Comparing Pre-Filters, Antioxidant Filters, and Water Ionizers

Anyone that reads this blog knows that I’m a big supporter of proper hydration. I believe every household in the world should have a decent filtration system at the very minimum. Gone are the days when you can simply drink the water coming out of your tap without consideration of what is in the water. The only thing holding people back from having safe drinking water or healthy drinking water is money.

Water Filters ($250):

A good pre-filter system that can be customized to the needs of your source water costs about $250. It is hard to imagine any better use of your money. When you consider that the average American family spends on fast foods or that they spend $400 on average on bottled water, a pre-filter system is a no-brainer. With bottled water, you don’t know what you are getting. In a world that is trying to go “green”, bottled water is going in the wrong direction.

Antioxidant Filters ($400):

If you want safe, great tasting drinking water that provides all of the health benefits derived from the antioxidants found in alkaline ionized water, you can now purchase a Antioxidant Filter for $400. A Antioxidant filter has the added benefit of self filtration of all major contaminants found in our water supplies without the additional cost of paying for a pre-filter system. The one time cost of buying a Antioxidant Filter will eliminate the annual cost of bottled water and provide well documented health benefits.

Water Ionizers ( $1,500):

If you want to be able to obtain a “full spectrum” of pH levels with very low ORP levels, you will need a water ionizer. A full spectrum of pH levels, refers to the wide range of pH outputs that can be generated from these great machines. A top quality water ionizer should be able to generate pH levels from as low as 2.5 acidic water used for disinfecting, through the 5.5 pH “beauty water” used for skin cleansing, to 7.0 pH used for drinking water for babies or for swallowing medications, to 8.5 to 9.5 pH for obtaining the antioxidant properties found in alkaline ionized water, to 11.0 pH used for removing the pesticides from the surface of store bought fruits and vegetables.


Every home needs a proper filtration system. Good filtration can be obtained for a pre-filter system ($250) or from an Antioxidant Filter ($400) which also provides the health benefits of delivering powerful antioxidants found in alkaline ionized water. A water ionizer ($1,500) provides a wide spectrum of pH levels that offers benefits beyond the straight forward health benefits of alkaline ionized water, but they should be accompanied by a proper pre-filtration system to be most effective.

According to the most experienced people in the water ionizer industry, most people, use the drinking water about 30 times for for every time they use either the acidic water or the strong alkaline water. As a result, the new Antioxidant water filters offer a low cost alternative that serves the needs of the majority of the population. If you can afford a water ionizer and a pre-filter, the combination represents the best alternative because of the added flexibility of uses.

The introduction of the Antioxidant Filter is great news for two reasons. First, they allow people to get great filtered water with all the antioxidant properties of alkaline ionized water at a very affordable price. Second, the introduction of Antioxidant Filters is driving down the price of the leading brands of water ionizers.

At the current time, nobody should pay more that $1,500 for a high quality water ionizer. At least two nationally recognized brands are available in the $1,500 range and the higher priced models can also be purchased at the $1,500 level if you do your homework. If you need help finding lower prices on the $2,000 to $2,500 machines, send me an email and I will point you in the right direction. It will then be up to you as to which brand you buy and where you buy it.

6 Responses to Comparing Pre-Filters, Antioxidant Filters, and Water Ionizers

  1. Hi Rob,

    I’ve been thinking about this a bit lately, and I think it’s going to be getting harder and harder for the full-spectrum manufacturers to justify the low pH or beauty water when other options are available now. For less than $200 you can get a hand-held ionizer like you spotlighted here…, and finding beauty water is as easy as picking up a gallon of cheap bottled water.

    Customers can now create water from 2.5-9.5 for $600 and spend $1/week on the beauty. Which means removing pesticides have to be worth spending another $900.

    I’m beginning to think the full-spectrum machines niche will be where larger quantities of water need to be created quicker. Like sport team’s locker rooms, medical clinics, etc.

    • Hi Gabe:

      I have nothing but good things to say about full spectrum water ionizers other than most of them are grossly overpriced. The full spectrum water ionizers produce three things that the antioxidant water filters can’t provide. ONE…beauty acidic water TWO…disinfecting acidic water THREE…emulsifying pH water

      People use the drinking water from a water ionizer about 30 times as much as they use the machines for all other purposes. As you have pointed out, there are alternative and more cost effective wayst to obtain the beauty water, disinfecting water, and emulsifying water.

      The “beauty water” that my wife loves has a pH of about 5.5 and you can get virtually the same pH from a bottle of Aquasana sold by Pepsi. I wonder what Pepsi would think if they knew we were recommending using their bottled water as a skin freshener.

      I have a product called an E2 Spray in my house which I picked up when I was in Korea from a company called Hung Sung E&E. The product consists of a pitcher that is about a quart and a half that sits in a base. When you put a tiny amount of salt into the water and turn the switch on the base, the machine produces very strong acidic water that can be used for cleaning. The unit retail for $299, but it can and should sell for about $100 less if not lower.

      I don’t have a ready solution for emulsifying the pesticides and other petrochemicals off of fruit and vegetables. The solution is bleach, but the idea of puttting a small amount of bleach into water that I’m trying to use to clean my food doesn’t appeal to me. If anyone out there has a solution, please let us know. Anyone that doesn’t want to have to deal with pesticides on their food can buy from an organic store. Buying from an organic store used to be a lot more expensive, but these days, the cost is very close. I would always choose organic foods over using a water ionizer to remove the pesticides because you are supposed to so the food for 20-30 minutes and I don’t have time for that. In addition, unless you are prepared to test your ionizer each time, you never know if you machine is actually producing a pH that is high enough to emulsify the pesticides. The reason for that is that source water changes all the time and the output from a water ionzer is highly dependent upon the source water.

      Your analysis is about the same as mine….I just used more words :)

      • I am looking for a better deal on the higher priced water filters..
        you mentioned we could email you on this.. Where might I find info on this

        • Hi Sherri:

          I assume you are referring to electric water ionizers with your reference to the “higher priced water filters”. I don’t believe that paying higher prices will get you a better machine, but everyone should follow their hearts. The machines all work, so you really can’t make a mistake.

          I would be happy to give you my unbiased recommendations and direct you to companies that are not “fixed” on maximizing their profits. Please contact my private email as I don’t want any companies saying “the WaterFYI guy recommends us”.

  2. What’s difference between “emulsifying the pesticides and other petrochemicals off of fruit and vegetables” using strong acidic water and strong alkaline water?

    Thanks :)

    • You again :)

      Acid water and alkaline water are at opposite ends of the pH scale versus a pH of 7.0 which is neutral.

      You need to start doing this research on your own as the answers are available online.

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