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October 10, 2005

Clearwave Electronic Water Conditioner — The Ionic Breeze of Things Aquatic (sans Steve Zissou)


From the same skunkworks that brought us the now legendary Sharper Image Ionic Breeze Ozone Generator–Masquerading–as–an–Air–Purifier comes this iteration, for your water.

From the website:

    Soften Water & Remove Scale From Your Pipes Automatically

    Use less soap, and remove scale from your pipes - continuously, automatically and for only about $5 in electricity a year.

    Clearwave is the most advanced computerized anti-scale device available today.

    Its computer chip is programmed to bombard water passing through your pipe with over 200 different electromagnetic low frequency pulses.

    These electromagnetic pulses have been scientifically proven to increase the electromotive attraction potential of the water to mineral salts.

    The result is that the mineral salts (mainly calcium bicarbonate) stay dissolved in the water instead of converting to insoluble calcium carbonate and attaching to the inside of pipes as scale.

    Existing scale in pipes, water heaters, toilets and faucets begins to soften and dissolve away.

    Recommended for dishwashers, washing machines, coffee makers, and boilers.

You may have noticed that the Sharper Image took it on the chin once again from Consumer Reports last month when the publication gave an emphatic "thumbs–down" to the latest version of the Ionic Breeze with its new anti–ozone feature bolted on.

As always, the Sharper Image said Consumer Reports used the wrong testing methods and measured the wrong things, bla bla bla.

Read more about it here and here.

You will note that nowhere in any of the recent news stories is there any mention of the Sharper Image contemplating legal action against Consumer Reports.

After the company had its head handed to it on a platter the last time it went to court to squelch the trashing of its ineffectual and in fact harmful cash cow, it now apparently has come to its senses and abandoned the scorched earth tactics which only served to make it even more of a laughingstock.

The Clearwave costs $139.99 here.

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I was looking for comments on this water softener. Please tell us in short - what is it you are saying about this device? and What is you beef with SI have to do with this?

Posted by: Fred | Feb 2, 2008 9:46:32 PM

I subscribed to Consumer Reports some years ago. A researcher myself, I soon dropped the rag because their testing methods were so unscientific and the conclusions and ratings often completely arbitrary. I periodically see an issue, and have not seen anything to change my opinion.

I also don't see what this water conditioner, which is made by a different company, has to do with the ozone generator.

Posted by: Jake | Aug 3, 2007 2:47:13 PM

Thanks for an informative thread. Just listening to the Sharper Image ads made me suspect their Ionic Breeze was a piece of junk, a waste of money.

Sharper Image has really gone downhill over the years. Next they'll be selling the Ionic Breeze to combat global warming.

Posted by: pete | Nov 20, 2005 10:33:02 PM

So what does that article have to do with Sharper Image not selling your product? I'm confused?


Posted by: venice | Oct 31, 2005 10:12:53 PM

The sad truth after the fact is, once the mud has been thrown, it still sticks regardless of apology...

Posted by: Robin | Oct 10, 2005 10:16:01 PM

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