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Best Options For Water Filtration Systems

There are dozens of options on the market when it comes to water filtration systems. Kat Cosley, host of Deals, found budget-friendly options and high-end models that cost hundreds of dollars.

From high-flow household filters, reverse osmosis systems and even easy-to-use water filtration pitchers, Monjula Chidambaram has looked into just about every option for her home. She still has many variables to consider -- brand, filters, maintenance and cost.

"It's roughly $50 a year to replace filters," she said.

If you have been spending way too much on bottled water, a water filtration system may save you money over time. We had an expert help us 'filter' through your options.

"If you want bottle water quality standard drinking water, it needs to be a point of use," Gary Browne, Village Plumbing.

For those on a budget, Gary says the most cost-effective water filtration system is a pitcher made by Brita. By using this product, you are automatically improving your water quality.

"Are they are bringing it to bottle water quality standards? Maybe not. But are they reducing chemicals and lead and other metals that do not belong in our drinking water, yes they are," said Gary.

An 8 cup Brita pitcher retails for $28 to $98, but keep in mind you will have to replace the filters every two months. A three-pack of filters retails for $16, so that makes total cost per year $32.

The next level of filtration would be at the source of the tap. We found several products that cost about $35. Total cost per year with filters? $55.

Next, the professionals recommend a permanent mounted water filter that is installed under the sink. Prices range from about $40 to $400.

"I think the higher level filtrations that cost more from the original purchase are better for most people because they are once a year change out versus every 2 or 3 months," said Monjula.

Depending on the brand you pick, expect to spend $130 on filters per year.

And finally, Browne says reverse osmosis units offer the best and purest drinking water. Prices range from $100 to $350. A reverse osmosis system requires your water to travel through layers of filters. That's why it's considered lab-quality water. But, the downside is the maintenance.

"You have to be expecting to change out the filtration every 4 to 6 months, in order to maintain the health of the system. It also needs to be sterilized on those change outs," said Gary.

Total cost per year to maintain is $150 to $200, depending on the cost of the filters. The bottom line is, if you buy a 24-pack of bottled water every two weeks at $4 a pack, that's 100 bucks a year!

Some systems with the filters will actually pay for themselves within the first year and that means you can stop pouring your money down the drain.

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