PERFORMANCE - 75%
DESIGN - 33%
EASE OF MAINTENANCE - 74%
DURABILITY - 16%
Summary : We like the fact that this unit is very efficient in purifying water. However, its cheap plastic components seem to be not only a matter of design but also a matter of durability.
Whirlpool is one of the most trusted appliance manufacturers in the world. For a while now, they have been partners with Ecodyne, a commercial and industrial water treatment equipment manufacturer. While less known than other water treatment companies, Ecodyne has been on the market for 55 years and their long and rich experience have aided them in creating some very innovative products, especially since they started the partnership with Whirlpool. Since, most of the Whirlpool Ecodyne water filters are known to be very good, we thought it was about time that we gave their water purifiers a closer look. Whirlpool Water Purifier WHEMB40 is an under sink system that can be acquired for $199.99.
The system is designed in order to be used for municipal water supplies or well water. The great thing about it is that it doesn’t waste any water, thus managing to be one of the most efficient water filtration systems on the market. The system is designed to be mounted under the sink. It comes with an EZ-Change Indicator Light, which remind the users when it is time to replace the filters. For an average household, this unit’s filter cartridge should last for about 6 months.
In order to understand this unit’s features, it is important to know the difference between a water filter and a water purifier. Generally a filter prevents unwanted particles from reaching water whilst a purifier removes unwanted particles. Some filters feature pores so fine that they remove most of the contaminants and they are considered purifiers. This is also the case of this system. It doesn’t just abide by the EPA standards for bacteria, cysts and viruses reduction, but it actually exceeds those standards. According to the EPA, water filters are required to remove 99.9999% of bacteria, 99.99% of viruses and 99.95% of cysts, but this unit goes way beyond those requirements. The unit is NSF certified to remove bacteria, cysts, viruses, chemicals, sediment and lead. It also removes chlorine along with its unpleasant taste and odor. This unit is also safe to use during local boil alert. However, the manufacturers recommend replacing the filter cartridge after having used it during a boil alert.
Design and maintenance
This unit is design to be installed under the sink, but it can also be installed in the basement or in an adjacent room. The installation process is very simple and it does not require you to turn off the water supply. The system has a rather basic design which does not stand out in any way. Considering the fact that the actual filters are mounted under the sink, their overall design doesn’t really matter. The only thing that we care about is the fact that the unit is compact and doesn’t take a lot of space. It is 4 1/2 in. deep, 13 5/8 in. wide and H 16 in. We also like the fact that the unit can be hooked to the fridge. In order to accomplish this, all you have to do is add a tee in the line that connects to the purifier’s faucet. However, if there is one thing that we didn’t like about this unit’s design is the faucet that it comes with. Unfortunately, the faucet has a very cheap looking design, which will look out of place in a luxurious kitchen. As far as the maintenance goes, things are very simple. Filters need to be changed twice per year and the filter replacement process is very simple and only requires a couple of minutes.
Warranty and durability
This unit looks very good on paper and the technologies it uses are actually very efficient and get the purifying job done successfully. However, numerous customers have complained over the fact that this unit features cheap plastic components which are anything but durable. In fact a lot of customers complained that the units came with tiny cracks which were barely visible to the naked eye,but which expanded when the unit was connected and had to deal with water pressure. The unit does come with a one-year limited warranty, but some customers complained that even the replacement units had the same problems. Therefore, we can only conclude that a lot of these units come with factory defects caused by use of cheap materials.