We don’t consume very much carbonated liquid in this household, at least not compared to most Americans. The two of us might go through a 2-liter bottle in a week; more if we’re trying to meet deadlines (and looking for a nice cold source of caffeine), less if we’re being more relaxed, or paying more attention to our health. We’re currently experimenting with the latest combinations of diet cherry, vanilla, and berry flavors (though we often settle for our old standby, Diet Dr Pepper).
Those who drink a lot more soda (or “pop” or whatever you call soft drinks in your part of the world) might, however, be interested in the Fountain Jet Home Soda Maker. My friend Mark has one and says it’s fantastic: convenient, easy to use, and saves a lot of money. You get your own CO2 canister and hook it up to the machine. Add water and one or more of the company’s wide selection of flavorings, and you’ve got your own custom-made soda.
Of course, you have to balance the money savings against increased clutter. I resist anything that takes up more of my precious counter space, and I’ve been conditioned by years of watching Alton Brown to steer away from unitaskers. But this could be just the thing for a large family that normally buys soda by the case.