Investigating Alkaline Water Brands: How to Tell the Difference

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Shopping for an ionizer can be a confusing process. Should you buy an under-counter model or one that sits beside the sink? How many features do you require? Which alkaline water brands make devices that are suitable for your family? Here’s an overview of the major brands and their offerings to help you determine the best way to get fresh alkaline water at home.


This water ionizer company produces mostly 80 watt devices under the Vesta, Athena, Delphi, Venus and Melody names. AlkaViva ionizers tend to have only a few, relatively small ionization plates built mostly on the older solid design. While most of this company’s products are countertop ionizers, the Ultra-Delphi line does fit under the counter. AlkaViva ionizers use a relatively complex modern digital interface to control device settings and output.


Chanson Water makes many different ionizers, filtration systems and sanitizer devices. Its ionizers use between seven and nine flat plates. The company strongly promotes its machines’ ability to produce acid water, a by-product of the ionization process that can be used to disinfect cutting boards and other surfaces, but which you should never drink. Chanson uses fairly large plates, averaging between about 150 and 350 square inches. Chanson interfaces are very simple but tend to look somewhat dated.


Kangen, also known as Enagic, is a Japanese manufacturer of water ionizers. This company primarily makes countertop ionizers in the $1,500 to $6,00 range, but it does offer two under-counter models. Kangen water ionizers run the gamut in terms of power and use anywhere from two to seven flat ionizing plates. Kangen ionizers have monochrome digital indicators and colored buttons.


Tyent focuses about equally on countertop and under-counter ionizers, providing multiple large plates in all models. Its range includes models with between seven and 11 titanium ionization plates and a surface area of between 280 and about 390 square inches. This manufacturer relies on a combination of solid and mesh plates. It also offers the highest power level of the alkaline water brands at between 275 to 750 watts per device. Tyent uses bright, simple interfaces with voice guided technology to ensure easy use of your ionizer.

Water for Life

This smaller manufacturer makes only a few water ionizers at a fairly high power level. Water for Life makes the unusual choice of relying on slotted plates, which attempt to combine mesh and solid technologies. Ionizers from this brand average between seven and nine plates with a surface area of around 250 square inches. Water for Life’s products use smaller, monochrome displays, which can be a disadvantage compared to models with easier to use interfaces.

No matter which kind of water ionizer you pick, make sure it’s one that will last. Look for a lifetime warranty and high quality customer support. You’ll be able to relax, knowing you chose a reliable product that will provide you with healthy water for years to come.