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No water filtration technology can totally remove 100% of contaminants from the water. However a multistage reverse osmosis (RO) system that includes sediment, activated carbon and reverse osmosis filters will remove many more contaminants than standard activated carbon filters alone.

RO systems are more expensive and have a greater upfront cost, however they are a better value and investment in the long run when it comes to cartridge replacements. Since basic carbon water filters do not offer the same level of health protection, I would not recommend them for long term drinking water.

Information Last Updated on 3/02/11
Brand APEC Aquasana Brita Brita Culligan Everpure GE PUR
Model RO-45 AQ-4000

42201 Faucet

Classic Pitcher

Under Counter Models

ROM III Ev9273-86

MWFDS Smartwater Fridge Filter

Faucet FM-3333

Fitration Type

Reverse Osmosis System

Two Activated Carbons

Activated Carbon

Activated Carbon

Reverse Osmosis Service Contract

Reverse Osmosis System

Activated Carbon

Activated Carbon

Retail Price $299.00 $99.99 $29.99 $23.05 $300 Setup + $30/Month $599.25 $32.70 $22.93
Replacemnt Cartridge Cost & Capacity $59.00 / 2400 Gal. $48.00 / 500 Gal. $13.97 / 100 Gal. $9.98 / 40 Gal. $100 Yearly Cartridge Replacement Service

$225.00 / 3000 Gal.

$30.00 / 400 Gal. $12.86 / 100 Gal.
Per Gallon "Cost of Use" 2.5 cents / Gallon 9.6 cents / Gallon 14 cents / Gallon 25 cents / Gallon Depends on usage amount 7.5 cents / gallon 7.5 cents / gallon 12.9 cents / gallon
Est. Cartridge Cost for next 5,000 gal. (Aprox 3-4 Yrs Supply) $125.00 $480.00 $698.50 $1247.50 Rental Fees 3yrs = $1380 4yrs = $1840 $375.00 $375.00 $643.00
                 
Brand APEC Aquasana Brita Brita Culligan Everpure GE PUR
Removes Arsenic Yes>93% No No No Yes>90% Yes>90% No No
Removes Bacteria Yes>99% No No No Yes>99% Yes>99% No No
Removes Benzene Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes Yes>98% Yes>95% Yes>99% Yes
Removes Chlorine Yes 99% Yes 99% Yes 99% Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes 59% Yes 96% Yes 98%
Removes Chromium Yes>93% No No No Yes>90% Yes>90% No No
Remove Cysts Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes>99%
Remove Fluoride Yes>90% No No No Yes>90% Yes>85% No No
Removes Lead Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes>95% Yes>93% Yes Yes
Removes MTBE Yes>98% Yes>93% Yes Yes Yes>98% Yes>95% Yes Yes
Removes Nitrates Yes>85% No No No Yes>90% Yes>85% No No
Removes Perchlorate Yes>90% No No No Yes>90% Yes>90% No No
Removes Radioactive Metals yes>93% No No No Yes>90% Yes>93% No NO
Removes Sediment Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes>99%
Removes THMs Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes Yes Yes>99% Yes>99% Yes 95% Yes
Removes Viruses Yes>95% No No No Yes>93% Yes>93% No No
Removes VOCs yes>99% Yes>99% Yes Yes Yes>90% Yes>90% Yes 99% Yes
* Contaminant rejection percentages are based on manufacturer's claims and on scientific data available on activated carbon and reverse osmosis water filtration technology capabilities.

WHAT THE EXPERTS SAY...

Reverse Osmosis outperforms faucet filters in Consumer Reports testing!
ConsumerReports.org
Consumer Report
Reverse Osmosis provides the most Protection!

"Mr. Bruursema, NSF International, and Ms. Houlihan say if taste is the primary concern, an inexpensive pitcher, refrigerator or faucet attachment with a carbon filter will likely do the trick. For those wanting the most protection, they agree one approach would be to combine a whole-house filtration system with a point-of-use model—such as reverse osmosis combined with a carbon filter—at the primary drinking outlet, usually the kitchen sink." -The Wall Street Journal (3/10/10)

Mr. Tom Bruursema is the GM of the Drinking Water Division of the NSF.
Jane Houlihan is the Senior VP of Research with the EWG.

Why do You Need a Water Filter?

Because your body is a "natural" water filter. The human body collects, processes, and filters contaminants on a daily basis from the food, water and air that we consume. If you drink water with high levels of pollutants, your body then becomes a living filter of sorts. It will remove many contaminants on its own but whatever it cannot remove will be left behind to be absorbed or deposited in your tissues and organs. Over time, the accumulation of toxic contaminants could overwhelm your body's natural defenses leading to serious disease, cancer and death.

It is easy to replace a bad cartridge with a new one when a water filter fails. It is much harder to replace any valuable organs when the human body fails.

Don't use your body as the filter!

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