Water filtration to remove unpleasant odors and pollutants has forever been a concern for the human species. Large scale attempts to filter the natural life-giving liquid to make clean, safe, and tasty water can be dated back to more than 6000 years ago.
Thankfully, clean water is now easily available to so many of us. While tap water is not completely free of contaminants, concerned inventors have finally came up with effective household water filtration devices and systems to protect our health.
Modern water filters can remove most of the poisonous heavy metals, such as lead, copper, and mercury, as well as arsenic. They also reduce the irritating chlorine and fluoride in tap water, ensuring the best taste and quality of water.
As we need to consume a large amount of water everyday, more and more people are aware of the necessity of clean, safe water. Following it is the emergence of a plethora of residential water filters on the market.
Best Water Filters 2018
Here is our list of the best water filter pitcher, faucet mount water filter, counter top filtration system, under sink filtration system, and shower head water filter on the market for your reference.
|Filter Name||Certifications||Our Pick as...|
|Brita Pitcher||NSF42||Best Water Pitcher|
|Wingsol Uncrackable||NSF||Best Faucet Mount Water Filter|
|APEC Countertop RO||-||Best Countertop Water Filter|
|APEC Roes-50 Filtration System||NSF & WQA Gold Seal||Best Under-sink RO Water Filter|
|AquaBliss Shower Head Filter||-||Best Shower Head Water Filter|
1. Brita Everyday Pitcher: Best Water Filter Pitcher
If you’re looking for a good water filter pitcher to get rid of toxic contaminants and the annoying chlorine taste in your drinking water, look no further than this Brita Pitcher.
Like all the other items in the Brita family of water filter pitchers, this pitcher is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation with NSF42. This means it is tested and confirmed to significantly reduce the amount of copper, cadmium and mercury impurities, chemicals in the water that threaten to cause serious health problems in long term.
To be honest, I was never able to really feel the presence of chlorine and heavy metals in the unfiltered water. However, as I boiled it (Asian tea drinker I am!), the burning chemical flavor always seemed to be magnified. It had some unpleasant taste even after cooling down.
Now I can tell a HUGE difference in the smell and taste in the water, as well as in my tea. After it goes through the Brita pitcher’s filter, the water becomes purer, healthier, and free of the chlorine smell. No more weird flavor even in the boiled water!
The pitcher comes with a filter, which should be replaced after 40 gallons of water. Luckily, you won’t have to measure the amount, as there is a sticker filter indicator to let you know when to replace the filter.
With a flip lid on the top, it’s easy and fast to refill the pitcher. It has a fairly big tank that can contain and filter 10 cups of water at a time. That’s 80 oz or 2.4l – about the required amount of water intake you need daily.
If you use a lot of water at a time, however, check this PUR 18 Cup Dispenser. Much bigger tank, and it claims to reduce 21 contaminants too!
2. Wingsol Uncrackable Faucet Filter: Best Faucet Water Filter
Designed to last for years to remove chlorine, lead, arsenic, and improves the smell, taste, and quality of your water, the Wingsol tap water purifier easily wins our vote for the best faucet water filter of 2018.
The Wingsol is on the higher end of the price spectrum, and you really get what you pay for.
The filter housing is one of the very few that are made of high quality stainless steel (304). Its lifetime is counted by the years, not the months.
On the hand, the unit feels sturdier, heavier, and a lot more solid than other filters, which are typically made of plastic. It is obviously superior in quality, immune to cracking or leaking.
The design is pretty simple and straightforward. It’s neat and compact, taking an incredibly humble space over the sink. The set is best installed over a large and deep sink, but it is also one of the best for short, low faucets or small sinks. Doesn’t feel like a bulk at all!
The device comes with 3 connectors and a clear manual, and requires no tool to install. It typically takes less than 5 minutes to connect it to your tap.
If they’re compatible, of course.
The water filter contains 5 layers of materials.
The outermost is a ceramic wall that removes bigger particles from the water. Depending on the water quality, this may require clean up after every 3 months.
After passing the ceramic wall, the water will then go through a layer of activated carbon, where chlorine, sediments, and volatile organic compounds are removed.
The third and the fourth layers of filtration media are KDF and Micronose, which are designed to filter out heavy metals such as lead, arsenic, and mercury. These materials are also highly effective in reducing bacteria in the water.
Finally, the water will be led through another layer of activated carbon to again improve its taste and smell.
The final result? Pure, nicely polished, fresh-tasting water to nourish your body with.
The filter set offers two options: unfiltered and filtered water, controlled via a switch on the direct tap. Filtered water comes out at a slightly slower flow, approximately half a gallon or 2 liters per minute.
The filter can last 200 gallons of water, or about 3 – 5 months. You may want to change it more or less frequently depending on the quality of the source water. Make sure you find the right filter cartridge when a replacement is needed!
3. APEC Countertop RO: Best Countertop Water Filter
With price, efficiency, and convenience taken into consideration, the APEC RO-CTOP wins hands down as the best water filter for countertop in 2018.
We probably don’t have to give more compliments to APEC’s RO systems – two of their larger filters actually made it to our list of the best under-sink filtrators of this year.
Four Stages Of Water Processing
With a more compact size, the countertop version is simplified to 4 stages of water processing.
Water will first run through a sediment filter with pores of 5 microns in size. To give you an idea of how small that is, the human red blood palette has a diameter of about 6 – 8 microns.
After the sediment filter, water will be processed at the second stage with activated coconut carbon, where a majority of VOCs, pesticides and herbicides, and disinfection by-products, including chlorine, are removed. It is then that the water is purified and got free of heavy metals and minerals via the third stage: the reverse osmosis.
The fourth filter cartridge offers a final aesthetic polish with activated coconut carbon to take away any remaining foreign smell/taste in the water.
One Minute Installation
Unlike the undersink version, the countertop filter is extremely easy to install: put it on the countertop, connect it with a standard faucet. Turn the faucet on, and voilà, out runs the purified water, tasting as crisp as from a bottle!
Without a tank to store water, the flow is not too strong. Nevertheless, it can make about 3 gallons every hour given that the original pressure is somewhere between 40 and 80 psi, which is more than sufficient for drinking and cooking purposes.
The system is bulkier than a typical simple filter like the Home Master, and it does take some space, but hey, at least you will never have to spend a single minute cramping yourself under the sink for drilling and screwing every time installation or replacement is needed.
Plus, you have the option to have a pretty nice case, which covers all the cartridges and make things a lot easier on the eyes. Unless you have too small a countertop to accommodate it, this system is really the way to go.
4. APEC Roes-50 Filtration System: Best Under-sink Water Filter
With its affordable price and the ability to remove 99% of arsenic, chlorine, lead, fluoride, heavy metals, and other contaminants, the APEC ROES-50 easily wins our vote for the best under-sink reverse osmosis water filtration system to buy in 2018.
PURIFIED WATER WITH 5-STAGE RO FILTER
The pureness of your drinking water is guaranteed with this APEC system – it comes with components certified against NSF/ANSI standards.
It removes up to 99% of lead, if there’s any in your water. 99% of a thousand other pollutants will also be taken care of, including chlorine, fluoride, arsenic, hormones, asbestos, bacteria, and viruses.
This is thanks to its 5 stages of water purification.
The first stage removes larger sediments, dust, and sand. The water then passes through 2 premium extruded carbon blocks, where chlorine, tastes, odors, cloudiness and colors are removed.
After the pre-filters, the water will pass through the reverse osmosis membrane with holes as small as 0.0001 micron, and become purified. It is then polished again with a post carbon filter before going out of your faucet with the quality of expensive bottled water.
MAXIMIZED FILTER LIFE
With 3 stages of pre-filtration, the water has become very clean before it even gets to the reverse osmosis (RO) membrane. That is why the APEC RO membrane and the post filter only need replacing after 2 – 4 years – you can see some money saved on replacement.
Other parts of the filtration system last up to one year, as do in most other RO systems. You can change it a little sooner or later, depending on the quality of the water in your house. The PP pre-filter has a clear housing, allowing you to see the sediments removed from your water and building up. You will always know when it needs changing!
PROBLEM: WATER IS TOO PURE
There are occasional complaints about this product leaking or not working properly, but the company seems to be very responsive and offers replacements almost immediately. The number of 5-star rating on Amazon, almost 90%, speaks for itself.
The only major problem with the APEC ROES-50 system is that it is so effective it filters out not only toxic heavy metals, but also minerals that are important to your body. It’s an excellent water softener, but it won’t increase the alkalinity of your water, as the more expensive RO systems in this list do. No way a deal breaker, but if you’re looking to also make your water more alkaline, the Home Master or APEC pH+ might be better choices.
Given what you want is only to purify your water, it is the best system out there.
5. AquaBliss Universal Shower Filter: Best Shower Head Water Filter
You have no related health problems but are experiencing skin irritation and hair loss? Install this water filter for shower head.
I never thought of chlorine water as the culprit when I found more of my hair falling onto on the floor each day. (I was luckily among the people that don’t suffer from skin itchiness caused by contact with unfiltered water). But I’m generally healthy and was under no major stress.
Some suggestions from a friend, and a google search confirmed my need for a good shower head filter.
This AquaBliss is one.
The filter is a compact tool covered by a sleek cover shell. Inside the shell is a filter that provides three-stage filtration, which ensures pollutant reduction on various water temperatures.
Be it a hot shower or a cold refresh, you can be assured this filter will remove a large amount of the annoying chlorine, heavy metals, pesticides, and other contaminants in the water before it contacts with your body.
In fact, a majority of users stated on Amazon they noticed the difference on their hair and skin immediately after the first uses!
Installation of this item is a piece of cake, and no additional tool is needed. Except for a plumper tape, which the manufacturer has thoughtfully included in the package. Be your shower head of a fixed, rain or handheld type, the item’s universal connections will match with it.
Replacement of the filter cartridge is just as easy. You don’t have to change it often though: a replacement every six to eight months would be sufficient to ensure the best water quality.
Such a simple solution for hair loss!