Not many filtration methods are effective at removing fluoride from water. While active carbon filters are considered the best for removing most unwanted elements from our drinking water, they do not have any effect on fluoride. According to research conducted by the Water Quality Association (WQA), there are only a few known methods of removing fluoride from the water that we use:
- Reverse Osmosis (RO)
- Strong Base Anion Exchange
- Activated alumina exchange media
Fluorine is an element that occurs naturally in abundance – it’s present in almost all soil types. When combined with any other element, the molecule becomes known as fluoride. Water that is not correctly treated can contain large amounts of fluoride and this can affect our health. Some municipalities still add fluoride to their water, even though this practice is now considered to be a disadvantage to the general population.
While trace amounts of fluoride (less than 2mg/l) will have no adverse effect on the body, ingesting greater quantities can result in serious disorders relating to our bones and teeth. This is even more prevalent in children under the age of 9-years. This will cause discoloration and dis-figuration of the teeth in growing children. Adults are not immune to the health issues associated with fluoride as it also causes deterioration of our bones.
So in order to have healthy drinking water, we need to reduce the fluoride content to acceptable levels. Which brings us to the important question: Which water filters are the best at removing fluoride? This article seeks to address that question. We’ve done our research and found which are the best water filters to do just that – remove fluoride from the water.
Fluoride Free Water
- Home Master TMJRF2-BK Jr F2 Countertop Water Filtration System
- iSpring RCC7 High Capacity Under Sink 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filtration System
- Big Berkey Water Filter System
- APEC Top Tier 5-Stage Ultra Safe Reverse Osmosis Drinking Water Filter System (ESSENCE ROES-50)
- Woder FRM Fluoride Filter
- Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher
Of course, fluoride is not the only contaminant that we want to avoid. There are many toxins to be found in our drinking water, chlorine is another important one to avoid. There are also minerals that we want to remove in order to soften the water. Not all water filters do everything and some are better than others for certain elements. In the end, we want the most from our water filtration system and we’re looking at the whole spectrum.
We’ve selected a great variety of filters. So whether you’re looking under sink; countertop (sinktop); advanced RO or a regular filter pitcher, we’ve got them all. There applications and filtration may vary, but they all have one thing in common, these water filters are all amongst the best at removing fluoride.
Uncomplicated, inexpensive and highly effective. This best describes the Home Master TMJRF2-BK Jr F2 water filter. It’s a compact unit that stands beside your sink, requiring no complicated installation. It costs a fraction of most high-grade water filters and does a great job at removing most of the harmful elements in our water.
This is a very utilitarian looking device, a plastic filter housing stands on the counter, these are available in either black or white. From the filter, a pipe runs to your faucet and connects by means of a simple screw-on universal adapter. On the other end of the filter, you have a chrome outlet spout. There’s no fancy stainless steel or brushed aluminum housings, or designer faucets. This is what makes the Home Master Jr F2 such great value for money, you’re paying for a very effective filter and absolutely nothing else.
The compact single cartridge filter has three stages to remove a comprehensive range of contaminants. As one of the best at removing fluoride (about 93%), it has an activated alumina stage which also removes arsenic very effectively. It also has a coconut shell carbon filtration stage, this does the same job as any active carbon filtration – removing harmful chemicals like chlorine and odors. In between these filtration stages, are compression disc 5-micron sediment filters. The combined effect of these stages is very pure water that’s free of harmful chemicals, fluoride, or arsenic and tastes great, no odors or discoloration.
Having three stages of filtration crammed into such a small unit does have one slight disadvantage. It only filters 500-gallons of water before the cartridge needs replacing, approximately 3-months. The benefit, however, is that you have a very potent water filter that you can take anywhere and it fits on to your sink faucet in a matter of minutes. So it’s ideal for your home and you can use it when on vacation.
If you thought you’d have to pay hundreds of dollars for a 3-stage water filtration system, think again. The Home Master Jr F2 is really cheap, it’s as effective as any of the best 3-stage water filters and fits in anywhere. You don’t need much space for the unit and there are no technical aspects to installing it.
One thing that stands out when looking at all iSpring products is that, for an American company supplying high-quality water filters, they’re very competitively priced. Take a look at the iSpring RCC7 5-stage and you’ll see what I mean.
This is a high capacity 5-stage reverse osmosis system that includes a water softener. You’re getting the full package. The advanced RO filter, combined with 3-stage sediment filtration, removes over a 1000 contaminants from the water. Obviously, the list is too long to mention, but this does include fluoride. The RO membrane removes contaminants down 0.0001 microns, there are very few microscopes that can magnify that small.
As an under sink RO system, it requires some space and a fair deal of installation. Though all you’ll see above the counter is the beautifully crafted chrome faucet. Being a US company, you are assured that iSping have met all local regulations, so it’s 100% safe and all materials are of the best quality.
Reverse Osmosis filters are more expensive than most other types, they take up more space and they use extra water because they drain the filters, removing contaminants. Though all of this also makes them the best water filters for your home. So it’s worth paying extra for RO filtration and, in this context, the iSpring RCC7 is far from being the most expensive.
This water filter is in a class of its own. It’s unique and certainly not cheap. In fact, this compact water filter costs more than the 5-stage iSpring RO system. Though, before you sigh at the price, you should look at the virtues that this filter provides. If you enjoy traveling to exotic locations, the Big Berkley could be a lifesaver. It’s fully portable, incredibly stylish and made from supremely high-quality materials. This is a lifetime investment.
This is a truly portable water filter and, as an avid adventure tourist, this is one of the greatest discoveries of my life. It’s a stainless steel, fully contained filtration system, measuring only 14 X 9.3 X 8.9 inches. You can fill it up with 2.25-gallons of water from any source and have perfectly clean, safe drinking water. I really mean any water source, the self-sterilizing ceramic filters remove bacteria and parasites from the water, not to mention harmful chemicals (including fluoride). This means you can scoop up water from a pond in the wilderness and safely consume it. You can take it everywhere you go and have over 2-gallons of drinking water immediately available on tap. See why I say this is the traveler’s dream?
What I find even more remarkable is that the ceramic filters are reusable. Unlike fiber cartridge filters, that have to be discarded and replaced, these filters can be cleaned and used again. Another big plus when you find yourself in a foreign country, or any place where you can’t find replacement filters. While this is really the best traveling companion, it’s also perfectly suitable for home use and will provide up to 15-gallons of pure water per day.
I’ll admit that my first look at the price for such a small water filter left me gasping a little. Though I’m glad I took a deeper look. It’s a must-have item for people who love to travel and equally as useful at home. High-quality stainless steel and unique ceramic filters make this an indestructible item. Pay a little extra today, and you have something that’s going to be with you for life. That’s my kind of purchase.
The APEC 5-stage RO water filter compares very closely to the iSpring equivalent higher up in the review. It costs slightly more, though some may see extra value in the APEC brand. This is a US company that has been in the business of water filtration longer than most, with a reputation spanning more than 20-years.
Like any of the best RO water filters, it provides the ultimate in safe, pure, odorless water. The APEC Essence ROES-50 has earned the coveted WQA gold certification, this is the highest honor that can be bestowed on a water filtration system. This gives you the assurance that not only are you getting top-grade filtration, but all materials used in the manufacture of this product are of the highest standards and meet FDA standards.
The filter housings and quick connect fittings are about the best I’ve seen. They’re going to work effectively for years and you’re not going to experience any leaks. The faucet is also the ultimate in quality and looks magnificent.
They say you get what you pay for. In this case, there is good reason to say that the few dollars extra that you’re paying for the APEC RO system is worth it in the long run. Unbeatable filtration and excellent quality make this a fantastic investment in your home.
One may think that this dual filter system is expensive when compared to the 5-stage RO systems. Though don’t be fooled, these two cartridge filters are about the best at removing not only fluoride, but just about every conceivable contaminant with supreme efficiency. It’s also very compact, easy to install and wastes absolutely no water. Water wastage is one of the few disadvantages to RO filters.
While the two filter cartridges look pretty standard, they’re actually highly advanced. This means that in a very compact and easy installation, you get filters that are amongst the best at removing fluoride along with 99.9% of all other contaminants. In doing so, none of the healthy minerals are removed.
It’s incredibly easy to install. The wall bracket goes up in minutes and there are hoses with quality brass fittings that attach easily to either end of the filters. I’m very impressed with all the components used in this system. In every detail, the Woder exemplifies the principle of supreme quality.
You’ve got to love this filter. It’s simple, incredibly easy to install and one the most effective units around. This is all about technology where you don’t see it. The magic lies in those truly remarkable filter cartridges.
I’m not the biggest fan of water filter pitchers or jug filters, as some like to call them. The top section that you fill with water doesn’t hold much and it takes ages for the water to trickle through the filter. If you try to use the pitcher before all the water has run through, you end up spilling water from the top. My mother, on the other hand, felt they’re the best invention since sliced bread.
I can see why people like them though. Water filter pitchers are the easiest way to purify your water. The filter slips very easily into place and that’s all you have to do. They’re also the cheapest way to get pure drinking water. Though not all filter pitchers are equal. Many of the cheaper versions do little more than remove chlorine and a few other contaminants and, even then, not very effectively. Very few are capable of removing fluoride.
So if these filters are your thing, look carefully at what you choose. For the effective removal of fluoride (and just about every other water contaminant), the Aquagear is the best. It really isn’t worth going for the really cheap filter pitchers. For one thing, their filters don’t last very long and I don’t think any of them remove as many harmful substances as the Aquagear. So not only are you getting superior filtration, your filters are going to last much longer. You’ll get 150-gallons of very pure water from each filter.
In essence, the biggest advantage of water filter pitchers is there simplicity (they’re easy to use) and their low price. My only advice would be to avoid going too cheap. The US made Aquagear is made from food-grade plastic and the filters go far beyond the standards set by the FDA.