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SodaStream Source: The Better Soda - Review & Giveaway


Disclaimer: I received a SodaStream Source from the makers of SodaStream. No other compensation was received. Though the product was free, opinions are 100% my very own. 


I bet you are wondering, "How is Madison going to review SodaStream?" or  "Is Madison old enough to use a SodaStream?". Well today is all about my siblings today. Yes this is once again a Big Kids review. You may not have seen them around much lately so you may have begun to think that they have stopped existing, but they are still here. I love to pretend that they don't exist sometimes but unfortunately thinking it doesn't make it happen. If anyone knows how to makes siblings disappear I'm all ears.


Before they go into their review let me say that I was super excited that SodaStream was sending them one of their new SodaStream Source for them to review. Mommy is one of those health freak mommies. We aren't allowed any junk food including candy or soda unless it's a holiday. We always long for easter and Halloween but once the day is over the candy disappears. According to mommy if it's not all done on that day the candy monster takes it until the next holiday. Apparently he only lives at our house because my brother says that his friends had never heard of this candy monster. It's the same with sodas. It is only allowed when the grownups are having friends over or when there is a party or another special occasion. I live for those days because I usually get to sample whatever they are having.

Now here is a bit about the SodaStream Source that they received. They are available in a variety of colors show above but we received the black.

  • SodaStream partners with Yves Béhar, world-renowned designer and social entrepreneur - the result is the new Source, an elegantly-designed soda maker that combines beauty, functionality and efficiency. The elegantly redesigned carbonating bottle easily locks into place with a single-push motion. Powered by a CO2 canister, the refined mechanics of SodaStream Source make the entire top surface responsive to touch, and the strength of carbonation is visible through an LED display, providing instant, visual feedback.
Our SodaStream Source came with quite a few products that would enable us to make quite a LOT of soda. A lot of the flavors were all that we actually loved, including the lemon-lime which although said diet still tasted a lot like Sprite. 


I'm sure by now you may have seen the numerous commercials of SodaStream on TV, or you may have even seen them at your local department store. Just like mommy you may have also thought, now how could this be any better than regular soda? Well with the SodaStream soda maker you know exactly what you have in your soda. Mostly water that is carbonated with your added syrup. Consider it carbonated juice.


The SodaStream Source comes complete with the machine, a CO2 canister that allows you to carbonate your drink and 6 sample flavors. It was really simple to set up the Source. Simply remove the back, insert the canister and you're good to go. The pre-measured flavors when added to the included carbonated bottle gives you great tasting soda. Almost taste like the real thing, you really can't tell the difference. Our CO2 canister can make up to 60 liters of soda. That is a LOT of soda!


It is so simple to use and we included a video at the end showing Krxssy using it. The included bottle has a fill line that you fill with water. Insert the bottle into the locking mechanism and press backwards and the bottle very easily gets locked in place. Press down on the Source until you get the required carbonation you want. The Source comes with a LED indicator that shows clearly how much carbonation is done.


Once your carbonation is done you can use your syrups which includes a measuring cap. We used the Ocean Spray Cranberry in the photo below and you can see how great it looks. It not only looks great but it tastes great too. Ever since we received our SodaStream Source we have been drinking a lot more soda. A lot more than we ever used to before which was very rarely. Mommy now has no qualms with us asking about getting a drink of soda because she knows what is in there.


If you are a soda lover you will surely love the SodaStream machines. There are lots of available SodaMix Flavors including some of the more popular ones, even a few branded ones as well, including Country Time Pink Lemonade.

Here are just a few and they range in price from $4.99 - $6.99. Very reasonably priced if you ask me.

  • Ocean Spray Cranberry Raspberry
  • Cherry Cola
  • Country Time Lemonade
  • Crystal Light Fruit Punch
  • Ginger Ale
  • Kool Aid Cherry

Now it's ok to show photos of how this works but the best way is actually to show you in a quick video. My sister Krxssy actually demonstrated how easy it is.


Our overall impression of the SodaStream Source? 

The source looks great on the table. Does not take up a lot of counter top space and makes great tasting soda very easily. There is less waste which is great for the environment and having soda just the way you want it, in relation to taste is an added benefit. The end result also includes spending less money on store bought soda. The machine itself is very reasonably priced, and while buying refills can add up, it still works out a lot cheaper than buying liters of soda. Just the convenience of having a way to make sodas in your own home, the healthy way gets our THUMBS UP!

You can purchase your very own SodaStream at major retailers on right on their website.

Here are the ways to connect with SodaStream:

Now SodaStream didn't want my family to have all the fun with this new product. They wanted to share the love with you my readers as well. One lucky winner will win a giveaway prize package of a Fountain Jet Soda Lover's Start-Up Kit (RV $99.95), which includes:


  • Fountain Jet - Winner's choice of color (black/silver, red/silver or white)
  • 1 carbonating bottle, reusable for up to 3 years
  • Reusable carbonator to fizz up to 60L of soda
  • Variety 6-pack of popular sample-size flavors
  • 3 full-size flavors of the winner's choice

Giveaway is sponsored and will be delivered by SodaStream. Winner will be randomly chosen by PunchTab and will have 48 hours to respond to the email sent. Failure to respond will mean forfeiting your prize and a new winner will be chosen. Good luck! 



Disclosure: Growing Up Madison receives products in order to conduct reviews. No monetary compensation was provided unless noted otherwise. All opinions are 100% my own. Some posts may contain affiliate links that I receive commission for payment from in exchange for referrals. In the event of a giveaway, the sponsor is responsible for delivery of the prize, unless otherwise noted in the posting. Giveaways are not sponsored by Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Google+ or any other social media site. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I personally believe will be a good fit for my readers. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."


Annmarie John
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  1. I have wanted one of these for a long time! My hubby and I don't drink a lot of soda, however, I really love the idea of being able to make it ourselves like this! It just seems so dang neat!

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  2. I learned that I can control the carbonation or fizz of the soda. I'm looking forward to also controlling the amount of sugar in our soda.

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  3. I seriously couldn't wait to see you review this one and definitely lived up to the hype. I totally entered and got my fingers crossed now!! :) :)

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  4. I have heard so much about SodaStream but I have not had the chance to give it a try yet. Thanks for your wonderful review.

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  5. I didnt realize there were so many different flavors for it

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  6. I learned that you can control how much fizz the drinks have! I have been eyeing a soda stream for awhile and just haven't been able to make the plunge quite yet. Your review was helpful!

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  7. We love the Soda Stream! So many different choices, and it hardly takes up any space at all. Love your review. :) Thanks so much for your honest opinions.

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  8. I love the fact that they carry Ocean Spray flavors and cocktail flavors. I truly want to try one of these machines.

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  9. I'm looking forward to saving money on soda. And being able to make it myself, with a variety of flavors, heavenly!! myawinz@mail.com

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  10. I learned you can make it as fizzy or non-fizzy as you want! myawinz@mail.com

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  11. I have a Soda Stream and I love it. It was one of the first items I reviewed back when I first started blogging, so I have had mine for about 4 years now and we use it all the time!

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  12. We are not soda drinkers but this would be an option I would consider. Great way to moderate the ingredients and quantity.

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  13. Goodness, my husband has been wanting one of these for a while now. We try not to drink a lot of soda, though :(

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  14. I learned that you can turn tap water into sparkling water in under 30 seconds and there is no clean up. I look forward to trying the variety of flavors such as diet Cream soda and cola.
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  15. These are fantastic! I have been begging my family to get me one for the past year!

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  16. I love my soda..but I dont own a soda stream. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  17. i love this machine and want one so bad ilove that you can make so many different mix drinks with it very cool

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  18. I have been wanting one of these for so long! They're so cool.

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  19. I love pink grapefruit soda, but it's not exactly easy to find. Clearly I need a sodastream to get it.

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  20. I have seen these a million time, but never knew how they worked! Great review and loved the video!

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  21. We own a SodaStream machine and our entire family gets so much use out of it. Our favorite flavor is the rootbeer.

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  22. I've seen these before and always wondered how they functioned. Thanks for the info! I think my husband would LOVE this.

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  23. What a thorough review! We have a Soda Stream and it is fun to use. What I like too is that you can put juice and a natural sweetener in it to make a really natural soda. :)

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  24. I learned that they have a variety of flavors, not just sodas. I want to try the Country Time Lemonade!

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  25. I've been dying to try one of these!! My DH loves soda, but I hate the sugar. This is a great way to give him the bubbly without the sugar!

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  26. I would love to have this. We are big soda drinkers and would love to cut back on a healthier alternative.

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  27. I learned they have over 60 flavors. Wow!

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  28. I have been wanting a Sodastream for a while now, cost saver for sure.

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  29. I like that the sodastream enables you to spend less money on store bought soda.

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  30. I would love to try their Black Currant & Pear flavor.

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  31. I love that it takes regular tap water and that are so many diet flavors available.

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  32. I soooooo wish I could enter. I have been curious about the SodaStream. Thanks for sharing.
    xoxo

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  33. I learned that it doesn't take up a lot of counter space and there is a huge selection of flavors that extend beyond just traditional soda flavors!

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  34. From their website, I learned that they have a promo code right now to get free shipping on orders over $50 :)

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  35. I'm most looking forward to not having to buy numerous liters of soda again!

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  36. I would love to be able to manage how much sugar goes into our drinks at home. My husband is not a fan that i drink soda and hopefully with this i could get him to let me drink it now that we can monitor what goes into the drink.

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  37. I learned that this is truly an easy system to use, and I would look forward to cutting out soda purchases and saving the money and cutting back on sugar.

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  38. I like the idea that I have so much control on the sugar and fizz! Been wanting one for awhile!

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  39. I learned that they have newer models, I have owned a soda stream since 2009 and I love it. I am glad to see that they have gained momentum and popularity !!

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  40. I also love that now they have new flavors and offer all natural selections, that's so cool!!

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  41. I can make my own healthy soda and keep plastic out of the landfills

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  42. I have learned there are many different flavors to add to soda stream!

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  43. although I don't typically like having soda in the house, the Soda Steam doesn't use any of that carcinogen sugar. So I won't worry as much having the kids drink it! Also, my cousin has a soda stream, so I already know they love Dr. Pete's!

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  44. I learned that not only can you make soda but other flavored drinks as well. I can't wait to save money on drinks!
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  45. Pinned http://www.pinterest.com/pin/520588038148634366/

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  46. I have learned how useful it is to have one at home. I am looking forward to using it to serve soda to my guests!

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  47. i have learnt that it is better for you than soda, and i am excited to try all the flavors!!!!

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  48. i learned that it saves the earth by keeping plastic bottles out of landfills!!! what i love about sodastream is that it is better for you than soda and still yummy!

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  49. I learned that I can control the carbonation OR the fizz, you can make if however you want

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  50. I learned that you can make it with more/less fizz and that there are tons of great flavors.

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  51. I'm looking forward to WINNING! Lol

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  52. that is it reusable, carbonated, has a variety and saves money

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  53. I learned that I can control the carbonation which I think is awesome because sometimes store bought soda just has too much in it! I am most looking forward to getting to try some of the different flavors, I don't know that I will be able to decide which three flavors I want if I win.

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  54. I would like to try t otaste to see if it really makes soda like Pepsi, Coco-Cola Thanks

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  55. that soda stream is an active green product by trying to rid of over use of plastic bottles and waste

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  56. I would like to have this. I learned they have many flavors to choose from and many types too. Awesome.

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  57. I learned that I can control the carbonation or fizz of the soda. Also I didn't realize there was so many different flavors. I really really want to win one of these!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  58. I learned that there are TONS of flavors, and that it's an active green product!

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  59. I look forward to not only using the syrups designed for the SodaStream, but also some homemade ones. That will be cool.

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  60. I love all the availabe flavors they have. I love that it will save me lots of money in soda costs too

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  61. I like that there is something for everyone in the family...diet for me, regular for dh, and kool aid or country time for the kids!

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  62. I drink way too much Pepsi and would really like an alternative. I guess I was impressed most with how many flavors there were! I also like that it would save me money!!

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  63. many different flavors and I would love to win this my 5 grandkids would just love it on our popcorn and movie nights

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  64. I really love all the flavors that you are able to choose from. I find I only drink coke and I would love to try something different.

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  65. As a heavy soda drinker the $$ saving, sounds great to me. I didn't realize how many options Soda Stream had though! Crazy awesome!!

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  66. We drink a lot of soda I love we would help the environment, wallets and health all in one.

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  67. I found/out they have over 60 different flavors right now

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  68. I learned you can make it as fizzy or non-fizzy as you like

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  69. You can make almost anything into something enjoyable to drink with this. There are so many options, and I like options.

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  70. I learned there are tons of flavors and that you can control the carbonation how cool is that?

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  71. After reading your review, I would really like to start by trying their Ginger Ale and Lemon Lime. It would be great to experiment with different flavors and they have a lot to choose from. Thank you for another super giveaway opportunity. Please continue with the terrific blogging.

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  72. I really like that after the initial purchase, you will get great value, such as $0.25 per can, an amazing saving! Thank you for another super giveaway opportunity and please continue with the exceptional blogging.

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  73. I like the fact that I can limit the amount of sugar or anything I want to put in it! Would love!

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  74. I am looking forward to having my fizzy water home made, without spending so much at the store

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  75. I learned it has alot of different flavors. Im looking forward to changing ftom drinking pop daily to having this! So much better for you :)

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  76. I love all the variety of flavors! Would love this for my family!

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  77. I love to drink soda, and this looks like a much more healthy option!

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  78. This looks so fun to make! And a lot safer to drink, not to mention customizable.

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  79. I have an older model, and make a lot of seltzer water. I like the MyWater Orange and Lemon-Lime flavorings. And it's all kosher!

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  80. The flavors are kosher; I make a lot of seltzer water.

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  81. They offer lots of flavors. I think with a large family this would make a good investment.

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  82. I'm love how many flavors they offer, also how earth friendly it is.
    We'd love to have one of these.

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  83. I love how you can pick and choose what flavor you want to make up and that it tastes so fresh.

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  84. I would love to make the flavors I want without all the bad ingredients like in other soda

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  85. I would love to try the root beer sounds great

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  86. Haha, I don't drink soda but my mom LOVES soda. This looks much more trustworthy than buying the sodas in the stores.

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  87. Have always wanted to try this, looks super easy!

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  88. I learned to Enjoy the freshness and convenience of homemade soda and protect the environment at the same time. No heavy bottles to carry, store at home or throw away.

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  89. Soda Stream produces many of my favorite flavors

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  90. I have learned they have a lot more flavors/ choices than I thought AND I need this in my life :)


    -Amy Dabears

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  91. I learned that Soda Stream is saving a lot of wasteful plastics from being used. I am looking forward to trying all the different flavors!!
    Lgothard@comcast.net

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  92. I really want to try the coke flavoring to see if we could use that instead of the Pepsi we buy.

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  93. I like that the carbonating bottle is reusable for a long time. Looking forward to sparkling raspberry lemonade!

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  94. Looking forward to sparkling raspberry lemonade. Love that the carbonating bottle is reusable for a long time.

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  95. I love that this saves money. Using a soda stream is a lot cheaper than buying the same amount of soda at the store. I also love all of the variety of flavors.

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  96. I learned the is a cheaper way to get good tasting soda.

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  97. I love the flavors, and the fun of it too

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  98. You can get free shipping on their site with a purchase of $50.

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  99. I learned how much plastic you can save. I would love to try several of the flavors.

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  100. I've learned how much better it is for the environment as well as how much easier it is than lugging those heavy bottles home! I'm looking forward to trying it for myself! :)

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  101. I like that it is better for the environment. I look forward to trying the large variety of flavors.

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  102. i learned i can save money instead of buying regular coke and that is awesome

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  103. i have always heard and seen advertisements about soda stream i just never paid that much attention because i was always doing somthi g until today i got to learn more about this product and i would love to try this out

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  104. I want to try this to save money. I would love try Ocean Spray cranberry.

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  105. Love to see company's bringing back old technologies with enhanced features. My gradma had an old one of these she made soda water with. Loved it.

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  106. I was surprised by how many flavors they offer. I like that you can control the amount of carbonation in your drinks

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  107. I'd like it just to make flavored carbonated Water. Yum!

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