Still Undecided about Which Water Ionizer to Buy? Here are some snip-its to help you understand both pros and cons of the most popular water ionizers on the market today, followed by mini-reviews of the 10 most popular water ionzers.
Not all Water Ionizers are Created Equal
Water ionizers are an investment. Back about 18 years ago I made my first water ionizer investment [I paid $1100.00 for an Ange water ionizer]. I loved it so much! There has actually been no other single health-related product that has helped my family more [or even close] to that water ionizer. Years later, after leaving my 24-year teacher/principal career, I decided that I wanted to pursue spreading the news about water ionizers. I found several water ionizers which were all better than the one I loved so well: all had better warranties, were made with better parts, had better certifications, and produced better ionization than that original Angie water ionizer. I would be happy with any one of my water ionizers! However I, of course wanted the best one, and so did many of my customers.
How was I to differentiate which water ionizers really were the best?
Of course the companies all say they are the best, so to really find out I actually had to buy and test all of the main water ionizers as an important part of comparing them. When I did that I found out something interesting. The Athena water ionizer, with 5 electronically efficient mesh plates was delivering an equal or even better ORP at the pH levels suitable for drinking [such as 9, 9.5 or 10] than the ionizers with 7 large plates and higher wattage. When I started drinking ionized water at these high levels of ORP [over -600 ORP] my spider veins disapeared! It was then that I realized how important it was to find out all of the water ionizers that can give strong levels of negative ORP at drinking levels of pH.
There are other gauges I use to differentiate best, such as length of warranty, quality of materials, certifications of manufacturer and ionizer, integrity of company, quality of filtration, efficiency of plate design and cleaning system.
A lot of things that other companies were claiming as their reason for being “Best” turned out to be only significant, if you had well water or lived in certain regions, such as Washington state, Arizona, Michigan, or a few other difficult pockets around the country. I have had to learn how to guide the people in these difficult water-regions, so they were matched perfectly to the water ionizer that has been found to work best in that area. Other than that, the mini-reviews, below will act as a general guide to finding the best water ionizers along with reasons you might find that water ionizer best for you.
Over the years I have learned to mostly ignore hype about water ionizer comparisons, such as “water ionizer of the year awards” that were put there by the companies themselves, I also take celebrity endorsements with a grain of salt. [Just keep in mind that an endorsement for one water ionizer does not equal a rejection of the other ionizers.]
I have collected actual facts that are far better indicators of quality than “hype”, such as certifications, lab reports, and quality of platinum and titanium used in the plates, and lots of my own hands-on testing of every aspect of each water ionizer. I highly recommend you check out our Alkaline Water Pus - Water Ionizer Comparisons page! Over the years Alkaline Water Plus has tested and compared alkaline water machines to find the best water ionizers. The reason we did this was because no one else was honestly and/or reliably doing it!
Mini-Reviews of the 10 Most Popular Water Ionizers
Our water ionizer comparisons at Alkaline Water Plus are the most non-biased out there, because we sell all of the major water ionizers, and we actually want you to get the best alkaline water system for you and your family. We videotape most of our water ionizer comparison testing so you can see for yourself.
Jupiter Athena Water Ionizer
The Athena water ionizer is very well-built, easy to use, is made of only the finest quality materials and workmanship, gives fantastic ORP [antioxidant levels], uses a patented, very sophisticated “continuous-cleaning” system, has an easy-to-use ”power-booster” function that allows you to customize the ionization to your water source, uses computer circuitry to optimize performance, has a lifetime warranty, and has a variety of excellent filter choices [including the Biostone Plus which was made specifically for U.S. city water]. The Athena water ionizer is built to last around 20 years. The Athena is the one that I use.
The Jupiter Melody water ionizer gives great ORP [not quite as good as the Athena, but close]. It does not have a power-booster, and only uses one filter, but otherwise is a sturdy work-horse water ionizer, of excellent quality, is smartly economical and has been used in hospitals in Korea and Japan.
Vesta Water Ionizer
The Vesta GL water ionizer comes with all the highest certifications and ratings possible, including medical device certification. It has a similar ORP to the Athena, but the best ORP at a fast flow-rate that I’ve ever tested! It has continuous cleaning of the plates, uses exceptional materials and workmanship, customized power-settings, onboard computer circuitry, lifetime warranty and excellent filtration. The Vesta water ionizer is built to last around 20 years.
Nexus Water Ionizer
The Nexus X-Blue water ionizer is a very well-built water ionizer and is certified as medical device. It’s used by hospitals in both Korea and Japan! The superior engineering and design makes the X-Blue very efficient in its ability to produce a wide range of ionized water [great ORP at all levels of pH]. Right now the Nexus X-Blue water ionizer turns out to be our cheapest water ionizer, but certainly does not sacrifice any quality in alkaline ionized drinking water for the health of you and your family. The Nexus water ionizer is built to last around 20 years.
Chanson Miracle-Max Water Ionizer
The Chanson Miracle-Max water ionizer is the better of the Chanson water ionizer models, and it features an extra large mineral port, and programmable power-levels. Because of the reputation of the Chanson company in Taiwan and also the integrity of the US Chanson importers, the Chanson water ionizers are the only Chinese-made water ionizers I will endorse. The Chanson water ionizers are built to last around 10 years.
Enagic Kangen Water SD501
The Enagic SD501 water ionizer uses 230 watts, gives strong ionization [sometimes too strong if you want a slower flow-rate] and gives a 5 year warranty. The ORP test results for Kangen water are comparable with the Athena, Vesta, and Tyent 9090 , and because it uses a saline-injection-port the pH range is predictably 2.5 to 11.5. The most distinctive feature of the Enagic is the flow-rate, although some people [such as myself] prefer a slower flow-rate in order to get better filtration. The Enagic water ionizer is built to last around 20 years.
KYK Generation II Water Ionizer
The KYK water ionizers are a bit more complicated and unpredictable than the water ionizers listed above, but once you get it set up to your water you will have years of good ionized water. One of the several complications with the KYK are the filters. If you already have a KYK, you need to make sure you include your serial number and model number each time you order filters. The computer chip in the filter causes the ionizer to shut down when your filter-life is used up. So it’s best to have an extra filter on hand. The KYK water ionizer is built to last around 15 years.
Chinese Water Ionizers
One huge problem with Chinese water ionizers is that the quality of Chinese electronics, workmanship, materials, platinum, titanium, and filter material are not reliable because the Chinese are not subject to the same levels of scrutiny, testing, and regulation as you’ll find in Korea and Japan for these things. I highly recommend you buy your water ionizer only from countries who at this time have governmental controls [such as the Korean FDA or the Japanese Ministry of Health] on the proper manufacturing of their countries’ water ionizers. If you need the low expense, don’t let that sacrifice quality. Quality counts when it comes to the health of you and your family. For the lowest price, without sacrificing highest quality, check out the Nexus, described above.
Life Water Ionizers
Why I Don’t Trust Life Water Ionizers and so don’t sell them. I’ve tested Life, but found it to me of lesser quality than the price they sell for as well. Lifeionizers Company.
Tyent Water Ionizers
The Tyent company, similar to the Lifeionizers company, has gone overboard in adding too many plates and watts to their water ionizers. Not only is it unsafe, but it makes for a less-effective ionization.
It was a pleasure testing and comparing the new Chanson Miracle-Max water ionizer last week. The Chanson Miracle-Max water ionizer, AKA M.A.X., is far better than the Chanson Miracle [regular] water ionizer and it’s only a little more expensive. At a reasonable cost of $1995. [limited introductory price], the purchase of the Chanson Miracle-Max water ionizer is a [...]
Cathleen was a teacher/principal for 24 years and has been drinking ionized water for about 25 years. She created Alkaline Water Plus to educate people about the benefits of ionized water.
"The very best thing I have ever purchased is a WATER IONIZER!" Cathleen LoGrasso, Owner/CEO Alkaline Water Plus
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