Today I’m reviewing one of my favorite products of all time: the MegaHome Countertop Water Distiller. This thing is amazing.
Before you ask, “Can you drink distilled water?” I’ll go ahead and tell you that yes, yes you can! I’ve used mine every single day for over four years now, since early 2015. I don’t have any issues with it. My family distills 1-4 gallons of water every day, and it’s all we drink. I believe this is the best water distiller system on the market.
Call me crazy, but so far I bought five units, one for each of my family members, as well as one for my wife before we married. Now that we are married, we have two MegaHome Countertop Water Distillers in our house, and our distilled water making capacity is through the roof (we run them both at the same time, and running them both once a day is usually enough for me, my wife and our cat and two dogs). A water distiller for home has been great for us, and having a water distiller countertop unit is super convenient as it becomes just another appliance in your kitchen that you use daily.
You can find the MegaHome water distiller machine that I love so much here:
Can You Drink Distilled Water?
I know what you are probably thinking, “Can you drink distilled water?” Yes, you can drink distilled water!
Another question I get often is, “Isn’t drinking distilled water bad for you?” No, drinking distilled water is not bad for you!
As long as you are getting the minerals and electrolytes you need through your food, you should have no problem. The only situation where it becomes dangerous is if you are doing an extended water fast beyond three days on nothing but distilled water, then I recommend drinking a glass of salt and potassium in water to make sure you get the electrolytes you need to function correctly (Google Snake Juice to find a good recipe of salt and potassium to use for water fasting).
There have been studies showing members of the Navy drinking nothing but distilled water on submarines for 20 years straight with no ill effects. You can find this if you look around. My wife and I drank distilled water only for almost five years straight and still drink it, and we are healthier than ever. In fact, I would say that I am healthier than I’ve ever been in my life, and one of the reasons I believe that to be is because I’m drinking the purest water possible that is free from contaminants of any kind.
I still get asked “Can you drink distilled water?” all the time and show myself as living proof. You can drink distilled water too, so don’t be afraid of someone telling you you can’t.
Water Purification Methods
There are varying levels of water purification effectiveness. This comes down to the water purification battle of the ages between the water distiller vs. water filter and the water distiller vs. reverse osmosis. The best method of course is water distillation, which removes as close to everything from the water as you can get. The water will read 0 PPM (parts per million) on a TDS (total dissolved solids) meter. Next best is reverse osmosis which brings the water to a purity level of about 30 PPM, which is still very good. Then next are probably gravity drip filters like the Big Berkey, especially when you have the extra fluoride filters installed.
See my review of the Big Berkey water filter gravity filtration setup:
However, even with a Big Berkey, you probably won’t see anywhere near 30 PPM and will probably see your PPM almost near tap water levels. This also goes for other carbon based filters like Brita and the like. They are the least effective and are generally good for only removing things like chlorine (which is still better than nothing).
Do Water Distillers Remove Fluoride?
You might be asking yourself, “Do water distillers remove fluoride?” Yes! Water distillation will even remove tricky elements like fluoride from the water. Not even reverse osmosis can do that! I can imagine some of you thinking, “If water distillers remove fluoride, should I not use a water distiller for dental office reasons?” No! If you really want to apply fluoride to your teeth, there are much more effective ways of doing that than drinking fluoride from tap water. The amount of fluoride in most toothpastes these days is so high that swallowing it is dangerous and can lead to toxicity, so if you are using a conventional toothpaste, you are already applying plenty more than enough fluoride to your teeth to gain any purported benefits.
You can also go to your dental office and ask your dentist for a fluoride treatment, and they’ll apply an extremely concentrated fluoride solution to your teeth. I think about it like this: I’d rather remove everything from my water, start with an ultra pure, clean slate, and then add things as I need them. So I’ll take everything out of my water with water distillation, and then I’ll add back in what I want through diet, supplementation or other means.
How Much Distilled Water Can I Make and How Long Does it Take?
The MegaHome Countertop distillation machine takes a gallon of whatever water you put in it and turns it into as pure as it gets, 0 PPM, distilled water in 4-5 hours. Once you taste this water, you will realize all other water before and after it can’t compare. It’s as close to pure water as you can get.
At the rate of production of one gallon of water every 4-5, you can distill 4-5 gallons of water a day if you keep it running around the clock. I usually only have to run mine once a day to keep up with our daily demands. If I skip a day, I might have to run it twice to refill our reserves.
The only downsides with it are that it takes electricity to run, makes a decent amount of white noise from the exhaust fan, and the boiling chamber gets built up with gunk over time (although that’s the nature of distillers in general as minerals and contaminants are left behind in the boiling chamber as the purified water evaporates out of the top). Generally, even if you have high cost per kWh from your electric company, this thing will save you a fortune compared if you buy bottled water. Compared to the cost of buying replacement filter cartridges for water filters, this thing will save you money in the long run.
Using the Optional Water Distiller Charcoal Filters
Speaking of filters, there are water distiller charcoal filters available for this thing. They are supposed to trap any volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that boil out at a lower boiling point than water. I used the one that came with my unit initially, but found that not using the filter does not affect the taste or PPM readings of the water. Even without the water distiller charcoal filter in place, my total dissolved solids (TDS) meter still reads 0 parts per million (PPM). If you do want to pick up some of these water distiller charcoal filters just in case, you can find them here:
Can You Drink Distilled Water Without Using the Charcoal Filters?
Yes, you can drink distilled water without using the charcoal filters. I never noticed a difference when I used them personally. They also never changed my testing results. I still test 0 PPM (parts per million) every batch — as pure as you can get!
Cleaning the MegaHome Water Distiller
Cleaning it is pretty easy. All you have to do is take the top off, fill it with water, pour in a few tablespoons of citric acid or baking soda, plug it in, and let it run with the top open for 20 minutes or so. Drain it, if there is more gunk left over, rinse and repeat until it is clean.
Pro tip: you don’t have to clean it that often. I’ve run it with thick gunk built up in the boiling chamber for years on end without any issues. If the gunk starts to interfere with the heat transfer, then clean it, otherwise, if you are cheap like me, you can save yourself the time and citric acid and just keep using it as is. One thing to note though is that before I fill it up, I rinse it out and rinse out any big chunks of sediment that has solidified and throw them away or wash them down the drain.
Best Water Storage Method
The MegaHome Countertop water distiller comes with a glass container to catch the distilled water, which I absolutely love. The water never touches plastic in the whole process, leaving you with the purest water imaginable. I recommend storing your water in glass because glass won’t leach contaminants.
Can You Drink Distilled Water Stored in Plastic?
I do not recommend storing distilled water, or any water for that matter, in plastic, unless you have to. One thing you’ve probably noticed is that plastic water bottles leach off tiny little microplastic pieces into your water that have a funny taste and texture. It really puts me off to plastic water bottles, so much so that I only store and drink water out of glass (occasionally stainless steel if I don’t have glass available). The longer water sits in plastic, the more plastic is leached out. Increasing temperatures of water in plastic increases the rate of plastic leaching.
Store Your Water in Glass!
So what I do to prevent myself and my family from ingesting tons of plastic in an attempt to drink purified water (hilarious conundrum, right?), is store all my water in glass. Luckily the MegaHome unit has a glass container to catch the water in. The container is also easy to pickup and pour with the handle and spout. From that glass container, I then transfer the distilled water to large mason jars. My go to glass container for water storage are the half gallon Ball jars. I think they are 64 oz. with wide mouth lids. You can find them here:
If you weren’t aware already, the Ball jar lids have a BPA coating on them to prevent rusting. If your water isn’t touching the lid itself, which it probably won’t be for any meaningful amount of time, it shouldn’t really matter. However, if you are paranoid like me, you can get some BPA free plastic lids, which I generally think are better lids and are easier to work with. You can find those BPA free wide mouth Ball jar lids here:
Keep Some on Hand for Emergencies
I usually keep 5-10 gallons worth of distilled water in these jars on hand in the kitchen. I have a shelf build for them nowadays, but before I just kept them on the counter. The nice thing about having this much distilled water in glass on hand is that if you decide to be lazy for a day or two and not run the distiller, then you won’t be without pure water and can just drink from your water stores.
If there is a power outage or emergency, you will have quite a few gallons of purified, potable water on hand. And since it is stored in glass and is distilled, it will store indefinitely. Since there are no minerals in the water to act as food for bacteria or viruses, they won’t reproduce and colonize your water stores which is possible with water not as highly purified as distilled water. Also, since it is in glass, there won’t be plastic leaching into the water over time. I’m sure many of you can relate to opening an old bottle of water you had stored in a closet, car or basement and drinking it only to realize there were big clear/white chunks floating around that tasted like plastic. Yuck!
Testing Water Purity
If you are interested in testing your water purity, you can use what I use to get a quick reading on how many parts per million (PPM) of total dissolved solids (TDS) are in your water. Keep in mind TDS doesn’t tell you any qualifying information about the particles in your water, only that there are particles of some kind in there in a certain quantity. Also, not all TDS meters are made equally. In order for a TDS meter to be more accurate, it needs to be temperature compensated. Here is the TDS meter that I use:
To use the TDS meter, all you do is take the cap off, hit the “On” button, put the end in the water, wait for the TDS value on the screen to stabilize, then press the “Hold” button to capture the value. Then you can pull the TDS meter out of the water and analyze your results. This thing also works as a thermometer which is handy at times.
Municipal Tap Water and Well Water Testing
I usually see most municipal tap water and well water that I’ve tested have TDS values between 150-300 PPM. It can be more or less depending on where you live. If you have municipal tap water, you can get a general idea of some, only some, of the components that are in your water. In the United States, you can usually go to a local municipality’s website and find their department of water’s water quality reports.
I believe they are required to post periodic water quality reports that will tell you things like heavy metals, sodium, calcium, magnesium, some fertilizers and nitrates, chlorine, fluoride, chloramines, trihalomethanes, and other things. Of course, pharmaceuticals, thousands of fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides, etc., and countless other chemicals could be in the water that they aren’t testing for or can’t test for. I see drinking water like that as gambling. And as best as I can at this point in my life, I don’t gamble with my health!
Don’t Let a Flint, MI Water Crisis Happen to You
Distilling water could save your life, especially with incidents like the Flint, MI water crisis where they were drinking high levels of lead for months and years on end, causing irreparable damage to thousands of people’s health. I don’t trust any government agency to provide me with drinking water that is free from contamination. That’s why I distill all my water. That’s why a water distiller in the USA is necessary and probably even more so in other countries.
Don’t let a Flint, MI style water crisis effect you or your family!
What About Minerals?
I’m sure some of you are thinking once again, “But where do you get your minerals if all you drink is distilled water?” Well, that’s an easy one: I eat a balanced diet! I make sure to eat plenty of vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes and grains and also throw a good multivitamin and multimineral tablet in there for good measure. I don’t have any issues, and my blood work over the years is always near perfect.
Fasting on Distilled Water for Extended Periods of Time
As I mentioned earlier, the only time drinking nothing but distilled water could be an issue is if you are water fasting for an extended period of time. One time I ran a fasting experiment on myself and went for 14 days without any food. I was also doing 30-60 minutes of light cardio on a bike and some light strength training each day while fasting. I thought I’d be able to do it on just distilled water.
On day three, I got winded and light headed going up the stairs and felt a weird sensation in my chest. The feeling continued on and got worse throughout the fourth day of my fast, and that’s when I realized I’m probably deficient in electrolytes since I haven’t replenished them with food or supplements and was sweating a lot during my workouts.
I mixed up a teaspoon of Himalayan pink salt (about 2000 mg of sodium) and a teaspoon or two of potassium bicarbonate (probably 1000 mg) into about two liters of distilled water and chugged it down. Within minutes I was feeling better and better and more energized. It was literally like a burst of energy that had me reeling with excitement. I was running around and felt like I had tons of energy. For the rest of that 14 day fast, I drank that same mixture and never had any issues like that again.
So unless you are hardcore water fasting for an extended period of time (over three days straight), you shouldn’t have any issues with drinking nothing but distilled water assuming you are eating a balanced diet and getting your electrolyte and minerals from your food. The amount of minerals and electrolytes in tap or even well water is almost negligible. You can find these numbers in your municipality’s water department reports, or if you have a well, you can send your water in to places to get it analyzed for you.
Where to Buy the MegaHome Countertop Water Distiller
If I were on Jeopardy and picked the category “Best Method” for $500 and Alex Trebek said, “Water purification,” my answer would be, “What is water distiller?” then I’d be $500 richer and be able to buy at least two more MegaHome units…but I digress.
With all that being said, the MegaHome Countertop Water Distiller is probably the best purchase I’ve made in the past five years.
I love it so much and will not hesitate to get another if and when my current unit gives out. It’s paid for itself many times over and provided me and my family with the purest, most delicious water imaginable.
You can find the MegaHome Countertop Water Distiller here:
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