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Buying a water filter is more complex than it seems. It requires you to do plenty of research prior to buying one. But how do you choose one?

1. Choose a reputable brand
With so many brands in the market, it is very easy to be drowned in any discussion for water filter products. The first key point you need to find out is whether the company is a trusted and established.

Why is this important?

A filter provides you with drinking water, water which you consume directly. The water goes into your body and if it is not treated well, it could have adverse effects. An established company will have a brand image and shareholders to answer to. All products sold by such company will definitely have to go through stringent tests and certifications before they are made available for sale.

Also, established brands and companies tend to invest more in R&D to ensure their product performance is among the best. This brings us to the next point…

2. Look for the right certifications…and make sure its genuine!
water filtersNSF? WQA? ANSI? The next most important factor to consider is the filter’s certification. As a general rule, if the product does not have any NSF certification, avoid them.

NSF stands for National Sanitary Foundation, an esteemed organization whom standards have been considered as the top benchmark.

Now be careful! Next, you need to check if the product is wholly certified or only certain parts are certified. If the product is wholly certified, you can have a peace of mind that every piece of item (be it filter, connector or tubes) has been tested and verified by NSF.

When in doubt, check NSF’s website or speak to the brand owners. Also, get a filter made with FDA21 certified materials. That’s food grade standard (but it doesn’t mean your filter is edible!)

3. Search for value within your budget
Budget is an important factor too. Everyone loves a Ferrari or Lamborghini, but how many of us actually has the financial means to afford one? Set a realistic budget and stick with it.

Filters prices can range from below RM100 to RM12k! Get the best value from your predetermined budget.

Do not forget to factor in the maintenance costs as well. Typically, you may consider a water filter system as a 5 years investment.

4. Different types, forms and shape
Now that you have your budget set, let’s take a look at your available options.

First, consider how much space you have and where you are going to place the filter. A countertop dispenser makes sense in a big kitchen but for smaller condominiums and apartments, an under sink filter fully utilizes the limited space in your kitchen.

Secondly, the filter technology. Do you need a simple, straight-forward filtration system, Reverse Osmosis or other types of system? Every system has its own pro and cons, so spend time to do some research.

Remember, we are looking for clean and clear water, not water which are chemically altered for unproven health benefits.

5. Maintenance, Convenience and reliability
Lastly, take into consideration that the filter requirements maintenance and cartridge replacement.

Most people nowadays prefer water filtration systems which do not require maintenance from external sources (e.g service agents). Service agents usually come with an added cost, either factored in at the point of purchase or in service packages you have to sign up for.

If you go for DIY systems, always find out if the replacement cartridges are easily available when you need them.

Again, refer to point number 1. Is your water filter brand a reputable one or manufactured by an established company? You would want an assurance that the replacement cartridges are still available after a couple of years.

Always enquire about after sales support availability. Search online forums and discussion pages for real world user feedbacks.

Happy shopping for your new water filter system!