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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 [link]
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.
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)
This is the system I got. I read a lot of reviews and my brother-in-law had also bought this one 6 months earlier.
Install was very simple. The hardest part would potentially be drilling a hole in your sink if you need an extra hole for the faucet. I had only basic plumbing experience prior to installing it (disconnecting a bathroom sink trap to unclog it and swapping a faucet). The written instructions are very detailed and easy to follow and they also have a very detailed YouTube instructional of every step. It's basically: shut off water valve under your sink, connect Y adapter to split cold water line, connect system tubing together, turn on water valve under sink, pressurize the system to check for leaks, turn off water valve under the sink, connect system to the faucet, turn on water valve under the sink and run the water for 10 minutes to clean the lines, turn off faucet, let tank fill for an hour or two, turn off water to the system and drain the tank, turn on water to the system to fill tank, and enjoy super clean, tasty water.
Actual work would range from 30-60 minutes depending how much space you have to work in, plumbing familiarity, and whether you need to drill a hole in your sink or there is one available already. Then about another 2-4 hours of passive work to clean the lines and tank before it is ready for use. It made for an easy Sunday project while watching football.
I also bought a 15' tube to connect the system to my fridge's ice maker for store bought quality tasting ice and the manufacturer will send you an extra set of filters free if you leave an Amazon review.
I bought mine off Amazon and installed it myself watching Youtube videos. [link]
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.
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..
I got this.
iSpring 6-Stage Superb Taste High... [link]
It’s not what you need, but the brand is a legit one. It works amazing. I’ve installed 5 different RO systems and this was the best. And cheapest!
I bought an undersink one from Amazon last year for drinking water. Has the re-mineralizer cartridge as the last stage. It makes the water taste better and it's actually perfect for freshwater tanks as it has a neutral ph and it adds back the trace minerals the tanks need.
I just installed this last month after my last system froze and I did the machine water for 7 years. Love the new filter system. Been ft for 12 years now and the differences in water available around the country is outrageous. I swear by my filter systems.
I have a nearly identical version of this but a different brand and its probably the best tasting water I’ve had. Install was very easy, quality parts, fit together wonderfully, and takes up a lot of room under the sink but not too much (disposal and dishwasher hosing didnt present a problem.)
iSpring RCC7AK, NSF Certified, 6-Stage Superb Taste High Capacity Under Sink Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System with Alkaline Remineralization-Natural pH, White [link]
iSpring RCC7AK 6-Stage Superb Taste High Capacity Under Sink Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System with Alkaline Remineralization-Natural pH, White [link]
This is what i have, but it may not be for everyone. I think you might be able to get it without the tank and the faucet. But i mean... i didn’t only buy this for my plants to drink. It’s the only water i drink as well. To me tastes like Fiji straight out of the tap.
This is the one that we use in our house. The “delicious” part isn’t an exaggeration either - it’s scrubbed then remineralized and tastes better than any bottled water out there IMO... and I’m a water snob
Our water tasted fine to me but my wife wanted a filter so I bought this reverse osmosis system on Amazon warehouse for about $150. It's about the same price as buying replacement Britta filters and I don't have to clean it or remember to fill it up. Also connected a below the counter hot water dispenser to it which is amazing for tea, coffee, and anytime you need really hot water.
Just buy a decent RO system. [link] It's less than $200, takes less than an hour to install and will pay for it's self many times over.
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.
If at all possible get yourself an RO water system. Super easy to install (I am not a plumber by any means and it was easy for me) and it’ll pay for itself in no time, and most importantly of all is so much more convenient than buying and hauling water.
This is the system I use and it takes my tap water from over 550ppm to under 20ppm.
I was surprised my CR-10 didn't come with the clips. I knew they existed and were a thing because my iSpring reverse osmosis setup had a whole bunch of them (and extras!).
We use this iSpring 6-stage system and it's great. It functions perfectly. My only suggestion is to get a MUCH bigger holding tank. We got the 5G one and the bladder takes up 2.5g of it, so we can only make 2.5g every 4-5 hours. If we had.. say, a 75G one, we'd be in much better shape.
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.
Just to put my two cents in after doing a good bit a research on RO systems I decided on this six stage system [link] because it re-introduces calcium and magnesium minerals which are stripped out in the RO process.
You can get it with an optional last stage that puts healthy minerals back in (after it's filtered).
I have something similar to OP, here is the link:
I have the ispring 6 stage reverse osmosis with alkaline remineralization. I really like it and I think it was reasonably priced for an RO system. Had to have a plumber install it because we found a leak when we went to install it, but someone handy could certainly install it.
the water in south eg seems very hard, we have something like this installed under the sink for drinking water. [link]
I use a iSpring RCC7AK. You can find it on Amazon for about $200: https://www.amazon.com/iSpring-RCC7AK-Capacity-Drinking-Remineralization/dp/B005LJ8EXU
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.
Reverse osmosis System if you wish to remove all particulates [link]
RO plus mineralization can be had for about $200: https://www.amazon.com/iSpring-RCC7AK-Capacity-Drinking-Remineralization/dp/B005LJ8EXU
This is what I use and it works well.
To brew good quality coffee, you need clean water with some minerals. My choice is a good under sink or countertop reverse osmosis filter with a calcium cartridge.
Reverse osmosis filters out almost all the contaminants out of the water and gives you fresh, clean water. However, the downside is that it filters healthy minerals out as well, which results in water being slightly acidic. Specialty Coffee Association of America recommends a target pH of 7.0 and 4 grains of calcium hardness for your ideal cup of coffee.
So, we need a ro system with a pH neutralizing calcium filter at the end. They are also called alkaline ro systems.
Here are some good systems in the market.
Regular carbon based faucet mount filters and pitcher filters like your Brita are good at removing chlorine, but a ro system goes several steps further to reduce other contaminants such as heavy metals, chloramine, organics...etc. I'm pretty sure your boiler at work, has a internal reverse osmosis filter that purifies it. Let me know your thoughts.
This 6 stage is amazing, the reviews are basically gold. Plants love it and it tastes like the best water I've ever had.
Here you go!
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)
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.