I made a resolution not very long (ok, 2 weeks ago) to drink more water. Quite often it is one of those resolutions I have in my New Years list but somehow I always forget to sip. That’s the key isn’t it? If you are a none plain water fan like myself,you need to remember to sip throughout the day to get a good amount of water in; suddenly downing big quantities of water does not agree with my stomach.
I did a list of total liquids I drink and the result was pretty dire considering I am also breastfeeding a chunky baby; I should be consuming litres more than I do. But I do really dislike drinking plain water and I have sugar cravings quite often too.
So…I believed the SodaStream Powder device would help.
The SodaStream if case you don’t know is a device for adding fizz to plain water. When my concierge handed me the box, he asked, “Are you having an 90s party?” Har Har. Indeed, a SodaStream is kind of a 90s thing – like a Mr Frosty, it was one of those things I begged my mum for but my she would object to buying. Well MOTHER, here it is, finally, I have a SodaStream! (but no Mr Frosty).
The SodaStream power comes in black, and white (I have black). You get the plastic bottle required to do the pumping, so to speak, and a gas canister. Each canister can fizz up to 60L and they have a recycle scheme which is well worth doing – you change your old bottle for a new one which is much cheaper than buying new (for example at Argos it is £16.99 for a canister or £7.99 if you recycle so it makes sense).
You get all the plugs and chargers you need too. You get a large 1L bottle with the set, you can also buy 500ml bottles or replacement bottles. You have to use this to safely fizz the water.
The bottle clicks in to place and holds when you push it in.
Next it is extremely simple – you have 3 layers of fizz, and all you have to do is press, 1, 2 or 3 droplets depending on how much fizz you want. The machine then pumps bubbles in to the water (use filtered of course!).
So after using the device for a few weeks here are my thoughts:
– I buy fizzy water constantly because my poison is Elderflower cordial (always Green Bottle) with fizzy water. It is HEAVEN. So for me, I loved the idea of being able to fizz up tap water, not because fizzy water is expensive to buy – I don’t think it is (I pay £1 for 6 x 500ml bottles in Aldi) – but because it is easier and I won’t suddenly run out like I always do with store bought water.
– Environmentally too, I will produce less plastic waste.
– There are TONS of flavours to choose from – I went to the supermarket and struggled to find the section that sold the syrups! Eventually I found a small selection near the machines – if you want lots of choice try Argos as they prices are fair and shipping is free! Amazing!
– The machine is fairly large, I would have to find elsewhere to permanently place it because my kitchen tops are taken up with a ton of devices already!
– The machine is very easy to use, it’s a no brainer to set up.
– I found the highest fizzy setting was good but I had to run it twice to get enough fizz for how I like it. Also the fizz stays for a little while then disappears relatively quickly – it’s a good idea to drink it up soon.
– If you don’t like syrups there are lots of recipes online (alcoholic ones too!) and you can also add fruit etc to flavour.
I bought three flavours:
1. Waters Fruits in Cranberry Raspberry (£3.99) – I found this at the supermarket and there are 2 versions of this type of flavour. One is the one I got with NO sweetener, the other has sweeter but is very low calorie. Personally I avoid sweeteners so went for this.
2. Elder Flower (£2.99) – to see if I could replicate my favourite drink.
3. Highland Fizz – a dupe for Iron Bru! Notice that the big fizzy drinks will have syrup alternatives!
My thoughts on these – the Elderflower has a very earthy grassy taste. It is decent but not as nice as my Green Bottle which is more sugar and lemon based. This is ok but is nothing like the Elderflower taste I love.
Iron Bru/Highland Fizz – I got this for the Hubs as he loves it – with EXPERIMENTATION! He now says he has it tasting like the real thing.
Fruit Waters – this one is my favourite; it tastes like a fizzy fruity water, it is sweet and refreshing too. I think I may stick to these types of flavours in the future.
The question is, have I drunk more water since receiving the device?
The answer is yes, at least 1L a day more. Having said that I feel lazy and I don’t fancy filling up the bottle and getting the fizz in there. But as long as I have the time I do enjoy a fizzy drink in the day, it feels like somewhat fancy! Also this device excels if you have lots of guests around and with parties too.
You can get the device