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Reverse Osmosis Brand Recommendations

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Reverse Osmosis Brand Recommendations

Firstly, I did research for this on RFD. However, the threads/posts were either outdated or didn't mention enough on brand for me to make a decision. I'm located in Markham and recepty installed an excalibur water softerner. I'm looking to install an RO but can't find a supplier or brand which I should pursue. Preferabbly i'd like to go with a vendor or brand that is recommended by another RFD'er. Can anyone assist?
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Prestonxavier wrote:
Jun 3rd, 2018 11:01 pm
Firstly, I did research for this on RFD. However, the threads/posts were either outdated or didn't mention enough on brand for me to make a decision. I'm located in Markham and recepty installed an excalibur water softerner. I'm looking to install an RO but can't find a supplier or brand which I should pursue. Preferabbly i'd like to go with a vendor or brand that is recommended by another RFD'er. Can anyone assist?
Most places just sell rebranded 3M which is a good unit imo

Cheapest is probably Costco?

I got mine from home comfort centre
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Prestonxavier wrote:
Jun 3rd, 2018 11:01 pm
Firstly, I did research for this on RFD. However, the threads/posts were either outdated or didn't mention enough on brand for me to make a decision. I'm located in Markham and recepty installed an excalibur water softerner. I'm looking to install an RO but can't find a supplier or brand which I should pursue. Preferabbly i'd like to go with a vendor or brand that is recommended by another RFD'er. Can anyone assist?
We have a Kinetico.. 12 years old now.
Storage Tank was replaced with a larger one, as it feeds 2 fridges with water and icemaker, and the regular spout it comes with
Have had no problems with it
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GSpeed wrote:
Jun 4th, 2018 9:45 am
We have a Kinetico.. 12 years old now.
Storage Tank was replaced with a larger one, as it feeds 2 fridges with water and icemaker, and the regular spout it comes with
Have had no problems with it
Who did you buy from?
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I also have a Kinetico K5 reverse osmosis system. This is the best unit in the market. No bladder to bleed or inflate.

The filters are expensive, costs $150 per year and I replace another filter every 5 years.

I also have a Kinetico water softener. I like it because it is maintenance free and requires no electricity.

Since you’re located in Markham, there is a Kinetico dealer at first Markham place.



If you don’t want to drop $2000 on the K5 (yeah, it’s that expensive) then I recommend this unit

https://www.amazon.ca/gp/product/B00JLW ... 35PBLJ5A7F

Don’t cheap out on your health and well being.

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OP, what you really need is a TDS meter to measure your tap water first.
You need real measure of tap and filter water.
All these marketing videos will just confuse you more.
[OP]
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BDSL wrote:
Jun 5th, 2018 10:04 am
OP, what you really need is a TDS meter to measure your tap water first.
You need real measure of tap and filter water.
All these marketing videos will just confuse you more.
I'm in the process of obtaining this.

Do any of you have feedback or heard of reviews of a brand called excalibur?
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Prestonxavier wrote:
Jun 5th, 2018 3:23 pm
I'm in the process of obtaining this.

Do any of you have feedback or heard of reviews of a brand called excalibur?
I have not heard of excalibur.
Since you live in Markham (so am I), when I measured my tap water TDS, it was around 150ppm. My RO system from http://www.waterdepotstouffville.com/ was able to reduce to around 50-70ppm.
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The one thing about waterdepot stouffville is that they carry their own brand and i noticed that the RO system is not certified from the water quality association.
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Apr 22, 2014
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Woodbridge
Hello all - how much does a reverse osmosis system typically cost?

And can anyone refer a good system?
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liveclean wrote:
Oct 29th, 2018 9:13 am
Hello all - how much does a reverse osmosis system typically cost?

And can anyone refer a good system?
I've seen cheap systems starting at $300. You can tell I am partial to Kinetico and they can run up to $2000
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Apr 22, 2014
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Woodbridge
Thanks Gee.

Wow $2000 is a lot................do you have a place in mind that I can visit to seek advice and potentially purchase?
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I have the Water Depot Hercules system. It's nice as it's a bog standard Waterite system (Pretty sure it's just a re-badged Vectapure 400 NX) with a 400gpd membrane so you don't need a (permeate or booster) pump to make water fast, and the filters/membrane can be found easily if you think the local dealer is overcharging or goes out of business.

If I had to just order one from the internet though the Aquatell.ca house brand systems look nice - just stay away from anything that's a "custom" unit unless you like paying through the nose for consumables.

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