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Can you really save money by making your own soda at home?

Whether make-it-yourself soda works for you really depends on how much soda you drink. It's easy enough that anyone can do it, so soda junkies may find savings in a make-it-yourself home soda machine. These machines are not the behemoths you see at restaurants. In fact, they are small enough to fit in your kitchen cabinets.


Right now, SodaStream is dominating the market. A few companies make Soda Siphons, but only SodaStream sells flavoring to make soda water into soda. The starter kit comes with a user manual, 2 one liter bottles with caps, a 110 liter carbonator gas cylinder and the soda maker. The machine does not require electricity or batteries. The starter kit makes 110 liters, or 55 2-liter bottles, of soda. When the machine is done, a return label and box is provided to return the used cartridge. You'll need to include about $20 to get back a new one. The starter kit is a little under one hundred dollars, and the soda mix is around five dollars for enough to make 12 liters. The pricing of the SodaStream device itself is in line with most reasonable quality Soda Siphons.

Cheaper by the Dozen Liters

When it comes to figuring out if making your own soda is saving you money or not, it is best to look at all the expenses of the soda machine and how much the soda at your local store costs. Adding soda mix and how much the gas carbonator holds, the average cost of a liter of soda made is around 60 cents. Some kinds of two liter bottles of soda can cost around a dollar, making a liter around 50 cents. The difference is only cents; but don't forget each city and store prices differently, so what may be affordable to you, may not be to others. Also, different soda machines may cost more or less than the one described.

Convenience Sizes are Pricey

However, many people buy smaller soda containers in bulk because a two liter bottle goes flat soon after opening it. When figuring out that a 12 pack of 12 ounce cans of soda costs around four dollars, your homemade soda is cheaper. One liter is around 33.8 ounces, making a 12 pack a little over four liters. The average cost of one liter of soda would be around 90 cents. Don't forget that our soda machine averages around 60 cents a liter. There is a larger difference here.

Many people also buy the 20 ounce bottles from vending machines. These bottles cost over a dollar, making the average liter cost around two dollars. This choice is much more expensive than buying a regular two liter bottle of soda from the grocery store. However, since this drink is more appealing for customers on the go, the market uses it to their advantage and makes it a little more expensive.

Your Soda-Junkie Status Matters

When looking to see if your home soda machine is much more affordable than buying the soda from your grocery store, a few options need to be taken into consideration. How much soda you drink or buy and which kind of bottle or can you choose makes a difference in the savings. However, no matter which way you choose, the answer is obvious. Making your own soda at home can save you money. Not only does it save you money, but it is fun and easy to do. It doesn't need a lot of work and there are many flavors to choose from, including diet. While the best option is simply to give up soda, those of you who simply must get your fizz on will want one of these machines.

Jessica Bosari is an Internet copywriter and blogger for various publications and her own blog. You can read more of Jessica's work here. If you have any comments or questions about SavingTools or about saving money, leave your comments in the form below or email Thanks!


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