Express Water WH300SCKS Water Filter Reviews

For anyone specifically looking for a 3-stage filtration system, the Express Water WH300SCKS is a great alternative to the Aquasana EQ-1000 model. Like its competitor, it offers a comprehensive solution to water contamination in one single unit.

The system uses three different filters to target and remove specific contaminants from the water supply and to ensure a more complete purification process. The first stage consists of a sediment filter which eliminates coarse damaging contaminants such as dirt, rust, and sand.

The filter has 4 distinct layers capable of removing contaminants down to 5 microns with the outer layers catching the coarsest contaminants while inner layers deal with finer sediments and particles.

The second phase consists of a Kinetic Degradation Fluxion filter which further captures heavy metals contaminants as well as dirt and other suspended particles. It also removes chemical contaminants including VOCs.

The final stage completes the filtration process and it’s where all the chlorine, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and Total Organic Carbon (TOC) are removed using a granular activated carbon filter to ensure that the water tastes good and is drinkable.

Another thing that sets this unit apart is the pressure gauge and the pressure release button that it comes with. They make it easier to use and monitor the system so that you are aware of when the filters need replacement.

The whole system is a heavy-duty construction made from quality food-grade PCE and ABS plastic, so as far as durability is concerned, you are not going to worry that much. You will have no problem when it comes to installation and maintenance is also quite easy due to its user-friendly design.

Pros

  • Offers a much more comprehensive filtration capability
  • Heavy-duty, durable construction
  • Water pressure is a high ideal for large houses
  • Stainless steel housing for easier filter changes
  • Installation and maintenance is fairly easy

Cons

  • No real installation “instructions” provided other than just a flyer containing some basics

Our Verdict

The WH300SCKS whole house filtration system from Express Water provides a solution to a wide variety of water problems and once you install it, you are definitely going to appreciate the results and performance.

If the Aquasana EQ-1000 model didn’t win you over, then this might be a nice alternative.

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3M Aqua-Pure AP903 Water Filter Reviews

The 3M Aqua-Pure AP903 is a simple, compact whole house water filter that’s more than capable of clearing contaminants from the water and leaving it looking, smelling and tasting great. This is an ideal choice for anyone looking for a basic filtration unit that doesn’t have many frills but can get the job done very well.

Its simple design doesn’t really mean inferiority in function. It uses a carbon filter that will effectively remove any dirt, dust, and sediments that are as small as 5 microns.

As the water passes through the system, the carbon filter will also remove chlorine and any other funky materials. Therefore, it will provide adequate protection against most contaminants and as well get rid of the unpleasant tastes and odors from the water.

Huge flow rate is also one of the advantages you will enjoy when using this 3M Aqua-Pure system. It has 1-inch inlet and outlet ports which are capable of providing at most 20 gallons of water per minute.

You won’t experience a drop in the water pressure with such a huge flow rate even when using multiple faucets at the same time. It’s an ideal rate for larger homes. Plus the filter has a capacity of 100, 000 gallons which means it will take one whole year before you can replace it.

Considering that it only has a carbon filter, you will need to install a sediment filter to get rid of bigger sediments. This means additional costs but it goes a long way in protecting the mini pores of the carbon filter from clogging hence help prolong its life.

Replacing the filters is also a piece of cake thanks to its simple design and quick-change cartridges. All you need to do is to twist them off, get new ones and twist them in their place, it’s as simple as that. The whole process won’t take more than 5 minutes. No tools needed and it’s virtually spill-free.

You will, however, need some basic plumbing/DIY skills to install it, otherwise, you may have to seek the services of a professional to avoid damaging the unit and having to replace it completely.

Pros

  • Great filter that can effectively remove sediments and chlorine
  • Delivers high water pressure throughout
  • The filter has a great lifespan and changing it is quite easy
  • You can use fit for both city and well water
  • All the materials used are FDA CFR-21 compliant

Cons

  • May require a professional or some plumbing skills to install
  • Should be combined with a pre-filter and water softener for best results

Our Verdict

Taking into account that, it’s not capable of catching impurities that are smaller than 5 microns, the 3M’s AP903 is not the most comprehensive filter on this list. Still, though, it’s an ideal solution if you are dealing with fairly clean water and you need something that can trap most of the common sediments and reduce chlorine.

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Home Master HMF3SDGFEC Water Filter Reviews

Closing our top 6 list is another three-stage, the Home Master HMF3SDGFEC. The level of filtration it offers is amongst the best in our reviews and it’s only topped by the Aquasana EQ-1000 and the Express Water WH300SCKS.

It’s an effective all-around unit and like its competitor, each stage of filtration performs a specific task. The first stage is made up of a multi-gradient depth sediment filter consisting of four layers of filtration.

There is the 25-micron surface, a 10-micron layer, a 5-micron layer and finally a 1-micron inner core. In other words, chances of any filter getting clogged or damaged are very minimal because it will keep out sediments that are as small as 1 micron.

This means that not even bacteria will be able to pass through. It delivers a much finer filtration and it’s actually one the best sediment filters out there.

In the second stage, it’s an iron reduction filter which helps cut down the amount of iron, manganese, and sulfur in water to as much as 3 ppm combined. Therefore, it will greatly help reduce the chances of iron accumulation that might damage your internal pipes as well as appliances.

The activated coconut shell carbon filter in the third stage takes care of chlorine and other chemical contaminants present in the water. It will trap herbicides, pesticides and even heavy metals clearing any smell or weird taste in the water.

The only thing missing aside from all these is a UV light purifier and softener. But even without them, this is a great all-around unit and will catch all kinds of sediment and microorganisms.

What’s more, the system will remove the contaminants by drawing down water pressure. The massive filter housing has 1-inch ports which are meant to deliver up to 15 –gallons of water per minute. You will enjoy a strong water pressure throughout the operation of the filter.

In terms of capacity, it can support 100,000 gallons in its lifetime, which is fairly decent as it will last a whole year or even two for a household of 4 people. Installation, on the other hand, might be a little bit tricky since no tools are provided. You will probably have to hire a specialist to do it.

Pros

  • An efficient all-around filtration process
  • Will get rid of almost all chemicals, chlorine and sediments
  • Reduces iron and other metal contaminants too
  • Delivers a strong and constant water pressure
  • Comes with a 2-year limited warranty with materials

Cons

  • Doesn’t feature a UV light purifier and softener
  • Might need hiring a specialist for installation

Our Verdict

The HMF3SDGFEC from Home Master is indeed among the best whole house water filters you can find in the market for both well and city water supplies. It has very effective filters, delivers high water pressure and has really low maintenance. It’s a great option for anyone looking unit that can perform thorough filtration. It’s a perfect option especially if you a water softener already installed.

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