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Best Water Filter for Your Home

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Drinking Water Filter ReviewNothing tastes better than a glass of cool, crisp ice water, especially on a hot summer day. Staying hydrated throughout the day is important to our organs, helps us maintain our energy level and aids in digestion and circulation.

While most municipal drinking water has already been tested and is potable to drink, filtering is a great extra precaution to remove unwanted minerals from your drinking water.

Benefits of Filtering Tap Water

There are a number of reasons you should filter your tap water. Not only are there short-term effects, like better tasting water, coffee and food, but there are also important long-term benefits – removing unwanted chemicals and byproducts also greatly reduces the risks of certain types of diseases and cancers.

We’ve already discussed the various health dangers and the negative environmental impacts of bottled water. So instead of stocking up on bottles, for a small investment, a filtration system is not only green but saves you some green in the long run.

Best Water Filters?

With so many different types of drinking water filter products and so many different brands to choose from, how do you know which one is right for you? We’ve reviewed the best drinking water filters on the market to help you find the best fit!

Best Water Filter Pitcher

Mavea water filter pitcherProbably the most common type of filter, pitchers are a great starter filtration system for your drinking water. Simply insert the filter into the pitcher, fill with water, let the water drip through the filter and in less than five minutes you are ready to start enjoying clean, delicious H2O. Pitchers are great for one to two people to enjoy as they require frequent filling. On average a pitcher holds 5-10 glasses, so if you drink that much water (and you should) you will be filling at least once per day.

We recommend the Mavea for several reasons:

  • It’s made from BPA-free plastic.
  • It has a reservoir that you can fill without taking the lid off and automatically stops when full.
  • Digital indicator that measures water hardness, volume, and length of time in use to help you know when to replace the filter.
  • Filters require no pre-soaking and are recyclable – unlike Brita.
  • 2 sizes to choose from –  5 cup or 9 cup
  • Available in a variety of vibrant colors
  • 60-day guarantee

Pros

Cons

  • Water is chilled and served cold
  • Doesn’t require installation
  • Great for apartments
  • Inexpensive
  • Easy to clean
  • Removes up to 40 chemicals and minerals
  • Industry certified and tested by National Safety Foundation (NSF) and Water Quality Association (WQA)
  • 60-day guarantee
  • Pitchers tend to leak or spill when pouring
  • Require more frequent filter replacements which can be costly/wasteful
  • Bulky and take up precious fridge space
  • Digital meter can be unreliable and requires a special part to replace the battery

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Best Faucet Water Filters

PUR Faucet water filterThe next step up from a pitcher is a faucet filter. This is another inexpensive and easy way to start enjoying filtered water in your home. Most faucet filters are relatively easy to install and require minimal, if any, tools to assemble. There are various models and types but the most common ones attach directly to your existing faucet.

We recommend the PUR Advanced vertical faucet mount. It snaps on to your faucet within seconds, removing as many as 60 contaminants and providing up to 100 gallons of clean water. The filters last up to 3 months. There is a built-in electronic light that indicates when it is time to replace the filter. It comes in a variety of classic colors including black, white, chrome, stainless steel or silver.

Pros

Cons

  • High volume of water for a good value
  • Instant water provided on demand
  • Easy to install in one click
  • LED light indicates when to replace the filter
  • Modern, sleek design
  • Comes with two-year warranty
  • NSF & WQA Certified
  • Certain styles (such as pull-out handled faucets) are incompatible
  • Can be unattractive to your kitchen decor
  • Filters are more expensive to replace than pitcher filters

Price

The video below that explains more about the PUR filtration process, the importance of filtered water and how easy the faucet attachment is to mount.

Under Counter Water Filters

Aqua-Pure faucet and filtersIf you’re more of a handyman and ready for the real-deal, then you might be more apt to get an under counter water filter. They offer many of the same benefits as faucet filters but are separate from the existing hardware. Under counter filters are great for homes that have a pull-out handle faucet (which is not compatible with a faucet filter) or for those who want to experience clean water on demand without having a bulky piece of hardware attached to their faucet.

We recommend the 3M Aqua-Pure Drinking Water system. It has everything you need in a heavy-duty filtration system without taking up too much precious space under your sink. As an axillary faucet it is a nice complement to your existing hardware and will blend in nicely to your kitchen decor. The one catch is that you must have a second hole cut into your sink (or counter if you have an inset sink). However, most sinks come with a second hole for a soap dispenser or sprayer. The Aqua-Pure kit comes with all the necessary hardware you need to install (including filters). It and is backed by a 10 year warranty.

Pros

Cons

  • High volume means less frequent replacement of filters (they last around a year)
  • Filters automatically shut off when it’s time to replace them
  • Can operate up to 100 degrees F with high water pressure up to 125 pounds per second
  • 3M company has 100 years experience and sells in more than 200 countries
  • 10 year limited warranty
  • Expensive up front cost
  • Filters are pricy to replace
  • Requires more technical expertise to install or a plumber
  • Must have second hole available in your sink
  • Takes up space under the sink

Price

In Conclusion

Deciding which water filter to purchase is ultimately up to you and your lifestyle. However we can’t stress enough the importance of drinking more, higher quality water to stay healthy and hydrated.

*Prices based on Amazon.com 1/10/2015 and are subject to change

If you have experience with drinking water filters we’d love to hear about it, please let us know below!

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Sadie is a vegetarian and an avid recycler who loves riding her bike and practicing yoga. She is passionate about the planet, conserving life’s precious resources and making the world a better place for generations to come. A big fan of up-cycling, Sadie loves yard sales and vintage stores to find new uses for old things. She loves to cook, clean and enjoy the many parks and outdoor spaces in DC where she currently resides with her husband Matt.
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William H
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William H

Hi Sadie, thanks for your insight on water filters! We are having one heck of a time deciding. We can’t get the Culligan one to fit our faucet, and from the Amazon reviews, it seems the PUR is susceptible to leaking. The Dupont one gets the best reviews, but it also has Microban antimicrobial technology built-in, which freaks me out, since that is known to also kill good bacteria. What are your thoughts on this?

Sadie Cornelius
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Sadie Cornelius

William, thanks for sharing your findings! We always appreciate when our readers have feedback based on your own independent research. It was a tough decision to pick a winner but if you’re looking for a faucet filter, then this Dupont http://amzn.to/1hPbHXN looks like a good option as well.

And, from what we read, the technology in Microban’s antimicrobial filters helps to protect against the growth of bacteria on the filters themselves, not hopefully removing any unnecessary good bacteria from the water.

Good luck making a decision and enjoy your fresh, delicious tap water!

William H
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William H

Thanks Sadie! I ended up getting the PUR FM-9000B. I read that having the metal washer was the key to the leaking issues, and it indeed came with one. Sadly, that one did not fit my faucet, but an alternative adapter they provided fits perfectly. So far so good, and the water pressure is much higher than on the Culligan I had.

Sadie Cornelius
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Sadie Cornelius

William, thanks for sharing your feedback – good to know about the metal washer and glad to hear that the adapter worked out for you! Hope that the water pressure keeps up over time. Thanks again for reading and enjoy your drinking water!

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