Aquasana are a big name with quite a reputation, but does this water filter deliver? Read the first of our Aquasana whole house water filter reviews to find out.
Aquasana Rhino EQ-1000
Filtration Stages: 4
Warranty: 10 years + 90-day money back guarantee
Unit Lifespan: 10 years or 1,000,000 gallons
Filter Lifespan: Pre-Filter = 3 months, Post Filter = 12 months
Water Flow Rate: 7 gallons per minute
Waste Water: None
Dimensions: 9 x 46 x 44 inches
Today, we are taking a look at the Aquasana Rhino EQ-1000 with Pro Install Kit. This is a whole house water filter, to be installed at the point of entry of the water supply into the home. Unlike point of use systems, which are usually designed to be installed at one specific output (at the faucet or under the sink), this system will purify the water at every output point in the home. This means clean bathing, drinking, and cooking water for the family. This can bring all sorts of health benefits, better tasting food, and better feeling skin and hair.
This model specializes in the removal of chlorine from the water supply. Aquasana state it can remove more than 97% of chlorine from water. It is also capable of reducing other harmful contaminants such as: heavy metals (like lead and mercury), organic chemicals (pesticides, herbicides and volatile organic compounds), and industrial solvents.
The system is guaranteed to last for 10 years or 1,000,000 gallons. This is the best warranty we have encountered in our Aquasana reviews, and is the kind of consumer protection you would expect for something that costs what this does. Upon completion of its lifespan, a replacement tank can be purchased for around 3/4 of the cost of the complete system. Aquasana also offer a 90-day money back guarantee should you not be in any way satisfied with your purchase. It’s important to note that the 10-year warranty is only available if the system is installed by a professional plumber.
The model we are reviewing includes the professional grade install kit. This includes:
- Post filter to remove further contaminants like cysts and organic particles.
- Brass fittings which are easier to install and maintain.
- 20″ pre-filter which is double the size of the standard filter, giving it double the lifespan.
- Shut-off valves and supports for easier filter changes.
Further upgrades are available at extra cost. These include a salt free water softener and UV sterilization kit.
The pro kit is a sensible addition. Longer life filters are going to cost you less money in the long run, and involve less maintenance. A post filter refines the filtration process even more, giving cleaner water. Finally, the brass fittings and shut off valves serve to improve the user experience, and make maintenance even easier.
The pro kit isn’t essential for city water supplies, but I would thoroughly recommend it for those with private well water supplies. Private water isn’t usually chlorinated so it is more susceptible to bacteria, organic matter, and cysts.
In fact, Aquasana offer the Rhino in a range of styles to suit every water concern. The regular chlorine specialist system is perfect for city water supplies, while there is also a model that specializes in harmful chloramine, and also one that deals better with well water.
If you are served by city water and you are put off by the price tag of the 10-year system, then there is an alternative too. There’s a cheaper 300,000 gallon capacity model that costs about a fraction of the price. This system is really effective at removing chlorine from the household water supply.
This Aquasana water filter reviews really well when it comes down to filtration and effectiveness. It provides four stages of filtration and meets NSF standards for chlorine removal. Here’s the lowdown on what each stage does.
Stage 1: A 5 micron pre-filter which removes particles like dust, sediment, and also microscopic particles. This filter gets rid of the larger particles and protects the main carbon tank (stage 2) from damage and clogging.
Stage 2: A tank that contains a mixture of copper-zinc oxidation media and crushed minerals. This serves to remove more than 97% of chlorine and ensure the pH is slightly alkaline. Alkaline water is considered better for our bodies as it is an antioxidant. Check out water ionizers to learn more about this.
Stage 3: A high grade carbon filter for further removal of chlorine and other harmful contaminants. Carbon media is excellent at adsorbing chlorine from water.
Stage 4: A 0.35 micron post filter that can remove microscopic cysts and organic particles. This filter is only available with the pro kit upgrade.
To see just how necessary the first stage filter is, then watch the video in the ‘Installation and Maintenance’ section below. It gives a great idea of just how important a water filter can be. The 1st stage filter also helps to protect the rest of the system, and prolong the life of the subsequent filters.
The stage 2 filter of this Aquasana water filter acts much like an alkaline filter of some reverse osmosis systems. It ensures the pH of the water is greater than 7. This means the water is alkaline and healthier for our bodies than low pH, acidic water.
The 0.35 micron post filter, is an important and necessary addition. To see just how important it is, take a look at the chart below. The chart details the sizes of water pollutant particles on the micron scale. A filter of this pore size is really quite impressive, and the finest we have seen in whole house water systems.
The basic Rhino system without the pro kit, has a filter size of 5 microns. That means pollutants of size less than 5 microns will be allowed to pass through and contaminate your water. The post filter has a filter size of 0.35 microns. This makes a huge difference to what is and isn’t allowed into your household water supply. Note the size of mold, insecticide dust, bacteria, car emission, and lead dust particles.
The Aquasana water filters themselves are relatively inexpensive, and the extra cost of replacing the post filter every 3 months is definitely worth it. They are easily available on Amazon and the Aquasana website.
This water filter comes with an amazing variety of optional add-ons. You can include a water softener or even an ultra violet light to kill bacteria. The UV sterilization light would be particularly useful for those that are served with non chlorinated well water.
One note on the water softener is that it is salt-free. These types of softeners are much better for the environment than those that use salt and they’re great for protecting appliances from limescale. However, they aren’t as effective at changing the feel of the water. If you have really hard water then I’d consider another route.
Having softener and UV lamp components built-in to the same system saves a lot of space, and makes the installation much easier, as they are already connected in the most efficient way.
Installation and Maintenance
As mentioned earlier, this system will last 10-years or 1,000,000 gallons. This is based on the average water consumption of a family of four. Should your family be larger or smaller, then the lifespan will alter accordingly. You can check with your plumber to have an additional water meter added at installation.
It’s important to monitor the condition of the pre-filter over the first year of use. Sediment levels can vary a lot from one place to another, and will have differing effects on your filter because of this. Generally speaking, when the white filter becomes completely covered or the water flow rate noticeably drops, then it is time to replace the filter. By keeping a close eye on this in the beginning, you will be able to judge the lifespan of the filter more accurately. They should last around 3 months though.
The post filter is much more durable, and should last 12 months. A way of ensuring prompt filter changes, as soon as the water quality starts to drop, would be to use a water quality meter. These can be purchased at relatively little expense (less than $15) and can be used monthly to monitor water quality.
A stand-out feature of this system is that it requires no back-flushing. Unlike other water filter systems, you need not worry about rinsing or cleansing the system. The only maintenance needed is the straight forward task of replacing the filters. Watch the video below to see how easy it is to replace the filter.
For installation, you should install the system before the water heater and close to the main water inlet to your home. The system will need 50 inches of height clearance and a minimum of 30 inches of floor space. It needs an operating water pressure of between 20-100 psi. You can read the official installation notes here. It can easily be done yourself, but to engage the warranty it must be installed by a plumber.
Pros and Cons
|Cleans ALL household water||Must be installed by a professional to engage warranty|
|Particularly effective at reducing chlorine levels||Not as effective as reverse osmosis|
|Keeps good water pressure||Expensive|
|10 year warranty|
|Easy filter changes & maintenance|
The Aquasana Rhino is one of the most effective whole house units out there. Its 0.35 micron pre-filter is the most refined we have seen in a whole home unit. Add to this the fact that it meets NSF certification standards to reduce chlorine, and you have a very attractive water filter system. It is more expensive than most, but it offers more effective filtration than most too.
To see how the Aquasana Rhino compares to other leading systems then please check out our guide to whole house water filters.
Check back soon for more Aquasana reviews.