- Updated October 11, 2018
- Posted by: Donna Brown
- 1,000,000 Gallon Rhino Ratings
- 600,000 Gallon Rhino
- 1,000,000 Gallon Rhino
- 500,000 Gallon Well Water Rhino
- Complementary filtration solutions and replacements
- Installation Guide
- Frequently Asked Questions
There are numerous whole house water filters on the market and finding the right one for your home is never easy. Among the few companies that activate in this field, Aquasana stands out due to the fact that they have numerous positive reviews from satisfied customers. You might think that this is the result of a good marketing campaign. Indeed, they know how to approach its customers, offering simple and affordable solutions for water filtration. However, the main reason we like Aquasana is the fact that they give accurate information regarding their products. You have three main systems to choose from. You can also add accessories to improve the performance of those systems. For each system, you get a full performance description, unlike similar products from competitive brands, which only give you a clue of the contaminants that the filters can deal with. Moreover, all of the filters are NSF certified. Without further ado, here’s what you need to know if you plan on buying a water filter.
600,000 Gallon Rhino
As the name suggests, it guarantees to filtrate over 97% of the chlorine found in tap water for 600,00 gallons of water. For a medium house, this translates in over 6 years of continuous use. The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for this product is $1166.65, but most of the time, this system can be found on sale, costing only $699.99. It comes with a 6-year warranty and a 90-Day Satisfaction Guarantee. This shows just how much the manufacturer believes in the quality and the high performance of their products.
It consists of a sediment prefilter, which captures rust, silt and sediment, a Copper-Zinc & Mineral Stone media, which reduces chlorine, scale and heavy metals, and also inhibits bacteria growth, and an activated carbon media, which targets pesticides, VOCs, herbicides, industrial solvents and other chemicals that may reside in your tap water. One of this system’s main advantages is the fact that it only removes dangerous contaminants, without also trapping beneficial minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium.
It is 46″ tall and 27″ wide. The 600,000 Gallon Rhino features a unique dual tank design, meant to increase the water’s contact time with the filtration media, thus trapping as many contaminants as possible, while also preventing clogging. The system supports a 7.0 GPM flow rate. The long-lasting tanks can easily be replaced.
1,000,000 Gallon Rhino
This system is very similar to the one presented above, the main difference being the capacity of the filtration media. This system usually costs $1466.65, but occasionally, you can find it on sale, costing only $879.99. It comes with a 10-year warranty and a 90-Day Satisfaction Guarantee.
Just as the 600,000 Gallon Rhino, the 1,000,000 Gallon Rhino is tested and certified to remove over 97% of chlorine, the only difference being the fact that this filter can do this for over 10 years. It uses the same filtration technology, so it only traps dangerous contaminants, leaving the beneficial minerals untouched. Thus, you benefit from pure, great tasting water which will result in tastier food, healthier hair and skin, and less toxic vapors in the house.
The 1,000,000 Gallon Rhino is very similar to the 600,000-gallon model, but it does, however, come with a bigger sediment pre-filter. It is 46″ tall and 27″ wide. Just as its peer, it supports a 7.0 GPM flow rate.
500,000 Gallon Well Water Rhino
In case your water doesn’t come from the municipal supply, but from a well, then a normal whole house system won’t cut it for you. This is due to the fact that well water contains many types of bacteria, bacteria which is usually eliminated by various municipal water treatment solutions. Nevertheless, this doesn’t mean that you can’t benefit from pure drinking water in your home, as this is where the Well Water Rhino comes in handy. This system usually costs $2166.65, but occasionally you can find it on sale, costing only $1299.99. It comes with a 5-year warranty and a 90-day Satisfaction Guarantee.
This system consists of a larger 20″ pre-filter, a carbon media upgrade, a sub-micron post-filter, and, best of all, a Sterilight Ultraviolet filter. It also removes over 97% of chlorine, and several other types of contaminants such as rust, lead, heavy metals, herbicides, pesticides, VOCs, industrial solvents and much more. The UV Sterilight kills over 99,99% of the viruses and bacteria commonly found in tap water, such as E.coli, cryptosporidium, giardia and other chlorine resistant cysts.
It is 57″ tall and 59″ wide. It is designed to support a 7.0 GPM flow rate and the lifespan is 5 years or 500,000 gallons of purified water.
Complementary filtration solutions and replacements
There are two additional products that you can buy in order to enhance the performance of your filter. Regardless of the one you choose, Aquasana will also provide you with a Free Pro Grade Install Kit, which allows you to upgrade your system without the need for professional assistance.
SimplySoft: Salt-Free Water Softener
Regardless of where you live, your tap water probably contains traces of iron and scale. The amount of these contaminants differs, according to the area where you live. However, you can easily see if your tap water is too hard. Scale buildup on your plumbing fixture is probably the first sign. The salt-free softener can be installed on your whole house system in order to prevent scale and iron from building up on your internal plumbing and from ruining your dishwasher, your washing machine, your water heater and all of your other appliances which use tap water. This system is NSF certified to reduce scale buildup, without using chemicals and salt, and without demineralizing your water. It costs $1458.32, but on occasional sales, you can buy it for only $874.99. If you purchase with the whole house system, you will be paying even less for it.
Sterilight UV filter
The Sterilight UV filter that comes with the Rhino Well Water system can also be purchased as an accessory to another type of whole house system, for the price of $699.
While the main filtration media of all the whole house systems are designed to last for several years, there are some replacements that you must keep in mind. For example, the 10″ Pre-filter, that the 600,000 gallons Rhino comes with, lasts 1—3 months, whilst the 20″ Pre-filter, that the 1 million Rhino and the Well Water Rhino come with, lasts 2—3 months.
Installing a whole home water purifier can be a task that you take up on your own, especially if you are the DIY type and you don’t stray from new challenges. However, with these systems, there is no one-size-fits-all approach, but there are basic instructions that apply to most systems. Combine our tips with the explanation provided in the installation manual that accompanies your Aquasana product and you will save up a hearty amount of money as you won’t need the help of a pro to set your new acquisition up.
- Turn the main water supply to your home off.
- Open the kitchen faucet or any outlet in your home to drain the remaining water.
- Choose a location for the system, one that you can reach easily when the time comes to change cartridges and do other maintenance work.
- Use a pipe cutter to cut the main water line.
- At either end, install a shut-off valve.
- Following the instructions provided in the user manual, install the fittings and the compression nut.
- Install the system with the ports facing in the right directions.
- Turn off the inlet valve and turn the main supply on, check for leaks, turn the valve on, and check for leaks again.
Frequently Asked Questions 1. Do the Rhino filtration systems preserve beneficial minerals in the water?
Yes, all of the Aquasana Rhino products mentioned in this article preserve beneficial minerals, so you can rest assured knowing that the water you consume has the best quality content possible.
2. How often does the pre-filter require replacement?
The 10-inch pre-filter requires replacement once every 1-3 months, while the 20-inch pre-filter needs to be changed every 2-3 months.
3. What does the Sterilight UV filter help eliminate?
The UV Sterilight filter kills over 99.9% of bacteria, germs, and viruses which lurk in tap water. Therefore, this filtration media helps enhance drinking water quality, making it 100% safe for consumption.