With so many water filter options available, choosing the right one for you can be really tricky, and to be frank, downright confusing.
We receive email daily from people who have spent hour’s online researching water filters, trying to under the various materials used, what they do, and how they interact with each other. More often than not, they end up frustrated, lost, and no closer to finding a filter to suit their needs.
Worse still, so much of what we find online is false, misleading, or straight up rubbish. Yes, believe it or not, lots of what you read online isn’t true:)
We completely understand and sympathise with this challenge, because we also face similar challenges in understanding the huge number of options available in water filtration materials – and we specialize in water purification!
So how does one find a solution?
To start with you need to decide what you want your water filter to do. Here are a few common answers to this question;
You’re probably thinking ‘I want my filter to do all of these things’. However, the thing is, while some filters can do all of these things, they do them with varying degrees of success.
This is where your budget comes into the equation.
If you’re looking for a water filter that can do all of the things on the list above at a high level – for example, remove 100% off fluoride and chlorine, completely wipe out every trace of bacteria, and ionize and alkalize you water to a super-high level, then you’ll need to invest in an under-sink inline system.
Typically, a high quality plumbed in system, that can do everything from the list above, will cost you anywhere from a few hundred dollars to a few thousand dollars.
If you don’t have hundreds, or even thousands, to invest in a plumbed in system, then you need to compromise in what you expect a filer to do.
But please, don’t be fooled by brands claiming their filters can do absolutely everything, because in most cases they can’t.
Many brands are vague in what they say their filters can and can’t do, with many claiming they can do much more than they actually can – as they know you don’t have the ability to truly test all that they claim.
Remember the old saying, if it sounds too good to be true it probably is!
Its not all doom and gloom though. The good news is there are plenty of great water filers out there that will deliver a great result for between
$40 - $150.
Our approach is to be transparent with our customers, and be as clear as we can about what our filters can and can’t do.
Our honesty and transparency does do us out of business sometimes, however, we know that in the long run people can trust us and our products.
PH003 is a very small filter compared to what you’d have in a plumbed in system, so we needed to be crystal clear in what we needed the filter to do.
In developing pH REVIVE and PH003, our customers were looking for an affordable, and portable solution. Their primary need was to have high alkaline ionized water while on the go.
Primary Goal = pH (Alkalinity)
With high pH as the primary goal, we focussed on making sure we had enough of our alkaline ball blend in PH003, so that our customers could achieve a pH level of at least pH 8-8.5, but in many cases well over pH 9 – which is highly alkaline.
Why such a big range?
Well, the pH level you will achieve using any of our filters, will depend on the pH level of your water source. If your source water is only pH 5, then it’s highly unlikely our filters can boost the pH level as high as pH 9.5. However, if you start with water that is pH 7, then 9.5 is well within reach.
Regarding pH levels, it’s worth mentioning that each point on the pH scale has a compounding effect. For example, pH 8 is 10 times more alkaline than pH 7, and pH 9 is 10 times more alkaline than pH 8.
Our bodies are about pH 7.3.
Drinking water that is pH 9.5+ is great for dramatically improving your alkalinity if you’re coming from an acidic base. However, its not recommended to consume super-high alkaline water long term.
For most people, drinking water that is pH 8 to pH 9.5 is ideal for maintaining a healthy and safe pH level and alkaline body.
Sorry, I digress….
Secondary Goal = Purification
Secondary to a high pH level, is purification. In the US, and pretty much most other developed countries, our water source is loaded with chemicals, heavy metals, bacteria, and substances such chlorine and fluoride.
To address this need we’ve added KDF, Diatomite, Negative Ion Ceramic Balls, and Anti-Bacterial balls to PH003.
How effective is our PH003 filter blend at removing all these nasties?
We think really affective, considering the size of the PH003 filter.
The thing is, with a very limited space to work with, and the focus being increasing the pH level, we can only jam in a small quantity of the materials needed to purify the water.
Due to this we are more than happy to say that PH003 cannot remove 100% of fluoride and chlorine.
So how much fluoride and chlorine can PH003 remove? Well, again this depends on your source water, however up to 50% is a fair estimate.
We feel this is a great reduction in these potentially harmful substances, and a fantastic result for a portable water bottle filter that costs under $40.
It’s also worth mentioning the amount of fluoride and chlorine any filter removes will reduce as the filters ages, as filter capacity is finite. For PH003, the filter capacity is 60 gallons.
So what do you do if you’re looking for an affordable filter that can deliver high alkaline ionized water, add in healthy minerals, and remove a very high percentage of heavy metals, bacteria, and chlorine & fluoride?
PH001 & PH002 combined achieves highly alkaline ionized water, removes heavy metals, 99% of bacteria, and inhibits bacterial growth. But by far one of the best features of these filters is they remove 80% of all chlorine and fluoride!
To be able to do all this, and in particular 80% fluoride and chlorine removal, is fantastic considering the modest price tag of about $16 per PH001 filter (96 gallon capacity/6 months with 1 person using it), and just under $30 for a PH002 filter (with super-long 12 month lifespan).
Hopefully I’ve cleared up a few things for you.
At the end of the day you need to be clear about what you want your filter to achieve, decide what you want to spend, then go about finding a filter that suits your needs and budget, while being aware of what brands are promising their filters can do.