Although there are many different types of water filters, one of the most popular and convenient types are the under sink water filtration units. They are ideal because they can be used to filter both your drinking and your cooking water to make sure that any water you ingest will be healthy, clean and odour free.

When researching the different types of water filtration units it is important to shop and compare in order to learn as much as you can. Below are some important facts to know about under sink water filters.

5 Important Facts

1. They are clutter-free. With an under counter unit you are able to store the filters below your kitchen sink so that there is nothing sitting on your counter getting in the way. All parts are kept tucked away and out of sight - except for the faucet which attaches to your kitchen sink. I find these types of units to be most helpful for those with smaller counter space as well as those who want a clutter free environment.

2. Installation is easy. Although you may choose to have a plumber professionally install your unit, the majority of under sink filtration units can easily be installed yourself. Most will come with detailed instructions as well as an instructional video detailing how to do it.

3. The maintenance is low. Typically these types of drinking water filters need to have filter replacements done every 6 months to a year depending on how much water you use and how dirty your municipal water is. Being single I replace my filters once a year. A family of four will likely need to replace them every six months.

4. They are affordable. Under sink water filters are surprisingly affordable considering how good they work and how convenient they are. Shop around and compare the prices as they can vary greatly but in general you can count on each gallon of filtered water costing only 10 cents. That is far cheaper than buying bottled water.

5. They are convenient. Besides having clean drinking water right there at the flip of the tap you also have clean cooking water easily at your disposal. Besides an expensive whole house filtration system, an under counter unit is by far the most convenient type of water filter.

When doing your research look at how much water the filtration system is able to filter within an hour as well as the cost of the replacement filters. Depending on the type of filtration method these two things will vary.

For example a high quality carbon-based filter will clean the water at a rate of 30 gallons per hour. Whereas a reverse osmosis system typically be much slower and may only clean one gallon of water per hour.

Read the reviews and compare the important specs in order to find the right under sink water filter that will suit your needs best.

Researching water filters will eventually lead you to learn two things:

1. There is a lot of confusing information out there.

2. Filtration methods can differ dramatically.

Over time I have done a fair amount of research on drinking water filters, in particular under sink filtration systems. Although there are many filtration units on the market there are two that stand out in the research. They are the Aquasana and the Crystal Quest under sink water filters.

Both are good systems and both have a great reputation. However there are some subtle differences to be aware of when considering either of these units.


Aquasana AQ-4600 - Uses a multi-stage filtration system that includes mechanical filtration, absorption and ion-exchange which is carbon filtration and sub micron filtration. It consists of two filters that is able to clean up to thirty gallons of water per hour and filter out fifty-two contaminants - all without removing the trace minerals in the water that are important for your health.

Crystal Quest Mega Double - Uses a 7 stage filtration system of activated Carbon. This unit is unique compared to other systems that use Activated Carbon because there is no need for added silver which is common in carbon only filers. This is because the unique process of the seven stage system inhibits the growth of bacteria so well and therefore silver (which is considered a pesticide by the EPA) is not needed.

5 Comparisons

1. Both need to have their dual filters replaced every 500 gallons - 6 months to a year depending on how much water is being used.

2. Aquasana comes with a lifetime warranty when you sign up for their free 'water for life' program. Crystal Quest offers a limited one year warranty on their unit.

3. Aquasana maximum flow rate is 0.4 gallons per minute. Crystal Quest is 0.5 gallons per minute.

4. Aquasana's and Crystal Quests's minimum operating pressure is 20 psi. The maximum operating pressure for the Aquasana unit is 80 psi and for Crystal Quest it is 60 psi.

5. Dimensions for the Aquasana under sink filters are 12" x 7" x 4". Dimensions for the Crystal Quest under counter unit are 3.5" x 10.5" x 3.5

When researching the different drinking filters be sure to compare all the details as the information and filtration technologies can differ dramatically. Read the reviews and make sure the filtration system is able to filter out the toxins that are found in your own municipal water.

Camping is one of Americas great pass times. Millions of people go camping every year. Wither it is car camping at a local camp ground or going back country camping there is just something about it that attracts many to it time and time again. Regardless of what type of camping is your style there is one essential that you can not go without. water. Most state run campground will have a good source of water that is regulated by some sort of water purifier. However not all of them can be trusted and it is recommended that in most cases you pack a camping water filter with you to make sure the water your drinking during the trip is clean and not going to make you sick.

Camping water filters are a must have tool when going on any hiking or back country style camping trip. You can only pack so much water in on the trip and once you've run out you have to be able to find a water supply and purify some water. A water purifier in many cases is a life line. Dehydration is one of the leading causes of injury to people who hike or do any sort of mountaineering.

The investment for a camping water filter can go from $25 dollars to $300.00 dollars depending on the system you go with. Its a matter of how often you are camping or hiking and what style of camping your doing that will dictate the investment you make. You really have to figure out what is going to work best for you and buck up and invest. The basic systems are bottle based filters, pumps, gravity filters, and infrared sterilization tools. The bottle based filters are the most commonly used systems and are very light and compact and ease to use. Many people end up owning more then one camping water filter system and usually use keep them handy encase an other decides to break.

As with everything there are many companies who specialize in these systems. You want to shop around online or at your local camping headquarters to ask questions about the systems and decide which is going to be best for you. If you plan on camping a lot and you plan on doing some good hikes in areas that may not have a water system that is clean you have to protect yourself by keeping a water purifier like a camping water filter with you at all times.

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