Buying the Best Water Filters in Malaysia? This is the Guide You Need
One of the most common issues that you will find in Malaysia, regardless of where you live, is the need for a water filter.
Take the infamous Sungai Gong water pollution incident in 2020 which affected approximately 5,000,000 people in the Klang Valley as an example, this is a nation that has grown used to disappointment when it comes to water quality.
However, this is why water filters are needed. They can help to turn otherwise unusable water streams into safe streams of water that your loved ones can use.
If you are looking to buy the best water filters in Malaysia, then you should have a clear idea about what you are searching for.
That’s why the XAMMAX product team has written this simple guide to tell everything you need to know before investing in a water filter.
Do You Really Need to Filter Your Water?
In short – YES.
What’s in your water is something hard to quantify, because most of the time we just assume that our water is clean and ready to be consumed.
But you might change your mind when you realize how water comes to your house:
The water will be taken from a source, such as groundwater, a lake, or a river. Due to various factors such as fertilization and contamination, though, bacteria can build up in these key catchment areas. This can have major implications for our health in the long term.
To remove the contamination, the water will have to go through a thorough cleaning process. One major inclusion is chlorine, which kills off most bacteria. However, this can lead to combinations that create suspected and potential carcinogens.
The water is then treated further in a bid to get rid of the potential for carcinogens. However, if the water piping that comes into your home isn’t perfect, this can lead to contamination and bacterial build-up once again. The general rule is the older your area, the more likely contamination is taking place.
As you can see, then, it makes sense to use water filters in Malaysia, which leads us to…
Which Types of Water Filters Do You Need?
There are 3 common types of water filters in Malaysia. Let’s take a look at the picture:
Let’s look at each of them:
3 Common Water Filters in Malaysia
1) Under Sink Water Filters
Under sink water filter is one of the most common types of water filters for most Malaysians. As the name suggests, the water filters are “hidden” as they are to be installed under your kitchen sink, most often inside the cabinet.
This type of water filter usually comes with a new tap to be placed beside your main tap. The water that comes from the new tap is filtered water.
This will help to give you the peace of mind that you need that your water is going to be clear and safe to drink. The taste will be improved drastically. Unfiltered water can carry a horrible smell that can put you off using it. This helps you to avoid that problem, ensuring that you can get under sink water filters that make an immediate impact.
Another common choice for most Malaysian would be the countertop water filter.
As the name suggests, it is placed on the kitchen countertop.
Countertop systems are becoming increasingly popular with most people as they offer a simple option – you can get hot water anytime.
For the same reason, they are often known as water dispensers.
If you find boiling water tedious, then countertop water filters help you to avoid that particular problem.
In terms of model quality, we recommend you look at something like the 3M Filtered Water Dispenser HCD-2. This offers you simple self-replacement of the cartridge which save you time and money in the long term.
3) Point-of-entry Water Filters
Also known as outdoor water filters, this type of water filter is more often at landed houses. However, with a new compact design, there is an increasing demand among the condo residents too.
When you want to ensure that every tap and faucet in your home is clean, then you should definitely invest in an outdoor water filter.
They tend to give you a “first line of defence” structural boost which means you know that water coming into your home is safe.
“There are so many water filter brands in Malaysia. How are they different?”
When evaluating any company offering to sell you a water filter, we recommend you look closely at the following factors to help you make a positive decision you can be happy with.
Let’s dive in…
With so many water filter brands in Malaysia, perhaps the first thing you need to look into when buying a water filter is “NSF“.
What is NSF Certification?
NSF is a non-profit organization founded in 1944, whose objective was to create standards for food safety and sanitation to promote public health. NSF is a major part of the water industry, and it’s a vital part of making sure you get a credible water filtration system.
NSF is going to provide you with a safe way to filter the water in and out of your home without any issue. In terms of credibility, the NSF is seen as the de facto international voice of experience when it comes to water filtration. If you are looking to buy a filter that you know can do the job, then you should absolutely look at the NSF.
NSF offers you the simplest proof yet that your chosen water filter just like 3M, is one that can handle filtration to an international standard.
Another factor to take into account when looking at potential water filtration systems is to look at the technology.
For example, 3M is using Integrated Membrane and Pre-Activated Carbon Technology, otherwise known as IMPACTechnology. This is a major factor in giving you the proof and the answers you need about the consistency and safety of your technology.
Dual Technology, such as Carbon Block Technology and UV Lamp Filtration, are other effective technology to further make your water cleaner:
This helps to not only prevent the build-up of carbon in your water, but UV lamp filtration helps to further kill off contamination and pollutants that might lessen the quality of your water.
It’s these important and decisive actions that can make your water filtration system as safe and as effective as it should be for you moving forward.
3) The Brand
Just like buying anything else, though, you want to have confirmation that the brand you are buying from is honest and legitimate. Legitimacy comes from a long history of providing quality water filters in Malaysia that actually do the intended job.
For example, one of the most popular names in the industry for Malaysians are 3M. 3M has a vast level of experience in the industry and has been around for 80 years or more making them a company you can legitimately trust.
On top of that, 3M water filters are used worldwide – not only in residential venues but in commercial settings.
Don’t be surprised if you see healthcare and industrial companies out there using 3M water filtration systems.
The maintenance factor is a major consideration as some less ethical companies will make water filter maintenance needlessly complex – forcing you to turn to their recurring maintenance fees.
Who wants to buy a water filter that needs to be fixed, repaired, and/or replaced every few months?
Instead, make sure that you invest in a water filter that saves you money down the road.
For example, 3M uses what is known as the Sanitary Quick Change (SQC) system. SQC allows for easier, faster, and simpler filter changes without any stress.
In fact, if you are using an SQC-fitted filter system, then you should be able to self-change the filter easily within 10 seconds!
Now watch this video of how every ethical company should make their cartridge replacement as simple as this:
This is cheaper than having to call out a company to make the change, and also much quicker.
Frequently Asked Questions
Which water filter is the best in Malaysia?
There is no straight answer to this but a few factors you should consider are NSF certification, the technology, the brand and the ease of maintenance. 3M water filters would certainly fit those criteria.
What is the water filter used for?
To help clean out your water and make it safe for usage and consumption. Filters remove needless contaminants and other issues that make your water dangerous.
How much does a water filter cost in Malaysia?
It depends on the type of water filters you are investing in. A common under-sink water filter would cost around RM750, while a hot cold water dispenser might cost RM3000. More importantly, you should look at the cartridge replacement cost in the long term.