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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Appliance Review #1: SodaStream Genesis and Sodastream Soda Mixes

This is first review of anything ever on this blog! This review is on the Sodastream Genesis and mixes. Americans and other people around the world LOVE soda! But many sodas contain High Fructose Corn Syrup, also know as H.F.C.S, which comes from cornstarch and therefore is modified in a lab and has things added to it. A lot of corn for the H.F.C.S is G.M.O, which stands for, Geneticly Modified Organism, which is food that is modified in a lab basically. The reason why companies use H.F.C.S is because it is much than sugar. H.F.C.S is also proven to be bad for your health. So back to the Sodastream Genesis and mixes here is the review of both.

Sodastream Genesis

The Good:
  • Easy to use ( I have a fractured arm and I can even use it).
  • Easy to put together (it only has a few parts which are, the bottom, the top, the carbonator, and the bottle.)
  • It can make water to your desired fizziness.
  • It is light.
  • You do not have to lug a lot of bottles around.
  • It does not use any electricity and can be used virtually anywhere.
  • It is more green than buying soda and reduces your carbon footprint.
  • It is small and ideal for small spaces.
  • It is fun to make soda. 
The Bad:
  • It can fall of the counter easily.
  • It is $99.99 and looks like $20.
  • It's clunky.
  • I do not like the bottles because they are made out of plastic and are not dishwasher-safe.
  • The bottles may not screw on all the way.
  • Plastic bottles are not as green as glass bottles.
Sodastream Soda Mixes

The Good

The Bad
  • The mixes are mainly sweetened with Splenda, which is artificial!
  • They have Sodium Citrate which can cause Diarrhea, loose stools, nausea, upset stomach, and vomiting( the mixes made me sick for a few days!)
  • They taste terrible.
  • You can taste that Splenda, diet soda taste.
  • Soda tastes very watered down.
  • Has artificial colors in it.
  • Has artificial flavors in it.
  • It is not all natural or organic.
  • Everything else!
The Verdict:
Overall the Sodastream Genesis soda maker isn't that bad, you should be careful with it. Although I do not like the plastic bottles, there are other models that have glass bottle such as the Penguin, which I haven't tried yet. The Genesis is a little overpriced but it is nice to make your own sodas. For the Sodastream Genesis I am giving it a score of 6 because of the plastic bottles, the clunky design, and the price. And as for the Sodastream Soda Syrups/Mixes, the get a score of 0 because there is nothing good about them! Barely anything is natural, they make you sick (literally), taste terrible, and are mainly sweetened with Splenda! These mixes get a big fat 0 because they are bad. Do not buy the Sodastream Soda Mixes instead make your own or get some from William-Sonoma Soda Syrups or Pittsburgh Soda Pop or other companies. Or you can just buy all-natural, or organic soda, or whatever kind you like just try to stay away from H.F.C.S!

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