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If you’re interested in finding out more about the main types of water filter for the home, this page has you covered.

With more people becoming aware of health issues linked to common contaminants found in tap water, water filters are becoming commonplace in many kitchens.

However, with all the different types of water filters available – from pitchers to reverse osmosis filter systems and brand names like Pur and Brita – choosing the best filter for your needs and budget can be a challenge.

So to make things easier, we’ve listed the main types of water filters for the home below.


Water Filter Pitchers

Water filter pitchers are one of the most common and affordable types of water filter for the home.

The simple pitcher design uses a replaceable activated carbon filter to reduce contaminants such as chlorine or tackle conditions such as water hardness. A few dedicated pitchers will also remove or reduce fluoride.

Water filter pitchers are limited in which contaminants they can filter out compared to other types of water filter, but pitcher filters made by leading brands such as Brita or PUR are a great place to start if you’re on a budget.

If you have the budget, though, investing in a more powerful filter will be more beneficial and cost effective in the long run.

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Water Filter Faucets

Water filter faucets attach directly to your mains kitchen water tap or faucet. Most water filter faucets can be set to an on or off position, which allows you to easily switch between filtered and unfiltered water.

Water filter faucets are generally inexpensive and easy to install and, like water filter pitchers, generally use an activated carbon filter.

This carbon filter works to trap a range of impurities, but they’re generally not as effective as the more powerful countertop filter systems or reverse osmosis filtration systems.

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Countertop Water Filter Systems

Countertop water filter systems are free standing water filters for your home or office.

If you’re looking for a more powerful and larger capacity water filtering system than, say, a jug or pitcher style filter can supply, but don’t want to install anything under your sink, a countertop water filter system is definitely one of your best options. Most countertop water filters use gravity fed filtration, which although generally slower, often means better filtration.

A top end countertop water filter system, such as the Big Berkey, is one of the most powerful water filters for the home on the market. It’s so efficient, it’s even used by NGOs, such as the Red Cross.

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Under Sink Water Filters

Under sink water filters for the home, as the name suggests, install under your kitchen sink.

There are many different varieties available on the market and they are a popular choice with consumers because they are generally very easy to install, fit neatly under the sink and don’t need to break the bank.

Depending on the model or brand, under sink water filters can remove a wide range of contaminants, especially the models that employ a multi-stage filtering process. Under sink water filters generally use reverse osmosis to filter the water.

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Reverse Osmosis Water Filter Systems

Reverse osmosis water filters for the home are a powerful option for filtering out contaminants from your drinking water.

Modern reverse osmosis filter systems combine membrane technology with carbon and mechanical filtration to produce highly purified water in your home.

Quality systems can filter out an impressive array of contaminants. They may be installed under your sink or in a remote interior location, near to a water supply and drain point.

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Whole House Water Filtration Systems

Unlike the other main types of water filters for the home featured here, whole house water filter systems treat water for the entire house and are designed to treat water for general usage such as cleaning, bathing, showering and laundry. This makes them one of the most costly filter systems to instal in the home.

If you want to treat all the water in your house, you will need to install a whole house water filter system to reduce or remove contaminants from your washing and laundry water and one of the previous filter types to deal with your drinking water.

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Types Of Water Filter – Recommended Next Steps

If you’re uncertain which is the best type of water filter system for your home, it’s useful to know what’s in your domestic water supply, so you can look to match the filter to the impurities in your tap water.

Check out What is in Tap Water for details on the main pollutants commonly found in tap water, plus some simple steps you can take to check what contaminants may be in your home water supply.

If you’re looking for some more general tips on how to choose the best water filter, check out How to Choose a Water Filter for tips on choosing the best type of water filter for your home.