STONE MOUNTAIN -- Trai Watson and her family are kind of "old school". They like to make jam, jelly and most everything they eat from scratch. She's not keen on using her microwave to cook anything or even warm it up.
"We rarely buy soda, but when we do, it's like the Super bowl is coming up, so we'll get a little soda, a little juice," she said. "For [the] most part, we're water drinkers."
So we decided Trai would be great to test the SodaStream, which claims to be a revolutionary new product that helps you make your own carbonated beverages just the way you like them.
The Genesis SodaStream kit sells for about $100 at Bed, Bath and Beyond. It comes with the beverage maker, a carbonator tank, two reusable bottles and a variety of sample flavors.
The maker claims the carbonator tank can make about 60 liters of soda. Tanks sell for about $25, but can be exchanged for $15.
"I think it'll be interesting," she said. "We like to make a lot of stuff from scratch around here."
Trai read the directions -- a bit of a challenge since the manual comes in several languages.
"We had to first find the English instructions," Trai said laughing. "This is the index, and English is all the way down here."
Set up is easy. Just insert the special carbonator tank into the drink maker and screw it into place.
Trai then filled the provided drink bottle with water and attached it to the SodaStream.
To carbonate the water, Trai pressed the top button several times until the maker buzzed, indicating her water was ready.
Trai decided to try the lemon-lime flavor. She opened the single use flavor sample and poured it into the bottle.
"Look at it," Trai said, "It's fizzing."
After gently shaking the bottle, Trai tasted her soda.
"Okay," Trai said. "It has that generic Sprite taste."
"It has good fizz," she added. "It has good flavor."
While Trai said she wouldn't spend the money for the gadget because her family doesn't drink much soda, she said some people might enjoy the SodaStream.
"It did exactly what it said it would do," she said, "And the water was good."
"It's not a bad product, so I give it two thumbs up."