Are aftermarket filters worth a look or should you stick to paying the high price for OEM water filters? Many people ask themselves this very question every day. Welcome to our Aquacrest Water Filter Review. Aquacrest is one of a handful of popular generic water filter brands that manufactures a wide range of aftermarket filters.
You may have seen their popular generic refrigerator water filters or water pitcher filter replacements. We had the chance to review several Aquacrest filters before and feel qualified to give you our honest opinion.
We’re confident that by the end of our review, you’ll have already decided whether you should give Aquacrest filters a shot.
Let’s start with a brief company overview and answer several frequently asked questions about the Aquacrest brand.
Who is Aquacrest?
Aquacrest or “Aqua Crest” distributes its line of filters primarily through Amazon. Aqua Crest refrigerator water filters and generic PUR pitcher replacement filters are the company’s best-selling products.
Unlike a lot of fly-by-night water filtration companies, Aqua Crest does have a website and thousands of positive reviews for their products.
Aquacrest certifies its refrigerator filters to NSF/ANSI Standards through NSF International to Standards 42, 53, 401, and 372. These are the most common Standards for water filtration products, and you may have seen these numbers before on Brita and PUR products.
Is Aquacrest Legit? Yes or No?
To answer this question, yes, Aquacrest is a legit manufacturer of aftermarket water filters and one of the more trustworthy brands we’ve come across.
Aquacrest filters remove chlorine, lead, and other common water contaminants at impressive rates and typically perform just as well as OEM filters.
A lot of people who avoided replacing their refrigerator water filters due to the price and hassle of replacing them are pleasantly surprised by Aquacrest filters.
Where are Aquacrest water filters made?
Aquacrest filters are made in China. Does this mean they’re no good? No. It’s important to keep in mind that most water filters are made in China – like everything else in the world – due to reduced manufacturing costs.
Even when you buy a filter that’s made in the US, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the parts are from the US. Most water filters, including Aquacrest filters, are full of coconut-derived activated carbon.
We all know that coconuts don’t grow in abundance on the American mainland. This means most, if not all, of the coconut-derived activated carbon used for all filtration products including air and water filters, is imported.
Now, on the other hand, a lot of premium water filters are manufactured in South Korea. Either way, activated carbon is activated carbon.
The most important factor is Aquacrest filters are certified by NSF International to reduce water contaminants.
Aquacrest Water Filter Specifications
When shopping for Aquacrest filters, it’s important to check for a list of NSF/ANSI Standards in the product description.
NSF 42 is for chlorine reduction and the most common NSF Standard you’ll see when shopping for a water filter.
NSF 53 is typically for lead reduction, although the Standard covers more than lead. Ever since the Flint Water Crisis, people are more paranoid about lead in drinking water than ever before, and rightfully so.
NSF 372 guarantees that the filter materials are lead-free and safe.
The most common filtration media used in Aquacrest filters is activated carbon. This is the same filtration media found in most Brita filters and all water filtration products because it’s highly effective for removing chlorine taste & odor.
Below are photo examples of popular Aquacrest refrigerator water filters and filter pitcher replacements:
Current Aquacrest Water Filter Reviews
Now that you know who Aquacrest is and the types of filters they make, let’s find out what current owners are saying. Are they satisfied with Aquacrest water filters?
We’ve investigated 1000s of reviews and 100s of water filtration products. All of this time spent investigating products and reviews has helped us grow a keen eye for spotting fake reviews.
If one thing is for sure, Aquacrest refrigerator water filters are the company’s most reliable products. They manufacture aftermarket filters for all major appliance brands including LG, Whirlpool, Samsung, Kenmore, and others.
The reviews for Aquacrest pitcher replacement filters are mixed, and we recommend proceeding with extra caution when purchasing their pitcher replacement filters.
However, this may not be completely Aquacrest’s fault because even PUR and Brita original filters have mixed reviews.
Let’s focus on the Aquacrest fridge filters. Since fridge filters are mostly just simple activated carbon filters, the key factors to consider are leak problems or filters that don’t fit even after matching your fridge model to the filter.
Aquacrest Fridge Filter Reviews
Here’s what we concluded after reading through the current Aquacrest fridge filter reviews:
- Most people are very satisfied with Aquacrest aftermarket fridge filters and compare them to the original filters. Most Aquacrest refrigerator filters have 5-star reviews in the 70 – 80% range and one-star reviews below 10%. This is the type of ratio we look for before recommending a product.
- Aquacrest takes customer service seriously and packages its filters with care.
- Leak reports are rare for Aquacrest’s top-rated fridge filters. If you own a Samsung, Aquacrest filters are certainly worth a look.
- There’s a good chance you won’t notice a difference between the taste of Aquacrest and OEM filtered water.
- Installation is easy. We recommend paying close attention to how your original filter is positioned before you remove it to be sure you install the Aquacrest filter in the same exact position. This is the best method to avoid any potential leaks.
Our Aquacrest Water Filter Review
We’ll wrap up this article by sharing our honest opinion about Aquacrest filters. Are Aquacrest filters the best in the world? Of course not. Will they get the job done? We think so.
Fridge filter filtration is minimal to begin with and relies on activated carbon to get the job done, similar to a Brita filter. This is the most basic form of water filtration and one of the most reliable methods. In other words, building a reliable fridge filter isn’t rocket science.
As we mentioned earlier in the review, the most important step is to find an aftermarket filter with the same exact housing as your OEM filter to ensure it fits inside your refrigerator perfectly.
Aquacrest does a good job of manufacturing replica filters that don’t leak for a more affordable price than OEM.
Most people are happy with their Aquacrest fridge filters, and so are their wallets.
Lastly, we want to mention one last time that Aquacrest filters are NSF certified for contaminant removal.
Bottom line, there’s not much more you can ask for from an aftermarket water filter than what Aquacrest offers.