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101 of 104 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent Built Quality and Top notch filters!
By Bob Chen
I had a really old RO system that my parents bought long time ago. Every year, we pay a service guy to come a replace the filters for us and each time he charges around $60 to replace. If it requires a membrane replacement, he will charge us around $150! After 10+ year of usage, I figure it’s time to change to a new one. At first I was thinking about getting a newer unit from the same company but my friend told me that I should just maintain it myself so I don’t have to pay for the ridiculous service fee.
This is when I heard about APEC Water. He said that their systems are very well built and also the filters that they use are the best in the industry. When the system arrived, my initial impression was wow! This thing is night and day compared to not just the old system that I have before, but the new system that the same company is trying to sell to me. The craftsmanship and quality of materials even down to the way it was packaged.
The whole installation took me about a good 1 hour because I want to make sure I got everything installed correctly. The hardest part was probably the faucet installation, because I had to crawl underneath the sink cabinet and it is not fun for a 6’-1” guy. Other than that, the system installation itself was a breeze. I would say, as long as you follow the instructions on the manual, you shouldn’t have any issues on installing it. Overall, I would give it a 5 out of 10 in terms of difficulty and most of that 5 is coming from the faucet installation.
Out of curiosity, I took my old system apart to see what filters they used, and surprise; they don’t even have a brand, not even on the membrane itself. Now I know where most of my money was going during its service. With this new system, I pay only $39 a year for top notch filters and it also come with a nice tester for me to monitor the quality of my water anytime!
73 of 79 people found the following review helpful.
6 Star System!
By Amazon Customer
I must admit that the product is a little pricier than what I initially intended on paying for a reverse osmosis system. After further research on their company website I pieced together why the unit is listed at a higher price than competitors. I learned that the unit uses all USA made filters that supposedly lasts twice as long as other leading brands. In addition, each system is certified to remove a wide range of contaminants and individually lab tested to make sure that no faulty systems are sent out. Lastly, the free water quality tester and extra filter set are an $80 value which makes the price more attractive. After all of this, I was convinced and I decided to pay a little more for a system I can rely on and trust to give me the best water quality possible…after all this is water that I am putting into my body every day!
I am replacing my existing RO system which has stopped working for quite some time now. I have been buying bottled water since then and am finally getting around to purchasing another unit because I can’t stand lugging around the plastic bottles on a weekly basis. I can immediately tell the difference between the two systems when I take the system out of its packaging. Everything from the packaging, detailed installation manual and color coded tubing to the quality of the filters and filter housings was an obvious upgrade from my previous cheapo unit.
Now it was time to put my system through the real test… I used the TDS (total dissolved solids) meter to compare my filtered water and my city water to calculate the percentage of contaminants that were being removed. I’m located in Walnut, California and my city water read 344 ppm and my filtered water read 14 ppm. This comes out to a 96% rejection rate. I knew I could taste the difference but this meter proves it! The water tastes so clean and crisp, even a little sweet taste to it that I can’t get enough of. I know this system is going to pay for itself soon. I easily spent $30 dollars a month on bottled water and I can’t wait to calculate my savings and stop making trips to the recycling centers for my plastic bottles.
Every day I get to enjoy the benefit of this system and I’m so glad I took the extra time to dig deeper into this product and company. I may just have the best water in the neighborhood!
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The Porsche of Reverse Osmosis
By Sam S.
To start off, I previously owned a I-Spring 5 Stage Reverse Osmosis system. After using it for a month, my bladder began hurting so I stopped drinking its water. I switched out the filters for the system several times, sanitized the tank and the filter casings and the problem continued on. I ended up trying to get my money back and they pretty much just wrote me off. Months later, I felt the need to have operational reverse osmosis unit. *******I found that I-Spring is fraudulent and claim they are certified by Water Quality Associations standard when on WQA database, they have no listing of I-Spring. I looked into Apec and found that they were actually registered in WQA Database for high rejection levels. So I went ahead and tried this once more and bought this product. Needless to say, I am not disappointed whatsoever and I am glad I choose this company over any other. The system came ready to go with the RO membrane in the casing and just had to install the bottom 3 filters. Its been 3 weeks since I have been drinking this water and notice a huge difference! I originally wanted to get a RO system that had a high rejection rate of fluoride because this element interferes with acetylcholine (a vital neurotransmitter that plays several roles, one specifically in my interest- memory). This Apec system had a average rejection rate of 98% for fluoride (which is the highest rate you can find on a RO for under $1000) . Two weeks after drinking this water, believe it or not, I am acquiring a photographic memory. My sleep has also improved greatly due to the melatonin receptors no longer being gunked up with the fluoride. All parts are made in America and I know this because not only does the carbon filter say it, but on the back of the reverse osmosis unit the sticker with specs tells me it is along with the good ol' red white and blue flag. My hat is off to the engineers at APEC and DOW for this god-send product.
5/15/2015 UPDATE: This system is flawless, the water is still great, and what they have claimed for the 12 month filter life still holds true. This is month 9 since I had this system. My ppm is 16-22 (I have a mineralization filter and a Ionizer (that white box with the blue LED in the pic) which will throw off the reading a bit so I am thinking its around 10 ppm if not below it. The filters in it are from August of 2014 and no clogs.... The main reason I am writing a update was because of my experience this past week. I was blessed with the opportunity to go down to Townsend, TN (Smokie Mtns.) for vacation and while I was there I drank from a private spring water pump up in the mountains. I brought some in bottles for the car ride back home which ended up leaving some left over. Then I drank from this system after I ran out the left overs from the spring and the water tasted just as good if not better!!!!!