I am pretty sure that you are all familiar with faucet mount filters.
Imagine how great it would be if there is an actual tap, but the filter is hidden, so it still looks nice and yet treating the water.
There is a product out there for you. So, if you are in a market for the tap that would have a built-in filter search no more.
I have written this article where together we will have a look at the benefits of such a thing.
Also, I list the best kitchen taps with a built-in water filter that are available now on the market.
But before we jump into that, let’s get back to our normal faucet mount filters and compare them with built-in faucet filters.
Here is the thing!
If you have the experience with faucet mount filters, you will notice one thing.
They take a lot of space actually.
They seem small, but in reality, If you have a small kitchen and thus a tiny sink as I do, they take quite a lot of space.
Whenever you want to wash some fruits or rinse the glass, you might have found yourself struggling to fit there.
Faucet filters can only be mounted on the standard taps.
This means that if you want to have this beautiful designer tap that has a different shape, you won’t be able to install the filter.
It won’t simply fit.
They are ugly.
I mean, yes they are quite useful, and in another article, I said a prefer them over pitcher filters, but they are ugly.
There is no arguing about that.
Advantages and Disadvantages Of Faucets With Built-In Filters
Faucet with built-in filter solves everything that has been mentioned above.
However, be aware of the following fact:
Let’s take the next step and see what options are available for now on the market.
Hint: Not many
Best Kitchen Taps With Built-In Filters In 2019
|Pfister Clarify Xtract||Kohler K-66665-CP||Moen S5530SRS|
|Filtered Water Flow Rate (GPM)||1||1.6||0.7|
|Tap Flow Rate (Gallons per minute)||1.8||1.6||1.5|
|# of modes||2||1||1|
|Material||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Filter Lifespan (Gallons)||300||778 (Sold Separately)||6 months (No Gals Info)|
|Other Features||Kitchen Sprayer, Hot & Cold Water||Only Cold Water Tap||Great Design, Cold Water Only|
Pfister Clarify Xtract
Here is the thing:
If you want your water to be filtered and don’t install any complicated systems and additional taps.
I am not going to lie.
I like the product a lot.
First of all…
The design of the tap is just amazing. I really like how it looks.
If the design is one of your selection criteria, then you won’t be disappointed.
Sleek stainless steel and soft shapes will perfectly complement your kitchen.
But there is more:
Two modes of the operation make this tap unique.
So, the mode number one is the regular tap water with a mixer so you can actually use hot and cold water from the same tap.
The second mode activates the filter, so you quickly fill the glass of fresh water for a drink or cooking.
How is it done?
Modes are activated based on the handle position.
When you push the handle, you activate a filter mode, and you have filtered water.
When you pull the handle normal mode is active, and you can mix hot & cold water as you need.
Simple, yet efficient solution.
I don’t think there is a need to say that sideways movement controls the volume of water. But I did it, and now you know.
Okay, so you are probably familiar with the fact that the flow rate isn’t exactly the strong side of the water filters.
Usually, you can get around 0.5 GPM out of the faucet mount filter.
Well, not a case with Pfister.
Obviously, the flow rate will be dependant on the amount of impurities in tap water and the pressure in plumbing.
You should be able to get a flow rate of 1 gallon per minute for filtered water and 1.8 GPM from a standard tap. Note that this number is applicable at the pressure of 60 psi.
In addition to that…
There is a pull-down sprayer built-in, for easy washing up.
Since my website is all about water filtration, let’s have a look on the filter that comes with the tap.
Pfister has joined forces with GE, so this product comes with a GE high flow under the sink filter.
The good thing is:
That filter is NSF tested and certified.
The filter itself removes main contaminants that are usually presented in water:
You can find whole list of contaminants in the peformance data sheet.
The lifespan of the filter is pretty usual.
Either 300 gallons or 6 months mark.
As always I wouldn’t recommend you to wait until the last minute and change it roughly after the 3-4 months.
The price for replacement cartridges would be in $50 range.
Both tap and filter come with 1-year long warranty.
Q: Can I turn the faucet between double sink?
Q: Can this faucet serve hot filtered water?
Q: My tap will be installed near the window/wall. How far I need to push to dispense filtered water?
Q: Can I use this faucet with reverse osmosis filter?
If you have a brand new counter and don’t want to destroy it with additional tap for filtered water, this is a great solution for you.
The tap has 3 input hoses for hot, cold and filtered water so, you get all this in one tap.
Pfister comes with GE filter and will remove the most common contaminants out of the water.
Pfister is one of the very few systems that come in one package with a filter. Following, taps are sold separately.
However, there is an option to get a filter from the same seller and create a system by yourself.
Kohler K-66665-CP Wellspring Beverage Faucet
Here is the deal…
Although this beverage faucet comes by itself, it is suitable to install with the filter.
Let’s have a look what this faucet has to offer.
First of all!
I want to make it clear, that this faucet is designed only for cold water supply!
This is quite important to know, so you don’t waste money on the wrong product.
I like the design. It’s minimalistic and simple.
I am not sure, however, if I would select a polished version because stains are quite visible on it.
Personally, I would have a look on matte or brushed options as stains are not as visible.
In terms of warranty:
The tap comes with an interesting warranty.
Basically, when you buy this unit, the warranty is running the whole time you own the property in which the faucet is installed.
The warranty covers the tap to be leak and drips free as long as it is normally used.
Apart from that:
The tap has a flow rate at 1.6 gallons per minute at the pressure of 60 psi and is 1 hole fit.
As the housing material, the brass is used, and the valve is made of ceramic.
Since I have mentioned that the tap comes without the filter, this actually gives you an advantage.
What kind of advantage?
Kohler claims that it is compatible with their Aquifer filter.
But basically, with a little help of adapters, it gives you the option to select a different filter to install with this faucet.
It doesn’t necessarily need to be the Kohler filter. Although, I will have a look at their filter in a second.
Q: Does the valve mix the water?
Q: Can I use this tap with the reverse osmosis filter?
Q: What size of the hole needs to be made in the countertop?
Q: Can I use this tap with faucet mount filters?
It’s finally a time to have a look on the Aquifer filter that can be purchased separately.
The filter is NSF certified and has a high flow rate up to 1.7 GPM. This is determined by the number of impurities and water pressure.
Similar as GE filter, Kohler comes with 2 stages and reduces some of the main contaminants as chlorine taste and smell, mercury, lead and certain pharmaceuticals.
The best part:
The filter has a fantastic lifespan of 778 gallons.
Yes, it’s precisely 778 gallons.
The only question to the manufacturer is, how exactly they have determined such number?
I mean, it’s just funny usually manufacturers round their numbers to 750 or 800, but Kohler says precisely 778.
Another great thing is:
The filter comes with 5 years warranty, which is an excellent number.
On top of that, there is a recycling program for used cartridges.
If you are a regular reader of this blog, you probably know that I like such things.
So, you contact the manufacturer, and he will send you pre-paid retuning label where you can ship the used cartridge to be recycled.
If you are looking for additional beverage tap this would be a great option for you to consider. Kohler tap looks really beatiful, but be careful with polished version as stains are more visible on it.
Unfortunately, you will have to get a filter separately, but this gives you an option to have a look and see if you can get another alternative rather than a Kohler one.
Moen S5530SRS Sip Beverage Faucet
I have included Moen in this review as well as it is another tap that is suitable to use with the filter.
In fact, Moen sells their own filter as well.
Similarly, as in Kohler case, you will have to buy the filter separately.
The faucet is easy to install and requires only one hole in the countertop.
It has a flow rate of up to 1.5 gallons per minute which is good enough.
Here is the thing:
As well as Kohler this faucet comes with a lifetime warranty, but this is only a case that you have purchased the tap and you are the original house owner.
In other cases, Moen gives 10-year warranty if you use it in a multifamily house and 5-year if commercially used.
There is a ⅜” compression inlet connection of the faucet.
The good thing is that you can rotate the faucet so it can be used with double sinks.
Let’s have a look at the Moen filter.
There isn’t much information about it out there, but here is what I have found.
The filter has flow at 0.7 gallons per minute.
This is quite low comparing to the units listed above, but you need to note that it has only one filtration stage.
So, considering that it is only 1-stage filter the capacity is alright.
The filter is using a carbon block cartridge to remove contaminants and improve taste.
The good thing:
The warranty of the replacement filter parts is the same as for the faucet, so as long as you own the house, you are covered.
Also, the filter comes with an electronic reminder as of when to replace the cartridge, which is excellent as other units don’t have this feature.
I haven’t found any datasheet to see what contaminants it removes.
So, it points down for me.
But, the manufacturer claims that the filter removes lead, cysts, mercury, odor, and some of the pharmaceuticals.
I would assume that removal rates are going to be similar to Kohler or GE filters.
The manufacturer claims that filter should be replaced every 6 months, which is pretty average lifespan.
The worst part is that for the amount of money you are paying there is a very little of the information.
I mean basically, Moen is twice as expensive as other two systems and I still don’t understand the hidden value.
Obviously, the faucet is beautiful and solid built, but so the other two.
I think that the faucet and filter are overpriced as for the less money you can get similar quality products.
This was just my final thought.
Moen comes with a beatiful and high-quality product. However, there is a price that comes with it and in my opinion it is way too much.
Also, there is very little information about the filter performance.
I am sure that this product wouldn’t disappoint you if you decide to go with it, but there are similar products that are way cheaper.
I guess you have this question.
Which one is the best?
So, without a doubt the best kitchen faucet with a built-in water filter is…
Pfister Clarity Xtract
This is purely my opinion.
I know we cannot really compare the other two faucets as those are considered beverage faucets only.
It means that you can only connect them to a cold water supply and in combination with the filter they will provide just drinking water.
While Pfister is the all-purpose faucet.
The has 3 separate hoses for hot, cold and filtered water. Basically, you can use one faucet for everything.
Also, pull-down faucet makes it easy to manipulate.
On top of that, I would say that the price is fair for the whole system (faucet + filter) and the GE filter won’t disappoint you.
What can I say…
I am just a person who likes the simplicity and efficiency of the product, and Pfister hits all those criteria.
Let me know your experiences and thoughts of such systems in a comment section below.
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