Bring Home the Fizz with a SodaStream Fizz Home Soda Maker

I love drinking sparkling drinks (agua con gas) like perrier and pelligrino but it gets to be an expensive habit. A friend recommended awhile back that I look into getting a home soda maker but I just never jumped on the idea...until this week. I just got a  SodaStream Fizz Home Soda Maker! The Starter kit comes with everything you need to make you own soda at homes:  the Fizz soda maker, reusable carbonator that makes up to 60L and a reusable BPA-free 1L carbonating bottle. You can start with tap or filtered water based on your preference. The Fizz is available in four colors: black, red, blue and green...and naturally, I went with the candy apple red!

The Fizz is ready to use right out of the box. Assembly was very easy. You just need to pop in the carbonator, rinse the bottle and fill it with water, and then you are ready to start making homemade soda 'a tu gusto.'  The sequential 'getting started' illustrations are very intuitive. I had a little problem figuring out that the silver bar under the name plate was actually the 'carbonating lever' and was getting very frustrated while abusing the poor reset button. It took a few deep exhales and flipping the page between the written instructions and the diagram for me to figure out that that part actually moved...not my brightest moment! So there are only two things to push, the reset button and the fizzy bar...easy. I made the first bottle with my husband and 4 hyped-up soda-hungry kids made bottles two and three.

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I just got my machine set up less than a week ago and we have used it twice while entertaining (once for a playdate with Heather and Jason, once with grown-ups!) and everyday for ourselves...

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I even went as far as taking Perrier off my shopping list this week because my hubbie makes me fizzy water just as I like it. The Fizz has a fizz-o-meter indicator that shows the carbonation level as you are making your drink and you can control just how fizzy you make your drink. I like my drinks alot fizzier than the kids do and I prefer lemon/lime or just plain fizzy water while my family likes fruity flavors.  Therefore, I find it useful to have at least one extra bottle so you can make a variety to suite everyone's tastes, make extra if you are entertaining or make it to go...like for a picnic, weekend sports practice...you get the picture.

There is a variety of flavors and essences available to create many health and delicious sparkling beverages. SodaMix flavors are concentrated syrups which contain no high-fructose corn syrup and no aspartame, and are available with regular and diet flavors. Sparkling Naturals  are made from all natural ingredients and contain no artificial flavors, no artificial colors and no artificial sweeteners, nor preservatives. MyWater is an unsweetened, all-natural flavor essence for making lightly flavored seltzer or sparkling water.

The Fizz has a gas level indicator that monitors the amount of CO2 left in the carbonator cylinder, so you'll know when it's time to exchange your carbonator for a full one. You can order the refills on-line and have them shipped to your home so you never run out and you can take advantage to stock up on the natural soda flavors at the same time.

My entrepreneurial daughter has decided that she is going to put a soda stand outside of our building to make fresh fizzed soda and sell it as a fund-raiser in lieu of the messier lemonade stand...(that video to follow!)