to my blog via email or feedburner (top right hand corner of this site) (=2 entries if you are a new subscriber!)
3. Enter one of my other current giveaways and come back and tell me which one you entered!
4. Link to this giveaway from your blog or website (= 2 extra entries!)
5. Add my button to your blog or web site
6. Follow @lindsfrugalfab on Twitter and tweet about it! Here's an easy copy and paste:
{ Frugal&Fabulous is giving away a Fountain Jet Soda Lover's Start-Up Kit! Enter here: http://tinyurl.com/oqnb5u @lindsfrugalfab} (Or use tweet option at top of post!)
7. Become a fan of Frugal & Fabulous on facebook (1 entry for each)

(Please leave a separate comment for each additional entry!)

You have until Tuesday, September 22 @ 7pm EST to enter! (Winner must respond within 48 hours.) Giveaway open to U.S. residents only

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Allison said...

I'm a follower!

Allison said...

following on facebook.

Mallory said...

I entered the ModBe giveaway!

malloryalexin at gmail dot com

Mallory said...

I'm a Facebook fan!
malloryalexin at gmail dot com

Unknown said...

lisambeebe@gmail.com
I would pick orange, cola, and root beer
Thanks, Lisa

Anonymous said...

I would choose Cola,Orange, and Ginger Ale

charitymail@prodigy.net

Lynn said...

I would love to try diet cola and the orange you loved! :) Thanks for the giveaway!

lynn1015@bellsouth.net

SavvySuzie said...

Tweet!
http://twitter.com/scorbett/status/4174832400

News Around The Blogs said...

Sweet giveaway

Jess
newsaroundtheblogs at live dot com

lime
orange
fountain mist

Anonymous said...

What a neat product. I would love to try the lemon lime, orange, and cola flavors. My husband loves soda and this would be a great and inexpensive way to get soda! Thanks for the review.

p.s. I'm a subscriber as well.

Hon

hmle2217@yahoo.com

Christina said...

My husband would love this! Thanks for the cool giveaway. We would most like cola, orange and root beer.

Christina said...

I'm a follower!

Lynn said...

Would love to try diet cola and orange! Thanks for giveaway!

lynn1015@bellsouth.net
(thought I already submitted message today but I can't find it-so I must have previewed but not sent)

slugmama said...

Pete's Choice, Cola and Lemon-Lime sound yummy.

slugmama said...

I'm a subscriber too.

slugmama said...

I'm a fan of Frugal&Fabu on Facebook too.

slugmama said...

And I entered your Nimli Pashima Shawl Giveaway too.

Lauren said...

I'd love to have one of these! I'd choose cranberry-raspberry, cola, and energy (for my husband who cannot seem to get enough of those expensive energy drinks!)

Lauren said...

I subscribe
nscandurro(at)cox(dot)net

Morgan said...

Morgan, missmorgan88@gmail.com

I would like to try diet cola, lemon-lime and cranberry/raspberry.

Thanks!

ShortOnCents said...

Diet Cola, Root Beer and Cream Soda would suit my family lvn777at charter.net

Morgan said...

I already follow you on facebook.

Nancy said...

I'd like to try the Diet Cola, the Diet Root Beer, and the Diet Ginger Ale.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Nancy said...

I am an e-mail subscriber.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Nancy said...

I also follow via Google Friends.

Nancy
allibrary (at) aol (dot) com

Morgan said...

I entered the cashmere shawl giveaway!!

Morgan

shaylyn said...

I am a follower

shaylyn said...

Awesome product. I would choose orange, grape, and rootbeer.

joeandbridge said...

**Daily Tweet**
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