In the comparison chart below you'll find alkaline water ionizers reviewed by price, plate technology, replacement filter cost, safety, ORP range, and more.
1) Warranty Information. Be careful of pro-rated warranties as most often it means you'll pay to have it repaired and returned at some cost.
Length of warranty can often reflect quality of components and workmanship. It's best to look for something of a lifetime or limited lifetime warranty.
2) Quality. I know it's difficult to sort fact from fiction, and marketing high from truth, when it comes to water ionizers. Unless you're willing to buy different models and disassemble them to find how well they're made (something I have done at great expense) it's difficult to know what you're getting.
I'm sorry to say that many certifications are really based on paid membership to political lobby groups for manufacturers. One suggestion I have is to look for certifications such as ETL, UL, or CE which can be an important criteria determining quality. I speak about this more below.
Most Alkaline Water Ionizers reviewed online do not provide complete information.
3) Filter replacement prices. Every six to 9 months you'll have to change the water filter which removes chemicals from the water. Watch carefully for reasonably priced replacement ionizer filters. Filters should run about $40-$60 on average.
The question most asked:
Q: " Does anything compare to the $4000 models?"
because some models like the Kangen can cost $5000 doesn't mean that you can't get a
Water Ionizer as good - for half the price or even less. With the high price tag of many water ionizers you have to factor in the
Multi-Level or MLM Distributor commissions and markups. At one point
the only water ionizer you could buy was sold through these marketing channels.They've been a major force in educating people about the benefits of water ionizers.
Several manufacturers arenow bringing water ionizers into the industry with better technology and at a lower price, especially since the demand for Water Ionizers has grown in the U.S.
Here are the certification standards that determine quality of electrical components, power supply, and quality:
CE Certification - This is what the European Commission
describes with the CE mark describing it as a "passport" that allows manufacturers to
"circulate industrial products freely within the internal market of the
EU". Here's the problem I have with it: Most products covered by New Approach Directives can be
"self-certified by the manufacturer and do not require the intervention
of an EU-authorized independent testing/certifying company" (notified
body).Basically that means this certification leaves manufacturers on their own.
- UL certification comes from Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (www.ul.com)- an independent lab
that writes testing standards while testing products for safety and
then certifies them. This is the certification you see most often on products sold in the US.
ETL Certified - By far the most stringent and expensive form of certification in the world. A product bearing the ETL Listed Mark ("ETL") is determined to have met the requirements of 200 prescribed product safety standards.
Here's what I like about the ETL certification - it indicates that "the manufacturer's production site conforms to a range of compliance measures and is subject to periodic follow-up inspections to verify continued conformance".
When you buy a water ionizer from Japan, China, or Korea yet understand that their standards are lower than they are in the US. Most Alkaline Water Ionizers reviewed online and sold in the U.S. do not provide ETL Certification.
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