Water Filters : Ratings of Sources

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Water Filters: Ratings of Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org Water Filter Ratings, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
ConsumerReports.org editors analyze several dozen water filters in five categories, including carafes (pitchers), countertop, faucet-mounted, under-sink and under-sink reverse osmosis. Each unit was ranked on removal of lead and chloroform, as well as flow rate and clogging. Each filter is ranked against other, similar filters. Useful buying information includes pros and cons of each type of filtering system.
2. Amazon.com Water Filters, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2016
Thousands of users post comments on water filters and replacement filters at Amazon.com, and several models are among the site's bestsellers. Owners share how easy the filters are to install, how durable they are and which features are convenient for everyday use. Many offer helpful tips on installation and maintenance.
3. Walmart.com Water Filters, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of March 2016
Walmart.com offers fewer water filter systems than Amazon.com, with Brita and Pur the top sellers. Some water filters get hundreds of user reviews and owners can say whether or not they'd recommend the water filter to a friend. Walmart.com also carries quite a few replacement filters.
4. HomeDepot.com Water Filter, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of March 2016
Water filters don't get a lot of feedback at HomeDepot.com; still, these reviews can give some additional insight into the water filter you may be considering. GE and Whirlpool are top brands here. In addition, replacement filters often receive quite a few reviews.
5. Good Housekeeping Filters That Really Work, The Good Housekeeping Research Institute
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute partners with the Arizona Laboratory for Emerging Contaminants at the University of Arizona to test refrigerator and pitcher water filters. Researchers evaluate how well each filter reduces 15 common water contaminants that aren't regulated by the government, including estrone (estrogen), DEET, BPA and common medications. Editors analyze three pitcher filters and two refrigerator models with built-in water filters.
6. NSF.org Home Drinking Water – Quality and Treatment, Editors of NSF.org
Originally the National Sanitation Foundation, NSF International is an independent nonprofit that provides regulatory resources across a variety of industries. In their home drinking water section, you can learn about contaminants in water, determine if you need a water filter, get some tips on selecting the right filter, and look up products to see if they carry the NSF certification.
7. WQA.org Find WQA-Certified Water Treatment Products, Editors of WQA.org
Like the NSF, the WQA certifies that manufacturer's claims about water filters hold up in testing. They also have links to find certified professionals for installing your home water treatment system and to learn about water quality.
8. Apartment Therapy.com The 6 Best Water Filter Solutions I've Tested, Maxwell Ryan, Aug. 11, 2014
Maxwell Ryan is the owner and editor of Apartment Therapy, a site that helps people organize and decorate their homes. In this roundup, Ryan discusses six water filters that he has personally tested; they include filters from Brita, Pur and Multipure.