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Are Water Filters and Water Purifiers the Same?

Water filters and water purifiers are different. Which one makes the most sense for your family?

Your family deserves clean and healthy water, but stats show that municipal water supplies across the United States and in some parts of Canada don’t often deliver water that qualifies.

Your home water filter or purification system is often the only thing standing between your family and a long list of carcinogens in the municipal water supply.

If you don’t already have one, the first step is figuring out which is better for your family.

  • A water purifier might be the right choice…
  • …unless a water filter is actually the right choice.

Don’t they do the same thing? Not really.

What is water purification? What is water filtration?

Here’s the biggest difference between water purification and water filtration.

  • A purification process removes something unwanted from the water.
  • A filtration process prevents unwanted substances from entering a water system.

​Not totally clear?

We know. These industry terms can be confusing.

Chemicals can be added to the water, causing contaminants to coagulate and sink. This sounds like purification but it’s actually, technically, filtration; it keeps unwanted particles from passing through the system.

Filter pores can be so fine that even viruses are strained out. But this isn’t filtration. It’s purification.

So what am I supposed to do? How do I know what to buy?

Well, you don’t want to take everything out of your drinking water. Totally pure water doesn’t deliver the important minerals and nutrients your body needs.

Do you know what’s hiding in your tap water?

The semantics don’t matter. For the sake of discussion, we’re going to call it a water filtration system. What really matters, however, is the service it provides to your family.

Your water filtration system needs to remove as much of the bad stuff as possible and leave behind most, if not all, of the good stuff.

Here’s a great infographic about how an Everpure filter works.

​The unique design of an Everpure H300, our most popular residential water filtration system, addresses almost every common water impurity issue reported across North America.

  • Chlorine taste and odor.
  • Dirt.
  • Algae and mold.
  • Oxidized iron.
  • Oxidized manganese.
  • Oxidized sulfides.
  • All particles ½ micron and larger in size.

It doesn’t filter out chromium-6 (the Erin Brockovich chemical). If you live in an area at risk for chromium-6 contamination, you need a reverse osmosis system like the ROM II or ROM III.

Water purifier or water filter; it doesn’t matter. What matters is the impact a product has on your drinking water.

We call the H300 a water filtration system, but the words don’t really matter.  It protects your family from more contaminants than any other option (including bottled water).