Since there are so many similarities amongst brands on the market you're probably wondering:
Are they all the same?
Is there a big difference between the $4,500 models and the $1,200 models?
Many water ionizers on the market are fundamentally the same in getting the job done. However there are quality, safety and several technologies, along with the obvious price differences. In these water ionizer reviews I've look for some of these distinctions, namely:
1 - Price/Value Comparisons
2 - Safe Plastics
3 - Ease of use (skipping all the bells and whistles)
4 - Quality Control and Standards (electrical components, plating, etc.)
5 - Replacement Filter Cost
6 - Ease of Setup
7 - Consumer reviews and Expert Insights (problem areas, customer satisfaction)
8 - Warranty and Guarantee terms
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The #1 request I get from people is this:
How can I get a water ionizer that's as high quality as the $4,500 models but costs less?
They realize that just because a Kangen machine (The Grandfather of all water ionizers) runs close to $5,000 doesn't mean that you can't get a Water Ionizer just as good for a lot less. Kangen, while a very high quality ionizer machine, has to factor in the Mulit-Level Distributor commissions into it's price. At one point in history they were the only brand around.
To compete with Kangen some companies are now putting research into developing even better technology - at a lower price. The reason - increased interest (and profit) in Water Ionizers have grown exponentially in the U.S. over the past 4 years.
The chart below shows comparisons of some of these brands competing against the more expensive models.
Three primary certification standards exist which can help determine the quality level of a water ionizer.
UL Certified - From Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (www.ul.com) Underwriters is an independent lab that writes testing standards, and tests products, for safety and certifies them.
CE Certified - The European Commission describes the CE seal as a "passport" allowing manufacturers to sell industrial products freely within the EU. Most products covered by their New Approach Directives can be self-certified by the manufacturer - which means they do not need the intervention of an EU-authorized independent testing/certifying company.
ETL Certified - A product bearing the ETL Listed Mark is determined to have met the requirements of 200 prescribed product safety standards.
My preference is ETL, a lab I have worked with over the years. What I especially like about ETL certification is this; the mark 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".
The fact that most water ionizers are made in the Orient means that safety can be a issue, as their standards are often lower than ours. The Chinese Factories have come a long way in terms of standards (some more than others) but their population does not see pollution, quality and chemicals the way consumers in the U.S. do. This is why I try to include some of this information in the water ionizer reviews on this site.
I hope some of this information is helpful for you regarding the choices you have for a water ionizer.
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