Ok First let me say I can tell diet soda from regular soda in a blindfold taste test every time. If you can too, you may not want the soda stream product. My opinion, is ALL of the soda from Soda Stream, except for the natural flavored soda, has a diet taste. All of the natural flavors are flavored with pure cane sugar or Corn syrup, not Splenda. Even the regular (non-diet) sodas from Soda Stream have Splenda in them. That is how they reduce the Calories. They still have that Diet (Splenda) taste to me.
As for their claim of no storage well, where are you planning to keep the soda machine and Soda Concentrates? There is still some storage, it does not eliminate it. It may reduce it a little.
I have tried many flavors, and to me only the All natural (Sparking Naturals) flavors, taste like the real things. To bad the All natural flavors only come in a few flavors I like. (Cola, Root beer, Ginger Ale & Lemon Lime). The other Natural flavors I normally don’t drink. The Natural Flavor concentrates don’t make as much soda as the regular (Splenda) versions. ONLY half as much and the Naturally sweetened cola (In the dark red bottle) cost more than the other natural flavors. So there goes your savings.
Now I have not found one flavor Diet or Natural flavor that taste like a BRAND name. I can tell Coke from Pepsi in a blindfold taste test. The Natural Cola (in the dark red bottle) was my favorite. But it was more expensive than buying a brand name at the store. So for me the Soda stream was not so great. My Wife and Kids drank it and they could give it a better rating than I would.
You can exchange the Co2 Cartridges at many retailers, so that is a nice convenience. I have not had to do this so we will see how “Convenient” it really is an what it costs.
I have had NO explosions while adding the Co2 as some have reported. If you add the Flavoring last you should not have an issue, unless you don’t attach the bottle to the Co2 dispenser properly, which is hard to mess up.
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