For buyers that opted out of having an entire whole home softening system, many have instead decided on filtering the water under the kitchen faucet, one of the most used faucets in the house. There are a lot of solutions, but only a few that are worth taking a look at and spending your money on. Listed below are the best under sink water filters and what they can do for your kitchen.
- 3M Aqua-Pure AP902
- Brand: 3M AquaPure
- Product Dimensions: 25.1 x 4.5 x 4.5 inches
- Weight: 9.1 pounds
- Warranty: Not specified
- APEC - Super Capacity Premium
- Brand: APEC Water Systems
- Product Dimensions: 18 x 12 x 10 inches
- Weight: 13.3 pounds
- Warranty: Manufacturers
- Wave Enviro
- Brand: New Wave Enviro
- Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 5.4 x 4.6 inches
- Weight: 4.1 pounds
- Warranty: Manufacturers
- 1 1. WaterChef U9000 Premium Under-Sink Water Filtration System with Intelligent Monitor
- 2 2. APEC – Super Capacity Premium Quality 3 Stage Under Counter Water Filtration System
- 3 3. New Wave Enviro 10 Stage Water Filter System
- 4 4. Watts Premier 531130 Filter-Pure UF-3 3-Stage Water Filtration System
- 5 5. Culligan US-EZ-4 EZ-Change Level-4 Under-Sink Drinking Water System
- 6 6. Aquasana AQ-5200.55 2-Stage Under Counter Water Filter System
- 7 Softener or Under the Sink
- 8 Under The Sink Water Filters
- 9 Summary
1. WaterChef U9000 Premium Under-Sink Water Filtration System with Intelligent Monitor
Starting out at the high price range is this WaterChef under the sink system, which has a lot of modernized features to make it an attractive option to newer kitchens. Using the Big Block filtration technology customers are guaranteed better tasting water with as little minerals present as possible. The unit is rated at a 1,000 gallon capacity so it is expected to last up to a year in medium to large sized households. This is less money spent by you on purchasing additional cartridges in the unit’s lifetime. This is also a NSF/ANSI certified water filter unit that has an intelligent monitor so that only the correct bad minerals get stopped, and not the good ones. With the professional stainless steel look of the system buyers will be hard pressed to find others on the list that fit so seamlessly into the kitchen. And with a lifetime warranty, buyers are protected from defects that could render the system useless. A nice touch to the system is the built in monitor LED’s, which tell you everything you need to know about how the system is running. This is a high end under the sink system that will fit well in most kitchens.
2. APEC – Super Capacity Premium Quality 3 Stage Under Counter Water Filtration System
Things get a little interesting with this low priced offering from APEC that stands out of the list with its high capacity filter that is one of the longest lasting available. This is another NSF certified item, and it is also FDA certified for JG Food grade tubing. The taste with this isn’t as fresh as the first item, but it still improves on the taste, removes odors, and even gets a lot of the harmful substances out of tap water and well water. Unfortunately it doesn’t come with a lifetime warranty and instead ops for a 1 year satisfaction guarantee, but customers do get free lifetime support by WQA water specialist based in California. The look of it isn’t as polished and instead they opted for a straightforward, easy to install model with no bells or whistles. This is the item to get if you just want simple filtration with none of the modern gimmicks or features. For the price it is a great option, especially with others almost tripling its current price. Sometimes simple is better, and in this case the APEC thoroughly accomplishes that.
3. New Wave Enviro 10 Stage Water Filter System
In this interesting low priced product from New Wave, they incorporate a 10 stage water filtration system that gives delicious great tasting water with the ability to remove major contaminants below the EPA minimum levels. What makes this different is that the way it is sold is not to be mounted, but rather sit alongside the faucet area and function alongside it. In order to use it under the sink where it is preferable, buyers will have to purchase a conversion kit that is sold separately. This makes an interesting buying decision for consumers that don’t want to make the extra purchase, or even go through the hassle. For those that want to use it alongside their faucet, it attaches as quickly as any adapter in a few minutes. It rates at about 1,500 gallons per filter, which is awesome to say the least considering its size. And despite that small size it kills potassium, magnesium, chlorides and even fluoride form the water system. A one year warranty is included with a 30 day money back guarantee, so it has some key points to make it stand out from the list if consumers are interested. Worth the look, even if only for the low amount it costs.
- Brand: Watts Premier
- Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 9.2 x 8.3 inches
- Weight: 6.5 pounds
- Warranty: 1 year
- Culligan US-EZ-4
- Brand: Culligan
- Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 9 x 14 inches
- Weight: 9.1 pounds
- Warranty: 2-Year Limited Warranty
- Aquasana AQ-5200.55
- Brand: Aquasana
- Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 4.2 x 9 inches
- Weight: 4.5 pounds
- Warranty: 1 year
4. Watts Premier 531130 Filter-Pure UF-3 3-Stage Water Filtration System
Heading up the midrange in price is the Watts Premier 531130, a nice alternative to some of the other units mentioned on the list. This is probably the greenest item on the list, with the UF-3 system capable of a capacity of 2,500 half liter bottles per filter. There are no extra supplies needed, and once consumers open the box everything they need to install the system is right there in front of them. A unique feature to the product is the valve-in head that automatically shuts off the water when you change filters, getting rid of the need to use tools when changing filters. This isn’t a game changing feature, but is one of convenience that many will appreciate. This is a WQA certified NSF/ANSI water filtration system that also conveniently comes with a ceramic valve in Euro style brushed nickel faucet that is optional, but so gorgeous that most users will opt to use it. With its easy push button assembly customers won’t have to spend hours reading a manual and trying to figure out how to install the system. This is a great water filtration unit that is surprisingly easy on the wallet, and worth the look if you need something long term.
5. Culligan US-EZ-4 EZ-Change Level-4 Under-Sink Drinking Water System
Culligan takes a shot at the water filter market with this low priced option that uses a quick connect fitting to get users started quickly. There is only a 500 gallon capacity per filter, so buyers should expect to change it out twice a year, which is a bit of a letdown when compared to others on the list. The filters do a fantastic job regardless, and makes the water taste better while getting rid of the materials in water that cause it to smell bad. Some of the other materials it rids water of is mercury, turbidity, particulate class 1, chlorine, sediment, cryptosporidium and giardia, VOC’s, MTBE and chloramines. It really gets a lot out of the water and strips it of all of the bad things. So even though the filter lasts only half as long as others, it works twice as hard. As a bonus it has a built in electronic cartridge life indicator so you never have to wonder if it is time to replace it. This is a good option for those that want water filtration, and should serve them well in any size household.
6. Aquasana AQ-5200.55 2-Stage Under Counter Water Filter System
Last on the list is a low priced unit from Aquasana, a popular option that contains a faucet that comes in finishes of brushed nickel, chrome and oil-rubbed bronze. The company promises 25% faster flow rates, and all without compromising the taste of the water or the minerals it gets rid of. This is an NSF certified water filter that removes 97% of chlorine and chloramines and 61 known contaminants. It’s a nice all in one solution that even includes a performance indicator to let you know when it is time to change the filter. The optional faucet is nothing fancy, but it has a nice enough look to it that it won’t clash with the kitchen décor. Filters can be replaced with by doing a quarter turn and without turning disconnecting any lines. This is considered to be a safe buy if looking for a durable and competent water filter system to go under the sink.
Softener or Under the Sink
The cheaper option is always going to be the under the sink option, mainly because it doesn’t connect directly to the main pipes in the house. So with less configuration there is a lot less moving parts, but it also comes at the cost of not softening the hard water. What under the sink filters do is give you fresh drinking water that is free of several contaminants, which once removed gives you odor free and better tasting water.
Under The Sink Water Filters
Just like a water softener needs a salt change, water filters need to be changed out once their lifespan is gone. They are usually very easy to replace, and in many cases can be twisted off and replaced with a new one within minutes. The aim is for a minimum of 1,000 gallons per filter, but in situations where the water is extra obnoxious in the area a good amount would still be 500 gallons per filter.
There are a lot of under the counter water filter systems to choose from, but that doesn’t mean that they were all created equal. This list shows some of the better ones, and also some of the cheaper good quality ones to choose from. Whatever you decide on from the list, be assured that it will more than meet your water filtration needs.