Recommendations for Water Filter

cbarkstonJuly 6, 2012

Anyone have recommendations on whole house filters and drinking water purifiers at the kitchen sink??

Thanks in advance

Rosewest

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cat_mom

Our plumber installed an Aqua Pure whole house filter on the cold water line going to the kitchen when we did our reno. This filter "services" the water line to the fridge, the faucet at our sink, the pot filler faucet, and the added-post-reno outside faucet "on" our deck (plumber tapped into the line under the sink after we did the reno, so our flowers and herbs get filtered water by default!). We replace the filters every 6 months; spring and fall.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 10:29AM
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jsceva

We just installed an Everpure PBS-400 filter for drinking water...what's nice about the PBS-400 is that it has a 2.2gpm flow rate, so it doesn't slow things down like many other options, and you can fill pitchers, etc, fast.

Although our kitchen is still *far* from finished, I have already been drinking the filtered water for about a week. Tastes great, seems to work great, no complaints so far. Based on the specs and our limited expeience so far, I would recommend it.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 2:29PM
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jsceva

We just installed an Everpure PBS-400 filter for drinking water...what's nice about the PBS-400 is that it has a 2.2gpm flow rate, so it doesn't slow things down like many other options, and you can fill pitchers, etc, fast.

Although our kitchen is still *far* from finished, I have already been drinking the filtered water for about a week. Tastes great, seems to work great, no complaints so far. Based on the specs and our limited expeience so far, I would recommend it.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 2:45PM
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jsceva

Okay, that's weird. Sorry for the double post!

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 2:47PM
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philwojo

It might help to post where you live and what type of water you currently have (City, well, hard, soft, etc.).

My wife and I just decided to get a water ionizer as she has always had tons of problems with her stomach and we are hoping this will help some. IT also has 2 built in filters as well as an additional external filter.

You can build your own water filter and configure it specifically for what you want/need for your situation rather than going with something generic. Though, in most cases, the generic will do probably 95% of what most people require, but again that depends on your situation.

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 2:59PM
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billy_g

We also have the Everpure PBS-400 filter on the cold water line of our prep sink faucet and the cold water line of our master bath sink faucet, so we can easily get filtered water in our bathroom.

With the 2.2GPM flow rate we didn't need to drill an extra hole in the counter and put another faucet in for filtered water -- we always know we can get filtered water from the prep sink or bathroom sink tap. We don't wash dishes in the prep sink.

The filters last about a year and cost $82 for a replacement from Amazon.

Billy

    Bookmark   July 6, 2012 at 11:50PM
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cbarkston

We are building outside the Portland OR area on a small acreage with a well. The well is currently contaminated with e coli and will need to be treated. It's been recommended that we get a water purifier/filter once the well's been treated. I think I will prefer a whole house system...The house will be finished in a month so we'll want to get something lined up soon.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 12:50AM
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kaseki

I use a reverse osmosis system mainly sourced by SpectraPure for the key control parts. It uses a peristaltic pump run by the effluent flow to store RO water at about the same pressure as I regulate it for input to the RO membranes. I also use two RO membranes in series (brine wise) to get a higher yield of RO water from a given amount of input water. Production rate capability is about 6 gal/hr.

The RO water is plumbed to three sinks, a refrigerator ice maker, and to a centrifugal humidifier.

I find this "tasteless" water to be ideal for tea, ice, orchid watering, and dust free humidification. It is also used for most cooking that would normally use tap water.

kas

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 7:56AM
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philwojo

Rose, if you want to be extra safe I know there are also UV options that you can add to filters that will kill off most nasty things in water in addition to the filtration.

Sounds like a whole house might be your best bet based upon what you have. Also, did you test for hard water from your well, do you need a softner as well?

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 10:13AM
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cbarkston

Oooppssss----I meant to say the well is infected with coliform, not e coli!! I don't know if it was tested for hard water---the report did come back saying it is high in iron---that sounds pretty hard and wonder if it would stain clothing in the wash??? We'll need to test it again after the coliform's been treated so I'll ask to have it tested for hard water at that time. This is all very new to me---never owned a well before! So thank you everyone for your recommendations. I'll have to get a little more info on the water.

    Bookmark   July 7, 2012 at 9:56PM
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ribs1

You need to have a comprehensive water test done before purchasing any filter.
Contact your county environmental health department for testing procedures.
I also suggest you head over to the plumbing forum and start asking questions there.
If you are on a well, it is likely that you have hard water and iron among other things. If untreated you WILL have iron staining on hour close, sinks, tubs etc.

You have to know what is in your water before deciding the best method of treatment.

    Bookmark   July 8, 2012 at 11:01PM
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cbarkston

Thank you, ribs. I'll check out the plumbing forum (didn't know there was one). We did have a comprehensive water test done----I'll go find the report and head over to plumbing and see what they have to say about it. We will treat the well as the water testing lab and the well company have recommended, then we'll follow up with an appropriate water purifier when I find out what that will be..

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 12:40AM
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christine40

we use the Kinetico K5 for our well water. Love it! We also have their softener for the house...it's going on 30 years old and still going strong! Great investment!!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 8:05AM
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christine40

I just read your info about high iron--we have it too. we have a whole house softener, with an extra iron filer..called a smart choice...no more staining or rotten egg smell!

    Bookmark   July 9, 2012 at 8:06AM
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cbarkston

Thank you Christine. Home Depot sells the Kinetico and will test your water as well. Will check it out...

    Bookmark   July 16, 2012 at 3:09AM
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franchise5a

I have the Aquasana water filter and it works just fine. The cartridge last for 500 gallons without any problems. My water is cleaner and better than before.

    Bookmark   November 19, 2012 at 12:23PM
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jonathansmith7890

A water filter with UV+RO technology would be best. These are in more demand as compared to single technology water filters.

    Bookmark   April 16, 2013 at 8:47AM
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Jerry2014

I think the best water filter is a reverse osmosis system, because it can offer your plenty of clean and healthy water.You also can buy a water distiller to make distilled water. However, most home water distiller only can make 1 gallon water in 4 to 6 hours. Therefore, a distiller cannot provide you with enough water to drink, cook and wash.Water Ionizers and
Water Di ionizers also have similar problems.

Here is a link that might be useful: Best Water Filter: Reverse Osmosis System

    Bookmark   April 20, 2014 at 1:43AM
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AGK2003

what is a good choice for an under the sink filter? we want to install one of those extra spouts by the sink for drinking water. we are in nyc, so no real concerns about well or hard water, but we currently use a brita pitcher. would rather not have to do that post-reno.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 11:59AM
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nickyy99

Hi,
There are different types of water filtration systems from on-the-tap faucet filtration systems dispensers and pitchers using carbon filters, to those using reverse osmosis technique etc.

Here is a link that might be useful: WATER FILTER REVIEWS AND INFORMATION

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 11:14AM
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gigelus2k13

It's the wrong forum to post the question and replies, but since it's not been moved, here are my 2 cents:
a RO system (which includes a storage tank too) along with a permeate pump will produce good quality water at a high rate, unlike the ordinary carbon filter ones.

The pump is quite important if the static faucet pressure is on the lower side. Mine was 40-45psi and the RO system was not working right; after adding the pump (and changing the RO system in the process, but I think that was not it), I now get strong pressure and flow out of my filtered water faucet. FWIW, my new system is an "Artesian" from ThePerfectWater.com

Here is a link that might be useful: Artesian System.

    Bookmark   June 2, 2014 at 1:08PM
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