Water Filters: Ratings of Sources
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Water Filter Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org editors analyze 47 water filters in five categories, including how well each unit removes bad taste, lead and chloroform; the last indicates ability to remove organic compounds and disinfectant byproducts. Testers compare how quickly a gallon of water flows and measure if the flow rate decreases or stops before the manufacturer's estimated filter life. Useful buying information includes pros and cons of each type of filtering system.
Home Water Treatment Devices
by Editors of NSF.org
Our AssessmentOriginally the National Sanitation Foundation, NSF International is an independent nonprofit "committed to making the world a safer place for consumers." In this in-depth section on home water treatment devices, researchers test water filters and certify only those that reduce the actual contaminants the filter claims to reduce without adding any harmful chemicals. Consumers can also search a catalog of certified water filters and learn more about water safety.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentThousands 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.
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentLowes.com carries a variety of filters and replacement cartridges, including refrigerator filters, under-sink filters, whole-house units and reverse osmosis systems. Owners can rate each filter on its features, value, design, quality and ease of use, list the pros and cons, recommend it to others and post additional feedback. Only a handful of filters is reviewed by users, but the ones that are attract dozens and sometimes hundreds of comments.
Filters That Really Work
by The Good Housekeeping Research Institute
Our AssessmentThe 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.
2008 Good Buy Awards
by Editors of Good Housekeeping
Our AssessmentTo find the best products launched in 2007, testers at the Good Housekeeping Research Institute put a variety of home products through their paces, recommending the ones that will "make your life safer and easier." The Clear2O Water Filtration Pitcher earns a Good Buy designation for its ease of use, large capacity, slim design and ability to filter quickly. A short video shows one tester connecting and filling the pitcher.
Clear2O Water Filter Pitcher
by Sean Paajanen
Our AssessmentIn this single-product review, About.com's former guide to coffee and tea gives the Clear2O mixed reviews. He says it filters well, but it's "likely the most complicated water filter jug I have ever used." Sean Paajanen explains the connections, adding that water can spray if the hose isn't attached securely.
Culligan FM-15A Water Faucet Filter Review – Or 'How to Spend Less on Drinking Water'
by Josh Champagne
Our AssessmentThis blogger reviews the Culligan FM-15A Faucet Filter he purchased for use in his own home. Josh Champagne lists the five steps required to install and use the filter, and provides his overall thoughts on the unit.