For almost two years, I’d send Jake out (at what seemed to always be the most inconvenient times) to refill our 3 gallon glass water jugs. We wanted the pure taste of reverse osmosis water, even if it was a hassle to obtain. When COVID-19 hit, we no longer wanted him to be in contact with the dirty water machine every week. It was time to make the investment to install an RO system into our own home. No more late night runs to the store! It’s safe to say, he was thrilled!
Living in California, I have always noticed a slightly off-putting taste in our tap water. According to the EWG’s Tap Water Database, there are 13 contaminants detected in our local tap water that exceed health guidelines. Even if certain contaminants in the water meet legal guidelines, it does not necessarily mean they are safe.
After hours of comparing different brands for both their design and functionality, we decided to order the Waterdrop RO WD-G3-W. This system can remove fluoride, TDS, limescale, lead, and other heavy metals, and its tankless configuration saves space under the sink compared to other brands. It has a beautiful modern design, and it’s the first smart RO system on the market (it specifically tells you which filter needs to be replaced when it’s time to do so). Our favorite differentiating factor about this RO system, though, is that it has a 1:1 water ratio. This means that for every 1 gallon of filtered water produced, there is 1 gallon of water wasted. Most RO systems have a 1:4 ratio. We are not only helping the environment by using WaterDrop instead of other brands, we are also lowering our own water bill each month!
We were able to install the system in just about 30 minutes, and we didn’t even have to hire a plumber. The smart faucet lights up, which is great for getting a glass of water at night, and looks wonderful in our kitchen!
Once everything was installed, we decided to do a blind taste test: the machine RO water versus the WaterDrop RO water. Jake blindfolded me, I tried both, and I told him which one I thought tasted better. Drumroll please…WaterDrop won the test! We couldn’t be happier with our new RO system, and we hope you’ll make the investment of installing RO water into your own home!
You can check out the quality of your local tap water by visiting this link: https://www.ewg.org/tapwater/
Here are the links for WaterDrop products I recommend:
RO system that we have ($500) replacement filters: 1 and 2
RO system at a lower price point ($300)
Economy RO system ($200)
WaterDrop pitcher (great for renters)
Pitcher replacement filters