Best water filtration & softeners according to redditors

We found 880 Reddit comments discussing the best water filtration & softeners. We ranked the 329 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Water Filtration & Softeners:

u/invenio78 · 31 pointsr/worldnews

Yup. It took under an hour. No special tools needed. If you have an adjustable wrench you should be fine.

This is what I got:

u/ew73 · 21 pointsr/bestoflegaladvice

Almost all the "bad" tasting water is caused by extra metals or minerals, and almost always is harmless. Most of the time it's from water that is sourced from underground aquifers that tastes "bad". You're right: A brita (activated charcoal) can remove most of the nasty taste.

If you really, really want to make clean, use a reverse osmosis filtering system (that one seems a bit over-the-top).

RO filters are tl;dr'd as: Use a pump to force water through a series of filters / membranes and reject the stuff that doesn't make it through.

u/glitch1985 · 19 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Allow me to save you a bunch of money.

Buy two of THESE
and something like THIS and THIS
Along with $15 worth of fittings from home depot you'll have many years of spare filters. If you're interested I can go take a picture of my setup. I have these two filters before my water softener.

u/NeoNerd · 18 pointsr/skeptic

The EPA allows chlorine levels up to 4ppm (parts per million) in tap water. However, a normal swimming pool is at around this level. Most water is much lower. As a gas, chlorine becomes detectable at around 3ppm. At 30ppm, people start to cough and possibly vomit. At 60ppm lung damage happens. So unless your mother feels very ill after each shower, there's not a problem.

Even if your family are concerned, you can buy filtering faucets and shower heads for a fraction of the cost asked by this man. They cost around $25 for a shower head and about the same for a filter for a faucet. $10,000 is scam territory.

u/livelaughdesign · 16 pointsr/LifeProTips

I just bought a reverse osmosis system this year bc I moved to a city with water that tastes like a kiddie pool. Around $200 on Amazon that even adds the minerals back in... one of my best purchases of all time. We keep two pitched or water in the fridge at all time so when one runs out theres a full, cold one waiting. I'll never not have one again.

EDIT: Added link since someone else asked for it.

u/Crusader_1096 · 14 pointsr/milliondollarextreme

Look into distillation systems. They do a pretty good job of getting most shit out of water, last a long time, and often cost less than filtration systems: I personally like the concept of small countertop distillers:

u/good_guy_submitter · 13 pointsr/The_Donald

It depends on where you live. If you live in a big city in the USA, most likely yes. It is added to water during city treatment along with chlorine and other chemicals. Now, many of these chemicals are necesary evils to sanitize the water and prevent it from giving people deadly contagions like dysentery. However, that doesn't mean you want to drink these chemicals either.

Your public works department in your city is legally required to post what the water is treated with. You can often find it on your City public works website but if its not there just call them and ask.

A cheap reverse osmosis machine can be installed under your sink and it removes 98% of all contaminants including flouride and chlorine. It will run you $160 for the machine and then about $35 a year for replacement filters that have to be changed once a year. Here is an excellent budget machine.

*Note that reverse osmosis machines create 4 gallons of waste water for every 1 gallon of pure water. The filtration process is that intense. It dumps out 4 gallons of dirty water to make 1 gallon of purified RO water. So, I do not recommend buying anything larger than the under the sink machine for both conservational reasons and that you will notice it on the water bill if you go larger than this. With that said, I've been using a similar RO machine for years and my water bill hasn't gone up from RO. Consider most toilets use 5 gallons just to flush.

The #1 thing you can do to improve your health is: 1. Drink more water and drink only water (or flavored water like Tea or Coffee). Don't drink soda, juice, or anything that isn't water. Don't drink your calories. Don't drink diet or Stevia or Splenda based sugar-free soda. Only drink water, tea, coffee (maybe some cream in the coffee, go Half-N-Half or Heavy Cream or Almond milk). The idea is, DRINK more water. The #2 thing is to drink Clean water. This is where an RO machine comes in.

If you want to know why they put it in drinking water, that will require a tin foil hat and some research. But more or less the problem is that the FDA is bought and paid for by people that want you to be [1.] just unhealthy enough to need meds - and - [2.] they want you to be dumb - and - [3.] flouride has actually been proven to help prevent cavities by putting it in drinking water and in poorer communities it has lowered dental care costs. However it can cause serious health problems later in life.

u/meeeeoooowy · 13 pointsr/DIY
u/Febtober2k · 12 pointsr/longisland
u/Teerlys · 12 pointsr/preppers

I wrote this up earlier today for someone who wanted to start getting prepped on ~$75/Month but also wanted to not have to cook the foods. I did include some long term storage as the first step anyway because it's so cheap and easy, but so far as consumables go, this is a good start for you.


A lot of this is a shelf life and storage space issue. If you have plenty of room for storage, I'd start like this:

  • Month 1: This doesn't meet your doesn't-need-to-be-cooked guideline, but it's a really solid start to bulk up on available calories and requires minimal cash and effort, so it's going in anyway. Ignore it if it's not for you.

    Buy two 50lb bags of white rice from a place like Costco or Sam's Club. Find 3 food safe 5 gallon buckets with lids. Get Mylar Bags and O2 Absorbers. Then hit Youtube for instructions on what to do with them. If the Mylar bags bit will hold you back from doing this, then skip them and just clean the buckets then dump rice in them straight. Seal, date, set aside. That's 160,000 calories in month 1. Given normal pantry supplies that stretches things out quite a ways. Plan on rotating out at 7ish years if put straight into the bucket and 20 years if you use the Mylar. Realistically, with Mylar, white rice may be good for much longer than 20 years (most people say 30, but for the minimal investment I'd rotate earlier to be safe).

  • Month 2:

    Grab a Water Bob (not right now though, hurricane season has prices high and stocks low for them). Also, a Sawyer Water Filter or two. That gives you an opportunity to grab an extra hundred gallons of water in your bathtub initially given enough warning, and some water purification options later on.

  • Month 3:

    Assuming you have storage capacity, start looking at #10 cans of food. Those are the cans that are around a foot tall and very wide. Look for things that you would eat and would be usuable in your daily lives, but also ones that would be calorie dense. For example, refried beans, nacho cheese, baked beans, white potatoes, chick peas, chili with beans, etc. Those are things you can use in recipes at home, but can pick them up and store them for a couple of years first. Getting them in the larger can is a better return on investment/dollar than buying smaller ones.

  • Month 4: This is probably more what you were looking for.

    If your pantry isn't topped up with the things your family normally eats, drop that money to get a little deeper on those things. Velveeta cheese, crackers, cans of soup, noodles, peanut butter/jelly, canned vegetables/fruit, pasta/sauce, salsa, dried/canned beans, seasonings, canned meat, canned chili, etc. Date them and make sure to work through the oldest first. Having the normal foods you eat in bulk will likely end up being what gets you through most things (like the current hurricane season, job loss, winter blizzard, etc). Spending on these things can be used to fill out whatever is left of your budget when it gets partially used up on other things. I'd also maybe consider having some flats of bottled water at home as well. I usually keep 4-7 Costco sized ones on hand for my SO and I.

  • Month 5:

    Start looking at longer term bulk water storage. I like 5 gallon stackable water cubes as they're easier to move and use and you buy them as you have a little extra cash here and there, but if you want to bump the budget up a bit for a month and your wife won't look at you like you're crazy, a 55 gallon barrel is a better price per gallon than the individual cubes. Sometimes there's just no replacing having your own clean water source ready to go. Barring all of that, if your family will use them just grab a bunch of flats of bottled water and rotate them. Stacked high they don't take up a ton of floor space.

  • Month 6 and Beyond:

    At this point you're pretty well set initially for both water and food. Keep the pantry stocked and rotating. Add on for long term stored water as you see fit and maybe invest in something like a Big Berkey if you really want to drop some money into it. At that point I'd probably begin considering longer term food storage. More rice, add in some dry beans (roughly 5 year shelf life in Mylar/Buckets), and if you're feeling really into it you can get unground wheat and that will last 30 years or better in Mylar/Buckets. You'll just need to have a hand crank grinder or two to use it.


    I get wanting ready to eat foods, and that's pretty easy to do and a great place to start, but as one last recommendation... grab yourself a Propane Burner and a high pressure hose for it so that you can use regular propane tanks. You may be able to eat cold soup out of the can, but it's a lot more comforting when it's warm, and you can pretty easily have the ability to add more of your foods into your diet (like spaghetti or mac and cheese) when you can still have a burner to work with.
u/angry_wombat · 11 pointsr/HomeImprovement

New window and new doors. It's so much more quite now. Blocks all but 90% of the road noise.

summertime: swamp-cooler

edit: actually a 5 filter reverse osmosis for drinking water

u/aziraphale87 · 10 pointsr/NewOrleans

I installed a water filter in my kitchen and bathroom on the cold water. It definitely improves the taste and it's rated for lead (if there is any, my understanding is this is much more dependent on pipes on your property and any nearby road work than the citywide system).

The filters are $30-40 and last 3-6 months unless there's a boil water advisory (which is guaranteed to happen right after you change them).

u/0110010001100010 · 9 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I suppose I should have done that initially, lol.

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Then just whatever copper/PVC/PEX fittings you need to make it happen. I guess a bit over $100 but the filters drive that cost up a little and last ~3 months each so each pack is a half years worth.

I plumbed mine with a bypass too so I could bypass the filters for maintenance or if I had problems of if I'm doing a lot of outside watering (power washing).

EDIT: Pic here

u/edheler · 8 pointsr/preppers

The vast majority of the time you're going to want to bug-in rather than bug-out. I know, it isn't as sexy and you don't get to buy all of the cool gear that you might have on your mind. Plan for what is likely before you get into the unlikely.

Get a water filter which filters more than 200 gallons of water. Forget the magnesium fire starter and the iodine tablets. Keep a few unused lighters around for making fire.

Some things which are missing:

  • Have a plan to be able to heat your house. Have a backup plan in case the first one fails. Given where you live, you probably want a tertiary plan as well.
  • Have food storage for at least two weeks.
  • Do you have any medical conditions that might require special preparations?
  • Think about the security of your home.
  • If you lose your internet, phone and cell how important is communications to you?

    The last two don't really have action items for short term disasters.

    Edit: Dang autocorrect got me.
u/Poutine_My_Mouth · 8 pointsr/canada

This one by Pur. I have to replace the filter every few months, but it's pretty much eliminated any chlorine flavor from my tap water.

u/BlindLemonLars · 7 pointsr/news

I use a $30 Culligan filter under my kitchen sink, with a basic (cheap) activated charcoal strips out all the chlorine taste in my municipal water and leaves it tasting indistinguishable from bottled water. More advanced filters are available for areas with less palatable water. Screw buying bottled water from these leeches on society.

u/InvaderDust · 7 pointsr/whatisthisthing

The one I bought was called the APEC 5 found here. It cost about 200 and an extra set of replacement filters cost another 50 or so. It took 30 mins to read and understand the instructions and about 10 mins to install. You need to drill one single hole on a pipe thats coming from the bottom of the sink. The part costs like 3 bucks new. I would say to buy one and keep it under the cabinet to replace the one you'd drill a hole in (for waste water of the RO system) when you move. No harm, no foul, next tenants are none the wiser.

i installed the faucet where the sprayer handle was. I never used it anyway so the hole to mount the faucet was already there.

This one is a 5 stage system. 3 charcoal/fiber filters and 2 "membrane" filters. Depending on the quality of the water being purified, your charcoal ones should last 6 months to a year at least! Ive had mine 3 years and changed the charcoal filters only twice. Once the PPM hits 20 or so, ill change them again. A PPM meter costs a few bucks and is 100% worth it to be able to tell when to change filters. Do not skip on this little guy.

The membrane filters should last 5 to 7 years before needing replacement.

our tap water reads -218 PPM

Our Tap into Pur picture gives - 180 PPM

RO after install and first flush - 4 PPM

RO after first year of heavy use - 18 PPM

Put RO into Pur - 150 PPM! (made it much worse!)

Needless to say we threw the Pur away and never looked back. Im spoiled and love the lack of floruide in our water. Coffee, Teas, Cooking, everything got better when we invested in GOOD water. And everytime I fill up my cup or jug, is another plastic bottle that I did not need or throw away. Every time. It feels great!!

u/SD-777 · 7 pointsr/newjersey

Well so much for that, looks like we do indeed also have elevated lead levels. I do have a reverse osmosis water filter system, will have to look up the specs to see how much lead it blocks.

Edit: Are these effective? I have one installed in my home and change the filters every 6 months. It says it gets 99% of lead among other things. I'm going to get a home kit and see what the test says.

u/echo711 · 7 pointsr/pittsburgh

Run the water on cold for a minute before you use it for cooking or to fill up a brita(or any container so you're not waiting a minute for a glass). The lead gets into the water after it sits in your pipes. Overall water quality from the treatment plants is good otherwise.

If you get bad lead test results or are just worried, consider installing an undersink lead filter

u/Combative_Douche · 6 pointsr/legaladvice

Why do you feel you are entitled to an in-fridge water filter? Most people don't have one. It's a luxury. If filtered water is so important to you, get one for your sink. This one is like 20 bucks.

u/crexor · 6 pointsr/Coffee

The salt you are putting in the tank labeled Kinetico, is not for filtering, that's a water softener. The two black canisters might actually be charcoal filters, unsure from this angle though, and the larger white canister is most likely zeolite, which is recharged with the salt and possibly bleach depending on your setup , hard to tell, your system probably purges nightly. You could add additional whole house filtration, carbon or reverse osmosis, I wouldn't bother with that though unless you have bad smells, like sulphur or rust staining on your clothing. A better option would be a small britta pitcher, or a small triple filter with a RO setup that you plumb in , and install next to your sink. Don't bother with that "diy" method. You could also purchase distilled water from a grocery, or those 5 gallon jugs. Here is an example of the under sink style:
You could get a smaller or larger system, depending on your needs. They sell setups like this at Home Depot and lowes etc, and this will provide superior water quality than a pitcher or faucet style filter. But it really depends on what you are trying to filter out, and what is fouling your water.
Source: have lived on well water most of my life in Florida

u/bebravechoosejoy · 6 pointsr/BabyBumps

We bought gallons of nursery water for our son 7 years ago and used it at room temp. Now we have a big berkey and we will just use the filtered water from that.

We would pre-fill bottles with correct amount of water and pre-measure the correct amount of formula into a formula dispenser. When we needed a bottle just pour the formula into the bottle and mix. If we wanted to warm the bottle (which was hardly ever), we would just fill a cup with hot water and put the bottle into it to take the chill off.

u/pghparagliding · 6 pointsr/pittsburgh

That's the best seller. And full house ones are crazy expensive. I haven't installed those but could easily learn how.

u/PhyllisWheatenhousen · 5 pointsr/Anarcho_Capitalism

For $200 your can get a reverse osmosis machine that will desalinate saltwater into freshwater at a rate of 75 gallons per day.

u/redditor100k · 5 pointsr/news

I installed a 6 stage filter, it's great. The lines and fittings are made of polypropylene if anyone's wondering. The fittings they sell at home depot are not food safe plastics so make sure you buy polypropylene fittings if you need any extra ones.

u/kpne1home · 5 pointsr/Frugal

I grew up drinking city water all my life and recently bought a house with my wife that has a well. Our water tested fine but I just couldn't handle the taste of it. We hated drinking our water. I decided to give a reverse osmosis filer a try. Bought this from amazon, iSpring RCC7AK 75GPD 6-Stage Reverse Osmosis Alkaline Mineral Water Filter System with Brushed Nickel Faucet

I could not be happier with purchasing this system. I installed it on my basement and ran a line to my fridge and sink for a second faucet. The water tastes like bottled water. The filters aren't super cheap but it's well worth the couple hundred dollars for like 3 years of filters. If you have the ability to install one of these I highly recommend it.

u/ColinsEgo · 5 pointsr/pinealgland

This is your best option if you live in an apartment, get an under-the-sink version if you own your property. Distilled water has no fluoride, yes. But it is dangerous because it saps all of your body's minerals from the intestinal tract which is not good. Also the way the water is distilled, chlorine and other cleaning chemicals (which are 1000x more harmful than fluoride) also evaporate with the steam and make its way back into the water when condensed. So yeah best option is a 3-stage Reverse osmosis water purifier.

u/[deleted] · 4 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I added a RO system (and even moved it to my new house) like this.

Yes is waste some water but at last around here (N IL) water is cheap. We had previously brought gallon jugs to the store and refilled them. That is the cheapest way to buy water from the store that I could find but the RO was still cheaper over time. And the water tastes awesome. I am so conditioned now I literally make involuntary faces when I drink straight from the tap at other peoples houses.

In our new house I am on a well and septic so the water cost is even less.

u/lookattheseangels · 4 pointsr/kansascity

Following! I need a softener too.

Also, if you want to do it up real nice after you get a softener - cannot recommend this water filter enough. Has a large under sink tank so water is always available on demand and tastes PHENOMENAL. Seriously.

iSpring RCC7 High Capacity Under Sink 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filtration System and Ultimate Water Softener- WQA Gold Seal Certified

u/Animum_Rege · 4 pointsr/veganfitness

If you're concerned about it, might as well test yourself. See this video:

You could also use a cheap pH meter like this:

If you're worried about metabolic acidosis, just eat more vegetables:

If you want to take it a step further, you could install a RO water system, like this one with 6 stages. The 6th stage is an alkaline remineralization filter, and you could buy more of the alkaline filters and daisy chain them until you get to your desired alkaline pH level (using the aforementioned pH meter).

u/dirtyFilthyHippy · 4 pointsr/milliondollarextreme

I picked this one up from amazon last year. No complaints so far. (This model requires drilling your sink but, I think there are other models for no-drill instillation.)

u/KarlProjektorinsky · 4 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Definitely the inline filter for the bathroom sink; that's by far the easiest solution.

Something like this would be more than good enough.

One other note: if the fixture is old, you may want to run it for a minute or so to get any lead in the water out. Bathroom fixtures contained leaded alloys into the 80s and mid-90s in some appreciable amount of lead but over time it makes a difference. Letting the water run is a perfectly fine way to manage this, you don't need to replace it if it works well.

u/xilvar · 3 pointsr/NoStupidQuestions

Many water filters work well at removing lead and other impurities. I'm fond of the culligan faucet mount filter. Bought it for the second time recently in California when they used some weird algae tasting water for a while.

u/clem78 · 3 pointsr/Home

Of all the major brands of faucet filters I've bought, this is the only one that has never sprung a leak. and the filters are pretty affordable too through amazon subscribe and save.

u/MidwestJackalope · 3 pointsr/myog

This episode of the Survival Podcast will tell you more about home distillation than you'd hope to know. In my state Everclear is darn cheap and much more pure than what you can do at home. Then again, we're the DIY types, aren't we.

That said, hands down the easiest way to distill at home is with a counter-top electric still. I suppose you could hypothetically start with a cheap vodka and go from there, but nothing says you couldn't start from scratch with any scrap starch, sugar or corn and make a fuel mash in a 5 gallon bucket. Not economical, but certainly a useful skill.

EDIT: They mention it in the podcast, but I should add it's perfectly legal to make your own fuel at home. You can get a free permit from the treasury department. On the scale you're talking about, however, I don't think it would matter.

u/cbeater · 3 pointsr/BuyItForLife

been using this water distiller for 4 months.

Has good reviews, couple downsides (does not have power switch) but works great. Just get a power plug timer so that it does not evaporate all the water. The tap water that is left over is yellow.

u/frawgster · 3 pointsr/sanantonio

We've had decent luck with a PUR filter attached to our faucet.

I don't mind the taste of City water, but my wife doesn't care for it, so we installed a faucet filter a couple of years ago. I won't lie though, the PUR filter doesn't eliminate the mineral taste entirely. If I had to put a percentage on it, I'd say it removes about 90% of the taste.

u/salty-maven · 3 pointsr/Tucson

I have the same problem with the low humidity: asthma, allergies, nose bleeds. We don't have a whole house humidifier so I use a combination of a Honeywell console humidifier and a Mabis Steam Inhaler. I keep them in whatever room I'm in.

They will go bad quickly with tap water so I bought a tabletop distiller. I put the water through a Brita filter first, then I distill it, and I use that in the humidifiers.

I use a little EVOO in my nostrils, especially at night.

Some of us just don't do well with low humidity. It's an ongoing battle.

u/shortyjacobs · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Get a real hardness test first. Money well spent.

Hach 145300 Total Hardness Test Kit, Model 5-B

Then get a water softener. Put it after your filters. They are easy to install if you have done any plumbing work. I got this one, it’s great (edit: size your water softener based on your hardness test! I had 19 grains hardness. You want to run a week between regen, give or take, with a 20% buffer. 19 grains x 4 people x 75 gallons per day x 7 days x 1.20 buffer is 47,880. I got a 48,000 grain softener):

Metered water softener with 3/4" Fleck 5600SXT control, 48,000 grain capacity with by-pass valve

My water was quite hard, around 19 grains. The softener fixed that, but made it taste like mud.

So I got an RO system and plumbed it to my fridge only. That was easy too. Took me a couple hours total.

I got this one:

iSpring RCC7 High Capacity Under Sink 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filtration System and Ultimate Water Softener- WQA Gold Seal Certified

It’s been a trouble free year now with great tasting water. The showers are a bit slipprier, yes, but my kids are less itchy, and gross shit doesn’t grow over every water source in my house any more. Worth it.

u/FREE_KEVIN_ · 3 pointsr/regina

Those things are such shit. Talk to the city. They will credit your water bill for under the counter filters. See if they will go for a $270 RO system. Then get this. Pretty easy to install yourself.

Or, hell, if they will pay just have someone come install it.

u/OVERGROUND7 · 3 pointsr/TrueReddit

This one has been working well for me:

The filter sizes are standard (and inexpensive) too so you can try out different ones depending on if your local water management adds chloramines or regular chlorine to the tap water. Buy a TDS meter too so you know when to change the filters.

u/BadHumanGoodGnome · 3 pointsr/camping
u/MutilationZone · 3 pointsr/Survival

I would suggest the tablets for convenience. Do the research and read the fine print on this and any other system.

What I use is a Sawyer Squeeze
This is not without it's issues and I have fairly clean water where I go. Issues I have found are the syringe for back flushing I replaced with a tornado tube and made aftermarket caps which I cannibalized from water bottles.

u/LeifCarrotson · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Yes, especially if you're on well water you need/want a filter (not RO, just a solids filter) before the softener. The resin pellets in the softener will be destroyed by incoming silt or solids. It's cheap insurance.

Something like this:
Is all you need. Maybe a little bigger if you have many bathrooms.

u/fingers-crossed · 3 pointsr/LosAngeles

Probably more trouble than it's worth to get your landlord to do anything about it. Grab one of these and call it a day.

u/thedogshittacos · 3 pointsr/conspiracy

Okay there are a couple good ones I know of, but I do NOT support ordering anything from amazon. Try to find these elsewhere if anyone has time, post the links.

u/satellite11c · 3 pointsr/PKA

Thanks. FYI to anyone trying to filter water please don't use Brita filters they are crap. Take some time and save up a little cash and invest in a filter system that has a ceramic filter in it, way better and last alot longer. here is what my family use

u/kuskaboose · 3 pointsr/minimalism

Got married in 2015 and we was in the same boat as you... Both of us are from large ethnic families who wanted to give physical gifts (because they're well intentioned and wanted to pay it forward - a lot of them were newly arrived in the US without a lot of money, and sometimes not a lot of family and married pretty young - so gifts they got for their marriage were actually very much needed). Both my partner and I already had functioning apartments (separately), then when we moved in while we were engaged, realized we had about 2 of everything and had to narrow that down. Thankfully, we are pretty minimal people - him by nature, me by intention. But especially after having to sort through both of our belonging to weed out duplicates, we really felt like we did not need anything else.

We ended up taking a two pronged appraoch: 1) Upgrading things we had, and used, but that were not all that nice to begin with and 2) Items that would help us achieve the goals that we had laid out for our relationship as a married couple.

A few things we asked for that have seen a lot of use:

  1. Vitamix - I thought this was going to be a huge waste of money, but my partner really wanted it and my aunt really wanted to give it to us (because she loves hers). This thing has gotten used daily (and sometimes multiple times a day). We have been low-carb-ish for the last two years and the Vitamix has been awesome for this kind of cooking. Can't say enough great things about it and I have no doubt this thing is going to last decades.

  2. Really great Japanese knives - my cousin is a chef recommended this pearing knife and this 8.5" knife. Not only are they super easy to handle (as opposed to German Wostoff knives - a commonly requested wedding gift, which IMHO are way too large to efficently or precisely manuver), but they are gorgeous knives that are nicely balanced and really feel great in your hand. We replaced an entire block of cheap-o knives with these two knives alone.

  3. Religious & ethnic items for holidays - There are a few holidays we celebrate where specific items are part of the tradition. For example, for Christmas, our families always have nativity sets, so we registered for that. For Easter, there are special cultural items that are used - and someone made us that. You can ask your ethnic families to get you these things (which were actually some of the most touching gifts because they were either made by hand or purchased overseas).

  4. Plates, silverware, glasses and servingware to host 40 people - This is NOT "minimalist" for pretty much anyone, but it made sense for us. We both have large families. The elders of the families have been strongly hinting at having us take over the "big holidays" that they have been hosting. Additionally, we live in a neighborhood that is the spot for 4th of July parties, and we host an annual blowout day-before-Thanksgiving party. When we were making our registry, we made a list of everyone who would be on the invite for these parties and were hitting the 35-40 person range. So we have 40 place settings - we keep 32 of them in a separate set of cabinets in the basement, and 5-6 times a year, bring them out so that everyone can eat together using real plates and silverware. It's not minimalist, but it's intentional in that we specifically have choosen to stay in the same city as our families so we can do these types of things.

    I guess my overall advice would be to make a list of goals you want to achieve for your life together, and then try to ask for items that either help you achieve those goals, or enhance those experiences.

    A few examples:

  • If a goal for your married life together is to be environmentally sustainable, think about registering for a compost bin, a fancy SimpleHuman garbage/recyling can or a Berkey Water Filter

  • If you want to pursue a healthy lifestyle together and cook homemade meals - you can upgrade your pots and pans (love my All Clad pots and my Le Creuset pan).

    Does anyone NEED this stuff? No, of course not. But when you're lucky enough to already have all your basic needs met in life, wedding registries provide are a nice opportunity to upgrade things that were aquired at an earlier time in your time in your life, not for their enduring quality, but rather their low cost/ ease of procurement. Good luck!
u/AdolphEinstien · 3 pointsr/nutrition

We use a Berkey water filter for all our drinking and cooking water.
It improved the taste and cleared up some stomach issues that we hadn't realized was water related.

u/penguin_apocalypse · 3 pointsr/personalfinance

There are non-permanent models you can buy that screw on to the faucet and have the four filters sitting on top of the counter (you can remove when not in use). It's not those little screw on Pur filters, but a full, 4-stage RO system with a tube that you can plop into your 3-gal containers and fill that way.

u/fullofredgoo · 3 pointsr/PlantedTank

I bought this RO filter and it work really well considering the price. I keep it under my bathroom sink when I'm not using it, and maybe once every week or two when I need more water I put it in my sink, hook it up and fill a few 5 gallon jugs. It's not quite as convenient as having a fancier filter with its own reservoir but it works for what I need it to do. For another ~$10 you can pick up a small pex T valve so you don't need to bother unscrewing your tap.

u/tint_shady · 3 pointsr/HomeImprovement

This is the RO system I bought for my shop, the water there is awful, this thing works great, I've had it installed for over a year now. I can't recommend a water softener, I still have my Culligan, I'm not replacing it until it quits.

u/jonoslicer · 3 pointsr/NewOrleans

APEC Top Tier 5-Stage Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System (ESSENCE ROES-50)

u/JClocale · 3 pointsr/AskNYC

Brita filters only claim to remove "chlorine taste and odor, copper, mercury and cadmium". None of those are really a concern unless your building has ancient pipes, and personally I've never detected a chlorine taste or odor.

In fact, if you don't change your brita filters regularly, they can harbor bacteria which can actually make your water less safe.

If you really want to purify the shit out of your drinking water, you need a multi-stage reverse osmosis filtration system.

u/thepersonwiththeface · 3 pointsr/EatCheapAndHealthy

You can get reverse osmosis water filter systems that you install under your sink for around $200. A bit of an investment, but we installed one about half a year ago and it's been great. You get super pure water from a system like this.

u/ST0NETEAR · 3 pointsr/The_Donald

There's a lot of things the LifeStraw won't catch (any dissolved chemicals, fluoride chloroform etc.), but it is a very good start.

Reverse osmosis is about as pure water as you can get without distilling. One of these under the kitchen sink would be great if you can swing it (water that you cook with is always overlooked):

And get one of these for your shower:

u/yanman · 3 pointsr/Homebrewing

I use this 5 stage filter with my crappy tap water. Works great and is going on a year on its second set of filters without any sign of slowing down.

Whatever you do, I recommend getting a cheap chlorine test kit and TDS meter to spot check the performance of your filter over time.

u/NominalFlow · 3 pointsr/worldnews

You could probably add a Reverse Osmosis filter with a tank under your sink, with a Deionizing stage for even more pure water, and then add an alkalizing stage at the end of line for taste and minerals being put back in the water. Something like this

As you can see, there are lots and lots of versions and sellers, and are basically all the same setups just with different cartridge combinations/costs, but they all take the same filter cartridges, so brand doesn't matter much in the end.

One disadvantage is that it sends 3 gallons of waste down the drain for every gallon of pure water you get, on average, but if your municipality doesn't suck that water isn't really "wasted," but it can get expensive if you pay a lot for water. Can't beat RODI water for purity, though

u/wildscenic · 3 pointsr/vandwellers

I use a three stage household water filtration system. The first one is a string wound sediment filter, the second is a basically just carbon and the third is a ceramic shell with a carbon core.

Basically like this:

The replacement cartridges are a standard size, so you can get whatever ones are most appropriate for your needs, and just use it as a single or two-stage filter as well.

u/DucoNihilum · 2 pointsr/AskReddit

Upfront cost - ~19 dollars

Maintenance cost - ~12 dollars per 200 gallons

Meaning... the filter can provide you with 1,514 individual bottles of water. So unless this water comes out to 18 cents per 24 pack you are NOT saving anything.

u/LesliW · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

We have really bad water and have been really happy with this one.

Culligan FM-15A Advanced Faucet Filter Kit

We bought several of the ones that just snap onto your faucet and every one ended up leaking and turning into a mini-water-fountain within a few weeks. This one actually screws on, so it takes a minute to put on/take off, but it works SO MUCH BETTER. Been using it daily for two years now, and it's under $30.

u/Endall · 2 pointsr/HerbGrow

This was the filter, xandarg recommended it. Seems to working fine. Really slow though compared to before. My tap water is only 40ppm? So besides the chloramine it is pretty good.

I might buy RO/distilled by the gallon in the future like you've suggested when I get into living soil or hydro. Right now i'm still using liquid nutrients but with my new plants i'm going to try some worm castings tea. So i'll want to get rid of the chloramine for that. I'll be doing some comparisons though to see if the type of water is really making that much of a difference with my garden when it comes to the tea.

u/big_orange_ball · 2 pointsr/pics

You could just distill it if I'm not mistaken. THere are a ton of water distillers on amazon for under $200.

u/financiallyanal · 2 pointsr/SleepApnea

In the US - midwest. Do you have a Wal*Mart in the area? If so, that should be easy. But I've been to Kroger and other local chains without any trouble.

At $4/gallon, you'll probably come out ahead with an in-home distillation machine:

u/WillieNelsonsBraids · 2 pointsr/army

As a last resort you could buy a steam distillation set-up.

[steam distilation](Megahome Countertop Water Distiller, White, Glass Collection

u/insaneatomicman · 2 pointsr/USF

Ooo Nice. You didn't happen to live in the ELLC last year did you?

LC as in liquid chromatography? I took organic chemistry 1 + lab during summer A and I did numerous types of chromatography. I would say for this either TLC or GC might be better for this (I found liquid chromatography to be inaccurate and annoying). Gas chromatography was very accurate and in your case would be practical because simple alcohols have relatively low boiling points. If you can get in contact with a chemist especially an organic chemist (they deal with a lot of Chromo) then you will be in luck. There are a lot of chromatography labs on the 2nd floor of NES, you may be able to find someone there. There are also a lot of friendly orgo TA's that may be able to help you.

Also if you're looking to purify your alcohol a great investment would be a distiller that I have come across. I really want to buy one haha. They are not cheap though.

u/ratZ_fatZ · 2 pointsr/cider

Question: what's the difference between jacked cider and distilling cider.

u/ccc1912 · 2 pointsr/firewater

Have a look at this and the Water Distiller that's what i've been using to make brandy.

u/pensotroppo · 2 pointsr/LosAngeles

For everyone with horrible tap, you can distill your own.

Is it as convenient as having great tap water to begin with? No. But it's an alternative to "oh well, guess I'm giving my money to Big H2O."

u/sharplikeginsu · 2 pointsr/PressureCooking

If you needed to distill a lot, it might be worth investing in a dedicated countertop unit.

u/Workasaurus · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

What will you do without a backpack??

For me, it's a tie between the filtered water pitcher (because our water is really crappy) or the hair straightener (because the cracks in my old one are snagging/breaking my hairs).

u/Vegas99 · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

this is probably the best thing i've ever given myself.

u/Sarstan · 2 pointsr/Bakersfield

That's less about the region and more about how it's being stored. You'll want to double check your containers are sealing properly and that your refrigerator is staying a proper temperature.
If you're concerned about the water, which isn't going to be much better or worse than most places in California, get a filter on your tap. I have something very similar to this on my faucet for drinking water. It's not that the water is unsafe to drink, but more so it does have tastes in it that I want out. Either way, those filters can be found in any major department store for sure, or even something like Home Depot or Lowe's.

u/isanyonekeepingtrack · 2 pointsr/explainlikeimfive

Only if they say they're rated to do as such. This one makes no mention of lead so I would assume not. Also, you may find pitcher filters are annoyingly slow. You're better off getting a faucet attached filter, even their standard filters are rated for 99% lead removal. They take about a minute to install.

u/sadstarfish · 2 pointsr/AsianBeauty

I'm looking for water filter recommendations for my faucet to see if my water might be cause of some of the skin issues I've been having. So far I've only looked at PUR water filters on Amazon because I don't know anything about water filters and they are the only ones I've heard of. I'm not really sure what's the difference between the [basic] (, [2-step] (, and [advanced] ( filtration systems. I will not be drinking this water, as I already have another system installed in my kitchen for that. Any advice/recommendations would be appreciated. If there's another sub where someone can direct me for more specific information, that is also appreciated! Thanks!

u/kendrickshalamar · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Your sink probably has knockouts - maybe one like this?

u/fuelvolts · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

Nice! I burned through a solenoid on my fridge and the replacement part was $25 + shipping. I ended up finding this Culligan US-EZ-1 kit on Amazon, which is similar to yours:

Filter is good for 3000 gallons and/or 1 year. Replacement filters are $10 Prime Shipped. Works great for me!

Filter Unit

Faucet it comes with. Please excuse the dirty sink, I was doing some drywall work in the kitchen, too.

Only problem is that I had 3/8 in fittings instead of 1/2 in. The kit comes with a 1/2 splitter to use, but it was worthless to me. Had to get a saddle valve kit on Amazon for about $8 shipped. A saddle valve pierces the actual copper tubing. It took a lot of courage to twist that handle to pierce the tubing!

Saddle Valve installed.

u/hack-the-gibson · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

This is a really interesting idea. It would probably also make the tap water more palatable too. I'm not sure why I didn't think of this myself. Thanks. I'm currently looking at getting this one. I don't suppose you own one yourself? If so, what are your experiences?

u/TheEnginerd · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

5 stage RO system for $350? More than twice the price of well-reviewed systems on Amazon.

u/illuxion · 2 pointsr/AdviceAnimals

for about $200 you can get a pretty good reverse osmosis system that works miracles. I have this one which was $160 and free prime shipping when I got it, not sure why it isn't prime right now. I considered how much I was spending on bottled water and sodas which made it a no brainer. The water tastes so good I now rarely drink anything else. My tap water typically has about 500ppm dissolved solids and a really nasty taste. That's coming from the source as I replaced all of the pipes in the the house last year(it was closer to 1000ppm before I changed the pipes). The water that comes out of my RO system is about 10ppm TDS with no odd smell, color, or taste. 3 years worth of membranes and filters was only $100.

u/laharre · 2 pointsr/Homebrewing

This is the one I've been eyeing. It's not the cheapest, but it has good reviews and should give a very clean product. iSpring RCC7 - Most Popular, Built in USA, WQA Gold Seal Certified, Top Notch 5 Stage 75 GPD Reverse Osmosis Water Filter w/ Transparent 1st Stage & Designer Faucet

u/WillGrowNE · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

I use this one. Keeps me under 10ppm and super easy to install.

u/carnevoodoo · 2 pointsr/homeowners

I have this one:

This is a kitchen sink model. It has a spout that comes up and I also attached it to the refrigerator, so our ice maker and door water use it. I don't care about the rest of the house having hard water. I grew up in this region, and it has always been the case. I think for whole house purposes, you'll probably want something more robust than that 20 dollar filter, but it all depends on what you want to get out of it.

So I guess the question is, what do you want out of it?

u/Loganshaw9 · 2 pointsr/Coffee

RO water filters have gotten pretty cheap recently for the home about 200$ can get you one. i bought this one for mine and i love it.

u/shualam · 2 pointsr/conspiracy

Is this worth it? iSpring RCC7 WQA Gold Seal Certified 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System - 75 GPD

u/abhikavi · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

I have the iSpring under-sink version. I bought it because it was the cheapest one on Amazon at the time. It's been three years; it's been reliable and filters are cheap. Printed instructions were crap, but they have a video on youtube that made installation doable.

u/Spazmodo · 2 pointsr/microgrowery

I think it's the only way. I read somewhere that other water filters like brita etc that use a carbon filter actually increase the PPM because they use activated carbon. I don't know if that's accurate as I didn't fact check it but...

If you're curious this is the system I got. It will dispense about 2 1/2 gallons of filtered water until the tank is empty and then an hour later it will again. That's enough for me to change out my solution, and then I just top it off.

u/k_rol · 2 pointsr/worldnews

Why is a system like this at $200 not working for you? It seems to be praised in this very post.

u/strongcoffee · 2 pointsr/SavageGarden

I got a slightly fancier version. It's totally worth it for me since my tap water tastes terrible.

Sorry for mobile link. I highly recommend RO systems for serious growers. (Or in my case, serious beer brewers)

u/GODZiGGA · 2 pointsr/HydroHomies

Yep. The reverse osmosis process is non-selective in what it filters from the water. It will remove the "bad" things from water like heavy metals, chemicals, etc. but it will also remove the "good" things from water like calcium, magnesium, etc. In my system, right before coming out of the tap, the water is run though a "pH filter" that raises the pH of the water above 7.0 (RO water can be slightly acidic) and adds calcium, magnesium, sodium, potassium, etc. back into the water which will improve the taste. While it is technically possible for plain reverse osmosis water to leech minerals out of your system, that isn't really a concern unless you are already super deficient in those minerals to begin with as you likely get more than enough of each of those minerals that the amount lost due the water leeching them from your body during the short time it is in there is negligible. So I don't buy into the idea that the remineralization of RO water has any great health benefits, I just enjoy the taste of water that is slightly less acidic and has slightly more mineral content. The difference in taste to me is noticeable enough that I can tell when it is time to change the "pH filter" in my system.

So my system is:

Stage 1: Sediment filter - Removes larger particles like dirt, sand, rust, etc. that may have been brought in through the water pipes or sucked up from your well)

Stage 2: Granulated Active Carbon filter - Removes cloudiness as well as organic compounds/chemicals that add a bad smell/taste to the water like hydrogen sulfide (rotten eggs smell) or chlorine.

Stage 3: CTO Carbon Block filter - A enhanced version of the Stage 2 filter. It further reduces cloudiness and organic compounds/chemicals.

Stage 4: Reverse Osmosis Membrane - Removes any particle large than 0.1 nm.

Stage 5: Post Carbon filter - Similar stages 2/3 to remove taste/odors.

Stage 6: pH filter - Contains calcium carbonate, magnesium oxide, and mineral stone media to correct pH and add some minerals back to the water for improved taste.

There is also an optional 7th stage available that contains a UV lamp filter to kill any microorganisms in the water if you live somewhere or get your water from a source that has a high likelihood of having microorganisms (like if you got your water directly from a lake or stream) but I don't need anything like that and a decent portion of my system is probably already overkill since I have city tap water but my wife was super concerned about lead in the water for our kids in the aftermath of the Flint shit show, but her paranoia lead us to have amazing tasting drinking water!

u/CandyCheetoSteamboat · 2 pointsr/Documentaries

Sure. Looking back at my order it is actually a 6 stage kit.

They do make simpler (cheaper) kits as well. This is just the one I settled on.

PS: I'm not associated with this seller or product. This is just what I bought based on reviews and cost of maintenance items (new filters) and have been happy with it.

u/the262 · 2 pointsr/espresso

I use a iSpring RCC7AK. You can find it on Amazon for about $200:

It takes my ~600 TDP softened well water down to 100 TDP and tastes great. I have it direct plumed to my ECM machine and it provides a steady 2 bars of pressure.

u/humanasfck · 2 pointsr/fasting

>Do you guys think i got dehydrated due to not taking elektrolytes?

This could be part of it, though I believe it may also be that you're drinking tap water.

I suggest you consider upgrading your water source. The chemicals in tap water are great for treating and recycling it, but they disrupt the body's natural function. I believe the main detriment comes from fluoride, which disrupts the brain's iodine receptors, and shifts our hormonal balances out of 'normal' (link) as well as puts additional stress on the kidneys (link).


" The regulations for the content of fluoride in food, drinking water and personal care products should be reviewed in order to reduce fluorite in the pineal gland that directly affects mental health, hormonal and antioxidant systems. " (link)

My water choices have been alkalized RO water or distilled.

Anecdotally, if I drink tap water I feel insatiable - like I will drink a pint and instantly still feel thirsty and want to drink another. If I drink pure water (such as either of the above options), I feel very satisfied and remain hydrated.

>Whats your opinion on fasting with a cold?

I find when I fast and have a runny nose, the symptoms will be more intense, though it seems to pass/heal much faster as well.

u/Zermus · 2 pointsr/plano

I bought mine off Amazon and installed it myself watching Youtube videos.

You can certainly take them with you when you move. As far as what your complex allows, I'm not sure on that one since I live in a house. You can get reverse osmosis water from grocery stores too, though. Just buy a 5 gallon jug and water cooler, they have those on amazon or at walmart, and you can fill them up at the grocery store for like a dollar.

u/Yakapo88 · 2 pointsr/conspiracy

iSpring RCC7AK 6-Stage Superb Taste High Capacity Under Sink Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System with Alkaline Remineralization - Natural pH

That one adds minerals to the water. you can get a 5 stage for less money if you don’t want the added minerals.

If you have a granite counter top, you need a special bit to drill through it.

u/albatrossssss · 2 pointsr/Coffee

My wife and I cruise quite often, and I couldn't figure out why the coffee always tasted bad. I even started bringing Starbucks via packets, which I know aren't the best but are pretty good for instant coffee. The thing is they even tasted bad. So one day I decided to get hot water from the café they have on board, and the coffee was night and day better. Ended up with the difference was that the café had extra filtration to remove chlorine from the water.

So to get to the point, I have KC/Independence water which is rated one of the best in the nation, but I started using a water filtration System, now it's very difficult to go back to normal tapwater. I never thought my home brew coffee tasted bad, but now I never go back.

Here's the system that I use, it may be a little bit overkill but we now use it for any cooking or drinking water.

iSpring RCC7AK 6-Stage Residential Under-Sink Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System w/ Alkaline Remineralization - WQA Gold Seal Certified, 75 GPD

u/drawkin · 2 pointsr/vegas

I hear you, I do still add some flavor to my water (lemons, mio, or even fruit flavored green or black tea bags).

I'm not sure how the costco R/O system and this Amazon one compare, but I did some research a while back & if I ever did get an R/O unit, this is the one I would get. (Based on reviews on how the water tastes like bottled water)

u/Logvin · 2 pointsr/phoenix

I've never owned a water softener, but you can easily install an undersink RO system and connect it to your sink/fridge for $150-$200. Costco always sells one in this range, or you can buy one from Amazon.

I bought that a few months back, works great. The sediment filter is clear, and its creepy seeing the crap slowly collect at the bottom of it that came in my drinking water if I had no had this in place..

u/AJ-Taylor · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

Depending on what your water is like, you might not need something as expensive as that. I only need to filter sediment from my well and am not worried about heavy metals or pesticides, so these work fine:

u/joecamel_ · 2 pointsr/BuyItForLife

This is what we use.

Our kitchen sink has a strong chlorine taste without it. Works well.

It's mostly for my cats, so it lasts longer than if it was for everyone here.

You replace the filter 8-12 months depending on use.

u/jglol · 2 pointsr/LosAngeles

I've been using it for about a year. Haven't changed the filter yet - it started blinked red a while ago [indicating filter change], but I've been riding it out and haven't tasted a difference.

u/Lars--Himself · 2 pointsr/canada

Here's a link to the Canadian Amazon, because y'know, this is /r/canada

u/nofap_throw_ · 2 pointsr/NoFap

Once you give it up you don't want it anymore. Definitely worth giving up. Processed sugar is not good for you, and a can of soda has like 55 grams of it. Not to mention all of the other stuff that is in there.


I like drinking lemon lime water-- just squeeze half a lemon and half a lime in 16oz of water. I recommend using a gravity filter like this one to get rid of most of the impurities found in tap water.

u/TooManyKittiesInHere · 2 pointsr/homeowners

We have purchased this whole-house water filter which is rated for lead, amongst several other contaminants:

Here are the third party lab results:

How to read the results:

  • The first page of results ("Client Identification: Source ") shows baseline (unfiltered). Look at the "results" column to see the levels.
  • The following three pages show results after filtration. They sampled 3 times, that's why there are 3 pages.
  • The last two pages demonstrate their equipment is accurate.

    A cheaper option would be to get a Berkey Water filter like this:
u/BuddyTrees · 2 pointsr/Autoflowers

Yeah that sulfur smell is sometimes caused by bacteria in wells that consume the oxygen in water. So your water probably has low amounts of oxygen to start with, so aerating your water will help your grow regardless if thats the issue or not.

I got mine off Amazon. I got a cheaper counter top version. Just make sure you dont get one that adjusts pH or adds nutrients back in. 6 or 7 stage ones sometimes do that.

Countertop Portable Universal 5-stage Reverse Osmosis RO Purification Water System with DI Deionizing Mixed Bed (close to 0 PPM) postfilter, build in USA

u/edman007-work · 2 pointsr/SavageGarden

There is an RO system on Amazon for $63, only reason I haven't bought it yet is I have only been using about 2 gallons a month, but I've heard lots of great reviews about it.

u/JButcher98 · 2 pointsr/HomeImprovement

You look to have really good well water. Low iron is always a plus. I have one of these, works great.

Fleck 5600SXT 48,000 Grain Water Softener Digital SXT Metered Whole House System

Adding a filter before for sediment will help work the softener lasting longer. I have some spin down filters (you just clean the screen and reuse them) and traditional water filters that I change every couple months.

Also have this RO at the kitchen sink. Replacement filters are very reasonable, 2 sets of 3 for around $50 I think.

APEC Top Tier 5-Stage Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System (ESSENCE ROES-50)

u/p_rplepanther · 2 pointsr/conspiracy

These are so separated from air it's pretty hard for mold to grow.

u/joecbloom · 2 pointsr/homeowners

We have had this one since February and have been happy with it. Great tasting water, definitely better then our tap water unfiltered. I haven't done any real testing (TDS, etc), so all I can really say is that we like it.

It was fairly easy to install (though it took a couple hours), and has been very reliable.

u/Spac3Gh0st · 2 pointsr/news

APEC - Top Tier - Built in USA - Ultra Safe, Premium 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System (ROES-50)

u/LEDwizard · 2 pointsr/microgrowery
u/halogrand · 2 pointsr/DIY

Still seems like a huge waste of money.

If you are getting the 24 pack at $24 (or $20.40 after your 15% discount), and you go through your recommended 3.7 liters (assuming your a male adult) which is roughly 7.4 bottles a day. Over a 30 day month you are drinking 222 bottles of Fiji water costing about $188.70/month, or $2264.40/year.

Sticking with Amazon, you can get a 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis filter with installation for about $450.

Even if we consider this to be on the low end and you went with a plumber for installation and parts/service it would be cheaper withing a year than your current setup (with a LOT less environmental impact).

EDIT: Just read you are also cooking with it as well! Seriously, just get the System, save money and the environment.

u/kizzle69 · 2 pointsr/SavageGarden

I bought a counter top model when I was in my apartment. In fact, I believe I still have it....

This is it.

I justified the purchase because we also used it for our drinking water. 220 bucks up front and no more buying water at all

u/govegan_ctfu · 2 pointsr/PlantBasedDiet

It's not a pitcher but we use an [APEC countertop filtration system] ( It's $229 and a bit more if you go for the UV filter. You can also get a re-mineralization filter that adds calcium.

It attaches to the end of a faucet with a bypass. We live in an apartment and they had no issues with us installing it. I don't think there's any all-in-one pitcher (like Brita) that will come close to most bottled waters.

APEC is pricey compared to pitchers, but the savings is worth it if your drinking something like Evian for 100% of your water.

u/mash711 · 2 pointsr/sandiego

I also rent and bought this guy: APEC Water - US Made - Countertop Reverse Osmosis Water Filter - Portable & Installati...

Very easy to setup. I have the tube going into a glass water tank beside my kitchen sink. I can take a picture later if you're interested. I tested the water coming out and was amazed at the difference.

Too bad RO is so energy intensive, otherwise the water departments would switch in a heartbeat.

u/idunnopotato · 2 pointsr/Documentaries

> Brita

If you can afford it and and willing to hook that up to the sink and wait 10 minutes to fill up a jug then that's worth it for the best tasting water ever.

This one you gotta install so depending on where you live if you own or rent then this might be worth it

u/TellEmHawk · 2 pointsr/Autoflowers

I bought this about 4 months ago. I am very pleased.
5 Stage Home Drinking Reverse Osmosis System PLUS Extra Full Set- 4 Water Filter

u/LisaS4340 · 2 pointsr/Hoboken

Brita, Pur, and Zero Water are not that great. You need something like this:

u/cr0ft · 2 pointsr/VanLife


The above is all you need to link to Amazon, the rest is tracking stuff. :)

The canister and hoses and such on the site are all standard stuff. If you want to know what the filters do, they list those with more detail (and the filters are really the only interesting part).

But I'm not necessarily saying that store and only that store, just that it's one that has a great assortment and quality filters. - describes the combo filter. It's pretty cool, ceramic and active charcoal in one, that's usually a two-canister system. Note they have different models, gravity fed or pressurized!

The multi canister systems are most likely done to be part of a pressurized system though, I believe. See the text in your link that says "Feed Water Pressure: 20-85 psi" - that system is aimed at filtering everything coming into an RV, most likely.

But you shouldn't just buy something off Amazon even so. You should do web searches until you find a decent seeming shop, be it the one I googled up and linked or some other that specializes in RV filtration and then contact them and ask for advice. Every satisfied customer gives them word of mouth advertising, after all, and you don't really know what you need. When you don't know what you need, ask a bona fide expert.

u/JayV30 · 2 pointsr/Columbus

I've been pretty happy with this simple under counter filter:

Woder 10K-Gen3

I use it with a dedicated faucet for the filtered water - not sure I'd be happy with the water pressure if it was hooked directly to my main faucet. But the water tastes great and while I haven't changed the filter yet, it looks really easy.

u/budgiefacedkiller · 2 pointsr/parrots

I'm pretty poor (lol) so my favorite "budget" HEPA filter is this Germ Guardian tower. The smaller one was perfect for a 1 bedroom apartment. We tried a cheap Honeywell before this one and it was SO NOISY.

For a water filter we have an under-sink filter (like this) and it is awesome! No more changing a filter every 3 months. And it does a really good job filtering our super hard well water.

u/fubka · 2 pointsr/washingtondc

I installed one. I also added a T adapter after the filter to go to the ice maker. I noticed a slight reduction in pressure. Mine says it was good for a full year and that is on the high side.

u/Arkhantak · 2 pointsr/recycling

I'm glad I could be useful, here are a couple links you might find interesting:

Vermiculture Subreddit

Vermiculture Canadian Manual

Yogurt Maker

If you actually want to begin with any of the above, feel free to PM me, it took me a while to get it right, but now it is a lot easier.

About the water, I bought a Brita water bottle with a filter in it. It is not a "powerful" filter, it mostly helps with the taste, but there are pretty decent systems out there and they are not that expensive.

Water filter

I tried to link international websites. I'm from Chile, so my usual links are in spanish; I haven't tried the specific products I linked, but their chilean counterpart and they have worked flawlessly.

Have a nice day!


There are a couple subreddits you might want to visit.

Permaculture Subreddit

Check it's sidebar, there are over 20 interesting ones.

u/mki401 · 1 pointr/lancaster

Just buy a tap filter for $20. I have this one and love it.

u/ItsACharlieDay · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

retail therapy

I think you're going to get the culligan water faucet filter since you have less hours this would be sensible so you have the cleanest water... Idk

u/Binsky89 · 1 pointr/mildlyinteresting

Have you tried a Culligan filter? In my old town the tap water tasted like drinking out of a swimming pool, but the filter made it 100% better.

u/midnitewarrior · 1 pointr/EatCheapAndHealthy

This is the cheapest / best / easiest option I found when I switched to filtered water. It takes out the chlorine flavor. It's really easy to install, and it works well.

u/waterdeptguy · 1 pointr/shutupandtakemymoney

You can get an NSF certified water filter for under $20. Among other things, NSF certification ensures that the filtrate and hardware do not contain unsafe levels of lead and that the filter actually removes what it claims it removes (primarily testing for cryptosporidium, giardia cysts, lead, and chlorine).

u/rjcarr · 1 pointr/funny

OK, that makes sense. You can buy one of those filters that goes directly onto your tap if the container filters don't hold enough water. Something like this:

Before putting the work in to install though I'd recommend trying a simple container filter to make sure you approve of the taste.

u/albatrek · 1 pointr/cmu

I live in an apartment near campus. I read the Pittsburgh water report when I moved in and immediately bought one of the water filters that goes on your sink faucet. The free lead test from Pittsburgh would have taken several weeks and sounded really inconvenient - they drop off bottles outside your building, you have to get them and fill them and leave them to get picked up - I wasn't sure how that would work in an apartment building. The other option for testing is buying your own test kit, but a quality test kit is more expensive than a quality filter, and, based on reviews, a lot of them aren't all that accurate. (although also consider that the filter will need to be replaced periodically - in the long run, it is more expensive than a test kit)

For anyone who doesn't want to read the report, Pittsburgh (14.8 µg/L in 2015) is just under the level at which a city is supposed take action for lead (15 µg/L). So, not technically awful, but kinda scary. Hence my filter :) I got this one. It was $20 and well-reviewed by Consumer Reports.


u/notmymoney · 1 pointr/occult

how do you distill it ? just with a regular distiller?

like this

This is some real shit. Would love to chat with you more re astro magick.

u/potstillin · 1 pointr/firewater

z32 is talking about a system to maintain a closed loop cooling system. So you don't have to add new cool water, just remove heat from reservoir water.

My original post was about basically making a fairly flat worm and blowing air over it to condense vapor. Just an idea I found intriguing, water cooling makes much more sense for most of us. I would imagine the small air cooled distillers use some form of this setup. [distiller] ( alcohol vapor is much easier to condense than water vapor.

u/Terkala · 1 pointr/BitcoinMarkets

What are you talking about?

$200 and you're good to go. The only challenge is getting water to shower with (kind of annoying to shower with salt water).

u/MrMajors · 1 pointr/Coffee

Have been battling hard water (TDS of 360) at a friends house for many years. I have been using one similar to this one to distill water and blend tap water down to a reasonable hardness level :

or here:

It is slow (5 hrs per gallon) but it is set and forget and easy to clean with citric acid. Store finished water in glass containers. Easier and less expensive than lugging water from the market. You can then build your own water as you see fit. Either blend distilled with tap water or try the Third Wave Water suggestion. A TDS meter is helpful when blending and they can be had from most hydroponic supply outlets for $35 US.

u/cowpen · 1 pointr/firewater

These distilling devices are perfectly legal in the US...

Not very practical for the purposes generally espoused in this subreddit however.

u/the_khan_lives · 1 pointr/vegas

For drinking water, my fridge has a water filter and i distill that water with a countertop water distiller i purchased from Amazon.

u/turumti · 1 pointr/mildlyinteresting

I meant something like this:

Water Distiller, Countertop, White Enamel, Glass Collection

I use this because the tap water I get has a weird smell that filters don't seem to remove.

This contraption yields delicious water (i.e. no taste) that is perfectly clean and costs a fraction of what buying bottled water would cost.

It is less convenient than a filter though.

u/aileron_ron · 1 pointr/mead

@dbreidsbmw: Saw a video year's ago about distilling and the distiller

u/doorgunner_righ · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I know this will distill. And the video when I saw the video I picked up the distiller and even today I make great brandy, I buy the cheap 1 gallon wine and let the distiller do the work.

u/dieter_naturlich · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I've been making 1 gallon with a piece of aluminum foil on the jug of apple wine for about eight years and use a Water Distiller to help it taste better. Never had a problem yet

u/xqiam · 1 pointr/askscience

This is what I use. Would that work for your situation?

u/sexybobo · 1 pointr/funny

The permit is easy to get the annoying part is you have to pay taxes on every drop of alcohol you distill and a $1000 yearly fee for the license even if your making it for personal use.

Which were the exact same restrictions on home brewing up until the 1973 law was passed removing the permit and taxing on personal use.

But yeah don't distill alcohol unless you want to risk a fine.

u/HopelessSemantic · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

For six years of my life, I was in an emotionally/verbally abusive relationship. I was able to finally break free from my ex with the help of a wonderful friend who supported me more than my ex ever had, despite being half a country away. A huge defining moment in my life was when my son and I flew across the country to meet that man in person for the first time. I knew right away that he was the one I'd been hoping to find my whole life, and the three of us became a family almost right away. Almost two years later, we are now married, and he has been a wonderful father to our son.

If I win, this would be a huge help. Our tap water is gross and our water filter won't stay on the faucet anymore. If that's too expensive though, this cheese slicer would make me happier than I'd like to admit.


Thanks for the contest!

u/noobalicious · 1 pointr/AskReddit

I used to waste so much money on bottled water because my tap tasted bad. Then I got one of these and I haven't spent a dime on bottled water since.

u/TwistedEnigma · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I'm gonna start with a little story. about 3 months ago i was up to 385 lbs, the highest I have ever been. My boss told me if i lose 50 lbs he will give me 100 dollars. ive been doing really good trying to watch what I eat. i would like this. i need to drink more water but i hate the taste of tap water. this is something i can fill up and have in the fridge and i can use to fill up a water bottle. i need all the help i can get. im 28 and being so heavy is dangerous to my health.I know this water filter isn't going to magically change my life but it is a step in the right direction. also if i win this or not , when i make it to my 50 lb goal im going to do a 20 dollar contest of a similar fashion. you never know these health contests might save a life!

u/JustinPA · 1 pointr/AskReddit

Pur 18 cup dispenser.

I use it, and love it.

u/semiotist · 1 pointr/Coffee

Did you ever consider a faucet mounted filter. It's faster and more convenient than a pitcher while still cheaper than a reverse osmosis system.

Bonus question: I now use a variable temp bonavita kettle so I can set it to any temperature I want but before that I would usually wait till 20 seconds off a boil.

edit: I only have personal experience with the pur filter linked above and I loved it until it cracked. However reading the reviews as pointed out by allwoundup I've discovered this isn't an uncommon occurence. So you may want to consider a different model like a culligan or Dupont. However I haven't had any personal experience with these models so I can't vouch for them.

u/MaximilianKohler · 1 pointr/news

Beyond testing you can also buy these 3 stage water filters:

Not too expensive.

u/firestorm_v1 · 1 pointr/Plumbing

it's a water filter that attaches to the sink faucet, kinda like this one:

u/vikramdesh1 · 1 pointr/nova
u/ferengiprophet · 1 pointr/WaterTreatment

I'm on a budget at the moment so I need something with a lower upfront cost. I looked around and saw that PUR has a system for $24. Would you recommend this?

u/emperorisnaked7 · 1 pointr/nature

I never said to repeal it. Repealing it would be bad. I don't support Trump or Obama. Also, I don't believe those filters completely filter out the lead. At best it's 99.x%, but that's from a really nice filter. What kind of filters did they get? Also, they are still showering in the water. What do you have to say about that? Did they also give everyone shower filters?

I found the first filter crappy that they offer:

This one is much better that they offer:

And they offer this too, which I think would be needed:

u/cantletthatstand · 1 pointr/Anarcho_Capitalism

One of these.

u/DarthContinent · 1 pointr/LosAngeles

I live in Florida and we have relatively hard city water, our PUR filter does very well at removing the chlorine taste. Haven't tried it with well water, however; some friends of ours though have a well and water softener system and that makes it quite drinkable if just a bit salty.

u/eleitl · 1 pointr/Frugal

We have very clean (no chlorination or any other treatment) but also very hard water. I use Brita, which does the job for tea.

Are you sure your water is ok? Others suggested reverse osmosis, which, however, is mostly an option for labs.

An option might be a water destillation kit, which takes up electricity but would work well for just potable water. I don't know how well e.g.

works, or whether there are cheaper options around.

u/zombiehoffa · 1 pointr/Calgary

I doubt you will find any for sale in town. I bought this one years ago for 219

it has only gone up 10 bucks in price so it's a great deal. it makes 6 liters in about 4 hours and is really easy to use. It also has the capability to accept a carbon filter in case you want to try distilling other things (I haven't tried yet but I hear rumors it works great for moonshine). I use it for a lot of things including drinking it occasionally. The best use though is in mixing with sal suds to create cleaners for the house. It basically eliminates all my other cleaner costs.

u/Kadin2048 · 1 pointr/pics

Looks like about $200 on Amazon though I'm not sure that's the exact same model.

u/macdaddyold · 1 pointr/CannabisExtracts

I'm using something similar to This one. It works well although it only reclaims about 50% of the everclear.

u/udder_mudder · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Get a Water Distiller remove the carbon filter and distill it. video

u/kesekimofo · 1 pointr/orangecounty

I just use this. Works great. I ended up swapping out the faucet after a year tho. End was peeling and showing patina. Nothing bad with that. Just didn't like it aesthetically.

u/chiefjoefixit · 1 pointr/tea

I've used the heck out of this one for a year:

Haven't had any issues with it. You can get bigger ones, but just for myself, it's been more than big enough. For my water, I installed one of these systems:

u/240strong · 1 pointr/shrimptank

This is the exact system I have

iSpring RCC7 High Capacity Under Sink 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filtration System and Ultimate Water Softener- WQA Gold Seal Certified

u/sennister · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Traditional carbon type filters won't do much good for a lot of the things you find in water.

This does a pretty good job of describing what it does.

I guess I would start by getting a water report. Either send off a sample to find out where you are at or if in a city they might keep one on file and can give it to you which saves $50 or so for a test.

I have a private well at home so I don't have to mess with most of this and my water is good enough to brew with if I want but we have a RO. If I were renting the place I might not want to do a RO system but if you own and plan on being there for a bit I would consider a RO system. They are not that expensive. It will take out all that stuff and give you a clean slate for what you want for water.

Something like this would do the trick and fits under the kitchen sink in most kitchens. Though not much else will fit down there if put there.

u/Concise_Pirate · 1 pointr/NoStupidQuestions

Tap water is different in every city or town, so we cannot answer this question for you. Ask your local water provider, or post details here.

For the strongest water filtration consider a reverse osmosis system. example

u/ComradeCube · 1 pointr/todayilearned

You would install a filter under your sink, or a reverse osmosis system. Why would you deal with pitchers and crap?

Or the much better:

One with UV sanitizing:

u/SoulOfGinger · 1 pointr/microgrowery

I use a Dupont 3 stage from Menards, rigged together an auto fill resovoir with a 450 gallon livestock trough (large recirculating DWC system, I use a lot of water). It is very similar to this and I only bought it there because I do a lot of shopping there and just pick up replacement filters when needed. The replacement filters are also cheap for RO. I go from 380 ppm well water to 0 at about 50 gpd and replace filters about once every 3 months.

If your water pressure is below 40 psi, consider a system with a booster pump. I have fixed many a friend's RO system by simply installing one. Seems to be 99% of the problems people have with RO.

u/itsrattlesnake · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

My wife and I lived in Shreveport (aka, the Big Sleazy) for a while and we had some foul tasting tap water up there. Ultimately, we got under sink water filters made by 3M. It was easy to install and the filter lasted for about 6 months at a time. It worked well enough that we bought a second one for the ice maker.

Of course, you can always go hardcore and get reverse osmosis.

u/mhonkieys · 1 pointr/DIY

We just bought the house and this was the first major thing (other than the dishwasher) that we've done. I kind of failed on taking progress pictures (sorry, I'm bad at that.) got all of the new items on amazon.

I plan on doing one giant before an after album once we go through all the things we want to fix/remodel in the house.

Links to the things:

RO system:



u/loweb1 · 1 pointr/Aquariums
u/jphop78 · 1 pointr/The_Donald

I have this great, but you will have to install yourself. I don't think being in an apartment is a problem, but you will have to punch a small hole into the drainage pipe under your sink. You may want to consider culligan or another water company and ask your landlord first.

Also, you can buy gallons of RO water from walmart or any grocery store for about $.80 if you didn't want to mess with the RO unit. Best of luck!

u/shoangore · 1 pointr/preppers

Do you have a bathtub in your apartment? If so, get one of these waterBobs - average price is usually $25-30 shipped. You can use that in conjunction with a Sawyer filter such as this (but there are many options). Time how long it would take you to fill your bathtub up completely (or research average time). If SHTF, you'll need that much time to fill it up completely. 100 gallons of water should last you quite a bit of time if you use it sparingly, and if you live alone, even 30-50 gallons will last you a good amount of time.

As for food, look for kits that offer you 30+ days of food that don't take up much space. Get a good variety of foods that are ready to eat immediately, require a bit of cooking, or foil pouches that you can just add boiling water and wait. This gives you flexibility (and potential mobility as the circumstances dictate).

Flashlights and batteries are important. Headlamps are very practical. If the power goes out, nighttime is dark. Super dark. If you're in the city, it's pitch black. Get yourself two headlamps, two flashlights and a lantern. Using common batteries is ideal. Calculate the lifespan of their batteries, then make sure you have enough batteries to last you a month of moderate use. (This is less than you'd expect, some headlamps can run 10+ hours on a single set of batteries, and good LED lanterns Like this popular one have up to 90 hours life on low setting. Use it 5 hours a night on fresh batteries, you have potentially half a month of use (so just two sets of batteries would last you a while).

You'll need a way to cook, too. Make sure the area you decide to cook if you need to bug in is well ventilated. Cooking by a window is ideal. Again, most the food you have will mostly just be boiling water and rehydrating the food, or heating water up for extra disinfectant. So figure if you're going to use alcohol, fuel gels, solids, etc and get yourself a good supply of them. Stock up on matches and lighters.

Have a bug-out bag with 72 hours worth of supplies near the door. This should be completely self contained and under the assumption that you'd leave EVERYTHING in your apartment behind except for the clothes on your back and whatever shoes you put on. People like their packs being tactical, others say nondescript. I say whatever is comfortable for you to travel in.

And that's just the very tip.

u/husker16 · 1 pointr/CampingandHiking

I have this. I think for me, altitude played the biggest factor.

u/hikingparty · 1 pointr/Ultralight

I see that everyone recommend the Sawyer squeeze for a water filter. Will this be suitable to have one between two people? If I do buy it for the two of us do I want this all in one version?

u/michaelien · 1 pointr/Denton

My rommates and I put this in my last house. It made some of the best tasting water I've ever had.

u/Echochrome3 · 1 pointr/homeautomation

iSpring RCC7AK 6-Stage Reverse Osmosis

Currently, because of living in an apartment and not wanting to lose my security deposit, I have the filter attached to a diverter valve on the sinks aerator. That then runs to a frame created for the filter/tank.

The drain currently drains into the bathroom tub. The original goal with the reverse osmosis was to water plants with it, so I just need to relocate the drain tube.

u/nianowen · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

We got this reverse osmosis system:

We like it so far! Husband said it was easy for him to install, and we haven't noticed any unusual taste to the water at all (some people say they can tell a difference -- personally, I can't). The inspector from the state who came to run more tests on our tap water said any reverse osmosis filtration system is good because the process is designed to remove lead and other impurities. So if you could find a cheaper one, I'm sure that's fine! And he said the Brita Longlast filters are better for removing lead if you're using a Brita pitcher/etc. (That's a much more affordable option!)

As they say though, any amount of lead is unsafe. Most places have safe tap water and it's fine to drink it! But... If you get notices about your water, I think you're better off being cautious!

u/Mr_Zero · 1 pointr/Futurology

Just buy a decent RO system. It's less than $200, takes less than an hour to install and will pay for it's self many times over.

u/CanaConnoisseur · 1 pointr/OKmarijuana
  1. Is your tap water that bad you cant just use some ph up/down to balance? I would invest in a RO water system like this or this
  2. Autos typically get put into the same pot they will be in their whole life. Once the tap root is like an inch you just hop it into its new home. Full 24h light cycles are suggested for best results on most autos. Your nute situation would be dependent on your grow medium etc.. I would recommend some good soil for beginners and aside from just reg feedings I wouldn't use much fertilizers or enhancers just let the light and soil do the work.
  3. Check out r/microgrowery
u/FL-Orange · 1 pointr/Plumbing

Great looking system. I have an iSpring 6 stage system. I would've done the UV too but it would have required doing some electrical work, I only have a single plug receptacle for the disposer. I am on a well with a pretty good house unit but wanted something extra at the kitchen sink, I also have a splitter to feed the refrigerator too.

u/tbest3 · 1 pointr/microgrowery

This 6 stage is amazing, the reviews are basically gold. Plants love it and it tastes like the best water I've ever had.

u/CMSigner · 1 pointr/Charlotte

We had a similar issue when we moved to charlotte. All the water tastes like a public pool--in our opinion. We had to get a reverse osmosis system. We got this one.

u/iRideKTM · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

I feel you are overpaying for the filters and housings. Here are some Dupont housings that are substantially cheaper. Also I noticed you have a water softening filter in there, you might want to just look at installing a real water softening solution, amazon has a nice one that would do a better job than just a single softening filter, especially because that filter is only rated at 2gpm

u/TheGremlyn · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

A whole house water filter can help a lot with the sediment, and if you use a charcoal block filter, it could be pretty decent water. The iron is a tough one if there really is a lot of iron in there. Might as well get it tested to find out, not that expensive from Ward Labs.

u/Trub_Maker · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I prefer This one for it's lower cost and has a universal sized filter that can be changed. I mount it to the wall near my faucet and run a short hose to it and out of it just for brewing (or drinking water). It also allows higher water volume so you fill kettles faster.

u/LargeWu · 1 pointr/SCREENPRINTING

I run mine through a filter pad which catches emulsion and larger solids, then through couple of canister filters, like 25 and 10 microns or so. I have another larger filter I'm going to add in front of those because I'm getting a lot of particles that are clogging things up too often, but otherwise it works pretty well at removing solids and sludge.

u/Ninjaivxx · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

I think it's roughly every 3 months, but filters are cheap. It also depends how much water you use and how dirty your water is. I think if you have well water a lot of people uses a 3 filter system. The first filter is a 10 micron then 2nd is a 5 micro the 3rd is a carbon filter.

u/s0briquet · 1 pointr/washingtondc

I feel you, and that's why I use one of these filters. Totally worth the price. I live in a WWII-era building, and not only is the water full of iron, but it's got particulates in it as well (sediment).

u/nimbletendiefinder · 1 pointr/conspiracy

I have a berkey which is great because it's big enough to use for everything. I find when I use any other water source I don't feel 100%

u/team_pancakes · 1 pointr/Coffee

I dunno about just for coffee, but I use a big berkey for my drinking/cooking water. It's awesome, filters last forever, water tastes great.

u/ATL_Scouter · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

I was introduced to the Berkey water filter a few years ago, picked one up and haven’t used anything else since. It is a gravity fed filter system, and comes in various size models to fit your needs. The water tastes incredible from a Berkey. There are a bunch of videos on YouTube of folks even filtering lake and pond water to show its effectiveness. They are a bit pricey though, and need to have their filters replaced every 10,000 gallons or so. They also offer a fluoride filter add on if that is something that interests you.

Big Berkey BK4X2 Countertop Water Filter System with 2 Black Berkey Elements and 2 Fluoride Filters

u/Mrsbtoyou · 1 pointr/BabyBumps

My dad bought me this water filter system the day he found out I was pregnant. It's pretty pricey but it was important to him. It makes our water taste amazing and it does filter out lead/

u/pokemon_fetish · 1 pointr/TumblrInAction

> Drink clean filtered water

Like, from a [Berkey?](

>Neanderthal reptilian freemason demon

Definitely a Berkey.

u/outrunu · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

I use this

Replacement filters are about $50. I have mine running to a40 gallon storage tank with a float valve for shut off. Works great.

u/sorryiwasnapping · 1 pointr/newjersey

here is what I use. I pair it with 2 7gallon jugs to capture the water and a cheap TDS meter. Been using it for over a year. You need to change filters and I think for this system they're around $50. The change frequency seems to be based on usage (not fully sure how many gallons). I have yet to replace my filter - every time I use it to collect water I use a TDS meter to check PPM, once I notice that it gets over 7-10ppm I'll change the filters. My tap water is something like 200-250ppm, this gets it under 2ppm, usually 0ppm

u/CtrlAltbierDel · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Only 6 reviews:

5 star - 67%
2 star - 33%

u/ThellraAK · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

You can't swing $60

$85 and you can Distill your own!

u/shnethog · 1 pointr/HotPeppers

I feel you there, mine comes out the tap around 500 ppm. I grabbed this small RO system on Amazon for $60 and I've never looked back. Has a replaceable filter too.

I believe GH also makes nutrients specifically for hard water but I'm not sure how effective they are.

u/penecow290 · 1 pointr/ReefTank

Have you though about a portable RO system that connects to the sink?

u/gurilagarden · 1 pointr/microgrowery

I don't know if this counts as good advice, but I bought this cheap little thing:
and it provided 1-2ppm water for 3 full grows.

u/albaMP4 · 1 pointr/milwaukee

Has anyone installed a reverse osmosis drinking water filter system? It looks like one of the cheapest ways to filter water in the long run, although it does waste water. This one has really good reviews.

u/Apocalypse487x · 1 pointr/sousvide

One of these.

The water in Maryland (around where I live) is really hard. Bad enough to where it irritates my skin in the shower.

u/hezbollottalove · 1 pointr/fixit

Expansion tanks are pretty much interchangeable across all RO systems. So not really helpful. If the RO looks like this then you should be in good shape. They're not phenomenal, but very fixable. Any way you could show me the pictures? I could probably ID the unit for you.

u/drinkplentyofwater · 1 pointr/water

Buy an RO setup.

APEC Top Tier 5-Stage Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System (ESSENCE ROES-50)

u/DevilDog1966 · 1 pointr/Plumbing

Good on ya for the softener, because you do have hard water. As for the r/O what kind of sink/countertop do you have? Most 5 Stage r/O's are relatively the same. If you get a brand such as Culligan, you'll have to buy their filters that are usually twice the price of generic. Take a look at Amazon and pick out something that meets your needs. We have installed 100's similar to this:

u/boatsbeaton · 1 pointr/BuyItForLife

A multi-stage reverse osmosis filter is your best bet. It will produce water that's 99% pure.

Here's a good one:

APEC Top Tier 5-Stage Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System (ESSENCE ROES-50)

u/zomgryanhoude · 1 pointr/LifeProTips

They are usually under sink setups with separate faucet/filters/tank.

Something like this.

u/workacnt · 1 pointr/pittsburgh

I'm looking at purchasing a reverse osmosis system for my new house. Relatively cheap on Amazon, not too difficult to install.

Here's one I'm looking at:

u/SirEDCaLot · 1 pointr/todayilearned

It's a waste of money though- you can buy an RO filter on amazon for $200:

u/Skywalk_Holmes · 1 pointr/kzoo

I don't know much about water testing kits, but I picked up one of these reverse osmosis systems almost 2 years ago, and it has been worth every penny.

u/ismon · 1 pointr/Coffee

You can get a RO setup for $200 on Amazon. I dunno about all the science behind making coffee with RO water but it tastes good to me. And a mere tenth as unaffordable as your estimate!

u/self-synthesis · 1 pointr/microgrowery

Sorry, I'm still too inexperienced to provide advice. I found a counter-top R.O. system for $250. If it lasts a year, that's $21 a month to avoid hauling water from elsewhere, or spend the time and resources experimenting with dropping the TDS. Compare the tap water in my comment above vs. Brita vs. this R.O. system:

Brita = pH7.0, ~710ppm TDS

R.O. = pH9.2, ~50ppm TDS

The Brita does almost nothing to TDS, but apparently removes some calcium carbonate. The high pH on the R.O. is likely not a concern because there's very little substance affecting the pH- adding anything will bring the water to that supplement's pH pretty quickly.

u/ice_castles · 1 pointr/phoenix

I've been happy with this. Had it for about 16 months.

APEC Portable Countertop Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System, Installation-Free, fits most STANDARD FAUCET (RO-CTOP)

u/pbinj · 1 pointr/The_Donald

I just had my last Baja Blast!

Back to drinking something that's free. Water + good filter.

With all that money we're saving I recommend this filter.

u/DevIceMan · 1 pointr/hydro

^ Basically this.

I bought this Reverse Osmosis system:

While it may seem expensive, prices have dropped about in half in the last 5 years. It's also great for drinking-water, cooking, coffee, tea, aroma-vaporizers, water tooth-flossers, and more.

If you do purify water, beware that many nutrient formulas are designed for tap-water, which contains calcium and magnesium. So you'll probably want to either get nutrients designed for R.O. or supplement the Ca/Mg. Tap water also contains chlorine, and chloramine which is bad for the roots. Flouride is also not healthy. Or if your water-provider happens to fuck up (see: Michigan), you have an extra layer of safety.

My current hydro system is DWC, about 50 gallons capacity overall. I'd estimate I use about 16 gallons of water per week. The only down-side of my (current) R.O. system is that it fills at a rate of about 2-gallons per hour & the reservoir is 3.2 gallons. So my Saturday often has an timer every hour to refill another 2 gallons. Once I move, I intend to get more storage tanks, or possibly an additional RO system.

To make R.O. Systems more efficient and faster, you can attach a pump to the inlet side.

Anyway, highly recommend reverse-osmosis.



I also modified a water pitcher; which is about 2 gallons. (1) I drilled a hole in the handle to make filling easier, (2) cut off the front for pouring, (3) and another hole at the water-line because I've forgotten it several times and had water spill all over the floor.

u/3wolftshirtguy · 1 pointr/milwaukee

A permanent faucet filter such as: ( is overkill but was surprisingly easy to install and you can't put a price on piece of mind.

u/ichy076 · 1 pointr/VanLife

I looked at that site but the products are not reviewed and the descriptions are garbage. For instance, how much micron is that filter?

What about this one?

I also saw several with one filter but is this essentially what I'm going for?

u/justcallmebitty · 1 pointr/Homebrewing

Filtered tap water:

Sediment filter followed by two carbon filters. Best investment in water quality I've made to date for both brewing and regular drinking.

u/iaintbrainwashed · 1 pointr/philadelphia

I just installed a Nahla Pure 3 year filter under the kitchen sink. When i went to get the link for you, the price had gone from under 100 to 165, so i found this product-example instead. Makes the water taste sooooo much better.

u/saryu38 · 1 pointr/Coffee

A quick search found this

It has decent reviews. 10,000gal/$100 = $0.01/gal

Also looks like it has easy to install hoses, rather than a plumbed system.

For $180 you could get a commercial 3M filter system rated for about 35000gal. Honestly thats overkill.

EDIT: I see you are subletting. This system should simply screw in and out of your faucet. You can take it with you.

u/1bighack · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

This is what we currently use, installed 10 months ago, love it, we only use it for water and ice but it gets a lot of use. Installed and used many different filter systems over the years, this is my favorite.

u/Bigfamei · 1 pointr/microgrowery

I use this one. Its been a solid so far. As a way to clear the cholorimines out of the city water. Also use it as drinking water.

That way I can have an idea when its failing.

When it does fail. Someone in my WOW guild is using this one. May move to it.

u/well-that-was-fast · 1 pointr/AirBnB

No problem.

>see if i have the space for it, thanks. Also worried about leaks too

There are some units that just have 1 multipart filter.

They don't filter as well but since you are starting with potable water, it's an option. The simple ones also have fewer connections to leak and don't dump water 'auto-cleaning' the filter, The one linked in my top comment uses about 4 gallons of water to auto-clean the filter for every gallon of drinking water it produces. But I'm guessing that's still an reduction of waste compared to using bottled water.

u/sms_sas · 1 pointr/Paleo

Filtrete Maximum Under Sink Water Filtration System

$45 for 6 month use, even filters out pharmaceuticals. Replacement filters twist on no tools. Filter replacements are around $30. This is such a cheap option you could install them in the bathroom as well.

EDIT: This is a city water only option. If you're on well, go with a full reverse osmosis system, not if's and's or but's. Its the only way to ensure that you avoid the nasty shit like cryptosporidium or whatever else could be down there.

u/chillin-and-grillin · 1 pointr/NewOrleans

I've now bought this Filtrete Ultimate cartridge filter & am planning to attach it between my water supply & my fridge. Most of the water we drink is from the fridge & we use lots of ice, so that's my first move. I'd love to get a more serious under sink filter system going but my granite countertop doesn't have a hole for the extra faucet & drilling into the granite sounds too scary for me.

u/dreiter · 1 pointr/Coffee

>We only put filtered water into the espresso machine

What kind of filtration are you using? The only way to remove 99-100% of hardness is distillation or RO, both of which have significant drawbacks. I have had luck with using the larger, single-stage filters like the Filtrete Maximum in reducing the PPM from ~80 to ~40 but I haven't tested it a high-PPM environment.

u/harshhobgoblin · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

I just finished installing a reverse osmosis last night and under sink canister filter last week (different houses) so this is timely, but I can tell you $5300 is crazy unless you have some serious water issues. Do you know what contaminants you are trying to filter? A water test will determine what type filteration you need. If you just want a britta-like filter for taste, you can install a canister like this for about $40. If you have other contaminants you can install a pretty stout reverse osmosis system for <$300. Again, it's going to depend on the water test.

As for sink, it's not difficult to drill a hole for a dedicated faucet. For granite you just need a specialized tile hole bit, for a steel sink you can pick up a hardened steel hole saw for about $10 and drill with a standard battery drill.

u/iconoclasterbate · 1 pointr/HomeImprovement

I'd start here:

Easy set up and while not whole house, it can get your drinking water sorted. $40, Cheap enough to put in two. Runs to a water spout on my sink and to my fridge with good flow rate. Lasts 6 months, Maximum type handles lead.

A reverse osmosis system will start you at $200 minimum, costs more with filters, but will definitely do a better job

Next...Replace that lead line. Its toxic, and not just to you and your family. Lead from that pipe is in the communal water supply and your family will be exposed everywhere else. Long run this is far cheaper than the annual cost of filters or healthcare.

Bite the bullet (pun intended) and just do it.

u/missmercy87 · 0 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

water filter

Thanks!!!!! :D:D:D

Really, on a Monday?

u/PM_ME_PICS_OF_CORGIS · 0 pointsr/chicago
u/Saltpork545 · 0 pointsr/springfieldMO

I don't need a video about the basics of water purity. I'm aware that impurities in water are what makes it fully stable but RO systems don't do this. In fact most consumer grade systems have remineralization to prevent the issues that come from filtering too much.

Look at the asterisk. Yeah, some viruses or bacteria can be, yet industry wide RO systems tell you not to rely on your filter alone for bacteria or viruses and there's probably a good reason for that. Like being sued or killing people. The FDA article specifically talks about use in hospitals or in patients with immune suppression issues. I'm going to take the industry's word and the FDA's word on the fact that RO systems don't filter out all bacteria and viruses and shouldn't be considered a method of killing microbes in water.

Back to remineralization:

This one does it.

This one does it via water softener methods(calcium and potassium chloride)

Adds calcium.

Has an attached water softener aka adds minerals back in the water.

These are the most common home units on Amazon, so my guess is that a lot of folks have something similar and all of them add some mineral back in post-filtration. You know why? Distilled water isn't good for us in the reasons mentioned in the video you linked.

That doesn't in any way mean that the average consumer RO system is somehow unhealthy or 'bad water' because the systems by design add back to the water post filtration. You are not drinking 100% pure water and if your TDS is that low my guess is your water softener/remineralizer is probably not working. That doesn't make all RO filtered water unsafe. It makes your RO filtered water unsafe.

u/SpiderPantsGong · 0 pointsr/Permaculture


They are not cheap and you won't find them at Wal-Mart, but they're absolutely worth it.

u/some_random_kaluna · 0 pointsr/news

>I don't got a fancy degree, but those aren't things you need to be doing unless your water is messed up.

The fuck it isn't.

Here's a $200 water filtration system off Amazon you should look at. I can recommend others, but this is a start.

u/my_canadianthrowaway · 0 pointsr/CanadaPolitics

A home water purification system costs $269 on Amazon and is rated to make potable water safely. They can be installed by a teenager that can watch YouTube. If First Nations don't have drinking water maybe it's their own fault.

u/quuxman · 0 pointsr/sanfrancisco

Boiling city water is really unnecessary, and although filter pitchers will improve taste, don't remove the worst things in city water. I'm really happy with the RO filter I've been using for over a year: