The 6 Best Filters to Clean Up Your Home’s Water

A water filter is a necessity independent of where you live. Water always has some impurities in it, both chemical and biological, but in some areas it might be a bigger problem than in others. Either way, to become drinkable water needs to be cleaned. There are many ways to clean water, but the best by far is filtering. It is the most efficient way of cleaning, because it is comparably fast and at the same time effective in removing impurities.

Filters can be installed on a pitcher or built into a plumbing system. Both types are good in their own way.

Filters are not created equal, and some models are much better at cleaning water than others. Some also remove scents and odors. It is usually best to look for filters with government certificates, but even these vary a lot in their capability and overall quality.

To pick a good filter it is necessary to read the reviews of customers and consult the certificates. Still, to make it easier for you to choose, we put together a list of three best plumbing filters and three best pitcher filters. Even if you pick a different model than the ones listed, this rating will help you make an educated decision.

Best Under-Sink
Place#
Product
Editors’ Rating
Editors’ Opinion
Removes bacteria
#1
iSpring RCC7AK
9.9
/
10
Editors’ Pick
#2
APEC Top Tier Alkaline Mineral pH+
9.6
/
10
Customers' Choice
#3
Express Water
9.3
/
10
Best Budget
Best Pitcher
Place#
Product
Editors’ Rating
Editors’ Opinion
Removes bacteria
#1
Aquagear Water Filter
9.8
/
10
Editors’ Pick
#2
Epic Pure Water Filter
9.5
/
10
Customers' Choice
#3
Nakii Water Filter
9.2
/
10
Best Budget
Best Under-Sink
iSpring RCC7AK
#1
Editors’ Pick
Editors’ Rating:
9.9
/
10

This filter not only restores the purity of water, but also makes it more alkaline, so it will be more like natural water. Also a number of minerals are added to the water.

The manufacturer states that it is capable of deleting 99 percent of contaminants. The long list of removed contaminants includes all bacteria and viruses, heavy metals and chlorine.

There are six stages of purification, and the last stage actually adds something to the water. As a five stage cleaning removes minerals, the water turns out acidic, so here there is a sixth stage, adding a few essential minerals and making the water alkaline. And alkalinity is generally proven to be healthy. The PH will generally be above 7.

The size of particles, which will be removed, is around0.0001 microns.

The model is rather simple and can be put together by a novice – all the steps are exhaustively described in the manual.

The model features a nice-looking faucet, European-type.

Pros:

  • Very easy to put together.
  • Does its job – has been tested by multiple laboratories, and invariably returns clean water.

Cons:

  • There is a warning on the box which says it may contain chemicals, which may cause cancer. However this is a precaution from the company and must not be taken seriously.

APEC Top Tier Alkaline Mineral pH+
#2
Customers' Choice
Editors’ Rating:
9.6
/
10

This model has passed a multitude of tests, including the most demanding USA attestation. It removes all biological contaminants, like bacteria, viruses and cysts, and 99 percent of all chemical contaminants.

The cartridges are also made in the USA. They enhance the water by adding pure calcium. This restores the water’s PH to a healthy level and makes it better for health. Taste is also improved in this way.

The durable cartridges fit both tap and well water. The manufacturer provides a warranty for 2 years.

The filter is, like the previous model, very easy to assemble. It comes  with a faucet from pure stainless steel, which too is certified free of contaminants and fit for drinking water. The faucet seals easily and will last a long time.

Pros:

  • Adds calcium and improves alkalinity of water
  • Provides certified potability
  • Comes with a quality faucet

Cons:

  • Some customers have reported leaks. This seems to be a flaw in the manufacturing process, and should not be seen as a downside to this filter, which is otherwise a perfect buy for its money.

Express Water
#3
Best Budget
Editors’ Rating:
9.3
/
10

This cheap, yet effective filter is a good way to get heavy metals out of water – it takes out all bacteria and viruses, and then proceeds to delete 99.99 percent of lead, fluoride and chlorine. The filter has five stages of purification, each doing a distinct job.

The device is notably easy to install, because most of the steps are actually obvious, even without the included manual. It comes with a warranty for one year.

A coconut-fiber filter is in place to make the water cleaner and remove any residual flavors. In the unlikely case there is a leak, a built-in water-detector will shut off the water to prevent a problem.

Pros:

  • Does a good job at purifying – with the charcoal filter you will not be able to find an taste to the water at all.
  • Easy to install.

Cons:

  • Some of the connectors turn out to be leaky

Best Pitcher
Aquagear Water Filter
#1
Editors’ Pick
Editors’ Rating:
9.8
/
10

This device is, like all advanced filters, free of contaminants itself, which are usually BPAs. It has been investigated by the FDA and found to also be recyclable and fit for vegans. The testing was rigorous, and multiple extra tests were run. Nonetheless, it passed all of them.

This model’s capacity is much larger than conventional ones, resulting in 150 gallons from each filter. If you compare this one to Brita, you get three times as much water. Also in removes 20 times more contaminants than Brita.

The filter is composed of five layers, and it removes heavy metals, chlorine, extraneous minerals and other sources of contamination.

The manufacturer is not afraid to provide a lifetime guarantee, proving their capability to make something lasting.

Pros:

  • Very durable – lasts 4 times longer than ZeroWater.
  • Removes much more contamination than other filters.

Cons:

  • Very slow. It can take a long time to get water out of this filter. However, it is perfectly clean and is really worth the wait.

Epic Pure Water Filter
#2
Customers' Choice
Editors’ Rating:
9.5
/
10

These durable cartridges give up to 760 liters each, and if you compare to the popular Brita, you see they last 4 times longer. And they remove much more contamination – 99.99 percent of all common impurities.

The filters have five stages, each of which does an important part of the cleaning. The numerous tests this model had to pass, include the FDA test. Many independent lab tests were run and found amazingly low levels of contamination. This means the filter can be safely used even if the water is heavily contaminated.

The filter removes 20 times more impurity than the reference Brita filter. Nonetheless, healthy levels of calcium are allowed through.

Pros:

  • A lot cleaner water than that from Brita filters – reviewers talk of a completely different taste.
  • Much resource – its capacity allows it to go through a lot of water, so it fully justifies its high price

Cons:

  • Slow, especially after it has been used for a while.

Nakii Water Filter
#3
Best Budget
Editors’ Rating:
9.2
/
10

The resource of this filter is among the biggest – 150 gallons. The large lifespan is accompanied by unparalleled effectiveness in cleaning. It removes 98 percent of all chlorine and 99 percent of all other contaminants. Most bacteria and viruses are removed. Mercury removal here is especially good, with almost all mercury gone after one cleaning.

Odors and taste are effectively filtered out of the water, with numerous reviewers praising the taste of the water. It goes without saying that the water will become soft and can be boiled without creating lime scales on boiling surfaces.

This filter also solves a common problem – it goes faster than most – at 1.3 liters per minute it easily beats the best filters.

The Nakii brand is eager to prove their worth by passing many extraneous tests to show their products are the best. Its products are free of BPAs and other common toxins.

Pros:

  • Works much faster than expected.
  • Does a good job at filtering – especially good against mercury and arsenic contamination, but all the other impurities are filtered out too.

Cons:

  • This is a basic, simple filter with one stage, and it is intended to improve water, not make it safe to drink. It should not be expected to make dirty water perfectly potable.

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