About a month ago we wrote about an easily installed faucet filter made by Brita — Brita on Tap — and since that time we have received at least half a dozen emails from people asking if Crystal Quest, another leading manufacturer of water filter units, also had a faucet filter.
As it turns out, we discovered that they manufacture a Faucet Filter w/ 5 Stages of Filtration that uses granular activated carbon designed to meet NSF Standards 42, 53 and 58 test protocols, and a proprietary blend of KDF filtration media composed of materials (Eagle Redox Alloy 6500 and Eagle Redox Alloy 9500) meeting NSF/ANSI Standards 42 and 61.
The unit also boasts pre and post one micron filters made by an ISO 9001 manufacturer that remove undissolved matter such as silt, sediment, cyst, sand, rust and dirt.
Crystal Quest Model Numbers: CQE-FM-00500 (white housing) and CQE-FM-00501 (chrome housing)
What makes this filter different?
Many other faucet filters use only 3 stages of filtration while the Crystal Quest Faucet Filter uses a total of FIVE filtration stages.
Stages 1 and 5 — Pre and post one-micron filter pads remove suspended particles from the water.
Stage 2 — Granulated Activated Carbon (GAC) reduces bad tastes and odors while also reducing and/or eliminating potentially 100’s of chemicals (i.e. pesticides, VOC’s, etc.) linked to increased cancer risk.
Stage 3 — An ion exchange resin reduces levels heavy metals such as lead, copper and aluminum while also reducing the water’s hardness level (calcium & magnesium).
Stage 4 — A special blend of KDF 55 and KDF 85 reduce levels of iron, mercury, copper, nickel, chromium, cadmium, aluminum, lead, other dissolved metals while also reducing dissolved hydrogen sulfide (rotten egg smell) levels. The chemical and physical nature of these materials prevents the growth of bacteria, algae, fungi, scale, and other microorganisms in the filter… and therefore this unit requires no bactericidal components such as silver.
Access to unfiltered water?
If for some reason you have a need for unfiltered water, the unit comes equipped with a knob that allows users to switch between filtered and unfiltered water very easily.