Fluoride removal water filtration systems for home use is on many people’s minds, especially with the growing awareness of where fluoride comes from and the scientifically proven, documented harmful effects of ingesting fluoride long-term. Family members, friends and acquaintances know that I am vehemently opposed to fluoride in drinking water and all other sources of fluoride, including fluoridated toothpaste.
I spent weeks researching distillers and reverse osmosis systems that remove fluoride from drinking water, reading hundreds of reviews pro and con, as well as reading a variety of great books about contaminants in water and how to effectively remove those contaminants and fluoride from water.
It is important for consumers to understand that not all water filters work the same way, and the only way to remove fluoride in drinking water is by reverse osmosis with fluoride filters, or distillation. Popular water filters like the Brita and Pur water filters do not filter fluoride. Freezing water in your freezer does nothing to affect fluoride concentration. Nor does boiling water remove fluoride – boiling water only concentrates the fluoride. Think about that the next time you start heating up some water on the stove to cook some noodles or make a pot of homemade soup for your family with fluoridated water.
There are many brands of water filters and water purifiers to filter fluoride and other water contaminants from your home tap. Before consumers can effectively choose the right kind of water purifiers to buy for filtering fluoride, toxic metals, pesticides, herbicides, pharmaceuticals and hundreds of other contaminants found in water supplies, it’s important to know what specific contaminants are found in your tap water at home that you want to remove.
This can be accomplished by carefully reading your city’s water quality report and keeping aware of any/all violations. There are some water contaminants that are governmentally regulated, while many others are not regulated at all. Don’t even get me started on many/most bottled waters consumed by adults and children alike. Read labels carefully on bottles of water before assuming they’re all purified and safe to drink.
Spend some quality time on the Environmental Working Group website (ewg.org) for some eye-opening research findings into many bottled water companies and their alarming lack of transparency regarding methods used (or the lack thereof) to filter or purify water sold in bottles. If the label on your favorite bottled waters doesn’t list the source of the water and how the water is treated, filtered or purified, don’t buy it!
Reading books on water purification should be on your must-read lists, including The Drinking Water Book by Colin Ingram, who suggests (among other things) customizing your water filtration by choosing filters that specifically target the water pollutants in your local water supply, including fluoride. Ingram’s book also includes a comprehensive collection of water filter reviews, rating filters from just “acceptable”, “good”, “very good”, to “excellent” and “excellent++”.
Fluoride Water Filter Options
Researching water filters that remove fluoride and as many other commonly found water contaminants as humanly possible proved to be very time-consuming, and at times frustrating, as opinions vary on which water filters or water purification methods are the best. Trying to find an inexpensive, easy way to remove fluoride from our drinking water turned out to be harder than I initially thought, and some water purification methods can be quite expensive (ie. whole house water filters).
Choosing the right water filter for your home depends on a few things. The criteria I used for deciding what fluoride removing, water filtering systems that were most important included knowing what our needs are; what impurities in tap water we want removed; is the water filter easy and convenient to use; and what costs are involved beyond the initial purchase price (ie. replacement filters).
For me and my household, removing fluoride and as many other contaminants as possible from our tap water was primary for good health, safety and peace of mind, with cost factors coming in second place, and convenience in third place. Choices for types of water filters boil down to these 8 options:
1. Carafe/Pitcher Filters
2. Faucet Filters
3. Countertop Filters
4. Under-Sink Filters
5. Reverse Osmosis Countertop Purifiers
6. Reverse Osmosis Under-Sink Purifiers
7. Countertop Distillers
8. Whole House Filters (not budget-friendly for most consumers)
To help keep costs low, we decided against water filters that require mounting under the sink or calling a plumber to install, and we didn’t want a filter that required electricity to work. Based on our selected criteria mentioned above, we opted for a gravity-fed drip stainless steel countertop water filter with fluoride filters over any plastic models, even BPA free models for durability and longevity.
Berkey Water Filters are the Best Water Filters
We love the countertop Berkey Water Purifier, and the above Berkey comparison video describes all the goodness the Berkey has to offer! There are several sizes and types of Berkey water filters available including the Go Berkey, Travel Berkey, Berkey Light, Big Berkey, Royal Berkey, Imperial Berkey and Crown Berkey models, making the Berkey an affordable, budget-friendly water purifier. Most of these Berkey filtering systems use either the Black Berkey filtering cartridges or Super Sterasyl ceramic type, plus they can hold additional PF-2 Fluoride and Arsenic, or PF-4 and Arsenic filters.
The Berkey filters water via gravity. Just pour tap water into the top cylinder and allow it time to filter down into the lower chamber holding area. The slow filtration of the Berkey is considered to be best, versus a more rapid filtering system which does not allow enough time for contaminants to be removed. The faucet-like spigot attachment makes this water filter very handy, easy and convenient, and we love how the filters are re-cleanable with a stiff brush.
When the filtering time slows down to a crawl, simply scrub the filter and re-insert into the Berkey, and you’re ready to filter more clean, purified water for drinking, cooking, making coffee, etc. The Berkey is one powerful water purifier because it will filter raw untreated water from rivers, lakes and streams, making the water contaminant and fluoride free.
We tested the efficiency of the Berkey filtering immediately after the quick assemble by adding food coloring, and as expected, the pure water came out crystal clean. If you’re considering buying a great water filter for your home, I highly recommend comparing the Berkey with other brands of water filters. Our family’s unbiased opinion is that the Berkey is the best water filter to remove fluoride and other water contaminates, hands down. You’re going to want to get one for yourself and your family.