To the 85% of Americans who live in areas with hard and contaminated water, a good home filtration and water softener system can be considered a gift from the Heavens! Whether you’re on a private well or city water, it can be downright awful to attempt to consume the water in your home. Especially for those who are sensitive to the nauseating smell/taste of iron/sulfur, chlorine, lead, and other contaminants. You may know someone who absolutely cringes at the thought of drinking, bathing, and cooking with their tap water.
Heck, you might be that person!
Well a common problem that people like you (who no longer want to drink water that tastes like a swimming pool) run into, is that they don’t know exactly know which water filtration system to buy. They certainly don’t know which brand to trust.
It can be confusing! And that can be kind of scary.
The last thing you want to do is buy a filtration system that made you grand promises on their advertisements and websites, only for your new $1,500+ purchased system to:
- Not filter out everything it promised to
- Affect your water flow and plumbing system
- Leave your water worse off than before
Well at FilterFaq we know that you care about your family and what they’re putting in their bodies on a day-to-day basis. So we’re more than happy to lay out the facts and give you a side by side comparison of 3 top water brands so you can maximize your water health and make the best decision for your household. This article will ensure that you have peace of mind while making your choice.
So here’s a buying guide for you.
We compare the top 3 water filter & water softener brands:
- Springwell Water Filtration Systems
- and Pelican Pelican Water Systems.
Some of the top brands in the water filtration industry. I’ll show you the facts, and we’ll decide which brand is the best.
That sound good?
Then let’s begin!
Aquasana (which is Latin for “water to heal”) was founded in 1997. With its headquarters located in the great capital of Austin,Texas.
Aquasana prides itself in its promotion of clean water, clean living, and a clean environment. At an affordable price! They back up their claims by selling water filtration systems that produce minimal waste in the environment.
Aquasana’s filters are NSF certified to remove 77 water contaminants. This includes:
- Over 96% of chlorine
- As well as over 99% of lead, asbestos, turbidity and VOCs with some of their other products.
As a result it doesn’t create what’s called “hungry water” (water that’s lacking minerals and nutrients, which can actually steal nutrients from your body if you drink too much). Instead Aquasana prevents this by leaving important minerals and nutrients like potassium, calcium and magnesium. This results in a glass of water that isn’t just refreshing, but nutritious as well.
However, as good as Aquasana is, it definitely has its cons.
One major complaint among customers is the fact that Aquasanas filtration system can be very hard to install. Assuming you’re not handy, you’ll probably end up having to spend money getting a plumber to install it. And on top of that there are numerous complaints about the installation kit being downright confusing to even the plumber.
Then to add salt to the wound, a number of reviews have insisted that Aquasana has subpar customer service. So if (heaven forbid) something happens to your filtration system and you need immediate assistance, you could be met with very grim situation.
Another major complaint is that Aquasana’s water filtration and water softener systems can affect the water pressure of your showers, faucets, etc. Their base models of their systems are below the standard flow rates which allows them to sell a system for less than their competitors, but it comes with a cost.
As good as Aquasana is (when it’s at its best), there’s a lot of peace of mind issues that come with it and so it’s not our top pick when considering other brands.
Here’s Aquasana’s website to learn more
SpringWell Water Filtration Systems:
SpringWell Water has over 20 years in the water filtration industry and have stayed committed to its mission of getting every family the purest water available and at the best price available.
For over two decades SpringWell has been designing, building, and packaging whole house water filters and water softener products here in the U.S.A. This results in them having some of the best quality control in the industry.
SpringWell Water’s Filtration
Springwell’s Whole House Water Filter 4 stage filtration systems use NSF certified parts, tanks and premium grade media to remove:
- 99.6 % of Chlorine
- Haloacetic Acids
- MTBE & TTHM
- Herbicides, Pesticides, Sulfur, and more
- Odors & taste
Springwell’s water softener system also lengthens the life of your household appliances by reversing corrosion and actually flushing out any build up in your pipes that was caused by your old, hard, contaminated water. So it’ll save you lots of money and stress in the long run!
But Springwell doesn’t just want you to take their word for it. Spending $780+ on a system for your family’s drinking water is a big decision after all!
This is why they give you an industry leading 6 month money back guarantee. And a lifetime warranty on your parts and tanks.
Springwell is basically telling you that they’re sooooo confident in their Water Filters that they’re willing to shoulder any risk that you may face. Something that Aquasana and Pelican (as great as they are) aren’t willing to do. Or any other company really.
SpringWell Water’s Takebacks
I honestly don’t have any because they do well on every front. From the state of the art water quality, to the ease of installation, to their outstanding customer service. Springwell has definitely earned its place as a leader in the water filtration industry. The only drawback they’ll have with any other brand is the fact you’ll need some plumbing knowledge to install their systems or you’ll have to hire a plumber. But then again, their installation instructions are clear and concise.
Here’s SpringWell’s number and website for more information: 800-589-5592
Pelican Water Systems:
Pelican Water Systems was founded in 2007 with the goal of creating “cutting-edge water filtration and salt-free softening systems while providing the highest level of customer service.”
Pelican takes pride in setting the industry service standards. They do this by always operating with integrity and passion in their unwavering commitment to providing cleaner, safer water for all.
Like Aquasana and Springwell, Pelican is also NSF certified. And cost less than the other two but it’s not apples to apples as the life of the system is shorter than that of the Springwell system. However…
Pelican Water’s Filtration
It’s NSF report states that Pelican’s 4-step filtration system only reduced 95.93% of chlorine. 96.6% for it’s whole house filters. Even though Pelican does make up for it with the lower price tag, their standard system is a 600,000 capacity unit. We at FilterFaq wouldn’t recommend that you think cheap when it comes to your households health. Especially if you or someone who’ll be using your water is sensitive to chlorine.
Despite that, Pelican has an easy DIY installation, great tasting water that retains its minerals. And on top of that a commendable customer service team. It’s definitely a good filtration system for the price!
When reading a number of reviews about Pelican Water Systems, we found there are lots of talk about small leaks and that their Pelican NaturSoft Salt-Free Water Softeners still allow for scaling and spotting. But there were a number of positive reviews as well.
The only con that I have with Pelican is that it simply isn’t as good as the other two in this review. But if you’re on a tight budget, this might be your best bet!
Here’s Pelican’s website
Our Top Water Filter Brand Pick:
It’s my hope that this article has provided you with enough facts to make a well informed decision on your next water filtration purchase.
However, if FilterFaq had to give our opinion on the best water filtration system. The system that would ensure your family maximum water purity and peace of mind?
Well we’d tell you to get the Springwell Filtration System for its:
- State of the Art Water Purifying Technology
- Amazing, Nutritious Taste
- Lifetime Warranty.
- 6 Month Money Back Guarantee.
- Amazing Customer service
- And Overall Peace of mind.
But ultimately, the choice is yours! I recommend you take a look at their combo system which will both filter and soften your home with little to no maintenance required.
Have any questions, comments, or criticisms? Let us know in the comments below! We’d be happy to hear them.