I've always wanted to try out a Soda Stream so I was really excited when I had the chance this past month. I received the Fizzi Black Starter kit which came with the Soda Stream machine, a canister of C02 and one 1L reusable bottle. It does not come with any flavorings. I did order in some flavorings to try out since I prefer carbonated water with flavor.
I was really excited to see how many flavors there are to choose from, and especially how many sugar-free options. Not only were there all the normal diet soda flavors, but fruits and energy drinks, even tonic water.
The machine doesn't need power and this is a great feature! You can take it camping or use it if your power goes out. It's also nice to keep in an office.
Assembly is really easy. It's just a matter of putting the C02 canister in the machine. That is literally all it requires. From there you just fill a bottle, chill it, then insert it into the machine and press the button up to 5 times, depending on how fizzy you want it. If you are adding flavor, do it after you've carbonated.
The C02 canisters can be traded in, kind of like propane tanks for your grill. I would recommend getting two of them so you can always have one on hand. The flavorings are really economical as they last up to 64L each and only cost a little more than a 12-pack of soda. That's an amazing bargain if you ask me. Extra 1L bottles come in individual or 2-packs and this is something that is nice to have extras of on hand.
Overall, this drink system is great for anyone who wants a big variety, but also wants to save both money, and the environment. It's fun to use and takes up very little space.