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Top 5 2018 Water Ionizer Machines Compared

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Top Water Ionizers compared

Compare Top Water Ionizer Machines

The top 5 water ionizer machines sold today are: Enagic, Life Ionizers, Alkaviva, Jupiter, and Chanson. Each of these brands has strengths and weaknesses. So which one should you buy? To find out, we put each of these alkaline water machines to the test. There are three things that make a water ionizer the best water ionizer machine for your money:  

  • The machine makes alkaline water with lots of antioxidant benefits
  • The ionizer makes water rich in molecular hydrogen
  • The system filters your water of all contaminants

What determines how much antioxidant benefit you get from a water ionizer machine

There are two things that determine how much antioxidant benefit you can get out of a water ionizer machine:

Power: More power means more antioxidant benefit

Plate quality: The more efficient the plates are the better they can ionize your water.

What determines how much molecular hydrogen a water ionizer machine can make

There are three things that determine how much molecular hydrogen a machine can make:

  • Power: It takes a lot of power to split water molecules so you can get the hydrogen from them
  • Plate quality: The plates must be able to efficiently conduct a lot of power
  • Ability to resist scale build up: Hydrogen water machines are even more prone to scale build up than regular water ionizer machines

Power: The electromagnetic bonds between the hydrogen atoms and the oxygen atoms that make up water molecules are very strong. To break them, the water ionizer machine has to have enough power to overcome those bonds and split the water molecules.

Plate quality: The type of plate determines how well the plate can transfer power into the water. GRID and MESH plates are the most efficient. Flat plates are less efficient, and slotted, or hybrid plates lack the surface area needed for efficient operation. Avoid machines with slotted plates.

Plate type

GRID - Heavy duty and high efficiency

MESH - High efficiency

Flat - Good durability

Slotted - Low quality, cheap to manufacture

Quality

Best

Better

Good

Poor

 

We recommend buying an ionizer with GRID plates, because they’ll last a lifetime

Ability to resist scale build up: Hydrogen water machines are highly vulnerable to scale build up because as they turn split water molecules into hydrogen gas, the mineral scale in the water is left behind. Unless the machine has a way to prevent that mineral scale from accumulating on the machine's plates, the machine will quickly become clogged and stop making hydrogen.

Introducing the 5 brands of water ionizer machine we tested

We compared the top brands that claim to make molecular hydrogen, because that is the most difficult thing a water ionizer machine can do. If a machine doesn't have enough power, efficient enough plates, and can't keep itself free of scale deposits, then it won't make molecular hydrogen very well

Brand

Price

Alka Prime S7C

$1,697

Enagic Leveluk SD-501 Platinum

$3,980

Alka Viva Vesta H2

$2,995

Life Ionizers M7

$1,997

Chanson Miracle Max

$2,195


Alka Prime S7C

At $1,687 the Alka Prime 7 is the lowest priced seven plate ionizer in our comparison. Don’t let the low price fool you, this machine is packed with features that make it an outstanding value. The only area where the Alka Prime comes up a little short in is it’s antioxidant power. It reaches an antioxidant potential of up to -600. That’s better than some more expensive ionizers, but not as strong as we’d like. The low power limits how much molecular hydrogen this machine can make. It has automatic cleaning, but not anti-scale technology

Water Quality

Purity: Customized filtration (best)

pH range: 4.0 - 11.0

Molecular hydrogen: Low, no bubbles of hydrogen in glass

Alkalinity: 76 ounces of level 4 alkaline water to neutralize one can of soda

Antioxidant potential: Up to -600 mV

Machine Quality

Convertible: No, countertop only

Plates: Flat standard, MESH optional (better)

Power: SMPS (best)

UV light: Available as an option (best)

Warranty: Seven years, parts and labor (good)

Enagic Leveluk SD-501

The Leveluk SD-501 is also known as the Kangen Water machine. It is the most expensive 7 plate ionizer sold, but this machine’s performance doesn’t justify it’s $4,000 price. The Kangen machine used to be considered a great machine - 15 years ago. But time has marched on and left the Kangen machine behind.

Water Quality

Purity: Single internal filter (worst)

pH range: 4.5 - 10.3

Molecular hydrogen: Low, no bobbles of hydrogen in glass

Alkalinity 96 ounces of level 4 Kangen Water to neutralize one can of soda

Antioxidant potential: Up to -500


Machine Quality

Convertible: No, countertop only

Plates: Flat only (good)

Power: SMPS (best)

UV light: Not available

Warranty: 5 years, parts and labor (Poor)

Alkaviva Vesta H2

The Alkaviva Vesta H2 is a truly underwhelming machine. It costs almost $1,000 more than the Life MXL-7, but gives you less antioxidant potential, clogs quickly when you try to make molecular hydrogen with it, and lacks custom filtration. It just makes no sense to pay $1,000 more and get less quality. It’s a shame because the Alkaviva machine uses modern components, so it should be able to perform much better. The Alkaviva’s problem is that it is underpowered and it doesn't have anti scale technology. It started out making hydrogen, but within a week, it had become so fouled with scale build up it stopped making hydrogen.

Water Quality

Purity: Dual internal filters (good)

pH range: 4 - 10.5

Molecular hydrogen: Moderate, but it clogged  up within a week and stopped making hydrogen

Alkalinity: 94 ounces of level 4 alkaline water to neutralize one can of soda

Antioxidant potential: Up to -500 Mv. (Tied with Kangen machine)

Machine Quality

Convertible: No, countertop only

Plates: Flat only (good)

Power: SMPS (best)

UV light: Not available

Warranty: 3 years, parts and labor (worst)

Life Ionizers M7

The Life Ionizers M7 is the most powerful machine in this comparison, and it shows. It delivers alkaline water with an antioxidant potential of up to -700 mV, and neutralizes a can of soda in our alkalinity test with just 68 ounces of alkaline water. So this machine gives you the highest age-fighting antioxidant potential and acid fighting alkalinity. The MXL-7 has Life's Hydrogen XL technology, it made plenty of molecular hydrogen, and had no scale buildup on it's plates afterward.

Water Quality

Purity: Customized filtration (Highest water quality)

pH range: 2.5 - 11 (best)

Good: There were lots of bubbles of hydrogen visible in the glass. The machine kept itself free of scale build up.

Alkalinity: 68 ounces of level 4 alkaline water to neutralize one can of soda (best)

Antioxidant potential: Up to -700 mV (highest)

Machine Quality

Convertible: Yes (best)

Plates: Flat standard (good) GRID optional (best)

Power: SMPS (best)

UV light: Available, optional (best)

Warranty: Lifetime warranty on parts, 7 years, labor. (best)

Chanson Miracle M.A.X

The Chanson Miracle M.A.X. suffers from the same problem the Alkaviva does: It’s underpowered. To try and make up for the machine’s lack of power, Chanson installed a port that you can put salt into to boost the machine’s performance. The problem with that is: Salt used in a water ionizer makes sodium hypochlorite - which is bleach! NEVER drink alkaline water made with salt. Even if you wash this machine out after using salt in it, some residue remains. We are deeply concerned that Chanson is endangering public health by not warning people about the dangers of making chlorine products like bleach in a drinking water ionizer.

Water Quality

Purity: Dual internal filters (good)

pH range: Without salt, 5 - 10.2 (poor)

Molecular hydrogen: Poor, there were no bubbles of hydrogen in the glass

Alkalinity: 96 ounces of level 3 alkaline water to neutralize a soda

Antioxidant potential: Up to -500 mV. (Tie with Kangen machine)

Machine Quality

Convertible: No

Plates: Flat standard (good) MESH optional (better)

Power: SMPS (best)

UV light: No

Warranty: 10 years warranty on parts, 5 years labor (good)


7 Plate water ionizer comparison winner: Life Ionizers

The Life Ionizers M7 gives you a lot more for your money than any other 7 plate ionizer. It makes the best quality alkaline water, with more molecular hydrogen, the highest acid-fighting alkalinity and the highest age-fighting antioxidant potential. The Life machine also has the best filtration, the most power, and longest warranty. If you are looking for the best mid-range water ionizer, the Life M7 is it. If your budget is a bit tight, we recommend springing for the Alka Prime S7C, it’s not as powerful as the Life machine, but it’s strong enough to place a solid second in our comparison.

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This page was last updated at: 2018-02-22 04:43

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