What Is The Best Water Filter For Home Use 2020
Given that “affordable” is relative, I have posted a couple of the higher price range full house systems, which are great to have.
I have also included a variety of less expensive systems, an under the counter unit, and a counter top unit.
Wherever you are in the broad market, what is the the best water filter for your home use?
Do you prioritize the filtering of the water for your home?
This topic came to mind because I heard, only a few days ago, on the radio, a report about PFO’s/PFA’s in the ground water of my county. The source is the huge Naval Weapons Testing base called China Lake. Attention came to this area because of the recent earthquake that affected the base, and caused over $5 Billion in damage.
The fact is, that all of North America is polluted by these PFO’s/PFA’s, especially, but not exclusively, near military bases.
PFO’s/PFA’s entered the chemical industry and were unrestricted. If you like history, here is a timeline at Wikipedia.
Those chemicals are associated with kidney disease and cancers.
Arsenic is another concern in drinking water. Recent headlines reveal it is in all baby foods!
Yet, there are very affordable water filters that small apartment dwellers and more affluent renters and home owners can benefit from.
Water that you drink, cook with, wash your clothes in, and bathe in, is polluted with chemicals that easily transfer through your skin into your blood stream. Never mind that you drink it!
This can be frightening – yet I repeat, for as low as $99 you can get a good water filter that sits on your counter top.
For an under the counter unit, you will pay more. If you’re a renter, you cannot put a hole in the counter for something like this, unless your landlord approves that.
Reverse osmosis units are considered to be the best filters, but you must consider that you flush out a lot of water using this method. Consider the cost of that, and water waste.
There are many systems to choose from, and I’m sure you can find the right one for your home, RV, and camping equipment.
If you want an unlimited supply of clean, filtered and softened water throughout your home, and from every faucet then this may be the system for you.
- Has a high grade carbon filter to remove chloramine, chlorine, taste, odor, and color, dangerous Volatile Organic Compounds and THMs contaminants from water. Trihalomethanes are the by product of chlorine and other disinfectants combining, in the water treatment process.
- Auto self cleans/backwashes
- Ceramic media draws and neutralizes hard water properties
- Salt free water conditioning preserves pipe linings and there are no salt traces added to your water
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get up during the night and get a glass of water from your adjoining bathroom? Or, not worrying about your kids doing so?
You can use less soap in laundry and your own washing. Your clothes will be free of all those contaminants too, and your skin won’t be absorbing them.
This system comes in various sizes.
Filtersmart Whole House Water Filter System & Salt Free Water Softener, Chlorine & Sediment Filtration for 4-6 Baths, 15 GPM, 1 Million Gallons
This system uses coconut shell carbon for fresh, spring-like water, that is full of natural minerals.
The vendor states:
“Our granulated coconut shell carbon filters are guaranteed to remove chlorine to undetectable levels for a period of 5 years or 1,000,000 gallons.“
The pre-sediment filter may have to be changed every eight to ten months.
The system can be installed outside or inside your home.
No requirement for electricity to drain.
No salt/no potassium, will not scale up your appliances.
Aquasana Whole House Water Filter System w/ UV Purifier & Salt-Free Descaler – Filters Sediment & 97% Of Chlorine – Carbon & KDF Home Water Filtration
Here is a quick walk through and good explanation of the features of this system. It also shows a filter change.
We really must pay attention to our environment these days. I read a report about a couple who bought land across from a Christmas Tree farm. They loved the view, and it was a retirement spot for them. A few years later the husband got liver cancer and died.
They were drinking their tap water.
Then they found out that the tree farm was built on a dump site for toxic chemicals and other wastes, from a near by establishment.
Had they known, they could have filtered their water to the best of their ability, and might have removed up to 90% of the poisonous chemicals.
This took place in Michigan, which has the highest number of polluted water sites of all the US states.
Aquasana AQ-5300+.55 3-Stage Max Flow Under Sink Water Filter
This version is easy to install, although if you are not at all handy, a plumber will do the job quickly.
The filters are easy to replace, with no need to disconnect any hosing.
Aquasana Countertop Drinking Water Filter System, White
Here is the little guy – easy to hook up, easy to change filters, and very portable to move. If you are a small apartment dweller, there is no need to ask the landlord’s permission to use. It doesn’t leak.
You get great drinking water and water for cooking. You can install one in the bathroom too.
One reason I stick with this company is that when they re-made their filters to pull out the arsenic a few years back, they sent me a whole new unit at no cost. I have to give them my own 5 Star Rating for that!
Aquasana AQ-4105CHR Deluxe Water System with 5′ Wand Premium Massaging Head, Chrome shower filter
If you don’t have a whole house system, you really need one of these for each of your showers. You don’t want to bathe in that polluted water, right? Or put your kids in it?
Shampooing in filtered water is good for your hair. Know why? Because chlorine and fluoride are bad for your thyroid gland function. If that is compromised, you can lose up to half your hair.
You can fill the tub from the shower, and soak in filtered water, a great benefit for your skin.
Discount Water Softeners Genesis 2 Duo 48,000 Grain Water Softener and Whole House Chlorine Filtration and Removal System, Digital Metered, High Efficiency, Direct Flow and Upflow Brining
The 10×54 Resin tanks come with lifetime warranty and there is a 10 year warranty on the control head. The Brine Tank has a lifetime warranty.
Electronic sensors create adjustable cycles of salt content and cleaning, and of all the functions of this system. This keeps the salt/water ratio correct, and gives you the clear and clean water you love and need.
Thus it will use 30% less salt overall.
Did you know people walk around dehydrated most of the time?
You can transport this clean water with you, and you never need to throw away plastic bottles, adding to the deluge of plastic we now live in.
FLEXX PRO Series Water Softener with Smartphone Programming – Commercial Grade – Rugged and Long Lasting – U.S.-Made (15 GPM)
- Made In America
- Programming done with FREE Waterlogix App – for IPhone and Androids
- 10 Year Warranty on Tanks – 7-Year Warranty on the Valve and Electronics
- The App monitors daily water usage, monthly water usage, and remaining battery life
- Has a 9 Volt battery backup
- Program cycles and salt usage, customize as you need
Zero Installation Purifier Countertop Reverse Osmosis Water Filter with Patented High Capacity 4 Stage Technology – Superior Taste, Purity, and Alkaline pH | No Installation or Assembly Required
This unit is ideal for apartments, condos and RV’s.
Requires no assembly, no hoses or valves, and no installation.
It is BPA free, and you have a choice of black or silver.
It will raise the alkalinity of the water. (My Aquasana raises the PH from 7.1 (tap water) to 8.5).
Claims its 50% water recovery rate is the highest among reverse osmosis filters.
You can tuck this unit into any space it fits on the counter – you only need access to the front to fill up the bottom tank with water.
About fifteen minutes later, the top tank will be treated water, ready for you to drink or cook with.
2 notification lights will alert you to change the filter or reverse osmosis membrane.
Express Water Heavy Metal Whole House Water Filter – 3 Stage Home Water Filtration System – Sediment, KDF, Carbon Filters – includes Pressure Gauges, Easy Release, and 1” Inch Connections
This is a fast flow system (0.25 gallons per second at 45-80 psi) delivering a large volume into your home, with no drop in water pressure no matter how many faucets are running simultaneously. The filters are changed easily. The tanks are made from high grade plastic and are mounted on a stainless steel frame.
The frame can be mounted, or placed free standing.Pressure gauges will tell you when to change individual filters. The first filter tank is see-through so you will notice easily when it needs to be changed.
Filter 1 captures sediment.
Filter Two catches most of that long list of chemicals (in the first section of this article).
Filter Three catches chlorine and similar chemicals, delivering you clean clear water.
This system gets 4.7 Stars Rating from customers who report successful iron staining and “egg smell” elimination from a hard water well. Another is very happy with the customer service, and after some problems with tank cracks, got a whole new system shipped to her.
iSpring WGB22B-PB 2-Stage Whole House Water Filtration System w/ 20” x 4.5” Big Blue Carbon Block and Lead Reducing Filters and 3/4″ Push-Fit Braided Stainless Steel Hose Connectors
This system comes with a couple of different filters for different mineral removal, such as lead, but also removes all the other “usual suspect” contaminants.
It is a whole house system going on to your main water line.
The company also makes a Reverse Osmosis system.
The manufacturers suggest that you watch the DIY installation video, so here it is:
Royal Berkey Gravity-Fed Water Filter with 2 Black Berkey Purification Elements
Why do people love Berkeys? They don’t need electricity, plumbing or mounts.
Grab your Berkey and take it to your summer cottage, your RV or back pack with it.
Berkeys come in different sizes and can use filters especially for your filtering needs.The “usual suspect – long list at the top – contaminants will be removed.
Put one on every floor of your house. Enjoy excellent water!
Here is another version which includes two fluoride filters.
Next, a travel kit.
And from Lifestraw:
The following article has some great information about the basics of water filters.
Are You Ready to Buy a Water Filter for Your Home? How To Make The Right Choice – Part Three by Skip Foster
This is the third and final part of our series on the different types of water filtering ideas for your home. We looked in the first two articles at lower cost options. Here we will investigate some of the more expensive types of filters. When you get to this level of filtration you are looking at whole house water filtration. We are going to help you by breaking down this discussion into 3 basic filter types.
- Filter Housings
- Media Tanks
- Reverse Osmosis Systems
1) Filter Housings – Filter housings are placed inline to your home’s main water feed. Typically a plumber or home builder will place a ‘loop’ in the garage or well-house where you can place one or several filter housings in a series to capture contaminants before water enters your home. The benefit to having these housings installed is that you can place any filter you need in them. There are many considerations when selecting a filter such as water flow and contaminant type. Filter housings are available for your home in 4 basic sizes. 2 1/2″ diameter in 10″ and 20″ lengths and 4 1/2″ in diameter in 10″ and 20″ lengths. The larger 4 1/2″ housings are typically known as ‘big blue’. The larger the housing diameter the higher the flow rate. If you have a larger home with two or more bathrooms, you will need larger filters to keep up with your water usage.
Any media filter can be installed in these cartridges. Usage for filter housings are as broad as your water problems. Sediment filters are probably the most popular capturing sand, silt and dirt. Second to sediment filters are GAC or Granular Activated Carbon. GAC filters remove chlorine from city water and smelly organics from well water homes. In general if your water smells or tastes funny a GAC filter will fix a large portion of the problems. After these two filters there are a strong dozen or so other varieties of miscellaneous media filters for your housings. The uses are only limited to the different types of water problems you may encounter.
2) Media Tanks – Media tanks operate on the same basis as the housings above, but on a much larger scale. These are the filters you will typically associate with water softeners. The tank, average build of 9″ diameter 48″ tall, filters water on a continuous basis until either a set time or a set water flow is achieved. Instead of having a filter to change the media tank will back flush to renew itself. This is of great benefit to people who do not wish to maintain the filter housings. The most common type of media tank you may have seen is the water softener. Water softener tanks are filled with resin beads which attract themselves to calcium particles in your pipes and do not let them pass into your home.
This removes the scale build up in your shower heads and appliances. Calcium buildup in your water is also responsible for extreme over usage of soap. The more calcium in your water, “hardness”, the more laundry soap, dish soap, shampoo, etc. it takes to do the job. Probably the second most popular media is the carbon tank. This takes the place of the GAC housing. It performs the same task with none of the filter changing hassle. The cost is much higher than the housing filter, but the performance is worth the extra expense. After water softeners and carbon tanks the uses for media tanks are much like the housing filters. There are as many uses for these tanks as there are water problems. If you have the space, this is a very effective way of conquering even the worst water problems in your home.
3) Reverse Osmosis – Do you enjoy drinking purified, bottled water? Have you ever made coffee or tea with purified water? I am an avid coffee drinker and I can honestly tell you that drinking coffee made with purified water is an experience only found in the best coffee shops. You may think I’ve gotten off subject, but actually having purified, reverse osmosis water at every tap in your home is truly an experience. Showering with RO water, cooking with RO water, doing laundry with pure water all make a huge difference in your everyday life. A full house reverse osmosis system is very expensive there are not too many reasons why this type of water filter would be necessary. $6,000 or more is the price tag for this purified experience. The times I have seen these filters in a home have been for medical reasons or extremely bad water conditions in well water.
Whatever water filter you decide to purchase you will be happy. Filtered water is the best beverage for your body, your skin, your organs, I could go on. Make the change today. Purchase a pitcher filter as we discussed in part one. Or maybe an under sink system is more your cup of tea. Lastly as we discussed you could maximize your water experience with a whole house RO system. I have not yet met a person who regretted drinking filtered water. Your body and quite possibly your wallet with thank you.
Don’t settle for bad water. Pure water should have no taste or smell. Pure water is great for your complexion, helps you lose weight, keeps you energetic and young. Don’t settle for bad tasting or rotten smelling water, let us give you great tips and ideas for getting filtered water into your home. You can read the first two parts [http://waterfilteringideas.com/three-price-ranges-of-water-filters-part1] of this series to get the full picture. Skip Foster has been a licensed water filtration professional and owned a water filtration business since 1999. Check out the benefits of purchasing a water filters [http://www.waterfilteringideas.com] for your home.
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