How to Make Your Own Soda from Home

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I’m always on the hunt for unique, affordable gifts for graduations, weddings, Father’s Day, and birthdays. I recently discovered the SodaStream at Rich’s. These sleek, stylish machines turn tap water into sparkling water or soda in seconds.


Here’s what sold me on the SodaStream: Once you make the initial investment of $99 for the Genesis Bundle Kit, plus purchase syrup flavors (each concentrated bottle makes the equivalent of 33 cans of soda), you’re set. This baby doesn’t even use electricity!

If you drink a lot of sparkling water or soda, you’ll definitely save a ton of money over the long haul; the folks at SodaStream estimate their concoctions cost 25 cents per 12-ounce can of soda or 25 cents per liter of sparkling water.

How it Works

Fill SodaStream’s carbonating bottle with tap water. Secure it to your soda maker. Then press the carbonating button a few times to add the fizz. Presto! Sparkling water.

If you want soda, add a capful of the concentrated sodamix to the carbonating bottle and shake gently.

30+ Flavors
SodaStream offers more than 30 soda flavors. Each 16.9 ounce bottle of concentrated sodamix syrup costs about $4.99 at Rich’s. 

Here are a few flavors that caught my eye:

  • Regular Soda – 16 flavors, including Cola, Cherry Cola, Lemon Lime, Root Beer, Dr. Pete, Cream Soda…
  • Diet Soda – 16 flavors, including Diet Caffeine-Free Cola, Cola Free, Diet Orange, Diet Pink Grapefruit…
  • Energy Drink – Regular and Diet
  • MyWater – Unsweetened, all-natural flavor essences, including Lemon-Lime, Orange, Raspberry, and Mint
  • Sparkling Naturals – 9 flavors, including Apple Mango, Black Currant and Pear, Green Tea, Orange Pineapple
  • Sparkling Water – Basic soda water, club soda, or seltzer.
  • Sparkling Teas – 8 flavors, including Mixed Berry, Pomegranate Peach, Lemon, and two diet flavors

Carbonating Bottles

These specially designed, high pressure-resistant bottles are BPA-free and may be reused for up to two years. The glass carafes included with the Penguin soda maker may be used indefinitely, with proper care. Every SodaStream bottle and carafe comes with a fizz-preserving cap that helps to keep drinks fresh and fizzy longer than store-bought bottles.

Speaking of Fizz…

SodaStream Carbonators are made of lightweight aluminum and come in two sizes, to make up to 60 or 130 liters of soda or sparkling water per carbonator. A full, licensed CO2 carbonator is included with the purchase of every SodaStream soda maker kit. I recommend investing in a spare CO2, which costs $24.99 at Rich’s.

SodaStream takes back the empty cylinders to be cleaned, inspected, refilled and reused. Carbonators may be exchanged online, or at select SodaStream authorized retailers.

Raves about SodaStream

Rich’s customer, Brenna Douglas, posted this on our Facebook page:

"We just love our SodaStream that we got at Rich's. Thank you for having all the refills and flavors. We now have so much less recycling and save money!!"

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Stop by one of our five Puget Sound showrooms and ask to see the SodaStream. Rich's is located in Lynnwood, Bellevue, Tacoma, Southcenter, and Silverdale.

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