Best Water Systems

by Anonymous
(Burbank, CA)


I live in Burbank, California, and the water is 14 grains hard. Do I need a softener? My skin itches all the time and our dishwasher is full of scale.

Does filtration reduce scale? Or, do I need a softener? Also, on the Rhino or Pelican water systems, are you drinking alkaline water?

For the most health benefits, dependability, consistency of water quality, what system would you recommend? Any help would be appreciated... Thanks.


It sounds like you may need a water softener in addition to a water filter system. Water filter systems do reduce a certain amount of scale, but not enough in some areas of the country.

The Aquasana Rhino whole house systems remove chemicals and other contaminants that can create acidity in the water. However, they do not remove the natural occurring minerals.

Thus, your filtered water will most likely be neutral pH (about 7.0) which is healthy, or slightly alkaline, depending on the mineral content of your source water.

The Pelican water systems are now part of Pentair and the same applies to the Pentair whole house systems.

I am not sure if you are asking about a whole house water filter system or a drinking water system. However, the ideal situation is to have both a whole house (“point of entry”) AND a “point of use” drinking water filter system (such as under counter or countertop).

When water is filtered at the point of entry to the house (i.e., a whole house system), there is some risk of water contamination in the home water pipes (e.g., heavy metals and/or bacteria) from the point of entry to the faucets.

This is why I believe the most important type of filtration for drinking water is a point of use system (at the kitchen faucet). The under sink and countertop water systems have the highest levels of filtration.

Yet, the whole house filtration is excellent for all other water uses, including bathing, showering, laundering, as well as another level of filtration for the drinking water filter.

Thus, if someone cannot afford both the whole house and a drinking water system, I recommend getting a countertop or under sink filter for drinking and a bath and/or shower filter for bathing.

You can find recommendations for shower filters and bath ball filters on my site.

I believe the best drinking water systems (countertop or under sink) are the water ionizer systems manufactured by AlkaViva.

These systems offer high-quality filtration with the added properties of alkalinity, anti-oxidant potency, and super hydration.

However, if your main priority is clean, mineral rich water (without the additional properties of ionization) then either Aquasana or Crystal Quest have some of the best filter systems in my opinion.

As far as whole house systems, we still recommend Aquasana and Pentair as our top picks.

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