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Whole House Water Filter Comparison

 A Comparison of Whole House Water Filtration Systems

 

Compare Whole House Water Filters

Whole House Water Filter Comparison & Ratings

People often ask me to compare whole house water filters and I tell them I am reluctant to do so. The reason is that direct comparisons are tough and some statements are intended to be misleading. In the chart provided below I provide a comparison of whole house water filtration systems be selecting four relatively well known competitors and listing selected criteria.

On this page I provide a comparison of whole house water filtration systems to my Urban Defender whole house water filter. This whole house water filter comparison lists two well known backwashing systems, one well known cheap alternative, and the most costly filter on the market.

  Sweetwater LLC
Urban Defender
Aquasana
Rhino EQ-300
BC2 ** big company* Wellness
Filter
Retail Price (1) $2000 $799 $2899 $3790 $5950
Replacement Cost $650 $639 $2890 $3790 $2950
Capacity (2)
in gallons
560,000 300,000 400,000 720,000 400,000
Per month cost (3) $18 $17.75 $60 $32 $61
Removes chlorine Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Removes particulate > 5 micron > 5 mic > 10 mic > 10 mic > 5 mic
NSF Certified (4) No Yes NA Yes No
Requires electricity Yes No Yes Yes No
Back flush (5) Yes No Yes Yes No
Annual Cost (6) $220 $213 $722 $379 $737

     

 * big company (LS) has requested that any reference to them be removed as of 4-12-2011

 ** BC2 (EW) name removed on 6-7-2011

(1) prices may vary from those listed above.

(2) The problem with estimating gallon capacity is that water quality will vary in every city and how long a system will last depends entirely on the level of chlorine in the water along with the levels of other contaminants. 

The amount of KDF and carbon and other media or the type of carbon used are also factors.  In this comparison I am using 2 mg/l of chloramine in city water and catalytic carbon as the media to derive the numbers provided.     

What is misleading about the NSF 42 certified systems is that they have been tested to the gallons listed but only have to remove 50% of the chlorine or chloramine to gain certification.  Real life residential application will not result in the volumes they claim. My estimate is an attempt at a real number.                     

(3) I assume a 12 year life with one media change at 6 years.  The Urban Defender whole house water filter could easily be used again and that would lower the cost further.  Big company claims a 16 - 20 year life.  This is a false claim.  Since both systems use similar media one would have to evaluate the contaminant levels upon which big company bases this claim.

(4) The Urban Defender whole house water filter uses NSF certified media.  Big company is certified for NSF 42 Aesthetic Effects, which basically means that it removes some chlorine.  Big company's removal claim for gallons is for half of the chlorine or chloramine in your water.

(5) Systems that do not backflush are subject to decreased effectiveness in a short time.  I have considered manufacturing such a system but can't bring myself to do so.  Ask me why backwash carbon systems are more effective than upflow systems.

(6) As I stated above, how long the media within a system will last depends on the level of contaminants as well as the amount of water used.  In this case I assume a 10 year life for the purpose of comparison.

All performance claims and pricing are based on the Manufacturer’s or Authorized Distributor’s literature.

These whole house water filter comparisons illustrate that the Urban Defender whole house water filter is an affordable alternative to the best backwashing whole house water filters on the market. 

As I note at the top of this page it is a challenge to compare whole house water filters because there are subtle differences between the various models.  I have attempted to provide this information for those who find it useful.

The Urban Defender is equal to or more effective than the more expensive water filtration systems listed above.  You have my word on that.

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