Nobody likes to drink unclean water. Apart from that, clear looking water might not necessarily be clean from bacteria or harmful chemicals, either. While it is always advisable to drink boiled water as opposed to guzzle down whatever that flows out from the tap, some of us do not have the time and luxury to do so. Besides, waiting for it to cool down to a decent level of temperature before drinking is a trying experience, so why not invest in the best countertop water filter? Not only do we end up with drinking water at the turn of the tap, it also ensures that what goes down our throats and into the body is clean and safe.
We know that shopping for a countertop filter system can be a tricky affair, which is why we have put together a list of the best countertop water filters that are in the market at the moment. We hope that this list will be helpful in deciding which particular countertop model would fit in best with a household’s drinking needs.
Big Berkey BK4X2 Countertop Water Filter System with 2 Black Berkey Elements and 2 Fluoride Filters
The Big Berkey BK4X2 is truly a unique countertop filter compared to other countertop models you are able to find in the market. What sets the Big Berkey BK4X2 countertop model apart from the rest is the fact that it does not attach to the faucet. It sits on the countertop and this particular unit will be filled from the top instead, bringing new life to the age old idea of a giant pitcher. However, it is certainly fully capable of delivering the best clean drinking water at the end of the day by harnessing the power of gravity as it is slowly forced through its filters.
The next countertop filtering system features a quartet of filters as standard, there will be a pair of regular filters while the remaining two countertop filters would be to filter out fluoride and arsenic. That is not all, as we found that there is enough room for the countertop system to install another two more standard black filters for households that drink more frequently. Installing the additional pair of standard black filters will allow this countertop system to increase the flow rate to 7 gallons per hour from 3.5 gallons. With each standard black filter being able to last up to 3,000 gallons, a pair would deliver 6,000 gallons, translating to a very long lifespan before a replacement is required. As for the fluoride and arsenic filters, those will be able to last for up to 1,000 gallons of use.
You can be assured of the best drinking water once it goes through the Big Berkey BK4X2 countertop system, as it reduces contaminants such as herbicides, pesticides, lead, mercury, nitrates, VOCs, radon, and trihalomethanes, while the fluoride filters ensure no more than 5% of the chemical remains. Constructed using the best high quality stainless steel with a capacity to hold up to 2.25 gallons, we love the Big Berkey BK4X2 countertop system for its versatility in being able to continue functioning even if the faucet supply has been cut off. Do not be put off by the price of its filters, since they can last a whole lot longer compared to the average countertop filters. This alone makes this countertop system worth every penny.
Zen Water Systems Countertop Filtration and Purification System, 4-Gallon
What can you get for less than a Benjamin these days when it comes to household appliances and purchases? Not much, but we think that the sub-$100 Zen Water System is a countertop filter system that is worth checking out. At that price point, there is really not much for us to complain about. Featuring a five-step filtration system, the Zen Water System countertop model will get rid of sediments, chlorine, pesticides as well as bacteria from tap water. It is portable enough to be relocated at a moment’s notice to any countertop, while the spout works great in dispensing clean, drinking water at any time of the day.
The mineral stones will help imbue whatever water that goes through it with an increased pH level in addition to calcium, zinc and magnesium. Since there is no need to plug the Zen Water System into a power outlet, we did not have to worry about running out even in the event of a power outage. The filters themselves are very affordable to replace, with a long shelf life to make it worth our while. However, we found out that such an extensive countertop system has its drawbacks, including taking up to a dozen hours to fill up the countertop basin when we used it for the first time. Subsequently, it might take up to three hours to fill up.
Santevia Gravity Water System – Countertop Model (with Fluoride Filter)
What struck us most about the Santevia Gravity Water System was the kind of emotions it evoked upon laying eyes on this countertop unit. The design of this countertop system was clean cut and aesthetically pleasing, making us thirst almost immediately to obtain a drink from it. However, it is not the cheapest available countertop filter system in the market, but then again we are willing to fork out slightly more for a great looking countertop product.
Relying on the power of gravity, the Santevia Gravity Water System is a countertop unit that utilizes a multi-filter system in order to clean your tap, while re-mineralizing so that the alkaline level of the water increases for greater health benefits. with an 8-stage filter system on hand, it will first send water through the ceramic pre-filter to remove minerals, sediments and bacteria. This is followed by a granular activated coconut carbon filter that gets rid of chlorine, pesticides, chemicals and other heavy metals. At the volcanic mineral zeolite stage, bacteria is inhibited, while heavy metals are neutralized. Following that would be the mineral stone and pH mineral balls that promotes oxygenation and increases the pH level while infusing it with calcium and magnesium. It is further energized through mineral stone immersion, and lastly, magnetic energy will break the molecules down into smaller clusters so that it can be better absorbed by our body.
The only drawbacks so far for this countertop unit? It seems that leaks do seem to be a common grouse among owners of the Santevia Gravity Water System, and the filters can be extremely difficult to change. However, with top notch customer service backing up the brand, it should not be a problem to fix any possible issue that arises.
Home Master TMJRF2E Jr F2 Elite Sinktop Water Filtration System
Home Master’s flagship F2 Elite is the best countertop water filter model from the company. Home Master certainly knows their stuff when it comes to all things water, and their expertise in reverse osmosis and whole house systems have certainly trickled down to the F2 Elite. Touted to be one of the most powerful countertop systems in the market, it relies on a 5-stage filtration system to produce clean, drinking water. Capable of lasting for up to 500 gallons of use, that averages to approximately three months of use.
In the first filtration stage, activated alumina will do its job in removing fluoride and arsenic from the water poured in. From there, it will enter the second stage of filtration, that is having to go through a catalytic carbon layer. Carbon is extremely potent when it comes to handling both chlorine and chloramines, while getting rid of pesticides, herbicides, iron, hydrogen sulfide, THMs and other pharmaceuticals that would endanger our health. During the third stage, an activated carbon layer that is composed of coconut shells will further reduce the amount of chlorine, pesticides, herbicides and VOCs. At the fourth stage of filtration, a material known as KDF85 will eliminate extremely harmful contaminants along the lines of lead, mercury, aluminum, iron, manganese, copper, hydrogen sulfide, chlorine and chloramines. In the final hurdle lies a 5-micron compression disk that will trap any other sediment, dirt and rust that managed to get through earlier on.
All of the above without removing any healthy particles like calcium and magnesium from the water? Consider us sold. Boasting of a slim form factor, the F2 Elite will find its niche on any kitchen countertop without looking awkward, and takes mere minutes to install.
Countertop Drinking Water Filter
There is so much for us to like about the APEX Countertop Drinking Water Filter, where among them include the countertop system being made using NSF-certified components that should add plenty of peace of mind to potential customers. The APEX Countertop will rely on a 5-stage filtration process that will not only get rid of all nasty contaminants from your drinking water, it will also increase the pH level while mineralizing your drinking water.
At the beginning, KDF material will get rid of chlorine, chloramines and other kinds of heavy metals such as iron, mercury, lead, manganese, arsenic, aluminum and copper. From there, the coconut shell activated carbon layer will further reduce the amount of chlorine in order to make the end product better tasting and smelling. In the third stage, more contaminants will be removed, while the mineralizing process begins with calcium, potassium and sodium added to it. In the fourth stage, a different coconut shell activated carbon layer will help get rid of whatever traces of chlorine left behind, before it ends up in the fifth stage of filtration that sees an increase in the pH level.
We are stoked that the APEX Countertop also accepts other kinds of 10-inch size filters from different countertop manufacturers, hence the flexibility makes it a winner in our books. Taking mere minutes to install and connect to an existing faucet, we found the APEX Countertop to be a worthy addition in any home.
We strongly believe that there is a countertop filter that is able to fit the needs and budget of every household. It is always best to know what are the household’s needs before purchasing the correct countertop filter model that is able to cater to existing needs while boasting of the ability to scale up its production as the family grows over the course of time. We hope that our guide to the best countertop water filters of 2019 will be able to help you arrive at the right decision.