dealssodastream dynamo lx home soda maker deluxe mega…

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Between buying syrup and carbonator tanks, the price is about the same or more than just buying a 2 or 3 liter bottle at the store. That's not even including initial machine cost.

Also, all sodastream flavors use a mix of part splenda/sucralose and part sugar (even on the non-diet versions). So you basically can't get "regular" (non-diet) soda like store brands.

Check the reviews of the product and the different flavors on Amazon before you buy.

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I'm more interested in their unsweetened flavors, but they only seem to be sold in variety packs, and I don't want all the flavors, and the ones I've seen at Target are past their expiration date.

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I have a Sodastream at home and one at work. I love it. A lot of times I am just doing sodawater. Every coworker I have introduced to it winds up buying one. The flavors go a long ways.

If you have a Bed Bath and Beyond in your area they are a great source for the flavors. They have a high turnover rate on the flavors and you don't find old stock unless it's unpopular flavors.

Craig, you're shopping in the wrong place if all you see are variety packs.

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I have been using Soda Streams for twenty or more years and they are amazing! Yes, you can buy their brand of flavors but that's just being lazy, lol. Until recently they did not produce flavors so we used a multitude of other sources: Rose's Lime juice and other flavors, Torani syrups and similar products, koolaide, fresh juice, etc...
An added benefit over store bought soda water is that it is always on hand. OH, and you can make it more or less bubbly...as your taste desires.

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Did quite a bit of digging, and even die hard fans are hard pressed to give a tangible benefit beyond producing soda at will, and less packaging waste. Other than that, you'll most likely break even overall cost wise.

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We got the one at Walmart for $79. had only one carb bottle and a few test syrup. It was for my daughter. It's a fun thing to do. FUN!? remember that?

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I've had the Jet model which you can get a lot cheaper than this, and frankly I don't see what this version adds to justify the price. Maybe those are 2L bottles instead of the standard 1L the Jet makes.

As others have said, the non-diet flavors are pretty terrible if you don't like the taste of artificial flavors, and there's really no cost benefit. It's more of a convenience appliance. If I went back in time I wouldn't buy mine again.

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The point of this is to make soda or carbonated water at will and always have soda or carbonated water on hand.

I bought one of these a few years back, got some extra bottles and ended up hooking up a 20lb CO2 tank to it. Now I make carbonated water all the time (4 liters per day on average) and the CO2 tank lasts about 5 to 6 months and costs $8 to refill.

At the supermarket, the cost of a liter of carbonated water is $1.

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You know, I could have saved a lot of time, money, and effort by getting one of these; but installing a soda fountain in the basement next to the servers with a bar gun coming out of the kitchen sink above has a coolness factor that this just doesn’t quite cover ;p

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@isfutin: Now that is a nice solution. Thank you!

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Ever notice how much salt is in bottled water at the store. Check it out. Soda Stream let's you make sparkling water with little or no salt if you filter your water or buy distilled. great for low salt diets.

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@isuftin: My cousins wife has one and she uses it almost purely for carbonated water.

With the price of cans of soda, I think this is cheaper in the long run, I know where I live if you buy a 12pack and it isn't on sale, it's $4.50 or so. Yes 2-liters are often on sale for $1, but you can't bring them with you and put them in a cup holder.

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The advertizement on Woot's website shows FREE SHIPPING. When you place the order the minimum shipping cost is $9.99, which is a 10% add-on.

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Thanks for pointing out the artificial sweetener component...really don't like the taste of them. If we go with this, will have to find some other form of syrup.

I know some people use this machine for their alcohol which the company advises against and also invalidates the warranty.

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I have a different version and A LOT of the unsweetened syrup. Problem is, when you add sugar to it, it bubbles like crazy and you can't really shake it. What is the best way to sweeten the unsweetened syrups?

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I have a different version and A LOT of the unsweetened syrup. Problem is, when you add sugar to it, it bubbles like crazy and you can't really shake it. What is the best way to sweeten the unsweetened syrups?

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@cougar300: Use simple syrup.
I'm thinking of pulling the trigger on this in an effort to lose some weight... but is there any good way to make a homebrew caffeinated beverage?

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While it's not a great cost saver, it keeps the inlaws from hurting their backs from hauling sodas around. If you don't like their flavored syrups, you can use water flavorings like Mio. Carbonated lemonade, grape, strawberry-watermelon, and a host of other flavors. The tanks can be exchanged at Wally World, Staples, BB&B and Target which is extremely convenient.

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@bakntime: You are wrong and you need to be downvoted more to get out of the top three comments. SodaStream makes ten naturally sweetened syrups: http://www.sodastreamusa.com/TasteNutritionSparklingNaturals.aspx

@craigthom: My local Bed, Bath & Beyond carries three-packs of the seltzer flavors you're talking about, both the mixed pack and three bottles of a single flavor. The single-flavor packs do sell out faster, but there's no harm in calling your local store to ask if the single-flavor packs are in stock and, if not, when they'll be restocked. Management's more likely to do a better job of keeping them in stock if they discover there's more demand for them than they realized.

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@thormj: Welp, you could make carbo-coffee (blech!) or perhaps steep some white tea then use a nice Torani, Rose's or even Grenadine! I'd refrigerate the tea before use of coarse. :p

Oh wait!! You could also use caffeinated water like Water Joe or maybe crush up some NoDoze... though that sounds even worse than the carbo-coffee so I'm gonna leave it at that. xD

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@isuftin: The coolness of using a real CO2 tank is just unreal' me wantee!!!

Is that easy to do (for I have no idea how that would work)?

Thx in advance =D

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Here is an entertaining and thorough review of the Sodastream

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dgbra3RTex0

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We use Crystal Light Mojito powder, putting an "On the Go" amount in a liter of sodastream bubbly water. It's great (once the powder dissolves), whether you add alcohol or not.

Also, extra bottles were available (new) on eBay when I last looked. If you happen to travel to Israel, where they are manufactured, the bottles cost half what they cost here, too!

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I have a similar device to this (Primo makes a similar one that uses standard painball CO2 tanks) but I use the sodastream syrups. They do make a few flavors that are all cane sugar, but the real trick of this is to make your own flavors.
Things I've found:
1. The torani syrups work nicely, especially if you get the portion pumps. I use them for both the torani syrups and the sodastream syrups with excellent results. (three pumps for the normal syrups, 6 for the naturally sweetened ones, and 12 for full effect of the torani pumps)
2. Sodastream does have a lock-in on the CO2 cylinders, but some internet searching will find you adapters to hook industry standard CO2 tanks to the device.
3. If you the adapter route, keep in mind that you'll need to get your CO2 fix from places that fill kegs or paintball- I have mine filled at a local paintball store that also fills kegs.

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Oh, two other things:
DO NOT add flavor before carbonating, unless you want to spend a couple hours cleaning up the mess. :) Don't try corbonating anything but water, for the same reason. Also, the water and syrup temperature plays a (small) role in how much foam is produced when the syrup is added. I have both the water and the syrup in the fridge, and I hardly get any foamup when I put the syrup intothe carbonated water. YMMV.

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@subether: I thank you as well, great info! Think I'm set now =D

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How To Make Your Own Home Drink Carbonation System
http://www.popsci.com/diy/article/2012-06/how-make-your-own-home-carbonation-system

DIY Carbonator
http://www.instructables.com/id/DIY-Carbonator/

How-Tuesday: Build Your Own Seltzer Maker
http://www.etsy.com/blog/en/2011/how-tuesday-build-your-own-seltzer-maker/

If you buy sodastream search on, [refill sodastream with dry ice], and [refill sodastream tank]

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@geo8rge: I'd like to point out that pulling the valve off the sodastream cylinder and filling it with dry ice is ludicrously dangerous- if the cylinder isn't fully discharged, it can do unpleasant things, and if you don't torque the valve back on correctly (or cross thread it, or damage the cylinder, etc.) you risk rupturing it, which can also be hazardous. (don't believe me? google for videos of the big "T" size cylinders taking flight!!) The safest bet (although not the cheapest) is to buy an adapter which allows you to hook either a paintball cylinder or a standard 5/10/20 pound tank used for kegs or soda fountains to it with the various regulators.

That having been said, the instructables link looks like an interesting idea, although if one looks around enough, one can score a Cornelius keg and do pre-mix carbonation the way most homebrewers do.

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Along with Torani and the usual widely available syrups, I can recommend www.josnowsyrups.com , http://pandhsodaco.com/ , and http://pittsburghsodapop.com/flavors.html . Adriatic makes some good ones too but availability can be spotty.

As for carbonation adapters, I've been shopping around and looked at http://www.thriftyscrimper.com/SODASTREAM_CONVERSION_KIT_-_STAINLESS_STEEL_MODEL/p375445_4283530.aspx , http://kk.org/cooltools/archives/001818 , and http://www.co2doctor.com/index.htm . A review of CO2 Doctor is on the Pittsburgh Soda site at http://co2doctorfreedomoneplusreview.blogspot.com/ . He acknowledges that they worked out a trade, but it still seems like a fair review of that particular setup. I haven't made a decision yet (and I'm just pasting the links I've gathered, NOT endorsing any of them) but kind of lean to the CO2 Doctor setup that PSP reviews.