Aquasana Review – Best Home Drinking Water Filtration Systems

For many years, my husband lugged home bottled water every water faucetweek from our local grocery store. The plastic waste seemed endless.   But our city tap water had a strong chlorine smell and taste, and we questioned its safety as well, so bottled water seemed like the best option.

Then one day we finally had enough of the cost, waste, and inconvenience of all the plastic jugs. So we went on a quest for affordable, high-quality, home drinking water filtration systems.

Both Bottled and Tap Water Can Be Contaminated

We studied dozens of water filtration systems, insisting on the following:

  • excellent water quality and taste
  • easy installation and maintenance
  • easy, low-cost filter cartridge replacements
  • overall cost savings compared to bottled water

Both bottled water and tap water, we discovered, are frequently contaminated and unsafe, according to many consumer advocates such as Environmental Working Group, known for their research on environmental toxins.

Filtered Tap Water is Your Safest Option

Experts urge consumers to use ONLY filtered tap water as the safest and most environmentally-friendly option, refuting the common belief that bottled water is the safest choice.

National Resource Defense Council (NRDC)  and Environmental Work Group (EWG)  both explain that bottled water is not held to the same filtration and disinfection standards as city tap water.  In addition, the waste chokes our landfills with billions of plastic bottles per year, as 80% of them are never recycled.

While many affordable filters improve drinking water quality significantly, we found that Aquasana filters have several advantages that made them our first choice:

  • Removes 66 Water Contaminants.    This is by far the most removed, and at an affordable price.  The Everpure H-1200 takes second place with 59 contaminants removed, but it is much more expensive with the faucet sold separately.  At a distant third are several that remove 40 to 50 contaminants.  But all the runners-up miss some of the more dangerous contaminants, such as mercury, asbestos, or chloramines.
  • Removes Lead.  Aquasana filters are NSF certified to remove 99% of lead  –  which has leached into water pipes in Milwaukee, Flint, and elsewhere – as well as 99% of asbestos, turbidity (sediment), VOC’s, pharmaceuticals, and cyst microorganisms.
  • Removes Chlorine, Mercury, and more.  NSF certified to remove 96% of chlorine, chloramines, mercury, pesticides and herbicides.   woman drinking clean water
  • Retains beneficial minerals such as potassium, calcium, and magnesium for great tasting, healthful water.
  • Low start-up costs.  Whether you chose an under-counter, above-counter, or pitcher-filter variety, the prices range from under $100 to around $300, depending on the model, and are frequently on sale at even lower prices.
  • Powered Filtration Pitcher.  If you prefer the same great water with no installation whatsoever, then the Aquasana pitcher system might be best for you.  It filters 320 gallons of water between 6-month filter changes and has the same purification features as Aquasana’s installed models.   Comparable brands filter 100 gallons or less between filter changes.
  • Low Ongoing Costs.   If you enroll in Water for Life, Aquasana’s filter replacement program, you will automatically receive new filter cartridges at a 15% discount every 6 months.  The program includes an extended warranty for all replacement parts for the duration of your no-contract membership.

We have been happy Aquasana customers for over 5 years, paying about 10 cents per gallon for safe, delicious water, knowing that it is free of dozens of common contaminants and that we are living a more environmentally-friendly lifestyle.Because Aquasana filters remove contaminants right at the point of use – immediately before the water comes through your faucet – you don’t need to worry about exposure to contaminants that might leach from old lead pipes or hardware along the delivery system.  We definitely need this peace of mind in today’s world.

Please leave a comment or review. I’d love to hear about your own experience.

4 thoughts on “Aquasana Review – Best Home Drinking Water Filtration Systems

  1. Hi Jen, thanks for a great post. I bought a similar looking filter a number of years ago (can’t remember the brand name, I was living in a different city then). It was a reverse osmosis filter. Is this also a reverse osmosis filter? I’d like to start filtering my water again and ideally, I’d like to get a reverse osmosis filter again as it flushes out all toxins. I live in South Africa and just did a quick search, I see Aquasana filters are available here.

    1. Hi Lauren!

      The Aquasana drinking filters that I discuss in my post are not reverse osmosis, but they do sell them and they are very good.  The main advantage to reverse osmosis is that it removes ALL particles and chemicals from the water.  In my case, I did not think this was necessary, as their standard filters remove 66 common contaminants, including lead and other dangerous chemicals.  

      The reverse osmosis filters also remove fluoride, which the standard ones don’t. There is a lot of controversy as to the dangers of fluoride, but if you want it removed, you need reverse osmosis. Reverse osmosis also removes the healthy minerals that give the water a natural taste, such as potassium, but the Aquasana RO filters put the healthy chemicals back in.  You can see them here.

      I hope this helps!


  2. Hello,

    I’ve heard and read about what most folks think is safe drinking water. I’m talking about all the high priced bottled water in the market today. We buy these bottled waters because they are marketed as being pure and contaminate-free. But that is not necessarily true.

    I’ve read where several bottled waters were tested for purity and contamination, and most bottled water wasn’t much better than regular tap water. In order to get the best water you have to utilize some type of quality filtration system.

    1. Hi SanShar! You’re right that bottled water is not necessarily contaminate-free. The Environmental Working Group studied 10 popular brands and found 38 contaminants in them.

      Anyone who opts for a tap water filtration system should make sure it is NSF-53 certified to improve health effects by removing dangerous impurities, which Aquasana filters are. This should be prominent in the product description.

      Many filters just remove some of the chlorine and a few other things to improve the taste and smell — the aesthetic effects — but don’t remove the dangerous contaminants.

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