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Culligan FM-25 Faucet vs Brita Basic Faucet Side-by-Side Comparison

Wondering which is the better faucet-mount water filter to choose between the Culligan FM-25 and the Brita Basic? Here’s our detailed guide!

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Culligan FM-25 Faucet

Brita Basic Faucet

Two faucet-mount water faucets, the Culligan FM-25 Faucet and Brita Basic Faucet, held side-by-side by a reviewer for comparison purposes.

Overall Verdict

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance50% Design20% Usability30% ScoreOverall 50%Performance 20%Design 30%Usability Culligan FM-25 FaucetBrita Basic Faucet8.17.08.39.87.87.66.78.9
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The Brita Basic faucet filter lives up to its name … basic.

Although the overall design is good-looking, we found numerous manufacturing issues during our test. The most glaring one was that the filter cartridge fit so loosely to the filter compartment without us having to push the filter release button to the side. In fact, during one test, the filter cartridge even shot out of the compartment after we turned the tap on.

Performance is passable, with a good chlorine filtration rate, but its filtering flow rate is only mediocre at 0.7 GPM.

On the other hand, the Culligan FM-25 has a sturdier build quality while still having style with a glossy, chrome-plated housing. Performance-wise, the FM-25 also did well with a perfect chlorine filtration score. But it did even worse in the filtering flow rate department than the Brita Basic at 0.5 GPM.

All in all, both models have their drawbacks, but as far as value goes, the Culligan FM-25’s offer is far more compelling. Especially considering how the two models are in the same price range.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent chlorine filtering ability with a near-100% filtration rate.
  • Good build quality, premium materials.
  • The locking collar fixes the filter solidly to the tap, preventing it from wiggling around.
  • The push/pull routing valve is easy to use. Automatically reset after the tap is shut off.
  • Replacement filters are cheap, easy to find.
  • Relatively affordable.
  • Excellent chlorine filtration ability (nearly 100%).
  • Looks premium with its chrome-plated housing.
  • The routing valve’s handle is intuitive to use.
  • Comes with a filter change indicator.
  • Very low flow rate in filtration mode (0.5 GPM).
  • The filter of our unit leaked during testing.
  • The filter could be tugged out of the housing without depressing the filter release button.
  • Leaks during filtration, necessitating the use of plumbing tape.

Key Specs

Dimensions
L3 x W4.5 x H3.5 inches
0.7 GPM
Weight
1.1 lbs (0.5 kg)
100 gals
Capacity
200 gals
NSF/ANSI Standard 42, 53, 401
Qualifications
NSF/ANSI Standard 42 and 53
L5 x W2.2 x H5.2 inches
Filtering flow rate
0.5 GPM
0.8 pounds
Warranty
2 years
1-year

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$40.27
$26.60

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.0
7.6

Design

Overall Design Scoring
8.3
6.7

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.8
8.9

Behind the Comparison

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Matthew LeeReviewer

Matthew Lee is a writer and editor for HealthyKitchen101. With over 8 years working for various outlets and agencies, specializing in tech review and other subjects of note, such as current affairs.

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Lap VoTest Lead

Lap is Head of the Research, Testing, and Review Team (RTR Team) at HealthyKitchen101.com, where he directs and supervises the testing of kitchen gadgets and appliances.

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Nguyen NtkVisual Specialist

Nguyen Ntk is a graphic designer, photographer, and videographer whose philosophy centers around respecting and celebrating the beauty of reality. Through his lenses, Nguyen strives to capture the true essence of objects and events, showcasing and highlighting authentic features without distortion or exaggeration.

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