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- This Aquasana system has a 5-stage filtration process that removes or reduces at least 75 contaminants including lead, mercury, and pesticides
- Thanks to UV Sterilight Filtration, this system also addresses microbial contamination, removing 99.99% of viruses and bacteria like e-coli and chlorine resistant cysts like giardia and cryptosporidium
- The dual tank Simply Soft salt-free descaler is included to offer scale prevention for the entire house without the use of chemicals or salt
|Country of Origin:||USA (made in Texas)|
|Certifications:||None specific to this unit, but the component parts appear to have NSF Standard 53 (Class B) and NSF Standard 42 certifications.|
One of the most sought-after activated carbon systems, the Aquasana Rhino 10-Year, 1,000,000 Gallon Whole House Water Filter (View Price on Walmart) is very low maintenance, has quality parts that are unlikely to need replacing, includes a sediment pre-filter, a water softener cylinder, activated carbon filters, and a UV Sterilight. Although this unit isn’t NSF certified, it uses the same activated carbon filter components and media as the EQ-600 system which is certified to NSF Standard 42. The EQ-1000 filters contain more media, giving them the longer lifespan, and the activated carbon filter system has been tested by PACE analytical laboratory and shown to remove 97.4% of chlorine. The UV lamp used in this model also appears to be the same as those in the Viqua UV systems that are NSF Standard 53 Class B certified.
This Aquasana system has a 5-stage filtration process that removes or reduces at least 75 contaminants including lead, mercury, and pesticides. And, thanks to UV Sterilight Filtration, this system also addresses microbial contamination, removing 99.99% of viruses and bacteria like e-coli and chlorine resistant cysts like giardia and cryptosporidium. This makes it ideal for anyone on a well-water system or anyone living somewhere where boil warnings are common.
This system is designed to reduce or remove:
- water soluble metals
- industrial solvents
The dual tank Simply Soft salt-free descaler is included to offer scale prevention for the entire house without the use of chemicals or salt. This helps to protect home appliances and plumbing by reducing the adverse effects of excess iron and scale. Aquasana Simply Soft uses innovative Scale Control Media (SCM) softening technology to naturally condition water without the use of added sodium. It works by altering the structure of the hard minerals so they cannot bind together and form scale build-up. Unlike salt-based water descalers, this system does not demineralize water or dump excessive sodium into communal water systems.
The package includes a filtration tank, SimplySoft tank, 20″ pre-filter, sub-micron post-filter, brass fittings, bend supports, and shut-off valves for a bypass loop and easier filter changes, and fittings for 3/4” pipe. There is no draining, back flushing, or water waste with this unit and it is guaranteed for one million gallons or 10 years.
The system is very comprehensive, meaning that it is also quite large. It measures some 9 x 46 x 69 inches. The Aquasana Rhino also has a unique upflow, dual tank design that increases water contact time with contaminant grabbing media and prevents clogging or media channeling.
Sub-Micron Post-Filter – Provides added protection from organic particles and microscopic cysts.
Aquasana Rhino vs. iSpring WGB32B and WGB32BM
The Aquasana Rhino 10-Year system is one of the most comprehensive whole home water filtration systems available. While this complete unit lacks certifications, the individual parts appear to be certified for their respective functions, making it a good option if you’re looking to cover all your bases in a single system that is designed to work together. If you’re a stickler for certifications and still want a complete system, go for the iSpring WGB32B (View Price on Walmart) or WGB32BM (View Price on Walmart) and pair it with a certified UV system and water softener. Or, if your water is pre-treated and doesn’t need the microbial UV filter, choose the much less expensive iSpring as both this and the Aquasana deliver excellent performance with great customer support.