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12 Safest Water Ionizers in 2020: The Best Under Counter, Convertible, Bottle & Pitcher Models Extensively Tested & Reviewed With Free Buyer’s Guide
Ionized water is known to be as curative as Lourdes water or the water of the Zamzam Well in Mecca. Alkaline ionized water helps alleviate diseases such as arthritis, diabetes, psoriasis, hypertension, and cancer, to mention a few. As for the healing powers of Lourdes and Zamzam, they have been found to be high in minerals and alkaline with a pH close to 8.
It is not our purpose to provide any scientific backing to the blessed water from these two sources, only that they serve as perfect examples of the power of alkalinity. Today, we want to introduce you to a collection of the best water ionizers that also improve alkalinity, selections arrived at after much deliberation.
We did our homework and our aim is to guide you through an easy selection process that would save you both time and money. And don’t cut on the budget for goodness’ sake! After all, water is one commodity that affects our well-being directly.
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Our Product Selection Process
We went through several stages of market research, specs analysis, consumer report analysis, feature analysis, comparison, field-test and re-evaluation of the final list.
Initially, we spent more than 35 hours doing extensive online research to find out the most advanced water ionizer models. That way we were able to track down 25 top-rated ionizers up for sale from the most reliable manufacturers.
Once the final list had been sorted, we proceeded to test each of the models by ourselves over the next couple of weeks. For that, a group of community-based volunteers assisted our team. In our lab we examined the build material, components, filtering technology, ionizing technology, the quality of the water, alkaline level and checked whether the overall performance actually matched what was on the paper.
That led us to choose 10 highest performers from the rest. But the quest didn’t stop there. We also reached out to other water ionizing experts, professional chemists and industry experts to discuss the models. Their valuable insights enriched our knowledge. Then we proceeded to write the reviews on each model.
Out Top 10 Best Water Ionizer List
So, what is the best water ionizer? Here’s the moment of truth, there’s no single model that can meet the diverse spectrum of everyone’s needs. That’s why we’ve come up with a collection of the world’s most advanced models in different categories. Please read the reviews carefully and pick one for your home and business.
The Aqua Ionizer 7.0 offers 7 water settings. We find many similarities between this model and the Aqua Ionizer 9.0. Both offer 7 water settings; 4 alkalines, 2 acidic and one neutral.
The Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 7.0 has a great pre-filter. Both are provided with top-quality filters that attack contaminants. The filter will need changing after 4000 liters that is nearly a year we calculated.
The Aqua 7.0 handles significantly less water. The adjustable pH and ORP values are where they should be for a good water ionizer.
pH range- 4.0 to 11.0
ORP range- +650 to -750 mV
It has 7 durable platinum-coated titanium plates, is self-cleaning and auto plate washing kicks in every 10.5 gallons. So if you are in the market for a self-cleaning unit, look no further.
You will have to part with close to $800 to get this model into your home. With a 5-year warranty, you have your family’s health covered and protect yourself financially.
The Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 7.0 surpassed our expectations. It’s jam-packed with features that actually perform. The auto plate cleaning is an addition that goes beyond just utility; it guarantees safe standards of clean alkaline drinking water.
Another small but useful feature is the backlit display screen makes viewing a lot easier.
Routine maintenance made easier with a self-cleaning feature
Seven water settings possible
The lifespan of an activated carbon filter is about a year
The service life of the long-life filters is 1 year
7 titanium plates are added to this advanced electrolyte technology
Installation can be difficult
We give it a thumbs up outright. Alright accepted it is not much as far as looks go. But once in a while, you review a product where you can see that the manufacturers have walked the extra mile to put together useful features to give you a high performing, durable machine. The Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 7.0 qualifies for this badge in our opinion and worth every dollar you will be shelling out for it. It rightfully belongs to the top of our list.
It is important to manage the type of ionized water you are getting and the Bawell Platinum Ionizer is precisely designed as an effective electrolyzer for this. It is top-rated and has an impressive 5 power settings with each setting featuring 8 pre-programmed levels.
A dual internal filtration system is installed inside this ionizer that targets harmful contaminants including lead and mercury. This filtration system is darn good and can with ease process about 4000 liters of water.
What’s more, a voice prompt prods you when the filter needs to be replaced.
It has a self-cleaning feature but its performance falls short of that bundled with the Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 7.0.
The pH range that the Bawell offers is impressive and the ORP range is right there with the industry’s guidelines.
The pH range is adjustable and is from 2.0 to 12.0. The ORP range is +600 to -800 mV.
If you are desirous of getting a Bawell Ionizers you will need to peel open your wallet a bit. It will set you back $1500. Okay, the dual filter will last a couple of years so no costs will be incurred there. We say that considering its efficiency and durability in contaminant filtration, the price tag is insignificant. Trust us on this. It provides ultraclean alkaline water for drinking and acidic water for household cleaning.
We forgot to mention, it comes with a lifetime warranty. It makes an excellent option for industrial use.
This machine is particularly suited for countertop installation so installation is a cinch and should take about 15 minutes.
The manufacturer has exhibited sufficient concern by opting for BPA-free plastic in the construction. That had us awed.
An internal filtration system of two stages
Optional 3 stage external filtration system
1300 gallons/2-year cartridge filters that are durable
It can be readily hooked to the water line or faucet
The warranty is a lifetime
A continuous provision of alkaline drinking water that is pure
Ideal for countertop installation
Somewhat difficult to replace filters
The team was kept busy asking questions and getting a feel of this advanced ionizing machine. We could only fault the self-cleaning system. Not that it underperforms, but only in comparison the Aqua Ionizer 7.0 is a tad better. It takes nothing away from the Bawell. The feature we particularly found good was the flow rate; 30 seconds for a gallon. Yes, the price is high but we have not listed it under cons because we firmly hold ground that it is justifiable.
The MXL-9 is next-gen stuff. This ionizer of Matrix GRID-plate destroys the competition. It will prove impossible to match this pile-driver in water purity, performance or warranty. The awesome combination of 9 huge platinum-coated titanium plates teaming up with 500 watts of power pours out alkaline water of high strength. Irrespective of the pH of your water source, the MXL-9 is committed to providing you alkaline and acidic water of unmatched quality.
It is suitable for both countertop and under-counter installation.
The pH range is 2.0 to 11.5, a pretty good span.
The ORP range is -800, the antioxidant potential at the lowest end of the scale.
The manufacturers are evidently environmentally conscious in that all tubing is BPA-free.
The Life Ionizer has an advanced RDAC self-cleaning feature.
We absolutely loved its sleek looks; space-saving and the compactly designed machine is a show-off piece.
It is armed with practically the whole works; SMPS, UV for decimating bacteria and viruses, and hydrogen infusion too.
A lifetime warranty on parts accompanies this machine plus 10 years on labor. Nice deal.
We like it that the manufacturers refer to the process as electrodialysis and not electrolysis. Our consultant engineer put it in perspective for us. 5-micron carbon filters wipe out the chlorine taste and odor. A fluoride filter AR-100F removes all fluoride including what may have been added by municipalities.
A faucet is provided with the unit. It has two spouts; the upper one gives you alkaline water and the lower one, acidic. You can choose your settings directly on the faucet itself.
At the time of writing this, this model was not available. It retails at $2400 to $2600. When we probed, we were referred to Life Ionizers the makers; it was available.
High-performance water ionization
Installable on the countertop or under the counter
Dual filters plus UV sterilization
Comes with a faucet and settings can be adjusted from the faucet itself
The remaining filter life is displayed on the screen.
Under the counter installation is a bit complicated
Some might say it is too pricey. Well, look at the package of freebies, features, and warranty. This is a machine that is your lifetime friend. And you can sleep well knowing that you have given your family the best drinking water solution out there.
The Aqua Ionizer Deluxe pH 5.0-11.0 is more commonly known as the Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 5.0. It is a smaller unit that is pocket-friendly without skimping on too many features.
This machine has 7 water settings; 4 ionized alkaline, 2 acidic, and 1 non-ionized purified.
This ionizer gives you water at 4.5 to 11.0 pH which is a bit limited in our opinion. But having just 5 plates some compromises are necessary. The minimum ORP is higher at -600 mV and filter life shorter.
This is a great choice for you if your family is small, you do not need acidic water for household cleaning and cosmetic purposes.
It boasts a filter of activated carbon that removes impurities before the ionization process. This includes chlorine and chemicals that taint the water.
The filter works for 4000 liters before it needs to be replaced, which is about a year.
One of the drawbacks is that it does not work with well water and with any other source that contains harmful microorganisms. So if your only source is well water, you will need to install a filter that deals with well water to get rid of the TDS (total dissolved salts) first.
Affordable for all
Easy-to-use control panel
Takes up less space on the counter
Can be installed under the counter
Limited pH range
Higher ORP levels
We are bound to provide a truthful account of the products we are to review. That this product made it to our list is because it is a performer, durable albeit some limitations. Despite being relatively cheap, it totally fulfills our needs; safe alkaline ionized water. No frills. So if you have a small family, or reside in a small apartment with restricted kitchen space and a budget, the Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 5.0 is your baby.
It is a high-end product and we have good reasons to put it as one of our top 5 choices. This is the Dame Judy Dench of ionizers. Power-packed performance and astounding durability. It comes at a cost but its features and versatility are unmatched. Try this:
11 big plates
Low ORP levels up to -1050 mV
A pH scale between 2-12.
Two big filters that literally herd out contaminants so safe, ionized water results
A sensitive touch screen where you can get access to all settings
7 settings; 3 alkaline levels
3 acidic and 1 neutral pH level that is ideal for formulation of baby food and ingesting medicines
Under sink installation. Easy and DIY
750 watts of power
The Tyent with its 11 plates, the most an ionizer has a straightforward indicator of efficiency performance. The more numerous the plates, the quicker water generation is. Extra plates also accelerate the electrolysis process that results in lower ORP levels with pretty high levels of hydrogen molecules.
With its high power, it is indeed turbo-charged with a powerful current being imparted to electrodes.
If you are wondering about your electricity bill at this stage, sit back and relax; a marvel like the Tyent UCE-11, of course, has an SMPS system which is energy-saving amongst other safeguards it offers.
Here we intervene with a strong recommendation. Like climbing Mount Everest, where you have to spend some time at higher levels getting acclimatized, so it is with alkaline ionized water. You start at level 1, get used to it and gradually up to level 3. Do not shock your body with an abrupt change.
There are tons more features that we’re leaving for you to explore.
Top-quality and all parts are top end
The filtration is pretty thorough. Removes 99.9% contaminants
All components for installation included
Long filter life of 950 gallons
Costly filter replacement
Cannot be used if electricity fails
The Tyent UCE-11 is a boom box. It will clean itself which is nice; no need to open up and mess around manually, no wonder why it’s one of the best-rated models on our list. A bit disappointing is that the filters last about 6 months. Also, customer service is not timely, put us off a bit. All said and done with a tag of $3400 is a far reach for many. But we do agree that given its features, performance, and durability, it’s worth the money.
Air Water Life, the manufacturers of the Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 9.0 are a company of repute in the field of ionizers. This list has three of their products. This model is one of their best-sellers. It is a high-end model without a high tag. It has an interesting set of features and options, of course, the bells and whistles are missing.
Its pH level range starts at 3.0 and goes up to 11.5.
The built-in filter of activated carbon will generate 4000 liters before replacement.
This 9 plate system yields 7 different types of water. The antioxidant potential is superb with an ORP as low as -860 mV.
One thing we noticed was that the Aqua 9.0 with 9 plates produced ionised water comparable to the MXL-9 at half the cost.
The plates are self-cleaning which keeps up the efficiency during ionization and prolongs the lifespan of the unit.
With settings that are 4 alkalines, 2 acidic and 1 neutral pH, it is serious competition to pricier models. Here the innovativeness and experience of Air Water Life show up.
Other ionizers have plain numbers for the water settings. The Aqua 9.0 has a mention of the use which is supremely user-friendly.
Cooking: 9.5-11.0 pH
Brewing coffee/ tea: 9.5-10.0 pH
Daily Drinking: 8.5-9.5 pH
Initial drinking (for people new to alkaline water): 7.5-8.5 pH
This machine does not remove harmful pathogens or TDS so it cannot tackle well water.
Great value- plenty of features and high performance for less money
Versatility- 7 water settings
Digital interface with essential readings
It can be installed on or under the counter
Water filter integrated with replacement reminder
Easy installation and maintenance
It has only a single activated carbon filter
We really took a massive like at the intuitive labeling of the water setting levels. Other manufacturers should borrow a leaf from Air Water Life and follow suit. The Aqua 9.0 is convertible and can be mounted on or under the counter giving you greater flexibility in installation. It retails for around $1400, which is value for the money. The bottom line is well suited for families looking for a high-performance ionizer which costs significantly less than a Tyent or Life ionizers.
The Pure Hydration Alkaline Antioxidant Water Ionizer is a natural ionizer. During our research, we gleaned that a natural ionizer though not as efficient as electric ionizers have their fair share of plus points. They give you quality alkaline ionized water with lots of molecular hydrogen that is antioxidant besides being economical, about one-fifth of pricier models.
It is pretty compact sized and is for countertop mounting but that doesn’t mean you can’t install it under the counter if that is what you prefer.
Don’t let the size fool you. It can do a lot with its four filters:
the cation resin filter softens the water;
a carbon and silver block cartridge removes sediment, rust, chlorine, and other chemicals;
alkaline/ hydrogen infusing cartridge to increase alkalinity and pH, lower ORP and supplement molecular hydrogen increasing antioxidant levels;
Solid activated carbon with KDF (Kinetic Degradation Fluxion) mineral cartridge provides additional filtering followed by the addition of minerals to the water, the process of ionization.
Being a natural ionizer, it doesn’t quite match the performance of an electric ionizer. One of its pluses is that it is environmentally friendly.
The fallout of four filters which need replacement every six months is that maintenance costs are pumped up. The LED signals when the filters need replacements.
Installation is easy
The performance of water filtration is high
The alkaline water level of molecular hydrogen is high
No water setting options
Many filters to replace periodically
The ideal description of the Pure Hydration Water Ionizer is an ‘ionizer and water filter’ and not just an ionizer. It's priced in the range $330 to $350. In our opinion, at this price, the costs of changing filter cartridges are partially offset by zero power consumption. It is worth the little expense you will incur. The other deficiency of no acidic water is not a setback at all. After all, cleaning water is not such a big deal.
We endorse that drinking water from an alkaline filtration system is quite beneficial to health.
If your hunt for an alkaline water generator is focussed on health and fitness, the LevelUpWay Glass Hydrogen Generator is what you want.
It employs a technology called SPE PEM having an Exchange Membrane that is an advancement than ionizers or other water generators.
This new technology and its benefits over ordinary outdated technology are manifold.
To reach a concentration that is 1100ppb, it just takes 6 minutes
Chlorine, Ozone and other pestilent substances are flushed out completely
It can be used for two to three years without any maintenance requirements
The water purity is unaffected by the Platinum Electrolysis Technology
The battery of lithium-polymer is of a long-life. It can be put to use over 20 times after charging
The merits of SPE PEM technology:
By-products such as O2, Cl3, and O3 are scrubbed clean during the water generation process. These pose unacceptable health issues.
SPE technology strips trapped oxygen from the water
The production of H2 is unconstrained by minerals in the water. To produce H2 sufficiently, high mineral quality is needed by ordinary ionizers.
The H2 concentration is greater than 1ppm which is high.
The electrolyte life is higher than in ordinary watermakers.
Cholesterol is kept at bay thereby preventing arteries block promoting health. It contributes to antiaging.
This alkaline water generator averts LDL bad cholesterol and prevents blockage of arteries.
We were reasonably impressed with the water quality.
So buy and enjoy a healthy lifestyle with pure water.
Spare glass provided
Removes ozone and Chlorine
Excellent customer support
Gasket may go leaky
We agree that adding antioxidants to your body along with other beneficial minerals is a process that slowly detoxifies the body. The LevelUpWay Glass Hydrogen Generator is a step ahead of the competition in its use of the latest technology and so in our view is the forebear in enhanced hydrogen water. We did quite like the taste, crisp and refreshing. Our vote as a top-class product is with the LevelUpWay Glass Hydrogen Generator.
The development of this product is the culmination of extensive research and development by the makers keeping you healthy and comfortable. Materials of premium quality and of 100% safety have been used in its manufacture with hydrogen molecule absorption kept topmost in mind. A 1200 mAh battery that charges in 2.5 hours, a 400ml capacity, ergonomic design and travel-friendly, this premium hydrogen water bottle generator runs away with all the accolades. Those who understand the importance of hydrogen and its role in providing strong metabolism, and who are desirous of embracing a healthy lifestyle, will appreciate what this product offers.
Some of the key features are:
The hydrogen production time is 3 minutes
Hydrogen concentration is 1200-1500PPB
The ORP is -400 mV
Removes ozone and chlorine residue
SPE ionic membrane
Breathing inhaler and bottle attachment included
The LevelUpWay scores over the GOSAIT on two counts, The hydrogen concentration and the ORP level
Can use tap water for filtration
Platinum coated electrodes
Ease of use
The flavor is top quality
Max fill line as mentioned not there
Many users we interviewed are unanimous that this is a great buy especially on treks, outdoor activities. For cycling the bottle holder provided is useful. We also unearthed high praise for the customer support and users have come back totally pleased with their purchase and the palpable body changes evident from first use. We give it a thumbs up.
The GOSAIT is a high-efficiency bottle. It can rapidly produce hydrogen taking only 3 minutes for the process to complete. The hydrogen concentration is as high as 1100PPB and the pH level to 7.35-8.50. The ORP value stands at a healthy -350mV.
It is of a double skin transparent body with curvature for firm gripping. The hydrogen generation process is actually visible. The hydrogen ions neutralize the oxygen in the body which is harmful and boosting metabolism. We unearthed one aspect of consuming hydrogen-rich water that got us smiling; it helps in getting rid of hangovers.
The capacity of the bottle is a little low at 260 ml but still, enough for indoor fitness programs, yoga, and treks considering that replenishment time is quick.
Rapid hydrogen generation
Easy to use especially for elderly people
Wholesome and refreshing water taste
Value for money
USB charger option
Size on the smaller side
We ran into very few negative user comments in the process of reviewing this product. That itself speaks for the versatility of the product. It costs between $80 and $85 which in our trusted opinion is value for money.
The EHM Alkaline Water Pitcher when used to ionize the water you drink, you get to relish its natural, fresh, refreshing taste minus any free radicals or toxins. The filter employs 7-stages and is of tourmaline, exchange resin, activated carbon, and mineral balls. Boosted energy levels and antioxidants are conveyed by the EHM Water Pitcher.
It eliminates chlorine and fluorides. Before use, the filter must be soaked in water so that you don’t get the black residue of the carbon filter. pH strips have to be used to check alkalinity and when to change the filter.
Some of its key features are:
Alkaline water produced by a 7-stage filter that is clean
For better hydration and absorption, micro-clusters and reduced size of molecules
Its compact design holds 3.5 L water, fits easily in the refrigerator
Filter cleaning is simple
Disassembling machine parts & refitting is straightforward
Reduces pH and provides high quality
Filtering speed is fast
The lid is weak and can break under too much pressure
No meter indication of when the filter needs replacement
We absolutely love the simplicity and ease of operation of the EHM Ultra. If anything disturbs us, it's that the filter needs cleaning every 2 months or so adding up to running costs. The 7-stage layout does a splendid job of filtering out chlorine and fluoride effectively. Other impurities too are removed but only to a certain extent. Coming for a shade above $40, they are inexpensive and a good bargain. Overall, we’d say it’s a good value for money unit.
This countertop filtration system is well-designed and is an offering of Invigorated Water. The pH Restore is a faultless pick if you are serious about ingesting water that is micro-clustered for hydration and health. It is no different from an alkaline ionizer pitcher.
It has the capacity to house 3 water filters including PH001 Multi-Stage filter. It presents a design that is compact even as it was made to be placed on an office or home counter, it will fit on large refrigerator shelves.
It has a sleek profile and the handle is ergonomically designed.
Some of its key features:
It generates easily absorbed water of micro-clusters that is a boon for hydration, weight loss as also slowdown of our aging process as it is easily absorbed. The water produced is detoxifying and oxygenated
By extending the alkalinity level of the body, inflammation and acidity are sharply lowered
BPA-free and eco-friendly
Essential minerals such as selenium, magnesium, and calcium are added. Gives out drinking water that is free from heavy metals, and pollutants
2 filter cartridges are provided each with a life of 3 months
A reminder of filter change provided
Multifunctional, ideal for residential use
Pouring, storing and moving the picture simplified by the ergonomic handle
Water spills if filled to the brim as the lid is a bit flimsy.
When we spoke to the manufacturer, we were assured that this problem has been sorted out and has been incorporated in their new model.
We say with much conviction that there is a pitcher of a higher volume than most. The dual cartridge will give you 6 months of trouble-free service. It is a popular model and combines efficient filtration with a great alkalizer. The efficient filters not only wash out the harmful pollutants including heavy metals but also supplement the water with useful minerals which contribute to greater health benefits.
We came across hundreds of reputable brands with their popular models. Even though not all of them made it to our list, we want to take this space to name them for you in case you want to take your search to the next level:
Alive, Dianapure (known for commercial models), Drinkpod (known for their Dispensers), MONITOR (known for their Japanese Kangen Purifier models), Chanson,
KYK (known for Generation ii, Hisha), Nexus (known for Smart 7P),Culligan (known for their Whole-House system), H-rich, Fbestbei (known for negative ion models), Biontech, Biostone, Akai (known for Plus), Genesis, Mavello, Alphion, Medilight, Arirang, Echo, Vitev, Webetop, EOS, Delphi, NIHON TRIM CO.,LTD., Orpion, Hitachi, Suzu, H-rich, SUZUION, Aquatatva, Alkafresh, Hydro-Jal (known for Plus), Vollara, Izumi, Oxynova, Benchmark, Millionuser and IonTech (known for undersink model).
Other hot sellers:
Aqua-Ionizer Pro, Lake Industries, Zen Water Systems, DRAGONN, Apex, IonHiTech, EBUTY, Essentia Water LLC, Crewelter, Magicos, Level Up Way, NEW PACIFIC YOUYAH, Hskyhan, Waterdrop, AlkaDrops, Meng Ran, iRayer, DQXY, APEC Water Systems, WAMERY, Opti Drop, Express Water, Cliusnra, ZeroWater, GOFILTR, ECO, iRayer, iSpring, Enagic (known for Kangen 8, K8), Yuege Micro, Alkaviva (known for Vesta H2, Athena H2), H2CAP, WSTA, BIOCERA, i-water, Yotown, Mahaishangmao, AQUALKA, Davidlee, Jupiter (known for Melody filter), Sanastec International, USA, AlkaWay (known for Ultrastream), Life Water (known for M9), HQUA, PureAction, MAIN-ACCESS, Vitality, Wellblue, Leveluk, Rhorawill, Home Master, HFactor, AquaBliss, ELEGENCE-Z, and Naples Naturals.
Ionizers increase the pH of running water applying electrolysis and divide the incoming water flow into alkaline and acidic components.
This is a moot point, medically speaking. The jury is still out on this. But that is not our concern. We will present both sides of the coin to you.
The pH level ranges from 1 to 14 with 1 being strongly acidic and 14, very alkaline. Tap water is at around 7; a bit of both.
The main focus of an ionizer is to nullify the acidic part as we all know what distress acidity or de-ionizing can cause.
A water ionizer is also called an alkaline ionizer as the pH level of an incoming stream is increased. It’s different from traditional water treatments using chemicals. This is accomplished by electrolysis wherein the water is charged negatively resulting in microclusters that have higher cellular penetration capacity. The acidic proportion is nullified.
Consuming artesian well water with a pH of 8.8, according to a study by the National Institute of Health, shuts off the enzyme pepsin, the chief culprit of acid reflux.
Another study by the Shanghai School of Preventive Medicine advises consuming ionized alkaline water benefits in the reduction of hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol.
Yet another study, this time by the Journal of the International Society Of Sports Nutrition which concluded that post a workout, consuming alkaline water helped boost blood flow by lowering blood viscosity. Oxygen delivery is amplified.
Adherents are vociferous that alkaline water is anti-aging, colon cleansing, supports the immune system, is a powerful detoxification agent, and has cancer-resistant properties.
Now for the other part of the narrative.
Alkaline water can cause metabolic alkalosis. This is the result of excess alkalinity in the body. Alkalosis can deplete free calcium affecting bone health. Nausea, gastrointestinal complaints, vomiting, arm tremors, muscle twitching, and confusion are the fallouts.
Alkaline Water Filters Vs. Water Ionizers
The ionization of water can be accomplished by two methods. The first is electric, a water ionizer that is based on the principle of electrolysis. The other is by using an ionizing filter that relies on the addition of minerals such as zeolite, magnesium, and tourmaline. Thereafter some form of magnets is deployed to lightly ionize.
Manufacturers hype it up that their product works better. This post will explain the similarities and differences between the two systems so you are on an even footing when it comes to deciding
Benefits of Electrolyzed Water Using a Water Ionizer
The basic model of an electric water ionizer is to split the acidic and alkaline parts. The upshot is an alkaline water stream rich in useful minerals (such as magnesium, calcium, magnesium) which are beneficial to the body. The acidic stream filters out the toxic elements (fluorides, chlorides).
We do not intend to make a boring, pedantic presentation, but there is a need to know what ORP (Oxidation Reduction Potential) is. It is the tendency to accept electrons or a negative charge. It is an antioxidant level measuring unit. In electric water ionizers, this level is pretty raised.
Benefits of Alkaline pH Ionizing Filters
These ionizing filter systems are quite inexpensive because they don’t include platinum plates that are used as electrodes in electric ionizers. The annoying bit is that they can only offer up a limited quantity of water before needing a break to recharge. The reason, alkaline pH ionizing systems employ the principle of spontaneous ionization discovered by Dr. Hayashi, where the ionization is accomplished by the use of magnesium in a field of ceramic magnets. For this, time-release magnesium balls are present in the filter. The outer layer of these balls is used up to ionize a certain quantity after which the balls need to recharge. A negative charge is only applied to the magnesium quotient in the water.
Our take is that electric water ionizers are more capable in that negatively charging the water makes it more bioavailable to the body. They are capable of stronger ionization as well as giving you an uninterrupted supply of drinking water.
Water Ionizer – Buying Guide
We have included this section as these are the parameters we base our review on.
1. pH Range
As earlier referred to, the scale is from 0-14, with 7 being neutral. A good example is plain drinking water.
Coffee, wine, cheese, meats, Coke, sugar, beer, tea, and alcohol are some examples of acidic foods that are less than pH7.
On neutral ground, at pH7 we can find butter, raw milk, and most tap waters. The realm of alkaline foods greater than pH7 is fruits, vegetables, and olive oil. Plan your food intake appropriately.
2. ORP Range
We are now aware of what ORP is. Oxygen reduction. Oxygen in the body does little good. It wreaks havoc on cells, proteins, DNA and what have you. That is why green tea and other antioxidants are perennially being touted. Oxidation is what causes rusting and an apple to go brown. This is achieved by stealing electrons or a negative charge. And who is the recipient of this theft; a free radical. So we need to annihilate these little imps. How? Pump up on anti-oxidants or, lower the ORP. The yardstick of healthy water is low ORP levels. The unit of measurement is millivolts. The more negative, the better and that could be as low as -900 mV. -450 is considered reasonable.
3. The Configuration of Electrolysis Plates
The plates are the heart of an ionizer. The more upscale models use platinum-titanium. This is where the alkalinization process occurs. Needless to say, the better the plates the swifter and efficient is the conversion going to be. The rule-of-thumb dictates that the larger the number of plates, the better. Expense too is scaled up. But the end product is very much superior, in terms of ionization strength whereby the pH range is larger as also the ORP. There are four configurations of plates:
GRID- Top quality with efficiency at its peak and matching durability
MESH- High quality and efficiency.
FLAT- Good quality and durability.
Slotted- Run of the mill stuff but mentioned here so you know.
4. Built-in Water Filter
Whoa! Before you jump on your horse and gallop off to the supermall to get yourself an ionizer, a couple of things more. This one is important.
A built-in water filter is a feature of all ionizers. In the event that your source is well water, you will need a model with a robust filter to cope easily with the water pressure. The filter would need renewal every 6-12 months which adds to your maintenance costs. This is speaking generally as it all depends on the manufacturer and model that catch your fancy.
5. Installation Process
This is usually a simple procedure but we don’t want you off guard on this one, so we think it is a worthwhile mention.
You are faced with three choices; countertop, under the counter and convertible.A countertop is a breeze. You don’t even require any tools.
Under the counter is a tad more challenging. Your user manual will guide you amply well how to go about this.
A convertible installation can swing both ways. An example would be the Life Ionizers MXL-7 or the Aqua Ionizer Deluxe 9.0 models which we will elaborate upon later.
Modern water ionizer machines are shielded by an SMPS (Switched-mode Power Supply) power supply that is powerful and pretty efficient. Its chief function is to stabilize the voltage so that unwarranted fluctuations don’t damage the machine. Some machines like Kangen do not have this as they use older technology.
7. Auto-Cleaning Capacity
Some ionizers are equipped with a self-cleaning feature that kicks in after every use. Some have an automatic plate washing facility that is activated after ionization of a preset amount of water that varies from model to model.
The main advantage of consuming hydrogen infused water is the high antioxidant content which destroys free radicals, the cause of much body damage.
Bottles- Bottles are portable, can be carried on walks and outings and not relying on river or pond waters. They can be taken along on travels, used at the gym and are very handy. On top of that, they are the cheapest options to get.
Pitchers- Pitches are good for family or office use. They are installed as a countertop but can be readily shifted into the refrigerator and you have cold, refreshing, hydrogenated water. Not a bad bargain.
Machines- These are fixed installations and are dealt with in detail.
9. UV Light
The UV light in your ionizer is to destroy bacteria and viruses.
An important consideration. Mid-level and inexpensive models should offer at least a 10-year warranty. The plates being of prime materials should carry a life-term warranty. We wish to guide you that a warranty of 5-years or less is a clear indication that the manufacturer does not measure up.
Do’s and Don’ts of Maintaining a Water Ionizer
For the safety of the user as well as the machine, the undermentioned dos and don’ts will ensure that your water ionizer will give you peak performance and trouble-free service.
The internal filters of the machine need replacement every 6-12 months. This process will consume 5 minutes of your time. New replaced filters will need to be flushed for 2-5 minutes before they are installed in the machine.
Internal cleaning will need to be done regularly. For this, a cleaning cartridge is used or a process as defined by the manufacturer. This flushes out mold and bacteria build-up from hidden parts of the machine invisible to the eye.
Wipe down the machine with a soft cloth or sponge every week. The exterior is maintained and your water ionizer will sport a new fresh look.
The product manual lays down the cleaning protocols. If you have commenced cleaning with any other incompatible process, discontinue the cleaning process. These instructions may have been given to you by a friend or picked up on the web, or any other source but from the manufacturer.
Keep adequate time in hand once you have initiated the cleaning process to complete the job, it should be followed until the end. Even if you have a self-cleaning system in place, manual cleaning must be thorough to make sure that any bacteria build-up is wiped out.
Strictly avoid household cleaners on the ionizer. The finish will be damaged as well as eroding the control panel’s indicators.
Summing It Up
Our team has diligently pursued all leads and sources to present to you this review guide so that you know what you should go for. Be it a hydrogen bottle, an ionizing pitcher or a water ionizing machine, your choice will be based on authentic information. We have chosen a fairly comprehensive range of all three categories highlighting their features and also their prices and ratings where required.
We would like to emphasize here that getting the best water ionizer for your needs will usher in a new chapter to improve your health and metabolism. Hydrogen-rich water is a boon for all and the benefits of drinking water that is ionized are clearly being enjoyed by those who have embraced this lifestyle. If you have further queries, feel free to contact us, we’ll try to come up with the right solution for you.
1. Is Ionized water safe to drink?
Ans. Certainly, ionized water is 100 % safe to drink. Only one must start at low levels first and work your way up.
2. How does the machine’s quality get affected by the automatic self-cleaning feature?
Ans. For better results even if you have an automatic self-cleaning system in your ionizer, periodically a manual cleaning is necessary to maintain the efficiency.
3. What does the ORP level or the oxidation-reduction potential indicate?
Ans. Simply put a high ORP level indicates a high level of oxygen and a low ORP level indicates a high level of hydrogen.
4. What is the function of a Water Ionizer?
Ans. A water ionizer raises the pH level of drinking water so that it is more alkaline.
5. Reverse Osmosis Vs Water Ionizer
Ans. All the minerals are removed by Reverse Osmosis and distillation rendering the water ‘dead.’ Ionization concentrates healthy minerals like magnesium and calcium and creates a higher alkaline water level.
6. Water Ionizer Work on what principle?
Ans. Water ionizers work by separating the water into two streams; acidic and alkaline by means of electrolysis. The two streams are treated differently resulting in alkaline water for consumption and acidic water for household cleaning.
7. What is the right way to Install a Water Ionizer?
Ans. A plumber is redundant here. Each unit comes with a simple to fit diverter kit along with instructions and can be completed in 5 minutes.
8. How Long Does Ionized Water Stay Ionized?
Ans. The antioxidant properties will dissipate after 18-24 hours. It takes 1-2 weeks for the pH value to return to a neutral value of 7.
9. Where to buy ionized water filters?
Ans. If you live in the US, we’d recommend Amazon for fast and reliable delivery.
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