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Saturday 29 December 2012

SodaStream: product road-test

The kind folk repping SodaStream gave me a SodaStream 'Genesis' drinks making system to give a trial run and I was intrigued.

See, we were never a carbonated drinks kinda family. And while many of my school buddies 
bragged about using SodaStream in the 1980s, and I saw the pink and green bottled fizziness that came from a SodaStream at kids' parties, I'd never trailed one.

Dating back to 1903, SodaStream has stayed relevant in today's market with their focus now on healthy beverage options. It's sold in over 30 countries worldwide, and SodaStream products have made their way into over eight million households, and produce over 600 million litres of carbonated water each year.

With more than 35,000 points of sale around the world, including 175 'target stores' nationwide, it's pretty much everywhere! Sodastream products are available at more than 60,000 retail stores in 45 countries.

So yes, I thought... why not? Let's give it a go. Here it is:

I was given the unit plus the new 'Night Spirit' drink flavouring pack - which includes mojito, magarita, cuba libre, cosmopolitan, gin and tonic, and caipirinha.

Margaritas are my fave so that's the one I ripped open first.

The unit itself is super easy to put together - but I insisted on having the husb on hand in case it got a little tricky [I won't lie, I'm hopeless with following instructions in a box].

All you need to do is pop the cylinder [provided in the box; refills are available in stores] into the system, place the bottle [filled with chilled water] in the slot, give the button a few presses of carbonation, and you're done.

The result is quite delicious. Here it is:

I still have some non-alcoholic margarita stashed in the fridge but I plan on ensuring it lives up to its namesake tonight and add some alcohol.

Next on my list is trialing the cosmopolitan - and then I'll move onto other drink flavours in the range. I am kinda hooked now.

What I do love is that it saves on bottles [keep using the same one after you're done], it requires no electricity or batteries. And it really is super easy to operate. Plus, the flavour options are endless.

The SodaStream Genesis sells for RRP $99.95.

For more info, click here.

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