Best Under Sink Water Filters – Guide & Reviews 2016
- 1 Filtrete 3US-SP01
- 2 New Wave Enviro
- 3 Watts Premier 531130
- 4 Culligan US-EZ-1
- 5 Aquasana AQ-5200
- 6 Crystal Quest Mega Under Sink Water Filter System
- 7 Pros and Cons of an Under the Sink Water Filtration System
- 8 Our Recommendation – Here’s What We Think
The 3US-PS01 from Filtrete is the same under sink water filtration system I described in the inline water filter comparison guide. The Filtrete 3US-PS01 is a great choice if you’re looking for a top quality product that will provide you with top quality results.
New Wave Enviro
If you haven’t heard of New Wave, it is a family owned company whose been in the business since 1993 and offer a complete line of environmentally safe products including water filters, BPA free water bottles, liter free lunch bags and more. The New Wave Enviro is one of the many products they make that does not short you on quality or performance. The Enviro offers a premium 10-stage water filtration system that filters things out like chlorine, herbicides, pesticides, hydrogen sulfide, microorganisms, lead, mercury, arsenic, asbestos and plenty more.
The Enviro uses a compact, easy access countertop water filter that simply attaches to your faucet in just seconds allowing you to switch back and forth from tap water to Enviro’s filtered water. The Enviro filter is also extremely long lasting giving you a complete year of fresh clean water right at the faucet provided. Since the filter lasts a year, the Enviro requires very little maintenance and extremely low cost annually. This is a great solution if you’re looking to greatly enhance your tap waters taste, smell and clarity.
Watts Premier 531130
The Watts Premier 531130 Filter-Pure UF-3 3-Stage Water Filtration system as another great choice if you’re looking for an under counter style water filtration system. Watts’ product line is wide when it comes to water filtration products and includes products like whole house softeners, portable softeners, reverse osmosis systems, and more. Needless to say, they know what they’re doing when it comes to water filtration. The Watts Premier 531130 is simple 3-stage water filtration system that filters out things like sediment, chlorine, cysts, lead, chemicals and many more. The water is first filtered through a five micron sediment filter, then through a carbon block and finally the stage of the filtration process is UF Hollow Fiber Technology membrane.
The Watts Premier 531130 hooks in to the water supply under your sink and uses compression fittings and push-in hose connectors for easy installation and simplicity without the use of electricity. Another great feature of the Watts 531130 is the quick change, one step push button filter change feature that does not require you shut off your water source. The sediment filter and the carbon block filter will last you 6 months and the hollow-fiber membrane needs to be replaced annually. The Watts premier is an excellent choice if you are looking for an easy filter change and a stylish faucet.
The Culligan US-EZ-1 is the same great product as the IC-EZ-1 as we described in the best inline water filters section earlier. The difference is the US-EZ-1 comes with a chrome faucet.
The Aquasana AQ-5200 is a high performance, 2-stage under counter water filtration system that comes with a brushed nickel faucet. Aquasana has been in the water filtration business for years and offers several amazing eco-friendly filtering options available in all different shapes and sizes. The AQ-5200 uses a 2-stage filtering process that filters out over 60 common water contaminants like sediment, asbestos, lead, mercury, as well 97.6% of chlorine. The AQ-5200 filtering power comes from activated carbon, catalytic carbon and ion exchange. You can expect the filter life to be around 500 gallons until the filter will need to be changed. The water flow of the Aquasana AQ-5200 is also much better than your average under counter filtration system offering around 25% faster flow rate.
When it comes time to replace the filters, don’t sweat! It’s a simple process and was designed so anyone could do it. When the AQ-5200s performance indicator lets you know when it is time change the filters, simply unscrew the housing of the filter and insert the new one and you’re done! I would suggest the AQ-5200 if you are looking for a product from a trust worthy brand that delivers great water flow and healthy clean water.
Crystal Quest Mega Under Sink Water Filter System
The Crystal Quest Mega Under Sink water filtration system is 7 stage filtration system that offers optimal, above average filtration power. Crystal Quest has over 30 years in the manufacturing business and it sure does show when reviewing the Crystal Quest Mega Under Sink Water Filter System. Unlike most under sink water filters, the Cyrstal Quest filters out a significant amount of fluoride using a fine mesh pre resin media to reduce the fluoride contained in your water down to .5ppm. Not only does it reduce fluoride, it also dramatically reduces the amount of chlorine, heavy metals, sediment, cysts, and other particles.
The filters in the Crystal Quest are long lasting and only need to be change every 1 to 2 years making filter replacement out of sight and mind. The last think you want to worry about is constant filter replacement. The Crystal Quest also boasts a generous water flow rate of .5 gallons per minute, which is a much better than some of the lower end, under sink water filters. I’d recommend the Crystal Quest Mega water filter system if you’re looking for a system that will filter fluoride and chlorine as well as provide a generous flow rate.
Pros and Cons of an Under the Sink Water Filtration System
- Healthy, clean water
- Easy to operate
- Simple filter change
- Constant flow of filtered water
- Compact and hidden under the sink
- Costs more than the counter top filters
- Multiple Filters get expensive to replace
- Installation can tough if you don’t have spot for an additional faucet
- Faucets may not match your kitchen
Our Recommendation – Here’s What We Think
Those are the top 6 under sink style water filtration system of 2015. Although you can’t go wrong with any of these products, I would recommend the Crystal Quest Mega under sink water filtration system. The Crystal Quest has outstanding filtering power that is a step above the rest, a simple filter replacement, and a modest price.
Best Under the Sink Water Filters
Sometimes you don't have room for a huge filtration system in your kitchen. That's where an under sink mounted unit works best. You can have purified drinking water for you and your family straight from the tap!