The chief advantages to using pitcher-type filters are their low cost and their ease of use. All you have to do is fill a jug. Most models cost less than $40 up-front, and they can usually be maintained for $6 to $14 per replacement filter every two months.
The disadvantage to pitcher-type filters is this: Because they use gravity (rather than water pressure) to force water through, they have to be less dense than plumbed-in filters. That means they generally are effective on a smaller range of potential contaminants and also take longer to filter water.
Our change in thinking is the result of speaking at length with NSF International and two filter makers with stellar reputations for their work in providing filters for disaster relief, outdoors recreation, and developing-world water purification: Sawyer and LifeStraw. Both meet standards from institutions including the US Environmental Protection Agency and the World Health Organization that are as strict, or even more strict, than ANSI/NSF (and the LifeStraw filter does have four ANSI/NSF certifications, in addition to meeting all our new criteria).
The LifeStraw filter is ANSI/NSF certified for chlorine, taste and odor, lead, and mercury. The company has also had its filters tested to multiple other ANSI/NSF standards by IAPMO US and IAPMO India, which are accredited by ANSI and the Water Quality Association, respectively. These include Standard 401 for emerging contaminants; cadmium, chromium (III), and copper; glyphosate; asbestos; and bacteria and parasites (something our other picks lack). While these are not official ANSI/NSF certifications, we consider them equally trustworthy, and LifeStraw has also had its filters tested to other standards created by the World Health Organization and the US Environmental Protection Agency. As well, LifeStraw is open about its testing program and makes its test results public (PDF), which boosts our trust in its claims.
A couple of design quibbles make the LifeStraw dispenser a bit less user-friendly than our other dispenser picks. The hollow fiber membrane filter is, by its nature, slower than the carbon filters our other picks use; a complete fill of the upper reservoir takes about 15 minutes to pass through. And the upper reservoir holds only about 9 cups, so filtering its stated capacity of 18 cups of water takes a couple of fills, and to reach its maximum capacity of about 25 cups takes almost three.
Keep in mind that most brands include many different types of filters. Sales people might be able to help you make an appropriate selection, but remember that they are sometimes paid to sell a particular brand. You should check claims and read the fine print on filter packaging for yourself and ensure that it will work for your purposes before purchasing.
Filters commonly found in homes and stores include water filter pitchers, end-of-tap or faucet-mounted filters, faucet-integrated (built-in) filters, on-counter filters, under-sink filters, and whole-house treatment units. No filters or treatment systems are 100% effective in removing all contaminants from water, and you need to know what you want your filter to do before you go shopping (see Step 1). Not all filters of a particular type use the same technology, so you should read the label carefully.
Thanks, this is a great guide. My GE fridge does not have a water filter, but I discovered that there are filters you can easily splice right into the plastic hose supplying the water to the fridge. AFAIK they are even cheaper! All you would have to do is put in the bypass and you would be good to go.
I bet if you use two chips alternating them with generic filters, the fridge will work fine. What are the chances there is a memory, or that GE keeps coming up with unique codes What if you actually bought OE filters from GE and just happen to stumble upon one with a code you already used
Just followed this hack and it worked like a charm. One thing different was I unscrewed the little plastic bracket that holds the RFID chip and then I lined up my bypass RFID exactly on the outside of the bracket. The bracket holds all the electronic circuit board. Worked like a charm. Although the fridge now says Unfiltered Water, we replace our non-RFID filters every 6 months so we know our water is clean and filtered. Thanks Jack for a very well written article.
Same problem with my GE. I believe that the smart part of the refrigerator remembers the last 2 or maybe 3 unique RFID chip numbers. So with that in mind, I am saving the chips from expired ones and will be able to use them again in 1.5 years with a rotation. This should allow the RPWF filter to be used every 6 months with a rotation RFID from past filters.
Problem is that I bought Ice Pure brand replacements for the RPWF and they don't fit!! Anyone else have this problem Got them from Amazon. Now wondering if another brand will fit Hate to even buy the GE RPPWF. The \"ears\" on the original RPWFE are different than the plug that I have But the plug works fine. The Ice Pure filters have what looks like the same ears as the plug but won't go into the holder. Any suggestions anyone
Is this something that a consumer protection lawyer might want to take up as a class action suitI paid about $3,000 for the refrigerator.Now I have to pay $100 per year (2 filters at 50 each) for the life of the refrigerator, 10 to 15 years, in order to keep the water dispenser and ice maker working. That adds $1,000 to $1,500 to t he total cost of t he product, depending on the life of the refrigerator.
Or is this just lousy corporate marketing and sales promotion I guess I need to ask more about long term maintenance costs before I buy anything else. I expect that GE will sale this is necessary to keep the refrigerator running in like new conditions and that third party substitute filters will damage the refrigerator, but we all know they just want sales of their 50 part instead of the competitors 15 parts.
One could also just install the bypass filter and then install the inexpensive in-line water filter in the supply line going to your refrigerator. Depending on your skills and your home design, the worse case is that you would need to pull out you refrigerator every six months or so to change the filter. These filters cost about $5 and up depending on brand and where you buy them.
I bought one in Oct 2021 from AMZ called Waterdrop Advanced RPWF Refrigerator Water Filter. It fits and is not leaking, just checked and it is dry. For GE Cafe series refrigerator. Owners manual said this so I did it right after installation:
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Carbon filters, a common choice, are affordable and are effective in removing or reducing many common water contaminants, like lead and byproducts of treatment processes. Reverse osmosis filters are also popular and remove contaminants that carbon filters can't eliminate, like arsenic and the rocket-fuel chemical perchlorate, but they can be quite expensive.
The inline filters use a Polyester Membrane, Activated Carbon, and KDF technology to eliminate a long list of common water contaminants, including chlorine and other organic chemicals such as pesticides. It also filters lead and heavy metals like copper, mercury, and cadmium that can cause health problems over time when ingested.The install takes less than five minutes (not three minutes as stated by the manufacturer!). But still not bad for something as important as a new water filter. Just use the 5/32 drill bit that comes with it to make two holes, and then snap in the quick-disconnect hoses.The only thing lacking was the instructions. It took us fifteen minutes or so before we really worked out what we were supposed to do.
Carbon filters work in a similar way to charcoal filters, by attracting toxins and contaminants. But carbon-activated filters also remove impurities, like lead and mercury. It does not remove heavy metals like iron or copper that may be naturally occurring in groundwater but it can filter out some impurities from tap water like chlorine which leaves a bad taste to drinking water Granular Carbon Activated Filters (GAC)Granular Filters come with different types of media including charcoal, sand, diatomaceous earth (DE), activated carbon, zeolites, and ion exchange resin beads. This means they are good for houses where the water has high levels of chemicals and heavy metals. 59ce067264