Is Kinetico RO worth the $2K cost??
I'm looking at RO systems. I got an estimate from Kinetico for their K5 and K3 systems. The list price for the Kinetico K5 is $2100, but the price they gave me was $1,850. The price for the K3 they gave me was $1650.
Consumer Reports rates Kinetico K5 #1, but says it's pricey. What's the explanation for the price? The salesman told me that the K5 sells for $3K in New York!! Is that sales hype or true? Anyone in NY buy a Kinetico K5 for $3K?
I'm really skeptical that this is anything more than a huge markup for a fairly good product. What makes it worth so much more money than its closest competitors? Culligan's Auqa Cleer is $1K (ranked #4 by Consumer Reports).
I just put in new wood floors in my kitchen, so don't want leaks. I had a Watts Premier RO in my old kitchen, but it leaked several times. It was very easy to change the filters, though, and the water tasted good. But I'd like a more reliable, easier to maintain system than the Watts, which required cleaning out clogged hoses every few months, or the system would leak.
I would appreciate any comments on the Kinetico systems (K5 and K3) and any other RO systems that might be just as good but less expensive.