Water Distiller Buyer’s Tips: 7 Things You Must Know

So you want to buy a water distiller, but you’re overwhelmed with the choices. We’ve seen everything Amazon and the internet has to offer—we don’t blame you.

But trust us when we say that the internet is the best place to get your distiller—since you’re not constrained to the selection in hardware stores.

you just need to do a little more research to be able to decide which model is the right one for you and your home.

To help you out, we’ve put together these 7 things you absolutely MUST consider before you buy a water distiller:

1. How much power it consumes

a water filter or distiller

In the end, a water filter or distiller is going to add to your costs for drinking water. Just like how buying gallons of distilled water from a supplier constitutes your drinking water cost, the power and tap water needed to fill your drinking needs is your monthly expense for drinking water.

Take a look at how many watts the distiller uses. Just like a light bulb, it consumes kW/hr—so it’s up to you to compute how long your distiller is going to run for your water needs throughout the day and how much that’s going to cost you in a month.

Here is a sample calculation of how much a water distiller may cost per year in month in terms of power:

The unit is rated at 580 watts, it takes 5 hours for 1 gallon, so that will be 2900 watts per 1 gallon. Went to this site to calculate consumption, assuming your electricity is the average 12 cent per kilowatt.

Take note that this may vary depending on your area and electricity costs.

Power consumption: 580 watts

Hours of use per day: 5

1 kilowatt-hour (kWh) cost: 12 cents

Electricity cost per day: $0.348

Electricity cost per month: $10.44

Electricity cost per year: $127.02

That's not too bad is it? ;-)​

2. How long until you have to replace the filter

While the distillation unit is supposed to have lifetime warranties (usually), you have to replace the filters. If you don’t replace the filters at the right time, your unit won’t really be distilling water for you.

BEfore buying, make sure that you know when you have to replace the filter. Factor in the cost of filter replacement. Aside from the power costs, you have to make sure that you have enough filters on hand.

Usually, you can get filters online or from the manufacturer. Make sure you have a readily-available source of filters—or else you won’t be able to use your unit.

A pack of filters usually costs $12 - $15. Take a look at how much your unit costs and how much the separate filters are—you may be in for a raw deal if your distillation unit is too cheap and your filters cost too much.

3. How easy it is to use

use your distiller

Take a look at who’s going to use your distiller. If you have small children or elderly members of your household who may have trouble with the distillation unit, move on to a different brand or model.

Keep in mind that something that’s too heavy, too complicated and has too many parts can mean your distiller is a pain to use.

Check out demo videos and instruction leaflets for the products you buy before you actually buy them.

4. If it can remove fluoride

distilled water for drinking

For some people, having fluoride in their diet isn’t recommended. Sometimes, people just don’t want to drink treated water.

While fluoride has both its pros and cons, people who want distilled water for drinking assume that there’s nothing in there. Having a product explicitly state that it can remove fluoride is important—if it’s not stated, send a question to the manufacturer.

5. If it leaves an aftertaste

reporting the aftertaste

Some buyers reported in their reviews that the distilled water produced could have an aftertaste. For other people who bought the same product, they say the water tastes great.

You can’t really count on brands and manufacturers to be forthright about the taste of their water—but you can count on product reviews to see whether more people are reporting the aftertaste than people who get great tasting water.

6. If it is BPA-free

BPAs have been shown to affect food and liquid stored in plastic containers. Several studies have also shown that BPAs can affect infants and children in negative ways. This is why health experts recommend that anything used to store or serve food be BPA-free.

have BPA-free components

The pitcher or receptacle for your distilled water may or may not be BPA-free. The best way to know that is to look at the product descriptions or ask the manufacturer for a certification.

If you’re going to use the water to make baby formula or tend to a sick person in your home, you may want to rethink your purchase.

Take note, though, that a lot of distillers do make sure they have BPA-free components, so make sure you take a look at those models first.

7. If it is easy to clean

Since you’re filtering water through this machine, normal soap and water may not be enough for you to properly clean your device. There are mineral deposits that linger in the system that can eventually corrode and even leak out into the filtrate if you don’t clean your unit.

Some models need special cleaning tablets (bought from manufacturer). Always ask about how to clean the device before purchasing.

Buying a water distiller isn’t as simple as buying a tea kettle. It’s a sophisticated machine—so you have to be sure you’re getting the right model.

You wouldn't want to be stuck with a noisy, complex and highly-expensive device that came from a company unreliable with filter replacements, would you?

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