Reverse Osmosis Water Filter Systems Comparison and Reviews
Whirlpool WHER25 Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System
Even though the Whirlpool WHER25 model was recommended by consumersearch.com, it seems could not satisfy its buyers. Negative reviews overshadows the positive feedback for those who obtained it from amazon, common problems are leakage, bad design, special cartridges instead of standard sized, unclear installation guideline. Nevertheless it is one of the cheapest RO model on the market, and their filters have to be replaced half a year. It is good at filtering and remove bad odour.
If you feel that WHER25 of Whirlpool is your choice, buy it from Lowes at $164 with 2 years warranty, or get it from amazon, $180 with 1 year default warranty.
NOTE: this water filter does not work with hard water.
Crystal Clear Supply — 5 Stage Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System With Storage Tank Removes Fluoride
Another RO model sold on amazon is the 5 stage system from crystal clear supply. Although they have better reviews than the Whirlpool model overall, there are still some angry customers saying that their unit is “easy to rust”, not accepting for return after a month, no response on problems, the pH is too acidic for drinking purpose, missing units and broken parts during shipment and poor installation instruction. More than 25% of customers got their unit on Amazon are not satisfied at all, we do not recommend our readers to gamble a faulty unit on their health. But they do offer an online customer service on their website.
The 5 stage one is only the model that you should consider from all water filters offered by the same company, they also have other models for sale, but if this one is not good enough, save you time to look for others. Unless you know someone in real life recommends it, better not go for this system. You can obtain the lowest price in Amazon.
Kenmore offers 2 RO models: Kenmore Elite Premiere Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System($255) and Kenmore Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water System($170). The former model was mentioned at the consumersearch report, that it was equipped with an indicator for filter replacement. However many reviews claimed that it is difficult to obtain replacement filters as they are sold in different places, and filters have to be replaced frequently. But the Kenmore RO filters can deliver quality water and the installation guide is clear.
The Aqua-Cleer Model is the most advanced water filter offered by Culligan. Users are recommended to install a softener before installing the unit if you have hard water. The main drawbacks on this unit is that not all parts are made in USA. As mentioned from our RO buying guide, no matter where you are located, do obtain a system which is fully assembled and made in USA to ensure distinct quality.
Decent quality comes at a price, so do RO water filter systems. APEC’s 5-stage Ultra Reverse Osmosis System should be suitable for most families, their cartridges are standard 10″ filters, you get replacement filters at most home improvement stores; 3 of the 5 filters last a year while the remaining 2 filters have a long life of 3-5 years. Each kit comes with a water tester so you know it is time to change filters, or they will email you for annual filter change too. In addition to providing pure water, they offers comprehensive after-sales services which include life time tech support, online support, support call line and prompt email reply (they replied one day after we make queries from our emails). All parts are USA-made and the units include 30-day money back guarantee, it gives you an option to return. The installation guide is diagrammed and you might even install it according to the diagrams and videos instead of hiring a plumber! This is one of the finest drinking water system for a reasonable price, some of their customers have been using it for more than 10 years.
While the name of APEC is not as big as Whirlpool or Brita, APEC (Advanced Purification Engineering Corp.) has been specializing on the industry of residential reverse osmosis drinking water filtration system in US for years, now it is one of the leading manufacturer of RO systems. They had been providing customized water treatment systems for various big organizations, from US Army and US Government to private owned companies like General Electric and Intel Corp. As a trustworthy cooperation, APEC is registered with BBB (Better Business Bureau), which seeks to verify reliable business practices between private franchises.
While good customer reviews are too subjective on their website, we are able to locate satisfying customers on third party websites like resellerratings.com and yelp.com.
The only shortcoming of the APEC package is that the systems they offer only go with 1 year warranty, not expandable.
If you have a limited budget of $100, get the counter top water filter from Aquasana, which had been rated as “best in industry” for performance and value. Aquasana under sink water filter is less than $150, its primer version is less than $200.
On the other hand if you would like to eliminate most of the contaminants from tap water and would not mind to invest more on a reverse osmosis water filter, APEC standard 5 stage reverse osmosis water filter for $300 is a wise choice. You can also go for Kenmore or Watts for cheaper models, but in our point of view, if APEC reverse osmosis filter is too expensive for you, just obtain an Aquasana one to avoid plight and frustration in both installation and searching for individual filters. Bad designed RO water filters not only waste your money, they produce dangerous drinking water and may even flood your house.
Still, the above recommendations are provided in general circumstances, you should know which contaminants you would like to get rid of from your home tap water, and target those contaminants for the right water filter for your household. What we recommended are some of the safest choices which remove most of the common contaminants exist in tap water. Also check out on our buying guide for water filters, and buying guide for reverse osmosis water filters.