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Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Looking for Good Counter Top Water Filter

Are you looking for a good water filtration system? Maybe you do not have a lot of money to spend on one. Would a counter top model be a good choice for you? I have done considerable research in this matter. Here is what I have come up with.

Not long ago we were in need of a new counter top water filter system. The old Sears unit was pretty much dead. I looked online at Sears and noticed the price had skyrocketed. So I did an online search.

I have researched and written several articles on water filters lately. I decided that a counter top model like the Sears unit would be good. However, I did not want to pay a lot of money for it. Finally I found the Watts 500315 Counter-Top Drinking Water Filterat The price was $43.00. It came with free shipping, too.

The unit arrived before we were expecting it. It was a nice looking filter system. It was easy to install and operate. The water tasted good and all was fine. There was only one problem. It would not come apart. When the filter needs to be changed, it will have to come apart.

For you, dear readers, I have read all of the 31 reviews of customers from Amazon. Here is brief rundown on what was said.

Filter Housing Problems

Like me, many people cannot get the thing apart. One person recommended a strap oil filter wrench. We have one, but I think it may need two wrenches. This is obviously a design flaw, which must be addressed by the manufacturer. They can at least place an inexpensive wrench in with the product, if they want repeat business. 

Customer Service 

Few people have dealt with Watts customer service. However, the ones that have are very unsatisfied. They seem very uninterested in helping their customers. This is very perplexing.


Almost everyone is satisfied with the performance of the filter system, myself included. The water tastes good and the unit works well. It is too bad that there is a design flaw and not very good customer service.


The Watts 500315 Counter-Top Drinking Water Filteris a very good buy for the money. I am very happy with my purchase. Hopefully in the future, Watts will improve customer service and fix the filter changing problem. Those appear to be the only downsides to this product. 

If you want some further information there is a good article on counter top units at Hubpages and at PostUrOwn.

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