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Apr 16, 2014 08:41 PM

In home water filtration system (small household) recommendation?

Hi friends,

I hope you are doing well. I am looking for a water filtration system to use at home (prefer under the sink, easy to install, as we live in a rental apartment) unless a portable filter e.g. Brita is better performance/value.

There are two of us in the residence, and we currently are buying the 3 gallon 'Ozarka' water from Costco, but it is getting tedious to keep restocking and expensive as well.

We prefer the taste of 'Spring' water as compared to tap water here in Houston, maybe its just psychological.

Please let me know if you have any suggestions.


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  1. We are a household of two. We use a Btita pitcher. I think it works fine. The idea of getting down on hands and knees to replace a filter under the sink was not something either of use wants to do. Thus, the Brita. And I always have cool or cold drinking water.

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    1. re: sueatmo

      Our filter needs replacing annually. Takes about a minute. Don't really have to get down on my hands and knees, I can easily squat for that minute. To me, an annual filter replacement easily beats a constant refilling of a pitcher. As an added bonus, our icemaker also uses the filter.

    2. We're completing a kitchen remodel and just switched to a 3-stage under sink system. We used a Brita pitcher for the first 3 years we lived here, and liked it fine. We're retired, home all day and go through a lot of water, hence the under sink model.

      In a rental I'd definitely use a pitcher. Especially since you're not yet sure you'll like the taste of the water. If you do decide to go with an under sink unit, make sure it's an inline filter and doesn't require you to install a faucet. Two options:

      Note that no matter what you buy, you'll need to replace filters periodically. Be sure to factor that cost in to your calculations. The spring water may not be a lot more expensive, depending on how long filters last you. We were good for about 4 weeks with Brita and bought them at Costco.

      1. It depends on what your trying remedy...particulates/sediment, taste/odor, hardness? Since you're already on city water, and much of the work has been done for you, I'm guessing taste/odor, and since you're renting, the Britas tho slow, (faucet or pitcher) are probably your best solution. During my time working for a water utility, the marketing spinsters suggested simply refrigerating a pitcher of tap water for a couple of did, surprisingly, improve taste