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Outdoor Water Filters – The Quick (but Useful) Buying Guide

An outdoor water filter is “The Desired First Line of Defense” for many homes in Malaysia.

However, with so many brands available in the market, how do you choose the right one?

Follow this guide, and you will find it easier than ever to buy an outdoor filter!

Note: If you want to skip the guide, here are our top recommended outdoor filters:
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What is an outdoor water filter?

Outdoor filters are usually installed at the point of entry, after your water meter, just like this:

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The goal of an outdoor water filter is to reduce contaminants like sediments and sand.

Similar to indoor filters, outdoor filters provide cleaner water, but for the entire house. In other words, all tap water will be filtered before it enters your home.


What Matters When Buying Outdoor Water Filters in Malaysia?

Of course, the market for outdoor water filters in Malaysia is a competitive one.

When buying an outdoor filter, ask yourself these 5 important questions:

nsfOne of the most important factors in buying any outdoor water filters is making sure it has an NSF certification.

National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) is an independent organization that ensures the products adhere to international standards. Since 1944, this US-based organization spent their time evaluating the quality of filtration systems worldwide. They are regarded as the most credible name within the industry.

Every filter will need some form of maintenance. You need to look into factors like changing the cartridges.

You might want to avoid brands that tie you up for their costly maintenance program.

Instead, go for brands that support automatic backwash, or allow you to change the cartridge yourself with ease.

For example, 3M outdoor filters feature a Sanitary Quick Change (SQC) system which allows you to change the cartridge in less than 10 seconds:

outdoor-filters-technologyModern filter systems need to come with the right kind of fitting technology.

For example, 3M Whole House Water Filter System AP902 provides non-woven pleat filtration media that eliminates sediments, particulate, sand and rust down to 5 microns which is 10 times finer than a strand of hair.

3m-companyWith so many outdoor water filters brands available, you need to find one that has a long history and good reputation in Malaysia and around the world.

Being ranked number 95 in the Fortune 500, 3M made $32.8 billion in total sales in 2018. With over 80 years’ worth of experience in the water filtration industry, you can be sure that you are getting the best outdoor water filter in Malaysia.

best-outdoor-filtersAs the name suggests, an outdoor water filter is most likely to be installed outdoor. A good one should be able to handle the changes in the weather. Don’t forget we are living in a warm, humid and rainy country!

Manufactured with FDA CFR-21-compliant material, 304 stainless steel head and die-cast zinc locking latch, 3M outdoor water filters will be ones that can handle changes in the landscape long-term.

Which Outdoor Water Filters Should You Invest in?

With the 5 questions listed above, you should have a clear idea when buying an outdoor water filter.

Another factor is the types of houses – landed houses or high-rise houses.

To achieve that goal, 3M outdoor filters come with 2 different models:

1) 3M AP902 – for landed houses.
2) 3M Mini POE – for high-rise houses.

Let’s dive into each:


1) 3M Whole House Water Filter System AP902

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  • Suitable for landed houses but also can be used for condominium/apartment.
  • Non-Woven Pleat Filtration Media – filters sediments, particulate, sand and rust down to 5 microns.
  • NSF/ANSI Standard 42* components.
  • FDA compliant.
  • Sanitary Quick Change (SQC) system – Easily change the cartridge yourself in less than 10 seconds.
  • 304 stainless steel head and die-cast zinc locking latch.
  • Fully enclosed filter media ensure no spillage and mess.
  • High Capacity at 300000 l.
  • High Flow rate (75.7 Litre per minute) that doesn’t interrupt the water flow in your house.
  • Micro rating: 5 Absolute, @ 95%.
  • Filter life: Suggest changing every 12 months.
  • Replacement cartridge model: 3M AP910R
  • Product dimension: 58cm (height) x 10cm (depth)
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Mini POE

2) 3M Mini POE Outdoor Water Filter


  • Suitable for condominium.
  • Filters out dirt, mud and sand down to 5 micron size.
  • Sanitary Quick Change (SQC) system – Easily change the cartridge yourself in less than 10 seconds.
  • Anti Scaling Technology that improves the heating efficiency of your water heater and water boiler.
  • Prevent shower head blockage caused by dirt build-up.
  • Prevent dirt stains on your clothes in your washing machine.
  • Flow rate: 37.8 Litre per minute.
  • Replacement cartridge model: 3M Mini POE
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Outdoor Water Filters FAQ

Which outdoor water filter brand is the best in Malaysia?

3M. Simply because they are NSF certified; a Fortune 500 company; 5 microns filtration; High flow rate; Easy cartridge replacement.

Can condominium use an outdoor water filter?

Yes. There are outdoor filters specifically made for condo, eg 3M Mini POE.

How much does an outdoor water filter cost in Malaysia?

Around RM400 - RM1,100. Also, you need to consider the cartridge replacement cost in long term.

What is microns?

A micron is one millionth of a meter, which is 0.001M. The smaller the micron, the better the filtration results.

How long should I change my filtration media?

We recommend to change your filtration media every 18-24 months. It also depends on the quality of water supply at your area.

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