The Best Water Filter

Today I share a SIMPLE Tool from EWG that’ll help you determine the best water filter for you, your family, your home.


  • the two filters I’m using
  • why I chose them
  • the cost of maintenance and
  • my experience so far
Todays Simple Self Care Tip

In response to the post: Purified Water Whenever, Wherever. Simple. Effective. Practical. Where I shared the Grayl GeoPress water bottle/filter, a subscriber emailed:


Great info! Thank you!!

What do you recommend for an in-home filter to remove fluoride etc from our own drinking water?

Love your newsletter! C.M.

Here’s my response: I’m so delighted you enjoy the emails. I appreciate your kind words. Your question is a great one!

These past few months, I’ve been contemplating how I can best serve you and the all subscribers when answering this question since each home’s filter needs vary greatly.


HERE’S WHAT I CAME UP WITH so you know how to choose the best water filter:

Water glass beneath faucet filling with clean water. Wording at the top reads: The Best Water Filter
Todays Simple Self Care Tip
  1. Use a tool by EWG. I link to it and show you how simple it is to use in less than a minute. It is a GREAT place to start because it will list the contaminants in your town.
  2. Armed with the contaminant list specific to your towns water you can match the filter that best suits your needs.
  3. I’m sharing the two filters I chose for my home along with why as well as the cost and links.

FIRST How to Know What Contaminants Are In Your Area’s Water Supply?

Our water filtering needs are determined by the location and type of filtration system the area we live in uses.

To arm each of you with what you need to know to choose a filter that will remove the contaminants in your water I’ve provided the direct link to the EWG Tool right below the video. (I know many of you live outside of the US. There may be a database in your country I’d definitely begin with a search).

EWG Water data Tool

In this video (no sound) I quickly show you the two ways to finding the water contaminant list for your town.

I videoed my screen as I typed in a couple of Zip codes so you can see how:

  • to do it and how
  • wildly different the needs are.

Below the video is the link to the EWG water contaminant tool for you.

Isn’t that an amazingly simple-informative tool!

Screenshots of how to use the EWG Tool:

You can look your town up in 2 ways:

1. You can use the interactive map.

After you choose your State, the Towns will be listed alphabetically.

Map of USA in color Blue. Cursor moving around on different states darker blue highlights the state cursor is on


2. Use your Zip code. Click on your town.

Scroll down for the list of contaminants.

Using the EWG data base is the first step I’d take.

The EWG water database can help you understand your home’s contaminants.

This provides a starting point when picking the filter system that best serves you, your family, and your home.

You can compare the filters list of what it removes to the list of contaminants you need removed.

The 2 Filters I have and Why

Filter 1: BEV-300 under counter filter

Over two decades ago, for a good five years, I tried every type of water filter on the market from pitchers to distillers and everything in between.

After a ton of research I found the company pure water systems and chose their BEV-300 for my under-sink filter.


Why This Under-counter Filter?

First and foremost, it removes every impurity from my water I needed and more.

From Pure Water System Website:

Our water filters provide complete removal of ALL contaminants from drinking water including:

Fluoride, Radioactive Particles, Arsenic, Hexavalent Chromium, Lead, Mercury,

and all other heavy metals.

Chlorine, Chloramines, and Disinfection By-Products (DBPs)

Drug & Pharmaceutical by-products

Nitrates & Nitrites

Industrial chemicals and solvents like TCE, MTBE, VOC’s, etc.

Herbicides and pesticides

Bacteria, cyst, virus”

“Never be concerned if your water filter will remove the next exotic chemical found in your water supply. Other brands selectively remove only certain contaminants, leaving you vulnerable.

Our multi-phase water filters combine carbon adsorption, reverse osmosis, and deionization—ensuring complete removal of fluoride, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, industrial chemicals, herbicides, pesticides, as well as nitrates and bacteria, cyst, and virus.

We’ve been selling water filter systems meeting BEV standards for over 20 years, and have evaluated dozens of approaches to creating pure, healthy, bio-compatible drinking water. Our research exposes a very serious problem: every other water filter on the market leaves you defenseless to one class of contamination or another. Only the correct combination of technologies can ensure absolute purity.


This was and continues to be my filter of choice.

I feel confident that we’re drinking, washing our produce and cooking with clean, healthy water.

The water system is backed by a lifetime warranty. Bob Vineyard writes the system is meant to last for decades.

I can vouch ours is a good decade and half now and outside of replacement filter sets it has been maintenance free. No repairs ever needed.


Just Last Week

Just last week I had a question and the same day I emailed Mr. Vineyard responded. STILL after all these years.

The website is not flashy or slick but the product and service behind it over a decade and half later continue to be outstanding.

If you decide to consider the filter and have questions do not hesitate to email Mr. Vineyard.

Let him know mo sent you. 😉

Cost of maintenance:

As I mentioned I have not needed to repair anything.

I replace the filter cartridges every 12-18 months. Many of my clients averaged a similar 12-18 month time line.

Each time I replace the filters I buy the next Annual Filter Set to have at the ready. The entire filter set is $ 135.00. Shipping runs around $20.00.

How do I know when to replace the set?

The cartridges become physically darker making it easy to spot when a change is needed.

But it’s dependent on your water. I had a client that lived next to a farm and I was astounded how quickly her cartridges became VERY dark in a matter of six months! Mine have never come even close to that color. She was so happy to know her water was purified.

One Tip About the Filter System

Call your Town Water Department to double check the water pressure going into the house if you do not know what it is. Ours was HIGH. (Over 110 or whatever the too high limit was for the filter)

We needed to get a flow reduction piece.


What is a Flow Reduction Piece?

“A flow reduction piece allows water to flow at a constant rate in and out of systems that operate better with consistent volumes of water, such as water filters, irrigation systems, and tankless water heaters.”

It isn’t typical from what I understand but had I called and asked my water department I would have avoided having to re-set up the filter system.


Just thought I’d pass that learning experience on. You could verify with Mr. Vineyard what the water pressure range is. The website:

Front page of website

How to Contact

The website:

They have ALWAYS been great responding to my questions or client questions via email. They do have a phone number listed as well.

Next Came a Whole House Filter

This is what it looks like:

whole house water filter

Image from AquaOx Youtube: Link

Filter 2: Why Did I add A Whole House Filter

Three years ago, I became more frustrated about the fact that I would receive a water notice informing me that there was another ‘over the limit’ contaminant like: haloacetic acids, or lead…

The EWG data report showed my local water has 8 contaminants.

I did not like the idea of bathing, brushing teeth, or even having my dogs drinking out of and laying in the kiddie pool during the summer when I knew the water had ‘over the limit contaminants’.

And honestly the most bothersome to me was the not knowing until after the limits were exceeded.

That’s when I decided to research and add a whole house filter.


The Whole House Filter

I invested in the Whole House Filter from a company called AquaOx.

In writing todays article I reached out to them.

If you are interested in a whole house filter and have questions I have a contact person as well as a coupon code for $500 dollars off for subscribers. You can get both instantaneously here:

Here is What It Removes

These are just a few of the contaminants AQUAOX 7-STAGE FILTRATION PROCESS filters out of your water.

If you do not see the contaminant on the list they encourage you to contact them.

  • 1,1-Dichloroethylene
  • 1,1,1-Trichloroethane
  • 1,1,2- Trichloroethane
  • 1,2-Dibromo
  • 1,2-Dichloroethylene
  • 1,2-Dichloropropane
  • 1,2,3-Trichloropropane (1,2,3-TCP or C3H5CI3)
  • 1,2,4-Trichlorobenzene
  • 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid
  • 2,4,5-TP (silvex)
  • Alachlor
  • Arsenic (organic complexes)
  • Atrazine
  • Benz(a)anthracene
  • Benzo(a)pyrene
  • Benzene
  • Beryllium
  • Bromate
  • Bromodichloromethane
  • Bromoform
  • Carbofuran
  • Carbon tetrachloride
  • Chloramines
  • Chlordane
  • Chlorine
  • Chlorine Dioxide
  • Chlorobenzene
  • Chloroform
  • Chlorite
  • Chromium (organic complexes)
  • cis-1,2- Dichloroethylene
  • Dalapon
  • Di(2-ethylhexyl)adipate
  • Di(2ethylhexyl)phthalate
  • Dibromochloromethane
  • Dichloroacetic Acid
  • Dinoseb
  • Dioxin(2,3,7,8-TCDD)
  • Diquat
  • Endothall
  • Endrin
  • Ethylbenzene
  • Ethylene Dibromide
  • Haloacetic Acids (HAAS)
  • Heptachlor
  • Heptachlor Epoxide
  • Hexachlorobenzene
  • Hexachlorocyclopentadiene
  • Hydrogen Sulfide
  • Iron
  • Lead
  • Lindane
  • Methoxychlor
  • Nickel
  • O-Dichlorobenzene
  • Oxamyl
  • p-Dichlorobenzene
  • Pentachlorophenol
  • Picloram
  • Polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs)
  • S-chloropropane (DBCP)
  • Simarzine
  • Styrene
  • Tetrachloroethylene
  • Toluene
  • Total Trihalomethanes (TTHMs)
  • Toxaphene
  • Trans-1,2-Dichloroethylene
  • Trichloroethylene
  • Trichloroacetic Acid Acetic Acid
  • Xylenes

FYI: All these contaminants are removed by all of the whole house water filters they sell.

Cost of Maintenance

None. Right now I have owned the filter for 4 years. There have been no issues.

There is no filter to change.

It has a self-cleaning back washing system we have set up at installation.

How to Contact?

You can visit their website.

If you’d like the $500 off code and a direct contact let me know by filling in the above form and I will get that info to you.

Do you need both water filters. Person looking inquisitivley

Do I Really Need Both?

No. I started with the kitchen under-sink filter because I did not have the budget for a whole house filter 15 years ago. Plus they seemed complicated and had maintenance I knew I couldn’t keep up at the time.

As it was- I scrimped to save up for the under-sink filter, which served our drinking, cooking needs beautifully.

For those 12 years I did not have a whole house filter I added the below shower and tub filters.

Shower Filter

Tub Filter

As Water Contaminants Increased & I Had Savings I Invested in the Whole House Filter

As our water contaminants increased and my budget allowed room for saving, I opted to add the whole house filter.

Plus AquaOx came on the market and was:

  • Had no maintenance.
  • Removed the contaminants and more.

BTW another benefit of the whole-house filter I recently realized is it is extending my under-sink kitchen filters’ life.

What About Installation of the Filters?

My husband used the instructions/video(s) provided by each of the two companies to install both the under-counter and the whole house filters.

Some clients did their own others hired their local plumber for the installation(s).

There you go!

  • A SIMPLE Self Care Tool from EWG that’ll help you determine the best water filter for you, your family, your home.
  • Two filters I’m using and why I chose them.
  • The cost of maintenance
  • My experience so far with each company
Todays Simple Self Care Tip

I’m so happy for the question and appreciate you emailing me C.M.

I continue to build posts around the questions each of you send me.

If you have sent one in I can tell you it is in the queue. Some topics take longer but they are all in the works!

Have a question? I’d love to hear it! 💌 Email me:


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