To keep your water tasting and smelling great consider installing the GE Reverse Osmosis Water Filtration System. This water filter is installed under your sink for a discreet appearance and filters up to 11 gallons of water daily. The reverse osmosis membrane helps reduce microscopic contaminants such as arsenic, lead and ammonia, for better tasting water for drinking and cooking. The filter indicator reminds you when to replace the filter.
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66%of customersrecommend this product73 of 110reviews
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66%of customersrecommend this product73 of 110reviews
It makes fantastic tasting water! It does waste a lot of water but that's typical for most RO systems. Easy to install even though the directions will have you thinking otherwise. Also, it takes up much less space under the sink than you might think.
After install it was leaking from the barb attachments on the faucet. I did some research and found that this was effecting others as well and the only solution was to call GE and have that part replaced. I decided to play with it a bit and found, with the help of a fantastic Home Depot employee, the barbs can actually unscrew! Chances are the other people that are having leaks simply need to tighten the barbs. I added a little teflon tape to be sure. After that, no leaks!
We purchased and installed this unit after many years of a brown slime that would form in our pipes and fill our bath tubs, this coming from a public water supply. This unit filtered it out until the pre-filter was caked in black junk. If we wouldn't have had the filter installed, the junk would be caked inside of us. It took about 6 months until the unit stopped producing water. If there were less debris and matter in the water, I think the cartridges would have lasted longer. The only grip I have is the amount a water for start up, you need to run the water for 20 minutes during disinfection and then run another 16 gallons before use.
Pros: cleans the water great.
Cons: uses a lot of water during the startup process
I purchased this product as a birthday gift for myself and I can honestly say it is one of the best purchases I have made in a very long time. I use to fill up 6 gallons of water for the kitchen every 4-5 days. I use filtered drinking water for cooking, cleaning fruit and veggies, coffee and obviously drinking. I now only keep 2 gallons, 1 for the counter and 1 for the fridge. The installation was extremely easy with the exception of having to find a way to tap into my existing cold water line. I have the plastic (PEX) line and I had to buy a T-Splitter and multiple adapters to reduce the size down to 1/4". But aside from that, everything else was easy connect fittings. It even comes with a pipe piece to go on the down pipe/drain for the waste water so you don't have to use an unsafe saddle tap line. Looks very professional and works great. It is a bit noisy when it is making water on account of the waste water being close to the drain opening on my configuration, but after a few weeks, you don't even hear it. Very happy with this product! For $150 bucks you cant beat the value!
Pros: Easy to Use, Convenient, Looks Great, Takes Less Space, Good Size & Weight, Nice Design, Great Value
Cons: noisy while making water
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PEX line tap with adapters (not included in kit)
Mounted to the side of the cabinet with ease.
System in it's entirety, plenty of room left under counter.
Very easy to assemble, no leaks working perfect. The clue for no leaks is use thread sealing tape in all your fitting connections and make sure the three filter enclosures are closed tight before you turn your water valve on. I couldn't use the water input sadder valve because my water plumbing to the sink are flexible hoses so I used the method on my pictures. You are not going to have any installation problem with this water filter system if you follow the instructions and tips here. Highly recommended. All the necessary parts are available here in Home Depot. One input and two outputs valve is 1/2 inch for pipe coming from the main water, with two outputs 3/4 for sink flexible hose in my case and 1/4 inch for hose that goes to the filter. You will need to buy the 1/4 fitting to install that little hose to that valve if you use my method.
Pros: Portable, Easy to Clean, Easy to Use, Convenient, Looks Great, Takes Less Space, Good Size & Weight, Nice Design, Light Weight
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Valve with two outputs instead of saddle valve. 3/4 for sink hose and 1/4 for filter hose.
Drain fitting installed with hose straight, no turns or twisted.
Overall I'm very pleased with this filter, and felt it was a good value for the price. I bought this to replace my old 2-stage filter (C******* brand) so I had some of the plumbing ready to go. The faucet was very substantial, and much better made than the twist faucet on the unit it replaced (photo attached). I was impressed with the design that incorporated the airgap for the waste line directly into the faucet.
Installation: The install took some time, and requires some extra parts and you need space for the tank, as others have noted. The supply line is 1/4" rather than the 3/8 noted in the instructions. Not a big deal, just another trip to the store for the adapter on the supply shutoff valve (photo attached) The outflow to the faucet is 3/8", so a much better flow than my old 1/4" filter-nice as this supplies the faucet and is plumbed directly to my refrigerator supply as well.
One note on the faucet: It's designed for the handle to fit on the right side. They advertise it as being reversible for left-hand operation, but I didn't quite figure that out. I installed it on the right-hand, so it wasn't an issue, but I wanted to point out that the handle on the left side would require pushing back instead of pulling forward.
Leak-free: Installing everything, I noticed quite a bit of plastic in the fittings, but on the flip side, I was pleased to see that GE included a roll of teflon tape. Use the Teflon tape on each fitting, and don't overtorque the fittings, and hopefully you will be leak-free, as I *almost* was - I needed a once-over aftewards on a few of the fittings, but it's been fine since then.
Startup: After removing the filters & membrane for sterilization, I then ran several tanks through the filter to make sure everything was cleared out. The inital 24 hours can be somewhat noisy with the water running through the air gap and into the drain, but after everything is up and running, I hardly ever hear it!
Normal operation: After the startup and fill I find that I don't even notice it filtering, and the water pressure is very good. This is running water for coffee, drinking, and over to the refrigerator for ice and more water. I find I'm drinking a lot more water than before, it's so clean and clear that I actually enjoy it!
Resource use: You will use more water with this filter than you would in a basic carbon-block water filter, but that's part of the process. The end result (absolutely pure water) is worth it in my mind.
Pros: Easy to Use, Convenient, Looks Great, Nice Design
This filter requires a bit more work than a regular under the sink filter to install, but you can't beat the value and it's a genuine RO filter that works very well. A word of warning though if you're not experienced with plumbing, installing a drain line or tapping a water line is a lot harder than hooking up a ice maker. This is the case with any RO filter however, the only difference with this one is the cartridges aren't quick release, but for half the price it's not that much of an inconvenience.
Love the filter, only reason for not giving higher marks on the value, is that it would be nice to know before purchase that it needs to have 40psi min. inlet pressure- I had to buy an additional pump. (however, with the booster, it now makes over a gallon/ hr, and wastes less down the drain)
Also, would like to have the charts and graphs in the user manual regarding inlet water quality and hardness available before purchase. It would be nice to know if you need a water softener system in order to use this system, BEFORE you buy!
Otherwise, very happy with this product.
Pros: Easy to Use, Nice Design
Cons: could have important specs listed outside the box
Got the freshest water we've had in years! We used to get calcium build up in our coffee pot. I was amazed this totally eliminated that problem. We did have problems with wrong fittings and went back to home depot (a few times) apparently we didn't get the same guy everyone else did that's done this before. (to their credit, it's a fairly new store) Had a "handyman" install it.. he's no plumber but he did a good job with my counseling. You really need to keep all the tubing off the ground so i bought some nail in hangers that hold them in place so they won't get knocked around. Also as listed in some other reviews we got the one with the chrome dispenser and we have brushed aluminum or whatever it is..but works great. no leaks!.. he did that right...Ty GE! Ty Home Depot. Love it! All in all we Love this RO system.
Pros: Easy to Clean, Easy to Use, Looks Great, Nice Design
Before I put in this system I had a film and coffee scum that turned my white coffee cups black. I first tried a sink mount Pur and this did nothing to cure the problem. Now my coffee is scum free and am surprised that my water quality was so bad.
The system took a few trips to the hardware store to install. Throw away the saddle valve and get yourself a T valve - make sure it is 1/4 inch OD for the system inlet as the install book says 3/8. It took me about 3 hours to install, as I did it myself and didn't get any leaks.
The unit has failed twice in a little over a year. Somehow the vent line backs up and begins releasing water from the vent concealed in the faucet. The water seeps slowly all over your counter, making an enormous mess that doesn't stop until you turn off the water supply and blow out the vent line with compressed air.
I'm pulling it out and getting something that works.
I've had this system for 6 years now and it's worked great. I see a lot of negative reviews here saying how it wastes a lot of water - this is true with EVERY RO system. Due to how RO works, only a small amount of water makes it past the membrane; the rest is dumped down the drain. There are systems (such as the GE Merlin) that provide on demand RO filtered water; but they cost $$$$$ and provide low water pressure.
Also, as many have stated, the "quick connect" fittings are sub-par; as is any quick connect fitting you buy. It's best to pick up some actual brass "T" fittings and not use the plastic parts that comes with the system. The folks at Home Depot can help you there.
Also, the RO filters are not cheap - expect to pay around $100.00 a year to keep the system working up to par.
Pros: works well, pre-filters are the larger carbon type
I recently installed this unit. The tank leaked and the faucet leaked. When I tried to check the tubes that are connected to the barbs on the underside of the faucet, one broke off. Now the unit is unusable.
I called GE and the warranty only covers manufacturer's defects. Since I was touching the tubing at the time the barb broke, it is not a manufacturers defect according to them. Apparently, if you have touched the sytem, their warranty does not cover anything. It is going to cost another $36 to get a replacement base for the poorly designed faucet.
I have several GE systems in my rentals, but will use a different brand next time since they effectively do not have a warranty.
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Review 13 for Reverse Osmosis Filtration System
from West Springfield Ma
Age Range:35 to 44
Home Improvement Profile:Other
Do not reccommend - Don't like
PostedMarch 19, 2012
No, I do not recommend this product.
System wastes 4 gallons for every 1 gallon produced - (the system produces 9.8 gallons of water per day which wastes nearly 40 gallons). Instructions are not clear. The RO filter says "Discard product water for 2 hours minimum before using ..." difficult to figure out as it takes 24 hours to produce 9.8 gallons. Poor quality fittings - the quick-connect fittings started leaking just minutes after installation - replaced with Compression fittings. If you have a garbage disposal you will have more difficulty installing. I installed it in the basement just below the kitchen sink in the basement. It's a good thing as the fitting on the tank broke after the system was filled and sprayed water under pressure across the basement. The system requires flushing/cleaning and it's nearly impossible to keep the area dry. I wish I had researched other systems. as I plan to replace this system as soon as possible. I had to install a lot of extra plumbing and replace too many fittings on the kit that failed. Had to get additional water line for the system to install in basement. I would not purchase this if I was to do it all over again.
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extra plumbing required to bypass garbage disposal
Installed system in basement (grey box is not part of system)
I replaced my K brand filtration system with this GE unit. The install was not difficult but the instructions were not to clear. A simple call to customer service was all that was needed to clarify the instructions. I have absolutly no leaks. The unit does make alot of noise when frist installed, abought the first 24 hours. after that I have never heard a peep from it. As for the people that think the filters are expensive, check the price of bottled water,check the price of filters for K brand filters. Some third grade math will tell you this unit gives the most bang for the buck.
Replaced a similar Reverse Osmosis system that was 10 yrs old. Filtration is all about surface area and this is the biggest sys in the warehouse stores. Not for rookies. Some plumbing skills required to install, and changing RO membrane is inconvient. But if you want awsome faucet flow rate and great water it is the best. It wastes more water than it makes, so if you have a problem with this then any RO system is not for you
Our water comes from an underground aquifer and you never know what sorts of contaminants could work their way into ground water systems. That's why I think an RO system is critical for my family. I think everyone who is on groundwater should seriously consider Reverse Osmosis.
Before we got this system, we were buying 5-6 gallons of water per week from the grocery store. Forget the money, the hassle of lugging water from the store to the car and from the car to the kitchen makes an RO system well worth it. Plus, we don't fill up the recycling bins so quick now.
As for this particular system, I'm not sure if it's better or worse than average. We've had it installed for several years and haven't had any issues. I just finally replaced the filters and the membrane. It was pretty easy. I followed all the directions in the manual and it went smoothly.
The biggest downside is the cost. The filters were $45 and the membrane was $45 for a total cost of $90 to replace everything. (I considered buying a complete new system with water reservoir and facet and everything for only $150). They recommend that you replace the filters every 6 months and the membrane should last 3 years.
The water flows from your pipes, to the pre-filter, to the reverse osmosis membrane, to the storage tank (a 2-3 gallon tank that sits under your sink and uses up a lot of your space there) , to the post-filter, to the tap. We also have ours connected to the fridge, so the ice and water there are also filtered.
The pre-filter, as you could imagine, was a lot dirtier than the post filter. Next time I replace these, I'm going to move the post filter cartridge to the pre-filter spot and only use a new cartridge for the post filter. The RO membrane is filtering out almost everything and so the post filter doesn't do much work. So I'll reuse that one in the pre-filter spot and save 1/2 the cost every 6 months. (I see you can buy these a lot cheaper on ebay too, so I'll probably do that next time vs paying the high price at home depot).
All in all, I would definitely recommend this system. It works well, is easy to maintain, and produces great tasting water. The only downside is the cost for replacing the filters.
The system started great for about a year. After that the system started pushing a lot of water into the drain and nothing into the tank. The tank will now not fill more than 26 oz. and the system still pumps water through the system and into the drain. Spend a little more and buy a much better systment
Cons: Difficult to Use
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Response from By GE Answers, October 15, 2013By GE Answers, October 15, 2013
Hello Elmo - this is Nancy at GE and I am very sorry to hear that your reverse osmosis system is not working the way it use to the first year that you had it. If your system is working more slowly than it use to, then you may want to try replacing the pre-filter and post-filter. If the amount of water in the tank does not increase, try replacing the Reverse Osmosis cartridge, flow control and screen. It could be that they are plugged with sediment. I hope this helps!
I've put up with this for almost 4 years now. The system works well and the water flow is fine. We've never had to worry about running the reserve tank empty either. The problem is in changing the filters. First off, the cost of changing the filters twice exceeds the price of buying a new unit. Each time I need to replace the filters I have to almost entirely disconnect all of the tubing. In order to prevent it from spraying water I have to replace all the caps so tight that removing them the next time takes at least an hour. All of the fittings are plastic so in trying to loosen them they have been stripped down, making the nearly impossible completely impossible. Then its another half a day of running water through it before you can have any that is drinkable. This is my first experience with an RO system so I may just be naive, but I have to believe that there is a better system out there.