SodaStream Naturals Review & Fruity Fizz Recipe!

SodaStream became a household name back in the 1980s and it’s recently been making something of a comeback. With gorgeous new machines that would grace any kitchen side, SodaStream are moving with the times. It’s not all about aesthetics though. We are all increasingly conscious of the foods we put into our bodies and the potential damage we could be doing. Fizzy drinks do not traditionally conjure up healthy images, but SodaStream have recently launched a brand new Naturals range which hopes to combat past prejudices and encourage us all that fizzy can mean healthy.

SodaStream Naturals are available in three flavours:

  1. Lemon & Lime
  2. Blackcurrant & Pear
  3. Pink Grapefruit

With a sub range created just for kids which is also available in three flavours:

  1. Apple
  2. Strawberry
  3. Orange & Peach

I received Apple, Strawberry and Lemon & Lime to review.

I was surprised by the size of the bottles, they are quite a bit larger than a standard SodaStream concentrate bottle. Each makes up six litres of sparkling soft drink and every bottle of flavouring has to be refrigerated after opening. If you open more than one bottle they take up quite a bit of space in the fridge. This was problematic for myself as I only have door storage where they will fit.

The drinks are made by carbonating tap water in your SodaStream drinksmaker. The flavouring is then carefully added. All the flavours in the Naturals range have no artificial colours, flavours or sweeteners, using only cane sugar and natural fruit juices. Plus the Naturals for Kids range also contains 100% RDA of Vitamin C per serving.

Flavour wise the drinks are very refreshing and obviously more natural in taste. I would liken the flavour to a quality fruit juice, gentle, delicate and wonderfully fruity.

To really add to the appeal of this new range, they make the perfect base for fun and fizzy cocktails. The following recipe makes a non-alcoholic ‘mocktail’ that’s perfect for the kids at Christmas.

Fruit Fizzy Recipe

  • Fill a tall glass with ice.
  • Top with equal parts of SodaStream Naturals Apple and SodaStream Naturals Strawberry.
  • Garnish with an orange slice and a sliced strawberry.

Would I recommend this product?

Yes, they’re fun, fruity and have a lovely delicate taste.

Could they be improved in anyway?

I found the bottles a little hard to fit in the fridge, but this is more of a niggle than a point needing improvement.


750ml bottles of SodaStream Naturals syrups are priced at £3.99 each.

SodaStream drinksmakers are available from John Lewis, Selfridges, Comet, Argos, Robert Dyas, Lakeland, Harvey Nichols, The Range, Maplin, Curry’s Megastores and selected Sainsburys, Asda and Homebase stores. Prices start at £49.99.

500ml standard flavour concentrates are priced at £3.29.

Soda Stream World Without Bottles Jet Review

When I think of SodaStream I hark back to my childhood, when it seemed that one of their machines lurked in every kitchen. These days their presence seems to be less commonplace. But could all this be about to change?

I was lucky enough to be sent a Sodastream World Without Bottles Jet to review recently. This is a new limited edition machine with an emphasis on being eco friendly by utilising a reusable bottle. In the UK alone we use a massive 13.1 million plastic bottles a year, that’s roughly 500 per household and more than 43% of these households recycle less than half of the bottles they purchase. That’s an awful lot of plastic that goes into landfill, possibly taking hundreds of years to biodegrade. For every drinksmaker sold SodaStream are also making a donation to the One to One project who build water wells in Kenya. Every Jet or Genesis machine sold will help supply one person in Kenya with clean drinking water for at least a year.

I know what you’re thinking, eco friendly and healthy aren’t terms you’re used to associating with this brand. But Sodastream are moving with the times and it doesn’t seem unreasonable to assume that this could mean a reintroduction of a Sodastream to every kitchen counter. But is all this praise truly deserved?

I’ll start with the basics, the machine was packed in a brown cardboard box with rope handle. I really like this design, before you even open the box it promises an environmental and design conscious machine.

Next we began to assemble the Jet, but as it took about two seconds and a couple of clicks assemble might not be the right word. We first tested out the Sugar-free Lemonade flavour. Making is as simple as ‘assembling’, just fill the bottle with cold water, marvel as you carbonate it at the touch of a button and then carefully pour in the flavouring.

I really enjoyed this flavour, it made a delicate bubbly lemonade. I should mention that I am not a big fan of fizzy drinks, I often find them too harsh and high in sugar. So I was apprehensive when I took the first sip, but I was pleasantly surprised. The bubbles in this drink were just right and not too sharp. The flavour didn’t suffer for being sugarfree and it also worked very well as a mixer with other juices and in cocktails.

We also tested out the Pink Grapefruit flavour and I think we may have formed a lifelong love, all my family have really enjoyed this flavour and we’ve already made several bottles.

We can’t wait to test out more flavours and there’s plenty of choice, just a quick glance at SodaStream’s website proves we’ll never get bored.

Would I recommend this product?

I can happily recommend this machine, it’s both eco conscious and family friendly. How can you not resist a product that manages to both cut your waste and satisfy your taste buds. It also inspires a warm fuzzy filling when you realise your not only treating your own family, but your helping another in a less affluent part of the world. Plus the novelty of making your own soft drinks at home never gets boring.

Could it be improved in anyway?

My only bugbear with this product and it’s a small one, was that we found the bottle a little difficult to wash. One of our bottle brushes was too wide and the other too short. But a new brush and we’d fixed this problem, of course I don’t know how the well the reusable bottle would hold up under extended use. But judging by the quality of the rest of the machine I’m willing to bet there would be no problems in this area.


The World Without Bottles Jet Drinksmaker has an RRP of £59.99 and is available to purchase online from Or

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