Consumer Reports Best Water Filters – 2013

Consumer Reports Best Water Filters – 2013

CR1Today while doing my grocery shopping, I ran across the Consumer Reports Special Issue of Kitchens – July 2013 Edition at the checkout stand. I decided to pick it up, because I just bought a new home and the dishwasher needs replacing, and I wanted to see what dishwashers rated best.  I really love Consumer Reports and completely trust them to give unbiased  test results. In this edition they test all appliances that may be found in your kitchen, and to my surprise, water filters!  According to Consumer Reports, filtering your tap water can save you money and keep plastic bottles out of the landfill.

CR tested nearly 40 water filters to see how well they removed contaminants and how they performed, including lead removal, chloroform removal, flow rate, clogging, filter replacement and price.

Lead removal indicates the percentage of lead that was removed by each filter.

Chloroform removal rates the percentage of chloroform removed. A filter’s ability to remove chloroform predicts how well it will remove many organic compounds as well as byproducts created by disinfectants used by water systems.

Flow rate is how fast a gallon of water filtered throught the cartridge. The criteria for flow rate scores differ between different types of filters. Faucet-mount, countertop, and undersink models have the same criterion; carafes and reverse osmosis models each have their own.

Clogging measures how well the filter retains its flow rate over time and whether it stopped flowing completely before its claimed life span.

Price is approximate retail.

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As you can see from the photo, CR tested carafes, countertop, faucet mounted, reverse osmosis, and under sink water filters.

Once again, the Multipure MP750sb (also known as the Aquaversa) rated best for under the sink water filters.  As you know, I highly recommend the Multipure line of products and this is the system that I have installed in my new home. For more info or questions regarding any Multipure drinking water system, feel free to give me a call or visit my site:


  1. I cannot really tell what they are comparing from the photo above, but I do know that the best filtration systems are reverse osmosis systems and are usually much cheaper than under the counter water filter systems. I am not sure why water filter systems would cost more than a reverse osmosis system, as they aren’t even comparable in terms of contaminants rejected/removed.

    • Henry,

      Thank you for your comment. While reverse osmosis is great at removing most contaminants, It also has it’s drawbacks. Reverse osmosis also removes beneficial minerals and the water is considered as acidic. Acidic water can be dangerous to the body system, causing calcium and other essential minerals to be stripped from bones and teeth in order to neutralize its acidity. Trace elements of minerals were intended to be in water.

      Another drawback is the amount of water wasted (2-5 gallons) per 1 gallon of water. Also, depending on how many stages of filters an RO has, they require many filters and continual maintenance which many people do not want to deal with. The only time I recommend RO is if you have high levels of fluoride in your drinking water that you want to remove, And even then I would recommend a distiller over an RO system for fluoride reduction.

  2. I could have told you that the Multipure system is the best even without Consumer Reports. But then II am biased, since we have had that system over the last 20+ years. It has never disappointed us and I am completely passionate about the clean and fresh water we get every day.
    Hurray for the Multipure drinking water system!

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