Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 101
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DDog After extensive testing, very satisfied
Our well water (here in NC) is pretty bad: lots of sediment, and enough iron to turn white clothes light brown and make our toilets look like those in some nasty old gas station bathroom. A three-part sediment, iron, and charcoal filter like this one was just what I was looking for.
The filter has been in service for 4 months now. Our water is now not merely drinkable; it's delicious. Our toilets and clothes stay white. And the charcoal filter insures that any pesticides or herbicides creeping into our well don't get inside us.
We use a fair amount of water around here (we have horses) and, like I say, the well water quality is poor, so I was concerned we'd have to change the filters frequently (they're not cheap). But, 4 months in, they don't need changing yet. I'm a scientist by training, so I actually measure this stuff: I installed 2 pressure gauges (one before and one after the filter) so I can measure the pressure drop that accompanies clogging of the sediment filter. To date, no drop at all. I also use a Hanna model HI 721 iron test kit to measure the iron content of the water going into and out of the filter. Right now its 0.21 ppm in, 0.05 out (that's great). I recommend that you do both these things, too (pressure gauges and iron testing), because the filters are not cheap and you don't want to just guess at when it's time to change them. With 4 months under this system's belt I'm confident we'll get at least 6 months on a set of filters, and maybe a full year (and, like I say, we use a fair amount of water). So I'm a happy camper.
It was easy to install using PEX plumbing, but if you're not handy you should have a plumber do it. Along with the pressure gauges, install one shut-off valve before the filter and another after the filter. Also include a bypass line around the filter (with another shut-off valve) so that if anything ever goes wrong you can bypass the filter and still have water. See accompanying photo (sorry about the quality...the filter is installed in a tight space).
If you have sediment and iron in your well water, and worry about things like pesticides and herbicides (which you should) you will be well-pleased with this system. Note that it is not designed to remove calcium, so it doesn't replace a water softener. It's not cheap, but you get what you pay for.
Buy, install, enjoy. You'll be happy.
September 10, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Genevieve Awesome Filtration System
Had my amazing plumber install this yesterday. My water is horrible. It ruined a dishwasher and washing machine within two weeks of each other. No other filtration system I used worked.
This is specifically for well water. Within a day I noticed a huge change in smell, taste and color. These cylinders are very large. I found a nice corner in my garage where they fit well and won't be disturbed. Very happy with my purchase.
Note: I see reviews stating that they leak. Use the lube supplied for the seal. If you use this properly it won't leak.
Pictures: System is from well into house. Then through cpvc and into the filtration system. He installed shutoff valves so when I change the filters I don't have to shut off the water at the pump. The long cpvc pipe going straight down is so I can drain the system if I need to.
April 1, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by 77 Solved a 40 year water old problem at beach house !
Our existing complex system was very costly to maintain. Never could even consider putting in a clothes washer or dishwasher. Always drank bottled water. But now great water quality. I plumbed unit in temporarily with 1/2 " PEX to some convenient tap off points just in case it didn't work and I had to revert to to the old system. But will now tear out the old system and plum in the new with 1" lines! Check out the color of water going in and combing out, which you can see through the PEX lines. Had the water tested before hand. No rotten egg or particulate issue. Number one is Tannen, giving the brown color; about 5 ppm. We are up here 90 days a year and even if I end up replacing cartridges at start of each season this product is a winner.
July 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by KB123 I am so impressed!
Looked at all the other filtration systems online from $200. to $3000. to replace my very old water softner system...new water softener systems were $4000. or more. This system with three filters - sediment,rust and charcoal does a great job with my well in north New Jersey and my water pressure increased by 80%. could not be more happy.
June 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Maxwell Major improvement
Our main goal was to find a system that was NOT a salt based water softener system that still required an OS system. And this is part 1 of what we came up with. This filtration system does exactly what it says it does. Which means takes care of everything except the hard water/scale issues (calcium and magnesium). No more smell or brown particles in the water which was huge! (Before & after pictures of toilet water!) It was not designed to be a water softener or conditioner but it does take all the other things like iron and pesticides out of the water. (It's quite heavy so we built a frame for it to be installed on instead of the side of our manufactured home. See picture)
FYI: Part 2 is the water conditioning system. We bought the ScaleBlaster which is also sold by Home Depot. I'll be writing a review on that after I've had it installed for a month or so, which is what the manufacturer says it takes to clear out all the scale buildup in the water pipes for the whole house. Hopefully this will take care of the scale issue which is unbelievable here in Mohave Valley, AZ. (Our water is so hard that when I ran the dishwasher the first time everything came out with baked on white scale. I've had to Brillo everything to get it off!!!). So the dishwasher test will make or break the ScaleBlaster!
November 18, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Calfoster Very happy
This water filter has changed the quality of our well water in a way that exceeded our expectations. It is no longer cloudy or tasting of sulfur.
September 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Markus Easy fix for Fe/Mn/S issues
I was happy to find a product that is easy to install and addresses the issues with my water: Iron, Manganese, and Sulfur. Overall, it seems that the treated water is much cleaner than before. We had issues with staining in the shower and sinks, and the drain lines were all coated with an iron slime which had a gross smell. The water also had a sulfur smell from time to time. Now all of that seems to be fixed, for now. I will have to wait a few more months to see if the staining or smells occur.
A few good features include the 1" plumbing connections, ease of filter change, and the look of the system. I installed the filters with a 1" line from the pump and with a 1" bypass line, and I put pressure gauges on either side of the filters. My gauges read roughly the same pressure, with maybe a 2psi pressure difference, which isn't too shabby. The shower still feels exactly the same, which was important to me.
One thing I noticed is that one of the filter enclosures has a drip of water now and again. I would say 1 drip every 10 minutes. I have not tried to fix it, but I would assume a little tightening would solve the problem.
March 28, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mike Great product
My house is supplied with well water that is extremely high in iron. Everything turns orange after a week or 2 and it began to bother us. After much research I came across this and decided to give it a shot. Installation was fairly easy as I did it myself. Within days of installing it, my wife could tell the difference in water quality. We did a water test and compared the results to when it was originally done when we bough the house. I dont remember the exact numbers but the iron level dropped a ton. None of our toilets stain orange nor does our bath tub. The price is a bit on the high side but was well worth it to us.
May 5, 2015