Sodastream Fountain Jet Review

We are going to take a more detailed look at the Sodastream Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker (a.k.a. Sodastream Jet) as well as the Pros and Cons of this particular model.  Each of the Sodastream Home Soda Maker units have the same basic functions, features and benefits.  I will not cover these general items on this page.  You can find this information and an in-depth review of the Sodastream Home Soda Maker product as a whole on my Sodastream Review page.

 Luke’s Sodastream Fountain Jet Review:

Sodastream Fountain Jet

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Most Sodastream Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker Kits Include:

  • Sodastream Fountain Jet Soda Maker (Red, Black or White)
  • 1 BPA-Free Plastic Carbonating Bottle
  • 1 60L Carbonator (Co2 Cartridge)

Pros:

  • Makes sparkling water or soda from tap water in 30 seconds or less
  • Easy to Use
  • No Cleanup
  • No bottles or cans to buy or store
  • Reduces waste and recycling of empty bottles and cans
  • No Electricity Required
  • Compact Design requires little storage/counter space (5.3″ W x 7.9″ D x 17.7″ H)
  • 1-Liter BPA-Free Plastic Carbonating Bottle is safe for use by children
  • Caps seal tightly keeping sparkling water and soda fresher than store bought equivalent
  • Can accommodate the larger 130L Carbonator (Co2 Cartridge) – Sold Separately

Cons:

  • Carbonating bottle is not dishwasher safe and must be washed by hand
  • Plastic carbonating bottles must be replaced every 2 years
  • Sodastream Fountain Jet Starter Kit includes ONLY 1 Carbonating Bottle  - Additional bottles recommended
  • Sodastream Sodamix Flavors do not appeal to everyone

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Here is a video review/demonstration by a Sodastream Fountain Jet Owner you may find helpful:

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Sodastream Fountain Jet Tip: I always get a kick out of watching someone use a Sodastream for the first time.  Tiffany did a pretty good job her first time through.  Did you notice how she had the carbonating bottle slightly tilted as she SLOWLY poured in the Sodamix?  If not, watch that again and pay close attention.  This is exactly how you want to add the Sodastream Sodamix to the carbonated water.  Not only does this technique help prevent dripping syrup down the side of the bottle but if you add the Sodamix too quickly, the carbonated water will bubble out of the bottle leaving you with a mess to clean up.  You don’t need to shake the bottle quite as much as Tiffany did in the video.  Gently turning the bottle over a few times does the trick.


My Sodastream Fountain Jet Review:

The Sodastream Fountain Jet is the entry-level model and least expensive in the Sodastream Home Soda Maker product line.  If you have read my other pages, you know I use the Sodastream Penguin at home but keep the Sodastream Fountain Jet at the office.  The Sodastream Fountain Jet is perfect for the office for several reasons.
  • Least expensive model but performs as well as more expensive models
  • Compact design is perfect for office, boat, dorm room or RV
  • Highly portable and can be easily taken along to a social gathering
  • Durable construction has sustained abuse with no signs of wear
  • Easy to use and maintain
  • Consistent Performance
  • Can accommodate 60 Liter or 130 Liter Carbonator

The Sodastream Fountain Jet does have some drawbacks that some of the other more expensive units do not.

  • You must press and hold the lever on the front of the unit to screw on the carbonating bottles.  This is easily overcome for most people and becomes second nature after a few uses.  It could, however, present a problem for those with limited coordination or arthritis in their hands.
  • The Sodastream Fountain Jet is rather compact in size but the construction of the unit gives it a clunky and awkward feel.
  • BPA Free Plastic bottles are not dishwasher safe and must be hand washed but this is not an issue in the office where there is no dishwasher.
  • Design of the Sodastream Fountain Jet is not as appealing as other units.
The Sodastream Fountain Jet may not be the nicest looking model but it makes the same great tasting sparkling water and soda that my Sodastream Penguin makes at home.  My Sodastream Fountain Jet is used by many different people and is not always treated kindly.  In its travels around my office, the Sodastream Fountain Jet has been dropped, tossed and even kicked without breaking or showing signs of wear.  Overall, I have been very pleased with the Sodastream Fountain Jet  and it has paid for itself  many times over by saving money over buying sparkling water and soda from the vending machine or office cafe.  I have zero regrets in purchasing the Sodastream Fountain Jet for use at the office and can wholeheartedly recommend the Sodastream Fountain Jet to anyone considering a Sodastream Home Soda Maker.

Here is what other Sodastream Fountain Jet users are saying:

Sodastream Fountain JetLove It! by Carb101: “I hesitated for months before buying this product, and I am glad that I did.  I’m not interested in making sodas with it, only fizzy water, which it does admirably.  I fill the bottles using the filtered water from my refrigerator.  One bottle is carbonated while the other one is chilling.  (It does carbonate quickest when the water is refrigerated first.)  I live in a large city, and there’s no trouble getting refill cartridges.  The only reason I am not giving it a 5 star review is because I find it slightly awkward to screw the bottle into the sodastream for carbonation.  It’s definitely a two handed operation.”see original review here

Sodastream Fountain JetAll it claims to be and more! by Levine: “This product is a rare one.  It is all that it claims to be.  It works.  Each and every time.  No odd behaviors, no exploding bottles, and no trouble getting supplies, or refills.  Just clean crisp carbonated water in less than 30 seconds.  It is so easy and so good that even a caveman could do it…don’t be put off by the negative reviews of the assorted flavors.  I tried the Root Beer, the Diet Cola, the Pete’s Choice (like Dr. Pepper® / Mr. Pibb®), the Ginger Ale, and the Orange.  The only one I don’t like is the Diet Cola and that’s because I don’t like Diet Cola.  Each of the Sodamix flavors are spot on and very tasty…If you are pro-soda, pro-carbonated water, pro-earth, pro-economy, buy this thing!  It is as close as anyone has ever come to a PERFECT PRODUCT.  Thank me later!” – review condensed to save space – read full review here

Sodastream Fountain JetOne of my favorite kitchen gadgets by John A: “It’s not for everyone…You really have to think about how much you drink sodas or carbonated drinks, how picky you are about flavors, and if you put a premium on the recycling/green aspect of the device…I mostly just drink carbonated water, although I do like the syrups as well…I’ve been happy with all the flavors I’ve tried, I also like using natural fruit juices…For me, the deciding factor didn’t come down to money but it was more of the recycling/green aspect…being someone who paid $1/day for a can of soda at the office, the sodastream has long ago paid itself off.”review condensed to save space – read full review here

Sodastream Fountain JetSkeptic proven VERY wrong by B. James: “My wife wanted this for her Birthday about 6 month ago.  I thought it would be a complete waste of money – something we’d add to the pile of rice steamers and veggie juicers in the basement.  I purchased this for her and we now BOTH use it ALL THE TIME…The machine is idiot proof and very sturdy, the C02 containers are easy to exchange through the company’s website or in our local stores and the flavors (which I was most critical of before purchasing) are all fantastic.  I personally recommend the diet soda and diet root beer…I also like that this company only sells products sweetened with Splenda® – no aspartame…I should mention something I consider most important: Everyone who is a guest in our home now gets to make their own soda when they come over (any flavor they like).  It is a HUGE hit and a real conversation starter.  After trying ours, at least 10 of our friends have purchased this in the last 3 months and all of them use the machines consistently.  I would highly recommend you try this product…you’ll save money and feel good knowing you are using one of the few green, sustainable products on the market.” – review condensed to save space – read full review here

I am sure you noticed that for the most part, I included only positive reviews above with a few negative comments on some things you need to be aware of.  More than any other Sodastream model, the Sodastream Fountain Jet has some negative reviews. At the time of this writing, there are currently 153 customer reviews for the Sodastream Fountain Jet.  85% of those reviews are 5 Star Reviews, 14% are 4 Star Reviews, 10% are 3 Star Reviews, 5% are 2 Star Reviews and 14% are 1 Star Reviews.  Although my personal experience and the experience of those I know that own a Sodastream Home Soda Maker has been mostly positive, I felt a responsibility to go through the negative reviews to determine why they were there.

 

A good majority of the negative Sodastream Fountain Jet reviews center around three things:

  • Disappointment in the Sodamix Flavors: Sodastream does a pretty good job of labeling their products and making sure you know even the Regular Sodastream Flavors contain Sucralose (Splenda®).  This is how they offer full flavored regular soda with so few calories and less sodium than regular cola.  If, you are adamantly opposed to the use of artificial sweeteners, Sodastream Sodamix is not for you and you may prefer the new all natural Sodastream Sparkling Naturals.  If you are very particular and are only happy with your favorite brand of soda, you should give serious thought before expecting Sodastream Sodamix to please you.  I personally believe the Sodastream Sodamix flavors are very good.  There are even a few I like better than their brand equivalent.  The fact they contain Sucralose (Splenda®) is a bonus for my family as Splenda® is the only artificial sweetener we use.  I go into much greater detail on my Sodastream Sodamix Review page with some additional tips on how to make the best possible soda with your Sodastream.  If you have any concerns about using Sodastream Sodamix, make sure you read my Sodamix Review.  (Note – If you do not reside in the United States or Canada: Aspartame is used in some countries.  You may wish to confirm the artificial sweetener used in your area prior to purchasing.)
  • Poor understanding of the product limitations: I have to chuckle when I read negative reviews from folks that were expecting to buy a Sodastream to re-carbonate their flat soda or carbonate juice, wine and even milk (yes, someone was angry because they couldn’t carbonate milk).  I will admit that when I first heard of the Sodastream, I too thought of carbonating my favorite wine and juice.  However, my research quickly revealed that this should not be attempted.  If I had missed it, somehow, the instructions you receive in the box clearly state you shouldn’t.  In fact, you will void your warranty if you do.
  • Difficulty finding Carbonator (C02 Cartridge) exchange/refill locations: Depending on your market, you may or may not have a difficult time exchanging your carbonators locally.  In my market, I have several options but yours may be different. You should take the time to visit Sodastream’s site to see what your local market is like.  You can do that by using the Where to Buy tool.  If do not have a local retailer participating in the carbonator exchange, you may participate in the Sodastream Carbonator Exchange program.  You can learn more by reading my recent post, Sodastream Begins Shipping via UPS.

The bottom line is that you owe it to yourself to make an informed decision.  To date, I have yet to meet someone that made an informed decision to embrace the product and was unhappy with their decision.

Sodastream Fountain Jet Value Kits:

There are a couple of nice Sodastream Fountain Jet Value Kits available.  The additional items included in these value kits offer a $10 savings over purchasing the items individually.  For this reason, the Sodastream Fountain Jet Value Kit may be the best option for some customers.

 

Sodastream Fountain Jet Seltzer Value Kit

Sodastream Fountain Jet Seltzer Value Kit Includes:

  • Sodastream Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker
  • 3 60 Liter Carbonators
  • 3 BPA Free Carbonating Bottles
  • Sodamix Variety Pack
  • MyWater Flavor Essence 3 Pack

Discount Pricing on Sodastream Fountain Jet Seltzer Value Kit

 

Sodastream Fountain Jet Soda Value KitSodastream Fountain Jet Soda Value Kit Includes:

  • Sodastream Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker
  • 2 60 Liter Carbonators
  • 3 BPA Free Carbonating Bottles
  • 6 Sodastream SodaMix Flavors (Your Choice)
  • 1 Sodastream Sodamix Variety Pack

Discount Pricing on Sodastream Fountain Jet Soda Value Kit

 

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Thanks for visiting MySodastreamReview.com.  I hope you have found all the information you were looking for.  If you have not already done so, please visit my Sodastream Review page for a more in-depth review of the product as a whole.  You may also want to visit the Sodamix page to make sure you’ll be happy with the Sodastream flavors available.  If you have Sodastream Fountain Jet specific questions that were not answered above, please feel free to leave a comment below or Contact Me.  I will do my best to provide you with answers or point you in the right direction.  Best wishes and good luck in your new Sodastream Fountain Jet adventure.

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31 Responses to Sodastream Fountain Jet Review
  1. Phil
    July 22, 2012 | 11:48 PM

    Great site, Luke! I’ve owned SodaStream for a while now, wish I’d known about this site before I bought my second one. As it is, I got the “Jet” for when I’m on the road (a lot!), it’s light, sturdy and convenient. I’m not a huge fan of many of the flavors, simply because they mostly seem to contain splenda. I’ll be checking frequently for the reviews of other flavor alternatives. Thanks!

    • Luke
      July 23, 2012 | 3:05 PM

      Hi Phil,

      Thanks for visiting the site and leaving your review on the Sodastream Fountain Jet. The articles on Sodastream Flavor Alternatives is taking a bit longer than I expected but I am very close to releasing some additional information on them. I don’t like writing about things I have not personally tried so I have been testing them along with some new flavors from Sodastream before releasing any articles. Since you specifically mention a dislike of Splenda, I’ll give you an “unofficial free preview” of one alternative that looks like it will get a recommendation. I still have some testing to do but based upon feedback from visitors of the site and my own personal testing, you might want to take a look at Arizona Old Fashioned Soda Syrup. So far, their products seem to be leading the pack in the alternatives we have tested. Keep in mind, I an not the best judge of full calorie sodas but those I’ve had try it seem to like it. Thanks again for leaving your review and comments. – Take good care, Luke

  2. Robert
    April 11, 2012 | 3:50 PM

    I have the Fountain Jet for about six weeks now. Living in Manhattan, it’s a real pain to haul home heavy bottles and six packs. Also, many stores charge about $2 (or more) for a 2L bottle. Six packs cost more per ounce (or liter). The lowest price for a 1L seltzer/club soda is $0.59.

    If you purchase 50 bottles (1L at $0.79) per year, you’ll spend $40/year. Soda stream costs about $0.20/liter. The cost of the charger stand ($79) is paid off within the first year of use. I treasure NEVER having to run to the store to get heavy bottles; storing them; and then returning them for the 5 cents deposit (another pain).

    What I do is ONLY keep flavorless seltzer in the fridge; I add a 2-3 tablespoons full of flavor and that works for me. Furthermore, I don’t like the usual sweetness of commercial-made soda; I prefer it less sugary-sweet. With Soda Stream, you can customize how sweet you want your soda!

    Now, my closets have space for other things. Never again will I have Tonic water go bad or keep unused bottles of ginger ale hanging around.

    When friends visit, they are astonished and amazed…and almost ALL of them later purchase Soda Stream devices for their homes! Being apartment dwellers like me, no one enjoys lugging about heavy bags from the store. The best part: you can make fresh bubbly soda INSTANTLY whenever you need it!

    I strongly recommend it. PS: I got the plastic bottles because my kitchen floor has porcelain tile that’s not too friendly with glass objects should they fall. If you have small children, or elderly, get the plastic bottles. Also, if money is no object, then consider more expensive models. The Fountain Jet does require some amount of two hands operation; other more expensive models can be operated with one hand. Plastic bottles need only be washed with tepid/warm water and mild liquid dishwashing soap. Each bottle lasts about 2 years and costs $10. If you use these bottles less frequently and don’t store pressurized soda for long periods of time, they’ll probably last you longer.

    Unless the design elements of fancier, more expensive models appeals to you, the Fountain Jet will more than suffice. Enjoy!

    • Luke
      April 11, 2012 | 6:38 PM

      Robert, Thank you for visiting the site and taking time to leave such a detailed review on the Sodastream Fountain Jet. I am certain other visitors to the site will appreciate your feedback and will find it helpful in determining if Sodastream is right for them. I’m glad to see I’m not the only one that isn’t fond of overly sweet beverages. Since you specifically mentioned Tonic and Ginger Ale, I’m curious what you think of Sodastream’s version of these two flavors. If you happen to come back to the site, leave a reply and let me know what you think.

      Thanks again for taking the time to leave your review. It is most appreciated! – Take care, Luke

  3. Hunter
    April 7, 2012 | 5:56 PM

    I perused this site deeply before purchasing my Fountain Jet. I read all the reviews, looked at all the different feedbacks, and talked to 2 people who personally own one. After sitting on the decision for 2 weeks, I finally pulled the trigger and bought it.

    This site was very honest and open with it’s reviews and Luke keeps everything here on the up and up. Having owned it for 2 weeks now, I see that it is more than just a gimmick gadget I’ll soon forget about, it immediately became part of my daily life. I use more than just the official sodastream flavors, I use water additives and enhancers from other company (liquid form only) and found them to work extremely well, too.

    The Fountain Jet has helped me kick my soda habit for good now that I can make my own fizzy drinks in the flavors I like, including caffeinated water enhancers. I was really hoping to like it, but it’s quite honestly something I use morning, noon and night. After demonstrating it at my job, one of the owners bought one for the break room with a multipack of soda flavors and a bunch of fruit flavors. It’s been a big hit at work since it was brought in.

    Normally these kind of reviews are ones I would question, but I’m writing one of these myself. The initial cost may be a bit tough to swallow for some people without experiencing it themselves, but it’s worth every dime.

    • Luke
      April 7, 2012 | 6:54 PM

      Hunter, Thank you for leaving your own review of the Sodastream Fountain Jet. I also appreciate the kind words. I am glad you found the site helpful in making your decision. You have experienced something I have experienced myself. Both the reaction from coworkers in the office and in the reduction of sodas you drink.

      As some of my upcoming pages will reveal, I have found I use less and less soda flavors and more of the other options available. I especially enjoy making my own unique carbonated beverages from recipes I’ve either found in books or concocted myself. Once I complete my updated series on the Sodastream Flavors, I intend to focus on this aspect of the Sodastream. I would love to hear more about the caffeinated water enhancers and other options you use to make your own fizzy drinks. If you are not comfortable leaving this information in a public comment reply, please feel free to use my Contact Me form to shoot me a private email message.

      Thanks again for your review of the Fountain Jet. – Take good care, Luke

  4. Jennifer
    March 31, 2012 | 1:42 AM

    The user made demo video by Tiffany is very useful and informative. This video saved my new Fizz unit from being returned as I didn’t have a clear understanding of what a “loud buzz” was and wasn’t pressing the button enough. Thanks for posting a site full of useful tips.

    • Luke
      March 31, 2012 | 11:25 AM

      Jennifer, Thank you for visiting my Sodastream site and taking the time to leave your comment. Tiffany’ video is one of my favorites and I refer people to it quite often to learn how to properly carbonate with a Sodastream. Since you own a Sodastream Fizz, would you mind leaving your own Sodastream Fizz Review for others to read? It only takes a few moments. Just visit click over to my page for the Sodastream Fizz, scroll all the way to the bottom and click on the rating categories below the comment form to rate your Fizz based upon your experience, enter some comments about your experience in the comment form and hit submit. I am confident other visitors considering the Fizz would find your feedback most helpful and I would be most appreciative!

      Thanks again for visiting my site. I am quite pleased you found it helpful. – Take good care, Luke

  5. Gregg
    March 16, 2012 | 11:09 AM

    Summary: the Jet’s a nice machine, and I would recommend it to anyone who is interested in making fizzy water at home.

    My story: a friend of mine has had the Soda Club Edition 1 for quite some time and loves it. I’d been spending a fair amount of time lugging bottles of Pellegrino and Perrier around, so I finally decided to bite the bullet on getting my own machine.

    I opted for the Jet because in my opinion, all the models provide the same end result, so I just got the least expensive one (I bought mine at Kohl’s with a coupon). The ability to use either size carbonation cartridge is a plus (and not available on a number of the other models). Considering that I don’t think the look of any of the models is that great, the fact that the Jet resembles the cryonic tank that Fry fell into on Futurama is a plus for me (but maybe not for others, heh).

    There are two negatives for me, and both of them are manageable. First is that it takes two hands, one underneath the bottle, to screw the bottle into the machine. It takes a bit of practice to get the technique down, but it’s not a big deal. The second is that you do have to press the button with some force to apply carbonation, and I suspect the other models (with levers and such) are easier to deal with to get that torque going. Again, not a deal breaker for me.

    I personally like my drinks quite fizzy, and tend to press until I get 5-6 buzzes. This means that I’m not getting as much use out of a carbonator as most, but by my calculations, it’s still cheaper than buying seltzer in a store, and it’s a lot more convenient to have seltzer on command.

    I did not buy an extra carbonator. I have a Bed, Bath, and Beyond a few miles from my house, so I just do an exchange when my current one runs out of gas. It’s ultimately cheaper to simply keep an extra bottle or two of store bought seltzer in the house for emergency consumption.

    I bought their half liter travel bottles, which make taking seltzer into the office very convenient (make seltzer right in the smaller bottle). It’s the only extra thing I’ve bought. I personally feel their soda mixes are expensive (those, in addition to carbonation refills, is clearly where all the profit is coming from), and thus really lower the value of the machine. But that’s a personal preference.

    Conclusion: convenient and less expensive way to have carbonated water whenever one wants it. If you use cold, filtered water, and spend a bit of time figuring out how many buttons presses gets you the fizz you want, you’ll be asking yourself why you didn’t get it earlier.

    • Luke
      March 17, 2012 | 9:30 AM

      Gregg,

      Thank you for taking the time to leave your review of the Sodastream Fountain Jet. You have listed some very valid points I am sure others will find most helpful if they are considering the Fountain Jet. I am glad you commented on the two handed operation. While this will not present a challenge for most people, anyone with arthritis or limited dexterity/coordination in their hands should probably avoid the Fountain Jet. Thanks again for leaving such a detailed review. It is most appreciated!! – Take good care, Luke

  6. Karen
    March 3, 2012 | 12:54 AM

    Just got the Soda Stream Fountain I LOVE it. You do have to play with it to get it exact with the carbonation. But once I figured it out it was awesome. The flavors are good. But if you are a coke or pepsi drinker the cola is not for you. It taste just like RC Cola. The orange is perfect and so is the root beer. I have read comments on other sites that people are buying coke syrup and using it also. You can find it at costco’s and sams. However the boxes Bag-in-box are pretty big and not cheap.

    • Luke
      March 3, 2012 | 11:24 AM

      Karen, Thank you for visiting the site and leaving your Sodastream Fountain Jet Review. I am happy to hear your love your Fountain Jet. If yours holds up as well as mine, it will be with you for a very long time. We have talked about the bulk soda syrup boxes on this site as well. I have not personally tried it but many visitors have an rave about their results. Costco,Sam’s Club & BJ’s seem to be the best places to get these brand name syrup boxes but there are other places as well. Thanks a again for your Fountain Jet Review. I am sure other visitors to the site will appreciate your input. – Take care, Luke

  7. Julie
    February 20, 2012 | 8:05 PM

    I really appreciated having your site to refer to as I was trying to decide whether or not to buy a sodastream. I finally did and found a couple of negatives: the bottles are very expensive and so far Diet Orange is the only flavor I can even tolerate. I haven’t found the Cola Zero or Diet Lemon Lime in my area and will have to buy them online. I’m thinking fruit concentrates might give me a good alternative to Diet Coke, which I drink way too much of.

    • Luke
      February 20, 2012 | 8:35 PM

      Julie, I am sorry to hear you are less than pleased with your Sodastream Fountain Jet. The Sodastream Flavors are not for everyone as I mention several times on my site. There are many other soda syrup options out there and you can always make your own homemade soda recipes. I personally like most of the flavors but find I make my own more often than not.

      You mentioned the bottles are expensive. Are you referring to extra carbonating bottles or the carbonator (CO2) exchanges. You should be able to pick up extra 1 Liter bottles for around $18 – $20 for a two pack depending on where you shop. The carbonator exchanges should cost you around $15. If you are paying more than this, let me know and I’ll help you find a better price than what you are paying now.

      Thanks again for your comments. – Take care, Luke

  8. Ronny P.
    January 27, 2012 | 1:06 PM

    I laughed at the idea of needing a machine in my house that makes soda, mostly because I refuse to pay full price for soda and it rarely goes on sale enough for me to cave. My family has just gotten used to not having it in the house and when it is there its a special treat.

    Well during this Christmas season I researched the Sodastream trying to offer the sparkling water idea to the kids. I got a great deal and man I dont know how I lived with out it!
    My likes about this product is: it makes a liter at a time, with kids that is just enough to serve in one meal without leaving leftovers in the fridge to go flat. Next, is having it when I need it. I have recently found some recipes that require cola or gingerales in the ingredients…bam! in no time I have what I need. No last minute bolt to the store. And finally, the better/healthier sodamixes.

    I am trying to get one in the office and you can bet everyone on my Christmas list this year is getting one!

    • Luke
      January 27, 2012 | 5:56 PM

      Ronny, Thanks for visiting the site and leaving your Sodastream Fountain Jet Review. I am sure others will find it helpful.

      I had a similar reaction to the Sodastream when I first heard about it. I thought for sure it would prove worthless. Little did I know I would fall in love with the darn thing. If someone had told me that I would create a site about it, I would have said they were crazy.

      The Fountain Jet is an excellent model for the office. It is not my favorite model by any means but I can’t complain because of how well it has held up. I thought for sure the abuse would have killed the poor thing but it just keeps on working.

      Thanks again for your Fountain Jet Review. – Take good care, Luke

  9. Lorna
    December 31, 2011 | 11:12 PM

    I quite enjoyed reading thru your extensive website. Quite informative for someone considering to purchase one. My quest, which brought me here was regarding the difference between the genesis and the jet. I own one of each and I find that the genesis provides a higher degree of carbonation than the jet. I was wondering if maybe this was the case or if maybe my jet was malfunctioning.
    What are your thoughts on this?
    Thanks and happy new year.

    Lorna

    • Luke
      January 3, 2012 | 10:29 AM

      Lorna,

      Thanks for visiting my site and commenting on the Sodastream Fountain Jet page. That is a very good question! You should be able to get the same level of carbonation with your Fountain Jet as you do with your Genesis. However, the Fountain Jet has its own little personality (for lack of a better term). I carbonate a bit differently with my Fountain Jet than I do with my Penguin. The Fountain Jet is a bit harder for me to use with my hands than any of the other models. I’ve never really counted the number of CO2 bursts but I can tell you it “feels” like I carbonate a bit longer with the Fountain Jet than I do with my Penguin. I’ve always attributed this to my hands and not the model but your question makes me wonder if the Fountain Jet has something to do with this. I may have to kidnap a friend’s Genesis and test it side by side with my Fountain Jet. If your Fountain Jet performs as it always has, I would be inclined to say it is likely a difference between the models. If you have seen a decrease in performance, I would suggest calling Sodastream at 1-800-763-2258 to trouble shoot with them. Thanks again for visiting the site. – Take good care, Luke

  10. Dave
    December 27, 2011 | 2:11 PM

    i just received the jet for christmas and my question is with many people wanting different flavored soda, do i need a bottle for each flavor? or is there another option available?

    • Luke
      December 27, 2011 | 4:43 PM

      Hi Dave, Thanks for visiting the site and taking the time to leave a comment. Congratulations on getting a Sodastream Fountain Jet! You don’t really need a bottle for each flavor. You can rinse out or wash the bottles and use them for any flavors you wish. What you will most likely want to do is just pick up some extra bottles so you have extras on hand for those times you need to make soda for multiple people. We have quite a few extra bottles filled and stored in our refrigerator. This lets us make sure we always have chilled water ready to carbonate for ourselves or any guests that drop by. How many extra bottles you need will depend on you and how many folks you serve or entertain at any given time. Once you have used the Sodastream Fountain Jet for a while, please take a few moments to come back to the site and leave your own Sodastream Review. You will find the review categories listed below the comment form at the very bottom of this page. Just click on your ratings, enter your comments telling us what you think of the Fountain Jet and hit submit. Thanks again for visiting the site. I wish you the best of luck with your Sodastream Fountain Jet – Take good care, Luke

  11. Sunny1
    December 16, 2011 | 3:05 PM

    Heard about the Soda Steam on The Stephanie Miller Show on WCPT Radio. I was skeptical about it, but wanted to try it because I was tired of not only lugging the cases of soda home, but also of my husband saving and crushing cans in the garage(after 1 1/2 years of saving the cans, he took them to the recycler for about $50.00). Purchased the Fountain Jet instead of the Fizz because of the reviews on the Fizz. I had a little trouble getting the water to carbonate properly at first, but then realized I wasn’t pressing the button down far enough. Once I did this, the water carbonated perfectly. We drink Caffeine Free soda and can’t tell the difference! I would highly recommend this product. It works great!

    • Luke
      December 16, 2011 | 9:09 PM

      Sunny, Thank you for taking the time to visit my site and for leaving a comment. I had to laugh when I read about your initial troubles carbonating the water. I had the same issue with my Fountain Jet in the beginning. It takes a bit of getting used to and is why I don’t recommend this model for anyone with dexterity or arthritis issues in their hands. Thanks again for leaving your comments. – Happy Holidays, Luke

  12. Alan
    October 27, 2011 | 10:06 PM

    We thought we wanted a unit after using my brother’s for a weekend. We were given the fountain jet basic for my birthday and we totally love it. Since it was a gift, we have already started saving money versus buying all the canned sodas we bought. Then I find your review page. You have committed a great amount of time to this product and thanks. This product is a perfect fit for our household. My 10 year old can make a soda. We always liked the diet sodas anyway, and the Sodastream company has made many good flavors. Anyway, thank you for the very in-depth site for this product. :-)

    • Luke
      October 28, 2011 | 11:42 AM

      Hi Alan, Thanks for visiting the site and taking the time to leave a comment. I am happy to hear that you love your Sodastream Fountain Jet. If yours holds up as well as mine, it will be with you for quite some time. – Take care, Luke

  13. T. Falcon Napier
    September 18, 2011 | 10:38 PM

    We have just purchased a SodaStream Jet purely to make sparkling water. I have just one question — Why isn’t SodaStream available on Catalina Island? I saw that on their materials and thought it was strange.

    • Luke
      September 19, 2011 | 8:45 AM

      Congratulations on deciding to get the Sodastream Fountain Jet and thanks for taking the time to leave your question.

      This is a really good question and one that I have been unable to find a definitive answer to. I suspect the restriction has to do with the strict environmental, conservation and fire safety policies on the Island but I have not been able to find written documentation that supports the policy. Catalina Island, for those that don’t know, is home to many rare and endangered species found only on the island. Catalina Island Conservancy goes to great lengths to protect the island and balance the needs of humans with the needs of the land, plants and animals they are there to protect. Although I can’t site the specific policy that bans the Sodastream, I can tell you I have been told it is strictly enforced.

      I sent a general inquiry to the Catalina Island Conservancy in hopes of obtaining an official statement or explanation on the policy. I will update this reply if I receive a response. Thanks again for taking the time to leave a comment. Good luck in your Sodastream Fountain Jet Adventure. – Take care, Luke

      • Luke
        September 26, 2011 | 7:25 PM

        I just wanted to post an update to my reply above for those curious about the Catalina Island restriction. I have been communicating with the Catalina Island Conservancy since my original reply. The conservancy makes policies for what happens on their lands but said they had no knowledge of restrictions on the Sodastream products to residents of their islands. They did, however, state the ferries in the area prohibit any pressurized containers, which explains reports of units being confiscated from campers headed to the island. As for shipments to residents, they had this to say:

        “As far as I know, any resident can buy such a unit…there are strict rules about what goes on the ferries. I can’t imagine you couldn’t ship a unit UPS, however. What I do know is that the Conservancy has not tried to restrict this product, and in fact supports waste reduction efforts.”

        This doesn’t really give us an answer as to why some retailers specifically state they can’t ship to residents of Catalina Island. I am beginning to wonder if this is perhaps confusion between the policies regarding transport on the ferries verses policies for residents. I will continue to search for an answer and post another reply if I get any additional information.

  14. Sammy
    June 29, 2011 | 7:30 PM

    Sorry to bother you but how do I subscribe to get new posts by email?

    • Luke
      June 30, 2011 | 11:43 AM

      Hi Sammy, It is no bother at all. To subscribe to my RSS Feed, just click the”Feed Me” logo in the right rotating advertisement bar above. This will take you to my RSS Feed. From there, it will depend on your browser but you should see your options to subscribe either at the top of the page or in a sidebar. Thanks for the comment and interest in my site. – Luke

  15. Chloe
    June 29, 2011 | 7:21 PM

    I am infatuated with your web site.

    • Luke
      June 30, 2011 | 11:44 AM

      Thanks Chloe, I am glad you are enjoying it. – Luke

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