AquaTru Water Filter Review
Searching for a space saving, effective and reliable countertop water filter? The Aquatru water filter uses a patented 4 stage ultra reverse osmosis process to consistently deliver pure and great tasting water. It is a water filter that is designed from the ground up to be compact and highly effective at removing all the usual as well as rare contaminants from your tap water.
Aquatru Water Filter Features
4 Step Filtration Process
The most unique thing about this countertop water filter is its four stage water filtration process. It is claimed that this 4 stage process makes water as clean as you can get with a water filter.
Stage I: In this stage, water passes through a mechanical pre-filter that is designed to get rid of sediment in the water. The sediment includes sand, rocks, stones and dust. It is a pre-filter which means it removes enough dissolved solids to allow the upcoming filter stages to run smoother.
Stage II: This is the stage where an activated carbon pre-filter gets rid of up to 99% of the chlorine and chloramines in the water. This filter in itself is usually enough to make your water safe enough to drink.
Stage III: This is the ultra reverse osmosis stage which is the most important filtering stage in the whole process. This is the filter that is responsible of removing all the toxic inorganic contaminants such as chromium – 6, lead, pharmaceutical residue, copper, radium, fluoride and all the other contaminants. This is the filter that does all the heavy lifting.
Stage IV: In this stage, an activated coconut shell carbon filter is used for getting rid of any remaining toxic organic chemicals. Simply put, this filter gets rid of any odor causing dissolved solids in the water and makes it taste great.
Easy to Use
There are 2 water tanks in the countertop AquaTru water filter. You fill one of the tanks with tap water and switch on the water filter. After passing through all the 4 filtration stages, the water goes into another tank from where you can remove the water and drink it. The whole process takes around 12 to 15 minutes and in one cycle, you get about a gallon of pure water. It’s extremely easy to use as you do not need any complicated things for installation. You just fill in the supplied tank with tap water and let the filter do its job.
Easy to Set up
Setting it up is extremely easy. You get nicely packed components in the delivery package. Just take out everything and lay it down on your countertop. Put in the numbered filters at the desired slots and these snap on easily. After setting up the filters, fill the unfiltered water tank with tap water and switch it on. In all, it should take you less than 3 minutes to set it up. It is recommended to let it cycle through at least 4 to 5 times before you can begin to use the filtered water for drinking.
High Quality Components
Both the water tanks in the AquaTru water filter are made from Tritan plastic which is BPA and BPS free. It is the same plastic that is used in many well-known blender brands which means it is completely safe for long term use. All the electronics and filters are housed in the base unit. If you take proper care of the unit, it should last you at least a decade and even more, provided you keep changing filters at regular intervals. The unit will tell you when to change the filters.
As far as the filter lifespan is concerned, it is claimed that the VOC filter and pre-filter is designed to last at least 600 gallons or 6 months though the exact time period will depend on quality of your water as well as your water usage. The RO filter should last around 1200 gallons or 24 months. Replacement filters are not that expensive and can be bought in bulk at affordable prices.
If you know anything about the reverse osmosis process, you would know that it wastes a lot of water. A typical under the sink reverse osmosis unit wastes around 3 to 4 gallons of water for every 1 gallon of pure drinking water. This unit is different as it wastes only around 25% of the water which means it is 80% efficient in terms of water usage.
In terms of warranty, you get full 30 days to test the system as the company offers 30 days money back guarantee. In other words, you can ask for your money back in case you are not satisfied with the performance of this water filter. You also get one year of limited warranty which means they will replace/repair the parts in case anything breaks down within the warranty period.
It has been tested by an independent 3rd party laboratory and the test results have confirmed that it is capable of removing over 78 contaminants throughout the recommended life of the filter. These include copper, fluoride, lead, radium, selenium, hexavalent chromium, trivalent chromium, barium, and other chemical substances such as pharmaceutical ingredients including ibuprofen, naproxen and others. This laboratory report is available on their website. It confirms to the NSF standard 401 and 42, 53, 58. It removes around 90% of fluoride in the water.
While it is true that you will have to spend a good amount of money in order to buy this countertop water filter but over the long run, you will save a lot of money, especially if you buy all your drinking water. This system is designed to last for a period of around 10 to 12 years. Even when you take into account the cost of replacement filters, you will come out on top in the long run and save a lot of money. Needless to say, you will also help the environment by reducing plastic waste.
- It is compact in size and is a true countertop water filter
- The 4 stage filtration process makes water pure and tasty
- Installation takes less than 3 minutes
- Does not require complicated tools or a plumber for installation
- Replacement filters are affordable and cost effective
- Comes with 30 days money back guarantee and a one-year limited warranty
- Takes only around 12 minutes to produce a gallon of pure filtered water
- Extremely water efficient as it wastes only around 25% of the unfiltered water
- It is not an automatic filter which means you will need to fill in the unfiltered water tank repeatedly in order to get filtered water.
- Some people find its filtration capacity to be less but it’s designed for a small family. Also, you can run it multiple times to get pure water which can then be used to fill water bottles and kept in the refrigerator.
To conclude, the AquaTru water filter is a compact countertop water filtration system that is designed for small families. It does not use too much power, looks beautiful on your countertop and most importantly, delivers pure water every time you run it. It is extremely water efficient even though it uses reverse osmosis process for filtration. Also, it might be the only option that can be truly called a portable water filter that looks nice on your countertop. So, get one today and try it. You have full 30 days to get your money back in case you don’t like it.