APEC ROES-50 Reverse Osmosis Water Filter Review

APEC ROES-50 Reverse Osmosis Water Filter Review
Bottom Line

Experts say the APEC ROES-50 Reverse Osmosis Water Filter is a highly affordable option for those who have poor water quality. Owners say it's easy to install and the resulting water is clear, clean and delicious. One downside: it produces three gallons of waste water for every one gallon of filtered water; many users say they reroute the tubing to collect and use that waste water in their garden rather than just letting it go down the drain.

ProsEasy to install, Built in the USA, Improves water quality, Excellent customer serviceCons3:1 ratio of waste water to filtered, Won't fit in all homes

Breaking it down


Consumer testing shows results. While there are no professional tests of the APEC ROES-50, many consumers have posted results of their own tests showing a significant decrease in total dissolved solids (TDS). APEC claims that its 5-stage reverse osmosis system removes a long list of contaminants. Experts say that reverse osmosis systems are very good at removing small-particulate organic and inorganic compounds as well as odors and colors. User say they saw an immediate improvement in their water quality, both color and taste, as soon as they installed the APEC-50 ROES. The downside is the amount of waste water produced is three gallons to one gallon of filtered water, but many say they reroute the brine water tubing and use that waste water in the garden.

Ease of use

You don't need a plumber for install. Even those who describe themselves as "DIY-challenged" say they were able to install the APEC ROES-50 in a fairly short period of time. We saw some input that it took as long as two hours, but most say it's about one hour. One note: you have to drill a hole in the counter for the faucet. The installation kit comes with everything most people need, but when it doesn't customer service is reported as being unusually helpful in identifying the problem. While the included adaptors don't fit all sinks, we saw no reports of anyone being unable to install it; ultimately, they were able to get the correct adaptor from a local home improvement store. It includes one chrome faucet; other faucet styles and finishes are available as optional purchases.

Durability/cost of ownership

Very affordable RO system. Reverse osmosis water filters can cost thousands of dollars, but APEC is one of the most affordable options, say owners. In addition to the initial cost of the ROES-50, you'll need to replace the three pre-filters every six to 12 months, at a cost of about $75. The ROES-50 is reported as very durable. We saw some comments that the included faucet seems flimsy, but no actual reports of breakage or failure. Although the ROES-50 only comes with a one-year warranty, APEC offers lifetime tech and customer support. The ROES-50 has a tank capacity of four gallons, and a system capacity of 30 to 50 gallons per day, depending upon the specific water pressure in your home, enough, users say, for just about any family size. An optional Icemaker Kit (Est. $21) is available.

Our Sources

1. Amazon.com

APEC - Top Tier - Built in USA - Ultra Safe, Premium 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System (ROES-50), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2016

The APEC ROES-50 gets an impressive overall rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 in more than 1,020 reviews, placing it among the highest-rated water filters on Amazon.com. Most say it's very easy to install and produces delicious, clear water. A few dissenters had trouble with assembly and didn't like the plastic parts.

2. HomeDepot.com

APEC Water Systems ROES-50 Essence Premium Quality 5-Stage Under-sink Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of March 2016

More than 30 owners give the APEC ROES-50 an almost-perfect rating of 4.9 stars out of 5. It gets raves for being easy to install, and durable with no leaks. Many have tested their water before and after installation, and are amazed at the improvements in their water quality.

3. ResellerRatings.com

APEC / Advanced Purification Engineering Corp., Contributors to ResellerRatings.com, As of March 2016

At this online retailer review site, the various reverse osmosis water filter systems made by APEC earn a perfect rating in just over two dozen reviews. Owner say the instructions are straightforward, it was easy to install, and they've noticed a big improvement in water quality. Customer service gets kudos, too.

4. FreeDrinkingWater.com

Customers' Reviews & Comments, Contributors to FreeDrinkingWater.com, As of March 2016

FreeDrinkingWater.com is the website for APEC Water, manufacturer of the APEC ROES-50. Normally, we would not include customer reviews from the manufacturer's website that are exclusively positive, but, in this case, some owners have posted test results from before and after installation of one of the various APEC reverse osmosis systems, as well as before and after photos of the filters after a period of use, and that could be helpful.