Water Distiller


Distillation is one of the few filtration methods which prove to be extremely effective in combating a wide array of water contaminants, including the dreaded volatile organic compounds and fluoride. Furthermore, where levels of sodium, calcium, and magnesium are high, water distillers tackle the issue by normalizing the situation and removing all excess which could ultimately lead to serious health issues after prolonged ingestion. What makes them all the more appealing is the fact that they are easy to use and come at much more reasonable prices when compared to the whole house or under counter filtration systems, for example. This price accessibility obviously makes them a more popular choice for the masses, products onto which a lot of attention is generally drawn.

Top 5 Water Distillers Comparison

 

  1. Nutriteam TC-500 2. Pure Water Mini Classic CT 3. MegaHome MH943TWS 4. H2OLabs Best-In-Class Classic White 5. OLizee 304 Stainless Steel
  Nutriteam TC-500 Image Pure Water Mini Classic CT Image MegaHome MH943TWS Image H2OLabs Best-In-Class Classic White Image OLizee 304 Stainless Steel Image
 
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Product Specifications
Manufacturer NutriTeam Mini Classic NutriTeam H2OLabs OLizee
Dimensions (L x W x H) 14″ x 11″ x 18″ 9.9″ x 13.75″ x 15.75″ 9″ x 9″ x 13″ 7.8″ x 7.8″ x 14.2″ 13.8″ x 11.2″ x 18.7″
Weight 28 Lbs 32 Lbs 7.5 Lbs 7.7 Lbs 13.4 Lbs
Power 725W 800W 580W 580W 750W
Voltage 120V; 60Hz 120V; 60Hz 120 – 240V; 50 – 60Hz 240V; 60Hz 120V; 60Hz
Housing Material Stainless Steel 304 Stainless Steel White Zinc Coated Steel Baked-White-Enamel Metal Plastic
Inner Container Material Stainless Steel 304 Stainless Steel Stainless Steel 304 Stainless Steel 304 Stainless Steel 304
Watter Bottle Material No Glass Glass Glass Glass
Performance
Capacity 4-5 Gallons per Day 5.5 Gallons per Day 4 Gallons per Day 4-5 Gallons per Day 6 Gallons per Day
Inner Container Volume 4 Gallons 1 Gallon 1 Gallon 1 Gallon 1 Gallon
Electric Heater
Features
  Fully Automatic Safety Shut-Off Stainless Steel Condensing Coils Space Saving & Portable Design Plug & Play Operation
  Easy Installation Activated Carbon Filter Glass Nozzle Insert Easy to Use Aluminum Fan Blades
  Ball-Bearing Fan for Cooling Dispenser Pour-Through Lid UL Approved Glass Nozzle Insert Intelligent Temperature Control
  Electronic Circuit Board      
  Residue Discharge Valve      
  Water Level Sensors      
Warranty&Suppport
Product Warranty 1 Year 15 Years 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year
Customer Support
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1. Nutriteam TC-500

It is a costly investment to make indeed, this being the only viable downside to the TC-500, but it is an acquisition worth making as it outputs water of the highest purity on demand. The ball-bearing fan it features ensures silent operation, while the residue discharge valve enables easy cleaning of the boiling chamber to ensure maintenance work will be convenient. Another convenient aspect worth mentioning is the fact that it is fully automatic, meaning that it stops producing water when the tank is full, and it retakes its operation when the water level in the tank drops by at least 1 gallon. Overall, it is a purchase worth making if you want to stay properly and healthily hydrated as it is easy to use and effective in its operation.
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Design

Let’s talk about its design, in terms of aesthetics as well as durability as both aspects are equally important when it comes to the quality impact on the product. Due to the fact that it measures only 14 inches in length, 11 inches in width, and 18 inches in height, you will have an easy time finding a permanent location for it on a counter or table. The 28-pound weight makes it easy for you to change its placement whenever you want without having to ask someone else to help you move it. Furthermore, the 304 stainless steel construction of the container ensures not only durability but a safe environment for the process and the water you end up drinking as well.

Distillation Process

During the process, it tends to the complete removal of all existing contaminants and impurities in the water to ensure you will hydrate in the safest manner possible. The maximum capacity of its container is 4 gallons, and when the upper limit is reached, it will stop producing water automatically, as we have explained previously. This way, an eventual overheating of the machine is avoided. When it comes to the output it provides, the 4-5 gallons per day it produces suffice for any size household.

Warranty

A surefire way to figure out whether a product is of a good quality or not is to check the length of the accompanying warranty – the longer, the better, as it indicates that the manufacturing company trusts the product, and in the off-chance that anything happens to it, you won’t have to pay for repairs or an eventual replacement. The TC-500 is backed with a 1-year warranty, which is pretty standard for its niche, during this period of time any defect that appears being handled by the manufacturer as long as it has been used properly, as instructed in the manual.

PROS CONS
  • 4-gallon inner container volume is quite spacious
  • Is able to produce up to 5 gallons of purified water per day
  • Automatically stops operating when the inner container is full
VERDICT

A complete product that you will surely enjoy as it is easy to use and provides you with the purest water possible, the TC-500 was an obvious choice for the top spot as it is flawless in all senses of the word.

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2. Pure Water Mini Classic CT

As it measures 13.75 inches in width, 9.9 inches in depth, and 15.75 inches in height, the CT won’t take up much space on the counter. It weighs 32 pounds, which makes it easy for you to change its placement whenever needed. It is made with quality, durable stainless steel that ensures years of service without requiring much in the way of maintenance. It features a safety shut-off switch that comes in handy as you can conveniently turn it off if overheating ever occurs. It features an activated carbon filter that ensures no unpleasant taste or odor will contaminate the water. It comes with a 1-gallon glass container that safely houses the water produced until you consume or use it. The dispenser even features a pour-through lid and a handle to ensure convenience in use. In addition, when it comes to efficiency, it produces approximately 3 liters of purified water over a 3.5-hour cycle.

PROS CONS
  • Safety shut-off switch ensures protection from overheating
  • Comes with a convenient 1-gallon glass container
  • Design to not occupy a lot of space on the counter
  • Some customers have complained about the design, stating that it is hard to load and unload
  • One of the more expensive entries on the market
VERDICT

The costs of acquiring it might be high, but it is worth every cent considering that it boasts a long-lasting durability, which means that you will enjoy its excellent distillation services for longer than you would with most devices.

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3. MegaHome MH943TWS

The second place in our top is occupied by the MH943TWS, a unit that you can purchase for the price of approximately $209, which makes it a more budget-friendly choice to go with. It measures 9 inches in length, 9 inches in width, 13 inches in height, and it weighs only 7.5 pounds. The white zinc coated steel housing makes it a great addition to a modern kitchen, and the stainless steel 304 inner container ensures that the water it distills will be truly clean. It comes with a glass carafe, it has a 1-gallon volume for the inner container and an amazing capacity of 4 gallons per day. It is UL approved, thus ensuring that it complies to all of the important safety standards. The glass nozzle insert that it features ensures that the water you drink won’t ever touch plastic, so there is no chance for it to be contaminated. It comes with a useful user manual that will guide you in order to make it easy for you to use the unit. In addition, it’s backed up by a generous 1-year warranty, time during which the manufacturer will repair any defects that appear free of charge.

PROS CONS
  • Inner container is made with 304 stainless steel, ensuring there will be no water contamination
  • Produces up to 4 gallons of clean water per day
  • Glass nozzle insert ensures the water you drink won’t touch plastic
VERDICT

When the sole flaw of a product is that the asking price might be a bit spicy, it’s obvious that the pricing is explainable as the performance provided is basically flawless. This is the case with the MegaHome, a product we strongly recommend as it produces up to 4 gallons of clean, pure water per day for you to hydrate with.

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4. H2OLabs Best-In-Class Classic White

Our choice for the number four spot is the H2OLabs, a stylish and great performing unit that comes at the reasonable price of $230. What makes it stand out from the rest is the fact that it has a compact design, measuring 7.8 inches in length, 7.8 inches in width, 14.2 inches in height, and weighing only 7.7 pounds. The backed-white-enamel metal housing ensures that it will pass the test of time, and the stainless steel 304 inner container ensures that you will serve only clean water if you use it. It comes with a glass carafe that provides a safe environment for the water to sit in before you serve it. It has a 1-gallon volume for the inner container and a great capacity of 4-5 gallons per day. A feature that delights when looking at it is the fact that it comes with a glass nozzle insert, meaning that the water won’t touch plastic or any other type of material that could endanger your health. In addition, it comes with a 10-year warranty.

PROS CONS
  • Boasts a space-saving design
  • Uses a 565-watt heating element
  • One of the more reasonably priced entries on the market
VERDICT

With a 1-gallon capacity and the ability to produce up to 5 gallons of pure water per day, it comes as no surprise that this H2OLabs entry ranks so high in our top.

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5. OLizee 304 Stainless Steel

Last but not least, we have the exquisite OLizee 304, a model that you can have in your kitchen or office for the price of approximately $140. It measures 13.8 inches in length, 11.2 inches in width, and 18.7 inches in height, and it weighs 13.4 pounds. While this makes it heavier and larger than most of the models that we have ranked as being superior to it, this doesn’t affect its portability that much. It has a stylish plastic housing, the inner container is stainless steel 304, and it comes with a useful glass carafe. It has a 1-gallon volume for the inner container, and it is capable of distilling over 6 gallons of water per day. The simple “plug and play” operation of this model ensures that you won’t have a hard time at all when operating it. Best of all, it features intelligent temperature control, meaning that the consumption of electricity is going to be reduced, allowing you to enjoy drinking clean water at the lowest cost possible. In addition, it comes with a 1-year warranty, during this period the unit being repaired by the manufacturer for any defects without charging you a cent.

PROS CONS
  • Intelligent temperature control reduced electricity consumption
  • Can produce an impressive 6 gallons of pure water per day
  • Comes at a cheap price
VERDICT

If you want a device that not only handles purifying the water you are about to consume but that will do the procedure in the most energy-efficient manner possible, the OLizee is what you need.

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6. Waterwise 3200

The steam distillation process it uses ensures that you will be consuming water that is free of impurities, producing up to 1 gallon in 4 hours, which adds to a total of 6 gallons per day. During the process it employs, among the most dangerous contaminants it removes are included arsenic, chloroform, lead, mercury, sulfate, viruses, THM, nitrites, copper, bacteria, aluminum, and more. It delivers an impressive 800 watts of power, and it comes with a carafe where the clean water is poured, carafe that is made with BRA-free Tritan copolyester. But what makes it so effective in its operation is the fact that it passes the water through a post carbon filter before it enters the carafe, filter that enhances water taste, odor, and purity, and requires replacement only once every 2 months.

PROS CONS
  • Post carbon filter removes any unpleasant taste or odor for utter purity
  • Filter needs to be replaced only once every 2 months
  • 1-gallon capacity carafe is made with BPA-free Tritan copolyester
VERDICT

Through the process of steam distillation, the Waterwise ensures the production of top-notch, impurity-free water with every use. Furthermore, the asking price for it is quite reasonable as opposed to that of other models, so it is one of the more approachable selections from all points of view.

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7. Mophorn 4L Pure Water

With a volume of 4 liters, this Mophorn entry is one of the most prolific options you could go for. It is capable of producing 1 liter of purified water per hour, so you are sure to solely hydrate with clean water from the moment you start using it on. Among the important contaminants it helps eradicate are included VOCs, total dissolved solids, particles, and bacteria. One of its best features, by far, is the automatic shut-off it employs when the operating temperatures reaches 320 degrees Fahrenheit, thus ensuring it won’t be damaged too soon. It boasts a 750-watt power output which reasons with industry standard. It weighs only 10.6 pounds, which makes it easy for you to change its placement on the counter whenever you like. The container is made with food-grade BPA-free plastic to ensure maximum safety and prevention of water contamination. Furthermore, it comes at a reasonable price considering the high pure water output it provides.

PROS CONS
  • Produces approximately 1 liter of water per hour
  • Automatically shuts off when the operating temperature reaches 320 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Comes with a BPA-free plastic container
VERDICT

Proper hydration is a given with it, but this isn’t the only reason why we love the Mophorn so much as its simplistic design and self-preservation features make it worth the money as well.

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8. Rovsun 4L Stainless Steel

An FDA and CE listed model that you can confidently use to produce purified water towards consumption, the Rovsun appears in our top as it indeed delivers on what it promises. It might be a bit more expensive than other entries, but considering the fact that it can produce up to 1 liter of purified water per hour, it is safe to say that this is an investment worth making. It boasts a stainless steel body which makes it safe and durable. The 750-watt heating element it features enables it to boast a high operational efficiency. Additionally, this heating element shuts off on its own when the operation is done. it comes with a 4-liter shockproof glass container that the purified water goes into to sit in pure conditions. Furthermore, the manufacturing company warrants it against defects during the first year of use.

PROS CONS
  • Manufacturing company backs it with a 1-year warranty
  • Uses an effective 750-watt heating element to process up to 1 liter of water per hour
  • Comes with a 4-liter shockproof glass container where the purifier water is stored
  • Asking price might exceed your possibilities
  • Some customers complained about the smell of the water it produces
VERDICT

While its clean water production is praise-worthy, the automatic shut-off and the durability of the product are the elements that convinced us it is worth a spot in our top.

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9. CO-Z 4L

Once you power it on, the CO-Z uses its powerful 750-watt heating element to produce up to 1/4-gallon of distilled water per hour, water that is free of volatile organic compounds, bacteria, dissolved solids, and almost all other possible contaminants. Per day, it provides you with up to 6 gallons of distilled water, which is more than enough for you hydration and household needs. The steam chamber it features is made with stainless steel to provide a safe environment for the distillation process and ensure no contaminants re-enter it. It is thermostatically controlled to switch off on its own when the temperature exceeds 300 degrees Fahrenheit so that overheating won’t occur. The distiller and the carafe feature large openings that allow you to easily access and clean them when needed. Furthermore, it is backed by a 1-year warranty by the manufacturing company which spares you of repair expenses.

PROS CONS
  • 750-watt heating element makes it able to distill up to ¼-gallons of water per hour
  • Automatically turns off when temperature exceeds 300 degrees Fahrenheit to prevent overheating
  • Can distill up to 6 gallon of water per day
  • Backed by a 1-year warranty
VERDICT

As it features a 750-watt heating element that enables it to produce up to 6 gallons of distilled water per day and comes at an affordable price, the CO-Z makes is a selection worth taking a second look at.

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10. Ridgeyard 4L

Reasonably priced and easy to use, the Ridgeyard is sure to provide you with healthy, impurity-free water at any moment of the day. It boasts a single-button operation that makes it highly intuitive to use, and there is no actual installation required. The high-efficiency water output it provides ensures that it can deliver up to 6 gallons of clean water per day, thus being perfect even for larger households. The glass collection bottle it comes with serves the purpose of storing the water distilled by the appliance, and it features a handle that makes carrying it easy. For safety purposes, the appliance features overheat protection which activates when the temperature reaches 320 degrees Fahrenheit. Furthermore, the steam chamber it features is made of 304 stainless steel, thus ensuring a sterile environment and durability.

PROS CONS
  • Portable and space saving design
  • Can provide with up to 6 gallons of water per day
  • Intuitive single-button operation
VERDICT

One of the easiest to use machines out there, the Ridgeyard boasts a high-efficiency output which makes it a desirable acquisition. Able to produce up to 6 gallons of pure water per day, it comes as no surprise that this is one of the most popular selections on the market.

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11. ECO LLC 4L

A cheap entry we present for anyone looking for a bargain, the LLC is intuitive to use and provides exactly what you would expect – a high-end performance in terms of distillation, being able to purify up to 1 liter of water per hour. The inner container measures 9.1 inches in depth and 15.4 inches in height, and boasts a 4-liter volume, its 304 stainless steel manufacturing ensuring a safe environment for the water to sit it. Despite the cheap asking price, it even comes with a feature that helps prolong its lifespan – the over temperature protection. This implies that when the temperature exceeds 320 degrees Fahrenheit, it automatically turns off to prevent damage from occurring.

PROS CONS
  • Produces up to 1 liter of distilled water per hour
  • Features over temperature safety that activates to prevent damage
  • Inner container is made with stainless steel to ensure a sterile environment for the water
VERDICT

For those who are on a tight budget, it presents an optimal solution to enjoy at home distillation, being able to produce up to 1 liter per hour without requiring you to make serious financial efforts to acquire it.

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8 Uses of Distilled Water

Distilled water is often used in many households due to its increased purity. While most people use it for drinking, learn that there are many other uses for the low-mineral content water. Once you see how versatile it is, you will want to get a distillation system at home.

#1 – For drinking

The top use is drinking and its benefits are numerous, starting with the great effect it has on the health of children. Although minerals in the soil such as calcium, magnesium, or potassium are known to be good for our health, our body doesn’t have the necessary enzymes to break them down, same as the plants have. This is why these minerals must be taken from fruits and vegetables that have already processed the minerals, and not directly from the water. As such, distilled water free of minerals is healthier for drinking.

#2 – For cleaning

The fact that this water is low in minerals means that it’s not very hard so no residues will remain on the things you wash with it. If you use it on stainless steel, tiles, appliances, and even furniture, you will no longer be left with the white traces left behind by hard water.

#3 – For cosmetic purposes

If you have one, you should never wash your face with tap water again because this would mean getting all the impurities into your complexion. The water produced is softer to the skin, helps it get cleaner and shinier, and maintains its natural elasticity. If you are a fan of homemade cosmetics, replace tap water with distilled water for your masks and pomades and you will notice an improvement in the way you look.

#4 – For the car

Since tap water is rich in minerals that can be corrosive to the components of your car’s engine, distilled water is more appropriate for “feeding” it. It will cool it down without damaging it and you can also use it for recharging lead batteries that have worn out.

#5 – For cooking

When cooking vegetables, the acids and bases in the water affect their chemical structure and cause them to lose their bright colors. This happens with the green veggies mostly but all the vegetables tend to lose color and taste when submerged in either acidic or alkaline water. The solution to prevent the chemical reactions is to use processed water that doesn’t change the chemical structure of your food.

#6 – For canning produce

You might have noticed cloudiness and buildup in your produce cans, not to mention the fact that the fruits and vegetables fade their color. This also happens due to the water used in the process and a great solution for achieving perfect cans that will last longer is to use distilled water. By doing so, you will keep them in a good shape, they will remain firm and brightly-colored, and the taste will be significantly improved.

#7 – For your appliances

You can’t supply the washing machine with distilled water to protect it from limescale but you can do this with smaller appliances that require water. The most common use is for ironing because the purified water protects the inside and the sole of the iron. You can also add it to the coffee maker to improve the taste of your coffee and protect the machine from scale buildup.

#8 – For watering plants

Your fragile and beautiful plants need all the care you can offer them if you want to have large and blooming flowers. As such, don’t offer them tap water filled with minerals, chlorine, and metals, but switch to distilled water that is milder with the plants. This way, the plants will get their necessary minerals from the soil, in their raw form, without having to decompose harsh minerals from the water.

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Test Results

 

#1 – Nutriteam #2 – Pure Water #3 – MegaHome #4 – H2OLabs #5 – OLizee #6 – Waterwise #7 – Mophorn #8 – Rovsun #10 – Ridgeyard #11 – ECO LLC
Contamination elimination
Distilled water is supposed to be the purest type of water, and with so many products at our disposal, we knew that this was the most important test we had to pass each of them through – their effectiveness when it comes to contamination elimination. We used home water test kits before and after the distillation process in order to assess the difference correctly, the type of contamination we tested for including organic contamination, inorganic contamination, presence of radioactive particles, and presence of biological organisms.
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Cleaning
As the distillation process takes place and the water is turned into steam, most contaminant remain behind in the steam chamber. This implies that, with the passing of time, limescale will built up inside the chamber, affecting the quality of the water outputted by the appliance, which means that you have to periodically clean it. When we tested to see how easy to clean each product is, we took into consideration how convenient it was to reach the steam chamber and to piece it back together at the end.
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Power consumption
As all of these devices run on electricity in order to provide with the distillation process and purify the water you consume of any and all impurities, it was logical for us to test the energy efficiency of each product. After all, you wouldn’t want to end up spending your money on a device that charges too much to operate. We left each device to run its process for 1 hour and we analyzed how much power it drew during that time, comparing the power consumption of all entries to figure out which is the most efficient.
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Benefits

Although not as popular as alkaline water produced by water ionizers, distilled water has its advantages that promote it among the safest fluids that you can consume. While excess can lead to several side effects, using it in moderate amounts can only bring you benefits, as follows:

  • It’s the cleanest type of water
    Since it has been used in laboratories and it has wide uses in the medicinal, cosmetic, food processing, and even pharmaceutical industry, it can be said for certain that it’s the cleanest type of water available. Even the smallest particles are removed along with the filtration process so you can be sure that it’s almost 100% clean.
  • It’s cheaper than bottled water
    If you were to buy bottled water in your attempt to stay healthy and avoid ingesting impurities in the water, you would end up spending a small fortune. Depending on the local prices and electric rates, you can even reduce expenses on the water to half by using either a non-electric or a counter distiller.
  • It can be used for various purposes
    As mentioned before, you can use the water for a plethora of purposes from drinking and cooking.
  • It’s the safest purified water
    The water purification system in nature involves evaporating the water to allow the impurities to vanish. The water is boiled until it becomes gas then it’s cooled to condensate it back into liquid. The distillation process is very similar to the natural purification process, leading us to the conclusion that it’s one of the safest ways of removing impurities from the water.
  • It absorbs toxins from your body
    Another amazing benefit is its ability to cleanse your body of toxins. It effectively eliminates toxins that you accumulate on a daily basis which is why it’s commonly used in detoxification diets. It will aid you in cleansing your body if you drink it a couple of weeks at a time.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. What exactly is its purpose?

This device is another water-purifying aid for home use. It does a great job at removing minerals from the water through a process similar to boiling. The resulted water can be used for drinking, cooking, watering the plants, or cosmetic purposes due to its safer and healthier content.

2. Are there other purposes for low mineral water, except for personal consumption?

Yes, as a matter of fact, distilled water is preferable to use under many different circumstances. In addition to consuming it in order to stay hydrated, you can use the low mineral water for cleaning, cooking, cosmetic purposes, and watering plants. Also, you can supply appliances which run on water with it as it prevents limescale, and you should use it on your car as it is not corrosive for the vehicle’s components.

3. Would the water reach the same purity level if I boil it instead of using a distillation system?

When you boil the water, you only remove gasses and chemicals that are not resistant to high temperatures, like chlorine or bacteria, that evaporate. The minerals, salts, and sediment still remain in the water that does not boil. Distillation, on the other hand, transforms purified vapors into water again through condensation, so the result is 100% pure and clean water.

4. If I break the jug that came with it, can I use a regular jug?

If you cannot find a replacement for the exact model you own, you can use any other mug or jug. The recipient does not have a role in distilling the water as the whole process happens inside another component. Therefore, product performance will not decline or be affected by this minor change.

5. How do fully automatic and non-automatic models differ from each other?

If the distillation appliance is fully automatic, it will stop operating on its own when its storage tank will get filled. After the water level drops below a certain point, the distiller will automatically start operating again. This means that you do not have to tend to the appliance when it is operating at all, so it will be less hassle to work with it.

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2 Comments

  • Christian

    I’m not sure what is the purpose of a distiller. Why should I have one at home?

    • The water delivered by the distiller is safer and purer than your regular tap water. This unit removes the harmful minerals and impurities that are not resistant to high temperatures such as gases and industrial pollutants. As such, fewer toxins reach into your body, you will enjoy a better hydration, you will feel more energized and your body will be protected from the dangers of drinking contaminated water.

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