When I first began my journey to a clean, healthy lifestyle, water was one of the top priorities on my list. 95% of what I drink is water.
I know if I tell you this, you won’t believe me, but it’s true…I do not drink soft drinks and have never drank any kind of soft drink in my entire life.
It’s true. But not for healthy reasons, I just never liked them.
Because I only drink water, I drink A LOT of it. On good days, I drink about at least 12 glasses or more a day. That’s almost 100 ounces a day!
When I don’t drink enough water, I pay for it and dearly. I retain a lot of fluid very easily and I know that I carry an extra 5 pounds of extra weight at any given time due to fluid retention.
Even when I wasn’t eating at my best back in the day, I never, ever drank water out of the tap. It always tasted funny to me. Clean water shouldn’t really have a taste, right?
When I worked outside the home and we had two incomes, I had the luxury of having home water delivery service.
How nice that was…water delivered straight to your door!
If your budget allows it, that would be a great option while in transition and it is very convenient.
But – you want to get the right kind of water. I always made sure that I ordered DISTILLED and UNFLUORINATED water.
When I started staying home to be with our two sons, our budget changed and our income was significantly less, but I still needed clean water, especially since now I had two young children.
So I started buying the same brand of water (distilled) in gallon size jugs from Walmart for around 0.80 cents a gallon. I would buy 5 or 6 gallons at a time because we go through so much water, then lug them home and have find somewhere to store them. And, I was still buying water in plastic containers.
A short time later, we joined Sam’s Club and they had cases of water (6 gallons per case) for around $4.80 a case. That was definitely cheaper than Walmart single gallon prices BUT – it was just “regular” water and not distilled. And, I was still buying water in plastic containers.
After doing more and more research, I began to really learn about the dangers of plastic water bottles and containers and how the chemicals leech into your water. I also became more and more concerned about chlorine and fluoride in the bottled water, not to mention it wasn’t distilled.
So after many, many hours of research, I decided distilled water was best for our family.
I shopped around and did even more research on water distillers.
I came across, and felt comfortable with the MegaHome/NutriTeam Water Distiller.
Even though I was still on a budget, I had to justify the cost to buy the distiller. Based on my calculations, it would pay for itself in about a year.
- Case of water (6 gallons) from Sam’s Club each week: $5 x 4 = $20 per month for distilled bottled water or $240 per year (this water was not chlorine or fluoride-free)
- NutriTeam Water Distiller: $220 (divided by 12 = $20 per month) for pure, distilled, non-chlorinated, no-fluoride water
There are other cost factors to be considered, although they are minimal.
- Charcoal Filters: A 12 pack of charcoal filters costs $13.95. The directions say to use 1 filter at a time, but 2 is optional. Since I want to be SURE everything is filtered, I use 2. I can go 4-6 months before I start to taste a difference in the water, then I know it’s time to change the filters. So $13.95 for a year is not bad.
- Residue Cleaner: I usually clean my machine once a week and the directions say to use 1-2 tablespoons of residue cleaner. A 1 pound bag is $12.95 and will most likely last a year.
- Trace Minerals: I’ve read conflicting information as to whether these are necessary or not, but I add them just in case and an 8 ounce bottle is $16.97 and last me between 45 – 60 days.
So you are looking at maybe $50 extra dollars a year (or $3-$4 extra dollars a month to maintain it).
There is also the additional cost of electricity used to operate it, but I have no idea how to factor that in.
To me, it’s worth it because otherwise I would have to make a separate trip (time, gas, etc) to Sam’s Club to buy the cases of water.
- A variety of safety certifications that are recognized internationally, which guarantees our product safety.
- We have exported 98% of our products outside of Taiwan for over 20 years; therefore, or reputation is guaranteed.
- We are professional manufacturers. We provide excellent product quality, and efficient after-sales service that allow our consumers to use our product safely.
- All our materials adhere strictly to the RoHS standard.
- No installation required, does not take up a lot of space, and easy to operate.
- Our products are environmentally friendly, and it does not require filter replacements.
- It is safe, and it has an auto power off system.
- Easy to maintain and easy to clean.
- It produces stable water quality with zero pollution.
- It can produce 100% pure distilled water anywhere, anytime with any kind of water.
- High quality water also requires a safe bottle that ensures your drinking water is always in the safest and cleanest condition. (A 4-liter glass bottle allow you to stay away from BPA)
- Makes one gallon at a time
- Easy to clean
- Automatic shut-off
- Attractive stainless steel unit
- Glass carafe – not plastic
- Easy to buy replacement filters and residue cleaner
- Start it before you go to bed and when you wake up, a gallon of water will be ready
- You can absolutely taste a difference!
- Makes a low background noise (like a dehydrator or dishwasher, but not that bad). This may bother some, but it doesn’t bother me. I usually run it at night when we are sleeping so we don’t even notice it.
- It lets off a little heat when it’s running. This may bother some, but it doesn’t bother me. It’s really nice in the winter though, in my drafty kitchen! 🙂
- It takes up counter space. This may not be a problem for some, but I have a very small kitchen with limited counter space. This is one of my “must-have” appliances, so it has to stay out on my counter top.
- The carafe used to drip every time I poured water from it (which was a little aggravating), but I finally figured out how to stop it. I take the lid off the carafe and now when I pour it, no drips!
- It takes about 4-6 hours to process one gallon. The directions say 5-6, but after reading reviews, I discovered if you put hot, hot water in it before starting, you could save an extra hour or so since it won’t have to heat up the water. So depending on if you put room temperature water or hot water will actually determine how long it will take. This is not a problem if you start it at night before you go to bed. Another nice feature is it has an automatic shut off so you can run it safely during the night. I have two glass 1 gallon water jugs that I keep in my refrigerator. One to use and the other as a backup. Part of my night routine after cleaning the kitchen and going to bed is to “make” water. It only takes about 1-2 minutes, really. Sometimes, if things get a little crazy at night with my boys, I forget to “make” the water for the next day and I just start it in the morning or use my back up jug until another gallon is ready.
- It runs on electricity. I also have a Berkey (which also filters fluoride), but I bought that to use in an emergency situation in the event we would have no electricity. So even though I have a water distiller and a Berkey, I use my water distiller for everyday use.
Now that I can “make” my own water on demand, we use it for everything…making coffee, making tea, steaming vegetables, cleaning fruits and veggies, soaking my grains, nuts and sprouts, to make pasta, quinoa and rice, and in recipes that call for water.
You could find endless articles about the toxins and chemicals found in tap water, but nothing would convince you more that to see what the bottom my water distiller looks like after it has processed a gallon of water.
It is the most disgusting thing you have ever seen.
There is a smell so strong and nasty that I have to turn my head to avoid breathing it when I take the top off.
There is a slime, yes slime, that coats the bottom and particles of who knows what floating in the rusty water left in the bottom – and the same “stuff” that is in the bottom of my sink as I rinse and refill the container (see photo below).
THIS IS WHAT HAS BEEN REMOVED FROM THE TAP WATER FROM THE FAUCET. The slime. The smell. The rusty water. The mysterious floating particles.
I am not even kidding. This is what has been taken out of the tap water that comes out of the faucet and that my family would be drinking if it weren’t distilled.
This is all the research I need to see.
This is what the distiller looks like when it is clean…
This is where I have mine, tucked in a corner spot on my counter top. I have it turned sideways to take advantage of the vertical corner space and it leaves me a little more room on the back of my counter top.
There is a little time and effort involved in processing your own water, but to me, it’s something that I just have to do for my family. I feel like it’s my duty to protect them! : )
If you decide to invest in a NutriTeam Water Distiller. you will also want to make a small investment in something safe to keep your clean, toxic-free water in. You wouldn’t want to put it in a traditional plastic BPA-filled water bottle. Glass is your best bet and you can get a 1 gallon glass water jug that is relatively inexpensive.
If you take your water out with you, you can also invest in some glass water bottles to carry your water in – no plastic bottles! I have some links of the glass water storage products I use and love listed below. We also use the glass bottles for tea and green juices when leaving the house.
Some of the drawbacks I listed may not even be really critical or considered “drawbacks”, but I wanted to give an honest and fair review. I am very pleased with my water distiller and would highly recommend it. If you have any questions, just let me know! 🙂
Where to Buy: You can purchase a water distiller and accessories online from Amazon and have them delivered straight to your door, and you’ll be supporting The Healthy Family and Home website at the same time!
Sorry for the quality of the photos. They were taken a couple of years ago with a different camera and my kitchen has terrible lighting.