Brondell H2O+Coral Single-Stage Water Filter Combo
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Replacement filters are about 44.00 each or about 88.00/year.
Direct quote of the famous (and alcoholic) W.C. Fields: “I don’t drink water. Fish f[ornicate] in it.” One of these might have cured his alcoholism!
what is the difference with their other model ($99) on amazon? It has 3 stages. Is that better? I guess it takes up more room though.
Also, is this a good brand or are others better?
Really thinking of getting one of these soon.
multi-stage filters have different media in each stage, each to filter different elements out of the water.
Sediment filters pull out relatively larger debris in the water. This may be things like iron or other minerals that won’t react with charcoal. Meanwhile the charcoal filter (which is 1 stage of the 3-stage you mentioned, and what is in this single stage filter) will pull out reactive elements, who-knows-what chemicals and compounds that may alter the taste of the water or may be unhealthy in other ways. Without doing more research I don’t know what the pre-carbon does in the 3-stage filter.
I have a 4.5 stage filter at home: 3 media stages, reverse osmosis, and de-ionization. I say 4.5 because you’re supposed to change the de-ionization pellets every so often, and I never have. I’m not really concerned, I think you get more bang for your buck out of RO than you do out of de-ionization. You don’t really need a lot of stages if you have an RO filter, but by filtering out as much as you can beforehand, you extend the life of the RO filter and increase the flow (which is usually low to begin with due to the nature of RO filtration)
Whether you need filters like these is dependent on where you get your water from. Some towns have great water and don’t need hardly any filtration. Where I live, there’s a lot of iron and calcium in the water. I can definitely taste a difference in food cooked with filtered vs tap water, and there’s no residue when using the filtered water. (vs. my ice cubes, which have a minor yucky layer I usually wash off before putting them in drinks)
It’s all about the performance data sheet (testing data from an independent lab) and which type of system fits your needs. I prefer an undercounter system and a faucet on the side but some people rent their home and need a countertop system. Take a look at the data sheet and see if it removes the stuff you have in your water - https://www.brondell.com/media/wysiwyg/water-filters/coral-uc300-100-performance-data-sheet.pdf
Thanks for both responses, I’ll research more.
We have iron/calcium/magn too (hard water) here in PA.