If you have the means to do so, collecting your own water from a clean spring is optimal. To find a spring near you, one great resource is findaspring.com. However, if this is not feasible for you, there are a number of good water filters.
Water distillers use evaporation to separate water molecules from contaminants. Distillation does an excellent job of purifying water; however, many of the minerals that would naturally have been present in the water are removed through distillation. Therefore, it is a good idea to add mineral drops, a bit of green juice, mint or other leaves, lemons, cucumbers, or other mineral-rich fruits so that the water does not leach minerals from your body. On the other hand, distilled water is aggressively cleansing. Here are some top picks for water distillers.
- Although a bit pricey, this countertop model by Mini-Classic provides superb purification.
- This machine by StreamSun is an excellent, cost-effective countertop distiller.
Reverse Osmosis Systems
Reverse osmosis filtration uses a semi-permeable membrane to remove impurities from water. It can be a highly effective method of filtration, but generally not as complete as distillation. Notably, it does not remove pesticides or chlorine. If you live in an area that has a lot of pesticide runoff, such as California, distilled water is your best option. Nonetheless, this is a great option for water filtration. Here are some good models.
- This reverse osmosis system by APEC is extremely effective and reasonably priced. It is my top recommendation.
- This model by Air Water Life is an excellent filtration system with the capacity to dispense water at different pH levels. This can be useful for different cleaning and household applications.
- The Big Berkey filtration system is my top recommended standalone filter, and is preferable even to reverse osmosis systems due to its ability to filter out a greater range of contaminants. The filtration is slow, but the results are exceptional.
- If you are looking for a pitcher filter, this filter by PUR is one of the best options and is readily available at many stores.