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.
The eSpring™ UV Water Purifier Above Counter Model 100188 combines carbon block filter, UV light, and electronic monitoring.
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.
Reviews: 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: RM4,250 (Amway.my) | HKD7,546 (amway.com.hk) | USD1,042.00 (amway.com)
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.
Reviews: 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)
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.
Aqua Pure DWS1000 (Undersink)
- Replacement (Two) Cartridges: AP DWS 80/90 Cartridge for AP DWS1000. Capacity: 625 gallons (2,365 liters) or 6 months
- 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)
- Price: RM1,794.55 | HK$ 3,788.0 | USD306.76
Aqua Pure DWS2500T-CN (Undersink)
- Replacement (Two) Cartridges: DWS2500-C-CN & PFS2500C-CN. Capacity: 750 Gals (2,839L) 6-9 months. Max 12 months.
- Certification NSF/ANSI: Standard 42 for Reduction of Chlorine, Nominal Particulate Reduction Class I, and Taste & Odor | Standard 53 for Reduction of Cyst only
- Price: RM1,994.05
Aqua Pure Easy Complete
- Replacement Cartridge: 750 galkons (2,839L). 6 to 9 months.
- Certification NSF/ANSI: Standard 42 for Reduction of Chlorine, Nominal Particulate Reduction Class I, and Taste & Odor | Standard 53 for Reduction of Asbestos, Cyst, Lead, Mercury, Toxaphene Reduction and selected VOC: Atrazine, Benzene, Carbofuran, Lindane, P-Dichlorobenzene
- Price: Xammax – RM567.25 (Undersink) | Fortress HKD1980.00 | aquapurefilters.com: USD129.04
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 AP902 Outdoor Filter
- BWS Malaysia: RM1,145
- 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.
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
Reviews: 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.
Price: Biotect Ultra (filter: 2501) M12 – BS Housing (Stainless Steel): RM888.00/ HKD2760.00 | HIPCT (BPA-free ABS Plastic Housing): RM499.95/ HKD1690.00
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.
- Claryum® Countertop AQ-4000: USD129.99 (aquasana.com) / RM599 (watershop.my) / HKD1,100.00 (waterlinks.com.hk) | Replacement Filter AQ-4035: USD59.99 / RM320 / HKD570.00
- 3-Stage AQ-5300 (Counter Top/ Under Counter) USD299.99 / RM899
- 3-Stage Max Flow AQ-5300+ (Counter Top/ Under Counter) USD399.99 / RM999
6. Elken Bio Pure K400
panasonic.com: Water Purifiers/ Ionizers that use Cartridge TK-AS45C1
Panasonic water purifiers are made in Japan. Certification: NSF42 (for Panasonic) – TK-AS45C1 Cartridge (Lazada: RM480 | panasonic.hk: HKD998.00) 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 | HKD5,180
- 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
Not Certified or Other Drinking Water Regulators
- LG Tankless LG PuriCare™ Water Purifier with 3-stage filtration & Tankless Hot / Cold / Ambient water | Instant Hot & Cold water, Filter Change Alert | 1st – Pre Carbon Block Plus Filter. 2nd – UF Membrane Filter. 3rd – Post Carbon Filter | 180˚ Rotating Tap | Maintenance and filter replacement every 3 months | lg.com: Issued by the Korea Water Purifier Industry Cooperative according to the Law for the management of Drinking water | Sen Heng: RM 2,820.00 with 2 Years Service, 40% Off Promotion
- Filken Water Filter | Filken Outdoor Filters – 1044-FRB Outdoor Sand Filter: RM399
BACFREE Water Filters
- 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)
- 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
- 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) | HomePro: RM 139.00