Water ionizers, or more commonly known as alkaline water filters, are becoming more popular with each passing day. Even though many people are rushing to buy them for their households, most of them don’t truly know what differentiates one filter from another, which device provides the highest quality, and which one just has the best marketing.
Unless you are a scientist, this can be quite confusing. However, the truth is that more expensive does not always mean higher quality. With so many models on the market, people usually opt for a filter model based on its advertising, rather than its actual quality. In most cases, even the dealers are incapable of accurately comparing alkaline filters.
Purchasing the appropriate alkaline filter is a big and important investment. Here, you will need a machine that will offer quality and last for a long time. When it comes to making a purchase, there are two major factors you should pay attention to.
The prices of these filters can range anywhere from 700 dollars to more than 4000 dollars, depending on where you plan to buy and whether you want to buy a used device. In general, there are three main classes of alkaline filters according to their prices.
The lowest class are, undoubtedly, used ionizers. These filters can be found at a wide range of prices. However, you should keep in mind that you will probably not know how the filter was used before you purchased it. Their durability and lifespan will also be shortened as well.
The middle class is mostly constituted by new, lightweight water filters. These can last for a long period and can do a pretty good job. However, depending on the type of your water, they may not be capable of providing a highly efficient performance, simply because they are not strong enough. But, they can be a good solution for smaller families who are looking for a fair price compromise.
The top class of ionizers consists of heavy-weight alkaline filtering systems, which are capable of purifying vast amounts of water and providing very high-efficiency levels. If you have a large household, a large number of family members and a fairly big budget consider these filters. However, be prepared to spend no less than 2000 dollars.
The performance levels
Now that we have covered the main price points let’s focus on the actual performance of alkaline water filtering systems. When it comes to determining the performance, you should pay attention to a system’s capability to maintain proper -ORP and pH levels consistently. Also, you should pay attention to whether a system can work over time by maintaining and cleaning itself efficiently, without you having to wait for the water while it performs the cleaning procedure.
Additionally, you will want an alkaline filter system whose cleaning procedure efficiently eliminates the buildup of scaling on its plates. This buildup is a well-known side effect of filtering hard water, and it is something that can shorten the lifespan of your alkaline filter.
If the systems you are planning to purchase have these features, your only remaining considerations should be a brand’s reputation and warranty. To be sure, don’t forget to get in touch with a certain company and inquire about the customer service benefits, maintenance and return policy.