Water is essential to life on this planet. The quality of the water we consume is directly proportional to the quality of our health. Consequently, water contaminated with heavy metals, bacteria, or carcinogens can bring about illnesses related to the immune system. Sadly, past studies on water quality have proven that you can’t trust the water coming out of your tap.
This water pollution means our access to drinkable water is limited to plastic contained water sold commercially. Plastic derived from petroleum is one of the hardest materials to degrade. It contaminates the air, land, and the presence of plastic derivatives diminishes the quality of our water. We are left with the responsibility of providing clean water for ourselves and our loved ones. Evaluating the options, a filter is a solution that benefits you as much as it does the planet.
When choosing the best water filtration system, it is important to evaluate your living situation. Consider key factors such as, how many bodies must hydrate, and how you manage your source of water currently. These key factors can help you determine what size filter you require. Here are the best Quincy water filtration systems for 2020. Their distinctive features can suit all your water needs.
Best Overall: APEC Top Tier 5-Stage Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention, also known as the CDC, states that no filter can eliminate all contaminants. However, APEC top tier 5-stage ultra safe reverse osmosis drinking water filtration system not only removes lead, heavy metals, bacteria, and chlorine, it also removes 1000 different unwanted contaminants from the water. This system is composed of five separate stages of filtering, sediment filter, two stages of carbon filter, reverse osmosis, and a final coconut fiber filter.
This combination of filters removes 99 percent of contaminants. Notably, the sediment and carbon filter needs to be changed after approximately 6-12 months; while the reverse osmosis and coconut fiber filter can be changed after approximately 2-4 years.
Runner-Up, Best Overall: APEX Countertop Drinking Water Filter – Quincy Water Filtration Systems 2020
The APEX countertop drinking water filter removes contaminants such as chlorine, sediment, mercury, and more. This filter is distinguished because it doesn’t filter beneficial minerals from the water. Its praised for its ability to alkalinize the pH of the water. Alkaline water is believed to help balance the acidic pH of the blood in the body which provides many health benefits.
However, the filter can be replaced with a standard one that doesn’t change the pH of the water, if alkaline water is desired. Its compact takes no space under the sink and has its own faucet for dispensing clean water, which means it occupies less space on your counter.
Best Faucet Attachment: PUR PFM400H Chrome Horizontal Faucet Mount with 1 MineralClear Filter
This filter attaches to an existing faucet without the need for tools. It removes common contaminants such as lead, heavy metals, chlorine, pesticides, and more. A sensor examines the filter and indicates when its time to change. It’s easily changed approximately every 2-3 months. The system includes three different adapters that fit most faucets except pull-out or hand-held faucets. Also, the switch feature makes it convenient for using unfiltered water for cleaning purposes and filtered water for consumption.
Best Under-Sink Large Volume: CuZn UC-200 Under Counter Water Filter
The high-capacity CuZn UC-200 Under Counter Water filter lives unseen attaching itself to the sinks waterline. Installation only requires a wrench. This is adequate for homes that use a lot of water because it can filter up to 50,000 gallons of water. It has a three-stage filter system that removes chlorine, heavy metals such as lead and mercury, pesticides, and more – while leaving behind all of the beneficial minerals. Customer service will provide a nonstandard kit, at no additional cost, if it is intended to be used for non-standard plumbing.
Best Whole-House System: Aquasana Whole House Water Filter System – Quincy Water Filtration Systems 2020
All of the water from the shower, tub, hose, and faucet will be clean and drinkable with this whole house filtration system. This system of filters conditions the water removing heavy metals, chlorine, pesticides, and contaminants while leaving the beneficial minerals behind. There are several filtering options that are less expensive and don’t condition the water. This system can filter approximately 1 million gallons. It is rated to last 10 years. However, the filters need to be changed about every three months. According to the CDC, “filtering that removes chlorine might increase the growth of germs in all the pipes in your house.”
Best Small Pitcher: ZeroWater 6 Cup Water Filter Pitcher
This is a pitcher with a filter that removes chromium, lead, and other heavy metals. This pitcher can contain 6 cups of water and won’t take up much space in the refrigerator or counter. Its comfortable size makes this easily transportable. It features a quality meter, so the water can be tested before and after filtering.
Best Countertop Dispenser: PUR Ultimate Water Dispenser
This countertop dispenser is certified to remove 99 percent of lead, along with 22 other contaminants, for clean water. It can hold approximately 18 cups of water. This dispenser can filter 40 gallons of water before its time to change the filter. It features a filter cap to ensure only filtered water moves from the top reservoir to the bottom, to ensure the unfiltered water doesn’t mix with the clean water.
Best Portable: LifeStraw Go Water Filter Bottle with Integrated Filter Straw
This bottle has integrated a two-stage filter that removes bacteria, protozoa, odor, contaminants, and chlorine from lake, stream, or tap water. This portable bottle was built for camping. It holds 23 ounces of water and is designed to be leakproof. The silicone straw is comfortable and the variety of colors makes it suitable for everybody.
Best Pitcher Design: Brita Stream Filter as You Pour Water Pitcher – Quincy Water Filtration Systems 2020
This pitcher integrates the filter in the design, therefore, the filter is not visible from the outside. There’s is no waiting for clear water because it filters the water as it pours. It’s designed to hold up to 12 cups and due to its compact size, it fits comfortably in the fridge. It was uniquely made from BPA free plastic. It features an electronic filter change reminder, so you can precisely know when it is ready to change the filter. The filters can be recycled through TerraCycle.
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