Best Reverse Osmosis Water Filter Reviews & Guide for 2016

Here is a review of the best reverse osmosis water filters in 2016. We included all of the top-rated systems in this guide to help give you more information about what type of purification equipment you need to ensure your family has clean water.


Tap Master TMAFC Artesian Full Contact

Tap Master Full contract Rerverse Osmosis Water FilterThe Tap Master Artesian Full Contact reverse osmosis filtration system is an excellent choice if you are looking for a premium under counter reverse osmosis filtration system. This system from Tap Master uses a seven stage filtration system that is capable of removing up to 98% of the chemicals found in your tap water leaving your water incredibly pure and great tasting. The Artesian Full Contact system no only strips your water of all the harmful impurities but it also adds calcium and magnesium minerals to keep you water balanced less acidic. The Artesian Full Contact does all of this will maintaining a fast flower rate of up to 2 times as fast your typical systems.

The Tap Master Artesian Full Contact is very low maintenance and requires very little attention. In fact, Tap Master created to the filters to be extremely long lasting only requiring a filter change once a year or every 2000 gallons. When it comes to installing the new filter there are no tools required which makes the process very easy. This is a great system if you are looking for a high quality, premium reverse osmosis filter that offers an easy installation and low maintenance.

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Tap Master TMULTRA ULTRA

Tap Master Ultra Reverse Osmosis Water FilterThe Ultra is another great premium choice from Tap Master if you are looking for an under the sink style reverse osmosis filtration system. The Ultra system is actually designed specifically for those of you who are dealing with well water. By adding a pre-filter that is designed to catch Iron and other contaminants that will ruin your traditional filtration systems. In addition, the Ultra utilizes a 6 stage filtration system that removes up to 98% of the impurities that are found in your water supply including chlorine taste and smell, asbestos, pesticides, lead and several others that effect your waters. The water is then sent through an ultraviolet light chamber that destroys 99.99% of the microorganisms contained in your tap water.

Another great thing about the Ultra is that is equipped with Tap Masters fast flow kit that doubles the flow from your faucet allowing up to twice as much water flow as your traditional system. The Ultra is designed for a quick install and low maintenance only requiring a filter change once a year. Id recommend the Tap Master Ultra System if you have well water and are looking an easy to use, low maintenance filtration system.

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iSpring 75GPD

iSpring 75FPD reverse osmosis water filtration system

The iSpring 75GDP is the 75 gallons per day water filtration system that is included in the iSpring RCC7AK. If you are looking for the iSpring 75GDP system, I would suggest the iSpring RCC7AK.

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iSpring RCC7AK

iSpring RCC7AK Reverse Osmosis filter packageThe iSpring RCC7AK is under the sink style reverse osmosis filter system that also offers an additional alkaline mineral filtering stage.  By filtering out 99% of over one thousand different types of impurities like fluoride, chlorine, arsenic, lead, fertilizers, pesticides, and prescription drugs, this system is designed to give you outstanding water quality that is just as good as the high priced brand name water bottles. The RCC7AK filters using a 6-stage filtration process specifically designed by iSpring right in Alpharetta, Georgia. It even has a WQA Gold Seal and FDA food-grade material in all the parts to make sure your water is healthy and stays healthy.

The iSpring RCC7AK requires a little bit more maintenance than other RO systems as it has 4 filters total that need replacing.  3 of the filters need replacing every 6 months and the fourth annually. Installing the RCC7AK is a pretty simple process and only requires around an hour to get your new filtering system up and running. If you are looking for a reverse osmosis filtering system that offers top quality drinking water at a very reasonable price, than I would recommend the iSpring RCC7AK.

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Watts WP5-50 Premier

Watts Premier Reverse Osmosis Filter SystemThe Watts WP5-50 Premier is great choice if you’re looking for an under counter reverse osmosis filtration system from a trusted name. The WP5-50 from watts uses a five stage filtration system to remove harmful contaminants and impurities leaving your water clean and healthy.

The first of these stages filters out things like dirt, rust, and silt that affect the quality of your water. The next stage in the process filters out chlorine taste and odor, which is imperative for those of you with city water. The third stage also reduces the amount of chlorine in your water as well as chloramines. The fourth stage is the reverse osmosis stage, which removes lead, arsenic, perchlorate, copper, chromium, sodium, and many others. The fifth stage is the final filtering process that catches anything else that is left behind!

The WP5-50 Premier from Watts delivers plenty of water for a large family and provides a generous water flow so you aren’t sitting at your faucet waiting for your glass to fill. The average user reports about a 2 hour installation process and tough to follow instruction which makes things a little bit more complicated than some of the other reverse osmosis systems. Id recommend the WP5-50 if you are looking for an inexpensive reliable way to filter your water using reverse osmosis.

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AMI Home System

AMI Complete Home Reverse Osmosis System

The AMI Home System is a reverse osmosis, multi stage, under counter water filtration system that will deliver remarkably clean drinking water at a remarkably low price. AMI is no joke when it comes to water filtration; in fact, they have been in the filtration business for over 30 years and have over 10,000 commercial and industrial systems in operation. This has earned them a superior reputation for quality, performance, reliability, and business integrity. The Home System is manufactured in the USA and is NSF certified to again, ensure you of their quality and reliability.
The AMI Home System uses a state of the art 5 stage filtration process to get great results and clean drinking water. The first of the 5 stage filtering process is the sediment filter, which filters out all of the larger particles like dirt, silt, and rust that will affect your waters taste. The second and third stage of the process is a carbon block filter that removes chlorine taste and odor that can be very prevalent in city water. The fourth stage is the reverse osmosis stage that designed to remove 99% of dissolved solids like sodium, lead, and arsenic. The fifth and final stage of the process is an in-line carbon filter that removes any taste or odor from the water storage tank.

The filter life depends on your waters quality but on average the reverse osmosis filter is good for 5 years and the 3 carbon filters should be replaced every 6 months. I’d recommend the AMI Home System if you are looking for a quality product that delivers great results at a great price.

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Hydro-Logic 31040 Stealth-RO200

Hydro Logic RO filter

The Hydro-Logic 31040 Stealth is a sleek, compact reverse osmosis filter that fits right under your sink. You’ll notice right away when visually compared to the other RO systems we’ve reviewed that this model looks noticeably different. The 31040 Stealth throws out the need for a storage tank, significantly reducing the amount of space needed under your counter. Hydro-logic designed the installation process to be extremely simple and easy by incorporating simple “push in” style hoses with no tools required making it easy for anyone. Customers are saying they had it put together with water flowing in 3 minuets.

On top of being incredible compact and very easy to setup, the Stealth-RO200 also provides excellent water flow at up to 200 gallons per day, which is significantly higher than most RO systems.  After all, no one wants to stand at the faucet while his or her cup slowly fills up from a slow, tiny stream of water. Hydro-Logic also kept efficiency in mind by reducing the amount of waste water by 25% over other reverse osmosis systems. In addition, offering multiple wastewater ratios at 3:1, 2:1 or even 1:1 with an optional flow restriction accessory. I’d recommend the Hyrdo-Logic Stealth-RO200 if you are willing to spend a little more cash for an easy to install, efficient and powerful reverse osmosis filtration system.

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What Is A Reverse Osmosis Water Filter?

What is a reverse osmosis filter?

The reverse osmosis water filter is a semipermeable membrane made from a thick polyamide film. The polyamide film contains microscopic pores that allow water to pass through but filters out the impurities and particles. Reverse Osmosis filters are generally long lasting and some only require replacement every five years depending on the quality of incoming water. These filters need to be used in order for them to perform properly, unlike many other types of water filters. It is suggested to at least fill a glass of water each day to maintain maximum performance. The reverse osmosis requires proper storage if not used for more than 3 weeks.


How Does A Reverse Osmosis System Work?

A reverse osmosis water filter is a filtration system that uses your household’s water pressure to push your water through a semi permeable membrane that is designed to filter out particles and impurities larger than .001 microns. These particles and impurities can include sodium, lead, mercury, arsenic and several others. These impurities can great affect the taste and odor of your water supply as well as increase your risk for health problems. The filter is specifically designed to greatly improve the quality of your drinking water.

How does a reverse osmosis filtration system work


What Does Reverse Osmosis Remove?

What does reverse osmosis remove from water

There are several ways to filter water and depending on what you want to filter out, there is a specific type of filtration to fit your needs. Reverse osmosis will greatly reduce the amount impurities and particles that are larger than .001 microns. Some of the impurities and particles include sediment, lead, arsenic, chlorine taste and odor, asbestos, and pesticides. These are commonly found in your tap water and are unhealthy and often affect the taste and smell of your drinking water. This makes reverse osmosis perfect for filtering drinking water.

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Does Reverse Osmosis Remove Fluoride?

The reverse osmosis process is designed to remove up to 90% of the fluoride that is added to your water supply. Believe it or not, Fluoride is actually added to public water supplies to help aid in the reduction of tooth decay as well as prevent cavities.  This process is called Water Fluoridation. The prevention of tooth decay and cavities is a great thing, but at the cost of what? There is plenty of evidence that when digesting fluoride it can be damaging to the brain, lower IQ, and harmful to bones and joints. For this reason, having a reverse osmosis water filtration system is imperative if you have city or public water.


Reverse Osmosis Pros and Cons

Reverse Osmosis Advantages and Disadvantages

Pros

–       Healthy, great tasting odorless Water
–       Removes Fluoride
–       Removes chlorine smell and taste commonly found in city water
–       Less expensive than whole house water filtering systems

Cons

–       On average wastes two to three gallons of water per drinkable gallon
–       Filter replacements costs money
–       Depending on the brand, takes up a significant amount of room under sink
–       Slow water flow


Our Recommendation – Here’s What We Think

Now that you have learned about reverse osmosis and what it actually does you should be able to make a much better decision when purchasing a new reverse osmosis water filtration system for your whole house. We went over what reverse osmosis is, what it does, how it works and what it removes. In addition, we reviewed several products that we believe are the best option out there for reverse osmosis water filtration. Here is my recommendation.

If cost isn’t a concern and you are looking for the best whole house reverse osmosis system than I would suggest the Home Master TMULTRA. This thing is a beast when it comes to the filtration process and has an awesome GPM flow rate. You’ll see quickly why this unit gets great customer reviews.

If you are on a budget but are still looking to purchase a great reverse osmosis filtration system I would recommend the AMI Home system. This filtration system is outstanding for the money and provides you with great tasting, clean filtered from a trusted company.

I would suggest the Hyrdro-Logic 31040 Stealth-RO200 if you are looking for an extremely easy, simple installation process and fantastic GPM water flow. I’d also recommend the Stealth-RO200 if you are looking for something specifically tailored for gardening and hydroponics.