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Water filter/purifier system. Which is best?

I'm in the market for a new water filtration system. Any suggestions? I've used Brita for the last few years and it's decent. I like the fact that it's the small pitcher that can be put in the fridge instead of the large inverted jug style but I'm open to suggestions. Also, my prehistoric city still puts fluoride in the water so anything that can take out 75% or more of that would be great. Thanks!

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  1. We have a small reverse osmosis system at home. It feeds water to the sink and the fridge. The filter has to be changed like once a year, and you don't have to worry about refilling the pitcher.

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    1. re: cutipie721

      Agree, we've been using an RO system for years and you can't beat it. If you can afford it, get a bigger system where the tank is in your garage or other area and then run the lines to the various area that you need it. Frees up a lot of space below the sink.

    2. I prefer solid carbon block filtration systems, but to remove fluoride I think you're limited to reverse osmosis systems (or possibly also distilation systems?). That means an under-counter setup.

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      1. re: Eiron

        You can get stand-alone fluoride filters for use in multi-filter systems that are neither RO or distillation based. Undersink would probably look the nicest, but the site I mentioned elsewhere in this thread does sell countertop ones also.

      2. What's wrong with fouride in the water? Where I came from,, our arsenic levels exceeded federal limites so flouride doesn't seem too bad to me.

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        1. re: Sid Post

          Trusting that flouride is safe is the same as trusting Phillip Morris that cigarettes are safe, or trusting the American Diabetes Association that eating a high carb diet is good for diabetics. Check out this video:

          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q3y8uw...

          1. re: Sid Post

            Well, for some of us, fluoride in the water means never-ending nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, brain fog, and lethargy.

          2. I saw good things about http://www.pwgazette.com/ mentioned somewhere (I think it was referenced in "The Drinking Water Book"). I bought a 3 stage (non-RO) filter. I think RO filters, in addition to wasting water, make the water almost "too" clean tasting. I liked that this company has an option for fluoride filters, since I also wanted to get the fluoride out of my drinking / cooking water. I ended up going with their suggested configuration for fluoride filtering - two carbon block filters and one fluoride filter.

            So far I am pretty happy with it. Only minor problem is that the water seems to have a bit more air in it than I'd like - the instructions said this would go away with time, but so far, still happening.

            The one I got is the standard triple under sink filter
            http://www.pwgazette.com/uf.htm (they will sub one of the fluoride filters out for one of the others at no charge with the initial order, but the replacement filters do cost more than standard block ones. Also, the timeframe they actually recommend replacing the filters on is slightly different than the one they suggest on their site currently, so do factor in the consumeables when you figure out how much the filter is going to cost you
            )but this one also looks interesting.
            http://www.pwgazette.com/fluoridefilt...

            1. I just found this on another blog post. Still doing some research but may be a good solution.
              http://www.zerowater.com

              1. I have had a Doulton undercounter filter for about 5 years and would never have anything else. It has its own separate faucet, so that's the water I use for all drinking and cooking. I don't have an icemaker in my fridge (didn't want it) and so I also use this water for icecube trays. Doulton is a great product, made in England for many years (no made-in-China garbage here!).

                A friend who is a doctor warned me against using "media" filters unless they are changed regularly, meaning no longer than about 60 days, because they provide a great environment for bacteria to lodge in and thrive, especially Serratia and Legionella bacteria. The 'candle' type filters in the Doulton units are bacteriostatic and do not promote the growth of bacteria. The filters are easily cleaned and so although expensive, do not need to be replaced nearly as often as other types. It takes me less than 5 minutes once a month to clean the "candle" and I replace it once a year. I was shocked at how much rust/iron it removes from my clear-appearing (public supply) tap water!!!!! It also removes chlorine.

                Doulton site is here http://doultonusa.com . They also make whole-house carbon systems, btw.

                I also have their portable stainless-steel one to take on trips; I have the GSS Mini-A which is the smaller one (not the big collapsible one). http://doultonusa.com/HTML%20pages/po...

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                1. re: dessert_diva

                  For the past five years, we've also been using a Doulton under-counter filter (specifically, a Katadyn housing that came with our faucet -- http://bit.ly/9jpSbd -- which uses Doulton FRX02 Ultracarb filters).

                  I see from your posting history, Dessert Diva, that you're probably located in Long Island, New York. I lived in NYC for seven years, and miss the quality of the water there dearly. As a matter of fact, it never occured to me that it needed to be filtered; it tasted great right out of the tap!

                  My wife and I now live back home in Los Angeles, and the water here is HORRIBLE. Extremely hard, highly chlorinated (with chloramines to be precise), high counts of other nasty chemicals and compounds, and the ever increasing likelihood of moving towards the use of reclaimed and treated sewage water, which I call Municipal Shitwater (I believe I coined that ;-).

                  Anyway, the Doulton Ultracarb filters (their "finest") can barely deliver any improvement in the *taste* of our water. I know it's filtering out a lot of garbage, but out here in L.A. it's just not cutting it! I'm actually thinking of installing a 3-stage filter upstream from the Doulton just to help it out...

                  1. re: Joe Blowe

                    My 2 cents,
                    Doulton filter gets plugged in NY faster than in any other state, though water might taste good, but it's full of dead bacteria, which Doulton ceramic stops and gets clogged very fast.