Welcome to our Sprite shower filter review and filter comparison guide. This month has been shower filter review month, and we’re glad to be offering you our complete analysis of the popular Sprite shower filter. Sprite is one of the original shower filter brands.
The first time I purchased a shower filter back in 2009, I remember considering a Sprite filter. The company manufactured its first shower filter, the non-carbon “Shower-mite,” all the way back in 1987.
As part of our complete review of the Sprite shower filter, we’ll also compare Sprite vs Culligan vs Aquasana vs Berkey. We already reviewed all of these filters and have a deep understanding of how each filter works.
Let’s start by exploring the core features of the Sprite and the current Sprite shower filter info to see what you can expect.
Sprite Shower Filter Features & Overview
- Filter Life: 6-12 months or 25,000 gallons
- Filter Media: Sprite’s Exclusive Chlorgon Non-Carbon Media (similar to KDF-55: a blend of copper, zinc, and calcium sulfide)
- Reversible shower filter (recommended to reverse the filter every 1-2 months to maximize efficiency and flush the filter)
- High-Output Massaging Showerhead (good for people with low water pressure)
- Sprite Shower Filters are tested to meet NSF/ANSI Standard 177 for chlorine reduction (minimum 50% reduction)
- Dimensions: 8″ Length x 3.2″ Diameter
- Warranty: 1-Year Manufacturer’s Warranty
Sprite Universal Shower Filter (HO2-WH-M)
What to expect?
Before we move on to our review and comparison guide, let’s see what current Sprite feedback says. As part of our analysis for all the products we review, we investigate current info to identify positive and negative trends to pass along to you before you buy.
Here’s what we found:
- You’ll most likely experience an increase in water pressure and enjoy the fine spray setting that turns your normal shower experience into an in-home spa experience.
- The most common problem is broken filter housing after a year or more of use. Be sure to periodically inspect the housing for any cracking or leaks.
- You’ll most likely have a leak-free experience with the Sprite filter, which is good news since a lot of filters on the market are notorious leakers.
- If you have dry skin issues or itchy winter skin, the Sprite shower filter could be the answer you’re looking for.
- One of the advantages of a shower filter is softer hair, and this filter delivers.
- If you have rusty or stinky sulfur-scented well water, the Sprite filter is a good option.
- Installation is quite easy.
- Expect no more chlorine odor during a hot shower with this filter.
Sprite vs Culligan vs Aquasana vs Berkey Comparison
|#1 Sprite Universal Shower Filter (HO2-WH-M)||
|#2 Culligan Inline Shower Filter (ISH-200C)||
|#3 Aquasana AQ-4100||
|#4 Berkey Shower Filter||
In this case, there’s no obvious winner, however, there’s a clear loser: Culligan. Of the 4 filters, Culligan is the only brand we don’t recommend. We do believe it works, and there are certainly happy Culligan customers, but we believe the other 3 filters are superior.
Sprite vs Berkey Shower Filter
Sprite and Berkey shower filters are essentially the same. They contain the same types of filtration media. Here are the key differences/considerations to make before you choose which one is right for you:
- One thing we love about the Berkey filter is the backflush attachment. Backwashing your filter extends the life of the filter, prevents clogging, and ensures the filter operates at full capacity for the life of the product.
- There are fewer problems with broken filter housings with the Berkey filter.
- Sprite replacement filters and assemblies are about half the price.
We believe both options are high-quality filters, and you may want to opt for a newer model Sprite filter such as the Sprite SR-WH-M pictured below:
Sprite vs Aquasana Shower Filter
- The Aquasana AQ-4100 is more costly to maintain than a Sprite shower filter.
- In addition to redox media, Aquasana shower filters contain activated carbon for more comprehensive contaminant removal. For this reason, the Aquasana AQ-4100 is one of our top-rated shower filters for well water.
- Both filters will certainly get the job done. We recommend the Sprite filter if you’re filtering municipally-treated water that’s not heavy on chlorine. If you’re shopping for a filter that’ll do a better job of scrubbing your shower water, then choose the AQ-4100 all the way. It’s one of the best and most powerful shower filters currently on the market.
- Keep in mind, the AQ-4100 has a shorter filter life than the Sprite filter, and the filter is not reversible like the Sprite filter.
Our Sprite Water Filter Review
Now, it’s time for our two cents. To make our review easier to read, I broke it into two parts: our likes and our dislikes.
- The broken filter housing complaints are the biggest drawback to buying the Sprite filter. Once again, we recommend periodically inspecting the housing to avoid any potential injuries.
- Beyond the filter housing complaints, there’s honestly not much else not to like about Sprite shower filters. One note we do want to point out is that Sprite filters do not remove chloramine . We recommend a Vitamin C shower filter or the Pelican PSF1 filter for chloramine removal.
- Sprite filters are certainly in the conversation for the best budget shower filters on the market for chlorine removal.
- Sprite is one of the oldest players in the shower filter industry, and we like the Sprite Chlorgon filter media a lot. It’s essentially KDF-55 with added calcium sulfide, similar to the Berkey filter, but for a better price than Berkey.
- The exceptionally long filter life and the reversible option to extend filter life
- We trust the Sprite brand and believe that they’ll honor their 1-year warranty.
- The large selection of models will match anyone’s bathroom finishes (we recommend sticking with the high output replacement filter).
- The Sprite shower filter installation instructions are easy for anyone to follow.
Overall Score: 7.5/10
After reading through the current Sprite info, comparing Sprite filters to competing brands, and conducting our own analysis, we can confidently recommend the Sprite Shower Filter brand.
Sprite is a trustworthy water filtration company that’s been in business for over 40 years, and they certainly know how to make a quality shower filter. All they need to do now is improve the reliability of their filter housings to enter the elite class of shower filters.