One of the biggest things to consider in water filtration is whether you decide to use a reverse osmosis water filter or a carbon filter. You know that water filtration is important, especially when you use it in your whole home. It’s possible to see incredible benefits when you install a whole-house water filter, but the benefits you see depend on which water filter you install.

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Before we begin our comparison of carbon and reverse osmosis water filters, it is important to understand how each of these filters works. Each one has different advantages that may fit what you are looking for in a home water filter. Here is our analysis of the difference between carbon filters and reverse osmosis water filters.

Carbon Filters

Carbon filtration has been around for centuries. The ancient Egyptians have a written record of using charcoal to absorb unpleasant odors. As the years went by, more civilizations began experimenting with using carbon in the form of charcoal to filter their water. Today, carbon filters are one of the most inexpensive options for filtering your water, while also one of the most diverse in levels of purification.

The simplest and cheapest method of carbon filtration is found in your refrigerator’s water filter. It is essentially loose carbon that removes large particles from your drinking water. If there are any large chunks in your drinking water, you can rest assured knowing that a carbon filter will effectively filter that particle out of your water, but if there are small particulate matter or contaminants, your cheap charcoal filter will not be able to filter it. On the more effective, high-end side of things, a carbon block water filter will filter more contaminants. While these filters will remove odors, large particles, and foul taste, it is important to note that they cannot remove dissolved solids, viruses, or arsenic.

Reverse Osmosis Water Filters

Reverse osmosis water filters are essentially the best option in water filtration, but they will come at a price. Reverse osmosis water filters use a semi-permeable membrane to filter the water. Reverse osmosis water filters remove particles that are about as small as .001 microns, which is about 500 times smaller than what a carbon filter can do. The holes in a reverse osmosis filter are so small they aren’t visible with the naked eye or even your high school science lab’s microscopes.

The best reverse osmosis water filters will have a multi-stage filtering system that may even include using a carbon filter as a preliminary filter for the water. Reverse osmosis water filters do require more space and set-up and cost much more than carbon water filters, but they are incredibly effective, especially if you want to be able to filter viruses and dissolved solids that may be affecting the quality of your water.

At the end of the day, the most important objective is that you have access to safe, clean water. Carbon water filters are really just a preliminary step to getting you there, but mostly miss the mark on filtering other contaminants that may be harmful. While your carbon filter may be able to remove some parasites and other organic material, a reverse osmosis water filter is almost guaranteed to filter out those things.




When you install a whole-house water filter that uses reverse osmosis technology, you not only protect yourself and your loved ones from contaminants in the water, you save yourself money and protect your water appliances from hard water buildup. If you’re ready to make the next step in having great tasting water that doesn’t clog your pipes with calcium buildup, make a consultation with Home Water Solutions in Northern Colorado and Idaho. Our technicians will perform a free water test at your home so you can see what is truly in your water. Visit our website to schedule your free water test or call us today at 303-984-9642.