- Updated October 24, 2018
- Posted by: Kate Wilhelm
A water filter for the home can be a great addition to any household because it protects human health from contamination. Although water is generally purified by authorities to some degree, you can never be too certain that it is enough. Even the chlorine used to clean water can be damaging if excessive, which is why you should have your water tested, to see whether there are any contaminants left; if the water leaves white deposits when left too long in a container, or if it has a whitish appearance when coming from the tap, then it almost certainly presents extreme traces of chlorine or chloramine. But other contaminants can still survive, and a water filter eliminates those risks. If you’re looking for a water filter for moderate contamination problems, or you only need clean water for cooking, consumption and watering plants, then you could do very well with a counter-top water filter system. Our recommendation for today is the WaterChef C7000 Premium Countertop Water Filtration System. Those with average to large families will surely appreciate this product, because it not only has great filtering capacity but a large water capacity as well, filtering many more gallons than other similar products. Let’s find out more about it.
Because it is a countertop water filter system, the design of a product like this is very important, because you will be seeing it daily, and it shouldn’t disturb the overall decor of your kitchen. For this reason, the WaterChef C7000 Premium Countertop Water Filtration System comes in two color schemes: white and black; the first version can be very suitable for traditional kitchens, whereas the black filter is more suited for modern, or design-conscious kitchens. However, to some, this particular model may not seem to practical, because its wiring is visible, which means you have to try and keep it away from the water, even though it is well insulated. Moreover, the filter itself is placed on the sink or the counter next to the sink, and it also becomes the dispenser for the water. Made from a resistant plastic casing with aluminum accents, the top of the filter is also fitted with a smart monitor which tells you how much the filter has been used and alerts you when it’s time to replace it.
As for dimensions, the filter casing is 4.75 inches in width, 6.75 inches in depth, and 10 inches in height, weighing 3.6 pounds; it is quite small so it won’t get in the way or occupy too much space on the counter, and its cylindrical shape makes it look like other appliances that you may have around, like a coffee grinder or blender. The materials used for this product are High Impact ABS Plastic and brushed stainless steel, so it is very resistant, and appealing too.
We already know what capacity it has, but how well does it filter the water? With its Powerful BigBlock carbon filtration, the product is able to eliminate almost entirely contaminants such as chlorine and chloramine, the common culprits we were discussing earlier, but other nastier and more dangerous substances as well, such as lead and cysts (giardia and cryptosporidium are commonly present), synthetic contaminants like herbicides and pesticides, chlorine by-products, industrial contaminants like VOCs and even petroleum contaminants like benzene and others. These are just a few of the harmful substances that this water filter can eliminate, but what’s just as important, it does so without eliminating important minerals like magnesium, potassium, and calcium. The water is left tasting fresh and great, which can also lead to an improvement in the flavors of your meals.
This WaterChef countertop filter is also independently NSF certified, which means you have an official assurance that utilizing this filter won’t be damaging to your health. The standards received are those common for water filters, the NSF/ANSI 42 and 53, which ensure the correct and appropriate effect of the purification performance described above. Another interesting aspect of this filter is that it feature an ingenious 2-way diverter valve that allows you to switch from filtered to unfiltered water easily.
To determine whether a product is performing or not, you have to pay close attention to its features and specifications. As mentioned previously, the WaterChef C7000 has a much larger capacity than other products in its category, because a single filter cartridge can purify up to 1,000 gallons of water; for consumption purposes, this is a huge amount, so you don’t have to worry about replacement for quite a while. For those using the metric system, that means a staggering 3,875 liters of water! Moreover, it can filter and spew out 0.65 gallons per minute, at a pressure of 60 PSI. It has a maximum working pressure of 100 psi, and a minimum working pressure of 30 psi; its maximum operating temperature is at 100 degrees Fahrenheit (or 38 degrees Celsius), and a minimum operating temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit (or 1 degree Celsius), so there’s a pretty wide margin for use.
The product comes with one filter cartridge included in the system, as well as with a battery that allows the filter monitor to function; the battery type used for this water filter system is a 2032 CR, 3V Lithium. If you purchase replacement filters from the manufacturer, you also receive one battery for replacement, so it’s a pretty convenient deal because you don’t have to perform two separate actions. As for the Intelligent Monitor Display, it is present on the top of the product in the form of three LED lights, which are colored differently and measure the level of usage of the filter cartridge: when the GREEN light is on, it means the filter is quite new and perfect for use; the YELLOW light means the filter has less than 10% capacity remaining and finally when the RED light is on, it means the filter is no longer usable and must be replaced immediately.
Ease of Use
The filter is very easy to use and install; everyone can install it with basic tools, and it takes just a few minutes to put everything back in place. Replacing the filter cartridge and battery are also easy tasks that can be completed in a few simple and fast moves, so you don’t have to worry about accidentally remaining without filtered water. Moreover, for an average family, a single cartridge can last up to one year, and so does the battery, so the worries are small and far between.
Although it is not ecological per se, this WaterChef water filtration system is EcoSmart, because it does not waste any water, such as other RO systems that push the water through filter media in such a way that a small amount of water has to be flushed into the drain with all the contaminants. The price of the product is quite average, but the performance is above that standard; thus, for just $130, you can own this efficient and reliable product. Moreover, you receive a 60-day money back guarantee if you’re not satisfied with the product, and even a lifetime warranty attesting for the product’s resistance and efficiency. All in all, we recommend this water filter system heartily to all those who have small to moderate water contamination problems, although this should only occur after you have properly tested your water.