What Is A Water Ionizer And How Does It Compare To The Zazen Alkaline Water System?

The key differences between water Ionizers and the zazen Alkaline Water System are purpose and philosophy.

 We have outlined an easy comparison table for your reference:

zazen Water System

Water Ionizer

Price Range $495 - $645 (Glass tank) Price Range $599 - $4000+
No plumbing, No electricity Plumbing & Electricity Required
State-of-the-Art 10 Stage Filtration Process  Electrolysis, Not a Filtration Process
Balanced Range of Alkaline Minerals - (natural Mineral Stones) Does not have a balanced range of minerals
pH between 7.4 – 8.5 (ideal for peak cellular hydration) Dial up or down the pH (9.0-11.0)
Restores natural properties of water Splits/fractures the water molecule
NO water wasted – natural process At least 1/3 - 1/2 water wasted – Acid / Alkaline
Ideal for Cellular Hydration Not ideal for Cellular Hydration (alkalosis)
Easy and simply to maintain and install 30 day regular cleaning required – High overhead and maintenance needed

What Does A Water Ionizer Do?

Water ionizers are normally attached to your kitchen tap to treat your regular tap water with an electrical current that ionizes water. The ionized water is alkaline water that contains large amounts of electrically charged hydroxyl ions as well as free electrons. 

Water ionizers are usually about the same size as a toaster. They use electricity to redirect tap water through a plastic hose. Once inside the water ionizer unit, the water is filtered to remove common pollutants. Then this filtered water passes into a chamber equipped with platinum-coated titanium electrodes. Here is where the low voltage electrolysis takes place.

Electrolysis involves splitting water molecules into Cations (positively charged ions) that gather at the negative electrodes to create ionized water, and Anions (negatively charged ions) at the positive electrode to make oxidized water. They have a high pH reading (can be up to 11) with the option to dial up or down the pH level.

The ionized water comes out of the kitchen tap, and the oxidized water comes out a separate hose. The latter can be used for drinking, cooking or even as a sterilizing agent, helpful for washing hands, cleaning food or kitchen utensils, and treating minor wounds and eczema.  

Water Ionizers - Do They Actually Work?

Water ionizers do work, in the sense that they split water molecules and provide you with ionized water. Yet, this in itself is not ideal. Not only is the process of ionizing water incredibly harsh on the water, many water ionizers also produce very high alkaline water, sometimes far higher than is recommended by scientists.

They were used in hospitals over 30 years ago to help chronically ill patients increase body alkalinity by drinking extremely high alkaline water (9 – 11+ pH). Chronically ill patents have highly acidic bodies.

The sole purpose of water Ionizers was to create extremely high alkaline water – they were not designed to filter your water or rebalance your water nor were they designed to give you a balanced hydrating water. Simply they were designed for high alkaline water production.


What’s more, some of the better water ionizers that do create more balanced, nutrient-rich water are very expensive. And as already mentioned, you’ll probably need a plumber and/or an electrician to set them up, creating further hassle, cost and time. 

Water Ionizer Benefits

A big deterrent is the fact that water ionizers often produce very high alkaline levels, which can create body imbalances. This can even lead to alkalosis, a highly unpleasant condition that causes fatigue and vomiting among other symptoms.

As mentioned, roughly half of the water pumped through the ionizer comes out as alkaline water. The other half comes out as acidic water. And while this can potentially be used to do the dishes or to wash your hands, the simple truth is that it can’t be drunk and is an unnecessary by-product.

Add in the highly expensive nature of purchasing and installing a water ionizer and it’s easy to see why so many alkaline water lovers choose an effective benchtop water filter like our zazen Alkaline Water System.

Too alkaline can be just as bad as too acidic.

In a healthy person, the body is always looking to maintain homeostasis or balance – our measuring stick for this is human blood which sits at around 7.369 pH – only slightly alkaline. If a healthy person continuously drinks high alkaline water 9 – 11+ pH this will cause an imbalance in the body and can result in an over-alkaline body – a condition called alkalosis.

Ionizers were never designed for water that hydrates you at a cellular level!

 Did you know that for every 2 litres of water you create with an ionizer there is approximately 1 litre of waste (acidic water) created you cannot drink!

zazen Water is designed for optimum hydration and is the perfect balance!

To avoid the harsh nature of water ionizers, choose an alkaline ionizer water filter with fluoride removal. Our system ionizes water safely and also removes up to 90% of fluoride. 

What is the purpose of the zazen Alkaline Water System?

For water to be used as a nutrient in your body and increase your wellbeing, energy and vitality, it must hydrate you at a cellular level – for that to happen it needs to be:

  • Filtered (cleaned of toxins, bad bacteria and chemicals) – so you body is not the filter!
  • Mineral and electrolyte rich – essential for optimum hydration.
  • Mildly Alkaline – ideal for health, detox and longevity.
  • Naturally energized – full of healthy electrolytes for vitality.
  • In smaller water clusters for cellular hydration – the zazen Magnetic Tap restructures and magnetizes the water (just as spring water is exposed to the earth’s magnetic energy) to create a free flowing hexagonal structure and also breaks down the size of water clusters for faster, immediate cellular hydration.

How it Works

When water has the properties listed above it can effectively get into your cells, bringing vital nutrients with it and flushing out acidic waste and toxins. This ensures the body is being hydrated on a cellular level (the purpose of the zazen Alkaline Water System), and this is why peak cellular hydration is critical to the prevention of and recovery from illness and disease.

The zazen Water System is designed for peak cellular hydration and emulates Mother Nature’s water cycle, creating great tasting Alkaline Mineral Water naturally. Children especially love to drink it!

zazen Water Philosophy: Emulating Mother Nature's Water Cycle

Underpinning zazen Water is a philosophy that drives and directs our product design and it comes from a holistic view surrounding health and wellbeing, and the understanding of the foundational role that water plays in any wellness strategy. This philosophy pushed us further in our research and education to find a water filter that would support optimum wellness. Where East meets West is where the zazen Alkaline Water System was born.

As it travels through the earth, filtering through natural sand, soil and mineral deposits, water in nature sheds toxins and picks up minerals and magnetic energy from mother earth and far infra-red energy from the sun, and its structure changes and adapts. By the time it bubbles from a spring and flows down a stream, water contains important properties that are essential for our hydration, essential for life!

At zazen Water, we don’t expose water to artificial currents (splitting the water) like ionizers, we do not put water under pressure like undersink filters, and we don’t do half the job. In collaboration with leading scientists from both the East and the West, and using state-of-the-art technologies, the zazen Alkaline Water System 10-Stage Advanced Filtration Process mimics Mother Nature’s water cycle, providing you with mineral water in an ideal state to hydrate your body. Cellular hydration is a core strategy for the prevention of and recovery from illness and disease. When you start drinking zazen Water and your body becomes hydrated at a cellular level, your cells release stored toxins which your body then works to remove as waste.

Read more about alkaline water on our Water 101 blog.