If you are looking at a particular filter to buy, make sure it meets NSF/ANSI standard 53. It is important that the filter is certified by National Sanitation Foundation, NSF International, which is a very reputable third party testing laboratory for filtration system. Pure H20 has that certification. Attached is the filter certification and all contaminants it removes (PureH2O NSF Standard 53 Certification).
PureH20 is an excellent quality and affordable water filter which is comparable to reverse osmosis, but unlike reverse osmosis (which I do not recommend), it retains minerals naturally occurring and needed in the water. It also removes 40-60% fluoride, which is hard to remove by any filter. This filter installs directly on a traditional small faucet. If the faucet is a different shape than the one in the photograph, a separate spout is used that can be installed in a soap dispenser hole. In that case, the filter goes under the sink.
We used the kitchen countertop of PureH20 water filter in our Baltimore house and loved it. When we renovated the kitchen, we used the soap dispenser hole to install the spout there and installed the filter under the sink. That was even better! In our new home in Kenmore, we have a pull out faucet, and there is no hole for the soap dispenser, so we could not use this filter at all, unfortunately. At this time, we use Berkey – it is perfect when you rent and do not want any installations and if you want to travel with your filter.
Why I like PUREH20 water filter:
- Helps maintain healthy pH levels of water
- Has a two-stage filtration system: a combination of carbon filtration, ion exchange and sub-micron filtration
- The first cartridge reduces sediment, tiny microscopic particles, and chlorine taste and odor
- The second cartridge features a complex ion exchange process that enhances the mineral balance of water while reducing the lead
- It retains minerals naturally occurring in water that should never be removed by many filtration system (whether it is reverse osmosis or distillation)
- It reduces over 60 commonly occurring contaminants including chlorine, lead, mercury, cysts, chlorination byproducts, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and gasoline additives (see the complete list of contaminants on the website above)
- It removes 40% up to 60% fluoride, 2 out of 5 existing isotopes: calcium fluoride and sodium fluoride (using the activated coconut shell carbon) – this may reduce fluoride level to below .5 ppm
- The initial cost is about $100
- Installation is simple but I did need my plumber to put it on the faucet
- The filter is replaced every 6 months and NOT longer (you do not want the filter to start growing bacteria)
- If your faucet is incompatible there is an option of a separate spout that you can purchase and install in place of a soap dispenser
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