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Waterdrop WD-FC-01 vs Culligan FM-25 Faucet Side-by-Side Comparison

The Culligan FM-25 and the Waterdrop WD-FC-01 are both one of the top faucet-mount water filters on the market today. So, which one is worth picking?

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Waterdrop WD-FC-01

Culligan FM-25 Faucet

Two faucet-mount water faucets, the Waterdrop WD-FC-01 and Culligan FM-25 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 Waterdrop WD-FC-01Culligan FM-25 Faucet9.49.29.110.08.17.08.39.8
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Both the Culligan FM-25 and the Waterdrop WD-FC-01 can filter out nearly all traces of chlorine in water, per our test.

However, the Waterdrop model got the drop on the Culligan FM-25 with its significantly better performance in our filtering flow rate test at 1.29 GPM than the Culligan’s modest 0.5 GPM. So, if you have a high-pressure faucet at home, the Waterdrop WD-FC-01 should be a far more compelling option than the Culligan.

At half the price of the Culligan, the Waterdrop WD-FC-01 is the more affordable option.

But that doesn’t mean the Culligan FM-25 is a wholly bad purchase. It has better build quality and a better valve design than the Waterdrop, which smartly reverts to plain water mode when you shut down the tap to improve the lifespan of the filter cartridge.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent chlorine filtration efficiency.
  • High filtering flow rate.
  • Unique design and installation system.
  • Replacement filter is readily available.
  • 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.
  • While unique, the installation system of the filter is hard to figure out.
  • Plastic construction makes long-term durability a concern.
  • Very low flow rate in filtration mode (0.5 GPM).
  • The filter of our unit leaked during testing.

Key Specs

Filtering flow rate
1.29 GPM
L3 x W4.5 x H3.5 inches
Capacity
320 gals
1.1 lbs
Qualifications
NSF/ANSI Standard 42 and NSF/ANSI Standard 372
200 gals
Dimensions
L6 x W2.5 x H4.3 inches
NSF/ANSI Standard 42 and 53
Weight
0.7 pounds
0.5 GPM
Warranty
1-year
2 years

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$19.88
$40.27

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
9.2
7.0

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.1
8.3

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
10
9.8

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 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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