APEC ROES-50 ReviewBy John Davis - March 26, 2015
Today I’ll review the ROES-50 drinking water system from APEC Water – which we’ve been using in our home for almost four months now. I’ll give you an honest breakdown of the good, the bad, and everything in-between.
Not only is this my family’s primary drinking water, but we also use it for all of our coffee, tea, and cooking.
The ROES-50 is a member of the Essence line of APEC reverse osmosis systems.
For the most part all of their models have similar features, but there are some differences in each of their reverse osmosis drinking water systems.
This system can produce up to 50 gallons per day, but the 4 gallon pressurized tank’s refill time will depend on your water pressure and the water temperature. The system feed water pressure is 40-90 psi and the recommended water temperature is 40-120 degrees Fahrenheit.
My instruction manual said it would take 2-3 hours for the tank to fill, but ours filled very quickly – in less than an hour.
Once the tank is full the water filtration system will automatically shut off.
The water filter system is quiet and runs solely on water pressure, there is no electrical outlet required.
Filtration Stages and Contaminants Removed
The ROES-50 is a 5-stage reverse osmosis system that will handle all tap water, well water, and hard water.
The filtration system removes over 40 contaminants including arsenic, lead, asbestos, barium, and chromium. Hormones, pharmaceutical drugs, and bacteria such as e-coli are removed as well. View Full Contaminant Rejection Chart.
Stage one is a sediment filter that removes dust, rust and particles.
Stage two and three are carbon block filters that remove bad taste, odors, volatile organic compounds, chemicals, chloramines, and coli form bacteria.
Stage four is a high quality .0001 micron reverse osmosis membrane. This is where most of the hazardous contaminants such as arsenic, lead, and barium are removed.
Stage five is a coconut shell refining carbon filter that removes any excess taste after the water has been in the tank.
How Do You Know It’s Working?
To find out for sure if a reverse osmosis system is doing it’s job we can perform a quick water test to determine the rejection rate = the percentage of contaminants and minerals that are being removed. A good RO system should have a 90-99% rejection rate.
To test my water I performed a TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) test exactly has the video below instructs.
Water Test Results: Our tap water tested at 119 ppm and the RO water at 6 ppm = a rejection rate of just below 95% (after nearly four months of heavy use). You can find the TDS water meter I use Here
Specifications and Design
The ROES-50 is designed to go under your kitchen sink with dimensions on the filtration system of 16″w x 5.25″d x 17.5″h and tank dimensions of 11″ x 11″ x 15″. The weight is listed at 26 lbs.
Fortunately, if you don’t have enough room under your sink the system can also be mounted in a basement or away from the sink as the pressure should be good for up to a 20′ vertical distance or a 40′ horizontal distance.
The included faucet has a sleek chrome finish.
Since that may not work for all customers so there are several upgraded faucet options available as well.
There is also an Ice Maker Kit available if you would like option as well.
How Much Does the ROES-50 Costs?
Initial Purchase Price
This system’s listed retail price on APEC’s website is $260, but they generally have a promo running that will save you some money. The Amazon price is usually $199 so I would check both to see where the better deal is today.
Replacement Filter Price
Ultimately it ends up costing a few cents per bottle of water.
Note: I haven’t had to install replacement filters, however I could tell from the initial assembly that it can’t possibly be too difficult. I’ll be sure to update this review once I do replace them, but that may be awhile as our RO water is still has a very high rejection rate. Once it tests under 90% I’ll replace the filters.
Warranty and Support
The system itself only comes with a 1 year warranty, but they do offer stellar customer support for the lifetime of your product. I’ve had to speak with APEC several times (once when making this purchase) and they’ve always been extremely helpful. They’ll take the time to answer any questions you have to make sure you’re comfortable with your decision.
You can call them at 1.800.880.4808. They also have a live chat option or email.
Is the ROES-50 Easy to Install?
The ROES-50 is very easy to install and comes complete with a detailed instruction manual and everything you need. Just a few common tools are required. You can click the following link to learn more about my APEC Reverse Osmosis Installation experience.
- Removes 98-99% of contaminants from tap and well water.
- Long filter life; 6-12 months with heavy use.
- Quick connector fittings and detailed instruction manual help make installation a breeze.
- High pressure faucet – it only takes a few seconds to fill an 8oz glass full of pure filtered water.
- Heavy duty PVC filtration system and NSF certified storage tank.
- All components are BPA Free and NFS Certified.
- Lifetime Customer Support.
- Excellent price over the life of the system.
- While the system is technically built in the USA, as with just about any product these days, some of the components are manufactured in other countries.
- No alternate faucet option besides mounting it on the sink, which would not work for me since I didn’t want to drill a hole in my granite. However, the faucet can be hung under the sink and removed when needed. I chose to go this route and it has worked very well.
- There’s no system indicator to let you know when the filters need to be replaced. However, if you keep a $15 TDS meter handy you can easily check your rejection rate periodically. Once the rejection rate falls between 80-90% it’s time to change the filters. Again, after nearly four months of heavy use ours still tests as low as day one.
- The system does not add back in healthy minerals such as calcium and magnesium. Fortunately in a balanced diet the bulk of these minerals come from our food anyways therefore purified water free from these minerals is perfectly safe to drink.
Excellent Amazon Customer Reviews
One of the best places to check out a lot of customer reviews is Amazon. As of 3/25/2015 this system has 4.8 stars with 334 reviews.
That’s a pretty excellent record if you ask me!
My family loves our great tasting RO filtered water, and we’ve all been drinking more water since we got it. For the money I think it’s the best drinking water unit on the market, which is why I bought one for my home. I would highly recommend this unit to anyone.
I’m confident you’ll love the great tasting, pure, safe water that comes from your new APEC reverse osmosis water system as well.
What is Reverse Osmosis?
In it’s simplest form reverse osmosis is the process of using pressure to pass water from a more concentrated area through a semi-permeable membrane to a less concentrated area.
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