This is a question that has been asked many times, and one we will continue to answer as best we can here and now. However, before you make the final decision on whether AquaBare is suitable for your drinking water needs or not, you need to know what sets the different brands apart.
AquaBare’s biggest advantages in the marketplace are unit size and price. AquaBare offers the biggest units on the market, topping out at 6.6 gallons for their “Platinum” model. If you are looking for a tiny filter that will only purify 1-2 gallons of water at a time, this isn’t the brand for you. However, if you are looking to get the biggest and best system on the block, then AquaBare is the choice for you. You really can’t beat the convenience of needing to refill your system fewer times during the day.
If you are considering a smaller brand, you should consider the purchase price and filter replacements. Some smaller brands will charge you more per gallon purified than AquaBare does for their larger units!
Not only can you be stuck paying more per gallon, but some nanosystems require specialized filters. This means you lose out on parts compatibility and be pidgeon holed into paying exorbitant prices on filter resupplies should that manufacturer ever raise their prices or go out of business. In this sense, AquaBare is a more economical choice because we do not use any proprietary parts and all replacement filters are readily available on our website or in stores at a fraction of the cost.
While many smaller systems may have a lower purchase price, you need to keep in mind; that you may be paying nearly the same price for less than 1/2 of the filter volume or quality, which can be incredibly expensive in the long run. And may even result in you buying the “more expensive” system down the line to replace the budget option you went with initially.
With all of that said, if you don’t have the space for a large system, you don’t have the space. There are several high-quality brands like Doulton or Berkey that offer similar, high-quality products in smaller sizes. However, you may still be paying more for a smaller system with one of these brands than you would for a larger AquaBare system.
Another essential aspect to consider is the actual quality of the filtration, which can vary widely between products. There are products out there that will remove specific contaminants (like lead or bacteria), but not others (like fluoride), and some companies claim their filters remove “everything” even though they do not test for these other contaminants. When buying water purifiers, you need to make sure you only buy from brands with 3rd party certifications that make their product in the United States. There are many dubious sellers in the market, and you need to ensure you are buying quality products to protect your family.