I really wasn't sure how I was going to like having to make a few extra steps to make my own soda, but I was pleasantly surprised. After reading many reviews on tips to NOT make your beverages explode, I found that common sense is the only thing you need. By carbonating only water, and letting the bubbles settle, I have had no problems using the machine, and found it super easy to make my own sodas. I am in love with the LED indicator for carbonation levels, but find myself giving it a little overcharge every time, because I love lots of carbonation. Giving my water just a little 'fluff' is great to take to work in my water bottle with a little fruit to zip up ordinary water. I have been using my Soda stream for about two weeks now, and have been experimenting with making my own syrups with fruit and concentrated flavors from the supermarket. I forsee myself using this one for a long while to come.