These are a few of the water ionizers that water expert, Chanson co-founder and former CEO Ronnie Ruiz has tested
Once you have come to learn that you need a water ionizer then you need to pick one to purchase.
For some, this can seem very challenging and even frustrating. Ionized water is relatively unknown here in the USA and finding the real experts and authorities on it are like finding needles in a haystack. Well, you just found your needle!
What to know about our industry
There are currently many sharks in our waters, these are companies that could care less about your health and are only interested in a quick sale. What makes matters worse is all the false review sites and videos claiming to be unbiased sources for ionizer testing. Many of these sites claim to sell all brands but do not, they will always clearly steer you to a specific model.
The advertising by some of these companies is very well done and really can convince the average consumer that this company has a good reputable brand.
We do all the research so you don’t have to, our first concern is with the manufacturer, its important to us to work with real manufacturers only and not mere parts assemblers like most current brands are. Only real manufacturing plants will have proper licensing and certifications to produce food grade equipment.
Our goal here at Chanson Water is to educate the customer and tell the plain old truth regarding which ionizer does what and how good each one is. We have personally tested every ionizer we sell as well as many of our competitors machines, as we used to sell almost every brand before we began to import Chanson. When we say that we personally tested them, we are not talking about simply adding some reagent drops to the water to inaccurately test alkalinity levels, we are talking about detailed testing using lab quality meters and sensors.
Our original reason for testing all the brands before we imported Chanson was to provide unbiased reviews to our customers. Obviously now it appears that we are biased, but the tests were done when we were selling most of the brands. As you know, all ionizers make drinking levels of alkaline ionized water.
We are very aware that just quoting performance numbers does not tell the whole story. Just like when buying a computer–the memory and the speed certainly don’t tell the whole story–we will always strive to tell you as much about the machines as we have learned so that you end up very pleased with your purchase. Don’t hesitate to call us if we don’t cover your question or concern (we promise we wont hit you with any sales pressure, just quick answers to your questions.)
What are we looking for in general?
- Build quality of the machine
- Number and type of plates/electrodes
- Ease of installation and daily use
- Look of the machine
- Cleaning cycle
- Max repair cost after warranty
- Filter replacement costs
- Strong PH and acid waters
- Waste water
What are we testing for?
- Alkalinity levels
- Acid levels
- ORP levels
- Chlorine levels
- Flow rates
Some competing websites have disguised themselves as “consumer review” type websites for ionizers. Please notice how each of them ends up steering you towards a certain brand (which is the brand they happen to sell) and the reviews are certainly biased, even the very few companies that sell multiple brands will try to steer you toward the model that makes them the most profit. We’re here to sell you an ionizer as well, but we will never compromise our morals to make a bigger buck!
It is very important to realize that outside of all the marketing each manufacturer does to sell their product- these machines are plumbing fixtures just like your dishwasher and faucets and shower heads. They process water, we all know what eventually happens to all of our plumbing fixtures, they succumb to scale and rust and get clogged up or cease to perform efficiently. The difference between a high end dishwasher and a cheap one is that the high end one will handle more abuse and use over a longer period of time. The same goes with ionizers.
Your source water will play a large role in the performance and longevity of these ionizers. Those with very hard water (high mineral content) will achieve the most impressive pH and Acid numbers initially but as scale builds in the machine the performance will drop just like your water heater does as it builds scale inside. Those with soft water (low mineral content) will achieve the lower pH and Acid numbers but their machines will perform for longer and more consistently.
All the machines we sell have onboard filters but none remove everything from the water which is why we strongly recommend using a Chanson water pre-filtration system with your ionizer.
Always remember we are here to answer your questions and to help you, if our reviews don’t answer all your questions please give us an e-mail or a phone call.
The quoted numbers of performance are based on our Tap water here in Laguna Niguel, California which averages 8- 8.3 pH and 19 grains of hardness or 325ppm of total dissolved solids. Source water dramatically affects test results, so your water may produce different results. Water test equipment is notoriously inconsistent. We use the better meters and calibrate them often, but please use our numbers for comparison only.
We judge some items and the overall score on a 1-10 scale. Since you won’t ever see a machine under a 7 overall on our site here is our definition of 7 through 10:
What is waste water?
Waste water is simply how much water is going down the drain from the drain tube. We do a very simple test- we hold an 8 oz. cup under the drain tube and the main spout and record the fill ratio of each. Note: Some customers leave a bowl or a cup in the sink to collect the drain water for watering plants or other uses.
What is flow rate?
Flow rate is how fast or slow the machine will fill a glass of water. We use a 16 oz. glass as our standard. A medium flow rate is one that fills a 16 oz. glass in 10-14 seconds. A slow flow rate takes more than 15 seconds and a fast rate takes less than 9 seconds.
What is Super Water?
Super Water is any water over 11 pH or under 3 pH (high and low corresponding ORP numbers usually accompany the super pH and acid numbers). For all machines except the Enagic, the super water is achieved by slowing the water flow rate down to a trickle, if the machine has no manual flow control (a knob or lever to control water flow) a flow valve can be added inexpensively (about $6). The Enagic uses a sodium solution and reduced water flow. All the machines we sell easily produce the optimal drinking water at 9-10 pH with a negative 200-300 ORP, the super waters have some additional uses like sterilizing (acid water 3.0 pH or below) and stain removal and wax removal from vegetables, (alkaline water 11.3 or above).
Comparison Chart On Ionizers
| ||Chanson VS-70 ||Chanson |
|Aquarius and Orion ||Athena ||Delphi ||Enagic Leveluk SD 501 ||Life Ionizer 7500 ||Gold Fox EP-1000 |
|Ease of installation and daily use ||9 ||9 ||8 ||8 ||9 ||9 ||9 ||8 ||8 ||7.5 ||7 |
|Look of the Machine ||9 ||9 ||8.5 ||8.5 ||8 ||9 ||9 ||9.5 ||8 ||8 ||7 |
|Cleaning Cycle ||9 ||9 ||8 ||8 ||8 ||9 ||9 ||9 ||7 ||7 ||7 |
|Strong PH and Acidic Water ||9 ||9 ||9 ||8 ||9 ||7 ||8 ||8 ||9 ||9 ||7 |
|Number and type of plates/electrodes ||7 |
|5 Mesh Titanium ||5 Mesh Titanium ||5 Mesh Titanium ||7 |
|Flow Rates ||Medium ||Medium ||Medium ||Medium ||Medium ||Medium ||Medium ||Medium ||Fast ||Slow ||Fast |
|Waste Water ||30% ||30% ||30% ||30% ||30% ||30% ||30% ||30% ||40% ||50% ||35% |
|Warranty ||Lifetime ||Lifetime ||Lifetime ||3 Years ||5 years ||5 years ||5 years ||5 years ||5 years ||5 years ||5 Years |
|Max. Repair Cost after warranty ||$150.00 || ||$150.00 ||$150.00 ||$150.00 ||$150.00 ||$150.00 ||$150.00 || || || |
|Filter Replacement costs ||$49.95 ||$49.95 ||$49.95 ||$49.95 ||$59.00 ||$59.00 ||$89.00(set of 2) ||$89.00 ||$100.00 ||$95.00 (set of 2) ||$45.00 |
|Alkalinity levels ||9 -11.4 ||12.1 ||9.0 – 11.4 ||9 – 10.8 ||9.5 – 11.4 ||9 – 11 ||9.5 – 11.2 ||9.5 – 11.2 ||9.0 – 11.5 ||9.5 – 11.6 ||9.0 – 10.2 |
|Acid Levels ||2.3 – 5.5 ||1.8 ||2.5 – 6.0 ||2.9 – 6.4 ||2.6 – 6.8 ||5.0 – 7.0 ||2.7 – 6.5 ||3.1 – 6.8 ||2.5 – 6.8 ||2.3 – 6.8 ||3.9 – 7.0 |
|ORP level ||-256 to -856 ||+1200 to -920 ||-256 to -842 ||-237 to -768 ||-200 to -822 ||-150 to -622 ||-260 to -836 ||-260 to -788 ||-220 to -820 ||-220 to -842 ||-150 to -300 |
|Chlorine levels ||0 ppm ||0 ppm ||0 ppm ||0 ppm ||0 ppm ||0 ppm ||0 ppm ||0 ppm ||0 ppm ||0ppm ||0 ppm |
|Taste ||good ||good ||good ||good ||good ||good ||good ||good ||good ||good ||Ok |
|Overall ratting ||9 ||9 ||8.5 ||8.5 ||8 ||8 ||8.5 ||8 ||7.5 ||7.5 ||7 |
|Review Ronnie’s remarks ||Chanson VS70 ||Chanson Miracle MAX ||Chanson |
|Chanson Violet ||Melody/ Isis ||Aquarius and Orion ||Athena ||Delphi ||Leveluk ||Life Ionizer 7500 ||Gold Fox EP1000 |
(*)We have reviewed all major brands of water ionizer in the industry and if you do not find the specific model or brand you want to know, please feel free to email us and we will be happy to provide you the answer.
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