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What Do Water Filters Remove?
Water filters can be very effective at removing a range of contaminants from water, but what water filters remove actually depends on the type of filter you’re using. There is really no one single water filter that can remove everything from water, but by using a combination of treatment methods, you can have a filtering system that gives you almost nothing but pure water.
There are two main ways in which water filters work: physical filtration and active or chemical filtration. Most filters actually use a combination of these two methods – an “active” filter changes the contaminant in some way, then physically filters it out of the water. By using a combination of these types of filters, along with one or more other treatment methods, you can remove nearly everything from your water.
Removing Sand, Silt, and Sediment
Most purely physical water filters remove dirt, silt, sand, and sediment from your water. These filters are a part of most types of water treatment systems, since large particles can easily damage more delicate water treatment devices like reverse osmosis membranes. You can use a backwashing filter or a cartridge filter to remove sediment, and although each type has a different design, they basically work in the same way: water flows into the filter and through some type of filtering media like filtering sand or pleated polyester. The larger sediment particles cannot pass through the filter, so they get trapped inside. Cleaner water comes out the other side.
Active or Chemical Filters
To remove chemicals and ions that have been dissolved in your water, you’ll typically need some type of active or chemical filter. The term “chemical filter” is a little misleading, since most of these systems don’t actually add anything to the water – the filtering media has been treated in some way so that, when it’s exposed to certain contaminants in untreated water, causes a change in those contaminants. Once the contaminants have been changed, the filter can usually physically trap and hold them, removing them from the water supply. There are a range of active filter types, from granular activated carbon to bone char to ion exchange, and each method works best for a different water problem.
Removing Chlorine and Chloramines
One of the most common chemicals that people want a water filter to remove is chlorine. Municipal water treatment systems across the U.S. use chlorine and a related chemical, chloramine, as a disinfectant to kill bacteria and other microorganisms. These chemicals are usually very effective as disinfectants, but they can linger in the water supply. Chlorine can make water taste and smell bad, and many people find that it causes skin irritation. Chloramine has similar effects in water, and it can also kill fish and other marine animals. Different types of carbon water filters remove these disinfectants.
Granular activated carbon (GAC) is one of the most effective ways to remove chlorine from water . GAC is a form of carbon that has been treated so that it has a very high, porous surface area that attracts chlorine and organic compounds. As the untreated water passes through the GAC, chlorine molecules and many other contaminants get caught in the tiny pores, removing them from the water through a process called adsorption.
While GAC is very effective at reducing the amount of chlorine in water, it cannot remove chloramines very well. What water filters remove chloramines? Catalytic carbon . Although similar to GAC, catalytic carbon media is treated so that the electronic structure of its surface is changed, causing it to act as a catalyst. Catalysts are substances that increase the rates of chemical reactions, and in this case, the carbon media speeds up the process by which chloramines decompose, making them easier to remove. This type of filter can also remove chlorine as well as many pesticides, and when combined with an oxidizing agent like hydrogen peroxide, can be part of a system to remove iron, magnesium, and sulfur.
What Water Filters Remove Fluoride?
Fluoride, a chemical added to the water supply in many places to help reduce tooth decay, can be a challenge to remove from water. It cannot be removed by GAC or catalytic carbon. The most effective and cost-efficient way to remove fluoride from your water is with a bone char filter or a reverse osmosis system – and a combination of the two often works best.
Bone char is a special type of activated carbon that is made from carefully selected and cleaned animal bones. Most animal bones contain a large amount of a compound called hydroxylapatite. This is a special form of calcium apatite that is especially attractive to fluoride. When bone char is exposed to water that contains fluoride, the filter exchanges the fluoride ions for hydroxide ions, removing them from the water. This type of filter can remove up to 90% of fluoride from drinking water.
The amount of fluoride in drinking water can also be reduced by using a reverse osmosis system . Reverse osmosis (RO) pushes water though a special membrane with very tiny pores that block nearly everything but pure water from passing through. Like bone char filters, RO is typically considered to remove about 90% of fluoride. A combination of RO and bone char may be your most effective treatment method.
Water Filters to Remove Pesticides and Other Chemicals
Because of its effectiveness at removing organic compounds, a GAC filter is one of the best water filters to remove pesticides and other chemicals . Catalytic carbon, a type of activated carbon, is also effective. These filters attract and hold a wide range of chemicals, including many pesticides, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), arsenic, and sediment.
What Water Filters Remove Iron and Sulfur?
While carbon filters are usually very good at removing organic compounds, they aren’t great at dealing with many types of metals. Iron and manganese – a mineral often found in water that contains iron – can be removed with an oxidizing filter. When these minerals are oxidized, they become solidified in the water and can more easily be filtered out. Sulfur can often be reduced in water using a GAC filter, but an oxidizing media is often more effective. In many cases, you’ll find iron filters that are designed to remove iron, manganese, and sulfur from your water.
Technically speaking, if you want to remove hardness from your water, you’d want a water softener , not a water filter. Rather than filtering out the hardness minerals of calcium and magnesium, a water softener exchanges them for sodium ions. This is what makes your water soft and eliminates limescale and other problems.
Other Types of Water Treatment
In addition to traditional water filters, there are other water treatment methods that can be very effective at removing unwanted contaminants from your water. Reverse osmosis, which can be used for fluoride removal, can also block many other contaminants from your water supply. An RO system is most effective when paired with sediment and carbon filters, however, as they can remove solids, chlorine, and other pollutants that could damage the RO membrane.
Ultraviolet disinfection systems are often used to treat water that contains bacteria, cysts, and other microorganisms. UV is a form of light that is deadly to many infectious agents, and it adds no harmful chemicals to the water.
When ultrapure water is needed, deionization (DI) filters may be used. What do DI water filters remove? Nearly everything. Contaminants in water are usually in ion form, which means that they have a positive or negative charge. DI filters use a combination of ion exchange media – one to attract positive ions and one to attract negative ions – to pull all contaminants out and replace them with hydrogen and hydroxyl. When combined, these two components form pure water. Deionization systems can be expensive to maintain, so they are usually only used in situations where high purity water is required, such as in medical facilities or scientific laboratories.
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Top 10 Ways to Reduce Fluoride Exposure
The following 10 tips will allow you to significantly reduce your daily exposure to fluoride.
1) Stop Drinking Fluoridated Water:
Tap water consumption is, on average, the largest daily source of fluoride exposure for people who live in areas that add fluoride to the water. Avoiding consumption of fluoridated water is especially critical for infants . If you live in area which fluoridates its water, you can avoid drinking the fluoride in one of three ways:
- Water Filters: One way of avoiding the fluoride from tap water is to purchase a water filter. Not all water filters, however, remove fluoride. The three types of filters that can remove fluoride are reverse osmosis, deionizers (which use ion-exchange resins), and activated alumina. Each of these filters should be able to remove about 90% of the fluoride. By contrast, “activated carbon” filters (e.g., Brita & Pur) do not remove fluoride. For more information on water filters, click here.
- Spring Water: Another way to avoid fluoride from tap water is to purchase spring water. Most brands of spring water contain very low levels of fluoride. Some brands, however, do contain high levels (e.g., Trinity Springs). Before consuming any bottled water on a consistent basis, therefore, you should verify that the fluoride content is less than 0.2 ppm, and ideally less than 0.1 ppm. You can find out the level of fluoride level in some of the popular brands here. You can also find out the fluoride level by calling the number on the water label. (Most companies have this information readily available.)
- Water Distillation: A third way to avoid fluoride from the tap is to purchase a distillation unit. Water distillation will remove most, if not all, of the fluoride. The price for a distillation units varies widely depending on the size. Small counter-top units cost as little as $200, while large units can exceed $1,000.
If you don’t know if your area is fluoridated, you can find out by contacting your local water department. If you live in the U.S., you can also find out by going to FAN’s State Fluoride Database.
2) Don’t Let Your Child Swallow Fluoride Toothpaste
Fluoride toothpaste is often the largest single source of fluoride intake for young children, and is a major risk factor for disfiguring dental fluorosis . This is because children swallow a large amount of the paste that they put in their mouth. In fact, research has shown that it is not uncommon for young children to swallow more fluoride from toothpaste alone than is recommended as an entire day’s ingestion from all sources.
If you have a young child, therefore, we recommend that you use a non-fluoride toothpaste. If, however, you do use fluoride toothpaste, it’s very important that you supervise your children while they brush to make sure they use no more than a “pea-sized amount” of paste, and that they fully rinse and spit after they finish. And, lastly, do not purchase candy flavored toothpaste (e.g., bubble-gum and watermelon) as these toothpastes (which still contain adult-strength concentrations of fluoride) increase the risk that your children will swallow it (and actually want to swallow it).
3) Do NOT Get Fluoride Gel Treatments at the Dentist
Although dental researchers have stated on numerous occasions that fluoride gel treatment should ONLY be used for patients at highest risk of cavities, many dentists continue to apply fluoride gels irrespective of the patient’s cavity risk. The fluoride gel procedure requires the patient to clamp down on a tray for 4 minutes and uses an extremely concentrated, acidic fluoride gel (12,300 ppm). Because of the fluoride gel’s high acidity, the saliva glands produce a large amount of saliva during the treatment, which makes it extremely difficult (both for children and adults) to avoid swallowing the gel.
Even when dentists use precautionary measures such as suction devices, children and adults still ingest significant quantities of the paste, which can cause incredibly high spikes of fluoride in the blood (for up to 15 hours). These fluoride levels place patients, particularly children, at risk for stomach pain, nausea and vomiting, and places a person at risk for short-term kidney damage, harm to the reproductive system, and impairment to glucose metabolism. The next time your dentist asks you whether you want a fluoride gel treatment, say NO.
4) Eat More Fresh Food, Less Processed Food
When water is fluoridated, it is not just the water that is fluoridated, but all beverages and foods that are made with the water. As a general rule, therefore, the more processed a food is, the more fluoride it has. The good news is that the naturally occurring levels of fluoride in most fresh water (e.g., spring water) and most fresh food (e.g., fruits, vegetables, grain, eggs, milk) is very low. Use this fact to your advantage by trying to shift as much as you can from processed foods to fresh. Also, since processed beverages (e.g., sodas, reconstituted juices, sports drinks) contribute far more to fluoride intake than processed foods, it is most important to focus on reducing your consumption of processed beverages. For more detailed information on how you can cut down on your fluoride intake from processed foods, see “FAN’s Grocery Store Guide: 7 Ways to Avoid Fluoride in Beverages and Food.”
5) Buy Organic Grape Juice and Wine
In the United States, many vineyards use a fluoride pesticide called cryolite. As a result, the levels of fluoride in U.S. grape juice and wine (particularly white grape juice and white wine) are consistently elevated. Indeed, in 2005, the USDA reported that the average level of fluoride exceeded 2 ppm for both white wine and white grape. The levels of fluoride in red wine are also elevated (1 ppm), and so are raisins (2.3 ppm). If you buy grape juice and wine, or if you are a heavy consumer of raisins, buy organic. In the case of wine, if don’t want to spend the extra money on organic, consider purchasing a European brand, as Europe uses far less cryolite than the U.S.
6) Reduce Your Black & Green Tea Consumption (and/or Drink Tea with Younger Leaves)
Be careful of drinking too much tea , particularly bottled and instant varieties. The tea plant accumulates high levels of fluoride, and excess intake of tea is known to cause a painful bone disease called skeletal fluorosis . Some teas, however, contain high levels of health-boosting anti-oxidants, which are not only good for health in general, but help to protect against fluoride toxicity.
In the ideal scenario, one could drink tea with high levels of anti-oxidants but low levels of fluoride. Recent research suggests that this might be a somewhat obtainable goal. It has recently been shown that the anti-oxidant levels in tea are far higher in young leaves than old leaves. This is important because young leaves also happen to have lower levels of fluoride. Indeed, it has been proposed that the fluoride content of tea is an indicator of its quality: the higher the fluoride, the lower the quality, and vice versa. If you love tea, therefore, try to purchase varieties that are made from young leaves (e.g., “White tea”). This will allow you to maximize tea’s known benefits, while reducing its known harm. Towards this end, avoid bottled and instant teas as they have been found to contain low-quality leaves that have very low levels of anti-oxidants. With bottled and instant tea, you get the risk (fluoride) without the benefit (anti-oxidants).
7) Avoid Cooking with Non-Stick (Teflon) Pans
Some research has found that cooking with Teflon-coated pans (i.e., stick-free pans) can significantly increase the fluoride content of food. If you have Teflon pans, therefore, consider switching to stainless steel.
8) Don’t Take Cipro and Be Mindful of Other Fluorinated Pharmaceuticals
Many pharmaceuticals are fluorinated , which means they contain something called a “carbon-fluorine bond.” Although the carbon-fluorine bond is strong enough to resist breaking down within the body, this is not always the case.
Some fluorinated drugs have been found to metabolize into fluoride within the body and this greatly increases a person’s exposure to fluoride. The most notable example is Cipro. Other fluorinated chemicals that are currently known to break down into fluoride include fluorinated anesthetics (Isoflurane & Sevoflurane), Niflumic acid, Flecainide, and Voriconazole. If you are taking any of these drugs, find out if there are any safer alternatives available.
9) Minimize Consumption of Mechanically-Deboned Chicken:
Most meats that are pulverized into a pulp form (e.g., chicken fingers, chicken nuggets) are made using a mechanical deboning processes. This mechanical deboning process increases the quantity of bone particles in the meat. Since bone is the main site of fluoride accumulation in the body, the higher levels of bone particle in mechanically deboned meat results in significantly elevated fluoride levels. Of all the meats that are mechanically deboned, chicken meat has consistently been found to have the highest levels. Thus, minimize consumption of mechanically-deboned chicken.
10) Avoid Fluoridated Salt
If you live in a country which allows fluoridated salt to be sold, make sure that the salt you buy is unfluoridated. Consumption of fluoridated salt can greatly increase a person’s fluoride exposure. To see a list of countries that allow fluoridated salt, click here .
- Sources of Fluoride
- Top 5 Ways to Reduce Fluoride Exposure from Infant Formula
- FAN’s Grocery Store Guide: 7 Ways to Avoid Fluoride in Beverages and Food
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97% of western Europe has rejected water fluoridation
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Fluoride is not a nutrient .
53 studies have linked fluoride with reduced IQ in children .
Professional Perspectives on Water Fluoridation
Don’t Swallow Your Toothpaste
The Absurdities of Water FluoridationPaul Connett, PhD
Water fluoridation is a peculiarly American phenomenon. It started at a time when Asbestos lined our pipes, lead was added to gasoline, PCBs filled our transformers and DDT was deemed so “safe and effective” that officials felt no qualms spraying kids in school classrooms
Why I am now officially opposed to adding fluoride to drinking water
To whom it may concern:
Since April of 1999, I have publicly decried the addition of fluoride, especially hydrofluosilicic acid, to drinking water for the purpose of preventing tooth decay. The following summarize my reasons.
New evidence for lack of effectiveness of fluoridation in modern times.Dr. Hardy
50 Reasons to Oppose Fluoridation
[caption align="alignleft" width="200"] Dr. Paul Connett
In Europe, only Ireland (73%), Poland (1%), Serbia (3%), Spain (11%), and the U.K. (11%) fluoridate any of their water. Most developed countries, including Japan and 97% of the western European population, do not consume fluoridated water.
In the U.S., about 70% of public water supplies are
Fluoride & IQ: The 53 Studies
As of June 2018, a total of 60 studies have investigated the relationship between fluoride and human intelligence, and over 40 studies have investigated the relationship fluoride and learning/memory in animals. Of these investigations, 53 studies have found that elevated fluoride exposure is associated with reduced IQ in humans, while
Fluoride’s Effect on Fetal Brain
The human placenta does not prevent the passage of fluoride from a pregnant mother’s bloodstream to the fetus. As a result, a fetus can be harmed by fluoride ingested pregnancy. Based on research from China, the fetal brain is one of the organs susceptible to fluoride poisoning.
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Fluoride’s Neurobehavioral Effects in Humans & Animals
In addition to studies linking fluoride to reduced IQ in humans, and impaired learning/memory in animals, human and animal studies have also linked fluoride to a variety of other neurobehavioral effects. These studies, which are excerpted below, provide yet further evidence that fluoride is a neurotoxin.
The importance of considering other
Email Exchange with FDA re: Fluoride Supplements
Email exchange regarding FDA’s reasons for not approving fluoride supplements.
Harvard’s Statement on Chester Douglass/Scientific Misconduct
Statement Concerning the Outcome of the Review into Allegations of Research Misconduct Involving Fluoride Research
BOSTON-August 15, 2006-The Harvard Medical School and School of Dental Medicine (HSDM) review of Chester Douglass, DMD, PhD, professor of oral health policy and epidemiology at HSDM, has concluded that Douglass did not intentionally omit, misrepresent,
The ‘Altered Recommendations’ of the 1983 Surgeon General’s Panel
“We believe that EPA staff and managers should be called to testify, along with members of the 1983 Surgeon Generals panel and officials of the Department of Human Services, to explain how the original recommendations of the Surgeon Generals panel were altered to allow EPA to set otherwise unjustifiable drinking water standards for fluoride.”
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RO, Berkey Co. – How to Best Remove Fluoride From Water (+Filter Reviews)
Fluoride is known to have toxic properties even in low dosages. But once added to our water supply systems, there is no way of controlling who ingests how much of it. That can become a serious problem especially for the majority of kids that already exceed the recommendations for daily fluoride intake by nutrition alone.
As a growing part of the population wants to opt out of water fluoridation, the demand for filter systems that can remove fluoride from water increases. If you too are serious about going fluoride-free, make sure to carefully read our guide below featuring the best fluoride water filters.
On This Page You Will…
- Find our fluoride filters best-of list
- Learn how to get fluoride out of your tap water
- Brita, PUR, LifeStraw – Do they remove fluoride?
- Do water softeners remove fluoride?
- Does boiling water remove fluoride?
- Removing fluoride naturally?
- Best fluoride water filter system reviews
- Does reverse osmosis remove fluoride? (+ Top Under Sink Systems)
- Whole house fluoride filters
- Best fluoride removal pitchers
- Berkey countertop filters
- Other countertop units
- Best fluoride shower head filter
- Filter bottle
- Faucet & refrigerator purifiers
- Best water filters that remove fluoride AND chlorine
- Find more useful information about fluoride filtration
Our Fluoride Filters Best-Of List
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Best RO System for Fluoride: Home Master TMAFC-ERP
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|$$$||97.7%||Reverse Osmosis Under Sink|
Best Whole House Fluoride Filter: iSpring RCS5T
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Best Water Pitcher That Removes Fluoride: Aquagear
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Best Fluoride Shower Filter: ProMax
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Top Fluoride Filter Water Bottle: Seychelle Outdoor Advanced
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|$||up to 90%||Bottle|
#1 Distiller: Megahome MH943SBS
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How to Remove Fluoride from Water at Home
Whatever your reasons might be to try to remove fluoride from your tap water, you probably have spent a good amount of time reading up on the topic already. Therefore, we don’t want to talk about fluoridation in general and whether it’s a good or a bad thing. Instead, we would like to focus on how you can remove it.
Now the amount of fluoride dissolved in fluoridated tap water doesn’t exceed 1 ppm (parts per million or mg/L) says the American Dental Association. In comparison, non-fluoridated water usually contains less than 0.3 ppm, although concentrations in groundwater may be higher.
It’s a fair question to ask if filter systems are able to remove/reduce this insanely small amount of fluoride, or if it simply slips through the grid of even the most rigorous filtration process to later end up in our glasses anyway.
To answer the question, the Water Quality Association lists four treatment methods as suited for the removal of fluoride from tap water:
- Reverse osmosis – It’s the most commonly used method of water filtration that utilizes a semipermeable membrane to filter out up to 99% of all contaminants. → check system reviews
- Strong base anion exchange – Filter systems based on this technology are rare to find and as far as we can tell, they are only available for industry use but not for your home.
- Activated alumina adsorption media – The most popular water filters that apply activated alumina are Berkey filters, which we are going to review a little further down the page ( jump ). A Berkey is a great solution in case you rent a home and can’t make any irreversible changes to the plumbing system without getting into trouble with your landlord.
- Distillation – Your last option are distillers that, strictly speaking, don’t belong to the group of water filters. However, they offer an effective way of removing fluoride from water, which is why we don’t want you to miss out on them. → click to see reviews
Brita, PUR, LifeStraw – Do They Remove Fluoride?
It’s surprising, but the most popular water filters, PUR and Brita pitchers among them, will not filter fluoride out of your water. Yes, they improve water taste and can remove chlorine for example, but when we are talking about fluoride, that’s a whole different story.
The reason being that both PUR and Brita filters use activated carbon (also called charcoal) to adsorb impurities, which doesn’t have any effect on fluoride.
As for LifeStraw, it only eliminates bacteria, protozoa and viruses (some models).
Do Water Softeners Remove Fluoride?
The sole purpose of a water softener is to soften water. Thereby it does not remove fluoride. That’s just not what the ion exchange resin was designed to do. Instead, a softener removes calcium and magnesium ions and replaces them with sodium or potassium ions.
Can You Boil Fluoride Out of Water?
No, you can’t. Boiling water does not remove fluoride, as it does not evaporate easily. What you can do instead is use steam distillation to separate the water from all other contaminants dissolved in it.
Removing Fluoride Naturally?
Every once in a while, one of our readers reaches out to us and asks: How can you remove fluoride from drinking water naturally? The bad news is, you can’t. Fluoride neither evaporates at room temperature nor does it break down if you wait long enough or something like that. It’s just not possible.
Best Fluoride Water Filter System Reviews
Does Reverse Osmosis Remove Fluoride? (+ Top Under Sink Systems)
A study conducted by the University of Nebraska in 2008 has shown that even small point-of-use reverse osmosis systems that get installed under your kitchen sink and provide filtered water at a single faucet only are able to remove fluoride from tap water – some systems are certified to take out as much as 96%.
One aspect the publishers of the study pointed out is that membrane selection plays a key role that significantly affects a system’s fluoride-removal capabilities.
Polyamide thin-film composites (TFC) and cellulose-type membranes are most commonly found in conventional RO systems. As a general rule, TFC membranes are more costly, but have higher Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) rejection rates and therefore do a better job at filtering out a broad range of contaminants including fluoride.
According to the study, it is also crucial that you maintain your RO system properly to avoid membrane scaling, which can also lower filtering performance.
These are the 3 RO systems that we recommend for fluoride removal:
Home Master TMAFC-ERP
The Home Master TMAFC-ERP under sink system has proven to reject fluoride at an average rate of 97.7%.
It costs considerably more than its 2 competitors, however, it’s by far our favorite as it doesn’t come with any drawbacks. Instead, everything is backed by the manufacturer with a 5-year limited warranty.
To check out the Home Master on Amazon, click here . To read our comprehensive product review, click here .
As one of the cheapest of its kind, the iSpring RCC7 reverse osmosis under sink system is WQA certified to remove 94-96% of fluoride from water, which is a very high rejection rate.
Other advantages are that replacement filter costs are super low and you get a leak detector plus a 1-year money-back guarantee for ease of mind. Learn more about other features here .
The only drawback? A handful of customers have reported that they had problems with leaks in the beginning.
The Aquasana OptimH2O is another RO under sink unit that has earned NSF certifications according to standards 42, 53, 48 and 401. Standard 58 covers fluoride removal. The achieved average reduction rate was 95.7% – not bad.
In addition, the Aquasana OptimH2O features a remineralization stage adding calcium, magnesium and potassium minerals to your drinking water to improve its taste and balance pH levels.
What we don’t like is that replacement cartridges are more pricey, water flow rate is a little low and the included chrome faucet could do with an upgrade. Detailed review here .
Whole House Fluoride Filters
A whole house fluoride filter? That’s a tough one to be honest. You see, whole house water filters mainly rely on activated carbon for trapping impurities, which is completely ineffective against fluoride.
So like we said earlier, you have to look out for a whole house unit that uses activated alumina media (like Berkey) or you opt for a whole house reverse osmosis system.
The latter provides the purest water of all (fluoride removal > 90%), but requires an additional storage tank + delivery pump due to the slow flow rate.
Big Blue Whole House with Activated Alumina
First things first, this 20″ Big Blue system removes 70% of fluoride from water in average household use, which isn’t bad but also not groundbreaking. The activated alumina/bone char carbon blend also filters arsenic.
In addition, a sediment filter (stage 1) and a radial flow carbon filter (stage 3) trap particulates, chlorine, chloramines and other chemicals such as pesticides, herbicides and MTBE.
Lastly, the whole home system is low in maintenance and can be installed by homeowners with basic plumbing skills, although the instructions could use an overhaul. The overall quality is good.
Best Whole House Fluoride Filter: iSpring RCS5T
The iSpring RCS5T RO system produces water on-demand. For whole house use, you definitely want to add a non-pressurized storage tank as well as a delivery pump to the system. This way you can ensure to always have purified water at the ready.
Speaking of purified water, the RCS5T reduces fluoride content by 94-96%. Furthermore, you can also say goodbye to 99% asbestos, 96-98% lead, more than 99% bacteria and dozens of other contaminants.
Maintaining the system is nice and easy. The only problem is that especially the pre-filter cartridges need frequent replacements.
Best Fluoride Removal Pitchers
As we’ve learned, PUR and Brita purifier pitchers won’t remove fluoride from your drinking water. That doesn’t mean, however, that there aren’t other pitcher models that will. Here are two of them:
The Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher was tested by independent and accredited labs and has proven to remove 90.06% of fluoride from water. It also removes chlorine and chloramines (99.9%), lead (99.9%), arsenic (99.8%) and many other harmful substances.
The jug can hold up to 8 cups and filters last between 3-6 months depending on feed water quality and how high your demand is. If you would like to learn what other customers say about the pitcher, check out some of their reviews here .
For a more thorough review from us, follow this link .
ZeroWater 10 Cup Jug
The ZeroWater 10 cup filter pitcher is more affordable than the Aquagear and has an average fluoride reduction rate of 99% according to tests conducted by an EPA certified laboratory.
A free TDS meter is part of the deal and the pitcher allows you to quickly dispense water from the bottom spigot – no need to lift it up or take it out of the refrigerator.
The biggest drawbacks of the ZeroWater are the filtration speed which is one of the slowest among all pitchers and the filter cartridges that don’t last for very long which adds to the maintenance costs.
Berkey Countertop Filters
If you are willing to invest a little more, you can get yourself a Berkey filter for your countertop that includes two PF-2™ fluoride filter elements filled with high-grade activated alumina media.
Tests have shown that these elements are capable of removing 95% to 99.75% (under optimum conditions) of dissolved fluoride.
Berkey systems are gravity-based and come in different sizes. For example, there is the highly popular Big Berkey that can hold up to 2.25 gallons of filtered water sufficient for a whole family. And there is the Travel Berkey with a 1.5-gallon tank for single households.
You can also choose to buy the additional fluoride filter elements separately, however, it’s cheaper if you buy everything in a bundle.
Want all the details? Find our review for the Big Berkey here .
Other Countertop Units
As an alternative to Berkey, we recommend the Home Master TMJRF2 Jr F2 countertop water filter. It’s one of the most popular units with a fluoride removal rate of 93%.
It’s also much more compact than a Big Berkey and even a Travel Berkey making it an ideal choice for small homes.
The TMJRF2 directly connects to your kitchen faucet – setup takes 5 minutes at max – which makes it very convenient to use.
The only disadvantage is that such a small system requires more frequent filter replacements.
Best Fluoride Shower Head Filter
Every time you take a shower you inhale fluoride and absorb it through your skin. But is there even such a thing as a shower head water purifier that removes fluoride effectively?
Unfortunately, there isn’t – at least not really. Yes, there are sellers out there that list fluoride-reducing shower head filters, but they are not very effective.
The Propur ProMax for example (on the left) removes about 48% fluoride. Well, still better than nothing! Also, the unit also looks nice, but it’s pretty expensive.
The Seychelle Outdoor Advanced Bottle allows you to “Drink from freshwater lakes, streams, rivers, or the tap with peace of mind“.
It filters organic and inorganic contaminants as well as microorganisms and, most importantly, it removes up to 90% of fluoride.
The BPA-free bottle was designed for traveling, hiking camping and any emergency scenarios where safe drinking water is not easily accessible. Capacity: 28 oz. Filters are manufactured in the USA.
Cons: You have to squeeze the bottle while drinking. If you squeeze too hard the lid pops off which can be annoying after a while. Also, water is likely to leak out around the base of the cap or when you tip the bottle.
Steam distillation is a very effective way of purifying water and getting rid of fluoride.
Our favorite distiller? The Megahome MH943SBS! For people on a budget we recommend the Mophorn Pure. If money is not an issue, you might also want to check out the H2oLabs:
Megahome MH943SBS Distiller
This Megahome countertop distiller is another top seller on Amazon . Its inside is made from stainless steel so the water cannot possibly touch any plastic parts and get contaminated.
Realistically speaking, the distiller can produce about 2 gallons of purified water per day – enough for 2-3 people. Unless you have the device run all night, then the maximum capacity is 4 gallons in 24 hours.
As the distiller works, the water first drips into a glass nozzle with a built-in carbon filter for the removal of volatile substances. Then it flows into a glass collector afterwards. Again, no cheap plastic parts here that could contaminate your water.
And last but not least, the Megahome MH943SBS is backed by outstanding customer feedback, a 1-year manufacturer warranty and a great customer support team. Plus it comes with free shipping!
Mophorn Pure Distiller Review
The greatest advantage of the Mophorn Pure is the low price. And just like the Megahome, it purifies about 1 gallon of water per distillation cycle.
We have a food-grade stainless steel interior and above that an activated carbon filter trapping volatile substances. BUT the carafe is made from plastic which according to customers adds an unpleasant taste and odor to your water. So you probably want to replace that one.
What we also don’t like is that sometimes units stop working without warning after they have been used for a few weeks/months.
The H2oLabs Stainless Steel Water Distiller is of high quality and should last you a lifetime.
The glass carafe and all other parts are easy to clean, which is nice, because it’s likely that you will be using them on a daily basis.
And if you think about it, this daily use really adds up. So it’s better if you only need to spend two or three minutes for cleaning and refilling the system instead of 10.
What’s more, the distiller looks nice ( you can check it out here ). In fact, it looks a lot better than other cheaper models. The reason why we consider this to be important is because it will be visible on your kitchen counter all day.
Click the link to find more countertop water distiller reviews .
Faucet & Refrigerator Purifiers
As far as we know, faucet and refrigerator filters won’t help you to get fluoride out of your water. If you are still interested in learning more about these filter types, follow this link for faucet units and this link for fridge filters.
Best Water Filters That Remove Fluoride AND Chlorine
RO systems, pitchers, whole house units, shower heads, distillers, etc. – eliminating chlorine from water is usually much easier than getting rid of fluoride. The products listed on this page are all capable of removing chlorine, so there’s no reason for you to worry about that.
Also, our Chlorine Special is the best place if you want to learn more about how to remove chlorine and chloramines from your water.
More on Fluoride Filtration
Water Fluoridation in the United States
It all started when tap water was enriched with fluoride for the first time in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1945. Today, 42 of the 50 largest U.S. cities fluoridate their public water supply to ‘prevent tooth decay’, and according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) almost 66.3% of the US population received fluoridated water in 2014.
U.S. residents served with fluoridated community water from 1992 to 2006
Fluoride is naturally found in mineral rocks and doesn’t add taste, color, or odor to water when dissolved in it. Conventional medicine states that small amounts of it will help you maintain healthy teeth. However, fluoride-opponents are convinced that many groundwater sources contain too much fluoride already and that excessive long-term exposure can have negative side effects on human bone structure, kidneys, and many other parts of our body.
If and which of these claims are true has been part of a very controversial debate in the last decades and will provoke discussions among leading scientists, especially dentists, for many years to come.
Here is a great video on Why The Government Puts Fluoride In Our Water in the first place:
If you have any questions about how to remove fluoride from water, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!
And don’t forget to come back to this page from time to time, as we are going to add new fluoride water filter reviews occasionally.
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