Megahome Distiller Vs MakeWaterPure/Via Fosa Distiller

Written by William Fryer - MA Oxon

An independent water distiller review by Wayne Helmore


For a lot of people buying a water distiller the choice is generally between a Megahome or one of the cheaper Chinese copies sold under a range of different brands but in the UK mainly by Make Water Pure and Via Fosa.

These type of countertop distillers typically look very similar in photos and people new to buying a water distiller often struggle to see much difference between them. This independent video review by a water distiller user called Wayne Helmore gives a good insight into the differences you can expect to see between these two distillers.

How can you check the amount of toxins in your tap water?


You can check the amount of toxins in your water by using a TDS measuring device. The Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) is a measure of the combined total of organic and inorganic substances contained in water. TDS is made up of minerals and salt as well as heavy metals, medications vented into the water system and chlorine, which is especially dangerous as it is a known carcinogen. These minerals come from variety of sources including human activities.

According to the Environment Agency, the ideal drinking water should have between 0-100ppm total dissolved solids with 500+ppm being the maximum contamination level. If your water is reading above a 100ppm, you should consider using a water distiller.

Can water treatment remove TDS?

The distillation process removes all toxins from your water leaving it with barely any dissolved solids. This means the water is clear of all chemicals and minerals, it is absolutely pure. You can add the trace minerals back into your water by adding supplement such as Formula 56.

Distilled water tastes different to normal water. It can take a couple of days to adjust to. This is normal and is your palate adjusting to the taste of clean, pure water. Once you have adjusted to distilled water you get to find out just how disgusting tap water tastes.

The pH value of water is a measure of its acidity or alkalinity. The pH of pure distilled water at the point of distillation is 7, which is neutral. However small amounts of water will loosely bond with atmospheric CO2 to form a weak acid so distilled water that has been left to stand for a bit may drop to a pH of 6. This is still less acidic than bananas and not a threat in any way to your body – despite what some conspiracy theorists say.

Wayne’s TDS Test Meter

When Wayne tested his tap water using the TDS device it showed a reading of above 460ppm TDS meaning his water was very contaminated. So distillation was the right thing for Wayne to do.

In his video, Wayne compares two water distillers, one £15 cheaper than the other. The main findings from Wayne’s video are as follows:

Megahome Make Water Pure/Via Fosa
Size Compact Larger
Quality High quality manufacture Poorer quality
Time to distill 4ltrs 5hrs 4hrs
Water Purity (TDS) 0ppm 18ppm

It should be noted that Wayne’s assessment of the two distillers in terms of manufacturing quality is subjective. Both distillers come with a 2 year warranty although only Megahome has a UK service workshop for the repair of distillers post-warranty.

Wayne finishes the video by testing distilled water produced by both machines with his TDS device. The Waterpure distiller produced water with a TDS reading of 18ppm, whereas the water from the Megahome Distiller produced a TDS reading of only 1ppm.

Distilled water is a lot cheaper than bottled water

Need another reason for using a home water distiller? Producing distilled water at home can save you money. A litre of bottled water costs around 80p, whereas the cost of distilled water works out at 10p per litre.