The advantages of activated carbon filters are multiple – they are a natural filter media, they have excellent chemical removal capabilities, and are one of the best type of filters for tap water taste and odour improvement. In fact, many activated carbon filter cartridges are actually marketed as filters for tap water taste improvement. Thanks to its affordability and compatibility with other filtration systems (for example reverse osmosis or ultraviolet water purification), activated carbon is one of the most extensively used filter media in domestic water filters.

Top activated carbon water filters

To help you get started with your search for an activated carbon water filter, we’ve compiled a list with the top activated carbon filters for purer and better tasting tap water:

DIY 4 Stage Ultracarb Home Drinking Water Filter System

This under-sink water filter uses a sediment filter and the 3-stage Doulton Ultracarb Ceramic filter, which has an inner core of activated carbon block, to solve microbiological problems with tap water, and drastically reduce the levels of lead, insecticides, herbicides, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and chlorine. The trace elements of silver contained by the ceramic filter inhibit bacterial growth.

Watts EZFITPRO-300 Under Sink Water Filter Kit 15mm Push Fit

This Watts under-sink water filter contains two filter cartridges, the Doulton Imperial Ultracarb cartridge and an activated alumina fluoride filter, which together have the capability to remove the following contaminants from your tap water: pathogenic bacteria, herbicides, insecticides, phenols, THMs, chlorine, lead, polyaromatic hydrocarbons, and fluoride thanks to the activated alumina filter.

PurePro RS4000

The 4-stage PurePro under-sink filter uses an innovative quick-change filter technology that makes filter replacement and maintenance easy. The PurePro filter is able to remove certain pathogenic bacteria like Giardia and Cryptosporidium, as well as organic chemicals and chlorine due to the two granular activated carbon filters it contains. The system also contains an alkaline filter cartridge, which replenishes water with trace amounts of minerals and improves its taste.

Doulton Duo Filter Housing with Ultracarb & Cleansoft Candles

The Doulton Duo reduces lime-scale build-up, removes chlorine and organics as well as heavy metals like lead. This filter works with the best Doulton filter cartridges. Doulton are known as industry-leaders in domestic filtration offering high quality products and a superior filtration level. The filter housing is compatible to be used with any Doulton 2.5 x 10 Inch Short Mount candle (Sterasyl, Super Sterasyl, ATC Super Sterasyl, Supercarb, etc.) so you can have complete control over the quality of filtered water.


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