Best Kitchen Sink Water Filtration System Review

Kitchen sink water filtration systems used to be considered a “want”. But considering that U.S. tap water can have any number of the 2,100 known toxic water contaminants, water filters have become a need.

More that 300 of those contaminants are far more common than you would want to believe. And less than 100 of them are properly regulated.

Many of these contaminants don’t have any “obvious” indicators. This means you could have any of them in higher numbers than the recommended health limit and be none the wiser!


How Safe is Your Water Really?

You might be thinking, “my municipality tells me my tap water is safe.”

Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. As shown in the following article on LA tap water (as an example), your tap water is only likely to be considered legally safe.

The same is true for any city around the world. This is because there is a gap between the federal requirements and the recommended health guidelines.

Even worse, nearly a quarter of the U.S. doesn’t have safe drinking water by these already-questionable federal standards. Some states aren’t properly monitoring their municipal water at all!


What Are Some of the Most Common Water Contaminants?

Let’s face it – there have been some major water contamination scares in the U.S. of late.

Lead in Flint, Michigan, is a long-standing, on-going story with a lot of international coverage. Then you have the Gen-X water contamination crisis in North Carolina (also this follow-up article). And – tying in with the earlier example of LA’s tap water – California’s drinking water has been found to contain the 1,2,3-TCP chemical.

Not to mention that every hurricane leaves its own trail of water safety issues in its wake too.

But at the same time, these are huge-scale issues which – although they crop up more often than would be ideal – aren’t all too common.

Here’s a quick look at the most common water contaminants in the U.S.

Another major concern in the U.S. is hard water. In fact, around 85% of all water in America is hard water! Although this doesn’t pose any health risks, it does cause a number of other issues.

If you would like to stay informed of the true state of your drinking water, you can see health guideline-based reports for your area with the EWG Tap Water Database.


11 Benefits of Using a Kitchen Sink Water Filtration System

It’s tempting to think that the solution is to make use of bottled water. Unfortunately, plastic water bottles aren’t much better than tap water. In fact, nearly half of all bottled water sold in the U.S is just tap water, according to the Beverage Marketing Association.

Here’s eleven benefits of using a kitchen sink water filtration system:


Best Kitchen Sink Water Filtration System Review

We’ve got two top recommendations for the best kitchen sink water filtration system. First we’ll take a look at an under sink unit, then a faucet filter for those with a lower budget (or less cabinet space).

APEC WFS-1000 3-Stage

Features

APEC Water is a water filtration company known for their reverse osmosis systems. The APEC WFS-1000 3-Stage lives up to their high-quality standard. For this reason, it’s out top recommendation for those looking to invest in a kitchen sink water filtration system.

Unlike most under sink units, the WFS-1000 features three filtration stages, making it highly efficient.

  1. 10-inch polyurethane sediment filter to get rid of larger particles.
  2.  10-inch carbon filter to remove chemical and certain organic contaminants.
  3.  A second 10-inch carbon filter that acts as a “water polisher”, ensuring that taste, color, and odor is improved while futher filtering common contaminants without removing and healthy minerals.

The APEC WFS-1000 3-Stage is also fully NSF-certified and boasts a 12-month lifespan guarantee. This is rather impressive for a kitchen sink water filtration system, translating to roughly 3,000 gallons of water. Additionally, you’re offered lifetime support from any WQA-certified water specialists.

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Culligan FM-25 Faucet Mount Filter

Features

For those with budget and/or spacial constraints, there’s the Culligan FM-25 Faucet Mount Filter. It’s easily one of the most compact point-of-use kitchen sink water filtration systems we’ve ever seen. But that doesn’t mean it packs any less of a punch than its competitors.

The FM-25 reduces chlorine, lead, sediment, giardia, cryptosporidium, atrazine, lindane, turbidity, and particulate class I. This also helps to vastly improve the taste, odor, and color of your kitchen sink water.

Installation is another area in which the FM-25 excels. In the faucet filter market, you’ll be hard-pressed to find one easier to install! Simply tighten the filter onto your faucet head and you have instant access to pure water. There’s also a handy switch, so that you can choose to let water by-pass the filter if need be.

The downside to any faucet mount kitchen sink water filtration system is that they typically last two months before needing replacement. This is true for the FM-25 as well, which can filter 200 gallons before requiring a filter change.

The FM-25 also comes with a two-year warranty.

Check out our full Culligan FM-25 Faucet Mount Filter Review for a more in-depth look at what the FM-25 has to offer you.

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Final Words

No matter your budget and spacial constraints, there’s a kitchen sink water filtration system for you! Be proactive in ensuring your tap water is safe for you and your family.


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