Water Filters

Water filters can improve the smell and taste of water

Water Filters - Buying Guide

There are many different water filters to choose from and they do not require a major renovation or big investment of time and money.

Types of Filtration Systems

A household pre-filtration system is the simplest solution for filtered water throughout your home. Consult the table below to learn about other filtration system options.

System Description Key Characteristics


Uses a carbon filter to reduce contaminants from water. Sizes range from around 8 cups to a gallon.

  • Easily portable
  • Economical and easy to maintain
  • Take several minutes to filter water

Refrigerator and Icemaker

Provides filtered water for icemakers and in-door water dispensers in refrigerators.

  • Some include an automatic shutoff valve for easy replacement
  • Use charcoal filters
  • Included in some new refrigerators


Treats water as it passes through the faucet, improving it for drinking, cooking and washing.

  • Require no plumbing connections
  • Economical and easy to install
  • Take up little space

Under Sink and Reverse Osmosis

Installs below the sink and filters water before it reaches the faucet.

  • Filters water going to a specific faucet
  • Filter cartridges tend to last longer than faucet mounted
  • May have multiple filter cartridges designed to remove specific types of contaminants

Household Pre-Filtration

Connects to the main water supply line within the house and filters all water throughout, including faucets, showers, washing machines and dishwashers.

  • Available filter types include pleated, poly spun and carbon wrap
  • Cost-effective method for filtering all water in the house

Shower Filtration

Reduces the effect of chlorine on skin and hair.

  • Compact, flexible design installs easily in most showers

Match the System to Your Need

Use the table below to select the best filtration system for your specific water issues.

I want to... Consider This System or Combined Systems

Reduce chlorine taste and odor

  • Pitcher
  • Faucet Mount
  • Under Sink
  • Refrigerator/Icemaker
  • Reverse Osmosis

Reduce the effects of chlorine on my hair and skin

  • Shower Filter

Reduce lead and microbial cysts in my water

  • Pitcher
  • Faucet Mount
  • Refrigerator/Icemaker
  • Under Sink
  • Reverse Osmosis

Reduce rust and sediment in my water

  • Household Pre-Filtration

Reduce agricultural and industrial pollutants in my water

  • Refrigerator/Icemaker
  • Under Sink
  • Household Pre-Filtration

Bottled-water quality at a fraction of the cost

  • Reverse Osmosis


  • NSF Ratings. Filters have been independently tested to show that they can reduce levels of certain pollutants under specific conditions.
  • Ultraviolet Light. Kills viruses and bacteria I water, but does not filter out chemicals.
  • Filter Change Indicator. Flashing light or color-changing indicator that lets you know when it’s time for a new filter.