Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 198
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Christopher Great OEM Replacement
I'm shocked at how much GE still charges for their OEM water filter replacements. It's no wonder that consumers are looking elsewhere for 3rd party choices. I'm glad I did my research and found this replacement. I'm basically getting 2 filters for the price of one GE filter. I would definitely recommend this filter!
I have an older GE fridge so I have an adapter that converts this filter to a compatible installation. It took about 2 minutes to install this new filter and maybe another 10 minutes to properly water cycle it. Super simple install for me. Without shutting the water off (my fridge has auto water shutoff for filter replacement), a simple twist and a slight tug downward released the old filter. Another twist to remove the old filter from the adapter. I washed the adapter to make sure all was clean before preforming those steps in reverse to instal the new HDX filter.
TIP: I WROTE TODAY'S DATE ON THE NEW FILTER LABEL WITH PERMANENT FELT PEN BEFORE INSTALLATION SO I REMEMBER WHEN I INSTALLED IT.
The post installation behavior frightened me a little. On first attempt to draw water it took about 30 seconds before water started spluttering in the cup. Then came some excessive air pressure and spraying of water. I would say about 15 seconds of this and then water started to flow continuously in my cup. Then, the most bizarre thing, the cup started filling up with gray/black water! I must have had about 5-7 cups full of dark fluid. I read somewhere that you are suppose to flow over a gallon of water through the filter prior to drinking, so I continued to fill and dump cups. I would say somewhere around 10 cups it was becoming clear and by the 15-20 cup it was perfectly clear.
During the entire installation process, I had my fridge door open to make sure there were no leaks. I not once had a leak and toward the beginning and cycling process you could definitely hear the water slushing and rushing the filter, however after the cycling it has a normal water flow sound.
I did some flow comparisons too. I was very over due for a replacement but my old filter filled my red cup in 46 seconds. After replacing the old one with a new HDX filter, it only took 23 seconds to fill my red cup. Now that's impressive!
I've posted a few photos to show the filter in place in my fridge, which allows you to see the adapter between the fridge housing and the new HDX filter. And I also have a picture of the gray/black water and clear water after cycling.
Hope this review helps someone else going through the same ordeal. Cheers!
September 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by edscott Flow Rate The Same as GE - If Installed According to Arrows on Filter
At the writing of this review, the most helpful reviews indicate that the flow rate of water through these filters is 1/2 that of the original GE filters. This left me a bit nervous about trying this filter, but I reasoned that I could always return it.
I measured the flow rate of the "original" "Water Sentinel WSG-1" at one (1) ounce (oz.) per second (or 1 cup every eight seconds).
After removing the WSG-1, I removed the stopper from one of the two HDX filters, and then inserted it in the receiving tube. I did so without paying any attention to the markings on the HDX filter, that indicate where to start and where to turn to (two arrows on the label).
I then tried running water through the new filter, an noticed that the flow rate was almost 1/2 that of the WSG-1...about one cup every 16 seconds. The flow was also intermittent, which caused the stream to spurt every two seconds.
Before throwing in the towel, I removed the HDX filter. A lot of pressure had built up, so the filter came off with a bit of a "poof", along with a black rubber gasket and some water. I reseated the rubber gasket - by feel, not by sight - and then noticed the installation-arrows on the HDX label.
After reinserting the HDX filter - starting at the "start" arrow, and then turning about one quarter turn to the "lock" arrow. I retested the flow rate. The water was now flowing as good as the old WSG-1...about 1 cup every eight seconds. The flow rate was also even, with no spurting.
The $64,000 question: does it filter as good as the old WSG-1? Well, I have no good ideas about how to test the filtration of the HDX, or any other filter for that matter. I am also uncertain as to the lifetime of this filter compared to any other. It does seem that the flow rate problems mentioned in other reviews might be solved by reseating the HDX filter according to the markings on the label.
If I notice any diminished filtering with the HDX, I will update this review or add another, warning off potential buyers. Otherwise this seems like a good product, especially given that it is half the price of the GE brand.
June 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jval An economical replacement
I read the reviews regarding this filter application and thought there just had to be something missing since I experienced the water spary as well. Well, there was! When using this filter, there is a plastic plug that keeps the filter clean for shipping and storage but MORE IMPORTANTLY retains an all critical o-ring seal. Here's what you do: 1) Remove the old filter from your refrigerator 2) Remove the new HDX filter from the package 3) Remove the clear plastic plug from the top of the filter LEAVING THE QUARTER SIZED O-RING IN PLACE in the filter body 4) Place filter in the mount inside the refigerator and turn until it stops (turn the water on if it was turned off, turning off the water is NOT necessary by the way) 5) Run several glasses of water to fill and clear the filter 6) Enjoy clear, clean water and ice cubes
February 20, 2013
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by bill Disappointing - reverted to OEM part
I tried the two filters for the price of the one OEM filter. Each of the two filters lasted half as long as the OEM part. It was frustrating and disappointing as they eventually run at a slight trickle.
It would be nice if they improve them and offer the price.
I tried them only once. I suspect my was quality did not change appreciably where they would have been filtering out more than the OEM. That and the fact that both of the filters were shortlived with the same behavior.
Try'em and let us know.
September 27, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Pahrumpy FMG Refrigerator Water Filters
We have a GE refrig. bought it new 3 years ago at Home Depot when we remodled our kitchen. Its a double door 25 cu ft. We thought only the GE filters were best for it, but when we needed to change our filters a few times back about a year ago one of the floor people at the H.D. store in the appl. dept. told us to try FMG replacements. They were alot cheaper and better too. We bought a set of 2 and I could not put in so many words here how much better the water tasted with this brand of filters. I will never use GE filters again cause the water had a stale taste to it and I just thought maybe it was the way it should taste. NOT SO !! I highly recommened this FMG Filter instead and you will love the better water teste and the lower price too.
June 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Jax Water Filters
The filters are very easy to install. You also have month purchased and month expire label to add to your filter so there is no forgetting when you need to replace it. Better tasting water.
September 29, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Moe GE filter replacement
This product seems identical to the original filter. It seems to do the job. I generally buy USA products but the price difference is hard to pass up.
September 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Cathy2011 Great Product
I purchase this product every 6 months and have done so for 2 years. Best product for the money without putting a dent in my wallet. Worth the money.
September 16, 2015