Bench top or counter top water filter purifiers are ideal for people on the move or renting as they are easily fitted onto kitchen taps and spouts.
A bench top water filtration unit will give you the same quality water as a more expensive under sink systems. No plumber is needed, simply remove the aerator from your mixer tap or spout and attach the diverter valve.
Adaptors are available if your tap has an internal threaded or is a plain spout without a thread.
The diverter allows the hot and cold water to travel straight through the valve for washing up and when you need filtered water simply turn on the cold water and turn on the diverter valve so the water is then sent to the water purifier and comes out the filter spout.
Bench top water filters can remove a wide variety of contaminants including Dirt, Sediment, Chlorine, Fluoride, Bad taste, Odours, Heavy Metals, Bacteria, Cysts, Bugs and many more. It will make your drinking water safe and healthy.
You can even make your own bottle water which will save you lots of money. If you need help in choosing the right system for your needs, just contact us at Clarence Water Filters for great advice.
Water Filter Options
There are a huge range of filter options available for bench top water filters. If you go for a standard 10″ x 2.5″ benchtop filter system, you can choose from over 20 filter types. The most popular options include:
An American made 0.45 carbon block water filter ideal for town water. Reduces a wide range of chemical contaminants including chlorine, chloramines, VOCs, PFAS, pesticides, herbicides and so on. Also reduces Cyst parasites (Cryptosporidium, Cyclospora, Giardia), microplastics, fine sediment, heavy metals, bad taste/odour.
Another American made filter rated at 1 micron. Uses silver impregnated carbon, which is ideal for benchtop systems on tank water as it reduces the risk of bacterial growth within the filter cartridge itself. Reduces chemicals, sediment, cyst parasites, and a variety of other contaminants.
American made Carbon / Polyphosphate Food Service Cartridge Designed for the food service industry to protect from scale build up in equipment. Ideal for town water situations where you have a coffee machine or jug you want to protect from scale.
Doulton Ultracarb An ultra-fine ceramic filter which contains carbon and ion exchange resin. The fine outer ceramic shell is capable of stopping most forms of bacteria and the resin is ideal for removing heavy metals. The carbon component is also ideal for reducing chemical contaminants and bad taste/odour. Can be used on clean tank or town water. Sediment pre-filtration is recommended as this filter is so fine.
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Bench Top Water Filters – Frequently Asked Questions
Are Bench Top Filters As Good As Under Sink Filters?
The main difference you might see is that most under sink installations are twin systems, with two different filters. This can give the system additional protection against contaminants like sediment or fluoride.
That being said, you can also have twin or triple bench top systems. The only downside of these systems being their bulky size.
Will I Need A Plumber To Install A Bench Top Water Filter?
No, you won’t. Installing the system is simple. Just remove the aerator and screw on the benchtop water filter adaptor. After that, you will just need to flush your water filter for 5-10 litres.
When you purchase your system, we will send complete instructions on installation. There are also informative videos online and you can call us for help if required.
The Bench Top Water Filter Diverter Is Leaking, What Should I Do?
The diverter is the part of the system that screws onto the tap spout. If water is coming out of the diverter, check the following:
1. Are All O-rings Present?
There will be a small o-ring that sits inside the top of the diverter. This helps it form a seal with the tap spout. If this o-ring is missing or damaged, then it may cause water to leak from the side of the diverter.
2. Is The Diverter On Tight Enough?
In most cases, the diverter only needs to be screwed on hand-tight to form a good seal. However, if it is leaking after installation, give it a small nip with a pair of multi-grips or pliers.
How Long Do Benchtop Water Filters Last?
The lifespan of each filter will vary based on several factors, including:
How Much Water You Are Using Daily
How Good The Water Is Where You Live
What Contaminants You Are FIlter Out (Certain filter medias have less capacity)
The Size Of The Filter
How Many Stages Are In Your System
In general terms, the average household will get about 12 months from a single benchtop system with standard 10″ carbon block filter. Fluoride filters tend to have less capacity so need to be changed more often. The lifespan of sediment filters will really depend on how much sediment is in your water.
I Have Water Leaking From The Base Of My Bench Top System, What Should I Do?
If you have a white 10″ QMP housing, there will be an o-ring in the base of the housing. This forms a seal when you screw the housing shut.
Water leaks from this section can be caused by:
The Housing Isn’t Screwed Together Tightly Enough
Give it another twist to make sure it is on tightly enough. In most cases, the housing only needs to be screwed on hand-tight, but you may need to give it a small tweak with your housing spanner. Avoid over-tightening the unit as you can damage the o-ring.
The O-ring Is Perished Or Damaged
Take a closer look at the condition of the o-ring. If there are any tears or the o-ring looks very flat, it may be time to replace it.
Damage To The Housing
The plastic housing can crack if it has been dropped or massively over-tightened. To see if this is the case, inspect it for hairline cracks.
Pros and Cons Of Bench Top Water Filters
Like any water filtration system, bench top water filters have their set of advantages and disadvantages. Here are the pros and cons of bench top filter systems.
Pros of Bench Top Water Filters
Simple To Install
One of the main reasons to choose a bench top water filter is that they can be installed in a matter of minutes.
You just need to unscrew the aerator on the end of your kitchen spout and screw on the bench top filter attachment. It couldn’t be easier.
To use the system, you flick the black lever on the adaptor into the on position and collect filtered water from the unit’s spout.
You won’t need a plumber to install it, which means cost savings.
An Affordable Way To Filter Your Water
Benchtop water filter systems tend to be less expensive than under sink systems simply because there are less components involved.
An under sink system usually need a pressure limiting valve, shut off tap, a metal bracket, additional fittings and extra tubing. This all increases the cost of the system.
Easy To Find Replacement Filters
Our most popular bench top water filter system uses 10″ x 2.5″ double open ended filters — the most common water filter form factor.
All water filter stores and many hardware stores stock this type of filter, which means finding replacements is simple!
A Fantastic Option For Renters
One of the challenges of renting is that you may not be allowed to make any substantial changes to the property you are living in.
This means you may not be able to drill a hole in the sink or counter top to fit a dedicated drinking tap for an under sink system. Installing a whole house water filter is also usually out of the question.
Bench top water filters don’t require any changes to the kitchen to be installed. They simply screw onto the kitchen spout.
They fit the vast majority of spouts including spouts with an internal thread (call or email us if you are unsure about the suitability of your spout for a bench top system).
Many Types Of Water Filters To Choose From
Another advantage of using a benchtop system with standard 10″ filters is that there are dozens of compatible filters to choose from.
You can choose a filter with the ideal flow rate, micron rating, lifespan, capacity, and contaminant removal capabilities.
Some of the options include:
Very fine carbon blocks for chemical and heavy metal removal
Granular activated filters for chemical removal at high flow rates
Ceramic filters for bacteria removal
Fluoride reduction filters
Silver impregnated carbon filters which reduce the risk of bacterial growth in the housing
Mixed media filters with a combination of filtration approaches
If you need any help finding the right filter for your requirements, give us a call or send an email.
The Entire Unit Is Portable
The compact size and easy installation of benchtop water filters means they are a great choice for portable water filtration.
You can take your water filter with you on holidays or when staying at a family member’s home. Installing it only takes a few minutes so you will always have pure, delicious water available when outside of your home.
Cons Of Bench Top Water Filters
They Take Up Space On Your Countertop
Bench top units are designed to sit on a countertop, which means they will be taking up some room in your kitchen.
This may be an issue if you have a small kitchen or limited space on the bench. In these situations, an under sink unit may be a better option.
Another good option for getting around this problem is installing your bench top water filter in your laundry. You can then fill up containers of drinking water as needed without losing precious counter top space in your kitchen
Doesn't Fit All Spouts
Bench top water filter systems cannot connect to certain types of spouts. For example, you may find it difficult to connect if you have a:
Tap imported from overseas, which uses a non-standard aerator thread
Very thin spout which is normally used in a caravan or RV
Flexi tap with an adjustable neck (they often don’t have a thread in the centre part)