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Waterdrop WD-FC-01 vs PUR Faucet (FM2500V) Side-by-Side Comparison

Can’t choose between the Waterdrop WD-FC-01 and the PUR FM2500V faucet-mount water filter? Check out this short side-by-side comparison!

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Two faucet-mount water faucets, the Waterdrop WD-FC-01 and PUR Faucet (FM2500V), held side-by-side by a reviewer for comparison purposes.

Overall Verdict

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Much like the PUR Plus PFM3500V, the PUR FM2500V has a beautiful design made from plastic. It’s sleek and looks very nice when mounted on the faucet. This, combined with its great filtering performance, explains its popularity among consuemrs on the market.

Its sole issue is that it has a very low flow rate at 0.3 GPM. It’s a problem that it shares with its sibling, the PUR Plus PFM3500V.

The Watedrop WD-FC-01, on the other hand, while being at a fraction of the price, offers significantly better performance. In our chlorine test, the WD-FC-01 also attained a perfect score. And in terms of flow rate, it’s one of the fastest models that we have on hand at 1.29 GPM.

Although its design isn’t quite as luxurious as the PUR FM2500V, it still looks pretty decent with its sleek and compact housing.

All in all, if you’re looking for value, the Waterdrop WD-FC-01 presents a much better offer than the PUR FM2500V.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent chlorine filtration efficiency.
  • High filtering flow rate.
  • Unique design and installation system.
  • Replacement filter is readily available.
  • Excellent chlorine filtering ability
  • Easy installation and servicing with "one-click" system
  • Lightweight and compact design
  • A filter change indicator
  • While unique, the installation system of the filter is hard to figure out.
  • Plastic construction makes long-term durability a concern.
  • Low flow rate in filtering mode
  • Weak grip on faucet due to the one-click system
  • Flimsy routing valve’s handle
  • The plastic construction can be problematic for long-term durability

Key Specs

Filtering flow rate
1.29 GPM
0.44 GPM
Capacity
320 gals
100 gals
Qualifications
NSF/ANSI Standard 42 and NSF/ANSI Standard 372
NSF/ANSI Standard 42
Dimensions
L6 x W2.5 x H4.3 inches
L6.5 x W2.5 x H5.5 inches
Weight
0.7 pounds
1 pound
Warranty
1-year
2-year

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$19.88
$21.81

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
9.2
6.8

Chlorine Test

9.5
10
The color chart with two used test strips stuck to it is held to the right of the Waterdrop WD-FC-01.
Two test strips showing the control to the left (measuring the chlorinated water we pumped through the filter) and, to the right, is the result of the filtered water produced by the WD-FC-01.
The color chart with two used test strips stuck to it is held to the right of the Waterdrop WD-FC-01.
Waterdrop WD-FC-01 Faucet Water Filter Chlorine Test 2
Two water test strips laid on a color chart, held to the left of the PUR Plus FM2500V water filter mounted on a faucet.
Two activated test strips are laid on a color chart, showing the water quality result. The strip to the left is from the chlorine water pumped through the filter. The second strip is from the filtered water of the PUR FM2500V.
Two water test strips laid on a color chart, held to the left of the PUR Plus FM2500V water filter mounted on a faucet.
PUR Faucet Water Filter (FM2500V) Chlorine Test
Before
10+ mg/l
10+ mg/l
After
~0.1-0.5 mg/l
~0 mg/l

Flow Rate Test

9.0
4.7
Duration
20 secs
20 secs
Amount
0.43 gallons
0.148 gallons
Flow Rate
1.29 GPM
0.44 GPM

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.1
7.8

In the Box

The content of the Waterdrop WD-FC-01’s shipping box laid out on a white table.
The grey PUR PFM350V filter is in the middle, surrounded by its accessories, manuals, and the shipping box.

Dimensions

The dimensions of the Waterdrop WD-FC-01 are marked to the side, length (5 inches), width (2.2 inches), height (5.2 inches).
The dimensions of the PUR Plus FM2500V. Its length is 6.5 inches, width is 2.5 inches, and height is 5.5 inches.
Length
6.0" (15.2 cm)
6.5" (16.5 cm)
Width
2.5" (6.4 cm)
2.5" (6.4 cm)
Height
4.3" (10.9 cm)
5.5" (14.0 cm)
Weight
0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)
1 pound

Build Quality

8.3
7.5
The disassembled parts of the Waterdrop WD-FC-01 faucet-mount water filter. The connection port on both parts is visible.
The Waterdrop WD-FC-01’s modular design allows it to be disassembled into two compact pieces via a port.
The disassembled parts of the Waterdrop WD-FC-01 faucet-mount water filter. The connection port on both parts is visible.
The fully-assembled Waterdrop WD-FC-01 water filter, with the filter compartment locked onto the main housing.
The grey, plastic PUR Plus FM2500V faucet-mount filter on its side on a grey table.

Filter Piece

10
8.5
The filter piece of the Waterdrop WD-FC-01. The exterior is made from grey polyester material, which is soaked with water.
The filter piece of the Waterdrop WD-FC-01. The grey polyester membrane on the outside is soaked after being flushed.
The plastic, blue-colored filter cartridge of the PUR Plus FM2500V standing upright on a grey table.
Filter Model
Waterdrop WD-FF-01A replacement filter
PUR Plus MineralCore™
Filtration Process
Activated carbon with polyester membrane; mineral core
Activated Carbon, Ion Exchange Resin & MineralCore™
Certifications
NSF/ANSI 42
ANSI Standard 42, 53, 401
Filter Capacity
320 gallons
100 gallons

Routing Valve

8.2
6.0
The silver handle of the routing valve. Printed on the handle are “Pure” and “Tap” with arrows, denoting turning directions.
The silver handle of the routing valve. Printed on the handle are “Pure” and “Tap” with arrows, denoting turning directions.
The silver plastic twist ring at the top of the WD-FC-01 filter.
The handle of the PUR Plus FM2500V’s routing valve in the horizontal position.
The routing valve’s handle is in the horizontal position, which will allow water to bypass the filter.
The handle of the PUR Plus FM2500V’s routing valve in the horizontal position.
The handle of the PUR Plus FM2500V is in the vertical position, activating the water filtering mode.
Type of Valve
Rotating
Rotating

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
10
9.4

Installation

10
8.5
The Waterdrop WD-FC-01 with a yellow faucet adapter attached to its mounting port through the silver plastic twist ring.
The Waterdrop WD-FC-01 with a yellow faucet adapter attached to it via the plastic twist ring.
A close-up shot of the PUR Plus FM2500V’s mounting port when mated with a metal faucet adapter.
The PUR Plus FM2500V’s mounting port when mated with a faucet adapter. Note the white disengaging buttons to either side of the port.
A close-up shot of the PUR Plus FM2500V’s mounting port when mated with a metal faucet adapter.
The PUR Plus FM2500V leans backward when mounted on the faucet.

Ease of Use

10
10

Leak

10
10

Maintenance

10
8.0
The Waterdrop WD-FC-01’s filter in the center, with the housing and pieces of the filter compartment surrounding it.
The filter will last roughly 3 months under normal usage.
The filter change indicator light on the PUR Plus FM2500V faucet-mount water filter.
Filter Indicator
No
Yes
Replacement
3 months
1-2 months