In the United States, water that comes from a public water system must meet strict guidelines to ensure it is safe for drinking. However, that does not mean it is free from all contaminants. Your drinking water may contain impurities that not only affect your health but the taste, color and smell of your water. Water filter systems, such as under-the-counter water filters, will reduce contaminants from you water. These systems, also known as faucet water filters, connect to your home’s main tap, usually under the kitchen sink. While these filters will not completely remove all contaminants, they will reduce a significant number and improve the water’s overall quality.
Most drinking water systems filter the water in three to six different stages. Each system’s filtering process differs and produces different results. Some systems will remove more than 50 pollutants while others will only remove a small handful.
Additionally, most of these drinking water systems do not require a professional to install. Most products can be installed under your sink in a few minutes. However, they can be large and bulky and take up a significant amount of space under your sink.
The best water filtration systems remove a number of contaminants, have a long life and do not take up a significant amount of space under the sink. Furthermore, these systems offer a long warranty. Here are the criteria we used to evaluate these products:
Most likely, the reason you desire a tap water filter is to remove any unhealthy contaminants and improve the water’s taste, smell or color. The best water filters will reduce 10 or more contaminants. Furthermore, look for water purifiers that have been NSF certified. The NSF Certification tells you the product meets strict health and safety guidelines and is routinely tested to ensure those standards are met. The best filter systems provide a performance sheet to show test results under the NSF standards. These sheets show the specific contaminants that are reduced and how much of it the filter removes.
Under-the-counter water filters will reduce contaminants in different stages. Look for a filter that provides at least three separate stages to reduce pollutants from the water. Each stage will remove a different type of contaminant such as sediment, chemicals and residue. Furthermore, some filters can affect the pressure of the water. Look for systems that have a water pressure range of 55 to 65 psi. This is the ideal range for water pressure in your home. If you have a system with water pressure that is too strong, it can damage your pipes and cause leaks.
In addition, after a certain period of time, the filters on the system will need to be replaced. These can become costly if the faucet filters do not have a long lifespan. Six months is the average length of time most filters will last. A few filters have a lifespan of 12 months. The best systems have a notification system, whether by light or sound, that will alert you when it is time to replace a cartridge.
You do not want a water filter system that is large and bulky and takes up all the space under your counter. Before purchasing a system, ensure that it will fit under your sink. Additionally, most of these products do not require professionals to install them; you can hook them up on your own. Look for systems that include installation kits and filters that are easy to change. On many of the best water filtration systems, you can change a filter by simply twisting it on and off.
Help & Support
Most water filters are covered under a one-year warranty. However, some manufacturers offer shorter time frames. Additionally, if questions or concerns do arise with your system, you want to ensure representatives are available, whether by email, telephone or live chat support.
Installing a water filter system is an easy way to keep you water safe as well as improve its taste, smell and color. A drinking water filter can be a little thing that has a lasting effect on your health.