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Water is essential for living and as you already know, is the key factor that sustains life on this planet. Even though most of the Earth is covered by water, there are many different occasions where water contains impurities and harmful substances that may interfere with your wellbeing.
Nowadays, thousands of households are keen on investing in reliable water filters that can significantly reduce the impurities which exist in the tap water on one side, while on the other, to make the water as clean as possible.
Aside from safety, let’s take the money expenditure as an argument. I’m sure that most of you have purchased bottled water multiple times throughout the day which I consider as an additional investment. But even then, the bottled water has its own negative sides since the plastic is first of all, environmentally unfriendly, and secondly, after filling the same bottle with water multiple times it may lead to unwanted scenarios that are tightly connected with your health.
So as you can see, purchasing a water filter is not only cost-effective but it represents a truly useful addition for your household because drinking a healthy water is something that every one of us truly deserves.
That’s why, HomeLivingStyle has made a list of the best water filters that can help you have the cleanest possible water for your household and of course, safety, while maintaining the price range as affordable as possible so that you can only benefit from having a water filter.
Now, let’s get started and find out which ones are the best.
The 7 Best Water Filters Of The Year
7. Reshape Water Pitcher
The Reshape Water Pitcher is a fascinating 3.5L water pitcher that merges a stylish look and a high-end performance with a price that is affordable for everyone’s budget, so if you’ve been looking for a water pitcher that has these attributes, then this is the one for you!
This particular model looks incredibly practical and beautiful, regardless of the position you’re viewing it, due to the fact that the black and grey color combo do really add a higher sense of aesthetics.
On the top, the first thing you will notice is the classy black lid which has a no-spill design, meaning that you can say goodbye to the frustrating spills that you have probably encounter with your previous pitcher.
In addition, you can also notice the digital countdown timer which is strategically positioned on the topside on the lid, and what’s interesting is that you will always be up-to-date and know when is the right time to replace the filters.
I would also like to mention that the sides of this pitcher are made of a high impact ABS that is also BPA-free which I absolutely favor, because the water you are going to drink will be completely safe on one hand, while on the other, since the plastic is rigid, the pitcher will be capable enough to be daily used without any problem.
The Reshape Water Pitcher consists of 6 stages of filtration such as the
- Pre-Filter membrane
- Ion Exchange Resins- this filtration stage is composed of insoluble organic polymer substrates whose job is to soften the water and remove contaminants that may likely appear in the water.
- Activated Carbon – the activated carbon will effectively remove the bad taste, but if we take this aside, the activated carbon has yet another purpose and that’s the cysts, pesticides, and the heavy metal removal which is awesome if you ask me.
- Fir Balls – this part softens and reshapes the water into smaller molecules, and what’s interesting about it is that the water you are going to drink will be easier to absorb.
- Negative Hydroxyl Ions – this stage part plays a crucial role in the filtering process thanks to the ability to produce negative particles that are going to produce pure water with an oxidation-reduction potential. In practice, this means that the water will not only be clean but it will be healthy as well which is vital for our health and immunity system.
- Post-Filter Membrane.
The Reshape Water Pitcher is highly effective in increasing the pH value and the Alkalinity of the water, but let’s not forget that this unit does an amazing job in removing and reducing the occurrence of Fluoride, metals and even reduce the hardness of the water, and to be honest, for the money you pay, this is truly magnificent.
Moving on, each of the model’s filters can last up to 75 days according to the manufacturer, but let’not forget the fact that the filters are capable enough of filtering up to 79 gallons (300 liters) of water which is, therefore, yet another reason that should get you hooked to considering this product.
One of the best things about this pitcher is the maintenance. To be honest, considering its price range I was a bit surprised of the critiques I’ve received regarding this product. The thing that got my attention the most was the fact that all parts of this pitcher are easy to clean and are replaceable, which means that if you ever accidentally lose or break one of its parts, you can substitute it easily.
- Bang For The Buck
- Replaceable Parts
- Elegant Design
- Water May Filter Slowly
The The Reshape Water Pitcher is a must-have pitcher for every household who is tight on budget but would like to have a pitcher that justifies its price tag and offers even more value for its cost!
6. New Wave Enviro 10 Stage
The New Wave Enviro 10 Stage Plus Water Filter is an effective and easy to use a water filter system that converts the ordinary tap water into a tasty and healthy H2O which is free from any contaminant for your ultimate user-experience!
The New Wave Enviro is fairly compact considering the fact that it measures 5.3-inches in length, 4.5-inches in width, 12-inches in height with an approximate weight of 4 pounds and 1.6 ounces. So, if we take a closer look at these specs, we can easily say that it is compatible with most of the standard faucets that can be found in the households.
Aesthetically speaking, this model has an all-white, space-saving construction which is something that I particularly like, because this color combination makes this filter compatible with any kitchen decor.
Ease Of Use
This unit is extremely easy to install, and all it takes is just a few minutes excluding you from the need to hire plumbers and spend additionally.
However, once installed, the tap water will start going through the filter at a slower pace which is completely normal since the filter will give its best to deliver you water with the best possible results.
Before we move to the next section, I’d like to mention a fun fact I’ve found while researching. The manufacturer will regularly send you email reminders regarding the time you have bought the filter with the intention to keep you updated and let you know when is the time for a filter replacement.
But what’s also interesting is that once you replace your filter, this process will be repeated once again, so for now, I don’t have any remarks regarding this product.
10-Stage Filtration Process
The filtration process consists of three main chemical filters such as the:
- Activated Carbon – which absorbs any potential polutant molecules in the fluid
- KDF-55 – this process is specifically designed for removing or minimizing the levels of chlorine in the fluid as well as the water soluble heavy materials that can often be found in the water.
- Ion Exchange – whose job is to refresh and minimize water hardness with the intention to transform the H2O into an easy to absorb fluid.
But what also got my attention is the presence of a calcite mineral stage which does wonders in terms of raising the pH value of the water which leads to even healthier water.
The stage 1,3,5,7 filtration processes use micron filter pads of different sizes which is undoubtedly great, because they will remove a vast variety of impurities to make sure that the water will be and remain clean.
This water filter has proven itself as a trustworthy addition for your kitchen, due to the fact that it can drastically reduce the levels of Chlorine, Lead, Rust, Sediment, Dirt, Asbestos, PCBs and more, and I’m sure that if you ever decide to purchase it, you will assure yourself of this.
But that’s not all! The New Wave Enviro 10
will let you switch between tap water and filtered water anytime you want, so you can feel the instant difference by your own from the moment you see that the water is coming through the faucet.
According to the manufacturer, this unit is a real money saver because it will cost you around 8 cents per gallon prior purchasing the system, and 5 cents per gallon after you replace the cartridge, so as you can see, the manufacturer has done a really good job here and therefore, deserves our applaud.
Furthermore, if you compare the money you have spent on purchasing bottled water with the money you would likely spend on purchasing this water filter, you will quickly find out the amount of money you are going to save with this filter.
- Space-Saving Design
- Impressive Performance
You will likely need to purchase additional accessories
All in all, I’d recommend you consider the New Wave Enviro 10 Stage Plus Water Filter seriously and if you ever manage to purchase it, you will never regret that decision!
5. APEX MR-1050 Countertop
The Apex MR-1050 comes in a variety of colors that you can choose from such as the so-called “Clear” that we are currently reviewing, the Black version, Blue, Chrome, Green, Red and White, but regardless of your choice, each of them looks elegant and performs mostly the same.
This particular model boasts a lightweight, tube-like construction that can be easily set into your kitchen’s countertop which I particularly like because you can install it by your own without having to spend additionally on professional plumbers that would do the job for you.
To be even more precise, all you would have to do is simply remove the aerator screen from the faucet and screw on the collar of the APEX diverter valve as it is shown in the user manual.
When it comes to the product’s dimensions, the Apex MR-1050 measures 4.5-inches in length, 4.5-inches in width, 12-inches in height and weighs around 5 pounds making it an easy to store attachment into your kitchen that will not occupy a vast amount of space.
Another great thing about this unit is the fact that it is BPA-free and it is created according to the National Safety Standards, which is something that I absolutely favor due to the fact that it has passed through rigorous safety standards and requirements with the intention to maximize its reliability as much as possible.
Before we move to the next section, I would also like to note that the Apex MR-1050 consists of a Five-Stage Filtration Process which according to the users, does wonder in practice, so let’s briefly describe each of its stages.
The Five-Stage Filtration Process
- The Stage 1 filtration process which is also known as the MicroFlet Pad is mainly focused on removing particles that may be found in the water such as the rust, dust, and sand.
- The Stage 2 is known as the 5-Micron KDF Layer, and what’s interesting about it is that it removes heavy particles, microorganisms, and bacteria that may interfere with your immune system if they are let through into your organism.
- The Stage 3 or the so-called Granular Activated Carbon Layer is mainly focused on filtering the taste of organic chemicals, chlorine, chloramine, benzene, and the odor, making the water as clean as possible
- The Stage 4 is the Alkaline Layer which does a highly effective job in remineralizing the presence of potassium and magnesium which is awesome if you ask me because the water you would drink would be extremely pure and mineralized.
- The Stage 5 is the Calcite Layer, and what’s so special about it is that it will add a higher level of calcium into the water with a purpose to improve your metabolism as much as possible.
Moreover, the filter offers even more benefits including mercury removal, eliminating Giardia cysts Cryptosporidium and if we combine all these things, without a doubt I can say that once you get this filter, your water will be a way more secure and healthier to drink.
The Benefits of Alkaline Water
Once you get this filter, be sure that from the moment you start sipping the filtered water, you will instantly feel the difference.
For instance, the Alkaline water will provide your body with a higher-level of detoxication and hydration which basically means that your immune system will be heavily boosted and you will not feel fatigued throughout the day as you may have been before.
The APEX MR-1050’s operating temperature varies between 41°F to 100°F (5° to 38°C) along with a flow rate that is set at 0.75 gpm and when we add its maximum feed water pressure of 85 PSI, I can say that there are maybe few counter-top water filters on the market with this price range that may provide you with such generous stats.
- Cost-Effective Filters
- Affordable Price
- Easy To Install
The only drawback so far regarding this filter is the maintenance.
In practice, this means that the filter should be replaced after 750 gallons which translates into 6 months of use by an average family of four people. However, if we add its alkaline capability, it is not surprising that the price is slightly expensive for a single filter cartridge.
To conclude, if you’re looking for an Alkaline countertop water filter that combines a stylish,compact design with a high-end performance without spending thousands of dollars, then the Apex MR-1050 is the one specifically crafted for you!
4. Berkey BK4X2-BB
The Berkey BK4X2-BB is a highly effective and versatile water filter that would be a top option for small or moderate-sized households who are seeking for a reliable, water filter for everyday use.
First of all, I would like to let you know that this water filter is available in multiple sizes, including the 1.5-gallon version, the 2.25-gallon version which we are currently reviewing, the 3.25-gallon, 3.5 and the 6-gallon option.
However, this particular model has a stainless-steel construction that is accompanied by an upper and lower stainless steel chambers, two purification elements, stainless steel lid as well as multiple accessories that are included in the box.
In addition, the BK4X2-BB is compact as well, measuring 8.5×8.5×19.2-inches with a weight of around 7.35 pounds which makes it be a really good option even for the campers who want to explore nature.
The included filters are highly effective yet economical which basically means that you will have a long way to go before changing them.
After an in-depth analysis, we have found out that the black filters may last up to 10 years which is incredible, while in comparison, the white ones may last up to a year which is satisfactory, to be honest.
The BK4X2-BB would never rip off your budget due to the fact that thanks to its purification elements, this unit may filter up to 6 gallons before they reach their highest peak and would need a change.
In addition, the included elements would cost you only 2 cents per gallons of purified water as is advertised by the manufacturer, so I really think that you will love having such a wonderful water filter in your home.
But that’s not all! Since this unit does not require electricity or any additional stuff, it means that you can bring it virtually anywhere with you which does come handy especially if you are a person who likes to travel, hike or camp.
What makes this model different from the majority available on the market is the ability to remove up to 99% of the known viruses and other pathogenic bacteria on one hand, while on the other, a large variety of inorganic minerals, heavy metals including chromium, arsenic, mercury and even pharmaceutical drugs which is outstanding!
Moving on, users have reported that water tastes indeed natural, and the chances that you will ever notice cloudiness are none or let’s say minimal if you by any chance, forget to clean it from time to time.
I would also like to note that if the water purification system in your city isn’t that good, then you don’t have to worry either, mainly because of the filter’s ability to offer your household a higher level of filtration, which by default makes this filter be of a great consideration for literally everyone.
Most of those who have already purchased the product claim that they are really satisfied with the simplicity of this unit. To be more precise, the fact that you will be able to clean it out quickly and effectively, as well as to fill and refill the water, it means that your user-experience will definitely be satisfying so you shouldn’t worry literally about anything!
Furthermore, as I have mentioned in the beginning, the BK4X2-BB was crafted using stainless steel, a material which is highly effective in fighting corrosion so once you have this product, the chances that you will likely invest in another one are pretty low.
- Impressive Purification Results
Unfortunately, the BK4X2-BB does not have a flow meter which I really think that the manufacturer should have included because it would make everything be more practical.
The Berkey system is worthy of considering because it is highly versatile in terms of cleaning, it is affordable and it will not require huge attention from you, so if you’ve been looking for a water filter with these attributes, then do not hesitate to purchase it!
3. Apex Essence Roes-50
The APEC ESSENCE ROES-50 has been on the market for a couple of years, but since its release, it has quickly established itself among the best water filtering systems on the market which definitely has to mean something.
This particular model features a sleek white, heavy-duty, clog-free construction that is specifically crafted to withstand years of use without decreasing the performance for your ultimate user-experience!
Once you open the box, you will instantly notice the presence of the standard faucet, the filters and the intuitive user-manual of which you can take an advantage of in order to install the whole system smoothly.
For your information, this model is a bit chunky, measuring 16 inches in width, 5.25 inches in depth and 17.5 in height. However, this is normal since we are talking about a water filtering system so I think that you will still find a place for storage.
Moving on, the ROES-50 has 5 Filtering Stages which is something that I absolutely like, and maybe this highlight is one of the reasons why do users highly appreciate this water filter.
The 5 Filtering Stages
- Stage 1: This particular stage is a 5-micron polypropylene sediment pre-filter whose role is to remove small particles such as sand, dirt, and rust. Aside from this, the manufacturer’s goal is to minimize the clogging that may occur from the subsequent filtration stages.
- Stage 2/3: The Stage 2 and 3 share one thing and that’s the 10-micron activated carbon block filter that will effectively eliminate the presence of VOCs, chlorine, cloudiness, taste and other chemicals which can be found in the water.
- Stage 4: At this stage, the filter’s essential comes into play and that’s the membrane. According to the manufacturer, the membrane may eliminate up to 99% of the known contaminants including radium, fluoride, the toxic lead and even reduce a wide range of waterborne pathogens.
- Stage 5: This specific stage is more focused on removing the residual waste from the tank thanks to the 5-micron Granular Activated Carbon refining filter.
Moving on, the manufacturer has even introduced a so-called True Leak-Free protection which means that the filter has stainless steel teeth that will offer you a leak-proof seal so that you won’t have to add extra-clipping parts or even a leak detector. With one word, this filter already has everything you can think of.
Now let’s take a look at the stats and performance.
The ROES-50 is a truly unique water filter that can deliver a water purification of 50 gallons of water with a removal rate of up to 99% contaminants, a recovery rate of 3:1 at an optimum efficiency.
I would also like to add that this model has a recommended maximum operating pressure of 85 PSI, however, please keep in mind that anything above this stats may damage the and an increased chance of leaks.
But what also got my attention that this filter system is capable enough to offer a maximum total dissolved solids of up to 2000 ppm which is yet another good reason to have you already hooked into purchasing.
As is the case with most of the RO systems, some of the incoming water is commonly used to flush the RO membrane with the intention to create backpressure. In practice, this means that the wastewater is let through the drain giving you an option to re-route the wastewater for watering your gardens without any problem.
I’d also like to let you know that those who have already purchased this product claim that the ROES-50 wastes around 3 gallons for every 1 gallon of pure water produce which is quite good.
Another great thing about this model is the RO Membrane life that ranges between 2 to 3 years which makes this filter not only reliable but extremely durable.
- Durable Filters
- Leak-Free Fittings
- Fully Scalable
In my opinion, the ROES-50 has 2 cons such as the lack of UV light that may additionally enhance the efficiency of bacteria elimination as well as the installation which would take you approximately an hour if you follow the user manual closely.
The APEC ESSENCE ROES-50 deserves your attention, especially if you are keen on investing in an exceptionally durable, and highly effective water filter that will prevent you from investing in a new one even if you’ve been using it for a couple of years.
2. iSpring RCC7
The iSpring RCC7 is a high-capacity, 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Filtration system that has been heavily praised by those who have purchased this product, and I’m sure that if you’ve been googling for a quality, water filter you have noticed this name popping out numerous times.
This model measures 14.5 by 5.2 by 17.5 inches, weighs around 25 pounds and boasts an easy to install white construction that is composed of brushed nickel, all-metal faucet with an intuitive, clear see-through housing which got my attention immediately, so when you see it as a whole, the RCC7 does really look beautiful!
Moreover, once you open the box, you will find 3 pre-filter housings, single pre-filter pack, a premium RO membrane, housing wrenches and much more, which means that from the very beginning, you won’t even have to hire professionals since you will be equipped with literally everything needed.
For your information, the iSpring RCC7 is a 5-Stage Filtering System, so let’s briefly explain what are the benefits of having such a reliable water filtering system into your house.
5-Stage Filtering System
The Stage 1,2, and 3, collectively are known as pre-filters. What’s interesting about them is that their job is to protect the RO membrane from a vast variety of chemicals including chloramines and chlorine, while making sure that they will also remove large contaminants.
In addition, the fourth and the fifth stage utilizes a so-called GAC filter that will add a higher level of final polishing before the purified water comes to you through the faucet.
The RCC7 is exceptionally easy to be installed and in terms of a time length, anyone with basic DIY skills can set it up in around an hour which is pretty cool. However, the only problem you would have may be the thing that you would have to drill a hole in the sink top, but even having this in mind, I still think that you can manage it by yourself.
According to the manufacturer, this system is capable enough of outputting up to 75 gallons of pure water per day, which is going to be effectively cleared with up to 98% in terms of sediment, chemicals and other types of contaminants.
Another great thing about this unit is the presence of the 4-gallon, pre-pressurized water storage tank as well as the included water leakage alarm of which you can take advantage in order to enhance your user experience even more.
After closely analyzing each part of this water system along with the critiques of the users, we have concluded that the RCC7 is indeed a stunning filter. The main reason is that it would take you a low maintenance, and when we add the presence of its leak-free installation, I can easily say that you will unlikely notice any problems throughout the years that will come.
For your information, this unit is certified to Gold by the Water Quality Association which says a lot about the quality level, so when you combine all these things into one,I’m sure that you will never regret your decision of an eventual purchase.
The iSpring RCC7 is said to waste only 3 gallons of water for every gallon of clean water produced, but also keep in mind that the amount of waste is actually connected with the pressure and the temperature of the feed water.
- Inexpensive Replacement Filters
- Leak-free Installation
- High-Capacity Water Filter
First of all, the fact that this model delivers 3 gallons of wasted water per 1 gallon of purified water is obviously average, and I think that the manufacturer could have done a bit better.
You should definitely consider the iSpring RCC7 as your next purchase, and if you ever decide to purchase it you will find out what makes it different from the dozens of water filters available on the market.
1. Express Water Whole House Water Filter
Express Water Whole House Water Filter can be considered as a dream becomes a reality for every household that wants to taste the benefits of having a 3-Stage, whole house water filter that can purify your water like you have never experienced before! That’s why, let’s quickly get into action and find out why you should choose this one out of thousands of water filters!
The design is absolutely stunning, regardless if you view it from a perspective of aesthetics or from craftmanship, with one word, this system looks absolutely magical!
In addition, its heavy-duty construction simply promises years of use without even a minimal decrease regarding its performance, and when we add the fact that all of its components has passed through rigorous tests and meet both NSF and ANSI standards, the least you can expect is quality and only quality.
Moreover, each of the 3 housings are made of a durable, ABS and PCE plastics, and each of them is even connected with high-capacity flow connectors, so stick with us for a couple of seconds more before you find out why are these connectors helpful.
3-Stage Filtering System
As you already know, this unit is a 3-Stage Filtering System so let’s explain each of the stages so that you would have a better insight of what is this unit capable of doing.
- Stage 1: This stage is known as the Sediment Filter which is made of polypropylene microfiber whose role is to prevent the presence of dirt, sand, and rust from damaging the filter and the water itself. The benefits are pretty big, due to the fact that thanks to its design, the filter will last longer and this means that you won’t have to replace it for a longer period of time. Furthermore, the first stage is also translucent which is surely a nice touch, because you will be able to monitor and know when is the time to change the filter.
- Stage 2: At this stage, the Granular Activated Carbon Filter (GAC) would be the main reason why Insecticides, Herbicides, odor, smell, and cloudiness would never be your problem anymore. Before we move to the next stage, I would also like to note that this filter is finished with a thermally bonded cap as well with a sealed silicone ring which will drastically improve the durability of the filter.
- Stage 3: This specific stage is also known as the Activated Carbon Block which does wonders in eliminating the bad tastes and odor of the water, which is great since the water you will drink is going to have fewer chemicals.
One of the best things about this water system is the fact that it is extremely easy to install, and thanks to the included kit and the presence of the 3 pressure gauges, you will never have any troubles installing it by yourself.
The Express Water is extremely efficient and fast at the same time. The reason behind this is that the high-flow design which in practice will supply you with up to 0.25 gallons per second which is truly unbelievable! Aside from this, the manufacturer rates its filters on up to 100,000 gallons which translates into 6 to 12 months of use!
Another great thing about this model is that it works with 45-80 PSI and with water temperatures that range between 40-100℉. But what also got my attention is the presence of pressure release buttons on each filter and pressure gauges of which you can take an advantage in order to have a better system monitoring. Definitely one of the best water filters of this year.
- Solid Design
- Whole Filtration Capability
- Long-Lasting Filter
The Express Water Whole House Water Filter is surely one of the best if not the best whole-house water filtering systems on the market, so give it a try and assure yourself of its quality!
Types Of Water Filters
Common types of water filters available on the market:
- Whole House Water Filters
- Water Filter Pitchers
- Countertop Water Filters
- Shower Filters
- Faucet Water Filters
- Refrigerator Water filters
- Portable Water Filters
- Water Softeners
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Which water filter is best?
There isn’t a proper answer for this since there are tons of water filters available and everything depends on your preferences. However, the most close answer would be that the best water filters are those available in our article.
What is the healthiest water to drink?
The best water to drink in our opinion is the one that passes through a water filter whose job is to purify it and eliminate any potential particles that may harm your health.
Is it safe to run hot water through a water filter?
It depends upon the type and brand of the water filter. But generally speaking, running hot water through water filter will likely do damage to the filter itself.
Why do I need a water purifier in my home?
If we take a look at the U.S Council of Environmental Quality study which states the following: “Cancer risk among people drinking chlorinated water is 93% higher than among those whose water does not contain chlorine” it is more than a proper argument to make you think twice especially when it comes to water consumption.
Is Filtered Water Better?
According to thousands of researches made by professionals and labs, it is concluded that filtered water is healthier than distilled water mainly because of the health benefits you receive in return.
Filtered water shows reduced results regarding the Arsenic, Aluminum, Fluorite substances in comparison with the unfiltered water.
What kind of water filter do I need?
Once again, it depends. There are 5 different types of water filters such as the Activated Carbon Filters, Reverse Osmosis, Alkaline/Water Ionizers, UV Filters, Infrared Filters where each of them contributes in purifying water in its own way.
FYI: Most of the water filters in this article are Activated Carbon filters, Reverse Osmosis so if you still can’t decide which is one of the best water filters, go with any of the products on this list and you won’t be disappointed.