I know that I have shared with you, in the past, a review on a soda machine [which I loved] from:
That particular soda machine was the SodaStream Jet, but check out the GENESIS SodaStream, soda maker, which I have been given the opportunity to try out recently, too!
Slimmer than some of the other soda machines, lighter and a little more compact, the Genesis is an easy-to-put-together, stylish little machine that looks good in my small kitchen with the little space that I have available to me!
The machine is black, but it does come in other colors - I especially love the red, but the black goes with just about anything in a kitchen, unless you have white appliances - in which case, you could pick up a Genesis in white, too!
The assembly of this machine takes a few seconds and you're set to go. Put the pieces together, add the Co2 carbonator bottle and place it wherever you plan to keep it and VOILA! You have the ability to make soda in your own home! Fabulous!
Using one of the SodaStream specific bottles, which are made to be durable and tolerate the blast of gas from the Co2, you can make sparkling water with a couple of presses of the button situated on the top of the machine. Once the water is sparkling, you can add some syrup to the water to create your soda flavor! The addition of the syrup must occur after the fizz and not before and you can add as little or as much as you like dependent on your taste!
There are so many different flavors to choose from and so there really is something for everybody from good old root beer to cola and favorites like Country Time Pink Lemonade or Kool-Aid Fruit Punch to name just a few!
As a machine in its own right, I love the Genesis for bringing me soda that I can observe the contents of,make to taste and which saves on empty cans, bottles and even pennies in the long run on regular sodas purchased at the store, BUT as a machine next to some of the others that I have had the pleasure to come into contact with, it is not my favorite, nor my least favorite either, though and so very much worth a try!
I think the Genesis is a good starter machine, great for any occasion and would make for a great gift, but there are also so many other different styles of SodaStream soda machines to choose from that it is worth shopping around to find the right one best to suit you and your needs!
If you have a small kitchen, little counter space, don't like bulky machines and want simplicity then this machine is PERFECT for you and it works for me, too.
To check out all of the available machines and flavors from SodaStream, head on over to their website, HERE and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date and to learn more!
My children absolutely love the SodaStream machines and find the Genesis easy to use - I would advise to keep an eye on what your children are consuming though with a Soda Machine as it can be easy to plough through a LOT of soda when you first get a machine as the idea of making your own can get very exciting for them, and you, too!
I would also recommend placing a towel or a mat underneath the area where you intend to pour your syrup - or pour it in over the sink and then wash out the lids of the bottles if you are using them as measuring cups. The reason I advise this is because I have a cream colored kitchen counter and one of the syrups in particular, which had a lot of red dye in it, stained my kitchen counter quite badly when I had a spillage making soda. I did manage to resolve the issue with a LOT of bleach and elbow grease and it looks just find, now, but it is better to be safe than sorry and to practice caution in the first place if you are a little clutsy like me!- I can't help it, it is in my genes!!
I hope you will all check out SodaStream and see what they have to offer you - pick up their promo codes on their website for free shipping, where available, and check out any rebate forms, too! You never know what you might find! Perhaps the soda lover in your life might love to receive one for Valentines Day this year, or a birthday or for no special occasion what-so-ever, but just because you love the idea!!
Disclaimer: I was provided with a soda machine in order to perform this review. All opinions are my honest, open opinions based on my personal experiences with this particular machine. Your views may differ. Thank you!