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The Best Water Filters for Your Buck

Remove impurities with one of these four methods.

 

By Virginia Sole-Smith

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Pitcher

Cost: Under $50 

How it works: Many kinds have a carbon filter to absorb contaminants.

Pros: There's no installation.

Cons: You'll have to change the filter often, and it can be cumbersome to use for cooking water.

 

Faucet Attachment

Cost: $50-200

How it works: It screws onto your faucet; most have a carbon filter.

Pros: It allows you to switch the filter on and off, so you can reserve it for drinking and cooking water.

Cons: It can slow down your faucet's water flow.

 

Counter Mount

Cost: Over $200

How it works: It sits next to the sink but is hooked directly into your faucet and pipes.

Pros: Infrequent filter changes.

Cons: It may require professional installation.

 

Under-Sink Unit

Cost: Over $200

How it works: It's fitted directly into the water line, so it'll filter all the water that comes out of your tap.

Pros: Many kinds use a combination of reverse osmosis and activated carbon filters.

Cons: It may require professional installation.

 

Feel like you can do better than just a filter? Get more tips on how to get the cleanest, best possible water into your home. 

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