Best countertop water filter 2017: Reviews and Buying Guide

A counter-top water filter is placed on kitchen counter. Most countertop water filters provide better performance than faucet mount types.

A countertop or tabletop water filter is especially useful when you are in an apartment or a coop and your lease gives you a limited option on the type of modifications you can make to the apartment structures. With a limited budget, you can not afford to spend needlessly on bottled water.

Brand Name
Model #
Filter Media
Filter Life, months
Cartridge Rating, gals
Claimed Contaminants Removal
NSF Certified?
Special Features
Warranty, year
Multi-Pure
MPAD
6 - 7
750
Free chlorine, lead, mercury, Giardia cysts, PCBs, chlordane, toaphene, 1,1-dichloroethane, chloroamine, arsenic V
Yes
Superior carbon block filter
5
MultiPure
MP750SC
Carbon block filter
6 - 7
750
Free chlorine, lead, mercury, Giardia cysts, PCBs, chlordane, toaphene, 1,1-dichloroethane, chloroamine, arsenic V
Yes
Superior carbon block filter
5
Multi-Pure
MPAD
Carbon block filter
6 - 7
750
Free chlorine, lead, mercury, Giardia cysts, PCBs, chlordane, toaphene, 1,1-dichloroethane, chloroamine, arsenic V
Yes
Superior carbon block filter
5
Crystal Quest
W9-PLUS
Activated carbon
24 - 36 months?
10,000
VOCs, insecticides, pesticides, solvents, plus hundred of other contaminants
Yes
6-stage water filtration
12
Crystal Quest
W10-PLUS
GAC/KDF/Ion Exchange Resin
24 - 36 months?
10,000
VOCs, insecticides, pesticides, solvents, plus hundred of other contaminants
Yes
6-stage water filtration
12
Crystal Quest
CQE-CT00109
Carbon block filter
24 - 36 months?
10,000
Sediments, silt, dirt, VOCs, insecticides, pesticides, solvents, plus hundred of other contaminants
Yes
8-stage water filtration
12
Aquasana
AQ-4000
Carbon filter
6
500
chlorine, lead, VOCs, THMs, MTBE, synthetic chemicas, and cysts
NA
"Best Buy" by Consumer Digest: 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006
NA
Crystal
CQE-SP-00800
KDF/GAC
12
15,000 - 20,000
Chlorine, Chloramines, VOC's, THM's, pesticides, sulfur, heavy metals, hydrogen sulfide
Yes
NA
12
Crystal Quest
CQE-SP-00808
KDF/GAC
12
NA
Chlorine, chloramines, VOC's, THM's, pesticides, sulfur, heavy metals, hydrogen sulfide
Yes
NA
12
OmniFilter
TO1
Carbon
NA
15,000
Chlorine, chloramines, VOC's, THM's, pesticides,herbicides, sulfur, heavy metals, and more
NA
12
Culligan
CT-2
GAC
4
400
Asbestos,
Cyst,
Lead,
Mercury,
Turbidity, chlorine, taste and odor, lead, asbestos, Cryptosporidium, Giardia Cysts
Easy installation
24
Doulton
HCPS-SC
Ceramic filter candle
6
1000
Sediment, lead, chlorine, Cryptosporidium, Giardia Cysts
Super carb ceramic features
NA
Doulton
W9361122
Sterrasyl filter candle
12
Up to 2600
Chlorine,Cryptosporidium, Giardia Cysts, parasites, pahtogenic bacteria, rust, and sediment
Gravity-fed friltration, stainless steel
NA
Paragon
P2400
NA
60
7,500
Chlorine, taste, odor
No maintenance required. No cartridge to change
3
Paragon
P2900
Carbon block
12
500
Lead,
Mercury,
Turbidity, chlorine, taste and odor, lead, asbestos, MTBE, THMs, Chloroamines, Cryptosporidium, Giardia Cysts
NA
No maintenance required. No cartridge to change
3
Paragon
P2400
GAF/KDF
up to 30
5,000
Chlorine, taste, and odor
Yes
5-Stage filtration
3

Counter-top Water Filter Features

One of the features of a counter-top water filter is a bypass valve that allows you to filter only water for cooking and drinking. Also, it’s easy to install. Just like other water filters, counter-top or tabletop water filters may come with both activated carbon filter and reverse osmosis filter. Some may come fitted with either of these contaminant removal technologies.

Choosing the right water filter

It is important to first know what’s in your water before you invest in any type of water filters.

Counter-top or tabletop water filters may be just right if you are not concern with residual chlorine in your bathroom water.

You may decide to also buy a shower head water filter or perhaps go for whole home water filter systems.

Maintaining your counter-top water filter

Proper operation and maintenance of a counter-top or tabletop filter is important. It is important to keep a replacement water filter and take care of the counter-top filter regularly according to the manufacturer’s specifications.

This will ensure consistent clean and healthy shower water. Filter pores or adsorbent surfaces may become plugged if filters are not replaced regularly.

Some of the harmful chemicals on the surface of these filters may break through into your drinking water making it unhealthy more than before it was filtered.

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