Water Distiller FAQs

What's included in the price?

Your Water Distiller is supplied with everything you need for six months of distillation:

  • Stainless Steel Water Distiller (choose black or white fittings)
  • Power lead
  • 4 litre collection jug (choose plastic of glass)
  • 250g residue cleaner
  • 6 active carbon filters

Where's the jug? 

Inside the distiller.

How much does distillation cost?

It normally costs about 9p per litre in electricity - considerably cheaper than bottled water.

How much electricity does a water distiller use?

The average water distiller uses around 3 kilowatt hours to make 4 litres of distilled water. This equates to an average electricity cost of 12p per kilowatt hour, therefore each litre of distilled water costs around 9p to make.

How long does it take to distill?

Usually 5-6 hours for 4 litres of pure distilled water. You can shorten the time by using water from the hot water tap. Many customers fill it and leave it to run overnight as it switches itself off automatically.

316 vs Deluxe vs Professional, what's the difference?

All our distillers have the same heating and condensing elements. Between the Professional and Deluxe the only difference is that the outer body of the Deluxe is stainless steel and the Professional is powder-coated steel. The 316 is made from higher quality marine grade stainless steel which is capable of distilling seawater. This video explains the full range of Megahome Distillers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IXaJqBfoiqo

Will distilled water leach minerals from my body?

No. Distilled water forms a very loose bond with carbon dioxide on contact with air to become very slightly acidic. Some people mistakenly imagine that distilled water can leach water from your bones. There is no scientific evidence for this and no biological explanation that supports this idea. Your body maintains a pH of 7.35 to 7.45 and if it goes outside that your enzymes will stop working and you will need to go to hospital. No one has ever been admitted to hospital for this. It simply does not happen. For a full scientific explanation and discussion on the topic of minerals and distilled water, read this article. https://www.megahome-distillers.co.uk/minerals-and-distilled-water

What's the difference between Megahome and the rest?

The choice is between Megahome and the rest. Megahome is the original countertop water distiller, other makes like Via Fosa and Make Water Pure are Chinese copies of the Megahome all from one factory in China. H2O distillers are made by Megahome for an American business which sells in the UK and LOOKS as if it is a UK business. The Megahome is made in Taiwan which has manufacturing quality similar to Germany or Japan. In addition, Megahome has a UK Repair Centre with a full inventory of parts, so if it breaks outside warranty, you can still repair it. There is a very good video on youtube which tells you more about the differences between distiller brands https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xzoZp7J_9gI

Megahome Distiller (H 36cm) vs Make Water Pure Distiller (H 39cm) 

Both distill 4 liters of water per distillation. The Megahome is more compact and has a higher overall build quality. The Chinese copy distiller is larger,  gives off more heat and cannot be easily repaired.

Do water distillers need filters

Yes. Charcoal filters catch any volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as pesticides and solvents. Apart from removing these nasty chemicals, the charcoal filtration also makes the water taste better, sometimes you can improve the taste by doubling up on charcoal filters. Read this article to find out more about Volatile Organic Compounds. https://www.megahome-distillers.co.uk/distillers-chlorine-volatile-organic-compounds-vocs

How often should you change the charcoal filter?

The filter is designed to be used for four weeks if you are doing one distillation a day. If you are doing two a day then change it every two weeks. If you are doing one distillation every two days change it every eight weeks. 

Is the distiller completely free of BPA?

The standard plastic collecting jug is BPA-free polypropylene. However, if you prefer a glass jug, this is available for a small additional cost. Most people get the glass jug option.

My water has a strong metallic taste?

We get about two people a year with this problem. When it has happened in the past we have tested the distiller and tested the water and been unable to detect any metallic taste or find any chemicals in the water. Metallic taste is associated with a number of medical conditions. Commonly we find it can be associated with Vitamin C over-supplementation. This article explains some common medical causes.  https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/313744 . Also some people’s tastebuds can interpret the mild acidity of distilled water as metallic, in this instance try adding Sodium Bicarbonate (just a level teaspoon of regular Sodium Bicarbonate) or a supplement like Formula 56.

Does distilled water become acidic?

Distilled water is slightly acidic because carbon dioxide from the atmosphere is dissolved into the water, resulting in a very dilute solution of carbonic acid. However, this miniscule amount of acidity is easily dealt with by your digestive system and will not affect any bodily functions. For a full article about acidity and distilled water, read this: https://www.megahome-distillers.co.uk/distilled-water-acidity

Does distilled water taste funny?

Distilled water can take up to 2-10 days to adjust to. A good way to think about it is what you are actually tasting is a bit like a negative of the tap water you used to drink. Most people find it tastes sweet and clean and are used to it within 2-3 days. If you have problems, try refrigerating it, add a slice of lemon or try a mineral supplement like Formula 56.

Does the water touch any plastic or aluminium?

No. All Megahome Water Distillers use a stainless steel tube in the condenser head and, in the glass bottle version, the carbon filter housing is lined with ceramic.

Can you use the water distiller for alcohol or vice versa?

Not recommended. The alcohol distiller has a less powerful heating element and takes about 12 hours to distill a full load of water. The water distiller runs a bit too quick for alcohol distillation. Despite us saying this, repeatedly, some people still buy one machine hoping it will do both, usually a week before they realise we were actually telling them the truth.

What minerals do I need to replace if I drink distilled water?

In short, you do not need to replace any minerals. Distilled water does lack minerals, but your body gets minerals from food. Most of the minerals in tap water or mineral water are ones we generally have too much of anyway. If you do still want to add minerals then a supplement like Formula 56 is recommended, it is designed for distilled water. For a full article on the subject of minerals, read this: https://www.megahome-distillers.co.uk/minerals-and-distilled-water

Can I cook with distilled water?

Some people do, personally we tend to only cook with distilled water when the dish contains water, eg soup. With vegetables we tend to use tap water.

How often should you clean your water distiller?

After each distillation give the boiling vessel a quick clean with a non-stick, non-scratch cleaner sponge. Use the cleaning crystals every 1-2 weeks when you get a scale build-up. People in soft water areas will not need to clean so often. People in areas with hard water will need to clean more often. A big scale build-up will stop your distiller heating the water properly and can cause it to break, so keep it clean.

Can you drink distilled water?

Absolutely yes, there are no harmful effects associated with drinking distilled water. Having said that, there are a number of myths about distilled water drinking, they are busted here: https://www.megahome-distillers.co.uk/nine-myths-about-drinking-distilled-water

Is distilled water good for you?

There is an awful lot of information about the benefits of drinking distilled water available on the Internet. Personally, we drink distilled water because we do not want to drink/ingest the awful chemicals that get left behind in the distiller after each distillation.

I’ve read bad things about drinking distilled water on the internet, What’s the truth?

There are a lot of myths flying around. If you are worried, read this article: Nine Myths about Drinking Distilled Water (and why they are complete twaddle).

Does distilled water give you clear skin?

Some people say that distilled water has given them clearer skin however there are no scientific studies linking drinking distilled water with clear skin.

Is distilled water safe to drink?

YES. Humans evolved drinking rainwater and rain is, after all, distilled water. There are no recorded harmful effects. Distilled water is perfectly safe to drink.

Is distilled water organic or inorganic?

Distilled water is simply pure H2O, organic chemicals contain at least one carbon atom, therefore water, distilled or otherwise, is from the chemical perspective inorganic. All water is inorganic. You can add organic supplements to it, if you were to add any supplement which came from a plant source then you would be adding an organic supplement.

Are there any side effects to drinking distilled water?

NO. There are no reported side effects to drinking distilled water.

What is distilled water used for?

Distilled water has many uses. It is used for drinking, in cosmetic products, in coolant systems for automobiles, in chemical tests and experiments, to clean medical tools and for canning fruits and veg. Distilled water is also widely used by brewing companies who make beer beverages. GLACÉAU Smartwater, which is made by the Cola-Cola corporation, is just distilled water bottled for drinking.

What's the difference between distilled water and filtered water?

Distillation is the only process by which you can achieve absolutely pure water. During distillation, water is boiled to produce steam, which is then collected as distilled water and all contaminants are boiled out of the water.  The steam that comes off is absolutely pure water vapour. 

Filtered water undergoes a basic filtration process to remove contaminants, however filtration is not as effective as distillation.Charcoal water filters which are available cheaply from most hardware stores are very effective at removing volatile organic compounds but not much else. Reverse Osmosis is a sophisticated type of filtration and is better than standard water filtration however it does not produce water that is as pure as distilled water.

Distilled water vs alkaline water

Distilled water is the purest form of water and the easiest for your body to assimilate. Alkaline water has a higher pH level than tap water. Some people claim that drinking alkaline water can help prevent disease, such as cancer and heart disease. However, there is no research to verify these claims and there is no evidence that alkaline water is better than tap water. There are suggestions of potential risks from alkaline water. In a study where rat pups were given alkaline water showed impaired growth and damage to cardiac muscle. A case report released in 2015 said that when a municipal water plant in a town in Germany accidentally increased the water’s pH to 12, skin burns ensued. 

Can I make distilled water at home?

Yes you can, using one of our quality water distillers. 

Is reverse osmosis water the same as distilled water? 

The water distillation process is much more effective that reverse osmosis as water distillation removes 99.9% of contaminants. The added charcoal filter included with the Megahome Water Distiller improves water purity further by removing Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs). Water distillation is also a much easier process.

What is the chemical formula for distilled water?Distilled water is pure water, H2O.

What are benefits of drinking distilled water?

  • It is considered to be the purest type of water.
  • It effectively removes dangerous toxins from your system. 
  • It prevents infection from water-borne diseases. Some species of parasites and bacteria start their life cycle with human ingestion. Drinking distilled water is your best bet at not catching these diseases.
  • Drinking distilled water protects your family from various chemicals including pesticides, nitrates, fertiliser and contamination from your copper or lead pipes.
  • Some tap water contains fluoride. Too much of it leads to fluorosis, which leaves a brown staining effect on young teeth. Water Distillation removes fluoride.
  • Cheaper than bottled water - a typical distiller costs approximately 36p for four litres of water, equating to 9p per litre
  • Prevents kidney stones
  • It is better than spring water which contains contaminants such as coliform, arsenic and phthalates, which can be dangerous for your health. Spring water comprises most of the same impurities found in well water or even tap water.

Is purified water the same as distilled water?

Yes and no. Purified water is a loose term which is open to interpretation. It should mean absolutely pure water which is what a water distiller produces. However, people who use reverse osmosis might describe that water as purified but what is produced, although better than tap water, is not absolutely pure water. We have explained differences in this article.

This video explains how to set up and use the Megahome water distiller:

This video tells you how to troubleshoot any problems you might have:

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