How To Choose the Best Countertop Water Filtration System

woman filling a glass of water from water filter

Yuck! Has your tap water got you reaching for expensive bottled water? You are not alone. 

The average American spends $100 a year per person on bottled water. That adds up quickly for a family of four.

The good news is there are plenty of filtration systems out there that will improve the taste and quality of your drinking water.

Choosing the right countertop water filtration system is easier than you might think, and it could lead to significant savings. 

Test Your Water, Know Its Contents

You'll need to know what contaminants are in your water in order to determine which countertop water filter will work for you. This way you'll know exactly what needs to be filtered out of your water. 

If your water has a chemical taste then you may be looking at too much chlorine. If it has an earthy taste, then it may be algae or strong minerals. 

The different filtration media such as carbon, filter out specific types of contaminants. So knowing what is in your water is the first place to start. 

Test kits are available online and from your state or local health department. If you are hooked up to city water then your municipality should release a water report online detailing exactly which contaminants are present in your water. 

Consider the Type of Countertop Water Filtration System

Most countertop water purifier models are compact enough to fit on your counter next to your sink. These can easily be hooked up to your faucet without having to modify your plumbing. 

The water will be routed through the filtration system and allow you to fill up a glass of water through a separate spout. 

Filters like this one are very effective, but you may need some help with the install. 

If you don't have a lot of counter space, a water filter pitcher or a faucet-mounted filter may be the way to go.  

Consider Product Design

A countertop water purifier will be visible on your counter. You will look at it daily so be sure to pick one that is attractive to you.

Designs can range from simple plastic models to glass, stainless steel, or detailed ceramic designs. 

You'll want one that matches the aesthetic of your other kitchen appliances and is not an eye-sore. 

Set a Budget 

As with any home appliance purchase, you must set your budget. Countertop water filters may seem pricey up front, but they can result in significant cost savings over time. 

Set a budget that works for you and look for models in that price range. 

Consider Maintenance Cost Over Time

All water filtration systems require some degree of maintenance which is an added cost.

You'll have to replace filters and perhaps disassemble and clean the filtration body regularly depending on the model. 

Read the countertop water filter reviews and see what people are saying regarding how easy, or difficult, routine maintenance is. 

Moving Forward With Filters

Now that you know what to look for when choosing a countertop water filtration system, you are on your way to healthy drinking water and healthy savings. 

Take a look at some of our other posts to learn more ways to improve your home and your health!


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