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~~Silk

Hmmmm. Going by your photo of "a case", $5 per case works out to $1.25 per liter.

The machine is $100, let's say. But you have to also buy the CO2 canisters and flavoring packets, which (according to Wikipedia), works out to about $.75 per liter. That's a savings of about $.50 per liter. It would take you 200 liters before you start to show a savings.

At your current rate of 16 liters per week (Holy Crap! That's a LOT for two people! Are you really drinking that much soda?) it would take 12.5 weeks to start saving, and then you save at the rate of $8 per week, and that's only if you drink all the soda you make. Knowing Gary, he's going to experiment with flavors, so you can probably count on 2/3 of the savings going down the drain until he settles on a standard blend.

And that's only if you get the cheaper machine.

jessica fantastica

Get the Soda Stream! We love ours and it has made us drink less soda. But, don't expect Cola to taste like Coke, nor Dr. Pete to taste like Dr. Pepper. But Orange Soda tastes like orange soda! I've made my own syrups but because I don't have access to sweeteners 1000X sweeter than sugar, it's more like half a bottle of water to half my concoction. I can't recommend them enough if you like having soda in the house but don't have the self control to not drink a whole case in a day (like us). Also, if you go for it, make sure you take your CO2 canister in for recycling at Target or wherever, it'll make your refills half price.

Zayrina

Life it too freaking short as it is, you need to just go for a few things. Nothing would be sadder for you than to scrimp and save for a retirement that may or may not come and wind up giving it all to a nursing home in the end.

Sincerely, The Grasshopper

Hattie

Go ahead and get what you want, I say!

~~Silk

Do let us know what you decide, and how it works out.

Thequeen

~~Silk - it's all true. We decided against it. The death knell came when we accepted we hate soda in bottles. If it could have made cold cans of soda, that would be another story.
Jessica Fantastica - we opted out, though we did take your endorsement into account. Gary did find orange crush for four bucks a case today. Yeah, we're can addicts.
Zayrina - not a chance. We are scrimping so we can have more money to blow on vacations, not nursing homes.
Hattie - but it turns out that what I want is canned soda, that's the deal breaker.
All- Gary has discovered Dasani (coke) makes special water flavorings and is making concoctions out of that.

Thequeen

Oh! And the g spot thing is INSANE. We only used it once and it is just too good for anything but special occasions. Can something be unpleasantly good?

Tami

I have a Soda Stream. I bought it at the Costco, it was the special Costco-only edition. I keep a couple of flavors of syrup in the house, but I use it almost exclusively for when I think, "I want a whiskey and ginger ale. Do I have any ginger ale? I can MAKE ginger ale!"

Hattie

What I don't want is one of those things like my sister in law has that makes smoothies with the texture of baby poo.

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