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#1 Jun 30 2013 at 12:47 PM Rating: Decent
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Here is the link to the HSN page. Just use code 133295 at checkout, and fill in the mail-in rebate for an additional $25 cash back.

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Edited, Jul 29th 2013 5:55pm by Shaowstrike
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#2 Jun 30 2013 at 1:21 PM Rating: Good
You have until today for that offer :3

Any one actually have one of these and is it really as nice as people make them out to be?
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#5 Jun 30 2013 at 2:11 PM Rating: Good
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My wife and I have a soda stream and use it all the time. It's really awesome. The generic coke flavor isn't that good, but there are lots of other flavors that are really good. It also means taking up less space in your fridge, but that saved space goes into storing flavor bottles in a cupboard / pantry, plus a small bit of counter space for the device itself. Price wise, you don't save that much money over buying 12 packs of soda, but for only $25 I'd say it's definitely worth it.
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#6 Jun 30 2013 at 3:05 PM Rating: Good
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I'd only use it for seltzer, in general. Any idea how it would stand up in price there?
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#7 Jun 30 2013 at 6:25 PM Rating: Good
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I have no idea what the price of seltzer is, sorry. My calculations were all based on a 12 pack of soda costing between $3-4.
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#8 Jun 30 2013 at 6:30 PM Rating: Good
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Redners Wholesale Foods sells 5 1 liter bottles seltzer for $4.
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#9 Jun 30 2013 at 6:41 PM Rating: Good
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Yeah, I'm going to assume it's not worth it then. Shame.
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#10 Jun 30 2013 at 7:14 PM Rating: Good
Can you not carbonate other liquids? That was what I would do if I had one.
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Chicken Noodle Soup Soda!
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#12 Jun 30 2013 at 9:53 PM Rating: Good
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Shaowstrike the Shady wrote:
Chicken Noodle Soup Soda!


That sounds terrible.

Also, you're supposed to carbonate just water (then add syrup after). Presumably so you don't risk gunking up the carbonator?
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Price wise, you don't save that much money over buying 12 packs of soda, but for only $25 I'd say it's definitely worth it.

Yeah, I'd say you'd need to approach this as a vanity/hobby thing. Or maybe the perceived quality is higher. But I can't believe you'd out-price bottling plants that get their materials for 1% of your costs.
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Vataro wrote:
Price wise, you don't save that much money over buying 12 packs of soda, but for only $25 I'd say it's definitely worth it.

Yeah, I'd say you'd need to approach this as a vanity/hobby thing. Or maybe the perceived quality is higher. But I can't believe you'd out-price bottling plants that get their materials for 1% of your costs.


Comparing your costs to the costs of a manufacturer isn't really accurate. It's about what you're spending on soda stream vs what you would otherwise be spending on sodas. It's not like you're going to be selling the drinks after you make them.

The main issue is that most of the cost is actually in start-up costs. The system + the bottles + initial CO2 canister were about $150 for us. Actual continual costs are only the syrups ($4-8/bottle, which makes up to 50L of soda), and swapping out the CO2 canisters ($25-30 to replace; each canister is also good for about 50L if I had to make a conservative guess, depending on how carbonated you like your drinks). If you think on the high end, $40 for 50 L of soda still comes out to $0.80 / L, which is still much better than you can get in the stores. It's just a matter of how long it will take to recoup the start-up costs.

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#15 Jul 01 2013 at 8:15 AM Rating: Excellent
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I grabbed one of these from eBay. It's a standard 24oz CO2 container and special adapter that allows it to fit the proprietary connection the SodaStream uses. If I get the container charged at my local paintball shop it would only cost me $5 a refill.
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Comparing your costs to the costs of a manufacturer isn't really accurate. It's about what you're spending on soda stream vs what you would otherwise be spending on sodas.

Well, yeah. Point being that Coca-Cola can provide you with soda for the same price or less than you'd be spending on ingredients. Scanning Peapod, a 2 ltr bottle of soda is $1.00 to $1.60 so 50¢ to 80¢ a liter depending on how brand conscious you are. Probably get it cheaper by not shopping on Peapod but whatever.

I'm not against someone owning a soda machine (that would be weird), I'm just saying that it's like home brewing or a bread machine or something -- you do it for enjoyment and potentially a fresher/better product, not because you're going broke buying $1.09 loaves of Wonder bread.

Edited, Jul 1st 2013 9:55am by Jophiel
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Jophiel wrote:
Vataro wrote:
Comparing your costs to the costs of a manufacturer isn't really accurate. It's about what you're spending on soda stream vs what you would otherwise be spending on sodas.

Well, yeah. Point being that Coca-Cola can provide you with soda for the same price or less than you'd be spending on ingredients. Scanning Peapod, a 2 ltr bottle of soda is $1.00 to $1.60 so 50¢ to 80¢ a liter depending on how brand conscious you are. Probably get it cheaper by not shopping on Peapod but whatever.

I'm not against someone owning a soda machine (that would be weird), I'm just saying that it's like home brewing or a bread machine or something -- you do it for enjoyment and potentially a fresher/better product, not because you're going broke buying $1.09 loaves of Wonder bread.

Edited, Jul 1st 2013 9:55am by Jophiel


Oh for sure. Not sure what peapod is, but your pricing seems pretty accurate. And yea - the main appeal of the sodastream to me is the convenience, taking up less room in the fridge, but most importantly for the flavors that I don't normally see (cranberry raspberry, orange mango, and my recent favorite strawberry + cream soda).

And yes, homebrewing is a decent analogy, though that's more of an actual hobby :P.
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Not that it matters, but Peapod is an internet grocery delivery service. It was just an easy way to see what a 2ltr bottle of soda runs for these days.
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Not that it matters, but Peapod is an internet grocery delivery service. It was just an easy way to see what a 2ltr bottle of soda runs for these days.


Interesting, thanks for the info.
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#22 Jul 28 2013 at 7:41 AM Rating: Decent
Actually that's a US-thing. Bread here is ridiculously expensive, even for the cheapest garbage bread. When we were actively making bread, the ex and I saved quite a lot. Up here, your average loaf runs 2 bucks and up, and it's about 4 if you don't want bread that tastes like they left the flour on a bare concrete floor collecting dust for a month before usage.
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Not my fault that the US leads the way in affordable bread production. We also have circuses nailed down.
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#25 Jul 28 2013 at 1:47 PM Rating: Decent
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Not my fault that the US leads the way in affordable bread production. We also have circuses nailed down.

It's more than just bread, we pay so much for pretty much everything, but then there are somewhat different food standards up here.

I say somewhat because, while in principle we are supposed to have more strict standards, how well they are complied to is another matter.
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Canadian food standards, as much of a running joke as Canada being taken serious by the US is.
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#27 Jul 29 2013 at 3:20 PM Rating: Decent
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Canadian food standards, as much of a running joke as Canada being taken serious by the US is.

Meh. there are standards, and they are a touch higher/more strict than the US, I've seen/tasted the difference between the two. But food standards are super lax in reality across the globe. Do you know that meat in the US and Canada can be re-dated and sold? And that some food waste can be reconditioned for sale as well?

Yea, it's best not to think to hard on it.
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Pawkeshup, Averter of the Apocalypse wrote:
And that some food waste can be reconditioned for sale as well?


Yeah, they're called hot dogs/breakfast sausage.
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#29 Jul 29 2013 at 3:26 PM Rating: Decent
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And that some food waste can be reconditioned for sale as well?


Yeah, they're called hot dogs/breakfast sausage.

More like chocolate ice cream
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