Are you still buying bottled water? When you buy bottled water, you’re ensuring that the world’s landfills are filled with plastic that can take over 100 years to fully decompose. And there is still a problem while you’re alive – you’re spending money that can be saved for vacation, going out to dinner, or for retirement.
If you’re not using a refrigerator water filter, you’re losing money. Period.
And if you’re like 99% of the planet, you don’t have money that you can simply throw away. The best refrigerator water filters will allow you to drink delicious, chemical- and mineral-free water that far surpasses the taste you get with its bottled counterpart.
You may even use your refrigerator’s water, but did you know that you need to change the water filter periodically? If you’re not changing the filter, you might as well be drinking tap water.
What water filters do we recommend?
Let’s take a look at the top 5 models on the market.
5 Best Refrigerator Water Reviews
1. General Electric MWF Review
GE offers a great replacement filter for the following models: GWF, GWF06, GWFA and MWFA. These filters need to be replaced twice per year, and they’re meant to work with most GE models.
Installing this model is a breeze (5 minutes, tops), and all you need to do is flush it by dispensing a few cups of water (make sure that you discard the water).
Water flow with these models is excellent, and if you have had any models that leaked or had slow water flow, simply contact the manufacturer and they will be more than happy to offer a free replacement.
This model has also been upgraded to remove:
With a 30-day warranty, you’ll have peace of mind in knowing that if your filter fails (yes it does happen sometimes), it will be replaced – free of charge.
2. Whirlpool 4396841 Review
You need to plug in your refrigerator’s model number to ensure that this Whirlpool unit will fit properly. Again, this model needs replacement every six months and can be used to replace the following model numbers:
This model is a PUR filter (major bonus), and it will retain fluoride while getting rid of off colors and tastes. Also keep in mind that this product does reduce the amount of lead and mercury in your water.
Meant for side-by-side refrigerators, you simply need to press the eject button and pull your old filter out while replacing it with this unit (it only takes 6 steps, which are included in the instructions).
3. Samsung DA29-00020B Refrigerator Water Filter Review
A number one best seller. Samsung delivers great-tasting, clean water. Minerals that are beneficial are not filtered out, while harmful minerals are. This model uses only high-grade carbon blocks.
What does this mean?
Carbon blocks are the best and most efficient way to filter water. This material has been shown to remove 99% of all harmful contaminants – it doesn’t get any better than that. You’ll also remove odd tastes and colors from your water.
The unit is built to withstand 6 months or usage, or roughly 300 gallons of water. The operating pressure is 30 – 125 psi, so you should notice a difference in water pressure once you install the unit.
4. Maytag UKF8001 Pur Refrigerator Water Filter
Another Pur filter that is able to remove all of the bad minerals and contaminants while leaving good minerals behind. This NSF certified model will also reduce chlorine and odor from your water.
What else can this filter remove?
And installation is as easy as snapping your fingers – well it takes 5 minutes, really. The only downside is that you will need to buy two filters at once, or an even larger pack. But I like to make sure that I have my yearly supply ahead of time, so this may be a major bonus for you if you’re anything like me.
5. Frigidaire WF2CB Review
The final item on our list comes to you from Frigidaire. This model works for many Frigidaire models, including:
- FC-100 / FC100
- NGFC 2000/ NGFC2000/NGFC-2000
- WF2CB / SWF2CB
Chlorine taste and sediment is removed and reduced, and this model can also eliminate several herbicides and pesticides from your water. The WF2CB is also known to remove:
- 99% of cysts
- 5% of particulates
- 3% of lead
- 91% of mercury
This is, by no means, an extensive list. It removes other minerals and contaminants, too, but these are the most important ones.
What’s neat is that your refrigerator should have a red light that illuminates when it’s time to replace your unit.
Replacing Your Filter – A Necessity
Homeowners have a tendency to let things go. A slow drip in the sink is ignored, less water pressure is ignored, some lights may not be changed, or you may notice a funky taste from your water that you ignore until you have more money.
We live in a world of procrastination. I am guilty of it, too.
But you shouldn’t procrastinate when it comes to your drinking water. The water that you drink has a lot of contaminants in it that would make you gasp if you knew the truth about them. What’s in your water?
Now, you should have seen red flags when you read the word “pharmaceuticals.” The water that you drink can contain trace amounts of these elements. For example, ibuprofen is very commonly found in water.
And this is bad news for you.
Imagine drinking your home’s tap water, and finding out that it’s filled with these drugs, or worse, letting a small child drink this water. Over time, exposure to these drugs can cause a person’s body to gain a tolerance to these medications. When someone finally needs them, their body won’t respond to the medication because it has already grown accustom to them from your drinking water.
Not to mention that many of the items in your water are not safe for consumption in large amounts.
If you let your filter change wait, you’ll cause your water to lose its purity as a result.