Best Water Filters

Review & Comparison, Last Update November 14, 2017
Water is the source of life and it's important to drink fresh water every day. Doctors advise to buy the water filters for people who take care of their health and their relatives. We will tell you how to choose the right filter. Read our review of 5 best water filters available on the market! ...Read more ...Read less
BEST 2017
PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TYPE
PURIFICATION METHOD
FILTER LIFE
WATER TANK CAPACITY
FILTRATION RESULTS
EASE OF USE
 
PROS
The undersink filter system treats water perfectly, no bitter taste after filtration. Easy to operate. A reasonable price for high-quality appliance and clean water.
CONS
This high-quality and efficient system needs a lot of space under your sink.
OUR VERDICT
APEC ROES-50 water filter system is the best aid to get purified and wholesome water. There is no need to replace the filters frequently. Good for a big family.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Flow Filter
PURIFICATION METHOD
5-stage purification system
FILTER LIFE
1000 gallons
WATER TANK CAPACITY
Filters water right from the tap
FILTRATION RESULTS
The system removes up to 99% of polluting substances and eliminates admixtures and smells, microbes and viruses on the biological level; APEC turns the dirtiest water into a fresh and healthy source of life
EASE OF USE
Quick Connect fittings, No lock clips to prevent leakage, Stored under the sink
PROS
A compact size and lightness allow you to easily pour water out. The filter is small enough to fit into a fridge.
CONS
You should add water pretty often due to a low pitcher capacity.
OUR VERDICT
Combining a compact size and high-performance cartridge, this home water filter provides constant supply of fresh water for 1-2 people.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Filter Pitcher
PURIFICATION METHOD
Mechanical, 7-stage cartridge
FILTER LIFE
40 gallons
WATER TANK CAPACITY
0.66 gallons
FILTRATION RESULTS
The pitcher removes 90% of all zinc, copper, lead and other pollutants
EASE OF USE
Convenient handle, Easy-to-replace cartridge
PROS
The size of the water tank allows you to have enough water to drink and cook. A sticker filter indicator lets you know when the filter needs to be replaced. No water leaks.
CONS
There is no handle so it is difficult to carry the filter when it is full of water.
OUR VERDICT
Brita 35034 Ultramax water filter has quite a big water tank. The shape of the water filter fits all sizes of the fridges. So you can put it in the fridge without pouring water into another container.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Filter Dispenser
PURIFICATION METHOD
Mechanical, Carbonic cartridge
FILTER LIFE
40 gallons
WATER TANK CAPACITY
1.125 gallons
FILTRATION RESULTS
This dispenser removes the smell and taste of chlorine, zinc, copper, mercury and cadmium
EASE OF USE
Indicator label of filter life, Easily fits the shelf in the fridge
PROS
The filter indicator shows when the filter needs to be replaced. A long-lasting filter saves your money. It has a fancy design that will be harmonious in a modern high-tech house.
CONS
If you have a big family, you should replace the cartridges every 2 months.
OUR VERDICT
PUR FM-3700 is a faucet water filter which should be attached to the tap, so, it's not bulky and it will save you space in a kitchen. This filter is very convenient and effective.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Faucet Water Filter
PURIFICATION METHOD
Mechanical, Carbonic cartridge
FILTER LIFE
100 gallons
WATER TANK CAPACITY
Filters water right from the tap
FILTRATION RESULTS
The filter removes 99% of lead and 96% of mercury along with many other contaminants
EASE OF USE
Filter Life indicator informs when it's time for cartridge replacement
PROS
This model is enough for a family of 4 persons. The water filter is easy to set up and can be cleaned effortlessly.
CONS
This water filter cannot be exposed to a direct sunlight due to the growth of algae inside.
OUR VERDICT
Zen Water Systems 4G-MP water filter is a good choice for an average family. The true tea drinkers will appreciate the taste of water once the filtration is completed.
detailed parameters
TYPE
Countertop Filter
PURIFICATION METHOD
Mechanical, 5-stage filter cartridge
FILTER LIFE
500 gallons
WATER TANK CAPACITY
4 gallons
FILTRATION RESULTS
The 5-stage filtration system removes bacteria, harmful impurities, chlorine and other chemicals and mineralizes the water
EASE OF USE
Easy assembly, A removable base for compact storage

What is a Water Filter

Everyone knows that water plays a very important role in our life. Any living organism needs water to survive. Most diseases are caused by a poor quality of water. This is where buying a water filter may become a cure-all solution. There are a few different filters to choose from. Some filters are aimed to remove mechanical impurities and reduce the chlorine content in the water. Others are made to purify the heavily contaminated water and relieve it from various germs, viruses, and chemical impurities. We have chosen 5 most popular water filters on the market so you could get the best one and enjoy the great taste of water.

As we have already mentioned, your dishes will be much tastier if cooked on clear water. But to achieve the best taste ever, choose one of the wonderful pressure cookers or slow cookers.

What Features to Compare

There are several criteria you have to pay your attention to when buying a good water filter. These are a type, a method of water purification, water filter life and capacity.

Filter type

There are several types of water filters: pitchers or dispensers, faucet nozzle filters, and water stations. Each of them is able to cope with different degrees of contamination.

Purification method

One of the methods to purify water is mechanical. The method implies usage of a carbonic cartridge with one or multi-level water filtration. While running through a filter, the water is entirely cleaned from harmful impurities. Mechanical method is widely used for jars and faucet nozzles. The filters based on mechanical filtration system are rather big so they remove heavy contamination and ensure high quality of water.

Filter life

The productivity of filters shows their efficiency. Some of them are able to infiltrate just 40 gallons of water and then you will have to replace the filters while others can work for about half a year and save your costs.

Capacity and installation

Pitchers and dispensers will not take a lot of place in your kitchen due to a small size. You can easily put such a filter on the shelf in your kitchen or in the fridge but mind that the water tank capacity of such filters is low (up to 20 cups) so it will not be enough for big families. Unlike pitchers and dispensers, the flow filters should be integrated into a plumbing system since they don't have the water tanks. Multi-staged filters and their water tanks are placed under the sink. The water tank capacity of such filters is very high - up to 4 gallons. Of course, they are more difficult to install, but yet, they are much more efficient.

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APEC ROES-50

Filter type and Purification method

This 5-stage water filter system is based on the reverse osmosis technology which is the best solution for water purification today. This water filter system features 1 sediment filter, 3 carbon block filters and 1 osmosis membrane which remove odors, tastes, turbidity, a color of water and plenty of contaminants including chromium, chlorine, arsenic, fluoride, radium, lead, rust, bacteria, and many more. APEC ROES-50 will give you the water of a brilliant quality and it will become your home wellhead.
Review of APEC ROES-50 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System

FIlter Life

APEC ROES-50 undersink filter system is able to purify 50 gallons a day that is more than enough for a family of three persons. This water filter system purifies all kinds of water and the service life of your filters will depend on the level of water pollution. The dirtier the water is, the more frequently you will replace the filters. It is advised to substitute the filters every 6-12 months.
APEC ROES-50 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System in the use

Capacity and Installation

The water tank capacity of an APEC ROES-50 is 4 gallons. The tank is 11" long, 11" wide and 15" high and it will require quite a lot of space under your kitchen sink. Do-it-yourself design provides easy installation, troubleshooting and maintenance. APEC ROES-50 water filter system is designed to fit the standard kitchen which parts are made of high-quality materials so you won't damage them when installing.
Detailed review of APEC ROES-50 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System

APEC ROES-50
APEC ROES-50
 

Lake Industries The Alkaline Water Pitcher

Filter type and Purification method

Alkaline pitcher by Lake Industries is a countertop filter containing 10 cups of water. It comes with a removable 7-stage cartridge with the filtering net, ion exchange resin, mineral stones, and carbon. The fine filtering net efficiently removes sand, dust, rust, and various impurities. The coconut active carbon reduces up to 96% of chlorine, providing a great taste of water and eliminating unpleasant odors. The ion exchange resin allows you to reduce the formation of harmful scale in the water tank. Finally, multiple mineral stones saturate water with alkali and energize it, dissolving minerals and microelements.

Review of Lake Industries The Alkaline Water Pitcher

Filter Life

The cartridge of this filter is able to purify up to 40 gallons of water. Thus, the filter serves for approximately 2 months; this term may vary depending on the water consuming intensity. Still, we should say that this is a great performance for such a small water filter. Purifying at least 200 gallons of water per year, the filter regularly supplies you with crisp and fresh water and saves your money on hundreds of bottles.

Lake Industries The Alkaline Water Pitcher in the use

Capacity and Installation

This high-yield water filter has a modern design that will harmonically merge with any kitchen. Besides, the filter is very compact, so it won't take much space on your table and will easily fit on the shelf of your fridge. The pitcher capacity is 10 cups that are equal to 0.66 gallon. This amount is sufficient to provide a daily reserve of crisp potable water for 1 or 2 persons.

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Lake Industries The Alkaline Water Pitcher
Lake Industries The Alkaline Water Pitcher
 

Brita 35034

Filter type and Purification method

Brita 35034 Ultramax is a big water filtration dispenser: you need to pour water into the upper tank and it will be purified by a filter. This filter is able to replace more than 250 standard water bottles. A carbonic cartridge allows you to clean the water from cadmium, mercury, lead, copper and chlorine. The carbonic cartridge absorbs all these harmful substances due to a high adsorption capacity. When purified with Brita water filter, the water taste becomes notably better.
Review of Brita 35034 UltraMax Water Filter Dispenser

FIlter Life

The life of the Brita 35034 Ultramax water filter is 40 gal. You don't need to put a lot of effort to clean it. The durability of the cartridge depends on the quality of the tap water but in most cases you shouldn't buy a new filter every 3 months. Such filters should be replaced every 6 months, otherwise, the water taste may become worse.
Brita 35034 UltraMax Water Filter Dispenser in the use

Capacity and Installation

Brita water filter is quite a big filter with a large 18-cup water filtration dispenser. Its water tank capacity is 1.125 gal which is quite a lot for a big family. Whenever you want to quench your thirst, you can always put a dispenser in the fridge or on the table and get a clean water. The other nice thing about Brita water filter is that it is supplied with a spare filter so you won't have to buy another one to replace.
Detailed review of Brita 35034 UltraMax Water Filter Dispenser

Brita 35034
Brita 35034
 

PUR FM-3700

Filter type and Purification method

The PUR FM-3700 is a faucet water filter which means it should be attached directly to the faucet. The filter features carbonic cartridge made of a heat-treated coconut shell. Carbonic cartridges are used to remove chlorine and organochlorine compounds from water and also help you to get rid of a bad smell.
Review of PUR FM-3700 Advanced Faucet Water Filter

FIlter Life

The output of PUR FM-3700 is 100 gallons. The carbon filter inside can easily endure a lot of filtration cycles and it should be replaced every 2-3 months. So, you will get about 400 gallons of pure water every year that is equal to thousands of plastic bottles of water. Therefore, this wonderful faucet filter will keep the environment clean and save your money.
PUR FM-3700 Advanced Faucet Water Filter in the use

Capacity and Installation

As PUR FM-3700 is a faucet filter with no water tank. It makes purification process much easier. You don't need to wait until the water runs through all the filters, you just need to attach the filter to a tap and enjoy the great taste of clean and living water. It will save your time pretty much. So, when compared to filters with water tanks, the filters like this are going to be more convenient in use.
Detailed review of PUR FM-3700 Advanced Faucet Water Filter

PUR FM-3700
PUR FM-3700
 

Zen Water Systems 4G-MP

Filter type and Purification method

Zen water filter is a countertop appliance which comprises a ceramic filter and a 5-stage filter. This system combines 5 different functions: filtration, purification, alkalization, and mineralization. Mechanical 5-stage cartridge will effectively remove all chemicals, bacteria, and pesticides. The mineral stones inside the filter allow to preserve the purity of water, so even in a while, it won't change the taste. The filter also prevents the growth of bacteria which is an important feature if you've got the children.
Review of Zen Water Systems 4G-MP Countertop Water Filter

FIlter Life

Zen Water Systems 4G-MP is able to purify up to 1000 gal of water per year (which is quite a lot) and hence, can become a perfect solution for a big family. Ceramic filter of the system should be replaced once a year while 5-stage filter will serve well for 6 months. You will get pure water having no troubles with regular maintenance.
Zen Water Systems 4G-MP Countertop Water Filter in the use

Capacity and Installation

The water tank of Zen water filter can hold up to 4 gallons of purified water. This filter is very easy to assemble and install. Like most other filters, it does need clean-up time after time. Chemical compounds may collect on the walls and worsen the water taste but it shouldn't be a problem at all. You can take it apart, clean it from all impurities in a few minutes and assemble again. The system can be used with a base or without it.
Detailed review of Zen Water Systems 4G-MP Countertop Water Filter

Zen Water Systems 4G-MP
Zen Water Systems 4G-MP
 

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