Aqua-Pure Reverse Osmosis System APRO5500 ReviewBy John Davis - November 11, 2015
The Aqua-Pure Reverse Osmosis System APRO5500 is a Reverse Osmosis water filter produced by the company 3M. It has three different filtration stages and they work together to deliver a superior drinking water.
Like other Reverse Osmosis systems, the Aqua-Pure APR05500 uses a reserve tank design. That means that this system filters water gradually over time and then stores it in a tank. This is different than an inline system which filters water immediately as you use it.
The Aqua-Pure APR05500 has been designed to work with any water source. That means that it’s going to be effective at filtering water from a municipal supply or well.
This system is capable of filtering about 25 gallons a day. For most households this will be enough water for your daily needs. However, you should be aware that there are other filters on the market with two to three times the daily filtering capability. If you use a lot of water every day you may want to consider a different system.
Changing the filters on some water filtration systems can be a hassle. However, the Aqua-Pure APR05500 features a quick change design which makes changing the filters easy.
Instead of using your existing hardware, filtered water comes out of a dedicated drinking faucet that is included with the filtration system. This faucet has a long reach and nice polished steel exterior. You also have the option of hooking this filter up to you refridgerator so that you can have filtered ice.
The Filtration System
The Aqua-Pure APR05500 uses a combination of three different filters to remove contaminants and unwanted toxins from your water.
First, water goes through an activated charcoal pre-filter. This filter removes large particles like dirt, rust and other dissolved metals. Activated charcoal has a wide surface area which makes it very effective at catching unwanted substances and filtering them out.
The next step is the Reverse Osmosis membrane. This is the main filter on the system and the one that removes the most compounds. Pressurized water is pushed through this filter. Pure water free from contaminants makes its way through and dirty water is rejected and emptied into a waste drain.
Finally, the last step is another activated charcoal filter. This is called the post-filter, and it catches any last particles that the first two filters missed.
Together, the filters are designed to remove lead, arsenic, TSD (Total Dissolved Solids), turbidity, cysts, radium, barium, cadmium, chromium, copper, fluoride and selenium. While this is a good list of compounds, other filters at this price point are capable of removing more contaminants.
These filters have been tested by the NSF (Public Health and Safety Organization) and have been shown to meet standards 42 and 58. That means that these filters are well made and remove all the compounds that they claim to.
Aqua-Pure states that the pre and post-filters need to be changed once every 12 months. However, if your household uses more water than average you may need to change them more often. The Reverse Osmosis filter is rated for a maximum of 36 months.
Specification and Design
The Aqua-Pure APR05500 is capable of filtering water from 40 degrees fahrenheit to 100 degrees fahrenheit. Furthermore, if your water pressure is more than 80 PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) you’ll need to install a limiting valve. You can buy a gauge to check your water pressure yourself or you can have a plumber check it for you.
This unit weighs 16 pounds.
The storage tank is 9″ wide x 14″ tall. The filtering system is 14″ long x 5″ wide x 14″ tall.
How Much Does the Aqua-Pure APR05500 Cost?
On Amazon the Aqua-Pure APR05500 is listed for around $385.00 and it has free shipping.
Also on Amazon a set of two filters, which includes the pre and post-filter, costs $74.98 and comes with free shipping. The second stage Reverse Osmosis membrane costs $104.99.
Installation of the System
Aqua-Pure warns not to install this system anywhere in your home where the ambient temperature may drop below 40 degrees fahrenheit. That means you may not be able to install this system outside or in a garage. Most people choose to install this system under their sink.
Lots of reviewers have commented that this system is easy to install. Not wanting to use up space under his sink, one man even installed the system in his basement and then ran the water line up to his kitchen sink.
You can access a detailed installation guide by clicking here.
Warranty and Support
The Aqua-Pure APR05500 comes with a one year manufacturer warranty. That’s standard length for the industry and isn’t noteworthy.
For support Aqua-Pure (Child company of 3M) offers a 1-800 number and an email help line. However, as most people can attest, large corporations tend to have bad track records when it comes to customer support.
Pros and Cons
- Easy installation
- Changing the filters is a quick and pain-free process
- Filters well water just as well as municipal water
- NSF Certified filters
- High price for a middle of the line system
- Replacement filters cost more than they do for other systems
- Support can be hit or miss for this product
The Aqua-Pure APR05500 has a less than average rating on Amazon. After seven reviews it has 3.6 out of 5 stars.
Taken as a whole, this water filter isn’t a bad product. In fact, many people have commented on the high quality of their water after it has been run through this filter. The three stage filtration system is effective and will reduce a good number of contaminants in your water.
The problem is that today, there are better systems on the market that sell for less while still filtering out more compounds. Furthermore, unlike Aqua-Pure (3M), some of these companies do nothing but make and sell water filters. This means that on average their support lines tend to be more helpful and the product a better buy.
Unless there is a specific compound in your water that only the Aqua-Pure APR05500 filters, or unless you’ve come to trust the 3M name, there really isn’t any reason to pay more money for this filter when there are better alternatives out there.
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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