A few years ago we decided to dig deep and invest in a water filter system that alkalizes and mineralizes our water. Three years later and it is still definitely worth the investment!
How the Zazen works
The Zazen filtration is designed to remove impurities via a gravity fed filtration systems that goes through several phases.
Firstly is the ceramic filter, you can see it clearly in the picture to the right – it’s the white dome sitting in the top tank. The top tank easily lifts up and off the rest of the unit, allowing for easy refilling under your tap. Then simply pop it back on and the water slowly filters through the ceramic dome. This filter lasts up to 12 months and just needs an occasional clean with a toothbrush and some tap water to keep it white and remove the build up of brown stuff that you’d normally end up drinking.
Cost to replace is around $50, but if you buy a pack you do save quite a bit.
How the Zazen filters your water
As the first phase, the ceramic filter removes a lot of junk. When you go to clean the ceramic dome with a tooth brush you will get a fair indication of the sorts of floaties that are in your water!
After making its way through the ceramic, the water slowly drips down over a cylinder which contains several different layers of filtrations, including carbon (the most common filter medium), alkalising beads (to give your water a slight alkalinity and lastly a layer of zeolite to remove heavy metals, fluoride and other nasties.
Above you can see a close up photo of the multi stage cartridge. This filter needs replacing roughly once per 6 months depending on usage, and costs $50.
The water then reaches the main vessel, in which sits a bunch of silver stones and natural mineral stones. Silver is a great natural anti bacterial medium and will assist with minimising cleaning required, and helping ensure your water is always fresh. The mineral stones add some healthy minerals into your water, including potassium, magnesium, iron and trace minerals. At the outlet, there is a magnet built into the tap, which is said to have several positive effects on water’s structure.
As a filter that sits on your countertop, the Zazen not only looks great but it performs exceptionally well, is super easy to maintain and is reasonably priced.
Most importantly, the taste is what really sells the product. To me, it actually has NO taste – the water is so pure, with no aftertaste or unpleasant smells. Because of the stones, your water is remineralised and beneficial for your health.
When you consider the cost of filters (roughly $200 per year minus any specials or package discounts) the system isn’t terribly expensive, and would sure be a lot better for the environment, and cheaper, than buying bottled water (in BPA plastic bottles mind you!).
The initial cost of the entire system is $495. Or you can purchase the system with a glass bottom tank for $645, which I highly recommend if you want to reduce your exposure to plastics.
You may be interested in my review of the Zazen Shower Filters – read it here.
This review was written by me in 2013 as a very happy customer. Please note, in the spirit of honesty, as of 2018, I am an affiliate for Zazen. If you purchase a product through an affiliate link, your costs will be the same but Coach Kate will receive a small commission. This helps cover some of the costs for this site. I really appreciate your support!