2011-2012 SodaStream Coupon Codes, $20 Rebate and a SodaStream Genesis Review

Save With a 2012 SodaStream Promo Code and $20 Rebate Save money on soda with your very own SodaStream soda maker machine. And, to top it off, you can save even more with SodaStream promo codes and a $20 mail-in rebate for SodaStream Fizz machines, purchased at Bed, Bath and Beyond!

The following SodaStream promo codes are currently available:

  • SodaStream Promo Code: FREEMIX — Enter this coupon code for SodaStream.com purchases that include the soda drink mixes and you’ll get one of the mixes for free.
  • SodaStream Coupon Code: CHEAPGAS — Use this promo code for SodaStream carbonator Co2 cartridges and you’ll save

In addition to the aforementioned coupons, a $20 SodaStream rebate is currently available for the Fizz drink maker. The details are as follows:

  • 2011-2012 SodaStream Fizz Rebate for $20 — Get a $20 rebate on SodaStream Fizz soda makers, purchased at Bed Bath and Beyond between December 1, 2011 and January 19, 2012. The rebate must be postmarked by February 19, 2012. You must include a proof of purchase (the barcode from the box), an original dated receipt and the completed rebate form.

As of December 2011, the SodaStream Fizz was priced at approximately $150 at Bed Bath and Beyond; with the mail-in rebate, the price is around $130.

SodaStream Genesis Review

I recently received the SodaStream Genesis as a gift. Priced at approximately $100 USD, the soda maker  comes with a sampler pack of 12 SodaStream flavor mixes (each makes 1 litre of soda), 2 1-litre bottles, a SodaStream CO2 cartridge for carbonating the drinks.

It was extremely easy to assemble and operate the SodaStream Genesis. It takes up very little counter space and it does not require electricity or batteries. It is a bit unsightly on your counter if you store it without a bottle attached, but we received a couple extra bottles so I can leave one attached to the soda maker.

I recommend leaving a bottle of water in your refrigerator; otherwise, the freshly-made soda will be warm. I dislike adding ice to my drinks, as it dilutes the soda. But you can actually bypass this problem with the SodaStream soda maker, since you control the strength by adding more/less soda flavoring.

We do still purchase some soda, as Cherry Dr. Pepper is not currently available for the SodaStream (and we were unable to find Cherry Dr. Pepper syrup). We’ve saved money with the SodaStream since we can carbonate bottles of soda that have gone flat!  Before we had the soda maker, we would discard the last 1/4 to 1/3 of the soda in 2-litre bottles, as the carbonation has dissipated (and my husband and I really prefer very fizzy drinks!) Now, we can re-carbonate the flat soda by placing it inside one of the SodaStream bottles and re-carbonating it. (After use, you must wipe down the small white nozzle that dispenses the carbonation.)

The SodaStream flavors are okay. The Red Bull syrup equivalent is fairly close to the real thing and that’s a huge money-saver, since the popular energy drinks retail for $2.00 for 8 ounces! In general, the SodaStream drink flavors taste a bit like diet-type soda; this may be due to the absence of high-fructose corn syrup.

But, if you dislike the SodaStream flavors, it’s really easy to purchase brand-name soda syrup (manufactured for drink dispensers). It’s a bit more expensive, but you can still enjoy significant savings, particularly if you purchase the soda syrup from a discount retailer like Sam’s Club. The one exception is Red Bull energy drink, which isn’t dispensed via soda machines, so you can’t buy the syrup. But, many other energy drink syrups are available, including Monster energy drink syrup (we found it at Sam’s Club.)

And plus, you don’t need to lug cases or 2-litre bottles home from the store. And you don’t need to worry about recycling, so in this respect, the SodaStream is an Earth-friendly option.

SodaStream’s CO2 cartridges are designed to make 60 litres of soda. But, you’ll end up with fewer than 60 litres if you like lots of carbonation or if you’re re-carbonating drinks that have gone flat. Unfortunately, the Genesis only came with one CO2 cartridge, so you must wait until it’s empty to get it refilled (or you can exchange it for a full cartridge at Bed, Bath and Beyond for about $18). Or you must purchase a second cartridge for approximately $30, so you have one on-hand when the other cartridge runs out.

Overall, I give the SodaStream 4 out of 5 stars. Here’s my review summary of all the “Pros”:

  • Helps you save money on groceries, especially if you purchase energy drinks like Red Bull or premium carbonated beverages like Pellegrino.
  • Earth-friendly, since you cut down on recycling cans and bottles.
  • The SodaStream Genesis is easy to use and assemble.
  • I enjoy the ability to re-carbonate soda that’s gone flat. Plus, you can control the amount of carbonation.
  • There is a huge variety of SodaStream flavors.
  • SodaStream drink mixes are low-calorie and they don’t contain high-fructose corn syrup, making them healthier and more suitable for children. Also, the diet varieties are aspartame-free.

Cons in My SodaStream Genesis Review:

  • Some of the SodaStream flavors taste a bit “off” compared to the brand-name products, but you can always purchase brand-name soda syrups and use those instead (though they’re a bit more expensive.)
  • The SodaStream flavors are not available at run-of-the-mill grocery stores. You must buy them online or at stores like Bed, Bath and Beyond or Williams Sonoma.
  • The SodaStream Genesis only comes with one carbonator cartridge, so you need to purchase a second one or wait until it’s empty before trading it in for a new one.
  • If you over-carbonate, the bottle’s contents will explode when you try to detach it from the machine (just like shaking a bottle of soda and opening it!)

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