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The Best 5 Alkaline Water Ionizers and Purifiers

Updated on July 7, 2013

Alkaline Water Purifiers

Alkaline Ionized Restructured Water is the best purified water you can drink
Alkaline Ionized Restructured Water is the best purified water you can drink

Alkaline Water Purifiers

Alkaline Water Purifiers burst on the scene in the US market in the last 35 years. Prior to that, they first emerged in the Japanese markets. Alkaline water purifiers offer a quality of water not found in other types of filtration or bottled water. This technology is built on an unconventional understanding of water quality and water purification. It is based in good science, but is not often understood because the popular understanding of what constitutes good water is limited to the removal of impurities from the water and does not consider the constituted properties of the water. Alkaline ionized restructured water that is produced by alkaline water purifiers is some of the best drinking water in the world today. These water systems attempt to replicate glacier water indoors. Glacier water is known to be the best drinking water because of its unique combination of water properties. Here is a list of the top 8 alkaline water systems in the market today.

Enagic Kangen Water Leveluk SD501 Water Ionizer Machine

Kangen (Enagic) have established themselves as the standard, the top company or brand in alkaline water purification. Having established themselves as the top brand, they are also some of the highest priced machines. The Enagic Leveluk SD501 water ionizer is worth paying attention to out of their product line. It offers a PH range from 2.5 to 11.5. It offers one of the highest anti-oxidant ranges in alkaline water purification and it is the leader in electrolysis plate technology. But here is the kicker. It retails at $4000. The high price is one of many reasons you may decide to consider another of the top alkaline water systems in the marketplace.

Vollara Living Water Ionizer with Patented DDI Technology

Vollara has emerged as the main competitor to Kangen. Their Direct Disk Ionization technology radically changes the way the Ionization motor is built and functions. For most water ionization applications, the Vollara Living Water unit is the Superior choice. It offers a PH range from 2 to 10. The unique motor technology gives this unit an edge because the motor will not be damaged if you accidentally run hot water through it. On Kangen and other Plate electrolysis technology, if you run hot water through the machine, it will ruin the motor. But the big draw of the Vollara Living Water is the benefits to price ratio. It offers most of what the Kangen water purifier offers, and more than what most water ionization units offer, and it retails at only $2000.

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Tyent Rettin Under Counter Extreme 9000T Water Ionizer

Tyent is another competing water ionizer company. The Tyent Extreme 9000T water ionizer offers a PH range between 2 and 12. The main draw of this model is that it is an under counter installation. Many water ionizer systems are counter-top and have hoses that many find unappealing visually leading to and from the sink. An under-counter system allows you to have all the benefits of ionized water while avoiding any issues or concerns one might have over aesthetic appeal. It is the out of sight out of mind rule of thumb that many embrace when it comes to water purification. This system retails at $3995. This system has 9 plates and uses plate technology so it is a competitive alternative to the Kangen model, but not so much the Vollara model.

Jupiter Orion Water Ionizer

The Jupiter Orion Water Ionizer is another great alternative to the Kangen Water systems. Jupiter has been one of the leading manufacturers of water ionizers for over 30 years. This Orion water ionizer appears to cover a PH range between 5 and 10. It has 9 PH settings but does not state outright what its range is. This is the PH range I can see by deciphering the user manual. The retail value of the Jupiter is $1895 so it offers a cheaper alternative to the plate technology ionizers like Kangen and Tyent. This system uses an older power supply system and so will use more energy than the Kangen Vollara or Tyent systems.

Water for Life Revelation 2 Turbo Under-Sink

The Water for Life Revelation Ionizer model allows you to set it as a counter-top or hook it up under-counter. It has a PH range from 1.5 to 12.5. This is an extremely broad range and it offers 76 adjustments between this range. The truth is you will rarely use the PH on these extremes except for very specific uses. But this is the water unit with the greatest PH range if you are looking for these extremes. The Water for Life Revelation 2 Turbo retails for $2195. This makes it competitively priced and worthy of consideration when choosing the water ionizer for your home.

Turbo Revelation 2 Undersink Water Ionizer & Alkaline Water Machine

How to Choose the Right Alkaline Water System for you!

These are 5 top of the market Alkaline Water Systems. If I was an average alkaline water user, I would go with the Vollara Living Water. It is the best in terms of what it offers in cost to benefit ratio. But it does not offer an under-counter setup. If I wanted an under-counter system, I would look at the awesome under counter options available, like Tyent and Water for Life. If I wanted a very high PH range, I would consider the Kangen or the Water for Life.

The standard warranty in the industry is 5 years. All these companies offer a 5 year warranty so make your choice based on your needs.

Alkaline water offers great benefits and has become so popular because people really experience the changes in their health and vitality. It is always good to use everything with balance so use it responsibly and you can experience great health and vitality for a long time.

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      Devika Primić 19 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You always think of such great ideas! Interesting and so helpful.

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      Michael Leach 3 years ago from Rosarito Beach, Baja, Norte, Mexico

      Looking forward to more articles from you. I've morphed into a safe water advocate. I've written articles here that deal with that. I've also created a "Water Filtration System Reviews" website http://www.waterfiltrationsystemrevies.com which presents reviews of 50 or so systems for the home and outdoors. I considered adding an ionization systems category but am holding off until I can research them further. Thanks again for your articles.

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      greenhealthguru 3 years ago

      Thanks Michael, you've also given me some great ideas on new topics I should write about that would be helpful to people!

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      Michael Leach 3 years ago from Rosarito Beach, Baja, Norte, Mexico

      Thanks for the website and your analysis. You're right....marketing hype is the bane of our existence in this regard. I also agree with you that the water we receive from urban and suburban water companies is not necessarily clean or safe. A much bigger concern is the 15,000,000 households in the US that rely upon well water. More nasty stuff is accumulating in our groundwater every year. Lastly, I'm struggling with the whole cost/benefit thing. These ionizers are very expensive and I'm not sure they're worth the price. Thanks again for the information. Keep articles coming on this subject. You've got a lot of good stuff to say.

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      greenhealthguru 3 years ago

      Alkaline Water companies emphasize the alkalinity because it's a simpler less scientific marketing ploy. In the current world of marketing, half truths, mis-truths, and truths taken out of context are unfortunately the name of their game. Here is an example of good research about this type of technology... http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC283109... The fundamental core benefit of ionized water is in its ability to produce high antioxidant water created by the ionization affect. This concept was developed out of years of studies discovering the benefits of negative ionization to the human body through various channels. There is a lot of research you will need to do before you can decide if this is something you want. The fundamental reality is the water purifier companies are not completely truthful, but neither is it purely snake oil as some would like people to believe. Its been a thriving industry since the 1950s and snake oil simple doesn't last that long as an industry. Much of the criticism against it is there is not enough research. Its true, much research still needs to be done. Personally, I have greatly benefited from using the water even though I know that half the things its marketed for are not accurately represented. You will have to make that decision for yourself. Proper use of a ionized water system means that you also use the appropriate pre-filtration systems. For example, the only thing that can get fluoride out of water is a reverse osmosis system. If you had fluoride in your water, you would need to use an RO system and then remineralize the water before putting it through a Ionized water machine. This is true for arsenic too. The machine doesn't enhance the presence of arsenic, it actually sends most of the arsenic out with the discharge water, this is part of the electrolysis process, but it won't get all of it, just most of it. However, an ionized system is designed to hook up to your tap which means the tap water is already approved by your city as being safe from a toxicity standpoint. I don't consider the city's standards to be acceptable, so I use additional filtration. If you are looking for good filtration, think about your point of entry system (water entering the house), your point of use pre-filters, and then your final filters (like an ionizer or other water purifier system).

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      Michael Leach 3 years ago from Rosarito Beach, Baja, Norte, Mexico

      Maybe I'm just not looking in the right places. Every place I've looked (scientific journals, EPA, CDC, et al) all point to the fact that there is no empirical data to support some of the "marketing" claims of benefits. I'm an "empirical" sort of guy, so I've held off buying this technology. If you can point me to some information sources, I'd greatly appreciate it. Thanks again.

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      greenhealthguru 3 years ago

      Most marketed water ionizer including the ones here, include other forms of filtration to offer a complete approach to water purification. A complete approach is always the best approach. There is some good scientific research behind this technology. Part of the problem is that companies marketing these water purifiers focus on the PH or alkalinity of the water, when it is actually the negative ionization that offers some tremendous benefits. Having used this technology, I can say it does not produce arsenic which is easy to determine through testing. The closest you can find to this type of water in bottled water form is Fiji Water because it is spring water, has a slightly alkaline PH, and many positive healthy minerals.

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      Michael Leach 3 years ago from Rosarito Beach, Baja, Norte, Mexico

      Well written hub and comprehensive information. Thanks. I've considered water ionizers but, in researching the subject, I found that the scientific community can offer no empirical evidence that ionized water results in measurable health benefit. In fact, the ionization process can enhance the presence of some volatile contaminants, such as arsenic. The research seems to indicate that ionization should be used in combination with other filtering methods to ensure safe drinking water. Thanks for publishing this. It afforded me the opportunity to dig deep into the subject and learn quite a bit.

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