Choosing the best water filter for your needs is clear cut once you know what to look for – after all, there is a right way and a wrong way to buy water filtration.
Think of it in terms of buying your first set of fine cookware, or a brand new refrigerator. Would you shop on price alone? Of course not. You would you look at the quality of the materials. You would check the warranty. You would note the country of origin. You would be sure whether the size or capacity will suit you and your family. You would check how long the manufacturer has been in business. You would see whether customer support was available and friendly.
It is no different with water filtration.
Some companies would like you to think it is simply a price point, but truly serious, quality filtration cannot be found at the bottom of a price bracket or on the clearance rack of a superstore.
All chatter and marketing buzzwords aside, choosing the best water filter comes down to a few nitty-gritty details. No water filter is “one size fits all.” In order to have healthy drinking water, you need to…
Be Sure You Are Getting the Best Water Filter For You.
1. Your first step is having a look at your annual water quality report. Google your city name plus the words “water quality report” or click here to search on our water quality report database (if you do not see your report listed, shoot us an email and we will add it). These reports can be tricky to read, so feel free to call and we will go over it with you.
If you are on a well, you will need to obtain an independent well test from a certified lab. Do not have a water treatment/filtration company test your water. That is just asking for improper or biased results. An independent, certified lab is best. Click here for our free well guide and independent lab list. If you already have your lab results, email or fax us your report.
2. With a report in hand, now we determine the contaminants in your water and which disinfectant your city uses (chlorine or chloramine). If you are having a hard time determining this on your own, please feel free to call us.
3. Next, you will need to know your plumbing line size. This is usually 3/4″ or 1″ but larger homes can have 1 1/4″, 1 1/2″, or even 2″ lines. For help in determining your line size, call your builder or plumber, or use our How to Measure Your Line Size guide.
4. Now it important to estimate your approximate flow rate and consumption needs so that you do not select an undersized water filtration appliance. We do not want your water filtration to fall behind in efficiency or effectiveness. We determine this by asking how many people are in the home and how many bathrooms. The minimum flow rate of any household is 10 gallons per minute (gpm). Do not go below that, particularly if there are 2 or more people in your household.
In 2010, we engineered and released our Spectrum Series, at the request of plumbers and trade professionals who wanted a filtration appliance that would suit the majority of homes without having to know these details. The Spectrum is still the most popular whole house water filter appliance in the USA, and it is because it will fit any pipe size from 3/4″ – 1 1/2″, accommodate up to 35 gallons per minute (gpm), and is entirely made in the United States with our signature highest possible grade carbon filtration media.
If you feel like this is complex, do not worry! You can always use our Product Selector Tool to easily select the best water filter for you. This is the proper way of specifying and selecting a water filtration system, and it might be the first time you have seen an honest method like this. Remember, you can always call us for guidance. A real human being will answer the phone, and together we will go over your water report and discuss the correct options with you.