If you’re not satisfied with the quality of the drinking water you have access to, either because of its taste and odour, or because of the presence of unwanted contaminants in it, you may want to consider adding a water filter to your home.
Although your tap water has been previously treated by your water provider with respect to certain parameters, the treatment process that your tap water undergoes does not deal with every and any issue that may be wrong with it.
At times, a more targeted treatment approach may be needed and that can only be achieved with the help of a home water filter system. Sometimes, the type of water you have access to in your area may be naturally harder or contain higher levels of naturally occurring fluoride.
In this article, we’re going to discuss some of the best water filters that can deal with the specific water quality problems that most families in the United Kingdom struggle with.
For our list of the top 10 water filters for your family, we’ve chosen only filters that are easy to install and maintain, are efficient at removing a wide range of contaminants, and that are available at an affordable price.
10. PurePro RS 4000
Filters in the PurePro RS series come with a patented quick-change filter technology that makes filter replacement fast, clean and easy.
Application: The PurePro RS4000 is a point-of-use water filter that is installed under your kitchen sink. The filter is suitable both for smaller households, where space may be an issue, and larger households, where a more targeted filtration is desirable.
Contaminant removal: The 4-stage filter harnesses the filtration power of 4 distinct filters (sediment filter, 2 granular activated carbon filters, and alkaline filter) to remove bacteria, reduce the amount of lead, chlorine, and asbestos found in water supplies.
9. Ecosoft 6-Stage Non-Pumped Reverse Osmosis System with Alkaline Filter
Multi-stage reverse osmosis filters are recognised industry-wide as the filters offering the most comprehensive level of filtration thanks to their capability to target a wide spectrum of contaminants.
Application: This DIY installation filter is suitable for point-of-use filtration in homes where high volumes of purified water are needed on a constant basis. The filter is capable of producing 190 litres of filtered water per day.
Contaminant removal: When it comes to contaminant removal, the Ecosoft removes and reduces a long list of contaminants including chloride, mercury, lead, fluoride, water hardness, cyanide, iron, etc. thanks to the 6 high-efficiency filter cartridges that make up the system.
8. Pentek 7.6 LPM UV-110-2 UV Whole House Water Filter System
Ultraviolet water filters are known as the ultimate weapon in the fight against pathogenic bacteria found in water.
Application: This Pentek whole house filter is installed at water’s point of entry in your house, thus, making sure that all the water that enters your home is properly sanitised, being effective up to 7.6 litres per minute.
Contaminant removal: This filter is suitable for dealing with microbiological issues, especially if you draw water from a private well or you’re constantly struggling with the presence of pathogenic bacteria in your water system.
7. Osmio EZFITPRO-400 Small Whole House Water Filter System
Filters in the EZFITPRO series are known for their compact size, easy installation and low-maintenance costs.
Application: This 2-stage water filter is ideal for smaller homes and flats with flow rates up to 25 LMP. The filter can be set-up in less than 15 minutes and fits nicely even under a kitchen sink.
Contaminant removal: The filter contains activated alumina, which is currently the most efficient way to remove fluoride from water. Apart from fluoride, the EZFITPRO-400 also removes VOCs, chlorine, arsenic, selenium.
6. Doulton HIP Ultracarb Water Filter System
Doulton is a popular brand with a long-standing tradition in ceramic water filtration. Their innovative line of ceramic filters can offer a sub-micron level filtration.
Application: The Doulton HIP water filter system is an under-sink filter that can also be plumbed to your refrigerator and/or icemaker.
Contaminant removal: Combining the power of ceramic filtration with that of activated carbon, this filter will remove VOCs, chlorine, bacteria (Giardia and Cryptosporidium), cysts, asbestos, and fine particulates down to ½ micron.
5. Doulton Duo Filter Housing with Ultracarb & Cleansoft Candles
The Doulton Duo is another affordable water filter from Doulton, the specialists in ceramic filtration. Despite being only a 2-stage filter, the Doulton Duo successfully tackles the contaminants most frequently found in water supplies.
Application: This filter is suitable for households where water taste and odour is an issue, and where lime-scale removal is needed. This under-sink water filter is a space-saving solution for any kitchen.
Contaminant removal: The CleanSoft cartridge and the Ultracarb ceramic filter that makes up the system reduces temporary water hardness, tackles microorganisms, particles, organics, chlorine, and soluble lead.
4. Watts Premier Triple Whole House Water Filter System
Watts Water Technologies have always been at the forefront of water filtration. Their vast line of water filtration and water treatment solutions bring healthy filtered water to millions of discerning homeowners throughout the world.
Application: The Watts Premier was designed for larger households where chlorine and sediment reduction are needed to protect appliances from the harmful effects of sediment and chemicals.
Contaminant removal: The three filter cartridges in this system (sediment filter, granular activated carbon filter, and carbon block filer) remove chemicals, organics, and sediments down to 5 microns.
3. Ecopure PRO-II Whole House Water Filter System
While point-of-use filters do allow for a more targeted filtration, complex whole house water filters like the Ecopure PRO-II will make sure you have the finest quality water in your entire household.
Application: The Pro-II is suitable for medium to large household with pipework up to 1 inch diameter.
Contaminant removal: The special blend of active ceramics in this whole house water filter removes bacteria (E-Coli, Pseudomonas), chlorine, toxins, fluoride, hormones, heavy metals, reduces lime-scale, and re-mineralises water.
2. Pentek Premium Whole House Water Filter System
Pentek is another recognisable brand of Pentair, a leader in drinking water filters manufactured for residential use.
Application: Suitable for larger homes, the Pentek Premium is a top-of-the-line whole house drinking water system that will make sure that you get the same premium quality water at every single tap in your home.
Contaminant removal: In terms of filtration performance, the Pentek removes chlorine, chloramine, THMs, VOCs, scale, dirt, rust, lead, silt, and improves taste and odour issues.
1. Osmio PRO-III Ultimate Whole House Water Filter System
Those looking for nothing but the best will find that the Osmio Pro-III delivers on its promise of being a best-in-line filter that stands out thanks to its contaminant removal capabilities and high flow rates.
Application: This whole house filter is suitable for any type of home where large volumes of superior quality filtered water is needed.
Contaminant removal: The four filter cartridges that make up the system (active ceramics, carbon block, and GAC+KDF filter) remove a wide array of impurities and contaminants including pathogenic bacteria, heavy metals, toxins, fluoride, hormones, pesticides and many more.
Our list of the best filters for your family contains filters for every need and budget. Your choice will ultimately fall on the water filter that can deal with the particular water impurities that determined you to look for a water filtration system in the first place.