The 5 Best Water Distillers Today!
Our Personal Review of the Products
Distilled water gets a bad rap. People think it’s the ugly, tasteless, flat cousin of refreshing, clean bottled water.
Here’s the thing — distilled water is cleaner than any type of filtered or reverse osmosed water.
It’s easier to make and has virtually none of the stuff that might get through other systems. Interested? Great, because we’re going to show you the 5 best distillers money can buy.
How to Choose the Best Water Distiller
The process of distilling water is very simple: water is boiled into steam. The steam is collected and condensed back into water. That’s it. The process has been used for thousands of years. And it produces very clean water, both from the boiling that kills off bacteria and viruses, and the steam leaving behind all the other bad stuff.
Top quality water distillers, like the ones we list here, should have no plastic water can touch on the journey between tap water and distilled water. Glass and stainless steel can be cleaned and sterilized to a far greater degree than plastic.
Carbon filtration after distillation isn’t necessary because all the chemicals and nasty compounds are gone, but distilled water has a reputation for tasting flat. Carbon filtration improves the taste, and luckily, the units listed here all have a post-filtration setup.
Distillation is not a fast process. The largest machine, the WaterWise, makes six gallons of water in 24 hours. Not speedy by any means. They all run about the same so look for one that distills faster than one gallon every six hours.
Our Top 5 Picks for the Best Water Distiller
So, without further ado, here are the water distiller reviews what we think are the best water distillers on the market in 2016.
- Stainless interior, glass nozzle from distiller unit to carafe.
- Auto shutoff.
- Simple one-button operation.
The Nutriteam Water Distiller is a simple machine with some nice features. It comes with a glass carafe as well as a glass nozzle.
Most distillers use stainless steel, but glass is just as good a choice. Perhaps the only drawback is it’s a little pricey compared to some of the other units on this list. True, it is the only one with a glass nozzle, but you’ll have to be the judge on if that is worth the extra cost.
Pros:• Glass nozzle and carafe are nice features.Cons:• Auto shutoff shuts off a little late.• No “off” button: to shut off before cycle is finished, you must unplug.• Distills one gallon every 5.5 hours – the slowest on this list.
Best for: someone who is looking for a good solid water distiller but doesn’t like the looks of some of our other options listed below.
- Programmable operation.
- Removable glass carafe designed to be put in refrigerator.
- Modern design.
The Waterwise is unique on this list because the user can program it to turn on and off. Why is that great? You can set it to have a nice carafe full of freshly distilled water in the morning or when you come home at night. Every other machine is simply on/off.
Also unlike all the others, the carafe is designed to fit in most refrigerator doors, similar to many refrigerator pitcher filters.
Pros:• Moderately priced for a water distiller.• Programmable for the freshest distilled water.• Removable carafe.• Can distill six gallons in 24 hours.Cons:• Twelve month warranty, but the units sometimes go belly up after two or three years.
Best for: If you really like the programmable feature, this would make a good unit for you. But be aware that they don’t always make it past two or three years without repairs you’ll have to pay for.
- All stainless steel. Everywhere.
- Vents allow for organic and inorganic compounds to escape.
- Removable water hopper.
- Made in America.
The Pure Water Mini-Classic is an American-made stainless steel beauty. Seriously, the whole thing is made of stainless steel.
Another thing of note — since many compounds turn to steam at a lower temperature than water, they can get distilled back into your supposedly pure water. The Mini-Classic has purity vents that allow said baddies to escape before the water starts to steam, preventing them from getting into your water in the first place.
Pros:- All that stainless steel.- Purity vents let compounds out of your water.- Comes with glass collection container.Cons:- All that stainless steel has a price — the Mini-Classic is the most expensive on this list by far.- Plastic lid on the glass collector.- 0.8 gallons in 3.5 hours is pretty slow.
Best for: the person looking for a water distiller with a lot of stainless steel and has some money to spare. Just need to find a workaround for that plastic lid.
- Stainless steel inner tank, filter, cover, heck even the top of the glass carafe is stainless.
- Auto shutoff at end of distillation cycle.
- Thick glass one-gallon carafe.
Don’t let that black plastic cover on the Tinton fool you — the heart and guts of this machine is stainless steel. Like the others an inline charcoal filter makes the water taste good and the glass carafe has a stainless steel top. From start to finish, your water never comes in contact with plastic.
Pros:- Water never touches plastic during the entire distillation process.- One-gallon glass carafe with stainless steel lid.- Distills about 1 gallon every four hours.- Cheap/Moderately priced.Cons:- Auto shutoff could shut off a little earlier — can burn sediment into the unit.- Stainless steel top is only for distillation, not pouring.
Best for: The Tinton is great for someone looking for a water distiller that has lots of stainless steel but doesn’t want to spend the money for a Mini-Classic.
- Stainless Steel chamber.
- Auto shutoff if over 160 degrees.
- Inline charcoal filter.
- Cheapest on this list.
The Pure Water Distiller has many lookalike versions on the marketplace and I honestly don’t know who the initial manufacturer is. It’s a decent, inexpensive water distiller with an all-stainless-steel distillation chamber and spout.
Unfortunately, they pair it with a plastic collector. Kinda dumb. But, if you’ve got a glass carafe already or are willing to pony up the cost to get one, this could be a good option.
Pros:- All stainless steel distillation chamber and spout.- Compact.- Takes four hours to distill one gallon of water.- Cheapest one we review.Cons:- Cheap plastic collector.
Best for: If you’re looking for a cheap, compact water distiller and have a glass or stainless steel carafe already, then this is for you.
Our Top Pick If You're Looking for a Water Distiller
I gotta say, I am a little surprised to be saying this, but our top nod goes to the Tinton 304 Stainless Steel Water Distiller.
It is reasonable priced, it has all stainless internals, the carafe is glass with a stainless lid. The Waterwise is programmable, that’s true, but that doesn’t really justify the extra cost.
The Mini-Classic is frighteningly expensive and it still has a plastic lid. The Pure? Cheap, but the plastic collector is not worth it. And the Nutriteam? It’s a good unit, but unless you really want the glass nozzle, there are better options.
If you’re looking for a water distiller, you can dig through dozens of water distiller reviews and videos and the like. Or, you can just re-read what we just showed you and then pick up the Tinton. It’s the smart move.