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Water filters for the dishwasher

water filterToday, few people come up with the idea of ​​drinking tap water without further treatment. Even if it is not possible to purify water in any special way, people simply uphold it, but more often use a variety of filters. But it doesn’t come to everyone's mind that sensitive dishwashers also need water of suitable quality, and here the question arises of purchasing a filter for the dishwasher. What is it and why is such a filter needed, we will tell in the article, we will also review these filters.

Why is this necessary?

A standard modern dishwasher itself is able to partially protect its parts from poor-quality tap water. It has at least a coarse filter that stands on the inlet valve, as well as an ion exchanger that binds the minerals and impurities contained in hard water and prevents limescale from forming. But how effective are these standard remedies? In many places in our country, tap water is so poor that in about 15% of cases, it is it that causes the dishwasher to break down.

Often the machine is "killed" by the so-called "rusty water". Against it, standard dishwasher protections are powerless.

A primitive flow filter is not able to protect against water with a high content of heavy metals. Well, if in water the excess of minerals exceeds the norm by tens, or even hundreds of times, then not a single ion exchanger can cope. There is only one thing left: you need to put up another reliable barrier that is able to purify water to an acceptable state before it gets into the dishwasher. Need a special filter for water.

In this regard, the question arises: how to choose this filter correctly? Indeed, it’s time-consuming and expensive to install a universal filter purifying water from everything, and this is not necessary. The main thing to know is that in your tap water it is not what impurities are contained, and only then, on the basis of this, you can purchase a suitable filter. How to determine the quality of your tap water?

  1. Make laboratory analysis. This is quite expensive, but the most reliable way. It is enough to conduct a study once, and you can choose a suitable filter not only for a dishwasher, but also for a tap with drinking water.
  2. Purchase special instruments and test strips. Today, quite a few different instruments and devices have appeared on sale that allow you to determine the hardness of water, its pH level and so on, up to measuring the content of radionuclides. The readings of these devices are not always completely reliable, but they will prompt you to the idea of ​​buying a particular filter.
  3. Get information from your own observations. Observing at what speed, a limescale forms on the teapot, how often water with an extraneous color and smell runs from the tap, certain conclusions can also be drawn. Observation is generally useful, as it saves time, money and helps maintain health. Comprehensive information cannot be obtained from observations, but it may be enough to select the right filter.

Once you get enough information about the quality of your tap water, you can send it to the store for a filter. But first, check out our review. We have already selected some of the best filters for various purposes to facilitate your choice. Perhaps our point of view will seem prudent to you.

If you need to soften the water

In the event that tap water contains a huge excess of minerals, but at the same time all the other indicators are normal, an additional filter softener is needed. Today's market offers hundreds of such filters, but we have chosen only three samples.

  1. Aquaphor Styron. This is a simple and inexpensive flow filter with backfill inside.Inside the body is polyphosphate salt, which periodically needs to be added. One filling is enough for 400 cycles of washing dishes, and maybe more, depending on how much your dishwasher consumes water. The filter is placed at the base of the inlet hose. It significantly softens the water, bringing its quality to an acceptable level. The cost of a filter with one download of polyphosphate salt is $ 5.
    Aquafor Stiron
  2. New Water B120. This is a flow filter for softening water with a slightly higher performance than Aquaphor Stiron. It solves the same tasks, softens water and additionally works as a rough filter. It picks up large particles of minerals and debris that can get into the water supply. Installation and replacement is made without special tools. The price is $ 16.New water B120
  3. Our water. This is a prefilter with a special filling. The resource of one cartridge is enough for 20,000 liters of water. Effectively softens water with a mineral content that exceeds the norm by 100-150 times. Connects to ¾ inch threads. The average cost is $ 6.Our water


Deeper Water Treatment

If in addition to the high percentage of minerals in tap water there is sand, rust and other contaminants, you need to think about an additional filter along with one of the above. In such a situation, the choice should take into account the nature of the pollution, but in most cases the filters that we selected for review are suitable.

  1. Aquaphor Gross 20. Fine filter. Works great in combination with the Aquaphor Stiron filter. Removes various impurities from tap water. It is placed in front of the Aquaphor Stiron filter. The average cost is $ 43.
  2. Barrier VM 1/2. Excellent flow-through fine filter of domestic production. Due to the porosity of the 1 micron filter element, it removes all kinds of impurities from the water, including sand and rust, preparing industrial water well before delivering it to the dishwasher. The price is $ 14.
  3. Honeywell FF 06 ½ AA. Flow-through filtering module of the latest generation. It is used in combination with any prefilter to soften water. Traps both large debris and the smallest particles of impurities of any origin. It is used for water treatment in hot tubs, showers, dishwashers and washing machines, etc. The average cost is 42 dollars.

When installing the filter elements, monitor the water pressure indicators. It is impossible that all filters and prefilters lower the water pressure to a critical level. In this case, the dishwasher simply will not be able to pump water and will not work.

So, do you need this or that filter in your dishwasher? The decision to make you. If you are ready to change cars every 2-3 years, then you should not bother with filters. But if you want the “home helper” to serve faithfully for many years, take care of the water that it consumes. At the same time, think about the power grid to which the equipment is connected, you may need to purchase dishwasher stabilizer. Good luck


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