The Echo Seven and the Life Ionizers MXL7 are both seven plate water ionizers. Both machines are
convertible: They can be used countertop, or under the counter with the manufacturer’s optional faucet kit. But besides the fact that both machines have seven plates, and that both machines are convertible, these ionizers couldn’t be more different. The Echo Seven is $398 more expensive than the Life MXL7, but our water ionizer comparison reveals that you get a lot more for your money from the Life MXL7.
Antioxidant Alkaline Water vs. Hydrogen
The biggest difference is in what these machines are designed to produce. The Life MXL7 makes hydrogen water AND antioxidant alkaline water. The Echo 7 only makes hydrogen water, you don’t get the benefits of alkaline water from the Echo 7.
The MXL7 puts a lot of antioxidant potential into your water. At the machine’s full flow rate, you still get an antioxidant ORP reading of around -700 ORP, which is what this machine is designed to produce. The MXL7 has a nice high flow rate, it fills your glass a lot faster than the Echo Seven does.
The Echo Seven is a hydrogen generator. Research suggests that hydrogen water has antioxidant benefits, but it doesn’t have the acid-fighting benefits of alkaline water. With a Life Ionizer, you get both: Antioxidant molecular hydrogen benefits and the benefits of alkaline water
There is another problem with “hydrogen rich” water: Most of it will escape to the atmosphere while the Echo Seven is making it! The problem is the Echo Seven’s very low flow rate. If you run this machine at it’s full flow rate, the water you get is very weak, so there won’t be much if any actual hydrogen in it. To get good performance, I had to slow this machine down to about 1 to 1.5 liters per minute. That left plenty of time for the hydrogen that the machine was generating to rise and escape my glass. Which is exactly what happened, by the time it filled my glass with water, all of the bubbles of hydrogen gas that came out of the machine had reached the surface of the water in my glass and escaped.
The Life Ionizer MXL-7 fills your glass twice as fast as the Echo 7, so you get twice as much hydrogen!
The Echo Seven comes with only one internal filter. The filter has activated carbon and KDF 55 filter media. So this machine will filter chlorine and some metals, but that’s about it. The Life MXL7 comes with two internal filters and additional free customized filtration system that is configured to address the toxins in your local water supply.
Life Ionizers takes the time to get a copy of your local water quality report (filed annually with the EPA) and we analyze it to find out what toxins are in your water. Then we give you the right filters to address those toxins, so you can be sure that your Life Ionizer has the right filters to protect you from the majority of toxins found in your water supply. Remember you want to start with purifying your water before ionizing and alkalizing it. Competing systems don’t supply you with this advanced filtration system.
Winner: Life MXL7 – You get better filtration that’s customized to protect you from the toxins in your local water supply.
Warranties and Return Policies
The Echo Seven has only a 5 year warranty on labor, compared to Life’s MXL7 which has a 10 year warranty on labor, so the MXL7’s warranty is twice as long as the Echo Seven’s. Both machines come with a lifetime warranty on parts. The return period for the MXL7 is also twice as long as the Echo Seven’s. Life gives you 60 days, you only get 30 days with the Echo Seven. Sixty day return policies are an industry standard for a reason: Sixty days gives you the consumer ample time to see what benefit you get from drinking the alkaline water made by the machine. Thirty days just isn’t long enough.
Winner: Life MXL7 – The MXL7’s warranty and return policy are twice as long as the Echo Seven’s
The Life MXL7 beats the Echo Seven hands down
If you’re shopping for a mid-range ionizer, the Life MXL7 is the clear choice over the Echo Seven. For $398 less, you get healthier ionized alkaline water, and molecular hydrogen, and you get it twice as fast. The MXL7 has much better filtration, and it’s configured to address the toxins in your local water supply. You also get twice the warranty and twice the return policy. Why pay more and get less. Choose Life and get the best ionizer that money can buy