Once you have come to learn that you need an alkaline water ionizer to improve your health, energy and longevity naturaly, then you need to pick one to purchase.
For some, this can seem very challenging and even frustrating. Ionized water is relatively unknown here in the USA and finding the real experts and authorities on it are like finding needles in a haystack. Well, you just found your needle!
Our goal at Water Filters and Water Ionizers is to educate the customer and tell the plain old truth regarding which ionizer does what and how good each one is. We sell a few different brands of ionizers so that we are offering the full spectrum of the best products available today. We have personally tested every ionizer we sell and were not talking about adding some reagent drops to the water to inaccurately test alkalinity levels, were talking about detailed testing using lab quality meters and sensors. We have also tested many Ionizers that we don't sell and those are the ones that did not pass our quality criteria.
Ronnnie our water expert with a few of the ionizers he's tested.
We are very aware that just quoting performance numbers does not tell the whole story. Just like when buying a computer- the memory and the speed certainly don't tell the whole story- we will always strive to tell you as much about the machines as we have learned so that you end up very pleased with your purchase.
What are we looking for in general?
- Build quality of the machine
- Number and type of plates/electrodes
- Ease of installation and daily use.
- Look of the machine.
- Cleaning cycle
- Max repair cost after warranty
- Filter replacement costs
- Strong PH and acid waters
- Waste water.
What are we testing for?
- Alkalinity levels
- Acid levels
- ORP levels
- Chlorine levels
- Flow rates
Some competing websites have disguised themselves as “consumer review” type websites for ionizers. Please notice how each of them ends up steering you towards a certain brand (which is the brand they happen to sell) and the reviews are certainly biased, even the very few other companies that sell multiple brands like us, will try to steer you toward the model that makes them the most profit. We're here to sell you an ionizer as well, but we will never compromise our Morals to make a better buck!
It is very important to realize that outside of all the marketing each manufacturer does to sell their product- these machines are plumbing fixtures just like your dishwasher and faucets and shower heads. They process water, we all know what eventually happens to all of our plumbing fixtures, they succumb to scale and rust and get clogged up or cease to perform efficiently. The difference between a high end dishwasher and a cheapie is the high end will handle more abuse and use over a longer period of time. The same goes with Ionizers.
Your source water will play a large role in the performance and longevity of these Ionizers. Those with very hard water (high mineral content) will achieve the most impressive PH and Acid numbers initially but as scale builds in the machine the performance will drop just like your water heater does as it builds scale inside. Those with soft water (low mineral content) will achieve the lower PH and Acid numbers but their machines will perform for longer and more consistently.
All the machines we sell have good filters but none remove everything from the water, for those that require the absolute best in filtration we sell under counter pre-filters that can address any and every water issue. Email us for help on this one. In most cases the machine filters will provide you with clean great tasting water. Those on well sources may require additional filtering.
Always remember we are here to answer your questions and to help you, if our reviews don't answer all your questions please send us an e-mail.
The quoted numbers of performance are based on our Tap water here in Laguna Niguel California which averages 8- 8.3PH and 19 grains of hardness or 325ppm of total dissolved solids. Source water dramatically affects test results, so your water may produce different results. Water test equipment is notoriously inconsistent. We use the better meters and calibrate them often, but please use our numbers for comparison only.
We judge some items and the overall score on a 1-10 scale. Since you won't ever see a machine under a 7 overall on our site here is our definition of 7 through 10:
What is waste water?
Waste water is simply how much water is going down the drain from the drain tube. We do a very simple test- we hold an 8oz cup under the drain tube and the main spout and record the fill ratio of each. Note: Some customers leave a bowl or a cup in the sink to collect the drain water for watering plants or other uses.
What is flow rate?
Flow rate is how fast or slow the machine will fill a glass of water. We use a 16 oz. Glass as our standard. A medium flow rate is one that fills a 16oz. Glass in 10-14 seconds. A slow flow rate takes more than 15 seconds and a fast rate takes less than 9 seconds.
What is Super Water?
Super Water is any water over 11ph or under 3ph (high and low corresponding ORP numbers usually accompany the super pH and acid numbers) For all machines except the Enagic, the super water is achieved by slowing the water flow rate down to a trickle, if the machine has no manual flow control, (a knob or lever to control water flow) a flow valve can be added inexpensively (about $6.00). The Enagic uses a sodium solution and reduced water flow. All the machines we sell easily produce the optimal drinking water at 9-10 PH with a negative 200-300 ORP, the super waters have some additional uses like sterilizing(acid water 3.0 or below) and wax removal from vegetables, (alkaline water 11.3 or above) we really don't know all of the super water uses yet.
So these are just a few of the things you should consider when purchasing an ionizer. We have posted our actual reviews of many ionizers separately in the e-bay guides section to keep this guide from being too long.