The body is made from over 50% water, that is why what you drink is really what you are. If you are concerned about the purity of your tap water, you should be. Whether your home is supplied water through a well, or from a municipality, there is good reason to assume that there are contaminants in it that you shouldn’t be ingesting. Instead of reaching for the bottled water which has its own contaminants such as plastics, or paying the high price to rent a bottled water system, buy a water filtration system that can supply your home with endless filtered, fresh and pure water.
A reverse osmosis system is one of the best systems that you can use to ensure the purity of the water your drink. It works by removing all the contaminants in water which are harmful to your health. When you begin to add up the cost of bottled water, you quickly see that installing a filter just makes more cents, literally. There are many different manufacturers of reverse osmosis, some better than others. The Aquaphor DWM-101 Compact RO Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System with Built In Airless Storage Tank and Mineralization is one that we decided to review.
This is a unit that has all the bells and whistles. Being at the top of the price range, but certainly not the priciest, we set out to see if it was worth the cost. What we found was that it, unlike other units, was extremely compact which means that you can easily hide it under any counter. It was also about half the size of the other water filtration systems that we looked at. The Aquaphor has an efficient operation and one of the lowest pressures of any of the systems, which also means that it has the quietest operation.
The problem that most reverse osmosis systems have is that they decrease the water pressure for the supply line, so the flow becomes more of a trickle. That can be quite frustrating when all you want is a glass of water. The Aquaphor system overcomes that by an RO adjustment to speed up the flow. The problem then becomes that the RO has a tendency to waste water. Of all the manufacturers that we tested, this is the only unit that not only adjusted for the slow rate with an RO, but adjusted for the water waste as well. Up to 50% of the wasted water was solved for, more than any other unit we tested.
The convenience was top notch too. It was easy to maintain and the top screwed off, without any tools needed, to replace the filters. The filters are serious, being NSF and LGA certified, no second rate China parts here. As if we didn’t think this was the golden child to begin with, it is also made from materials that were recycled and safe for the environment…could it get any better than that?
So what were the disadvantages?
The filters needed to be changed a bit more frequently than we saw with other models, usually about every 6 months. That may not be a problem for other systems, but this one had filters which are slightly more expensive than the average, but only because they are so good. Although being able to handle large amounts of water it will not handle filtering a whole house, but none of the reverse osmosis systems that we reviewed could even come close to that.
This is the creme de la creme of water filtration systems that we reviewed. You would expect that the price was significantly more than the other models, and at about $200 more I suppose it is, but well worth it in our estimation. This water filtration not only has it all, it adjusts for all. Solving all the biggest complaints that come along with a reverse osmosis water filtration system, it is even green. Now how can you possibly beat that? As of right now…we can’t.