FAQs

Where's the jug? Inside the distiller.

How much does distillation cost? 7-9p a litre depending on your electricity cost..

How long does it take to distill? Usually 5-6 hours for 4 litres of water. You can shorten the time by using water from the hot water tap.

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.

Will distilled water leach minerals from my body? No. Distilled water forms a very loose body 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 every been admitted to hospital for this. It simply does not happen.

What's the difference 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 standards similar to Europe. In addition, Megahome have a UK Repair Centre with a full inventory of parts so if it breaks outside warranty we 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

How often should you change the charcoal filter? The filter is designed to be used for four weeks at 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. 

Do we need to use the charcoal filters? The charcoal filters out volatile organic compounds (VOCs), things like 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.

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.

The water tastes funny? Distilled water can take up to 7-10 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 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.

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.

Should we replace 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.

Do you 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 it? 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.

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:

Water Distiller FAQs

Water Distiller FAQs

1. How Does The Megahome Water Distiller Compare To Other Methods Of Purifying Water?
Steam distillation is a more effective method of purification than the two most common forms of filtration - carbon filtration and reverse osmosis.  ...

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