We know you want better water but what water filtration system is best for you? We’ve discussed at length some important topics surrounding water filters that you can read about listed below:
- What Is In My Tap Water?
- Do You Need A Water Filter In Your Home Or Is Tap Fine?
- Inline Ice Maker Filter – The Smart Way To Filter Your Water
- Why You Need A Shower Filter For Hard Water
- Things You Can Do Right Now If Your Tap Water Tastes Bad
- Is A Whole House Reverse Osmosis Right For You?
- Full House Water Filtration System For Healthy Living
We are creating an entire series reviewing the top water filtration systems on the market.
We hope to create a useful resource that will assist you in purchasing a water filtration system that is right for you at the best price that provides the most value.
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What is NSF Certified?
All of the water filters that we’ll review in this series have been NSF certified.
NSF is the leading global health and safety organization. NSF stands for National Sanitation Foundation and is non-profit non-governmental organization.
Basically, what this means for you is that the information appearing on the water filters we review matches the content of the product. In other words, the filter will deliver on its promises.
Not all water filters are NSF certified and you should only buy the ones that are.
Whirlpool Everydrop Water Filter Review
- It’s portable.
- It’s aesthetically quite attractive.
- It’s inexpensive. ($20)
- It takes up very little space.
- It’s relatively easy to use once it’s assembled.
- It only filters out Chlorine and Chromium (this may be enough depending on the cleanliness of the water in your area).
- You must replace filter often. (generally every 2 months)
- You may not able to fill water bottles or tall glasses from your kitchen sink
- Clumsy assembly process
- The water must be monitored as it moves through the filter (many times you have to lift it up off the device you are filling so that it works properly).
- The device is not very durable and has proven to stop working properly after a few months.
- It needs to be cleaned often or mold can form quickly.
- The reservoir tends to leak at the seam.
Chlorine and chloramine are disinfectants used in many municipal water supply centers. They help stop the spread of many water-borne diseases like typhoid, cholera, dysentery and hepatitis A.
This is a wonderful thing.
However, disinfectants are by definition designed to kill living things so that leaves the question after the water has been disinfected do you want to ingest that disinfectant and absorb it through your skin?
We’re sure you would agree with us that may not be the most optimal health move.
In fact, there have been studies that show a high correlation between cancer and exposure to chlorine.
Today many municipalities are adding ammonia to the water. Ammonia bonds with the chlorine forming a new disinfectant called chloramine.
The main reason that this is because the bond is harder to break and it helps keep the disinfectant active for a longer time.
So the house that is at the farthest end of the municipal distribution system will still have active disinfectant.
Here are just a few of the health issues that people have reported from the use of chloramine:
- Dry skin
- Scaling skin
- Erupting skin
- Severe skin rashes
- Chemical burn-like skin
- Swollen ears
- Extreme fatigue
- Ammonia toxicity, especially for those with kidney, liver or urea cycle diseases
- Hacking coughs
- Nasal congestion
- Itchy eyes
- Burning eyes
- Swollen eyes
- Raspy throat
- Peeling fingernails
- Stomach aches
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Yeast infection
- Kidney problems
Chlorine and Chloramine (What’s Their Purpose?)
Chloramine, especially when it runs through lead pipes increases the amount of lead in the water.
Homeowners who have fish aquariums are well aware that if there is chloramine in their water they have to get it out or their fish will die.
We submit that this is a clue of how it can negatively affect our health.
Happily, there are things that can be done. At the very least you might want to consider buying a water filter to just get the chlorine and chloramine out of your water.
However, we do not suggest you spend your money on the Everydrop filter by Whirlpool because there are far too many downsides with the filter.
Sure, it looks great in the video below but in practice, it does not perform very well. If you want to throw $20 down the drain to see for yourself then by all means have at it.
We’d love to hear about your results.
A trusted name like Whirlpool grossly failed with this product.