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Best Water Filter For The Money  
Everything You Need to Know to Get a Great Water Filter at a Great Price
Top Five for the Money (Based on our Frugal5 Formula)
How do we pick these products? We spend many hours doing unbiased research to only give you the highest rated products at the best price. We first come up with a list of features, which you can see below, that we feel the majority of people will need. We then look for the highest quality products with these features and only show you the top five with the best value. Our mission is to provide you with the best five options based only on the facts. Don't see the product you were thinking about getting? Click here to calculate it's frugal score.
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DuPont WFFM300XCH Premier Faucet Mount HorizontalWaterPik F-5 FaucetInstapure F-2C Teledyne Water Pik FaucetInstapure F6Cc Faucet MountPUR Water Filtration System 1 Faucet mount
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Features Needed
Affordable filter cartridges
- 100 Gallon Filter Life
- 200 Gallon Filter Life
- 200 Gallon Filter Life
- 200 Gallon Filter Life
- 100 Gallon Filter Life With 2 Replacement Filters
Easy installation
- One-click Installation
Easy on/off filtration switch
Features Not Needed
Filter Monitor
- Filter Life Indicator
What You Need To Know In 5 Minutes

Many of us never even think about the importance of having great tasting water come from our taps. It's easy just to buy bottled water or drink something else, which strains the pocketbook and the diet. By finding a good water filter, you'll save money, improve your health, save yourself the trouble of buying all those extra beverages and you cut down on landfill waste...all worthwhile endeavors.

Testing Your Water

Households looking to improve the taste of their water most commonly use an activated carbon filter. If you have problems with heavy metals, toxic chemicals or hard water, you'll need to investigate whole-house systems. So get your water tested before you bother looking for a tap filter. The filter may make the water taste better, but it won't remove serious hazardous toxins. Activated carbon filters can significantly reduce the following drinking water problems, but not other serious ones:

  • Arsenic
  • Bacteriostatic Effects
  • Chloramine 
  • Chlorine
  • Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Nominal Particulate Matter
  • Taste and Odor
  • Zinc 
Types of Filters

You might choose one or several types of water filters for your tap water. The easiest to use and most affordable are pitchers and tap attachments. While under the counter systems and whole-house systems can do the job, they are pricey. A tap mount that lets you turn the filter on or off is a smart option that lets you extend the life of the filter by using it only when you want drinking water. Pitchers offer this benefit as well, but require the extra step of filling the pitcher ahead of time before you pour and they often pour at a slower rate. With a tap mount, you get the most convenience and easy to install option.

Replacement Filters

Make sure the filter you choose has affordable replacement filters. Most manufacturers sell the tap mount at a very low cost, knowing you'll pay up in filters later. Check instructions for how often you will need to replace the filter and check how much those filters will cost you before you buy. Choose a brand you know...one that will be around for years to sell you replacement filters. Otherwise, you'll have to buy a whole new tap mount when you can't find filters for the brand you have.

Filter Replacement Indicators

Before deciding on a model with a filter replacement indicator, find out how the indicator works. If all it does is count down a set number of days until you need to replace the filter, it's not a valuable feature. Your desk calendar can let you set a reminder for free, and water flow slows visibly when filters reach the end of their lives, so why would you pay more for it?  

Brands and Pricing

The best-known brands for water filters are Brita and Pur. While Pur is known for excellent tap-mount filters, consumers are less satisfied with Brita's offering. They seem to prefer Brita for their water pitchers instead. Other notable makers include WaterPik and DuPont. Surprisingly, some very affordable filter systems also come with affordable filters. Expect to pay $15 - $30 for your unit, maybe a little more if it comes with extra filters. Aim for models carrying replacement filters priced between $5 and $10 each.

Features You Need
Affordable filter cartridges, Easy installation, Easy on/off filtration switch
Features You Don't Need
Filter Monitor
What You Should Pay
Between $13.99 - $33.00
Top Of The Line Price
Over $400.00