Culligan FM-15A Water Faucet Filter Review – Or ‘How to Spend Less on Drinking Water’

by Josh Champagne on April 3, 2012


There is nothing like drinking a tall glass of clear, pure thirst-quenching water. Most public city water doesn’t meet any of these descriptive adjectives, however. One exception is Chilliwack, BC Canada. Rumor has it, they have the best city drinking water in the world.glass of water

For those of us who don’t live in Chilliwack, though, we have a couple of options:

  1. Drink the nasty chlorinated tap water
  2. Buy large 5 gallon jugs at the local grocery store or fill them up at a coin operated filtered water dispenser
  3. Install a complicated under-the-sink filtration system
  4. Get a faucet-mounted drinking water filter

Up until recently, we had been opting for number 2. It wasn’t emptying our wallets, but at around $60/year with the added pain of hauling around those heavy containers, I figured there must be a simpler way.

After a few minutes of web research, I settled on the Culligan 15A Faucet Mounted Filter. It had a lot going for it including:

  • Cost (a mere $15 at time of writing)
  • Great customer reviews on Amazon
  • Simple 5 minute installation
  • 2 year warranty
  • Excellent carbon filter
  • Low-cost carbon cartridge replacements

Two days later, it arrived and just as anticipated, it was a cinch to install and use. In five steps, we were up and running. No more five gallon jugs cluttering the kitchen and my shoulders and back are already thanking me. :)

5 Simple Steps to pure water with the Culligan FM15A carbon-based filter:

  1. Unbox the filter
  2. Figure out the rubber grommets and threaded attachment doohickey, connecting it all to your faucet.
  3. Figure out the on/off switch going from tap water to filtered and back (it automatically switches back to tap water, how cool is that?!)
  4. Run it for 10 minutes on ‘filter mode’ to get rid of the carbon grounds (harmless, but who wants gray stuff in your water?)
  5. Fill up your first tall glass of clear, pure thirst-quenching water and ENJOY!

The FM-15A Replacement Cartridge is good for 200 gallons and runs for $10-12. Let’s compare apples to apples for a moment. The water I was buying in the 5 gallon jugs was 25 cents per gallon plus fuel to go get it. I now pay a mere 6 cents a gallon and have instant access to fresh filtered water with the flip of a switch.

Worth it? You bet!

So where do you source your drinking water? Let us know, in the comments below.

 

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Daisy April 3, 2012 at 7:58 am

I live less than an hour from Chilliwack and now I’m curious about their water. The whole town is just.. yuck. It stinks because it’s a farm town and there’s manure..well, everywhere. Maybe there’s a light at the end of the tunnel! I just drink tap water. Our chlorine content isn’t had and I don’t really like filtered water.

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Medford Oregon Photographer April 9, 2012 at 7:32 pm

That sounds like a pretty good deal at $15. As long as it’s effective.

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domain October 9, 2014 at 12:58 am

Right away I am going away to do my breakfast, when having my breakfast coming over again to read more news.

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