27/12/2010 13:16 GMT | Updated 22/05/2015 06:12 BST

ParentView: SodaStream Drinks Maker

When I heard that the SodaStream brand had undergone a revamp and now offered an extensive range of drinks with a stylish look, I was initially sceptical. I remember SodaStreams the first time around when they were space-consuming, limited in flavours and more supermarket own than premium brand in flavour.

Soda Stream kindly sent over their new model for me to put through its paces. This time, the brand has given their SodaStream a sleek new look, added a selection of sugar-free drinks that makes it ideal for anyone worrying about young teeth and works out as more eco-friendly then the ready-made alternatives.

Here's how I got on.
The new SodaStream comes in several colours and styles. I was sent the Genesis model (£59.99), which is compact enough to slide in next to all your other basic white goods.

The model comes with a gas cylinder and a sampler pack to test out all the different flavours. Flavours include sugar-free cola and lemonade, flavoured spring waters, an energy drink and soda flavouring. All of the flavour pouches are clearly labelled with the ingredients so you can be sure you're not filling your child up with e-numbers.

Setting up is easy. All you have to do is insert the gas cylinder, fill one of the SodaStream bottles with tap water and screw into the machine. Pump the top a few times to give your water a bit of fizz, then add the flavouring (slowly! Unless you fancy creating a fizzy sticky mess on your kitchen top). Then just pour!

Each 500ml bottle of Soda Stream mixture can create 12 litres of fizzy drink, which makes about 48 drinks. Most of the mixtures are under a fiver, so it works out as a very economical way of shopping. It also allows you to be a lot more eco-friendly as the SodaStream bottles are reusable, meaning you make far fewer trips to the plastics and bottles banks.

Overall, I'd say this was an excellent option for families who are concerned about the ingredients in their fizzy drinks and want to save money and the environment. They're pretty damn tasty too!

ParentView Rating: 5/5