Many modern refrigerators not only dispense water but filter it too. Whirlpool’s Everydrop filters are the primary ones approved for use in a number of refrigerator brands. Today we’ll examine the Everydrop Filter 2.
Everydrop filters are approved for use in Whirlpool, Maytag, Kitchenaid, Jenn-Air, and Amana refrigerators. This particular model is designed for those with bottom-level freezers. Check the Everydrop website here before you order to ensure you’re getting the right filter for your fridge.
Everydrop Filter 2 Certifications
All the Everydrop filters are certified to meet at least some of the National Sanitation Foundation’s (NSF’s) water-filtration standards. The Everydrop Filter 2 has received certification against NSF 42, 53, and 401.
This standard centers around Class-1 particulates (ranging from 0.5 to 1.0 micrometers) as well as flavor. Class-1 particles can create cloudiness in your water and are pulled out by the Everydrop’s particle- and micro-filtration steps. NSF 42 also covers the removal of most of the chlorine and other ugly-tasting chemicals.
Whereas NSF 42 focuses more on look and taste, NSF 53 tackles the more insidious contaminants: hazardous chemicals. Filters that meet this certification will remove lead and other heavy metals, arsenic, and some industrial chemicals. Most of your water sources won’t have major problems with these, but it’s a nice safety blanket. At the other extreme, though, this filter is not designed for disaster-type levels like those still seen in parts of Michigan.
This newer standard covers so-called “emerging contaminants” that weren’t considered in the older certifications. NSF-401-certified filters will remove most pesticides, herbicides, and pharmaceuticals that have the potential to do harm.
It’s important to note for all these certifications that the filtration is never 100% perfect. Most filters boast a removal rate of 99% of contaminants or more, but the evaluation criteria are complex. The most complete information is found on the NSF website.
Everydrop Filter 2 Use and Maintenance
If you have a refrigerator that accepts this filter, the installation is quite simple. Pop open the filter door, unscrew the old filter, screw in the new, and close it up.
You’ll then, however, need to run anywhere from two to ten gallons of water through it. All carbon-based filters will cloud up the first bit of water with charcoal dust. It’s normal, and reportedly harmless, but it doesn’t look very nice. Everydrop filters, unfortunately, require a very long “rinsing” period to purge the dust.
The filter should be good for 200 gallons worth of water. Whirlpool recommends replacing it every six months, and some refrigerators will display a “replacement-needed” alert. In the end, the throughput seems low, especially if ten gallons are needed just to clean out the carbon dust.