There are hundreds, maybe even thousands of options out there for water filters. Choosing a product is overwhelming! Where do you even start? What features are the most important? Are you getting what you pay for? How long will it last? All these questions and more are addressed below.
Budget, right? Whatever solution you land on to solve your water problems has to fit into your spending limit. Take a look at the sticker price and calculate how much clean water will cost per gallon or per day. Whatever form of measurement you choose, apply it to all the water filter systems you're looking at so that you're comparing apples to apples. A water pitcher may be cheaper than a countertop water filter, but a pitcher typically holds less water than a pitcher.
Take into consideration how long the system you purchase will last. Is it something that will need to be replaced often? Examine the quality--is it something that will break when you look at it wrong? The durability of the materials used and how it's made affect how long-lasting the product will be. This should play into the cost of the system too. The initial price might be low, making it attractive, but the overall cost might be higher if you have to replace it every month. If reducing waste is a priority for you, calculate how much you have to replace parts and pieces and if they're recyclable.
How many contaminants are removed? Which contaminants are removed? At what level are those contaminants removed? If you have high levels of arsenic (or any other toxin), but the water filter you buy doesn't remove arsenic, what's the point? It's unlikely that any filter will remove all contaminants all the time at 100%. If a product states that, it may be a red flag warning--too good to be true.
If something fails, will you be able to get a replacement? Refund? It's hard to predict, but you can usually get a pretty good feel for how the customer service experience may be in the (hopefully) rare case that you'll need help. What do the reviews say about the company that you're looking into? Do they have a team specifically dedicated to user experience? Another good indicator of a company with a strong customer service department is one that offers multiple methods to contact them. Can you get your questions answered via phone, email, chat, or social media? If all those options are available, it usually means communicating with customers is a priority.
If your water is nasty, you may want an immediate solution. Do you need the quickest way to remedy bad water? Factor in the set-up time and difficulty and the space, dimensions, requirements, or restrictions of setting up a water filter system. Is it as easy as taking it out of the box and pouring water into it? Or will you need to hire a contractor or plumber for installation? It might not make sense to install a particular water filtration system if your living quarters don't allow it. Will the installation be an additional cost? Are you able to DIY it?
Pitcher? Faucet? Counter-top? Structured water? Whole-house? What will work best for YOU? Not every situation is the same. Therefore there's no one magical solution for everyone.
Berkey Filters has done some of the work for you! Check out our versus pages to see how similar products stack up against Berkey Water Filters Systems. Curious about how Berkey Filters ranks in these critical points discussed above? Examine the price, longevity, efficacy, customer service/reviews, and setup to see if it's the right choice for you!