How to Choose an Alkaline Water Filter?

Alkaline water filters are available in a huge and sometimes confusing range of types and prices. The technical terms used are sometimes confusing and before making a major purchase you should satisfy yourself that the water filter has a large enough capacity to handle all your drinking water needs.

Home Water Filters vary from simple jug or bottle filters with a basic charcoal filter up to serious water processing filters that will produce crystal clear water of far higher quality than municipal tap water. Cost is a major factor of course but there are some outstanding bargains in-home water filters.

Remembering your budget, think about how much you spend every week on bottled water. Bottled water comes in either 2 liters or 5-liter plastic bottles and according to which plastic the bottler uses can have a strong taste from the plastic material. Many brands of bottled water are just bottled tap water. Municipal tap water normally contains various chemicals and possibly micro-organisms

The average family drinks from 30 to 40 liters of water every week and that works out at over $1500 a year! That is for basic supermarket bottled water. Fancy imported water would double or treble that cost. That would buy a pretty fancy tap water filter.

Here is a breakdown of the different kinds of water filter available:

  1. Jug type water filters – commonly the Brita is the most popular and is a good choice as it comes with a good filter cartridge. It is possible to use cheaper supermarket cartridges but these often leave an aftertaste and do not last as long. There is a countertop model which uses the same Brita filter and has a larger reservoir for filtered water/Filters last around 2 months. Most jug type filters are designed to fit into a refrigerator door. Lids on this type of filter are sometimes fragile.
  2. Cartridges are widely available.
  3. Refrigerator Filters – these are plumbed into a refrigerator. This is easy to use a filter that needs to be changed every 6 months. The main advantage is that cold drinking water is always available on tap
  4. Under sink water filters. These are plumbed into your kitchen faucet and provide clean water on tap. They have the disadvantage of not removing micro-organisms. Should be changed every 2 or 3 months, Cost around $30 for a new cartridge. Some units have a charcoal and a ceramic cartridge and the charcoal cartridge needs changing regularly. The Ceramic cartridge needs cleaning and can normally be reused.


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