PERFORMANCE - 94%
DESIGN - 89%
EASE OF MAINTENANCE - 94%
DURABILITY - 100%
Summary : We like this unit because it is efficient and highly durable. Its performance claims are backed by its NSf certification while its durability claims are backed by a lifetime warranty.
The main advantage of counter top water filters is the fact that they take only a few minutes to install and don’t interfere with water pipes in any way. They are ideal for people who are renting or for people who for some reason or another can’t make any under sink installments. However, if you have the possibility of installing an under sink water filter, you should definitely do it because it is a lot more comfortable to use. With such systems, you don’t have to worry about design as they are completely out of sight. Furthermore, they don’t take any of your sink space and they are usually a lot sturdier and more durable that other models. If durability is a major decision making factor for you, then you should check out the WaterChef U9000 Premium Under-Sink Water Filtration System.
When shopping for a water filter system, the first thing that you must take into account is the product’s contaminant reduction technology. You can test your water and choose a filter suitable for the contaminants that you are dealing with or you can simply buy a high-quality filter that handles all of the most common water contaminants. The system is testified by the NSF, a leading authority in the water filtration industry. The unit was certified and awarded the title of Trusted Performance. Furthermore, this system features a sturdy stainless steel construction and it is covered by one of the longest and most comprehensive warranty packages offered in this industry. With a 1,000-gallon capacity per each filter cartridge, this filter will handle the water filtering needs of an average family for about one year without requiring any filter replacements. Furthermore, you don’t have to worry about cartridge guesswork as the unit comes with an intelligent monitor that displays the actual usage of the filter cartridge. This unit can be acquired for only $345.95.
With an average 0.65 gal/min flow rate at 60 psi, this filter can trap countless contaminants, starting with chlorine, chloramine and chlorine byproducts. Furthermore, by using a unique combination of block carbon filtering technology and several other filtration methods, this unit can also trap cysts (such as Cryptosporidium and Giardia), lead, pesticides, herbicides, industrial contaminants (volatile organic compounds), petroleum contaminants and even tiny particles measuring as little as o,5 microns. However, this unit does not filter beneficial minerals such as Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium. The unit can operate at a maximum pressure of 125 psi and a minimum pressure of 30 psi. Furthermore, in order for it to run properly, the water’s temperature should not exceed 100º F nor should it be lower than 34º F.
Design and maintenance
Pitcher filters, refrigerator filters, and faucet filters may look easy to install and use, but in fact, they require a lot of maintenance. The main problem is that they are so small that they constantly need filter replacements. Some may need as much as 25-filter replacements per year. However, that is not the case of the WaterChef U9000 Premium as the cartridges for this filter are designed to last for about one year. However, you don’t have to do any guesswork or worry that you might overuse a cartridge or replace it prematurely, as this unit is equipped with a very precise filter monitor which shows you when the filter’s capacity is lower than 10% or when it has reached its full capacity and needs to be replaced immediately. The unit has a very compact design and features a modern stainless steel finish. One might think that the design of the filter is not very important since it is installed under sink but it helps that it doesn’t take too much space and you can still use the under sink space for storage. Furthermore, the system also comes with premium grade designer series faucets. The single temperature faucets feature a solid forged brass construction. They are equipped with a reliable ceramic disc valve, a spout with an aerator tip which ensures a steady stream and a convenient led indicator which displays the results of the filter monitor. The wide variety of faucet finishes are ideal for people who want to match their appliances with their kitchen decor. The unit can also be purchased with a refrigerator kit (sold separately) which allows you to use the same cartridge for your sink as well as for your refrigerator.
Warranty and durability
If you have been browsing the water filter market for a while now, you may have noticed that most water filter systems come with a 2-year warranty. If you do your research properly, you might even find a few that come with a 5 year warranty. However, few water filter manufacturers can offer a more extensive warranty because these systems are not really designed to last more than a few years. However, the system is covered by an impressive lifetime limited warranty. The unit also comes with a 60-day no-risk satisfaction guarantee.