iSpring RCC7 ReviewBy John Davis - April 1, 2015
The iSpring RCC7 is a 5-stage, 75 gallon per day reverse osmosis drinking water system that’s a best seller and one of my top recommendations for an entry level RO system. The system will remove up to 98% of contaminants and provide your home with great tasting water at a very good price point.
I’m not exactly sure how long iSpring has been making this model, but it has quite a few Amazon reviews dating back to 2010. While the majority of the reviews have been positive, there were some issues that were consistently reported such as system leaks, failing to shut off when the tank got full, as well as odd smelling water.
As a result, in July 2014, iSpring introduced a designer faucet and new upgrades to address the issues.
July 2014 Upgrades
- Upgraded user manual with more visuals that’s easier to follow
- Brushed Nickel European Style Designer Faucet
- Higher quality shut-off valve for when the tank is full
- New higher grade of carbon in the stage 5 filter that’s more durable
- A flood alarm equivalent to a smoke detector to alert you should the system malfunction and start to leak
- Upgraded storage tank valve
- New feed water adapter to make connecting to the cold water line easier
Note: Since the July 2014 upgrades there have still been some reviews on Amazon complaining of leaks. However, I can’t say for sure whether or not these purchases were made before the upgrades and the reviews left later. It’s just an observation that I thought should be mentioned.
The iSpring RCC7 is will produce up approximately 75 gallons of purified water per day at 60 psi and 77 degrees Fahrenheit. Like most under-the-sink reverse osmosis water systems the actual daily production depends on your water pressure and the water temperature.
As is common with many RO systems water is pushed through the filtration system via water pressure, so you do not need an electrical outlet or power source near by. However, if your water pressure is below 45 psi it is recommended you get the RCC7P, which is exactly the same except it includes a built-in permeate pump (will does require electricity) and cost about $40 more.
This system features an automatic shut-off valve once the tank in full.
The system also has a 3:1 waste water ratio which is in-line with other reverse osmosis systems.
Filtration Stages and Contaminants Removed
The iSpring RCC7 features a 5-stage filtration process that, which is very similar to the APEC ROES-50 that I use in my home.
According to iSpring the water filtration system removes up to 98% or over 1000 contaminants including arsenic, lead, microorganisms, chlorine, fluoride, and pharmaceuticals.
Stage One: NSF/ANSI certified Polypropylene sediment filter that removes dust, rust, sand and other particles. In the iSpring this stage comes in a transparent housing, which is kind of cool.
Stage Two: NSF/ANSI compliant Granular Activated Carbon (GAC) that removes chlorine, tastes, odors and cloudiness.
Stage Three: NSF/ANSI compliant Carbon Block Filter (CTO) helps to remove any excess odors and extend ro membrane life.
Stage Four: High Rejection TFC 0.0001 micron Reverse Osmosis Membrane. Removes the majority of harmful elements such as lead and arsenic.
Stage Five: NSF/ANSI compliant Total Polishing Inline Carbon – removes any taste and odors after the water has been sitting in the tank.
Specifications and Design
The RCC7 is designed to go under your kitchen sink, however there are plenty of customers who have chosen to install theirs in the basement for easier access.
I was not able to find an ice maker or refrigerator kit but some customers were able to connect it to their fridge by purchasing some additional tubing.
*The following specs where taken directly from iSprings website
- System Capacity: 75 gallons per day @ 60 psi & 77 deg F
- Tank Capacity: 3.2 gallons
- Feed Water Source: Chlorinated or non-chlorinated water supplies
- Feed Water pH: 3.0-11.0
- Feed Water Pressure: 40-80 psi
- Feed Water Temperature: 40-100 F (4-38 C)
- Max Total Dissolved Solids: 2000 ppm
- System Package Dimensions: 14w x 17d x 23h
- System Package Weight : 30 lbs
- System Dimensions: 14.5w x 6d x 18h (Fits most under-sink cabinets)
How Much Does the iSpring RCC7 Costs?
Initial Purchase Price
This reverse osmosis system has a list price of $318.40, but it’s currently being offered on Amazon for $199.
Replacement Filter Cost
iSpring makes it easy for you to purchase their replacement filters by giving you two bundled choices to choose from. You can purchase the 1 Year Replacement Kit for $39, or for the best deal you can go for the 3 Year Replacement Kit for $115.
Filter Replacement Schedule
What About Installation?
After reviewing the owners manual and watching the video below I can say this installation looks really similar to the APEC ROES-50 which I installed myself under my kitchen sink.
You will need a few basic tools but it doesn’t look too difficult.
The biggest difference from what I can tell is in the quick connect fittings. The iSpring’s appear to be a bit more complicated than the APEC quick connect fittings.
With that said, most of the people who have purchased this model were able to install it themselves without any issue.
Warranty and Support
The RCC7 comes with a 1 year limited warranty and comes with lifetime customer service.
I’ve never worked with iSpring’s support personally, but found mixed reviews regarding their support while doing my research. Most of the negatives were from people who left 1 or 2 stars on Amazon.
- Upgraded European Style Faucet
- High output of 75 GPD
- Flood Water Alarm
- All components that touch water are NFS Certified
- Great customer satisfaction rating
- History of leaks and other complaints
- Somewhat tedious quick connect fittings could make installation more difficult
- Shorter filter life compared to other similarly priced RO systems
iSpring RCC7 Amazon Customer Reviews
As of 3/31/2015 the iSpring has an excellent Amazon customer review rating of 4.6 with well over 700 reviews and counting.
Which honestly is about as good as you can ask for.
While I would still choose the APEC ROES-50 over the iSpring for the same cost, I definitely think this is a nice water filter system. If there was a way to get it for $179 it would be a bit more attractive to me due to the shorter filter life and moderately more difficult installation.
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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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