Sun, May 06 2012 at 9:54 AM
I got the SodaStream specifically because their mixes have WAY less sodium overall compared to normal and diet soda. The syrups themselves can be quite cloying, and even their "all naturals" line seems to miss. I use the "diet" syrups, and don't mind the taste of the artificial sweeteners. The "regular" ones, which have half sugar, half splenda, are way too sweet for my palate, and the "naturals" line is doubly so, even for my wife who drinks normal cherry Dr. Pepper. My main negative with the system is the proprietary CO2 system - their canisters are very difficult to refill on your own (if at all at times), and their markup on the gas is ridiculous. I don't have the numbers with me now, but suffice it to say that you can purchase a 50lb co2 tank in my area (the kind restaurants hook up to their soda fountains) for the same cost as two of their SMALL tanks. I had to buy an adapter that comes from a separate company (co2doctor.com) to hook the new tank up, but the money I spent on it was immediately made up with what I saved vs. buying SS's CO2 tanks. One of the small SS tanks lasted me about two weeks. I've had the 50lb tank for almost 6 months now and it's still just about full.