Reverse osmosis water filtration systems are great home water treatment options for making contaminant-free drinking water, but how much should you pay for a reverse osmosis filtration (RO) system for your home?
Good morning, I’m your host, Pete, and in-house water guru here at Alkaline Water Machine Source.
Today, I share my guide to buying a reverse osmosis system for your home.
There are several considerations to make before buying your new RO filtration system.
As some of you may know, I’m a huge fan of the healing effects of alkaline ionized water.
One of the downfalls of reverse osmosis filtration is that it makes your drinking water slightly acidic.
In my guide below, I show you how to increase the pH of RO water without buying any additional parts.
Considerations Before Buying
There are a few considerations to make before choosing which RO system is best for your home.
The reason you need to remineralize RO water is that the filters strip everything from your tap water.
In my opinion, RO systems do too thorough of a job since small amounts of healthy alkalizing minerals in our water is a good thing.
If you have a minute, take the time to skim through my list of 25 alkaline water benefits to see how people all over the world are healing by drinking alkaline ionized water.
Drinking water that is slightly acidic from an RO system every day is not the direction you want to be going in.
Sure, you will be drinking water that is free of contaminants and other harmful chemicals, but the water itself isn’t alive.
Alkaline ionized water is loaded with antioxidants.
For this reason, I recommend RO systems with re-mineralization to avoid drinking acidic water around the clock.
I’m not saying that acidic beverages are going to hurt you.
It’s only when you’re drinking nothing but acidic beverages or mostly acidic beverages that it can be bad for your health.
What parts should come with your new system?
When you’re shopping for reverse osmosis systems, it’s important to make sure that they come with everything you need to install them.
Below is a list of parts and features to look for:
- Food-grade parts
- Designer, lead-free faucet
- All the required tubing
- Leak-free quick connect fittings
- Lifetime customer service
- Heavy-Duty materials
- Easy installation
Anyone can do a basic installation of a reverse osmosis system.
Most people have them up and running in less than an hour.
If you need to do a special installation, a handy friend or member of the family should have no problem getting the job done.
Below is a video by iSpring that shows you exactly how to install a reverse osmosis system:
How much should you pay for an RO system?
Now, let’s go over the cost of a new RO system.
The average cost of a reliable RO filtration system is between $150 – $350.
In this price range, you can purchase a system from a trusted brand with all the necessary parts and a re-mineralization cartridge.
My favorites reverse osmosis system that is currently selling for a solid deal is the APEC Top Tier system that comes with an inline remineralization filter.
APEC is a company you can trust.
Their RO systems are designed, engineered, and assembled in the U.S.
They also use food-grade calcium in their mineral filter cartridge to ensure you get getting crisp, superior tasting water.
This system has 88% positive reviews and only 2% negative.
One reviewer said the system is “worth every penny,” and the water is “pristine.”
Users also reported that the system doesn’t make the pH too high, which can be just as dangerous as too low of a pH.
If you want to take a closer look at APEC and how their RO system works, check out the video below:
More Reliable RO Systems
After APEC, my next choice is iSpring.
iSpring manufactures a similar RO water system to the one above for less money.
If you are concerned about how the faucet will look in your kitchen, the iSpring system comes with a European-designed brushed nickel tap.
Below is a photo of the iSpring unit. Click on the image for more information and photos:
Another wonderful part of owning a quality RO system is that you will save money after the initial investment, significantly cut down on plastic waste, and your entire family will feel better.
Check out the testimonial below by an iSpring customer to see how happy she is:
If you are low on space, there is an option for you.
The Brondell Circle Water RO system was specially designed for people who don’t have much room to spare under the sink but want to drink tasty filtered water throughout the day.
Click the image below for more information and photos:
One important note is this system does not include pH boost like the units above, but I will show you a way to boost the pH using a different method below.
To see if the Brondell Circle Reverse Osmosis system is right for you, check out the installation video below:
The Brondell RO system is the most expensive of the three I’ve mentioned so far.
For this reason, it is my third pick.
Also, it doesn’t include the mineral filter cartridge and has fewer reviews than my top two picks.
If you have enough room for the APEC or the iSpring systems, those are your best bets.
How to Remineralize RO Water
If you chose to purchase the Brondell Circle system or any other system that doesn’t include pH boost or a mineral filter cartridge, here’s how to remineralize RO water.
When you take this route, you won’t need to install any extra parts, and you cut back on the plastic waste you create.
There are several alkaline water filter bottles available with cartridges inside the bottle that add minerals back into your RO water to raise the pH.
My one gripe with these bottles is the mixed reviews I read.
Some people love them while others have noted that they sweat and don’t hold temperature well.
It’s up to you to decide if those problems are dealbreakers or they won’t put a damper on your water experience.
Later, I’ll show you what I prefer.
Below is a photo of the pH Revive bottle:
While I do think this is a decent option, it’s certainly not my first choice for boosting the alkalinity in my water.
There are better water bottles out there that I’ll mention below.
Stick with the iSpring or APEC systems and get a better water bottle.
Reverse Osmosis Filter Replacement Schedule and Cost
Now, let’s look at one of the most important aspects of buying a new RO system.
No one wants to pay crazy prices for replacement filters or worry about replacing filters too often.
The APEC system is a 6-stage filtration system.
You replace four of the six filters every 6 – 12 months while the other 2 filters last you 2 – 4 years.
Click the image below to see more information about replacing the filters in the APEC unit:
The current price for a complete set of filters is great, which is nice since it comes with the two filters that last 2 – 4 years.
If you add up all the money you pay for bottled water every year, I bet it adds up to a lot more.
As for the iSpring system, it is the clear winner in the replacement filter cost category.
The current price for a full year replacement filter set in the iSpring system is a steal.
You can click the image below for more details:
The Brondell Circle RO replacement filter set is currently selling for a budget price.
Click the image below for more info on the Brondell filters:
Both the APEC and iSpring RO systems will give you a 24/7 supply of deliciously healthy water that your whole family will enjoy.
You’ll also get peace of mind knowing that the water going into you and your loved ones’ bodies is superior quality.
One of the things I like most about installing an RO system in the home with pH boost is the ability to cut back on bottled water and avoiding drinking out of plastic bottles altogether.
Even if the plastic is BPA-free, there are other harmful chemicals that could be lurking in the plastic.
Plastic waste wreaks havoc on the aquatic life that we later eat.
If we all stopped drinking out of disposable plastic water bottles and buying commercially bottled water, we’d all save a ton of money while creating much less waste.
My favorite cup is YETI Rambler.
You can use the YETI Rambler for hot and cold drinks.
There have been reports written by people who said it kept ice for over 24 hours!
It will also keep your coffee hot without burning your hand.
Most people with YETI cups fall in love with them and bring them everywhere with them.
You can fill yours up with the reverse osmosis system in your home and have cold delicious water to sip on throughout the day.
Click on the image below if you are interested in knowing more about the power of the YETI:
If you made it this far, you should know exactly how much it costs to install a quality RO system in your home and replace the filters.
By investing in one of the units I recommend, you save money and boost your family’s health.
You can even go a step further by getting yourself a cup that will instantly become your new best friend.
And last but not least, consider boosting the health benefits of your RO water with a re-mineralization filter.
Your health will thank you!
Cheers and best of luck with your new RO system!
If there is anything you think I missed, please let me know in the comments section below.