Instapure Water Filter Review (Innovative Choice!) – WaterFiltersAdvisor

 Last updated  - November 26th, 2021

Clean drinking water is an everyday essential, and with the newest innovations in water filtration technology, clean water is more accessible now than ever. Most of us are getting water from our local water districts. Therefore, it is important to be aware of the pollutants lurking in our drinking water. Here, we will review Instapure Water Filters to help you with your water contaminants issues like odor, discoloration, and residue. Let’s take water filtration into our own hands.

Comparison Table

Instapure F2 ESSENTIALS Tap Water Filtration...
Instapure F5 COMPLETE Tap Water Filtration System...
Instapure F8 Ultra Tap Water Filtration System...
Instapure F2 ESSENTIALS Tap System
Instapure F5 Complete Filtration System
Instapure F8WU-1ES Wrench Mount Water Filter System
Best Feature/Benefit
Reduces the bad taste and smell of chlorine
Filters out 99% of cysts and 99% of lead
Filters out 99% of cysts and 99% of lead, 97% of chlorine
Performance
Filters up to 200 gallons
Filters up to 200 gallons
Filters up to 100 gallons
Certification
Gold seal ANSI/ NSF certified
Certified by the WQA for three NSF/ANSI standards
ANSI / NSF 42, 53 Certified
Prime Status
Instapure F2 ESSENTIALS Tap Water Filtration...
Instapure F2 ESSENTIALS Tap System
Best Feature/Benefit
Reduces the bad taste and smell of chlorine
Performance
Filters up to 200 gallons
Certification
Gold seal ANSI/ NSF certified
Prime Status
Instapure F5 COMPLETE Tap Water Filtration System...
Instapure F5 Complete Filtration System
Best Feature/Benefit
Filters out 99% of cysts and 99% of lead
Performance
Filters up to 200 gallons
Certification
Certified by the WQA for three NSF/ANSI standards
Prime Status
Instapure F8 Ultra Tap Water Filtration System...
Instapure F8WU-1ES Wrench Mount Water Filter System
Best Feature/Benefit
Filters out 99% of cysts and 99% of lead, 97% of chlorine
Performance
Filters up to 100 gallons
Certification
ANSI / NSF 42, 53 Certified
Prime Status

Now that we have a first look at the features that the different Instapure brand water filters have to offer, we can review their specifications, certifications, and filtration performance. 

1. Instapure F2 ESSENTIALS

F2 Specs

Instapure F2 water filter specs
Manufactured in: USA
Finish: Chrome finish with the clear housing cap
Certifications: Gold Seal Certification WQA: NSF/ANSI Standard 42, 372
Micron size: .05 micron filtration
Compatibility: Compatible with all Instapure F2 ESSENTIALS products.
Installation: No tools needed
Life Span: 2-4 months with a filtration capacity of 200 gallons
Filtration Method: Coconut Carbon filtration
Contaminants Removed: Sediments, Microbial Cysts, Lead, Chlorine, VOC’s, Heavy metals.

The F2 filter has received two Gold Seal Certifications from the WQA (Water Quality Association) for its compliance with NSF/ANSI Standards 42 and 372, which deal with different contamination issues. Standard 42 deals with chlorine reduction for taste and odor, and standard 372 deals with lead reduction.

Main Features and Benefits of the F2

The Instapure F2 Faucet filter is a crowd favorite due to its budget-friendly and eco-friendly filtration solutions. The F2 features an on-off filter switch and an easy installation process with its removable aerator to hook up to the dishwasher. Replacement is easy, and the corresponding filters can be found at a fair price. This filter makes use of activated coconut fibers, which reduce foul tastes and odors in your tap water. The F2 water filter can filter up to:

  • 99% of lead, as a certified lead-free product
  • 99% of Microbial cysts
  • 97% of chlorine 
  • 99% of VOCs

Instapure F2 Clear Cap vs Chrome Cap

This model comes in two color variations: chrome with a clear cap and chrome with a chrome cap. While they carry out the same purposes, the exterior can be a deal-breaker. The F2 chrome x chrome is bigger and 2 ounces heavier than the F2 chrome x clear.

This may not seem like a lot, but it makes a difference. The chrome cap allows the filter to have better uniformity with your faucet, but the clear cap allows you to monitor the progress of your water filtration. This is a good alternative since the filter does not come with a replacement light. It all comes down to personal preference.

Overall, if you are looking for a water filter that matches your faucet, then the chrome cap is better for you. But if you are looking for a space-saving filter that you can monitor, then the clear cap is the better option. 

Pros
Easy to install
Affordable replacement filters
Up to 200 gallons of filtration
Budget-friendly
No tools required
Lead-free
Chlorine reduction
Uses coconut carbon filtration
Different finish options to choose from
Cons
Low water waste ratio
Only good for about 3 months
Does not filter out well water
Has a temperature limit
Requires specific replacement filters
One step filtration

2. Instapure F5

F5 Specs

Instapure F5 water filter specs
Manufactured in: China
Finish: Chrome finish body with chrome cap. White exterior finish plastic material.
Certifications: Gold Seal Certification WQA: NSF/ANSI Standard 42, 52, 372
Micron size: .05 micron filtration
Compatibility: F2 ESSENTIALS products and replaceable filters. F5 Products and replaceable filters. F7 Products and replaceable filters.
Installation: No tools needed
Life Span: 2-4 months with a filtration capacity of 200 gallons
Filtration Method: Coconut Carbon filtration
Contaminants Removed: Sediments, Microbial Cysts, Lead, Chlorine, VOC’s, Heavy metals, Pesticides, Trihalomethanes (TTHM)

The F5 model is another top filter from this brand. It holds WQA gold seal certifications for NSF/ANSI Standards 42 (chlorine reduction) and 372 (lead reduction). This water filter is a certified lead-free product and is very similar in construction and capabilities to the F2.

The biggest difference with the F5 comes with its ability to reduce the presence of microbial cysts. In addition to compliance with NSF/ANSI Standards 42 and 372, the Instapure F5 Complete Filtration System also holds Gold Seal certification for standard 53, which is for the reduction of both lead content and microbial cysts.  

Main Features and Benefits of the F5

The F5 Complete Filtration System easily hooks up to your faucet. In fact, no tools are needed. This filter uses coconut fibers for filtration and includes a replacement filter and an on-off option. Users can turn the switch on for filtered water and off for unfiltered water, making the filter last longer. The most notable benefit of the F5 is its filtration capabilities. Just look at the numbers:

  • 99% of cysts
  • 92% of chlorine for better taste and odor reduction
  • 90% of Trihalomethanes (TTHM)
  • 81% of most industrial solvents
  • 79% of pesticides
  • 99% of lead

Overall, this is a great water filter for those living in areas that do not have too much of a chlorine problem, but want to reduce cysts and lead in their water supply. 

Pros
Easy to install
Compatible with most units and Instapure replacement filters
Space-saving
Two finishes to choose from
Can filter a wide range of pollutants
Gold Seal Certified by the WQA for three NSF/ANSI standards
Cons
Only good for about 3 months
No filter change indicator
Has temperature operating limit
Only includes one-step filtration

3. Instapure F8 Ultra

Instapure F8 Ultra water filter
Manufactured in: USA (Not sold in California)
Finish: Chrome finish body with chrome cap. White exterior finish plastic material.
Certifications: Gold Seal Certification WQA: NSF/ANSI Standard 42, 52, 372
Micron size: .05 micron filtration
Compatibility: ULTRA models F8-C, F8-1HK, F8CM-1E. Waterpik F8, F8-C. Instapure replacement filter R8, R8-C, F8RC-1ES.
Installation: No tools needed
Life Span: 2-4 months with a filtration capacity of 100 gallons
Filtration Method: Coconut Carbon filtration
Contaminants Removed: Sediments, Microbial Cysts, Lead, Chlorine, VOC’s, Heavy metals, Pesticides, Trihalomethanes (TTHM), Asbestos, Mercury, Benzene

Like the F2 and F5, the F8 filter is also Gold Seal Certified by the WQA for meeting NSF/ANSI standards 42, 372, and 52 for chlorine, lead, and cyst reduction. The biggest difference between the F8 and the previous Instapure water filters is in their design.

Main Features and Benefits of the F8

The F8 features the same benefits as most filters from the same brand, but this filter is more advanced in its design and special features. One notable feature of the F8 is the automatic on-and-off design, which forces the filter to automatically switch to unfiltered water when not in use. Another great feature is the light indicator, which tells you when a replacement is needed. Most importantly, this filter is effective in filtering out the following contaminants:

  • 99% of cysts
  • 97% of chlorine for better taste and odor reduction
  • 90% of Trihalomethanes (TTHM)
  • 81% of most industrial solvents
  • 79% of pesticides
  • 99% of lead 
Pros
Easy to install
Light indicator for replacement
Space-saving
Two finishes to choose from
Can filter a wide range of pollutants
Gold Seal Certified by the WQA for three NSF/ANSI standards
Automatic switch between two types of water
Cons
Only good for about 3 months for 100 gallons of water
Not for sale in California
Not compatible with all sinks, may need an adaptor.

Instapure Replacement Filters: 3 Top Picks

Instapure systems are only compatible with replacement filters from the same brand. Each filter has its own sets of features, benefits, and compatible units: 

1. Instapure ESSENTIALS R2 Replacement Filter

Instapure Essentials R2 replacement water filter

The R2 filter fits with most Instapure filters from its ESSENTIALS line. 

It is also compatible with the following units: 

Compatibility

  • ESSENTIALS Model: ESSENTIALS (F2), F2, F2-C, F3, F5, F5-C, F6, F7 & F10J
  • Waterpik Models: F2, F2-C, F3, F5, F5-C, F6, F7 & F10J
Pros
Uses coconut carbon filtration
Gold Seal Certification WQA: NSF/ANSI Standard 42 for reducing chlorine
Standard 372 for lead-free product certification
Easy replacement
Fits in a variety of different Instapure Brand filters
No tools necessary
Reduces the presence of trihalomethanes, rust, and sediment
Cons
Not compatible with non- Instapure units
Not compatible with all Instapure units
Replacement can get expensive
Will not filter hot water

2. Instapure R5 Complete Water Filter

The R5 complete filter is a replacement filter for the F-5C or F5 Complete Filtration System, but this filter can also be found under different names such as:

  •  F5R-1ES
  •  F5R-2ES 
  •  R5-1E

Compatibility

The R5 filter is best compatible with the Instapure F5, but it is also compatible with the following filters: 

  • COMPETE Models: F5, F5W, F5-C, F2-C, F3, F6, F7, F10J.
  • Waterpik Models: F2, F2-C, F3, F5, F5-C, F6, F7, F10J.
Pros
Easy installation and replacement
No tools required
Coconut carbon filtration
Gold Seal Certification WQA: NSF /ANSI Standard 42 for chlorine reduction; Standard 372 for lead free product certification; Standard 52 reduction of lead and chlorine
Can filter a wide range of pollutants
Gold Seal Certified by the WQA for three NSF/ANSI standards
Cons
Replacement can be expensive
Not as effective in reducing chlorine in comparison to other models
One step filtration
Will not filter hot water

3. Instapure ULTRA Replacement Filter

INSTAPURE ULTRA Replacement Filter

The Instapure ULTRA filter is best compatible with the F8 Ultra Tap Water Filtration System. It can also be found under different model names such as: 

  • F8RW-1ES 
  • F8RC-1ES
  • F8RC-1HK
  • F8RW-1HK
  • F8RC-1E
  • F8RW-1E
  • R8C

Compatibility

This filter is best compatible with the F8. Other compatible filters include:

  • ULTRA Models: ULTRA F8, F8W, F8C.
  • Waterpik Models:  F8C-1HK, F8,  F8-C.
Pros
Easy installation and replacement with no tools necessary
Gold Seal Certification WQA: NSF /ANSI Standard 42 for reduction of chlorine content. Standard 372 certification of a tested lead-free product. Standard 52 for reduction of led and microbial cysts.
Horizontal design for maximum filtration
Built-in power rinse feature
Automatic sensory on and off feature
Low water waste
Cons
Replacement can be expensive
Not as effective in reducing chlorine in comparison to other models
One step filtration
Will not filter hot water
Can only filter up to 100 gallons before needing replacement

Buying Guide – Main Features

Choosing the right filter for your home is a step-by-step process. You will want to keep in mind additional factors before you buy, like your water source, installation, maintenance, and warranty. 

Installation

Installing an Instapure water filter has never been easier. The F2, F5, and F8 all support easy installation without the need for additional outside tools. These filters follow a simple four-step installation process:

  1. Make sure that your faucet has a removable aerator, and unscrew the faucet aerator.
  2. Assemble the appropriate washers to your adapter, then screw onto the faucet where the aerator was. 
  3. Insert washer between the adapter and the filter itself and screw on the filter.
  4. Turn on the filtered water switch and let cold water run through the filter for about two minutes. 

Filter Maintenance

Instapure water filters are easy to install and maintain. Most filters last up to 3 months, but the F8’s green light will turn red to indicate that it is time for a filter change. Once it’s time to change the filter, simply purchase the replaceable filter for your unit and install the filter under the cap in place of the old filter.

One of the best ways to preserve your filter life is to turn off the filtration switch when not in use. If you plan to clean the filter itself, do so with soap and water, but keep in mind that these filters are not dishwasher safe.

Customer Service and Warranty

Instapure offers superior customer service. They provide high-quality products and solutions on the first try, but if you are not satisfied with your filter you can always visit their website or call during office hours. 

Each filter has a limited warranty from the date it was purchased. They can be returned and refunded within the first 30 days after purchase. Keep in mind that this only applies to authorized Instapure sellers. You can also visit their website and fill out a request for repair if your filter needs extra support. 

Frequently Asked Questions

Below we have compiled and answered some of the most frequently asked questions when it comes to Instapure filters and their replacements:

Do Instapure Filters Lower pH Balance in Drinking Water?

No. These filters use coconut carbon, so when water is filtered through the coconut fibers it can increase the pH levels. This results in more balanced acidity in your water.

Are the Connections Metal or Plastic?

Plastic. As shown in the product description, these filters are plastic coated with a chrome exterior.

Do Instapure Units Come With a Replacement Filter?

It depends on where you are buying, but most filters do not come with a replacement. You will have to purchase replacements.

Are Instapure Filters Dishwasher Safe?

No. To clean your filter all you have to do is run it with water for a few minutes to let it clean internally. You can also clean your filter with soap and water. 

Conclusion

Choosing the right filter depends on many different aspects. With Instapure water filters, there are a variety of different filters to choose from that will allow you to choose the perfect filter to match all your home filtration needs.