Water filter countertop Kenmore 34551January 11, 2008 at 2:00 pm | Posted in Tea tools, accessories, Water | 9 Comments
Always wanted to get a water filter, but last i remembered the caraffe option was a pain and had to replace filters often. And under the sink/whole house not an option. It is pretty big and ugly :) but certainly beats buying bottles of water over and over and over and over…….. (definitely would get an undersink if i could).
By chance went to the bookstore and seen the Consumer Reports (2007) part of which rated water filters. Supposedly it rated the countertop Kenmore 34551 as best product at 91% so i got one from Sears. (not available at Sears anymore). Now you can find similar build in many places, online/Amazon, WholeFoods has one for $39.99 (they all seem like a re-branded China product but some look better built than this Kenmore with metal at the faucet connection(the WholeFoods too, tho i didnt see if it comes with filter, and WF has the filter at 17$) ).
$50 comes with filter (due for replacement at 3000 gal or 6 months or when taste is spoiled).
The switch is a plastic knob thing that is pushed from one side and so sends sink water to the filter. I colored my switch with a marker – GREEN means YES use the sink. When pushed it pops out on the other side, and that side is colored RED meaning STOP :) because you don’t want to turn on water with a high pressure or have hot water running thru the filter. (This all because in the mornings, a cloudy head leads to pushing knobs and switches and turning on hot water thru the filter :P ). The only big issue I have with this machine after 1 year: the switch to divert water to the filter got harder to push.
When i took this apart after 6 months the water inside had some sort of orange-brown flakes from my water pipes, cleaned that up and replaced old filter.
(left pic) bottom left you see the dispensing “head” the bottom part of it fits into the little hole at the edge of the left side-you have to put it in all the way otherwise it leaks. (middle) new replacement filter 3000 gal one.
(right pic) putting back the unit.
The replacement filter (can find at most Sears, tho i’d guess any 10 inch round block) is ~10$ for the 3000 gal chlorine taste one, and 17$ for the 4500 gal (= get the cheaper one, don’t know what math they use = for 9000 gallons you get 3×10$=30$ and 2×17$=34$ of the 4500…!?). There are other kinds of filters, more expensive as well, for lead, for finer filtration, giardia, and other kinds of animals.
I’ve been using this everyday, about 3liters(0.6gal) everyday or more, in about 255days(8.5months) = 765L(202 gallons). Not even close to the rating of 3000 gal (maybe it was due to running hot water for ~3seconds 4-5 times, or running it in a not so slow flow that might have damaged the charcoal filter…. don’t know.) all i know is the water started tasting chlorinated again, so when i’m writing this its been since may2007 so that’s 8 months and whatever days.
Build: plastic all around, no plastic taste. Seems well made, no problems with it in 2 years. The tube is very well connected, I couldnt remove (and i tried hard, without a knife). The cover screws on nice and tight sometimes its hard to twist open. Not happy with the faucet connection it doesnt have any rotation into it and when you put it on it twists the whole tube. Not happy with the exhaust (the thin tube that spits filtered water), seems flimsy and the connection as you see in the picture above is guarded just by those 2 small rubber rings (I didnt have any issue with it so far, but just saying.)
Water flows very fast out the filtered end, usually I turn the faucet so that i get at ~ 20-30sec/1L.
Had a PUR filter (entire unit attaches to the faucet) for a while and returned it. Weird taste for like 1 day, expensive, small filters run out fast.
(following is a copy of water taste test post)
#1. Kenmore water filter: almost no taste, somewhat ’soft’ ..sweet? taste. just feels like a liquid.
#2. Trader Joes: more mineraly – so its got more of a *bing* compared to the Kenmore. not sure difference in tea.
#3. local tap water (LongIsland, NY): chlorine (maybe its summer chlorination time).
#3. local tap water (Pasadena,CA): even more mineraly, minor chlorine taste.
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