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Post# 998092   6/22/2018 at 23:50 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

Since I was messing with my fridge (see Other thread...) I decided it was time to replace my water filter.  I bought 3 or 4 a few years back when my local Meijers closed, cheap.  Anyway it's a PUR filter for my WP SxS.  On the box it indicates it removes lead and mercury, looking on line none of the new filters show that.  Is it just a false claim, or have they changed the filters?


I see all kinds of filters on line, no idea of the quality.  I'd be hard pressed to pay $49 for a WP branded filter when I can get a 3 pack from AMazon for $24.  I still have one new in the box, so I'm good for a while, though I put the date on the filter and the one I replaced as from 6/13/16 so a bit over due...


looking at this one on Amazon it indicates it does reduce lead and many other things, it's rated NSF/ANSI 53, which I gather is a higher standard then 42.


Post# 998099 , Reply# 1   6/23/2018 at 01:52 by RP2813 (The Big Blue Bubble)        

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Has WP perhaps outsourced their filters?  The last couple I bought at Lowe's for our 2009 KA SxS were both a different brand and part number, so as of last month I'm on the third iteration/manufacturer of this filter.  I've decided not to save the ever-changing part number off the boxes anymore because it's worthless.  They don't even provide a cross reference for other possible part numbers.  I'll just bring the old filter with me to the store in about a year or so.


Maybe an appliance parts retailer would still carry genuine WP filters if they still make them?


I haven't bothered to read what all gets filtered.  As long as the chlorine taste and smell is gone, I'm happy.

Post# 998103 , Reply# 2   6/23/2018 at 02:56 by Spacedogb (Lafayette, LA)        
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I changed the one in my Samsung last week. The screen popped up telling me it was due for change. I asked me if I wanted to order the filter...I hit yes and filter arrived a few days later. The box said it does remove Mercury, lead and "other impurities". Not sure if the other brands still do it.

Post# 998104 , Reply# 3   6/23/2018 at 03:32 by askolover (South of Nash Vegas, TN)        

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WP website says the filter for my fridge removes 66 contaminants.  My filter is different than yours though.  Sometimes I just order generic ones on ebay for much less money.  Other times I find genuine WP Everydrop filters for a good price on ebay, like the one in the link below I just bought for $18.50 on ebay instead of $49 from WP.  I think the last genuine WP one I bought was made in Mexico.


  • Reduces 66 contaminants, including pharmaceuticals, waterborne parasites, lead and mercury, pesticides, asbestos and industrial chemicals (NSF certified).


Post# 998126 , Reply# 4   6/23/2018 at 08:09 by MattL (Flushing, MI)        

I came across this article online,  helps clarify the difference between the standards.



NSF/ANSI Standard 42

The commonly tested chemical reduction claims for products seeking certification to NSF/ANSI Standard 42 are: chlorine (taste and odor), chloramines, iron, manganese, hydrogen sulfide, pH neutralization and zinc reduction.


NSF/ANSI Standard 53

The commonly tested chemical reduction claims for products seeking certification to NSF/ANSI Standard 53 are: heavy metals (arsenic, cadmium, chromium, copper, lead, mercury and selenium), inorganics (fluoride and nitrate plus nitrite) and volatile organic chemicals (chloroform surrogate as well as individual organic chemicals).


So personally I want a filter that adherers to both standards...


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