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Brand: Brita Culligan PIT-1 PitcherCrystal Quest CQE-309
Removes Chlorine & Chemicalsyes yes yes
Retains Healthy Mineralsno no no
Testing & CertificationNSF/ANSI 42 & 53 NSF none
Automatic Self Cleaningno no no
Certified Capacity0 0 0
Claimed Filter Capacity40 gal. per filter
(or 2 months)
50 gal. per pitcher
(or 2 months)
10,000 gal. per filter
(6-10 months)
Total Monthly Cost (Based on 15-year Ownership)$9.58 $6.99 $3.50
Total Cost of 15-year Ownership*$1,724.94 $1,259.08 $629.10

Average monthly cost is based on a family usage of 735 gallons of drinking water per year multiplied by a 15-year service life. We also included the cost of filter replacement and/or replacement of the pitcher itself after its recommended usage based on time and/or capacity.

The information comes directly from certification forms provided by independent third party groups. If there was no third party verification provided, we used the claims they made on their websites. The independent resources we focused on include the Water Quality Association, the Underwriters Laboratories, and the National Sanitation Foundation.

Our research was conducted by studying detailed information about different consumer water products. We tried to look at the most popular options in the market to help make it easier for consumers to make a decision. Most consumers lack the time or knowledge of what to look for in certification statements, so we have compiled our findings in the chart above.

Drinking Water Filters Water Softeners Whole-house Systems
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Top 5 Water Softeners Pelican PS80 + R.O.Aqua-Pure AWS200M + R.O.EWS - 1354 + R.O.
Removes Chlorine & Chemicalsno no yes
Retains Healthy Mineralsno no yes
Testing & Certificationnone none none
Automatic Self Cleaningyes no yes
Certified Capacity0 0 0
Claimed Filter Capacityn/a none 1,350,000 Gal. for Carbon Filter
Total Monthly Cost (Based on 15-year Ownership)$77.25 $76.27 $104.61
Total Cost of 15-year Ownership$14,626.54 $13,728.58 $18,830.28
Retail Price$2,722.50 $2,628.58 $4,215.99

Average monthly cost is based on a family usage of 100,000 gallons of water per year multiplied by a 15-year service life. Also included in the cost, if applicable, is a $600 installation fee per system.

We also included the price of installing a R.O. unit to make the water more palatable for drinking directly from the tap, along with the cost for water softener salt replacement.

The information comes directly from certification forms provided by independent third party groups. If there was no third party verification provided, we used the claims they made on their websites. The independent resources we focused on include the Water Quality Association, the Underwriters Laboratories, and the National Sanitation Foundation.

Our research was conducted by studying detailed information about different consumer water products. We tried to look at the most popular options in the market to help make it easier for consumers to make a decision. Most consumers lack the time or knowledge of what to look for in certification statements, so we have compiled our findings in the chart above.

Drinking Water Filters Water Softeners Whole-house Systems
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Water System Brand: Pelican PC600Aquasana EQ-300LifeSource 1620Kinetico Q237-77RainSoft QRS 1054 E W S
1354
Removes Chlorine & Chemicalsyes - 99.9% yes - 99.9% yes - 99.9% yes - 99.9% yes - 99.9% yes - 99.9%
Retains Healthy Mineralsyes no yes no yes yes
Testing & Certification
(Certified Capacity)
no UL WQA none WQA none
Automatic Self Cleaningno no yes yes yes yes
Certified Capacity0 300,000 Gal. 2,228,396 Gal. 0 200,000 Gal 0
Claimed Filter Capacity600,000 Gal. 300,000 Gal. 2,228,396 Gal. 700,000 Gal. 200,000 Gal 1,000,000 Gal.
Total Monthly Cost (Based on 15-year Ownership)$27.98/Month $44.41/month $21.05/month $52.22/month $118.75/month $35.37/month
Total Cost of 15-year Ownership*$5,037 $7,995 $3,390 $9,400 $21,375 $6,366.25

Average monthly cost is based on a family usage of 100,000 gallons of water per year multiplied by a 15-year service life. Also included in the cost, if applicable, is a $600 installation fee per system.

The information comes directly from certification forms provided by independent third party groups. If there was no third party verification provided, we used the claims they made on their websites. The independent resources we focused on include the Water Quality Association, the Underwriters Laboratories, and the National Sanitation Foundation.

Our research was conducted by studying detailed information about different consumer water products. We tried to look at the most popular options in the market to help make it easier for consumers to make a decision. Most consumers lack the time or knowledge of what to look for in certification statements, so we have compiled our findings in the chart above.

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