With various types of water filters on the market, this water filter review will help you decide which is best for your needs.
Carafe/Pitcher Water Filter:
Pros: Low cost, no installation required; slight improvement on tap water; space saving – can be kept in the fridge; portable.
Cons: Clogs quickly, limited effectiveness; low filtering capacity (around 30 gallons).
Faucet Water Filter:
Pros: Installs quickly with no tools on standard faucets; enjoy drinking quality water straight form your tap; easily switch between healthy filtered water and regular tap water; low cost.
Cons: Not adaptable to all faucets; slows down the flow of water
Counter Top Water Filter:
Pros: Filters a wider range of contaminants than carafe and faucet mounted filters; filters larger quantities of water; may not require plumbing modification; less likely to clog than pitcher and faucet-mounted filters.
Cons: Clutters your counter top; cannot be fitted to all faucets; cost more than faucet and pitcher home water filters.
Under Sink Water Filter:
Pros: Doesn’t clutter your counter top; filters a wider range of contaminants than carafe and faucet home water filtration systems; filters larger quantities of water.
Cons: Unless you’re a do-it-yourself person, it requires professional installation; requires drilling a hole in the top of your sink; takes up space in your cabinet.
A water filter review of the reverse osmosis system is done here.
Pros: Effective at removing chlorine, rust, sediment and scale; provides filtered water for the entire house, including showers, dish and washing machines; cartridges last longer than other systems; fast flow rate; little clogging.
Cons: Doesn’t effectively remove heavy metals, cyst, VOCs and other contaminants; needs to be professionally installed.
Which Should You Use:
If you are only concerned with the removal of chlorine, bad odor, bad taste and sediments from your water supply, a whole house filter works well. It provides clean, great tasting filtered water to every tap in your home.
If you are more concerned with other contaminants in your water supply such as lead and organic chemicals, go with a under sink or counter top water filter.
For the cleanest, healthiest water, use a whole house water filter in conjunction with a secondary system like the faucet, counter top or under sink drinking water filters. Together, these systems will remove a wide range of contaminants.