Best Alkaline Water Machines
While basic systems simply remove impurities from the water, these systems actually change the pH balance of your water through a process called electrolysis where hydrogen ions are actually split. There are a few studies out there that claim that this type of balanced hydration can actually help fend off against cancer and can help you lose weight, but we suggest taking those studies with a grain of salt because it is hard to actually prove such claims.
What these systems can do for you, however, is help relieve acid reflux (because the fluid is not acidic), provides a good source of antioxidants and eliminates free radicals within the body, and because the ions have been split it means that they are smaller which allows them to be absorbed into your system, allowing you to become more hydrated.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 14 hrs of research
Slightly more affordable than some of the higher end options
Doesn’t take up a lot of room on a countertop
Top 10 Picks
1. Air Water Life
Slightly more affordable than some of the higher end options
Doesn’t take up a lot of room on a countertop
Some users found that it was difficult to set up
Reports that some of the connections may leak
The Air Water Life system is our favorite pick because it does all of the things that users would expect in one of these devices, and it comes in at a price point that isn’t as expensive as some of the higher end models out there on the market. It has a sleek silver exterior design that will look great on just about any countertop.Read more
The settings that are found on the front give users an idea of what setting they need for the task that they are undertaking. Higher settings are made for consumption when you want acidity to be low for things such as daily drinking, using it to make tea or coffee. The lower settings are labeled as being used for cosmic things such as cleaning, or washing your face and hair where a little bit more acidity may prove to be useful. Just love other designs, this unit also has an activated charcoal filter that will also be able to remove impurities from your tap as well.
The design of the Air Water Life is a little smaller than some of the others, which means it won’t take up as much countertop space (but it also means that it won’t hold as much). It has a sharp silver exterior shell that is coated with electroplate technology, which is a similar process that companies use for making jewelry or silverware. It has a small blue backlit display that shows users the status of their filters, as well as indicating the setting that was set.
There are very few of these products that are set at a reasonable price point that won’t sting a little bit. While this device has a pretty heavy price tag, it is nowhere near as expensive as some of the other models out there on the market. If you were curious to give this device a try without spending the money on some of the four-figure options: this unit is a great start.
We love this device because it has all of the features that you would find in some of the higher end options, but it doesn’t have the price tag that will blow you over. If you were looking for something simple that will have a smaller footprint on a small countertop, this will be a great addition to your kitchen.
2. Pure Hydration
High pH levels
A little more affordable than some of the higher end models
Easy to set up
No settings offered
Will not work with wells
The Pure Hydration design is something that will fit seamlessly on a countertop, and it is incredibly easy to use. It doesn’t have the addition of a screen or a list of different settings that users can set their device, but it does offer a more affordable price point that users appreciate. Plus, it offers a higher pH level than even some of the higher end designs that makes this device worth checking out.Read more
This unit is able to deliver a pH balance of 9-9.5, which is quite a bit more than some of its other competitors. It also provides 1400PPB of molecular hydrogen to ensure that every drop is hydrating you to the fullest. In addition to removing acidity, it also has an impressive carbon filter that is able to remove up to 99.9 percent of impurities to ensure users they are fitting their body with simple hydration and no other added impurities of free radicals.
The exterior design of this unit is very unassuming and it sure to fit on just about any countertop. It has a matte grey exterior shell, and there is a swinging door that stores all of the filters on the inside of the unit. It has a long hose with attachments that make it easy to hook up to your main line under the sink, and a spigot that swivels out when you need to use it.
What users like about that design is that it is just slightly less expensive than some of the other higher end designs out there on the market. It doesn’t have the same amount of functions and settings as some of the others out there on the market, but if you were looking for something that was very simple to use and still had a price tag that exists within the realm of reason, this is a great pick.
Users love this design because it is sleek and neutral, and it is generally easy to be up and ready minutes after taking it out of the box. We liked it because it offers one of the highest filtration and pH balance of even some of the higher end designs that have four-digit price tags.
Easy to install
Some found that the filters need to be replaced more frequently than they would like
APEX landed in on of our top spots not because it is the most effective design out there on the market, but because it is the most affordable. Most users will brush off many of these designs because they feel the price tag is just way too high. The APEX option allows users to give this level of hydration a try without breaking the bank. Keep in mind, however, that it doesn’t offer the same high pH levels as some of the more expensive designs.Read more
This device has a tower of filters and activated carbon built into the unit designed to wipe out any impurities and free radicals, and the top layer is made from alkaline beads that will add important minerals such as magnesium, potassium, and calcium before it even hits your glass. This unit doesn’t have a central-mounted screen or the ability to adjust settings, so users cannot adjust the levels for various levels of use such as for cooking or cleaning. It does offer an impressive standard pH level of around 8.
There should be no need to worry about this device taking up too much countertop space. It stands like a tall drinking glass next to your kitchen faucet. There is a myriad of color options that users can select from that include black, blue, chrome, red, green, and white. Our favorite option in the clear design because you can see all of the filtration layers that are working hard to get rid of all of the unwanted chemical and substances.
The takeaway from this design is that it is one of the most affordable options out there on the market in a landslide. This device costs about four times less than some of the other reasonably priced options out there on the market. If you are reluctant to give these devices a try because of the hefty price tags- this is an excellent place to start.
Users love this design because it does a great job at providing a perfect pH level- there were even some past users that conducted pH level tests and found that this unit passed with flying colors. Plus, it comes in at a very affordable price point with many color options that will be sure to fit into most styles of kitchens or bathrooms.
4. Air Water Life Deluxe 7
Offers one of the highest pH levels of any other design on the market
Easy to use and to set up
Provides up to 4,000 liters before needing to replace filters
Making our list yet again is another product from Air Water Life. The Deluxe 7 has a few more bells and whistles over the standard Deluxe version, and it is able to filter a lot more before it needs to have anything replaced. It has many of the same settings as the Deluxe, but it just slightly more powerful. The downside to this design is that it has a price tag that you might want to be sitting down for.Read more
This unit is able to offer one of the highest pH level settings of any of the other similar designs currently out there on the market. The base level setting goes down to a pH level of 3 and can be adjusted all the way up to an impressive 11.5. It also as an activated charcoal filter so that it will always be able to remove all of the toxins unwanted minerals before it even hits your glass. Settings range from low pH levels that are used for cosmetic things such as scalp conditioning, washing your face, and cleaning, where higher concentrations of acid may be needed. Higher pH level settings are perfect for drinking, cooking, and making coffee or tea. It hooks up with a central hose to your tap and will be able to provide about 4,000 liters before needing to be replaced (some users feel that this translates to about 10 months of daily use)
The Deluxe 7 has a slightly bigger footprint than some of the others, so it is going to take up just a little bit more of your precious countertop space. It has a sharp silver shell with black accents on the top and the bottom, and a clear to read the blue backlit screen on the front. The buttons that run along the front of the unit are clearly marked and easy to read.
We hope you are sitting down because the cost of this unit costs about three times as much as some of the more reasonably priced designs out there on the market. However, the higher price point is due in part to the ability to serve up about 4,000 liters before needing to make any replacements to the filters, as well as the ability to deliver one of the highest pH concentrations of any of the other designs out there on the market.
If you know how effective this product can be and are confident in their positive health benefits, you might be willing to dish out the extra cash to invest in a product that will the true in delivering high-quality drinking water that far surpasses many of the other designs out there on the market.
5. Bawell Platinum
Users can adjust pH levels down to a decimal point
Sleek and modern design
Easy yo set up
The Bawell Platinum sits atop your countertop a little bit more stoic than some of the other options out there on the market. It has a modern stainless steel exterior design that looks a little different than some of the other designs out there, and it is one of the more powerful options as well. The downside to this model is that it comes with a price tag that will sting quite a bit. However, users that are passionate about using the best of the best feel that this unit is worth the price tag.Read more
This unit will offer users all of the bells and whistles that are currently offered in home units. It has a front screen that will allow users to adjust the pH levels with just the touch of a button. Levels can be adjusted from 2 and run all the way up to an impressive 12- the highest level that is offered on these types of devices. This unit also provides basic filtering that will take all of the impurities out while adjusting the pH levels. One set of filters can provide users with up to 5,000 liters of water.
We like this design because it is sleek and modern, and looks like something you would find on a space station. The front buttons allow users to adjust the pH levels down to a decimal point, which is something other units simply cannot do. It has a tall and slender footprint, so you can slide it up against the back wall on your countertops and it won’t take up that much room.
We hope you are sitting down because the price tag of this unit is pretty hefty. It will likely set you back over 2 times the amount that you would spend on some of the more average priced options. However, users love how easy this unit is to use, and how much control they have on the pH levels which you cannot do with some of the other options out there on the market.
For those that want the ultimate control down to a decimal point, the Bawell Platinum is going to be the perfect addition to your kitchen, if you are willing to pay the painful price tag.
6. IntelGadgets IONtech IT-757
Easy to use
Backlit LCD screen indicating ph levels and filter life
A little more expensive than other similar designs
Some found that they need to replace filter frequently
This is a great option for those that want something that seems to run in the middle of the road in terms of price and features. This unit doesn’t have all of the high-end features, but it doesn’t have a price tag that will make you weep. Users love the sharp exterior design, and the clear to read backlit screen that provides all of the information that you would need.Read more
Users will be able to adjust the pH levels from 4 all the way up to 11- which is pretty impressive for something that isn’t considered to be one of the high-end units that cost four figures. It has buttons along the front that offer suggestions for use, such as for cooking, cleaning, taking medicine, and daily drinking. The backlit screen on the front shows users how much life is left in their filter before they have to change it. The filters not only are able to adjust pH levels, but they also have a layer of activated charcoal that removes impurities and odors.
We liked that this unit looks friendly and easy to use when sat atop your counters. It has a sleek platinum ceramic membrane that was manufactured in Japan, and the color-coordinated buttons that run along the front indicate pH levels. Blue buttons have a lower acidity level, and green buttons have a higher acidity level.
The cost of this unit is just slightly higher than some of those that are averaged priced, but it isn’t as expensive as some of the higher end designs.
If you are in the market for something that looks friendly while sitting next to your sink in your kitchen, and it is able to give you perfectly balanced liquids at the touch of a button- this design will be well worth the slightly padded price tag.
7. Life Ionizer MXL-9
Users can easily adjust the pH level
Thin enough to fit seamlessly on most countertops
Plates are designed to deliver more molecular hydrogen
The Life Ionizer MXL-9 is a top of the line models that has a filter that will be able to last for a very long time before needing to be swapped out, and the base of the unit has a myriad of settings that are perfect for all types of occasions. It’s important to keep in mind, however, that the price tag of this unit is by far one of the most expensive designs currently out there on the market.Read more
What’s great about this option is that there are three different buttons that will either add pH, reduce pH levels, or not touch the pH levels at all and simply filters out impurities and odors via an activated charcoal filter. The interior plates for this design offer a higher level of electrons, and more electrons mean that there is more molecular hydrogen in every cup that will quickly deliver antioxidants to your system.
The design of this system is simple, and it has a very simple black screen with red numbers that will indicate to the user the pH level that is currently set. It has a polished black box with a silver front, and it is just slightly larger than some of the others out on the market and weighs in at just over 15 pounds.
The price tag on this design is something that will likely knock you over. While it isn’t the most expensive design out there on the market, it is considered to be one of the more expensive and it will likely set you back the same amount that you would spend on a used car.
If you are in the market for something that is easy to use, and that does the one job that it is set out to do extraordinarily well, the Life Ionizer MXL-9 is an excellent choice if you have the money to spend on it.
Easy to use
Color-coded backlit screen
Heats liquids up to 140 degrees
A little expensive
Some users have difficulty attaching it to their faucet
Bawell is making our list yet again with this basic model that comes in at a pretty hefty price point. What we liked about this design is that while it is still incredibly powerful and comes with a lot of customized settings, it is also a little bit smaller than some of the other options and the outer shell is a little more cheery and happy than some of the stainless steel and black units.Read more
Users will have the ability to set their pH level from 3.2 as a low and 10 as a high. These level run pretty par for the course and doesn’t make it the most or least powerful design out there on the market. What’s great about this design is that it also has the ability to heat liquid up to about 140-degree Fahrenheit if you are making coffee with it.
What we loved most about this model is that it has a backlit screen that changes color depending upon your pH level. It also has an animation on the screen to indicate when it is self-cleaning. It has a sharp white plastic shell, and color-coded settings for various household tasks such as cooking, cleaning, and daily drinking.
While this isn’t the top of the line model in terms of price, the price tag does carry quite the punch. This unit costs about double of some of the more modestly priced designs out there on the market. However, users find that the sleek design and ease of use makes it well worth the padded price tag.
If you are in the market for something that is perfect to be used by everyone in the family and has an easy-to-read color-coded display, this Bawell design is going to be just the ticket, and it will fit right into your kitchen.
9. Chanson MIRACLE
Easy to use
Perhaps you are the type of user that doesn’t want to be bothered with an extemporaneous design features, and you just want something that seamlessly blends into your countertop space without drawing attention to itself. Users will find all of those features in the Chanson MIRACLE design, as well as a very powerful filtration device on the inside.Read more
This incredibly impressive unit is able to achieve pH levels that start at 2.5, and run all the way up to about 11.7, which is pretty powerful for such as small little unit. It has a button along the front to activate the self cleaning mechanism, and it has an audio voice that dictates that settings that you selected. What we really like about this design is that it has simple buttons along the front that allow the user to adjust the pH level to make it more or less acidic, and those settings are reflected in the small screen located at the top of the unit.
Simplicity is the name of the game when it comes to the Chanson MIRACLE. It comes with a sold matte grey exterior shell that has white accents along the buttons and around the screen. Weighing in at around 11 pounds, it is one of the smaller models out there on the market and can fit in even the smallest of kitchen spaces.
The cost of this unit is quite expensive and might set you back the same amount that you may spend on a beat up old car. However, users find that this unit is very responsive, easy to use, and is great at effectively adjusting pH levels.
For users looking for something that is a little bit smaller, but still able to perform like some of the larger designs out there on the market, the Chanson MIRACLE is going to be an excellent addition to your kitchen if you are willing to dish out the extra money.
Offers a 2-year warranty
Easy to use
Some found that it is difficult to set up
Some feel that it has a funny taste
IntelGadgets is a great company that offers a wide range of purification products that will fit the needs of all different types of users. This model is just slightly more expensive than those priced around the middle of the road, but it’s sharp countertop design and it’s powerful pH levels make it something that is worth looking into.Read more
This unit is able to reach pH levels that max out at about 11, which is pretty impressive considering it isn’t one of the expensive high-end designs out there on the market. While it doesn’t have a backlit screen to inform you of the settings and filter life, it has a few indicator lights along the top of the unit as well as settings that adjust the pH levels from very low (around 4.5) to high (around 11). It also has activated charcoal in the filter to remove impurities and unwanted minerals and chemicals.
We like the design because it is a little bit more light and fun and colorful. It has a white plastic frame that is accented with light blue menus. The various settings that adjust the pH are color-coded- dark blue represents a high pH level, and a red color indicated a low pH level. It’s only slightly bigger than some of the other designs out there on the market but slender enough that it won’t take up all that much countertop space.
It is a little bit more expensive than some of the more averaged priced options out there on the market, but not by much. What we loved about this product is that it comes with a 2-year warranty in case anything happens to go wrong with your product, and past users found that that customer service was excellent.
If you are in the market for something that is powerful, but is also simple to use and will look great on almost any countertop, this is an excellent choice if you are willing to pay just a little bit extra.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
One of the most important things that we looked at was how the unit went about purifying, and just how powerful the unit was. How do you know if a unit is considered to be powerful? The first thing to look at is the range of the pH level. Powerful and component units are not only able to achieve a high pH level, but they are able to achieve a low pH level as well which is great for cleaning and cosmetic tasks. We considered a powerful unit to be able to achieve a low setting of about 3 and a high setting of around 12. A pH level that eclipses 12 aren’t really considered ideal for human consumption. Liquid drain cleaner typically has a pH balance of around 14 and isn’t considered to be ideal for consumption. Sometimes more isn’t always better. The key here if finding just the right balance. We also wanted to make sure that each unit that we selected also has a basic ionizer and filtration system that utilizes activated charcoal to ensure that also eliminates unwanted substances such as chemical and sediment that often live in the pipes of your plumbing.
The design took a back seat to functionality, of course, but it was still something that we kept in mind. These devices are often a little bulky and will take up a great deal of room on your countertop, so we wanted to make sure that it wasn’t too much of an eyesore. We liked designs that had clear to understand buttons along the front that were labeled not in the level of pH but rather indicated the functions that they should be used for such as cooking, cleaning, making tea, or simply drinking. We also were drawn to models that had a sharp backlit screen that offered up information such as filter life and settings for easy use. No one likes to spend their afternoon fiddling with the plumbing, so we wanted to also ensure that each unit had all of the tools, attachments, and instructions needed to get up and running without being too overly complicated or difficult.
What we discovered is that the price of these units are all over the map, and some devices could set you back about the same amount of money that you would spend on a used car! While we wanted to ensure that we selected the best of the best, we also wanted to ensure that you would still have enough money to buy food after making your purchase. Typically the only thing that sets the high-end designs apart from the more reasonable priced designs has to do with the frequency that the filters are changed. There is only a limit to how much a device can ionize and reduce acidity, and even the most affordable devices are able to achieve these levels. That’s why we primarily selected models that had a price tag that ran about in the middle of the road because they served the same functions as the higher end designs without making your wallet weep. Just keep in mind that with those models, you might have to change the filters a little bit more frequently.
Expert Interviews & Opinions
For some things, we agree with the population that size doesn't matter. However, for water filtration systems, the longer the filter, the more time the device has to filter out the unnecessary toxins in the water. Speaking of, a ceramic filter is said to be the most efficient.
We advise checking the warranty behind each product before investing. This will give you an idea of how confident the company is and how they believe in their product. You should check to see if it is a limited or full warranty and if it includes parts and labor.
Other Factors to Consider
Let reason prevail when setting out to select a design to take home to your kitchen faucet. If the product is making grand claims about being able to cure diseases or help you lose weight, that company doesn’t quite understand how this type of process works. It may be hard not to select the product that makes it sound like it is dispensing some sort of miracle liquid, but those types of companies rarely live up to the hype. Alkaline water really does have positive health benefits that will help promote a general state of well being by promoting the absorption into your system, by eliminating harmful substance that may linger in your pipes, and by adding beneficial minerals that may be lacking in your diet.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: What is the purpose of an alkaline water machine?
If you are someone that needs to know all of the substances that are entering your body via food and drink, you may be surprised the things that enter through your pipes, as well as how it is treated at your local treatment facility. Most homes that use city facility or a well have a pH level of about 6, with some users testing from their personal source to find it has a pH level of around 4. While there are no studies that find that acidic liquids are a source of harm, it can be a contributing factor to things such as acid reflux and bone loss. Some studies have found that fewer liquids that are less acidic may be helpful in fighting off certain diseases because they cannot survive in a non-acidic environment. Some studies have also found that it can help with weight loss because it is absorbed into your system easier because the ions have been split in half. However, drinking more on a daily basis will help you from becoming as hungry, and will help you feel fuller longer when drinking with meals.
q: Are they easy to set up?
Most of the designs out there on the market have a hose that is able to be connected to the faucet on your kitchen sink. There is going to be a little bit of an installation process that will require you employ the use of a few tools. If you are worried that you just won’t have the knack to set up something like this, there are companies that you can call that will do all of the set up for you for a small fee that depends upon the company that you use. For the most part, many designs have simple to screw on nozzles that affix directly to the spigot which users find a lot more easy to install rather than those that hook into the mainline. The benefit of the designs that hook into the main line is that users can still use the tap as they normally would for things such as cleaning, and use their filter on the side for cooking and drinking.
q: Can I just buy it at the store?
Yes, there are some supermarkets that will allow you to purchase it in a pack of individual bottles, gallon bottles, and some even have their own dispenser to fill up big tanks. However, buying individual bottles that you will throw away when you are done is considered to be wasteful, not to mention a huge hassle carrying them in from the store. Gallon containers or big tanks are a little bit more environmentally friendly, but they are still a hassle to bring home and they are a recurring cost every trip you take to the grocery store. Sure, these little gadgets can pack a wallop of a price tag, but the positive impact on the environment as well as the strain it will take off of your tired back from lugging around big containers are going to be well worth the additional cost in the long run.
q: What’s the difference between filter systems and alkaline systems?
The big difference between the two is that one is only designed to remove things like sediments, chlorine, and other unwanted chemicals that come out of your tap. These types of filter systems typically use activated charcoal to filter out impurities and odor, but it doesn’t actually add anything to it. The alkaline devices typically all come with a type of filtration system that removes impurities and odor (and they, too, often use activated charcoal to undertake this process), but they also have a line of beads that raises the pH level while it also adds important minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium. These minerals are great at purifying free radicals that have made their way into your body through the things that you eat as well as pollution.
q: Does it taste different?
This is one of the more frequent questions asked about these products. There is absolutely no taste to the liquid that these units produce. To some, the taste that comes from the tap is often very distinct, and it will leave a bad taste in your mouth. With these products, the line of activated charcoal eliminates the chemicals that have a bad smell and leave a foul taste in your mouth, and the split molecules actually feel lighter and smoother in your mouth. Plus, if you have ever guzzled a big glass down after a good workout and could feel a distinct sloshing feeling in your stomach- these devices actually help to reduce that feeling. Due to the fact that, as we stated earlier, the molecules are split and reduced in size, they actually absorb much faster in your system.
q: Is it safe?
Many experts out there feel that it is completely harmless. However, there are some instances where it had become a problem when consumed in excess. If you drink it in excess, it can actually change the natural pH balance of your system, which can cause a condition called alkalosis. This condition typically has some mild symptoms that include nausea, confusion, twitching in the muscles, and trembling in the hands. If you notice any of these symptoms, we suggest that you switch back to simply filtered through activated charcoal. Our general advice when it comes to anything is that everything should be consumed in moderation- even something as simple as the water that you drink.