A whole house water filter is a water filtration system that can filter all the water that goes to your house. These systems are also called Point Of Entry (POE) systems because they are often set up before the water reaches your heater, in the process filtering both the cold and the warm water. This means that each time you open a faucet, filtered water will come out. That’s not all; filtered water will also go to your shower, washing machine, and even your toilet.

THE BEST WATER FILTER SYSTEM

Home Master HMF3SDGFEC

These actually come in different styles. There’s a 3-stage system that is very effective and does it all, and two 2-stage systems that can deal with efficient treatment for both municipal and well water. Each model is very capable of protecting your home from harmful water contaminants. Home Master is well known for making some amazing RO water filters, and these whole home units are equally impressive.

As mentioned, you can pick between 2 or 3-stages of water filtration. The 3-stage stage system is considered to be more effective and more costly mainly because it has an extra filter. The two-stage models deliver slightly faster water flow rate and inexpensive running costs. You can also pick between two different 2-stage models. There’s the chlorine specialist model, that is ideal for city water, and the catalytic carbon model which is awesome for eradicating heavy metals such as lead, mercury, iron, and copper.

Here’s a quick rundown of the features of each model that you need to be made aware of:

3-Stage System

  • The best whole house water filter for well water supplies
  • Removes heavy metals like lead, mercury, copper, iron, manganese
  • Also removes chlorine, sediment, dirt
  • 15 gallons per minute (GPM) water flow rate

2-Stage Carbon System

  • Perfect for city (municipal) water supplies
  • Eliminates chlorine, sediment, dirt
  • 20 GPM water flow rate

2-Stage Catalytic Carbon System

  • Great for well water supplies
  • Eradicates chloramines, iron, lead, mercury, copper, manganese
  • Also takes away chlorine, sediment, dirt
  • 10 GPM water flow rate
  • This series of water filter impresses in three crucial areas: they make for high water pressure, they’re low maintenance, and best of all, they are very effective.

They make use of larger size filters that allows for more water to pass over them at a quicker rate. This makes for better filtration and faster flow of water. As a matter of fact, if you also take account that it it makes use of 1 inch ports, you have among the strongest water flow rates available in the market today.

These large filters also boasts of the feature of not needing to be replaced all too often. Changes aren’t even needed for one whole year. These filters cost a little more, but also endure longer than the average water filter.

Should you wish to change the filters to something not expensive, then that is possible as well. These use the Big Blue size filter housings that measure 20 x 4.5. This filter size is currently being made by a number of third party manufacturers, so you have access to a wide selection of filters, each with various price ranges and abilities.

Let’s have a closer look at the 3-stage system model. Every filtration stage does a particular task.

Stage 1: a sediment filter of multi-gradient density. This means it is less likely to get clogged and it produces finer filtration. By starting the filtration process at 20 microns and gradually scaling it down to 1 micron, this is one of the most effective sediment filters available.

Stage 2: this carbon filter improves the taste and odor of the water, and is especially good at removing chlorine. It has a huge 100,000 gallon capacity which is capable of lasting a whole year for a household of 4 people.

Stage 3: this filter targets heavy metals. It will remove up to 95% of iron, lead, manganese, and other heavy metals.

The Home Master is wholly effective and will filter down to 1 micron. This level of filtration is considered to be the best for a whole home filtration system. It is specifically effective at filtering iron and heavy metals from water, which makes it ideal for well water supplies. The 2-stage carbon model is perfect for city water too.

The Verdict:

This range of water filters provides an effective solution for both municipal and well water supplies. The 3-stage system is a powerful filtration system, that can deliver clean water for a large household, whereas the 2-stage carbon model is ideal for city water supplies and high water demands.

For what it’s worth, the 3-stage Home Master system is our pick. Why? It is reliable, robust, and did we mention that this line is very effective?

Features to Watch Out For

  • 3 filtration stages
  • Up to 20 GPM water flow
  • Large sized filters
  • 1″ input and output ports
  • 1 micron filtration
  • Removes up to 95% of iron, manganese, sediment, chlorine, sulfur and other contaminants.
  • Great for well water or city water
  • Two year warranty

BEST FOR WELL or CITY WATER

iSpring WGB32 3-Stage

The iSpring WGB32 series of whole house water filters has proven to be a really effective answer to home water contamination. iSpring has carved out a reputation for their assurance to their customers, and with this particular series, they offer a wide selection of water filters that cater to a variety of common water problems.

You’ll get a choice of 2 or 3-stages of water filtration. The 3-stage units are considered to be the most effective and have very strong filtration capabilities. However, the less-costly 2-stage units are also dependable water filters, and should give you enough protection in most situations. The 2-stage units are similar in every way to their larger counterparts, without the second carbon block filter.

This recently upgraded iSpring range now has three customized water filters to tackle specific needs. Each water filter makes use of the same iSpring 3-stage hardware but utilizes a distinctive combination of filters, to tackle specific water pollutants. They are all effective at diminishing up to 95% of chlorine, chloramine, sediment, pesticides, herbicides, rust, industrial solvents, and VOCs, but each also has a particular forte as well.

The cheaper WGB32B model provides an efficient answer when it comes to municipal water that has raised levels of chlorine. Its two carbon filters are ideal for eliminating the taste and odor of chlorine. It is certified to lessen up to 95% of chlorine, pesticides, herbicides, industrial solvents, VOCs, and other pollutants.

The WGB32BM and WGB32B-PB are especially efficient in the elimination of heavy metals and are thought of by experts to be the best well water filtration systems because of this specific efficiency. Well water supplies are more often impacted by these dangerous heavy metals. The WGB32BM takes away up to 95% of iron, manganese, and arsenic. The WGB32B-PB sets the bar higher by removing up to 95% of iron and lead as well.

As previously mentioned, the three models make use of the same hardware. In fact, they also utilize the same stage 1 & 2 filters. What differs between the three is the selection of stage 3 filter. Filters that tackle heavy metals are more costly, and this explains the difference in price throughout the range.

The cheaper 2-stage model is available in 3 choices as well. The only change being that it does not have the 2nd carbon block filter that the stage-3 units boast of. Nevetheless, the 2-stage model is still a very effective choice, and offers slightly better water flow rates, and cheaper running costs.

The WGB32 series feature iSpring’s incredible one-year money back guarantee.

The Verdict:

We absolutely recomment this series of water filters. They are some of the most effective whole home water filters in the market today. Taking into account the effectiveness, cost, hassle-free maintenance, reputation, and customer care, it can’t be denied that iSpring makes some of the best water filters in the industry today.

Features to Watch Out For

  • 3 filtration Stages
  • Up to 15 GPM water flow
  • Large sized filters which means longer lasting, less filter changes, better water pressure
  • Removes up to 95% of chlorine, chloramine, sediment, pesticides, herbicides, rust, industrial solvents, and VOCs as standard.
  • WGB32BM also removes 95% of iron, manganese, and arsenic
    WGB32B-PB also removes 95% of lead, iron, manganese, arsenic, and other heavy metals
  • 1″ Input & Output Ports
  • Perfect for well water or city water
  • NSF Certified
  • WQA Gold Seal
  • 1 Year Money Back Guarantee
  • Filters water for the entire home

MOST EFFECTIVE WATER FILTER FOR CITY WATER

Aquasana Rhino EQ-1000

The Aquasana Rhino offers an impressive level of protection against dangerous pollutants, while not hurting your wallet as much as the initial cost might seem. While the initial cost is slightly more than others, its operational costs are modest.

It meets and even goes beyond NSF standards by eliminating up to 97% of chlorine for 1,000,000 gallons. It also takes away contaminants such as lead, mercury, herbicides, pesticides and VOCs. Unlike other whole home filtration systems, it is also able to tackle the pH level of the water, to boost the taste and even make it healthier. It augments the pH of the drinking water by redressing any disparities that may have happened during the filtration process. This feature is usually seen in reverse osmosis systems and is actually rare for a whole home unit.

Though the expense seems high at first, over the duration of its 10-year life span, it offers amazing value. The replacement filters are not that expensive than rival filters. With cheaper running costs, this model isn’t as expensive over a period of time as the initial price might suggest.

This is one of the best water filtration systems for homes because of the level of protection that it delivers. A water filter’s effectiveness is viewed on how sophisticated its filters are. The superior a filter, the lower the micron rating it has.

The Aquasana Rhino stands head and shoulders over its competitors in this area. The main reason is the effectiveness of its post-filter. Rated at 0.35 microns, it provides excellent safety against pollutants with some of the smallest particle sizes. There aren’t a lot of whole house filters that can compete with this level of protection. Another reason is its specialty in chlorine elimination from the water supply. Chlorine is one of the most common contaminants in water, and to be able to eradicate over 97% is quite an impressive feat.

The Aquasana Rhino is perfect for getting rid of contaminants like chlorine, but it isn’t that well equipped when it comes to well water that is high in heavy metals.

Getting the Pro Kit is recommended as it comes with all the essential fixtures for set up including the bypass valve, and the pre and post filters.

The Verdict:

This is the best home water filter for eliminating chlorine. It has the most advanced filter in the market today, and it works absolutely well in dealing with municipal water. There are a lot of installation options that include water softeners and UV filters as well. The initial cost is undeniable, but the operational expenses are reasonable.

Features to Watch Out For

  • 3 year warranty
  • 90-day satisfaction guarantee
  • Improves pH
  • Removes up to 97% of chlorine
  • Also heavy metals like lead & mercury, VOCs, herbicides and pesticides
  • Makes water taste better
  • Numerous installation options
  • Ideal for municipal water supplies
  • BEST WATER PRESSURE

BEST WATER PRESSURE

Aqua-Pure AP903

The Aqua-Pure AP903 eliminates sediment, chlorine, rust, and dirt. It’s a popular whole-house water filter choice for homes that are being served by municipal water supplies, because of its success in diminishing chlorine levels. It will filter down to 5 microns in particle size, which is a great return for a whole home system.

A great feature with this unit is that it requires only one filter change every year or every 100,000 gallons. The filter change is also hassle-free, with just a flick of a switch and a twist. This makes the AP903 a very low maintenance answer to water pollution.

It doesn’t feature a pre-filter, which means it isn’t ideal for water that has elevated levels of sediment or heavy metals such as well water. However, it does very well for homes that are being served by municipal supplies. Taking into account the preliminary cost and the yearly filter change, this is one of the inexpensive systems to have for your household.

The AP903 makes for the fastest water flow for a whole house system. This figure of 20 GPM means you won’t see any drop in pressure after setting it up. This is ideal for large homes with multiple bathrooms or high water demands. Its slim design makes it perfect for small spaces too.

The Verdict:

This is a very low maintenance whole-house water filter system that can be left to its own devices for one year at a time. If water pressure is crucial to you then you should consider the AP903 as it is the best home water filter when it comes to water pressure.

Features to Watch Out For

  • 5 Micron Filtration
  • 20 Gallons per Minute Water Flow
  • One Yearly Filter Change
  • Really Low Maintenance
  • Removes chlorine, sediment, rust, and dirt
  • 1 Year Warranty

BEST FOR FLUORIDE

APEX MR-3020 with Activated Alumina

This filter makes use of activated alumina, which means its expertise lies in the elimination of fluoride. Not a lot of whole house filters have this ability, so if fluoride is an issue in your household then this is worth a look at. This is the only high-quality whole house filter that focuses on this particular problem. Otherwise, reverse osmosis water filtration systems are your next option.

The system is comprised of three filtration stages:

Stage 1: a 5 micron sediment and rust filter.

Stage 2: a multi-stage layer that includes a 1 micron filter, a granular activated carbon system, and activated alumina. This stage removes fluoride, chlorine, arsenic and other heavy metals from the water.

Stage 3: an NSF approved coconut shell carbon filter. This absorbs chlorine, chloramine, THM and TCE

The filters are super sized, and the household water pressure drop is negligible. It’s really a breeze to install too. A downside is the cost of the filter packs, which are more expensive than some competitor’s. With three filter stages, it provides a really solid level of protection down to 1 micron.

The Verdict:

This unit battles a wide range of pollutants. If fluoride is a cause for concern, then this model should be on your radar. It’s one of the finest water filters for households that diminish fluoride.

Features to Watch Out For

  • Effective 3-Stage Filtration
  • High Fluoride Removal
  • 10 Gallons per Minute Water Flow
  • NSF Approved

GREAT VALUE

Whirlpool WHELJ1

The WHELJ1 is an awesome low maintenance solution to chlorine in the water supply. It’s not considered to be a heavy duty filter, but it’s becoming more and more prevalent because of its automated system. It can be depended on to automatically flush itself at consistent intervals. With the use of the digital controls you can set a time interval for it to conduct its routine maintenance. Depending on the water quality this can go from each week to each month. This means that you don’t have to get busy switching filters up, as it can do it by itself. The unit is built to go for a whole decade, so it really does have great value as far as water filter systems go.

There are different expenses to think about when deciding what is the overall best value system. Some models have a larger start-up cost, but then need few or inexpensive filter changes. Others, appear cheap at first but have costly filter replacements.

This whole house water filter works at being one of the cheapest ones to operate. It doesn’t need to have filters switched up, it just needs to be flushed every few weeks. Its original retail cost is the only cost, apart from a small electrical charge.

The Verdict:

Great value combined with low maintenance. An effective chlorine filtration system.

Features to Watch Out For

  • NSF Certified
  • Effective at Removing Chlorine
  • Fully Automated “Filter Changes”
  • Almost Maintenance Free
  • Provides filtered water for your entire home
  • Reduces chlorine taste and odor from your bath and shower for cleaner
  • Reduces sediment to protect plumbing and appliances

THE CHEAPEST OPTION

DuPont WFPF13003B

This is the cheapest whole house water filter we have looked at by some margin. It retails at just a fraction of the cost of some other models. However, it does lack the features or multiple filter stages that they offer.

But, multiple units can be combined to offer multi-stage protection. A nice feature is that it will take most 10 inch size filters. This means that you can add a carbon filter, or any other filter of that size. The DuPont brand filters are cheap, and retail at just a few dollars each. This isn’t the most effective water filter on the market, but it will do a great job as a sediment, iron, and dirt filter. If you need something a bit more powerful then you can add extra units, and use filters with a better rating. The customization options are a great reason to go with this model.

The Verdict:

As cheap as it gets, this gives amazing value. If one stage of filtration isn’t enough you can just combine 2 or 3 units.

BEST BUDGET FILTER

Watts WH-LD

This whole house water purification system is another that is relatively inexpensive. There is a trade-off though, and you only get one stage of filtration. This water filter will do a great job as a sediment, rust, and dirt filter. It would also work perfectly as a pre-filter to an existing unit, or offer good protection to a water softener.

Like the DuPont model , this unit can be used with others to make a more effective filter. This unit will shield your home against larger contaminant particles like iron and sediment, but it won’t protect against chlorine.

The Verdict:

A sediment filter that works really well for household appliances.

So there you have it, the most reliable whole house water filter for every water condition. In this day and age, it’s crucial for your household to have one to ensure the safety of its residents. Still not convinced, read here to find out why you really one.

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