Buying a water ionizer can be very confusing. Every manufacturer claims that their water ionizers are far superior to all others, often making contradictory claims and listing various key reasons why everyone should buy their their water ionizers.
At Water Ionizer Authority we have spent countless hours doing the research so you don’t have to.
We’ve gathered all the facts and tried to present them in a way that makes it easy to compare and understand the differences between the different water ionizers and companies. We’ve also taken many calls from water ionizer customers using a wide range of water ionizer brands which has helped us better understand the strengths and weaknesses of these units. You can read through our product comparison charts to compare the different water ionizers side by side. Or you can call and ask us questions specific to the water ionizers you are considering.
Our information is entirely objective. We do not consciously promote any one brand – we just want to give you the facts so YOU can make the best choice for yourself and your family.
So let’s get started on helping you choose a water ionizer.
Here are a few questions to ask yourself for starters
* How much are you prepared to spend?
* How do you plan to use your water ionizer? Just for drinking? Cooking? Cleaning & skin treatment?
* How much counter space are you willing to commit to your water ionizer?
* How much space do you have between your counter top and the upper cabinets? Some of these water ionizers stand pretty tall and you don’t want to get a unit only to find it won’t fit on your counter!
A water ionizer will cost you anywhere from $600 – $6,000. You will find the prices for each water ionizer on all of the product comparison charts so you can always keep an eye on your bottom line investment while comparing by other factors. Once you zero in on what you’re willing to spend, then take a look at the product comparison charts to see how water ionizers in your price range stack up by the other factors that are important to you.
Next consider how you plan to use your water ionizer. If you’re just interested in drinking alkaline water at the recommended level of between 8.5 – 9.5 you’re pretty safe choosing just about any water ionizer. If you’re looking for stronger alkaline water for cooking or looking for stronger acid water for cleaning or skin treatment, make note of the water ionizers that claim to deliver the widest range of pH levels. For a comparison of water ionizers by pH range, settings and adjustments see our Settings & Adjustments Product Comparison Chart.
Once you’ve narrowed your choice down by price, features, functions and pH/ORP range you should take a look at the money-back-guaranty and warranty for those units.
How long do you have to take the unit for a test drive? What is the restocking fee if you decide to return it? How long does the company stand behind the product?
Finally, check to see if there is a Water Ionizer Authority review on that product. You may find more detailed information in one of our product reviews that helps you make that final decision.
Before you make a final decision on a water ionizer based on its ability to deliver acid water, call us or read our article “Acid Water Dilemma” – acid water is one of the trickiest things about water ionizers. There are a few things you will want to know and this article addresses those questions. You’ll benefit from our experience working with customers in stubborn source water areas which will help keep your expectations in line with realistic performance potential in your area.
Knowing how much you want to spend and your primary uses for your water ionizer should help you narrow down your list of “possibles” to 2 to 4 products after you’ve gone through the comparison charts. If you need help narrowing it down further from there, just call us. We’ve used most of these units and know the subtle differences that might help you finalize your decision.
A few extra questions you’ll want to ask:
* What’s the return policy?
* How long do you have to try it and still qualify for a money-back guaranty?
* What are the restocking fees if you decide to return the unit?
* How long is the warranty and what does it cover?
* How are repairs handled during the warranty period?
* How often do people report problems with the units you’re considering?
You want at least 2 weeks to take your water ionizer for a test drive. This will give you time to experience the earliest benefits from the water and also get familiar with just what the unit can do and how well it works.
All companies require you to pay return shipping should you decide not to keep the unit. There will be a restocking fee ranging from eight to 20 percent of the purchase price.
Ideally you want a full 5 year warranty but some less expensive models will come with a two or three year warranty. A fair trade-off for the lower price and if you’ve been happy with the unit you may decide to upgrade at the end of the warranty period.
In most cases, should you experience a problem with your water ionizer that can’t be addressed through a phone session with the technical service rep, you will pay to ship the unit back to the company and they will ship it back to you once repairs have been made – usually within 7 business days depending on shipping times.
Some companies will send you a replacement unit complete with a return label – you put your malfunctioning unit in the box the replacement came in and ship it back using the return label. When your unit has been repaired you’ll follow the same procedure to return the replacement unit once yours comes back. It’s slightly different for each company and the length of time you’ve been using the unit can often be a factor.
Whether someone buys their water ionizer through Water Ionizer Authority or another company, if they’re having a problem with the unit they often call us. If you want to know about reported problems with any particular water ionizer you might be considering for purchase, call us. We’ll share the problems callers have reported to us about the water ionizers you are considering.
You can find pricing, pH ranges and other information to help you make a decision in our Product Comparison Charts. To check the dimensions/size of a water ionizer to make sure it’s going to fit where you plan to put it, click on the pop-up image of the water ionizer in any of the product comparison charts – this will take you to the store page which lists the dimensions of that unit.
Don’t be afraid to settle for a little less – most lower cost water ionizers (under $1,000) will produce alkaline water at 9.0 to 9.5 and some may actually provide stronger acid water than the more expensive units. The lifespan of these units is usually shorter but you are still going to get quality alkaline ionized water and have a reliable working unit for eight to ten years.
A few water ionizer companies have instructions for cleaning their units every six months to a year. Several other companies are beginning to offer cleaning cartridges that can be run as often as you like. These cleaning procedures will help prevent long-term build-up on the plates but you’ll want to consider the cost of cleaning cartridges.
Are you replacing 1 filter or two? How often will you need to replace the filters and how much do they cost?
Regardless of what any filter life indicator says you should put in fresh filters at least every 12 months. Whether you are using the unit or not, the filter is still active and working. Also, some source water can have heavier amounts of contaminants that reduce the effectiveness of the filter or slow down flow rates. If you notice a “rotten egg” smell from the water being produced, changing the filter will take care of that. Adding a KDF prefilter will help prevent the need to replace your filter early again for the same reason.
* Single filter = single filter replacement + single replacement filter expense – less time and $$ spent in maintenance although we do recommend annual cleaning of these units.
You can compare water ionizers by filtration system and replacement filter cost please see our Compare by Filtration product comparison chart.
Finally, there are several water ionizer manufacturers that offer business opportunities by paying referral fees for people who share the water and get other people interested in water ionizers. If you know health conscious people or have friends or family that would be interested in owning a machine, you may want to consider buying a machine where you can make money simply by sharing the water and encouraging others to own a water ionizer.
These opportunities range from signing up for the multi-level marketing opportunity with some companies or something as simple as signing up for an affiliate program – which is my recommendation for the easiest way to make a little extra money by sharing your experiences. Please call if you are interested in an easy-to-use affiliate program or one of the MLM business opportunities.
Still not sure? We’re happy to answer your questions and will do everything we can to help you make an informed decision that you can feel good about on a water ionizer that will fit your budget, lifestyle and personal preferences. We’ll take the time you need to answer your questions and let you know about any special offers that may be available on the water ionizers you are considering.
We’re available by phone Monday – Friday, 8:30am to 5:30pm Eastern time at (866) 649-4380 or you can e-mail us anytime.