How will an inline water filter improve my water?
Many people will select an inline water filter predominately for the basis of improving the water they drink. If this is of importance to you, an inline water filter is said to offer some fantastic benefits including:
- Removing those contaminants that are unfortunately often found in general water supplies. These include things such as chlorine, chromium, volatile organic compounds, lead, heavy metals, mercury, carcinogens, and many more besides
- Removing harmful contaminants while leaving behind essential minerals in the meantime
- Improving the overall taste of your water significantly
- Removing any odors present in your water
- Encouraging improved skin health as a result of a cleaner and healthier water supply
- Reducing the visible stain of watermarks on dishes and cutlery due to a reduction in limescale build up, therefore equaling a non-scaling water supply produced throughout
Features to consider when choosing an inline water filter
Though it may seem as though choosing an inline water filter is initially straight forward, upon closer inspection you’re bound to find those additional features that apply more to your specific reason for using such a product. Though there are other added benefits when you search the marketplace here, we recommend that you do look toward those most essential of features to start. This includes considering where you’ll be using the filter, what media and filtration stages it offers, what the life expectancy of it is, the rate of its flow, its overall dimensions, weight, and warranty, alongside how easy it is to install.
Where do you need it?
First things first, where and how do you intend to use your inline water filter? This is perhaps the most important question because you need to make sure before you spend your money that the type of filter you purchase can actually fit in the space you need it to, as well as work to offer everything you need from your filter choice.
As you can see from the inline water filters reviewed above, there is a selection of filter types available, and some may cater more to specific areas than others. Look towards the filter type initially. Is it a universal type, allowing plentiful choices such as the LASCO? Is it an under sink type, such as the more common of options, like the Watts and Frizzlife? Or is it a more specific type aimed at ice makers, RVs, boats, refrigerators or even ice makers, such as the PureWater, AQUACREST and Omnipure K2533JJ, for example?
Filter media and filtration stages
When looking at inline water filters, you’ll often discover that they are composed of a whole variety of different types of filter media. This is merely because they have various purposes in ridding of nasty chemicals, keeping hold of those essential minerals and even working to reduce limescale while encouraging more beneficial flow rates! Therefore, you’ll notice they rely on a blend of media and more than likely some form of activated carbon.
The filter life is usually referred to as the number of gallons present in that particular model. Therefore, the higher the number here, the longer your inline water filter should last you.
However, note that this can often vary depending on how often much water you consume.
Therefore, you may find the length of time a filter lasts you is vastly different from others who use the same product if your usage and needs vary greatly here.
Sometimes, you’ll find an average time estimate quoted next to your particular model, and this can range from a few weeks to many months. The CuZn UC-200, for example, offers 50,000 gallons, which means you could get up to almost five years of use from just this one filter! In addition to this, the APEC CS-2500 suggests a life capacity of around a whole year. Therefore, double check the finer print and if you need to, look for those that offer more than one filter in your initial purchase.
Inline water filters are fantastic when it comes to supplying an excellent, consistent flow even in low flow environments. In short, they aren’t as fussy when it comes to water pressure requirements! Therefore, they are often the favorite choice for those places such as caravans, boats, and RV’s, for example, whereby low flow environments are always deemed more problematic.
When searching for the better filter that will encourage an improved flow rate, look toward the GPM figure, that is the gallons per minute. This figure will tell you how many gallons will flow through your inline water filter each minute. Therefore, the higher the number here, the better. The highest GPM rate here at 2GPM comes from the CuZn UC-200, Woder, and Frizzlife.
A most practical of areas to consider is the dimensions of your filter. Though these do tend to be the smaller of products overall, they do vary in size and structure, especially if they are designated to be used in specific areas. Therefore, if you are in an RV for example, you wouldn’t want to buy a filter only to find when you come to fit it, it’s more suitable for larger spaces in the home!
We suggest gaining an idea of the space you have available for your inline water filter before you make your final section. Get the measurements available first to ensure this won’t be a problem.
We’ve made sure to include all the dimensions of every inline water filter reviewed here, showing them in inches for you to ensure a perfect fit beforehand.
Once again, as in the case of dimensions, you may want to pay closer attention to the weight of your inline water feature. As we’ve said before, these products are usually the smaller and lighter of items, but this is only so when they are used in the right circumstances. Therefore, if you are shopping for a water filter for the home, you can perhaps afford to forgo the issue of weight here. However, if you’re selecting a model for use in the caravan, RV or even in a small ice maker, you may want to look for those that are lighter for this purpose.
Installation: fittings and hoses
In general, inline water filters tend to be the easier of product types to install. Furthermore, if you can find those models that also come complete with quick connect fittings as standard, your installation should be faster and take no longer than a few minutes.
This will also then apply to each time you replace the filter, and should you need to access the filters during any routine maintenance.
Therefore, check that your water filter comes with the necessary fittings and hoses, for example, so you don’t have to search for extra items just to install it, neither do you need to have an extensive amount of plumbing experience beforehand.
We’ve made sure to include those easier of installation filters to get you up and running immediately after purchase.
Though it may not be a product type whereby an attached warranty immediately springs to mind, if you’re considering spending quite a bit of money on your inline water filter you may want to think about whether it comes with a standard company warranty, for extra peace of mind.
As you can see from the above reviews, we have mentioned in the extra features section those water filters that offer a warranty worth highlighting. For example, for a budget pick, the LASCO provides a fantastic one-year warranty, and CuZn give a tremendous five-year warranty for their filters! This may be more of personal preference, but if it’s something that you feel you may want to find as standard when you make your purchase, many inline water filters do offer ongoing confidence through some great standard warranty types.
How to improve your filter’s performance and lifespan
- Be sure to read and follow the exact manufacturer guidelines that come complete with your water filter
- Try to avoid exposing your filter to extreme hot or cold temperatures regularly to prolong its life and function
- Make it a habit to check on the progress and state of your filter on a regular basis. Though it may not necessarily need regular maintenance, you should also ensure it is running at its most efficient and is not damaged in any way over time
- Finally, avoid using your product with very harsh water if the filter itself is not designed exclusively to handle this