Popular Type of Drinking Water Filtrations are activated carbon, reverse osmosis, ceramic, UV or a combination of them. Choose one which has been tested and certified with the features that you are looking for. Independent organizations like NSF International or The Water Quality Association (WQA) have databases that consumers can easily search to verify the type of contaminants/ components each model has been tested for.
Generally people buy a home water filter to improve taste, odor, harmful contaminants such as lead, chlorine and bacteria from water. It’s more cost-effective in the long run, you don’t have to buy bottled water which help reduce environmental impact.
1. Sterra Y™ Tank Tabletop Hot & Cold Water Purifier
Sterra Y™ Tank Tabletop Hot & Cold Water Purifier is Malaysia’s Most Value for Money, premium tank water purifier for instant hot and cold filtered water.
This water purifier features a 4-Stage Filtration System that helps keep the water free from contaminants, giving you clean, healthy and pure water on a daily basis. A home water purifier that is convenient and easy to use – with cold, lukewarm and hot tab options that keep the family hydrated and active all day long. It has a hot water lock, rest assured that it is safe to use for children and even elders.
Sterra Y™ Water Purifier can instantly dispense with 3 different temperatures super quickly. So you can enjoy your favorite ramen, coffee, tea or make baby formula at just the right temperature with no metal and rusty taste. No more waiting for water to boil, just press the button and it’s all good. It also has a sleek design with 3 exclusive colour combinations that can match your kitchen aesthetic. A rust-proof, durable, and scratch-resistant material to give you years of worry-free usage.
Also, Sterra Y™ Water Purifier is 2-3 times more affordable compared to other brands that offer the same features. You only need to pay RM1299 in total OR Pay later for 0% Interest.
So, if you are looking for a Water Purifier that will elevate the look of your home and provide clean and fresh water with its reasonable price, Sterra Y™ Tank Tabletop Hot & Cold Water Purifier is the best choice for you.
Removes rust, sediments, residual chlorine, bacteria, VOCs and other impurities using activated carbon and ultrafiltration membrane.
Price: RM 1,299.00 (Original price: RM 2,399.00) Interest-free Installment plans are also available.
Cartridges Lifespan: 1 year
Purchase here: Sterra Y™ Tank Tabletop Water Purifier
2. Amway eSpring Home Water Treatment System
The eSpring™ UV Water Purifier Above Counter Model 100188 combines carbon block filter, UV light, and electronic monitoring. Users are usually fairly happy with this product; the filtered water taste good, and hardware lasts for years. It is a good quality water purification system that is sold by Multi Level Marketers (MLM), hence it comes with a hefty price tag. The filter has been tested by both NSF and WQA for the reduction of a big list of contaminants and the filtered water is clean & safe for consumption.
Activated Pressed Carbon Block Filter: effectively removes chlorine taste and smell, particulates down to 0.2 micron which improves clarity, more than 140 possible health-effect contaminants, including lead, mercury, VOCs, and the petrol additive MTBE, readily bonds to many organic carbon-based compounds such as pesticides and herbicides, filtering them out.
Beneficial minerals such as calcium, magnesium and potassium remain in the water.
UV Light: Destroys 99.99% bacteria and viruses
Cartridge Capacity: Lasts up to 5,000 litres or 1 year
Certifications: Certified (NSF/ANSI Standards 42, 53, 55, 401 and CSA Standard B483.1) and earned the Gold Seal from the Water Quality Association.
Good, certified for reduction of contaminants, UV kills bacteria, 10 years and no problem, no leaks, taste fresh. Unfortunately they are MLM and expensive.
Price: USD1,042.00 (amway.com) | RM4,250 (Amway.my) | HKD7,546 (amway.com.hk)
3. Aqua-Pure Drinking Water Filter Systems by 3M™
With advanced carbon block filtration system, easy DIY cartridge change-out and installation, NSF certified, The 3M Aqua-Pure series is popular for its low-maintenance and contaminants reduction assurance.
3M Aqua Pure DWS-1000 (Undersink)
- Reduction Claim: MTBE, Chlorine taste and odour, Sediment & rust, Lead & parasitic protozoan cysts, VOCs
- Certification NSF/ANSI: Standard 42 for Reduction of Chlorine, Nominal Particulate Reduction Class I, and Taste & Odor | Standard 53 for Reduction of Cyst, Lead, MTBE, Turbidity and VOC (all in the list)
- Micron rating: 0.5 Nominal | Flow rate: 2.3 Litre per minute – lpm
- Cartridge life monitoring system – DWS1000: Automatic shutoff water meter
Price of DWS-1000: RM 1,794.00
Replacement Cartridges: AP DWS 80/90 (two) at RM 500.Capacity: 625 gallons (2,365 liters) or 6 months
3M DWS2500T-CN (Undersink)
- Reduction Claim: MTBE, Chlorine taste and odour, Sediment & rust, Lead & parasitic protozoan cysts, VOCs, mercury, heavy metal, 99.99% of all waterborne bacteria
- Certification NSF/ANSI: Standard 42 for Reduction of Chlorine, Nominal Particulate Reduction Class I, and Taste & Odor | Standard 53 for Reduction of Cyst
- Micron rating: 0.2 micron Absolute, @ 95%
- Flow rate: 0.75 gpm (2.84 Litre per minute – lpm)
- Cartridge life monitoring system – DWS2500T-CN: Smart LED indicator
Price: RM 2,033
Replacement (Two) Cartridges: DWS2500-C-CN & PFS2500C-CN – RM 752. Capacity: 750 Gals (2,839L) 6-9 months. Max 12 months
Reviews of 3M Indoor Water Filters
The water taste great. If you want NSF certified, then choose 3M. If you want to save cost, GOST+LGA Standards is enough. DWS 2500 T-CN has a better micron rating of 0.2 μ Absolute and higher flow rate compared to DWS 1000. For ~Rm500 difference, imo it is better option.
3M HCD-2 Water Dispenser
Comes with 1 cartridge INSIDE the unit (Carbon filtration and UV) | Dispenses hot, cold and room temperature | NSF Certified | Price: RM3,080
3M AP902 Outdoor/ Whole House Filter
- 3M AP902: RM1,144 | Installation RM250 (PM seller for contact) | Replacement Cartridge AP910R: RM576
- Removes sediments, particulate, sand & rust. Filters down to 5 microns (nominal).
- Outdoor Water Filter Whole House Filtration
- Components certified by NSF International NSF/ANSI Standard 42. FDA CFR-21 compliant material.
More Info, Reviews Where to buy 3M Water Purifiers…
4. Aquasana Water Filters
Made in USA, Aquasana’s unique Claryum® Selective Filtration: combination of carbon, ion-exchange and sub-micron filtrations produce clean water that preserves healthy minerals, NSF Certified, with very reasonable price tags.
NSF/ANSI 42: Chlorine, Nominal Particulate Reduction Class I, Taste and Odor, Chloramine Reduction. NSF/ANSI 53: Asbestos, Cyst, Lead, Mercury, MTBE, Turbidity, VOC Reduction (Full List). NSF/ANSI 401: Bisphenol A, Estrone, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, Nonylphenol, Phenytoin. Additional reduction by AQ-5300+: Atenolol, Carbamazepine, DEET, Ibuprofen, Linuron, Meprobamate, Metolachlor, Trimethoprim, TCEP, TCPP Reduction
AQ5300 Very slow water flow rate.
AQ-4000 very easy to install, water taste smooth.
AQ5300+ Under counter – Texted Aquasana via whatapp for assistance. Got hold of an installer and he came and got it fixed. Very helpful seller. If you want to install it yourself, the seller will guide you through it. Water filter is performing well. clean, good tasting water.
Claryum® 2- Stage Countertop AQ-4000: RM599
Replacement Filter AQ-4035: RM320
Claryum® 3-Stage AQ-5300 (Counter Top/ Under Counter): RM899
Claryum® 3-Stage Max Flow AQ-5300+: (Counter Top/ Under Counter): RM 999 (RM7xx during Sales) – Select Counter Top or Under Counter
Replacement Filter AQ-5300+: RM 360
5. Coway Villaem II Reverse Osmosis (RO) Water Filter
Product of Korea, Coway Villaem 2 is a 0.0001 micron fine reverse osmosis filtration system with a big water tank capacity of 11.3L and elegant design. It combines Sediment, Pre-Carbon, RO Membrane, Post-Carbon, Antibacterial filters.
WQA – Halal. Filter CRMFN11-50 (Reverse Osmosis): Reduction of Arsenic (V) (less than 50 ppb reduction), Barium, Cadmium, Copper, Cyst, Hexavalent Chromium, Lead, Radium 226/228, Selenium, TDS, Trivalent Chromium, Uranium
NSF/ANSI – Standard 42 (Conforms to the material and structural integrity requirements only). NSF58: Reverse Osmosis. Standard 401: Certified to reduce Emerging Compounds – Atenolol, Estrone, Linuron, Nonyl phenol, Trimethoprim, Meprobamate, Carbamazepine, DEET, Metolachlor, TCEP, TCPP, Phenytoin, Ibuprofen, Naproxen, and Bisphenol A.
Features: Dispenses ambient, cold, warm and hot water, Power Saving System, Child Safety Lock, Mood Lamp, etc.
Nice design, dispenses 4 water temperature, reduces heavy metal, radioactive substances, microbes and combined with a carbon filter also reduces chlorine and VOCs.
The downside is the removal of healthy minerals in water which is vital for the body’s system.
Price (Coway.com.my): Retail Price: RM3,900 (Free 1-Year Service For Outright)
Rental: RM120 per month (Free 5-Year Service For Rental)
6. Doulton Ceramic Water Filters
British-technology Doulton® Ceramic water filter system provide instantly filtered water, straight from the tap, Countertop, Undercounter or Portable.
Ceramic mimics the actions of rocks in nature, which draw impurities from water as it passes through the layers of porous material. Filled with tiny pores that let drinking water flow through, Ceramic candles + Activated carbon block capture waterborne contaminants, while allowing healthy minerals to remain.
Certification (BioTect Ultra, Ultracarb & Sterasyl only)
Tested and certified against NSF/ANSI Standard for Doulton – Standard 42 for reduction of Chlorine, Nominal Particulate Reduction Class I, and Taste & Odor | Standard 53 for reduction of Cyst, Lead and Turbidity
NSF certified Doulton carbon cartridge. 10″ cartridges are the easiest to buy in the market and not expensive. We got the model with the metal casing not the plastic one, holds up fine for years.
Biotect Ultra (filter: 2501) M12 DBS Housing (Stainless Steel): RM999.95
Super Sterasyl 9304 Ceramic Water Filter Candle Supercarb 8404 Replacement: RM99.95
More info, Price and How To Buy…
7. Elken Bio Pure K400
Certification by WQA
Point-of-Use Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Systems: Reduction of Cadmium, Fluoride, TDS, Trivalent Chromium
Retail – RM 6419.00 | Wholesale – RM 4938.00
panasonic.com: Water Purifiers/ Ionizers that use Cartridge TK-AS45C1
Panasonic water purifiers are made in Japan.
Certification: NSF42 (for Panasonic)
TK-AS45C1 Cartridge (RM480) is certified for Reduction of Chlorine, Taste and Odor, Nominal Particulate Class I. The Activated Carbon is certified for material requirements.
Learn more about the recommended pH range of drinking water and Alkaline Water’s effects on health before purchasing an Alkaline Ionizer.
Water Purifiers/ Ionizers that use Cartridge TK-AS45C1 :
- Ultra Violet Water Purifier TK-CS45 | Non-woven fabric, Ceramic, Activated Carbon, Micro-filtration membrane and UV Sterilization Lamp | Price: panansonic.com/my- RM 2,546.00
- Alkaline Ionizer TK-AS45 | Cartridge: TK-AS45C1, TK-7815C1 | Usage Approx. 12 months | Ceramic, Activated Carbon, fiber membrane and Alkaline Ionizer that generate purified, ionized water with four different pH values | Price: RM2,299
- Water Purifier TK-38MRF | Counter Top | 5 Layers Purifications and remove 13 substances | Price: panasonic.hk- HKD1,250
- TK-AS41, TK-AS40, TK7585, PJ-A36, TK38MRF, PJ-37MRF, PJ-30MRF, TK-CS00, TK-AS66, TK-CS45
9. LG Tankless LG PuriCare™ 4-Stage Water Purifier
- 4-stage filtration & Tankless Hot / Cold / Ambient water. Hot Water Control: 40℃, 75℃, 85℃
- Stainless Steel Water Pipe and 4 Directions Moving Tap
- Auto Sterilization (Internal Sterilize, Outlet Sterilize) – UV-LED Sterilization
- Easy Filter Replacement with Filter Change Alert
4-STAGE ALL PURI FILTER SYSTEM
1st – Remove 9 types of heavy metals | 2nd – Removal of various germs and fine particles | 3rd – Remove Norovirus (99.99%) | 4th – Removal of harmful contaminants
Maintenance and filter replacement
every 3 months
Drinking Water Inspection
lg.com: *Issued by the Korea Institute for Water Technology Cerification(KIWATEC) according to the Law for the management of Drinking water. This is based on the quality inspection report, and may differ depending on the actual use environment.
– Heavy metals: remove more than the standard of mercury, lead, iron, aluminum, copper, arsenic, cadmium, zinc, manganese
– Remove more than the standard of 19 organic chemicals, 4 pesticides, 1 microorganism, and 4 mandatory water purification performance items.
*The pore size of the UF is 0.1-0.3㎛, which can remove fine particles and bacteria larger than that size, and at the same time passes the ionic minerals below the size without removing it.
*Norovirus 99.99% removal is the test result measured under the limited conditions of Norogen (20.6) based on the LG’s internal evaluation method. And there may be differences depending on the operating environment.
(When 3,600L was passed through the filter at a flow rate of 2.0LPM, 0.6L of norovirus with a concentration of 1.0×10^4PFU/ml or higher was passed at a flow rate of 1.0LPM, and the amount of norovirus in the water that passed through was measured)
LG PuriCare ™ Tankless Water Purifier with 4-stage filtration WD516AN – RM3,200
10. Filken Water Filter
Filken Outdoor Filters – 1044-FRB Outdoor Sand Filter: RM399
Recommended back wash once a week. No cartridge replacement.
Filter Media Lifespan: 3-5 Years
- Clean and stain free laundry
- No more smelly, yellowish and muddy drinking water
- Cook tasty food with water free from impurities
- Prevent skin allergies, itchiness and rashes with clear filtered water
11. BACFREE Water Filters
Check prices at BACFREE Lazada
- BACFREE ER19M Stainless Steel 304 Matte Finishing Outdoor Water Filters with 6 Layers MultiMedia Filtration | Filter Vessel Volume: 48 Liters | Bacfree Shop: RM3,840.00 | Warranty: 10 Years Casing and 5 Years Media | Outdoor water filter Using a Multi-Medium Quartz Filtration, the filter consists of coal based activated carbon, anthracite, and fine quartz for fine filtration of sediment, colour, excessive chlorine and suspended solids down to as small as 5 microns.
- BACFREE Watero UF All-in-One Instant Heating Smart Water Filter Dispenser with 5 Stage Filtration System WU-1BK | Bacfree shop: RM1,088.00 | Uses 4 layers of cartridge filtration system and 1 layer of UV disinfection. While the UV disinfection system requires no maintenance, the filter cartridges require only replacements every 6-9 months (cartridges 1 & 2) and 12-18 months (cartridges 3 & 4)
13. Cuckoo King Top
Mild alkaline water purifier that features 7 temperature settings from room to cold temperatures. Nano Positive Filtration System. Stainless steel water tank | Filter & Replacement Period: Sediment Filter – Every 4 Months. Pre-Carbon Filter- Every 8 Months. Natural Filter- Every 12 Months. Nano Positive Filter – Every 12 Months
cuckoo.com.my – Price (Rental): From RM60/month. Price (Outright): RM 2,999.00
14. Joven JP200 Water Purifier
3-Layer Non-woven Fabric Filter and Powdered Activated Carbon | Removes Odour, Chlorine, Sediment, Turbidiy and Rust Stainless Steel Outlet Pipe (Rust Free Water)
Price: RM 139.00