GE Reverse Osmosis Filtration System GXRM10RBLBy John Davis - November 4, 2015
In a move that shouldn’t surprise anyone, electronics giant GE has expanded into another market. This time they’ve created a Reverse Osmosis water filter that is designed to sit under your sink and filter drinking water for your home.
The design of the GE Reverse Osmosis Filtration System GXRM10RBL is similar to other systems on the market. It uses a three filter layout to clean water and stores the filtered water in a storage tank until you need it.
Unfortunately, it seems that in creating a water filter GE has enjoyed less success than they have found in other markets. Numerous reviews on Amazon and the Home Depot website have pointed out that this unit is poorly made and breaks easily.
Apart from the faucet, the whole unit appears to be made out of plastic. While this is fairly common with water filters, it would seem that GE was not able to get it right. Ironically many consumers have said the quality of the water filtered by this system is great, but they give it a poor rating because of its bad construction and tendency to break.
The GE Reverse Osmosis Filtration System GXRM10RBL also has a fairly high rejection rate, which means that for every 1 gallon of filtered water, it puts 10 gallons down the drain. Not only is this bad for the environment, if you pay for your water this is going to increase your bill. Especially if you compare this filter to a system like the Berkey which has a 0% rejection rate.
Consumers have also found that the daily filtering rate is frustratingly low. The GE system can filter a maximum of 11 gallons of drinking water a day. That’s about 90% less than similar systems on the market like the APEC High Flow Reverse Osmosis System, which can filter up to 90 gallons a day.
Included with the GE Reverse Osmosis Filtration System GXRM10RBL is a dedicated filtered water faucet. This faucet mounts on your sink and provides you with filtered water. On the faucet is a light that will remind you when it’s time to change the filters.
The Filtration System
Using three different filters the GE Reverse Osmosis system removes about 21 contaminants from your water. That number is lower than other systems which are capable of filtering out up to 60 different contaminants.
The filters on the GE Reverse Osmosis system are NSF (Public Health and Safety Organization) certified. That means they have been tested and have been shown to work as advertised. Among other chemicals, these filters will remove arsenic, chloride, chlorine, bromine III & IV and zinc. They will also remove the natural minerals magnesium and sodium but not potassium. A full list of chemicals that this system filters for can be found by clicking here.
Finally, the filters in this system are rated for 900 gallons, which can be anywhere from 6 months to 1 year, depending on how much water your household uses.
Specification and Design
The GE Reverse Osmosis Filtration System GXRM10RBL has a minimum feed water pressure of 40 PSI (Pounds per Square Inch) and the maximum feed water pressure is 125 PSI.
The minimum water temperature is 40 degrees fahrenheit (4 celsius) and the maximum temperature is 100 degrees fahrenheit (38 celsius).
This system weighs 7 pounds and its dimensions are: 15’’ high x 14’’ wide x 5’’ deep.
If you live in the United States you can order this unit from Home Depot for $146 and shipping is free. From Amazon this system costs $150 and shipping is $23.85.
From Home Depot a replacement filter costs $44.98 and it will need to be replaced every single months.
On Amazon the replacement filters costs $56.67 and come with free shipping. However, if you order from Amazon you should be aware that some consumers have received off brand, lower quality filters instead of GE certified products. You should check the filters as soon as you receive them to make sure they are what you ordered.
Installation of the System
Most people have been able to install this system without a plumber and have commented that the process is fairly easy. There is a useful video about how to install this system and you can watch it by clicking here.
If you choose to have a plumber install this system instead it can cost anywhere from $40 to $100.
Warranty and Support
The GE Reverse Osmosis Filtration System GXRM10RBL comes with a one year manufacturer warranty, which is average for the industry.
Support is available by telephone or through email. However, oftentimes large corporations like GE have poorly trained support representatives. You’re more likely to receive quality support if you buy a water filtration system from a company that does nothing but make water filters.
In addition, several users have noted that their emails to GE support have gone unanswered.
Pros and Cons
- Low initial cost compared to other filtration systems
- When it works, this system produces a high quality water.
- Cheap construction means this system is prone to breaking easily
- Significantly lower daily filter rate than other systems
- Removes fewer compounds than other filters
- Support for this product is not very good
- Needs 10 gallons of water for every 1 gallon of filtered water
On Amazon, after 11 reviews this product has an average rating of 3.3 out of 5 which is poor.
46% of people rated it as 5 stars and 36% percent of people rated it as 1 star.
Th GE Reverse Osmosis Filtration System GXRM10RBL is not the best choice for your home. The only advantage of this system is its low initial cost.
Numerous consumers have commented on the poor construction of this product. It seems like almost everything that can go wrong has gone wrong. From twisted filters to leaks on the storage tank to the faucet not working properly.
In the end, you’re going to be better off buying a water filter from a company that doesn’t make jet engines and locomotives as well. An APEC reverse osmosis water system is an excellent choice that doesn’t suffer the same drawbacks as the GE Reverse Osmosis system.
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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