Pelican PC1000 Premium Review

Pelican PC1000 Ratings

Design - 92%
Features - 88%
Performance - 95%
Capacity - 99%
Ease of Use - 91%



This water filter system is reliable and performing; it eliminates common and less common contaminants, and can filter up to 1,000,000 gallons of water, thus becoming cost-effective for most households.

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User Rating: 1.96 ( 332 votes)

Pelican Water Systems produces a wide range of water filtration systems, thus catering to various particular needs. Their filters are among the most efficient on the market, and they enjoy an extra advantage that not all filtration systems do: NSF approvals. Since there is no governmental regulation of these products, and little is known about possible side-effects, customers are advised to shift towards NSF-approved products, because a quality of the product is ensured to some extent. Today’s reviewed filter is the Pelican PC1000 Premium whole house water filter, which, as its name suggests, purifies water in your entire home, giving you access to clean, safe to use water on all faucets. It has great capacity and efficiency, but we’ll let each of you make up your own minds by reading the following.

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Before we get into detail analyzing the pros and cons of this Pelican whole house water filter system, remember that there are other types of Pelican filters as well; so if this particular product doesn’t suit your needs, you can definitely find something that does. But before you take any decision, it’s important to be certain that your water is contaminated, and a chemical testing kit can show you the extent of contamination with accuracy.


Not much can be said about the design; because it is a whole house filtration system, it will be hidden from view and installed in a garage, basement or closet. It looks like a cylindrical tank; the complete system contains a Carbon Series System, a Prefilter with mounting bracket, a bypass valve and fittings, and that’s about it. You also receive an owner’s manual instructing you on the correct maintenance steps for the filter, but the installation itself has to be performed by a professional. For these and other reasons, a filter like this is a costly investment, but you certainly get your money’s worth and can even end up saving by the end of the year, because you’ll no longer have to purchase bottled water. This multistage filtration system is efficient and reliable; let’s see how and why.


As mentioned above, this Pelican product is fitted with a multistage filter media. Stage 1 in the media is represented by a 5-micron sediment pre-filter that eliminates silt, debris, sand and other sediments from the water almost completely. This has the role of protecting appliances and fixtures and prolonging their life, which is why the pre-filter has to be routinely replaced every 6 to 9 months. Stages 2 and 3 are Granular Activated Carbon Medias, which combine different types of carbon in order to maximize the types of contaminants eliminated. These high-grade, coconut shell-based activated carbons are efficient against tens of chemical contaminants, VOCs, soluble metals, industrial waste, detergents, and many more. Chlorine, chloramine, pharmaceuticals, herbicides, pesticides or industrial solvents are other contaminants you don’t have to worry about.

Stage 4 is a Copper and Zinc Oxidation Media that reduces and prevents the growth of bacteria and algae. The Up-flow system channels the water in a swirl from the bottom of the tank to the top, so the carbon media swirls as well; this allows for maximum purification results. Through an absorption process, the chemicals that are found in water are absorbed into the carbon media, from which they are not released.


First of all, let’s talk dimensions; this aspect is also important when you purchase a whole house filtration system, because you want to know what to expect and, and whether the product will fit in the space you intend to install it. Thus, it has a tank width of about 11 inches; when the entire system is installed, together with its casing, it measures about 60 inches in height, 21 inches in width, and 19 inches in depth. The maximum flow rate of this product is 15 GPM (gallons per minute) and can stand an operating pressure of about 25 to 80 PSI. The operating temperatures range between 36 to 120 degrees Fahrenheit. The sediment pre-filter has a lifespan of about 6 to 9 months, after which it has to be replaced with a new one. The tank media for the PC1000 lasts for 5 years, or 1,000,000 gallons of water depending on how often you use it. If this seems above the capacity you need, you can also purchase this whole house filtration system with the PC600 tank media, which filters about 600,000 gallons of water.

The tank media on the Pelican PC1000 is made from stainless steel, so you can feel confident about its durability; moreover, this confers them a sleek and modern design, so the product is pleasing to the eye as well. Moreover, this type of water filter is fitted with an Upflow system that is easy to use by homeowners without special instructions or tools, and which was also proved to be more effective in filtering out contaminants and chemicals.

Ease of Use

Replacing the media is easy and can be performed by any homeowner. While installing the tank is not that easy, it too can be installed by someone who is not a professional, but rather very handy in general. However, the owner’s manual is very straightforward when it comes to teaching about media replacement, so if you follow the instructions correctly, you should be able to do it without too much fuss when the time comes. Softening and conditioning the water in your home in order to make it safer for the skin and hair, the Pelican filter will also produce water fit for consumption.

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Other Considerations

First of all, the Pelican PC1000 filter doesn’t require electricity to function, so although you can’t say it’s energy efficient, it is consumption-conscious. The Up-flow system ensures no backwash and therefore no water wasting, and there is no drainage required. It can be installed both indoors and outdoors because its casing protects it from the elements. But more than anything, it provides, fresh, great-tasting water that will improve the taste of your coffee, tea, and cooking in general; moreover, it ensures softer hair and skin, because it eliminates the hardness of the water. This also serves to protect your appliances and other water-using fixtures. Besides its NSF certificate, it also received a Water Quality Association (WQA) certificate for valves, fittings, and tank. The PC1000 costs about $1,100, but it has a five-year limited warranty promising to eliminate chlorine and chloramine to untraceable levels. If the product you purchase does not provide the same quality and efficiency over the 5 years of functioning, you either get your money back or receive replacement media free of charge.


  • Doug

    I tested my tap water, and it contains dangerous amounts of chlorine and pesticides. Do you recommend that I purchase and install this whole house water filter to get rid of these contaminants?

    • The Pelican PC1000 Premium is more than capable of removing the large amounts of chlorine and pesticides that lurk in your tap water. What makes it so efficient are the stage 2 and 3 filters of this unit, which are granular activated carbon medias.

  • Anna

    I’m not sure whether I should install this whole house water filter, or simply opt for an under counter unit that I will install in the bathroom. The reason why I need a water filter is because the water is hard, and it damages my hair and skin as I wash with it. What do you advise me to do?

    • We strongly recommend that you install the Pelican PC1000 Premium whole house water filter because it won’t only rid the water that you bathe with of contaminants and soften it, but because it will ensure that you will drink and cook with pure water as well. This advantage comes with under counter models only if you install them both in the kitchen and in the bathroom. But if you make this choice, you will have two water filters that you have to maintain and care for, being a lot more efficient to install a whole house water filter instead.

  • Gregg

    Since I have installed this incredibly efficient whole house water filter, I can honestly say that I feel and look better than ever! My skin and hair are a lot softer and healthier, and I drink a lot more water now due to the fact that it doesn’t taste or smell bad.

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