Water distillation is a surefire way to make truly purified water. While most methods of water filtration rely on the contact between your tap water and filtration media, distillation mimics Mother Earth. Distillation is a mostly simple process. Once water reaches a certain temperature, it turns to steam. The steam is then captured and recondensed to make purified water with nothing in it. Welcome to my guide to choosing the best home water distiller. Whether you’re on well water or municipal water, home water distillers are an excellent choice for water purification.
In this guide, I share:
- Top 5 Water Distillers for Home Use
- Home Water Distiller Reviews
- Tips on How to Choose the Best Home Water Distiller
|#1) Megahome Countertop Water Distiller Stainless-Glass Collection
|#2) H2o Labs Tabletop Water Distiller
|#3) Durastill Electric Water Distiller
|#4) Pure Water Mini-Classic CT
|#5) ROVSUN Countertop Water Distiller
Best Home Water Distiller Reviews
When choosing the best water distiller for home use, it’s important to first consider how much water you need to satisfy your household’s daily requirements. The biggest drawback to water distillation is the time it takes to make a gallon of distilled water. On top of that, even the best water distillers have finicky automatic shut-off mechanisms, which usually leads most owners to buy a timer from the hardware store.
In this section, I share my complete reviews for the tabletop water distillers in my guide. If the Megahome or Durastill water distillers caught your eye, scroll back up to the chart and use the links to navigate to my previous reviews for those models.
H2oLabs Water Distiller
In reality, the Megahome and H2oLabs countertop water distillers are nearly identical. One major difference I did notice is the size difference. The Megahome distiller is smaller overall and weighs a good chunk less. Other than those two differences, the distillers are essentially the same all the way down to the production rate.
What makes this model the best water distiller on the market? For starters, this model is UL Listed, making it instantly more reliable and safer to use than inferior brands that cut corners. Sure, you might save some bucks upfront by choosing a cheaper model without UL approval, but is it worth your safety? Remember, one of the major advantages of water distillers is they pay for themselves.
Other highlights of this water distiller are:
- Food-Grade 18/8 Stainless Steel Parts
- Automatic shut-off safety function
- The treated water never touches plastic during the process
- A porcelain nozzle insert
- Optimum 565-watt heating element to prevent impurities from re-entering your distilled water
- 6-pack of activated carbon pods
- 1-gallon glass collection bottle
Megahome vs H2oLabs
- H2oLabs activated carbon pods are larger than the sachets provided by Megahome and last 3X longer
- The H2oLabs warranty is extendable up to 2 or 3 years
- H2oLabs offers a lifetime full-value trade-in guarantee (for high-capacity models)
- According to H2oLabs, it provides easier-to-understand instructions
- Both models are actually the same outside of the differences listed above
Pure Water Mini-Classic CT Water Distiller
What makes the Mini-Classic CT different from the Megahome and H2oLabs distillers? The one feature I like more is the removable boiler tank. This makes cleaning and filling the unit a whole lot easier. One of the most common complaints about the Megahome and H2oLabs distillers is that they can be a pain to clean between each run. With the Mini-Classic, you simply open the door and remove the boiling tank to clean it rather than having to work near the heating element.
Other clear advantages of the Mini-Classic CT are it’s made in the USA – Megahome and H2oLabs distillers are not – and the extra-long warranty with the Mini-Classic CT. Pure Water offers a 15-year warranty on the stainless steel and a 2-year warranty on the electric components, so there’s no need to pay extra to extend the warranty.
Lastly, the Pure Water distiller production rate is slightly faster. The one thing I don’t like is the smaller glass collection container. Megahome and H2oLabs distillers make a full gallon in 5.5 hours, while the Mini-Classic makes .8 gallons every 3.5 hours. The faster production rate is nice, but the requirement to do another full run to get a gallon of distilled water is not. That’s something to keep in mind before you choose a distiller for your home.
ROVSUN Countertop Water Distiller
If you’re looking for the best budget water distiller, the Rovsun model is the current pick of the litter. For about 1/3 to 1/2 of the price of the top brands, the Rovsun distiller gets the job done. A couple of missing ingredients to be aware of are the lack of UL approval and the plastic collection container. Instead of UL Listed, the Rovsun model claims to be FDA & CE Listed.
To be honest, it’s the first time I’ve seen that combination, though the feedback speaks for itself. As for the plastic collection container, it is BPA-free and features a stainless steel water inlet to avoid contact between plastic and the finished product as the water leaves the distiller.
Outside of the differences listed above, the features are all mostly the same when compared to the Megahome and H2oLabs countertop water distillers. One thing I did notice is the higher wattage of the heating element in this model. According to H2oLabs, higher wattage doesn’t equal better distilled water, and it can lead to contaminants finding their way back into the water before it enters the collection container. Having said that, I would take that claim with a grain of salt since the companies are competing against each other.
How to Choose the Best Home Water Distiller
Now that you’ve checked out the top water distillers for home use on the market, allow me to summarize the key features to look for when choosing a distiller:
- Production Rate – This is one of the most important factors to look for when choosing a water distiller. If your household is three or more people who plan to drink distilled water every day and use it for appliances as well, investing in a Durastill is worth it. Countertop water distillers are best for 1-2 people. Yes, it’s possible to make multiple batches daily to serve more than two people, but that process will get annoying in a hurry. The Durastill 8 GPD model has a built-in 4.5-gallon collection tank with a spigot to serve an entire family.
- UL Approval – Since home water distillers consume electricity, there’s a clear safety factor that comes into play when choosing a unit. Most distillers on the market are not UL Listed. Mostly all bargain distillers are not UL listed. Megahome, H2oLabs, Durastill, and Pure Water are the most trustworthy and reliable distiller manufacturers. If safety concerns you, be sure to check if the unit is UL Listed or made in America at a minimum.
- Consumption – Will you really save money by purchasing a water distiller? Depending on electricity costs in your area, you may or may not experience big savings. Be sure to calculate the cost compared to buying distilled water before purchasing a distiller. However, even if the savings aren’t big, drinking distilled water from a glass or stainless steel tank is better than from commercial plastic.
- Warranty – Since water distillers are rather large purchases and should stand the test of time, a warranty is a key ingredient. The Pure Water warranty impressed me the most as well as the longevity reports. The saying, “you get what you pay for” is especially true in the water distiller department.
- Materials – Water should never come into contact with plastic or the wrong types of metal during the distillation process. Stainless steel and porcelain parts are ideal. Better yet, food-grade 304 or 18/8 stainless steel is good. Beware of inferior units that might contain aluminum or plastic.
Those are the main ingredients to look for when choosing a water distiller for home use. Having researched just about every popular model on the market, I can say with confidence that no distiller has perfect reviews. It’s also important to be aware that competitors can be cutthroat.
One Final Tip
One final tip I have for you is to invest in a wall timer instead of relying on the automatic shut-off function. The problem with the automatic shut-off is it relies on temperature to cut power to the unit. This means the unit only turns off once it’s run dry and begins to overheat.
Buildup inside the unit will inevitably occur when the unit runs dry, and these deposits are not easy to clean. They often require vinegar or citric acid cleansing to remove.
With a wall timer, you’ll figure out how long it takes to make a nearly complete batch. By cutting power to the unit before it runs completely dry, you’ll significantly extend the time between vinegar soaks and avoid deposits that are hard to remove.
Water distillation is one of the only proven and time-tested water purification methods. The beauty of distillation is anyone can do it. If you’re concerned about the chlorine or chloramines in your municipal water, a distiller will get the job done. If you want to skip investing in a UV filter or expensive under-sink water filtration system for well water, then a water distiller is an excellent alternative. The biggest drawback to water distillation is the production rate and the fact that a water distiller can’t serve your entire home like a whole house water filter.
Be sure to follow my guide on how to choose the best water distiller and stick with trustworthy brands to get the optimal distillation experience. Choosing the right brand can lead to significant savings when compared to purchasing jugs of distilled water from the store, not to mention no more carrying said jugs up the stairs. Happy distilling!