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Hi Debra,

I am looking for a decent drinking water filter… can’t afford the best for now, but so far I’ve had Brita and Pur, and am (quite) a bit less than happy. Soo, after a few days’ research I came across crystal quest’s countertop filters that seem the best I can afford for now. What is your opinion about those?

Many thanks,


Debra’s Answer

I went to the Crystal Quest website and looked at their countertop filter.

It has six stages of filtration:

1 – particle filter that removes suspended particles such as silt, sediment, cyst (Giardia, Cryptosporidium), sand, rust, dirt, and other un-dissolved matter.

2 and 3 – KDF made from copper and zinc, which instantly removes chlorine as well as heavy metals such as lead, mercury, copper, nickel, chromium, cadmium, aluminum, and other dissolved metals.

4 – ion exchange resins, reducing heavy metals such as lead, copper, aluminum, and water hardness.

5 – granulated activated carbon (GAC), which removes, again, chlorine (99.9%), chemicals linked to cancer (THM’s, benzine) pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, volatile organic compounds (VOC’s), PCB’s, MTBE’s and hundreds of other chemical contaminants (which may or may not be in your water).

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