Countertop Water Filters Overview
Countertop water filters are excellent for people who want to enjoy healthy and great tasting tap water without having to install any permanent fixtures. Such filters are very easy to install and they don't take too much space on your countertop. There's no need to drill additional holes in your sink in order to have countertop water filters up and running. This is a very good solution for situations when people live in a rented house, therefore not being allowed to change the configuration of water fixtures.
Countertop water filters may have different prices, depending on the number of elements that get filtered and by additional functionality such filters may provide. For instance, some models filter and chill the water at the same time. Others have a diverting valve which enables easy switching between filtered and not filtered water. Other models are portable, thus being suitable for camping trips.
When choosing your filters, price shouldn't be your main point of differentiation. It is more important to see what contaminants each filter model removes from the water. For instance, the AQ-4000 Countertop filter from Aquasana is one of the best available on the market, because it filters 61 contaminants, chlorine and chloramine.
Chlorine is present in the tap water pretty much everywhere, because it helps fighting other contaminants. Nonetheless, chlorine, as well as other chemicals, can contribute to the premature aging of the skin, therefore it's best to get rid of it once it did its job, which is to keep bacteria away from our drinking water on its way from the water tanks to the tap. Aquasana filters remove over 97% of the chlorine content, which makes them more efficient that other similar systems.
The Aquasana AQ-4000 Countertop filter is also very effective in reducing odor and improving the taste of tap water. If you want, you can also get the optional 3 stage filtration, which would be very useful especially if you live in an area with high sediment.
The filter is very easy to install and it provides filtered water at a 0.5 gallon per minute flow rate. It lasts for 6 months or 450 gallons of water before needing replacement.
Another nice feature of Aquasana AQ-4000 Countertop filter is that it doesn't remove the healthy minerals, also known as Total Dissolved Solids, therefore the filtered water will still have its calcium, magnesium and potassium content. This filter uses a combination of carbon filtration, sub-micron filtration and ions exchange. The system is tested and certified by NSF International.
The price per gallon of filtered water is smaller than the price of the bottled water equivalent. Moreover, filter manufacturers may have loyalty programs which give additional discounts, making water really cheap. Aquasana offers the Water for Life loyalty program which gives 20% off the price of replacement cartridges, thus lowering the price to an amazing 11 cents per gallon.
By drinking filtered water you save money, while enjoying a healthier and better-tasting, odor-free water, straight from your tap.
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