Most people make the mistake of thinking that if their water tastes good it is good for them. Most of the harmful contaminants in water do nothing to alter the taste. The most contaminated water can still have an enjoyable flavor. If you want to ensure the health of the water you drink, the only way to really know its purity is by having it tested. The problem with that is even if it comes back safe today, tomorrow can be a different story. Water supplies are an ever-changing entity due to ground water contamination and plumbing material breakdown. The only way to really make sure you are ingesting water which is contaminant free is by installing a water filtration system.
With so many different types of water filtration systems, manufacturers and of course, cost of systems, it is difficult to know which one will meet your needs. In an effort to help consumers determine which is best for them individually, we set out to review the ones that customers consistently rated highly. The WaterChef U9000 Premium Under-Sink Water Filtration System is one such system that we put to the test.
Boasting its superior performance and making the best tasting water of other systems, it contains a powerful filtration system. Rated for 1,000 gallon capacity, you should only have to change the filter yearly for a household of four people. It has an Intelligent MonitorTM design which tells you when the unit is ready for a new filter. Tested for NSF/ANSI standards, it says to have passed with flying colors. The contamination reduction for broad range tap water is said to be unsurpassed by other units. There is a pre-filter chamber which helps to extend the filter life. Although working on chlorine and lead, the jury is still out about whether it removes fluoride, the messages are unclear.
It works through an ion battery instead of being hooked up to an electrical supply which is helpful for those who are installing where no hookup is available. At just under $350 it is by far the most inexpensive unit that we reviewed. Filter changes, although infrequent anyway, are said to be somewhat less expensive in nature than other water filtration systems.
What are the advantages?
Without need for an electrical supply, this faucet can be installed fairly quickly into any existing space with ease. That means you can connect it to any faucet where there is a need. The faucet itself is constructed well, and said to convenient for cooking, or drinking water. The water from this unit appears to be refreshing and free from odor, tasting outstanding.
What are the disadvantages?
Of the water filtration systems that we reviewed it was on the pricier end without a good reason. The contaminants that it adjusted for are just too vague and unclear to feel safe that it is supply the optimal water for your health. The battery is a convenience for some, but to those who do have electrical available, it is just one more thing to have to worry about. The fact that there was no clear answer about fluoride or other contaminants didn’t make us feel very comfortable.
For the price this is not the best water filtration system that we reviewed. It does boast at having a high filter life, and an inexpensive filter to boot. The problems that keep us from not recommending it is that we can’t ensure that it is supplying the purist water available. Apparently the water that comes from it tastes awesome, but as stated before, that says nothing about the quality of the water itself. To some the battery may be a plus, to others it may be a hinderance. That depends on what you have to work with. Our overall conclusion, you may be better off looking a little further for your water filtration needs.