WHY I WANTED TO USE A SHOWER FILTER:
1. I wanted a shower filter to remove chlorine and the cloudy white build up on shower screens.
2. I wanted soft, healthy skin and hair (particularly a problem for me in the winter).
3. I read that a body absorbs more chlorine during a shower than by drinking a glass of tap water.
4. A long, hot shower equals steam inhaled into lungs contains chlorine and disinfectant by products.
ABOUT THE COMPONENTS OF THIS FILTER:
I am not a water filter expert (other than having an understanding of the role carbon plays as a filter). With that in mind, I did some research on the components of this water filter. I have included some of my findings below:
"KDF water filtration media is a high-purity alloy of both copper and zinc. KDF media (or Kinetic Degradation Fluxion Media), is a chemical compound used in water filtration applications. KDF is often used along with activated carbon to maximise the filters efficiency. Generally KDF is used in a purification system as a pre-filter, before another, finer stage of filtration...Since its development in 1984, it has grown to be widely regarded as one of the best filtration medias available" (Wikipedia).
100 times more effective than activated carbon at removing chlorine and heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and aluminium (several sources have cited this statistic).
"Carbon filtering is a method of filtering that uses a bed of activated carbon to remove contaminants and impurities, using chemical adsorption. Each particle/granule of carbon provides a large surface area/pore structure, allowing contaminants the maximum possible exposure to the active sites within the filter media. One pound (454 g) of activated carbon contains a surface area of approximately 100 acres" (Wikipedia).
+ 3-stage filter: Carbon (great at moderate to low temperature water), KDF 55, and calcium sulfite
+ Easy to replace filter
+ Simple installation
+ Includes thread seal tape so no need to take a trip to the big box store
+ Much less expensive that installing a whole-home water filter
- If you are tall, you may need a different shower arm or shower head (for reference, I'm 5'10" and have 5 or so inches to my shower head)
- Must replace filter after 6-8 months of use
- Your shower head can't have a "bump" inside the female portion - the filter has a wire screen, so a "bump" could prevent the filter from screwing onto the shower filter.
After installing the filter and before installing the shower head, run the water for 20 seconds (approximately). Similar to installing a filter in your fridge, the loose carbon in the filter will quickly expel and your shower head is ready to install (and you can take a shower if desired).
To date, I'm very pleased with the shower filter. I haven't run a water test to see just how well it filters. With that said, I believe that it does do a good job of filtering chlorine and other contaminants from the water. I will purchase the filter replacements in the future, because I am pleased with the product. Questions? Feel free to leave them below!
Available on Amazon at: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B01G7AZB96
FEDERAL TRADE COMMISSION (FTC) DISCLAIMER:
I received this product free for purposes of testing. However, the opinions expressed herein were formulated based on my personal use of the product. I welcome any and all suggestions, feedback and/or product questions!