So, back home in the States, I started buying fizzy water. In glass bottles. From Europe. Which is really sorta ridiculous. I know this is ridiculous, because 1) our tap water is excellent right here at home 2) buying water all the way from europe? and, 3) how much am I actually just paying for the price of transporting a heavy glass jar across the ocean?
When I learned about the Soda Stream fizzy-water-maker a few years ago, I started doing some calculating. It seemed that compared to the price of buying a couple bottles of fizzy water each week, this thing would pay for itself in No Time! I think it cost about $100 when I bought it, and each time you refill the gas tank it costs about $18, but it really goes a long way. I've had it for a couple years now and I love it SO MUCH. I drink so much more water than I used to, which is really great and is the main reason I got it.
The Soda Stream is smallish, compact, doesn't plug in (it has a pressurized tank inside that carbonates the water), and is really easy to use. Just to be clear, they didn't send me one or anything, I just want to spread the good word. My brother and I got one for our dad, and my friend Gabrielle got one, and everyone I know who has one loves it. Highly recommended!
Also, if you are into soda pop, it comes with some syrups and stuff for making soda, but I am really just a fizzy water gal.