WaterChef U9000 ReviewBy John Davis - November 18, 2015
The WaterChef U9000 is an under the sink water filter designed to filter out a wide range of common contaminants. It’s an inline system which means instead of collecting water in a reserve tank, it filters water directly from your line as you need it.
What sets this filter apart from other models on the market is its lifetime guarantee. Very few other water filters offer a warranty this long. In fact the average warranty length tends to be one to three years. Clearly WaterChef is confident in the craftsmanship of their product.
The WaterChef U9000 doesn’t run water through your normal kitchen faucet. Instead, it comes with its own dedicated filtered water faucet. This faucet is offered in four different finishes: polished chrome, polished brass, brushed nickel, and oil rubbed bronze.
In addition to providing filtered water to a dedicated faucet, the WaterChef U9000 can also filter water for your fridge with a simple refrigerator installation kit. It’s also worth noting that the WaterChef U9000 is rated to filter hot water up to 100 degrees fahrenheit, or 30 degrees celsius.
The dedicated faucet has a flow rate of .65 GPM (gallons per minute). Some users have commented that this flow rate is slow and they wish it could be sped up. Unfortunately the design has not been changed yet. Before you buy this unit you should consider whether a slower flow rate is OK for your household.
Finally, this system is optimized for removing contaminants from municipal water supplies. While the WaterChef U9000 is still going to be an effective system for filtering water from a well, there may be other water filters on the market more suited to that purpose.
The Filtration System
The WaterChef U9000 uses a single activated carbon filter. This is a common type of filter found in many different filtration systems including reverse osmosis water systems. Activated carbon has a tremendous surface area which makes it ideal for filtering large quantities of water quickly.
Owing to the quality construction and large size of this filter you will only need to change it once every 1,000 gallons, or about once a year. However, you won’t need to guess when it’s time to change the filter. A three light indication system on the dedicated faucet will tell you the condition of the filter. Green means you’re good to go, yellow indicates that you should order a new filter, and red means that it’s time to change the filter now.
WaterChef’s filters are both ANSI (American National Standards Institute) and NSF (Public Health and Safety Organization) certified. These certifications mean that the WaterChef’s filters remove all the contaminants that they claim to and are made of quality materials.
Another nice feature of the WaterChef U9000 is the list of compounds it filters. Almost every water filter will remove chlorine. Unlike the WaterChef U9000, only a select few filters will take chloramine out of the water as well.
Chloramine is used as a disinfectant in water. Traditionally it has been used infrequently, but more companies today are switching over to Chloramine in the face of new regulations.
That means if you are one of the 20% of Americans who have chloramine in your drinking water you will want a filter to get rid of it. You can learn more about chloramine by clicking here.
On top of chloramine, the WaterChef U9000 also filters out lead, cysts (Giardia and Cryptosporidium), chlorine by-products, synthetic contaminants, industrial contaminants like VOCs and petroleum contaminants like benzene.
However, the WaterChef U9000 will not filter out calcium, magnesium and potassium. These are natural minerals that our bodies need to survive and some homeowners want to keep them in their water. However, if you have hard water (an excess of these compounds), then you will want them filtered out.
Additionally, this system doesn’t filter for fluoride, which is found in municipal water across the United States.
Specification and Design
The WaterChef U9000 is a relatively small system that is designed to fit under your sink without taking up too much space. It has a cylindrical shape and is about the size of two volleyballs stacked on top of one another.
The system weighs 9 pounds and measures 7’’ Long x 9’’ Wide x 14’’ High.
How Much Does the WaterChef U9000 Cost?
The WaterChef U9000 is more expensive than other systems on the market. It’s available for $349.95 from Amazon or directly from WaterChef with free shipping on both websites.
On the bright side, a single replacement filter for the WaterChef U9000 costs $49.95, which is cheaper than other systems of comparable size. As the WaterChef’s filter only needs to be changed once a year, it has a low operating cost.
Installation of the System
Many reviewers on Amazon have commented that the WaterChef U9000 is easy to install yourself. Most people can install the whole system in an hour or two. A great installation guide can be found here.
If you choose to hire a plumber to install the system for you, it can cost anywhere from $40 to $100.
Warranty and Support
The WaterChef U9000 comes with one of the best guarantees on the market. A limited lifetime warranty gives customers a lasting piece of mind when they buy this system.
In addition, WaterChef has excellent customer support. Many people have commented that WaterChef support representatives are competent and very helpful.
You can contact a customer service representative through email or a toll free number.
Pros and Cons
- Outstanding lifetime warranty
- Filter only needs to be changed once a year
- Comes with its own faucet, four different color choices available
- Helpful support line
- Slow flow rate out of faucet
- Single filter can potentially remove less contaminants than other systems
- Relatively high initial cost
As of 11/2/2015 49 customer reviews the WaterChef U9000 has an average rating of 4.2. That’s an excellent rating, and 70% of people gave this system a 5 star rating.
The WaterChef U9000 is good single filter, inline filtration system. It comes with an incredible lifetime guarantee that really makes it stand out in the market. As does a high level of customer support, which is surprising in any industry.
The drawbacks of this system are its higher price point and the fact that it filters slightly fewer chemicals than other less expensive systems.
However, overall this is a well designed, compact system and many people on Amazon have given it a very high rating.
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