When it comes to home water filtration, PUR is one of the go-to names. The brand has some of the best-selling water filter pitchers and tap-mount filters on the market.
Part of the reasons for the popularity is that PUR water filter products often come with certifications from prestigious independent watchdogs such as the Water Quality Association. But, do all the quality certifications always translate to satisfying user experience?
We will see if that’s the case with the PUR FM-3333.
PUR Water Filter Review: The FM-3333
The FM-3333 comes with the PUR Maxion filter. This is a strong filter, with activated carbon and ion exchange being the main filtration materials. It’s certified by the NSF to remove 99% of lead and reduce dozens of other contaminants in the water. The water will also run through a mineral core, which releases small amounts of healthy minerals to give it the fresh and crispy taste.
The PUR FM-3333 filter can reduce water pressure at your tap significantly. Given its filtration capability, however, most don’t have a problem putting up with a slow flow.
The filter needs changing after 100 gallons. There’s a light indicator that will flash in red when a replacement is needed. It typically lasts 2 – 3 months, but the actual mileage depends on the amount of water you use. Nevertheless, it is not recommended to keep it running for more than 6 months even if you still haven’t reached the 100 gallons mark. An overloaded filter is inefficient and can even be harmful, as it may release the trapped contaminants back into the water.
The housing of the PUR faucet water filter has a compact, modern-looking design and a white finish that makes it easy to fit in any kitchen settings. Installation is simple and can be done within minutes without tooling.
It’s made of plastic, which shouldn’t be much of a problem itself. However, it obviously isn’t as solid as other filters that are made of metal. A number of users have reported it breaking or leaking at the connections during use. This leads to unfiltered water mixing with filtered water, which counteracts the filtration.
With a compact design and decent filter, the PUR faucet-mount water filter is a great choice for small families who want extra water safety at their house. It’s also an ideal product for people living in rent rooms and studios, where installing a large filtration system certainly isn’t a feasible choice to make.
In the other hand, if your household uses a lot of water, having a larger, more powerful filtration system would be more adequate.