Water is the ultimate life source. For many of us, we work on consuming clean, crisp, and pure water several times a day. From cooking, drinking, and cooling down with a refreshing glass of water, the best filters can make a world of difference.
So, why not add a water filter to your kitchen for optimal water taste and safety? The right filtration system can remove harmful contaminants, minerals, and deposits. Water filters can make your life easier and healthier, so there’s a lot to love about a seemingly simple appliance! Plus, you’ll never have to use a disposable plastic water bottle again. On a personal note from me, having a water filter pitcher in my fridge is such an easy and quick way to make sure I drink a cold glass of water first thing every morning. That in itself sets the tone for the rest of my day, and I’m much more likely to grab a cold refill a few hours later, and in the evening, too. A simple water filter pitcher is keeping my lifestyle healthier, better hydrated, and a bit easier in the long run!
Most homeowners don’t need to scour the web or brick and mortar stores for hours or days on end to find a great product. But, it does take a bit of mental elbow grease to find the right option for your home. With careful research, any homeowner can find the totally-perfect appliance that best suits their needs and lifestyle. And, there’s a ton of products on the market when it comes to water filters. From pitchers, faucets, countertop appliances, under-the-sink filtration systems, there’s much to explore. It can seem a bit overwhelming for the average homeowner, but it doesn’t have to be.
Not sure where to begin? We compiled the smartest tips and tricks for finding the right water filter system for you and your home.
What to Consider Before Purchasing
1. Size and location
How much space are you willing to surrender for this appliance? Water filter pitchers can be easily stored away in a fridge or a cabinet when not in use. More complex systems such as an under-the-sink device will take up some real estate under the sink’s cabinet. Conversely, countertop appliances can also inhibit some valuable surface areas. So, homeowners need to establish how much space they need for the appliance and where it will be stored for everyday use.
2. Installation and maintenance
For homeowners who opt for easy pour and use water filter pitchers, installation is a grand total of zero. For other systems, homeowners might need to connect filtration systems to water lines and sinks. However, all homeowners should be aware of regular maintenance cycles that come with any water filtration device: cleaning, proactive care, and replacement parts. Even water filter pitchers require filters to be changed every 6 to 12 months for optimal cleanliness and safety.
3. Costs and warranties
Now that a few other elements are locked down, define a budget or costs related to the appliance. This also includes general wear and tear maintenance and any warranties for the device.
4. Function and style
With a budget and product type in mind, determine any appliance styles that would best fit your personal aesthetic and home. Finishes, colors, power capabilities, and so on.
Water Filter Selections
Water Pitcher with Filter
These simple water pitchers with filters are common products found in any home. They consume minimal space, require a very manageable amount of cleaning, and are easy to replace. Brita Everyday Water Pitchers are one of the most well-known water filter pitchers on the market. The appliance is large, easy to use, and requires simple maintenance. More importantly, this specific water pitcher includes a BPA-free filter to remove contaminants. The pitcher also includes a filter indicator to let folks know when the filter needs to be replaced.
Craving filtered water at just the turn of a fixture? Then, a faucet fixture is what you’re looking for. The chrome PUR Advanced Water Faucet Filter is a one-click, no-installation attachment for a standard faucet. The fixture yields 100 gallons of filtered water before requiring replacement.
Countertop Water Filter
This type also removes many contaminants found in filters and can be easily installed next to a faucet. The Apex Countertop Filter comes in an array of colors, including clear, chrome, red, and blue. The USA-made fixture is price-friendly at $80 and installs onto any standard faucet – except pull-down and sprayer fixtures.
For handy homeowners, an under-the-sink water filter is the way to ensure utmost water safety and sustainability. For just under $100, the Woder Water Filtration System can be installed under the sink and lasts for a minimum of three years. As for installation, no plumbing is required, as the product comes with direct connect hoses that fit into standard water valves.
If you’re seeking supplemental products for water filtration, consider a dispenser – which is great for entertaining. A water filter dispenser is ideal for backyard or outdoor hangouts, game rooms, cabanas, play spaces, and more. It suits gatherings small and large, while providing clean and filtered water. Once again, Brita knocks it out of the park with a water filter dispenser that holds 18 cups of water at under $35.
Stephanie Valente is a Content Director and Editor in Brooklyn, NY. She’s previously held writing and social media positions at Barkbox, Men’s Journal, and currently works at a full-service advertising agency. She’s a self-confessed home and design enthusiast. Stephanie is an award-winning poet and fiction writer. When she’s offline, you can find her taking a yoga class, running, hanging out with her rescue dog Pepper. Find her on stephanievalente.com.