Water Filter Faucet Guides


If you need more than a few gallons of filtered water a day, a water filter faucet comes as a great alternative to a pitcher.

This type of filter fits directly onto your sink’s faucet, boasts quick and easy installation, and needs little maintenance. A good tap water filter will improve the quality of your drinking water for months, with no intervention from your side.


Faucet water filters Table Summary for 2019

DuPont WFFM350XCH
Brita Faucet Filter
PUR PFM400H
Culligan FM 25
DuPont WFFM350XCH

DuPont WFFM350XCH Faucet Water FilterMain Features:

  • Display screen indicator.
  • Water flow selector.

 - No of Filters:  One (1); see below for more details.

 - Pollutants Removed:

  • Sediments (small percentage).
  • Heavy metals (lead, mercury).
  • Chlorine, volatile and semi-volatile organic compounds.
  • Some bacteria & viruses.

 - Flow Rate: 0.5 gallons per minute.

 - Water Pressure (Optimal - PSI): 50 to 70.

 - DuPont WFFM350XCH reviewSize/design: small.

 - Filters made of:

  • Granular Activated Carbon (GAC).

 - Filters Life (months): 200 gallons.

 - Water source: Municipal water only.

 - Warranty: 4 year (check with provider to verify what is covered).

 - Certified: It is also certified by ANSI/NSF for quality and efficiency.

Brita Faucet Filter

Brita Faucet Filter reviewMain Features:

  •  One-click installation.
  •  Status indicator alerts you in case you need to replace the filter.

 - No of Filters:  One (1); see below for more details.

 - Pollutants Removed:

  • Some sediments to protect the filter.
  • Heavy metals (cadmium, mercury, lead and other).
  • Chlorine, odor and taste.
  • Viruses.

 - Flow Rate: 1.0 gallons per minute.

 - Brita Faucet Filter reviewWater Pressure (Optimal - PSI): 20 to 100 (don't get it to 100 though).

 - Size/design: small (2.4' X 6.1' x 8.5').

 - Filters made of:

  • Granular Activated Carbon (GAC).

 - Filters Life (months): 100 gallons which could be about four (4) months.

 - Water source: Chlorinated water only.

 - Warranty: 1 year (check with provider).

PUR PFM400H

PUR PFM400H Faucet Filter ReviewMain Features:

  • Clean sensor monitor displays the status of the filter.
  • Three (3) stage filter system
  • Leak proof connector.

 - No of Filters:  One filter (reference: MineralClear (RF-9999)).

 - Pollutants Removed:

  • 92 % of pesticides.
  • Some metals such as cadmium and mercury.
  • PUR PFM400H faucet filter review96 % of chlorine, odor and taste.
  • Viruses.

 - Flow Rate: 0.5 gallons per minute.

 - Water Pressure (Optimal - PSI): 20 to 70.

 - Size/design: small (6.75' X 5.25').

 - Filters made of:

  • Activated carbon and ion exchange.
  • Trap sediment.

 - Filters Life (months): 100 gallons equivalent to tree (3) months of efficient operation.

 - Water source: Chlorinated water only.

 - Warranty: 1 year (check with provider).

 - Certification: ANSI/NSF Standards 42, 53, 401.

Culligan FM 25

Culligan FM 25 Faucet water filter review Main Features:

  • Auto turn off valve (diverter from filtered to non-filtered water).
  • Smaller than any other faucet water filter in the market.

 - No of Filters:  One filter.

 - Pollutants Removed:

  • Metals (lead and mercury).
  • Organic compounds.
  • Lindane and atrazine (insecticide).
  • Some sediments (0.5 to 1 micron).
  • Culligan FM 25 faucet filter reviewChlorine taste and smell.

 - Flow Rate: 0.5 gallons per minute.

 - Water Pressure (Optimal - psi): 60.

 - Size/design: small (5.5' X 3.5' X 6.5').

 - Filters made of:

  • Activated carbon.

 - Filters Life (months): 200 gallons or (2) months (no longer than this, check review - flip side).

 - Water source: Chlorinated water only.

 - Warranty: 2 year (check with provider).

 - Certification: ANSI standard 42 & 53.


In this article, we will tell you how these filters work, their pros and cons, and what to consider before buying, therefore you can make an informed decision.


How Does a Filter Faucet Work?

Filtration process faucet filtersLike most water filters, a faucet filter works in a simple way. It consists of a cartridge filter that traps contaminants and, in some cases, even uses agents capable of killing viruses and bacteria, such as silver particles.

The water filter faucet is easy to install on your sink’s faucet; once installed, all water will run through it and will reach your glass cleaner and healthier.

Most systems can remove:

  • Sediment: Most tap water filters can trap small particles of dust, debris, sand, and sometimes even rust from old pipes. Furthermore, they can also block certain parasites such as giardia and cryptosporidium.
  • Chemicals: Manufacturers usually equip their water filters with activated carbon blocks and other types of filters capable of removing common contaminants like chlorine and fluoride, nitrites and nitrates, and sometimes even heavy metals like lead and mercury.
  • Bad smell and taste: By removing contaminants, faucet filters also remove the bad smell and taste of your drinking or cooking water, improving its quality.

Water Filter Faucet Pros and Cons

A faucet mounted water filter can be a great solution if the quality of the water in your area is not too bad, but you still want to make sure your family is getting the best possible water. The main advantages of these filters include:

  • Healthier water: Whether you’re connected to the municipal water supply or get it from a tested well, the tap faucet filter will still block many contaminants, improving the quality, taste and smell of your drinking water.
  • Easy to install: Unlike the more complex under-the-sink water filters, tap water filters are very easy to install. Most homeowners can have their new filter up and running in less than 10 minutes.
  • Convenience: Faucet water filters will provide you an endless supply of clean water at a fraction of the cost of an under-the-sink filter. Undoubtedly, a better solution than a water filter pitcher for a larger family and a more affordable one for homeowners on a budget.

BUT!

Before buying a water filter faucet though, you should also be aware of its limitations. This system is not designed to purify water. It only removes pollutants such as sediment and chemicals.

Although some filters include components that could potentially kill bacteria and viruses, that is not a guarantee.

That’s why these filters are ideal to use to treat municipal or tested well water, but not untested well water. This is something you should do before buying any type of water filter.


Choosing a Water Filter Faucet: Tips

Before buying a faucet water filter system, you should weigh in a few factors that could make or break the deal, such as the contaminants you want to remove, maintenance, and required sink space.

  • What Needs to Be Filtered

Most people buy a water filter system to remove specific contaminants in their area. Be it chlorine, fluoride, byproducts from pesticides and herbicides, or large particles such as dust and debris, make sure the filter you buy can handle them.

Manufacturers usually provide lists of the contaminants their filters remove, so it should be easy to determine whether a specific model is right for you.

  • Sink Space

Faucet water filters are installed on your sink’s tap, so they don’t require too much space. However, some models are more cumbersome than others. If you have a small sink, a smaller filter could be a better choice, such as a Alexapure Pro, which is a gravity fed water filter, adjustable and convenient too.

  • Required Water Pressure

Most faucet filters don’t have specific water pressure requirements, but you should know that the filtering process will slow down the output rate. If you don’t have enough pressure without the filter, getting a glass of clean water with it on can be painfully slow.

  • Water Filter Life

A longer filter life means less maintenance and lower overall costs. Some brands require you to change the filters when you’ve reached a certain quantity of filtered water, others, after a specific time.

The easiest way to keep maintenance under control is by getting a water filter faucet with filter change indicator, something that the best brands can provide.

  • Swivel Capability

Since this type of water filter goes onto your sink tap, it is essential to get one that can swivel. This may seem unimportant at first, but it really makes a difference, especially when you’re washing large pots or pans.


Best Faucet Water Filter Brands for 2019

There are many brands that produce faucet water filters, but the three (3) below are renowned for their reliability, quality control, and long-lasting products.

  • Brita

Brita is a German company and one of the biggest names in the water filter industry. Their products vary from water filter pitchers to kettles and tap attachments, all of which use activated carbon filters and ion exchange resins to remove most contaminants including chlorine and its compounds, some pharmaceuticals, and heavy metals.

  • Pur

Another company renowned for its tap water filters, pitchers, water dispensers and coolers, Pur is known for the reliability of its products. Their faucet mounted filters incorporate some of the latest filtration technologies (such the PUR PFM400H on tap filter) as well as user-friendly features, including Bluetooth connectivity, which is really cool, and maintenance alerts.

  • Culligan

Founded in 1936 in the USA, Culligan is now present in over 80 countries. Their range of products includes tap mounted filters as well as under-the-sink and whole-house water filter solutions. The faucet filters remove chlorine, lead, and particulate matter, and are available in multiple finishes you can match with your kitchen décor.


Last Thoughts

A kitchen faucet water filter is a great alternative to a water filter pitcher if you consume more than a few gallons of water a day. This system is convenient, cheap, and fairly effective. It won’t provide pure water like reverse osmosis or whole house filter, but it could be a great solution if you only want to remove common contaminants, such as chlorine or some heavy metals.

They also don’t produce wastewater, have a good filtering capacity, and are environmentally friendly, a few more reasons to consider such a water filter system for your home.

It is very important always to understand what feature to look for when choosing the right faucet filtration device. This will be achieved by understanding all the points we discussed above under the respective section. If something was not clear, the we recommend going back and have a second look; alternatively, you can always contact us for more inside.

Lastly, we have listed only the three (3) most renowned faucet filter brands currently in the market for 2019, but this does not mean that they would the ones that could provide the filter you need. To make your life easier, we will be publishing what these major brands have for water filter faucets and what the other competitors have as well.