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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