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.
- Bacteria and Viruses
- Gasoline (MTBE)
- Pesticides and Herbicides
- Pharmaceutical Drugs
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:
- Better tasting and smelling drinking water.
- Being a point-of-use filter, they remove lead and coppor contaminants immediately prior to use.
- Tap water costs 500 times less than bottled water (sometimes as much as 2,000 times cheaper) – meaning your kitchen sink water filtration system pays for itself.
- Most water contaminants are known carcinogenics.
- Carbon filtration systems (and other processes that include a remineralization filter) improve tap water’s pH level – meaning your faucet can produce mineral water.
- Clean, filtered water helps promote overall health.
- A kitchen sink water filtration system provides safe water for drinking, cooking, and washing dishes.
- By removing cryptosporidium and giardia from your drinking water, a kitchen sink water filtration system reduces your risk of gastrointestinal disease by about 33%.
- Pregnant women, children, the elderly, and sick persons are especially at risk when it comes to water contamination. A kitchen sink water filtration system can provide peace of mind for all members of your family.
- Considering there are more than 2,100 known toxic water contaminants, of which less than 100 are regulated (and inefficiently at that), a kitchen sink water filtration system affords you the ultimate line of defense.
- No more stains on your dishes from soap scum and mineral scale.
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
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.
- 10-inch polyurethane sediment filter to get rid of larger particles.
- 10-inch carbon filter to remove chemical and certain organic contaminants.
- 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.
- 3-stage water filtration
- Improved taste, color, and odor
- Healthy minderals are retained
- Long-lasting filters (12 months or 3,000 gallons)
- Lifetime support from WQA-certified water specialists
- Comes with a sleek faucet
- The faucet doesn’t fit some stainless steel kitchen sinks
- Takes up a fair amount of space in your under sink kitchen cabinet, which may be an issue for those with limited space
Culligan FM-25 Faucet Mount Filter
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.
- One of the most compact kitchen sink water filtration systems available
- Removes a larger number of contaminants
- Improves taste, color, and odor
- Easy installation (no tools necessary)
- Two-year warranty
- Highly affordable
- 200 gallons or two-month filter lifespan (standard for faucet mount filters)
- Warranty does not cover any cracks sustained through heavy use
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.