I need a really, really good water filter.
I love drinking water. But I love only good tasting water. And I hate the unsustainable aspects of consuming bottled water.
I need a really, really good water filter so that I can fill up my reusable water bottles and remain healthily hydrated.
Do you have any recommendations?
What I have been using is the Aquasana at-the-sink system, because it seemed cost effective and highly rated ("Voted 'Best Buy' by Consumers Digest Magazine 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006!"). I also wanted one that I could use at the tap, so that all water I use--for soups, tea, sauces, etc.--is filtered.
The Aquasana-filtered water does taste good. I have had the filter system for three years; the filters are replaced every six months.
But here's the thing: replacing the filters is a huge headache (they get stuck, I always cut myself installing, and leaks are frequent), and now the valves have cracked. I have spray and puddles every time I draw water. Yuck.
What I want is a filter at the kitchen sink that is easy to change, makes the water taste good and is affordable. I want something that does more filtering than the Brita or Pur systems (see Aquasana's comparison chart here--which may be biased, but is also informative).
I was convinced by Sally Fallon who writes about the importance not only of water but of quality water. She decries softened water (valuable minerals are removed), fluoridated water (the kind I grew up on--look, Ma, no cavities!), and certain kinds of filtered water (reverse osmosis, she says, denatures the water and removes good minerals).
What she calls for is filtered water (because most water---even treated water--is contaminated as a result of runoff from farms and gardens or because chlorine and fluoride have been added), and she seems to recommend ceramic or compressed carbon filters--REAL filters, not the little ones in the water-filter pitchers people keep in their fridges.
I have to say that once I had water that I knew was clean and that tasted really good, I drank more water. And felt better. And had clearer skin, brighter eyes, etc., etc.
So please leave a comment if you have a product to recommend. I'd love to find a solution!