Best Countertop Water Filter: Aquasana, Home Master or New Wave Enviro?

Best countertop water filters compared

A countertop water filter is an affordable and easy to use way to reduce contaminants in your drinking water. These water filters attach directly to your cold water line and provide better tasting water. Their multi-staged filters are usually more effective than pitcher filters and a lot faster, too. That makes them ideal if you want to filter all the water that comes into contact with your food when you clean vegetables or cook. They are able to reduce many of the unwanted chemicals present in municipal water supply.

 Home Master TMJRF2 Jr F2 Counter Top Water Filtration SystemNew Wave Enviro 10 Stage Water Filter SystemAquasana-AQ-4000
Home Master TMJRF2E Jr F2 Elite Counter Top Water Filtration SystemNew Wave Enviro 10 Stage Water Filter SystemAquasana AQ-4000W Countertop Water Filter System
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Filter Life3 months or 500 gallons, whichever comes first1,500 gallons or 18 months, whichever comes first450 gallons or 6 month, whichever comes first
Reduction ofChlorine, Chloramine, Fluoride, Arsenic, Pesticides, Herbicides, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), iron, manganese, hydrogen sulfide, copper, mercury, leadChlorine, Trihalomethanes (THM), bad odors, e.g., Hydrogen Sulfide, Pesticides, Herbicides, PCB's, Lead, Cadmium, Organic Arsenic, Asbestos, Cyst as Cryptosporidium and Giardia, and dozens of other lesser known organic contaminants.Chlorine, Trihalomethanes (THM), Cyst as Cryptosporidium and Giardia, Mercury, Lead, Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether (MTBE), Turbidity, Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC), Asbestos, Benzene, Chloroform
Certification--NSF/ANSI Standards 42 and 53
Filter stages5103
Dissolved solids like calcium and magnesium minerals are not removed.BPA free, Phthalate free
Flow rate0.5 GPM

If you look for an environment friendly and healthy solution to improve the taste, smell and overall quality of your water, there are many models available, making the right choice can be challenging. We compare three countertop water filters that connect to your kitchen faucet side by side.

If fluoride removal is your main concern, I recommend you look into the details of the Home Master TMJRF2E Jr F2 Elite.

For consumers interested in independent certification, the Aquasana AQ-4000 Drinking Water System could be an interesting choice.

The New Wave Enviro 10 Stage Water Filter has the longest filter life and comes with BPA free and Phthalate free housing.

Price and Cost of Ownership compared

Price wise these three counter top water filters are very similar. The list price difference is minimal. The real price difference is in the cost of ownership.

While the Home Master needs a replacement filter every 3 month, the Aquasana filter lasts 6 months and the New Wave Enviro tops them with whopping 18 month cartridge life. Of cause, this is only true if you do not exceed the recommended amount gallons filtered per unit or have other factors that would require an earlier exchange.

Lets do the math: We assume you want to filter 1500 gallons per year. You would need 4 Home Master cartridges, 2 for the Aquasana and just 1 for the New Wave Enviro. Although the Home Master replacements are the cheapest of all three, their short filter life makes them the most expensive to replace in the long run. The cheapest option in this scenario is the New Wave Enviro.


Setting up these three systems is relatively easy. You do not need to spend money on expert installation.