If you are looking for a way to improve the quality and taste of your tap water, you might be wondering whether to choose a faucet filter or a filtering pitcher. Both options have their pros and cons, and the best one for you depends on your needs, preferences and budget.
In previous articles, we examined various filtering pitchers and tap filters. We have came to the conclusion that they are quite effective in water purification in the home / SOHO environment. Here are some pros and cons of using a water filter on the faucet versus using a filtering pitcher.
Water Filter on the Faucet.
Faucet (on-tap) filters are devices that attach directly to your faucet and filter the water as it flows out. They are convenient, easy to use and provide instant filtered water. They also save space on your countertop or in your fridge. However, they also have some drawbacks.
Examples of tap filters:
Aquaphor Topaz is a faucet filter that has a sleek design and a chrome-and-white finish. It has a switch that allows you to choose between filtered and unfiltered water and a mechanic indicator that shows when the filter needs to be replaced. It can filter up to 750 liters of water before needing a new cartridge, and it effectively reduces chlorine, lead, rust, sediment, and other impurities from your tap water.
Aquaphor Modern is another faucet filter that has a compact design and a chrome-and-white finish. It has a switch that allows you to choose between filtered and unfiltered water and a mechanic indicator that shows when the filter needs to be replaced. It can filter up to 4000 liters of water before needing a new cartridge, and it effectively reduces chlorine, lead, rust, sediment, and other impurities from your tap water.
Pros of tap filters:
?? Continuous filtration: Water is filtered as it flows from the faucet, so you always have filtered water available.
?? High filtration capacity: Faucet filters usually have a higher filtration capacity than pitchers, so you can filter more water before needing to replace the filter. For example, a filter of Aquaphor Topaz has a resource of 750 liters, and a doubled filter of Aquaphor Modern has a resource of 4000 liters (for normal water) or 1000 liters (for hard water).
?? Convenience: Once installed, faucet filters are easy to use and require no additional countertop or refrigerator space.
Cons of tap filters:
❔ Installation: Installation is simple, but may require some basic plumbing skills, and may not be possible in some rental properties or older buildings.
❔ Cost: Faucet filters may be more expensive than pitchers, and replacement filters can also be more costly.
❔ Compatibility: Not all faucet filters are compatible with all types of faucets, so you need to check the compatibility before purchasing.
❔ Stability of filtration – in question:
Each tap filter has a prescribed flow rate at which the water is in contact with the adsorbent for a sufficient period of time. For example, for Aquaphor Topaz the flow rate is 0.3 l/min, but for Aquaphor Modern, it is 1.2 l/min. Considering that the flow rate is controlled by the main faucet in a wide range, it is very easy to let the water flow too fast, resulting in a loss of filtration quality.
Filtering pitchers are containers that hold a certain amount of water and filter it through a cartridge as you pour it. They are portable, versatile, and allow you to store filtered water in the fridge or on the table. However, they also have some disadvantages.
Aquaphor Smile is a filtering pitcher that has a modern design. It has a capacity of 2.4 liters and a flip-top lid that makes it easy to fill. It can filter up to 350 liters of water before needing a new cartridge, and it reduces chlorine, lead, rust, sediment and other impurities from your tap water. It also may add magnesium to the water, which improves its taste and health benefits.
Another filtering pitcher with a traditional glass-like appearance and a glossy lid is the Aquaphor Provence. Its ergonomic handle makes it comfortable to hold. The jug has a 4.2 liter total capacity. It filters tap water to remove contaminants including chlorine, lead, rust, sediment, and other impurities and can filter up to 350 liters of water before requiring a new cartridge. Additionally, it could add magnesium to the water, which enhances its flavor and has health advantages.
Pros of filtering pitchers:
?? Compatibility: the filter jug can be filled with water from a tap or from a container anywhere; no specific water pressure is required.
?? Low cost: Pitchers and their filters (cartridges) are generally less expensive than faucet filters and require no installation.
?? Portability: Pitchers can be moved around the house, making it easy to bring filtered water to different areas.
?? Space-saving: A pitcher is both a filter and a container for storing filtered water. Pitchers are pretty small and can easily fit in the refrigerator.
?? Stability of filtration: Gravity is constant. As soon as you have filled the upper funnel, water begins to flow through the filter into the lower reservoir of the jug under its own weight. The rate of flow through the filter is always constant and does not depend on subjective circumstances. In this way, the water is always in contact with the adsorbent of the filter for the same amount of time as intended by the manufacturer. This ensures a stable filtration quality if the filter is replaced in time (usually after filtration of 200-300 l of water).
?? Customizable filtration: There are various filters available for the same water filter pitcher. For Aquaphor Provence, for example, there are numerous filtering cartridges offered: regular A5, cartridge A5Mg with magnesium, bacteriostatic B5, special A5H for hard water, and so on.
Cons of filtering pitchers:
❔ Limited capacity: Pitchers typically have a smaller filtration capacity than faucet filters, so you may need to refill it. Pitchers of the initial category (such as Aquafor Smile) have a capacity for filtered water of about 1.2 liters; jugs of a higher category (such as Aquafor Provence) have a capacity for filtered water of over 2 liters, and a total capacity of jug about 4 liters.
❔ Time-consuming: You need to wait for the water to be filtered, which can be time-consuming if you need a lot of filtered water.
❔ Usability: Pitchers need to be refilled and the filters need to be changed more often than faucet filters.
So, which one should you prefer?
The answer depends on your personal preferences and needs. If you want convenience, speed and space-saving, you might prefer a faucet filter like Aquaphor Topaz or Aquaphor Modern. If you want portability, versatility and storage options, you might prefer a filtering pitcher like Aquaphor Smile or Aquaphor Provence. Either way, you will enjoy cleaner, fresher and healthier water with Aquaphor products, while only investing 20–30 euro.
Upgrade your water experience wherever you go with Aquaphor tap filters and filtering pitchers. Whether it’s for your home, caravan, travel adventures, or tourism, Aquaphor has you covered. Enjoy clean, purified water on-the-go and transform every sip into a refreshing delight.
Why Aquaphor and where to buy it?
Unlike some other manufacturers, Aquaphor does not transfer its production to “third world” countries. The main factories of Aquaphor are in Europe and the USA. The European market mainly receives products from the new production plant in Estonia. These products are manufactured to the highest quality standards and comply with all EU regulations.
You can purchase filters, filter cartridges, and related products in the online store Promarket-EU.
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