Take a look at the best faucet filters of 2017. Find the perfect filter for your home as we discuss the pros and cons of the most popular filters on the market.
Probably the simplest and most convenient method of filtering water in your home is by using a faucet mount water filter. Most of them attach very simply to the faucet head and provide you with clean filtered water straight away.
Add to this the fact that they are relatively inexpensive and require very little maintenance, then you have a very convenient water filter for your kitchen.
Today, we take a close look at the best faucet water filter reviews of 2017 so far. These are the top rated faucet mount water filters available. To start, we’ve got an easily digestible comparison table, so you can see how they stack up against each other in the key areas. Then we discuss each in a bit more detail.
|Picture||Model||Price||Rating||Removes||Filter Lifespan||Filter Life Indicator||Positives||Negatives|
|PUR PFM400H||$$||3.9||Chlorine taste & odor, lead, mercury, pesticides||100 gallons/ 2-3 months||Yes||Certified to remove over 70 contaminants, great taste, electronic filter change indicator, quick & tool free installation||Not compatible with pull out faucets, more expensive than most|
|Culligan FM-15A||$||3.9||Chlorine taste & odor, organic impurities, heavy metals, pesticides||200 gallons/ 2 months||Yes||NSF certified, easy installation, great value||No digital filter meter|
|DuPont WFFM350XBN||$$||3.7||Chlorine taste & odor, organic impurities, heavy metals, pesticides||200 gallons||Yes||WQA certified, digital filter meter, long life filters, water pressure selector, 4-year limited warranty||Filters are a bit more expensive|
|F2 Essentials||$||3.1||Chlorine taste & odor, organic impurities, heavy metals, pesticides||200 gallons/ 3 months||No||Great value, cheap filters, NSF certified, clear filter housing, good for chlorine||No filter life indicator|
|PUR 3-Stage FM-9400B||$$||3.9||Chlorine taste & odor, organic impurities, heavy metals, pesticides||100 gallons/ 2-3 months||Yes||3 filtration stages, adds minerals to water, digital filter life indicator, water flow switch||Incompatible with hand held or pull out faucets|
|DuPont WFFM100XCH||$$||4.3||Sediment, chlorine, cysts, linden, benzene, asbestos, mercury and lead||100 gallons||No||Easy installation, high capacity, improves water taste||No filter life indicator|
|PUR PFM800HX||$$$||3.9||Chlorine taste & odor, lead, mercury, pesticides||100 gallons/ 2-3 months||Yes||Track water use using bluetooth on smartphone, great taste, electronic filter monitor, certified to remove +70 contaminants||Pricier than most|
|Aqua Elegante||$$||4.0||Sediment, chlorine, cysts, benzene, asbestos, mercury, lead, bacteria||200 gallons/ 4 months||Yes||Long life filters, good water pressure, great customer service, easy installation, simple filter changes||No filter life indicator|
|InstaPure F2BCT3P-1ES||$||4.1||Chlorine taste & odor, organic impurities, heavy metals||200 gallons/ 3 months||No||NSF certified, easy to install, cheap filters, great value||No filter life meter, not as robust as some other models|
|iSpring DFW1 LittleWell||$||3.7||Chloride, fluoride, germs, cysts, lead, mercury, lindane, atrazine, VOC & other contaminants||300 gallons/ 3 months||Yes||Long life filters, reduces fluoride, great customer support, good value||No filter life meter|
This water faucet filter from PUR comes certified to remove over 70 contaminants. The PUR faucet filters are actually certified to remove more contaminants than any other manufacturer. They boast lead removal of up to 99%, 96% of mercury, 92% of pesticides. These are impressive figures for a water filter that costs a lot less than a reverse osmosis system. The activated carbon filters will also improve the taste and odor of the water, and are great for reducing chlorine.
The system is easily installed and will fit most kitchen faucets. A 360 degree swivel head enhances usability and means it even fits well in awkward shaped sinks.
The system has a built in filter life indicator. This feature has recently been upgraded, and the battery life has been improved by 60%. The three light system will show a green light when the system is running well, and also warn you when it will soon be time to change filters, and when the filters are done. The filters should last around 3 months or 100 gallons of use, but the indicator will let you know for sure.
Bottom Line: This filter comes with a lot of handy features, but doesn’t come with an excessive price tag. It is our recommended faucet mounted water filter.
This is our choice for the best budget water faucet filter. This means that it is really well priced, but also delivers on performance. It has a really impressive filter rating of 0.1 microns. To put that into perspective, that makes it more effective than most whole house water filters, but not as effective as a reverse osmosis system. When you consider that this unit costs less than $20, and a fraction of the price of these alternative water filtration methods, it is really quite remarkable.
These powerful filters last longer than most other filters too, which reduces the running costs. iSpring rate them as lasting for 300 gallons of use, which is more than most brands. They will reduce levels of fluoride, chlorine, mercury, lead, germs, VOCs and many more contaminants.
Buying into the iSpring brand gets you amazing customer support too. They’ll be more than happy to help should you have any questions.
Bottom Line: This is one of our favorite faucet filters available. It combines great value, with an effective and robust design. It’s not fancy, but it will do a great job in filtering your water.
This filter comes with a really useful digital meter that displays how many gallons of water that the filter has made safe. This means that you can change your filter at the right time, and make sure your water filter is always working efficiently and effectively. The digital filter has a lifetime battery too so you don’t need to worry about it failing.
Like its competitors, the DuPont system will reduce heavy metals like lead and mercury, and also chlorine and cysts. However, this DuPont system’s filters are WQA certified to assure their quality. It also comes with a huge 4 year warranty to give some peace of mind.
It is easily installed and will fit comfortably onto most faucet heads. The filters have a special antimicrobial coating that is said to enhance performance and lifespan. This means that the filters are a little more expensive than some others though.
The unit we have looked at is the more attractive nickel finished version. The alternative white and chrome finishes are cheaper and come with the same features.
Bottom Line: The warranty, WQA certificate, and digital meter make this a system of real quality.
Instapure’s faucet mounted water filter really stands out because of the value of the filters. They are the cheapest we have come across, and considerably cheaper than the DuPont filters.
Another nice feature is the built in switch which allows you to change between filtered and unfiltered water to extend the life of the filter. The filters are actually NSF certified for the reduction of chlorine to ensure they are of a high quality and will remove chlorine from the water to a set standard.
The system does not have a filter life indicator, but the filter housing is clear so you can easily see what condition they are in.
Like most faucet mounted filtration systems, this one is really easy to install and doesn’t require any tools or special skills.
Bottom Line: This one is great for chlorine, and offers great value too.
This model prides itself on its filters. It is a 3-stage system, which will remove up to 99% of lead, 97% of chlorine (odor & taste) as well as heavy metals (like mercury), cysts and asbestos. The 3-stage system features a third mineral stage which will replenish your water with healthy alkaline minerals like calcium. This serves to make the water taste great too. This is a great feature which isn’t common in water filter faucets. These filters aren’t expensive either, and come in at a reasonable price.
The water filter comes in a nice chrome finish, but is also available in white and gray (at extra cost). It features an electronic filter life indicator so you can easily keep track of when its time to change the filter. It’s really easily installed and maintained, and even has a switch to toggle between filtered and unfiltered water to preserve the filters.
Bottom Line: This is another awesome unit from PUR. The mineral filter is a great touch that elevates it from the competition.
Best Budget Choice
- Long Life Filters
- Powerful Protection
- Reduces Fluoride
- Great Customer Support
Our Top Pick
- Certified to Remove +70 Contaminants
- Great Tasting Water
- Digital Filter Change Indicator
- Reliable & Effective
Next Best Thing
- Effective at Removing Chlorine
- Really Long Life Filters
- Easy Installation
- High Water Pressure
This is one of the cheapest water filter faucets we have looked at. It may be cheap, but it’s definitely not a bad filter either. It lacks the features of more expensive competitors, but is still capable of reducing levels of lead, chlorine and asbestos among others.
The filters are actually not as competitively priced as the unit, and compare with the cost of the PUR and Culligan brand filters. This is explained by the electronic meter on the filters which measures their use and lifespan. This makes changing filters on time an easy task. The filters should last for 100 gallons of use or around 3 months of time.
Installation is very straightforward and the water filter will fit the majority of kitchen faucets with ease.
Bottom Line: Really cheap unit. However, not the cheapest of running costs. A dependable unit.
This model from DuPont falls in the mid price range, and packs some useful features. It will protect your household water against sediment, chlorine, cysts, linden, benzene, asbestos, mercury and lead. It will also improve the taste and odor of your drinking water.
DuPont coat their filters with a special antimicrobial layer, which will protect and prolong the life of the filters. It will maintain a good water flow rate at the faucet, and doesn’t noticeably reduce the pressure. The DuPont filter are a little more expensive than most other brands, but they are of a high quality.
A small gripe is the lack of a filter life indicator. Instead you would need to change filters when you notice a drop in pressure, or notice a change in the taste of the water. This model comes very highly regarded on Amazon by its reviewers.
Bottom Line: This is a really solid performer that you can rely on to protect your house from harmful contaminants.
This PUR model is smart and innovative. It uses a bluetooth to send information to a free smartphone app. On this app you can track your water usage, as well as the state of your filter. It can be set to remind you when to buy new filters or change them. You can even automatically order new filters through the app. This is a really convenient idea, which I can imagine becoming more common across other manufacturers in the future.
Aside from its futuristic features, this is a dependable water filter which will protect against 99% of lead and over 70 other contaminants, including 96% of mercury and 92% of certain pesticides.The PUR filters are actually certified to remove more contaminants than the other brands.The PUR filters also use activated carbon made from coconut shells that will absorb contaminants and improve the taste and odor of the water. The water is also filtered over natural minerals which will add healthy calcium to the water.
Bottom Line: This kitchen faucet water filter is one of the pricier available, but it comes with features others lack. If you value convenience above cost, then this is the one for you.
This water filter faucet has some of the longest lasting filters that we have come across. They are said to last 200 gallons or 4 months of use. Aqua Elegante are so confident in these figures that they actually offer a money back guarantee, should you not reach these marks.
This model is great for targeting chlorine, but will also protect your water against sediment, cysts, benzene, asbestos, mercury, lead, and bacteria. The filters use a special blend of activated carbon, calcium sulfite and a high purity copper-zinc alloy called KDF-55. The carbon and calcium sulfite trap pesticides, herbicides, chlorine and other contaminants by absorbing them. The layer of KDF-55 then combats hydrogen sulfide, lead, mercury, arsenic, and other heavy metals using a chemical reaction.
It is really easy to install too. Twist, flush, and you’re good to go. This is one of the best water filter faucets we have looked at. It’s durable, effective, and deserves consideration.
Bottom Line: Long lasting, effective filters. The money back guarantee shows real confidence in the product too.
The model from InstaPure comes NSF certified. This means that it has passed extensive tests to prove its effectiveness in filtering chlorine. It will also protect your home from organic impurities and heavy metals.
This model comes with a really surprising price tag. I was shocked that water filters came as low priced as this. It might not have the features of the more expensive models, but it certainly won’t put a hole in the bank account. It does have a couple of nice features though. It has a switch that allows you to change between filtered and unfiltered water. This means you can save the life of the filters by not using them for tasks like watering plants, or cleaning windows. It is also very easily installed with no tools.
Bottom Line: A great value system that’s not flashy, but does its job.
The Culligan FM-15A is easily installed in next to no time (installation video). It will simply screw on to most faucet heads. The filter is NSF certified meaning that you can be assured of the quality of its component parts. It will reduce contaminants such as lead, chlorine, and cysts from the water.
A handy switch also allows you to switch immediately from filtered water to non filtered water should you choose. The filters have a reasonably long lifespan of 200 gallons, but the system lacks a digital filter life indicator. There is a sticker attached to the filters which does this job, but it is not as accurate as a digital meter. The filters are effective, but the unit lacks some of the clever features of competitors.
Bottom Line: A great value, no frills unit. NSF certification means its an effective filtration system.
Kitchen faucet filter systems are a cost effective solution to water contamination. They are among the cheapest forms of water filtration available to you in your home.
They are very easily maintained, with filter replacements required every few months. The installation and maintenance are very manageable. Installation requires no tools, and is simply a matter of clipping the filter on to the end of your kitchen faucet.
Kitchen faucet water filters are not as expensive as other water filter systems like reverse osmosis filters and whole house systems. But they are not quite as effective. It is important to understand what is contaminating your water before committing to a purchase of a water filter. If the water is really bad then a reverse osmosis filter is the answer. A kitchen faucet filter system does a great job in most situations though, and costs a fraction of the price.
Each type of water filter excels in different areas. This is how a faucet system checks out.
Pros: Relatively cheap (much cheaper than reverse osmosis and whole house filters)
Provide adequate filtration for most contaminants
Very easily installed and maintained (no tools or special skills)
Cons: Not as effective against the smallest particle contaminants
Only filters the water at one point in the home
That concludes our faucet water filter reviews post for 2017. If you have any questions then please don’t hesitate to get in contact. We promise to reply quickly.
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Faucet mounted water filters are convenient, cheap and reasonably effective. But, if you need a more powerful solution to water pollution then we recommend reverse osmosis or whole house water filters. They are more expensive, but more effective. Here at Water Filter Answers we have many specialist pages regarding these two methods.