The need for cleaning the water supply of the entire house is very important. The common contaminants that are found even in the state-filtered water are harmful when consumed. But did you know that these contaminants will damage your skin as well? Heavy metals and some chemicals in the water are unchanged even after cooking, which then ends up inside your body. It is why you get a whole house water filter with brilliant filtration capacity. One of these filters is the Aquasana Rhino Whole house water filter.
Aquasana is a name that we have found ourselves around many times, and whenever we test their products, it is something pleasant all of the time. Minimum compromises, maximum benefits, and a very reasonable price. So we were excited to test the Rhino whole house water filter because it is one of the most popular whole house water filters in the market. So we ordered one to test and see if the features and performance justify the popularity. Here’s the detailed review of the Aquasana Rhino whole house water filter and our verdict on whether this filter would be the right choice for you.
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What’s In The Box?
We got the box delivered to our office, and it was a very neutral experience, not too bad, and not too great at the same time. The packaging was decent, but nothing impressive. You get the main filtration unit along with some plastic parts for fixing the filter. There was a good amount of padding and packaging to prevent any damages while shipping. We wouldn’t say that the packaging was terrible, but after opening the SpringWell whole house water filter, the Aquasana felt a little lacking.
Coming to the quality of the product, we have a few complaints. Do note that we are not saying the quality is poor in any way. The build quality of the main filter is excellent, and so is the quality of all the plastic parts. But when you compare this with the SpringWell whole house water filter, the Aquasana falls behind. This filter feels like it was rushed during manufacturing. The touch and the design feel a bit awkward. The entire filter setup makes it look goofy, as if it is a DIY project. We did not like the color of this filter either. The SpringWell looks very premium and minimal, like a piece of art. The Aquasana does not. To put it more simply, the Aquasana looks and feels more industrial, something you’d find in commercial buildings. Install this filter where you do not go or look often. We said the opposite for SpringWell.
Looks won’t matter to most of our readers and even us after a few days. So how does the Rhino perform in terms of filtration? We have always been impressed by the filtration Aquasana’s filters provide and a similar perception with the Rhino whole house water filter. The company has been the expert in removing mostly heavy metals and chemical contaminants from the water, and this expertise is reflected in their filter. The Rhino is armed well to remove most of the common contaminants.
The Rhino can remove an impressive 97% of the chlorine in water, which happens to be the most common chemical contaminant. Other than this, it can remove most of the VOCs from the water. VOCs are important to be removed, especially from the general water supply, because these chemicals evaporate and enter your body through the lungs. Pesticides, herbicides, chemicals, etc., are removed efficiently.
Coming to toxic metals, it can remove lead, arsenic, mercury, etc. These metals are very dangerous for your body, even if you are not consuming the water. Chemicals and metals affect the quality of the food as well. The Rhino also comes with a pre-sediment filter that filters out the larger, granular contaminants such as sand and silt. It is a great addition as most water supply in the US is fairly clean of contaminants but suffers from a high quantity of sand and debris.
We saw what the company claims, but claims need to be tested. And hence we began our test to see if the claims hold any ground or not. The sample of water we chose was specifically spiked with chlorine, lead, mercury, VOCs, and some amount of DEET (pesticide). We also added a little bit of grit and sand to test the pre sediment filter. The TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) was around 650, which is very high by any standards, let alone American standards. With the sample ready, the filtration began.
Testing The Filtration
After the filtration was over, we took the sample out for testing. From the first impression, we were impressed but not surprised. We are familiar with the filtration quality of Aquasana’s products and were expecting nothing less. There was a very strong smell of chlorine in the water sample that made it impossible to even bring it near the face. The VOCs also were quite strong. But after the filtration, we could not make out the difference between the water sample and clean water. A good sign that showed the filter was working well.
Testing for lead and mercury, we could not find any trace of these two toxic metals, which is a wonderful thing because any amount of lead is considered dangerous. Chlorine was removed efficiently, along with DEET, VOCs, etc. There was no trace of sand or grit that we had put in. The TDS of the sample was now at 125, which perfectly sits at the recommended level for household water supply in the US.
In summary, the water was perfectly fine for normal usage, and the ability of the filter to purify such heavily contaminated water shows that the Aquasana Rhino packs a punch. It will work perfectly well for your home’s water supply. Top marks for filtration.
What We Loved About This Filter?
- Great Warranty
- Compact Design
- Excellent Filtration Capacity
- Poor Water Flow Rate
- No RO Addon
- The Looks
Apart from the great filtration, there are a lot of other things that we loved about the Aquasana Rhino filter. From great warranty to excellent add-ons, here are all the pros of this filter that will make you want to get it.
Add-ons are a great way to add more functionality to your filter, and the Rhino comes with the option of getting a much-needed UV filter. UV filters are great for killing and removing hundreds of bacteria, viruses, and other pathogenic microorganisms that can create some serious health issues. Take, for example, E. coli which can cause severe diarrhea and other digestive diseases, and this bacteria is common in the US. UV filters take care of all these microorganisms. What’s even better? It only costs around $580, which is a great price since SpringWell is offering the same thing for more than $1,000!
2. Great Warranty
We cannot stress enough how important the warranty of any product is. Even though the filter is perfect in every field, a poor warranty can ruin the entire product. Everything works well until the day it doesn’t. And that would be the day warranty comes to save you. Aquasana is giving an amazing 10-years warranty on the main filtration unit. This section covers all the defects in material and workmanship. But there’s more. You also get a great 90-days money-back guarantee which protects your investment. Don’t feel like the product is up to the mark? Get your money back easily.
The Aquasana Rhino costs $949, which might reduce by a few bucks during some sales. While this price is not that low or affordable, it isn’t overpriced as well. We have seen whole house water filters that cost around $1,500. Since the thousand dollars range is the industry standard pricing for these filters, the price here acts as a benefit.
4. Compact Design
While we did not like the design of this filter, we have to admit that it is very compact. The length of the filtration system is small, making it very small and compact when compared to its competition. It helps in the installation process as it can fit in most of the tight spaces without too much effort.
5. Excellent Filtration Capacity
Aquasana Rhino water filter offers an excellent 1,000,000 gallons of filtration capacity. Yes, that’s one million gallons of water that the company claims would last for around ten years for a home with around three to four bathrooms. Ten years sounds a bit of stretch as it depends on the quality of your water supply. But for most of the houses, you can expect a sure 7-8 years of filter life easily.
What We Did Not Like?
Not everything was great about the Aquasana Rhino filtration system. There are some impactful negative points about this filter that might discourage you from buying it. Here are all the cons about the Rhino water filter.
1. Poor Water Flow Rate
We were not impressed by the water flow rate offered by the Aquasana Rhino filter. You get a poor 7 gallons per minute water flow rate, which is very low when compared to SpringWell’s 10 GPM flow rate. If your house has more than three bathrooms, you’ll feel the lack of flow speed, and living with low water pressure can be a big inconvenience.
2. No RO Addon
An option for reverse osmosis add-on could have made this one of the best all-in-one water filter systems for the whole house. And considering how greatly the UV filter was priced, we sorely miss the option for an RO system. Maybe later, the company will add it as an option, but for now, it sits here as the cons list.
3. The Looks
We have been very vocal about how this filter looks. While it is compact, we just don’t like the overall looks and aesthetics of this filter. But do not take this as a very impactful negative as looks are subjective, and after a few days, it hardly matters.
Aquasana is one of the most reputed and trusted brands in water filtration systems, and the range they offer shows their expertise in this industry. The Rhino whole house water filter is a great option for many as it comes with a wonderful filtration system and can remove almost all the common contaminants. The problem comes with the competition as the SpringWell whole house water filter works just an inch better than this one with a great water flow rate and extra add-ons. This is why we are choosing to recommend SpringWell over Rhino. But if you are getting a better deal with the Rhino, then Aquasana would be a great option as well.
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