While the water supply in much of the United States is considered very safe (with notable exceptions making headlines), even "safe" levels of contaminants might be more than you and your family would prefer to be ingesting. That includes not only substances known to have harmful health effects, like lead and mercury, but also pharmaceuticals, hormones, and even traces of the chlorine your community water supplier probably uses as a disinfectant, which can affect the taste and smell of your water. Even a cheap water filter pitcher can help reduce many of these contaminants, and if you live in an area with particularly poor water quality, there are pricier filters available that can purify water even more thoroughly.
Cheapism.com pored over expert and user reviews posted on retailer sites like Amazon, Home Depot, and Walmart to determine the best pitcher, countertop, under sink, and reverse osmosis water filters currently on the market. We've put together a list of water filter systems that will help ensure your family's drinking water is both clean and tasty, with popular models from well-known brands like Brita, ZeroWater, and Culligan, as well as some less common names. Even better, by purchasing a water filter, you can help stem the flow of money to expensive and environmentally damaging bottled water, which often may be no better than tap.
Keep in mind that while many manufacturers test their own products, a water filter that's certified by a third party such as NSF International or the Water Quality Association has been independently tested to common standards established by NSF and the American National Standards Institute. These sites have databases where you can find out more about which models filter which specific contaminants. Most of the products we recommend have been tested and certified to meet NSF/ANSI standards.
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