Countertop Tap Water Filter
Reviews and Recommendations
by Nancy Hearn

Aquasana Claryum countertop water filter

A countertop tap water filter is one of the most popular and most effective water filter systems for clean drinking water.

Countertop water filters can remove many harmful contaminants in water, depending on the filtration methods used. The most effective countertop filters utilize more than one filtration method.

The filters I recommend employ selective filtration, meaning they remove water contaminants without filtering out the naturally occurring minerals in water that are beneficial to the body.

Advantages of a Countertop Water Filter

  • The higher-quality filters use a combination of filtration methods, which produces the cleanest and healthiest drinking water
  • Many have additional pre-filters that can be purchased as needed to filter your source water of specific contaminants such as fluoride or arsenic
  • They filter large amounts of water quickly and easily
  • They are easy to install (no plumber required)
  • They are easy to use
  • Less likely to clog than pitchers, dispensers, and faucet filters

Disadvantages of a Countertop Water Filter

  • They don’t always fit tight with certain faucets (especially older ones). However, a trip to the hardware store for some inexpensive plumbers tape or fittings is usually sufficient
  • They take up kitchen counter space and some people don’t like the way they look (especially in high-end kitchens). However, many brands now carry stainless steel or platinum finish models that are designer friendly.

Our Top 5 Picks for Countertop Water Filters

Even though there are many good brands to choose from, the following are my top 5 picks.

Each offers varying degrees of filtration of unhealthy contaminants in water while leaving essential minerals in the water for optimal health benefits.

Aquasana, Pelican and Crystal Quest offer high-quality countertop systems ranging in price from about $80 to $400.

AlkaViva and Enagic's countertop systems are water filtration systems that use electrolysis to ionize and alkalize drinking water, offering the additional health benefits of molecular hydrogen. The technology of these systems also bring a higher price point, ranging from about $1,200 to $4,000.

Aquasana Countertop Water Filter

Aquasana offers one countertop model, the AQ-4000, which is the top rated water filter system in America. It is also rated best buy for performance and value by Consumer Digest for several years and winner of Health Magazine’s “healthiest product” award for 2010. This water filter is a great value for the price!

Pelican Countertop Water Filter

The Pelican countertop water systems remove over 60+ contaminates including chlorine, chloramines, lead, cysts, and mercury. They are NSF 42 & 53 certified performance. They have an LED filter life indicator and offer offering 450 gallons of use (about 6 months). A reputable company that offers a 90-day satisfaction guarantee.

Crystal Quest Countertop Water Filters

Crystal Quest offers several countertop multi-stage water filters to choose from, including specialty water filters for specific contaminants in your tap water. Good customer service and 30+ years of manufacturing expertise. Also a great value for the price.

AlkaViva Countertop UltraWater® Ionizers

AlkaViva offers exceptional multi-stage countertop water filters that also ionize the water. The additional benefits of high-quality water ionization include the properties of micro-clustering (which provides superior cellular hydration), alkalinity, and anti-oxidant potency. Proven technology, performance and durability from one of the world’s leading ionizer manufacturers.

Enagic Countertop Water Ionizer & Water Filters

Enagic offers several countertop water ionizers which not only filter water of contaminants but ionize the water through the process of electrolysis.  Enagic’s water systems are made of highest quality components and 30+ years of manufacturing expertise. These water ionizers produce quality drinking water, as well as other pH waters with many uses in the home for greener living.


For further review . . .

If you are just getting started, you might want to check out Tap Water Filters -- A Simple 3-Step Selection Process to find out what’s in your tap water, the most popular water purification methods and water filter types.

Aquasana Water Filter

Crystal Quest Countertop Filters



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