Water ionizer comparison in the US market is tough. There are many brands and distributors all fighting for your attention and mis-information is rampant. But you’ll make the right choice for you and your family if you keep in mind these four basic facts about water ionizers:
1) Manufacturers are Better Than Assemblers.
The origin of a water ionizer is critical. So, the first thing you have to discover about a water ionizer you’re considering is whether the manufacturer is an assembler or do they make their own parts?
A manufacturer that assembles isn’t really a manufacturer at all. They are a business that has purchased the rights to a water ionizer design and then shops around for manufacturers to make those parts for them. They buy the parts in bulk for their design to secure the lowest price and then assemble the parts together and slap their name on it.
This is problematic because all of the parts are being made by different manufacturers, so the parts aren’t designed to work with one another, which leads to high rate of product failure. Secondly, because the assembler purchased the parts in bulk, once they’ve used up their stock of these parts, it will be very difficult and expensive for them to get more parts to handle warranty. For you, this means warranty will be difficult to honor and if your water ionizer falls outside of the warranty period, it will be very expensive for you to have your water ionizer repaired.
So, always purchase a water ionizer made by a manufacturer that makes their own parts and will always be able to fix your water ionizer inexpensively (like EOS).
2) Lifetime Warranties are Bogus.
Another critical component of water ionizer comparison is to steer clear of ANY company offering a so-called Lifetime Warranty. Anything that sounds too good to be true IS too good to be true! If you take a moment to analyze the fine print in the warranties, they do everything they can to kick you out.
For example, sometime you have to purchase a cleaning filter every six to nine months or your warranty is voided. Or, you have to send your water ionizer into their company once a year or it’s voided. Or, you can only ionize so much water every month. Or, you can’t use a source water with a hardness above a certain level.
These warranties are full of lawyer-speak and it’s all stacked against you. In comparison, EOS water ionizers offer a 5 year comprehensive parts, labor, and shipping warranty with no restrictions on usage, cleaning requirements, source water requirements, etc. Don’t you wish more things you purchased came with 5 years guaranteed not to give you a headache or drain your pocketbook?
3) Water Filtration is Critical!
There are so many contaminants in our tap water now-a-days you have to be sure your water ionizer can handle it. Pesticides, pharmaceutical drugs, and chemicals from factories all manage to find their way into our tap water. Municipal water companies do treat the water so that it is “safe” to drink. But safe means that most of those contaminants are still there, just at “acceptable” levels.
Well, no amount of left over Prozac is acceptable to most people. Neither is fluoride, nitrates, chloramine, etc. So, in your “water ionizer comparison” search, make sure the water ionizer you’re considering is at least a dual filtration system. Single filter systems that try to cram too many stages into a small space always clog up too quickly, and you end up changing your filter too often at great expense. You want a dual filtration system that is at least .1 micron but you don’t want .01 micron because that will clog too quickly. .1 micron will give you 99.9% filtration, which brings all those nasty contaminants down to non-detectable levels.
Also, make sure that the filters have ion resin exchange to remove heavy metals and fluoride, otherwise you’ll be stuck with fluoride and heavy metals as activated carbon alone isn’t enough. Most water ionizer filters do not have this, but EOS does!
4) SMPS is Better than a Transformer.
When water ionizers were first invented, they used transformers to deliver the electricity to the plates. Transformers produce what is called a “dirty” electrical current, meaning it is inconsistent. They also waste a lot of electricity producing unnecessary heat that, in the case of a water ionizer, will damage internal components over time. The better models use a switched mode power supply, or SMPS, which produces a cleaner electrical current, doesn’t waste electricity as heat, and creates a more precise ionization, getting you and your family the pH that you want.
If you keep in mind power supply, filtration, an origin you’re likely to find a quality water ionizer that will last your family for many, many year supported by a company that will stand behind their product.
All that’s left to consider is price and if you browse EOS water ionizers as part of your water ionizer comparison, you’ll be pleasantly surprised at their affordable prices.