Tap water in the 21st century has many contaminants in it. Even tap water in the United States contains a lot of chlorine that smells bad and may even have negative health effects.
In other words, tap water nowadays is not as safe as you probably think. This is why having a water filter is of the utmost importance. This article will review one filter in particular.
That filter is the Home Master TMJRF2E. It is a sinktop water filter, which means that it has its own faucet that you attach to your sink. Our review will cover the features, what we like, what we don’t like, frequently asked questions, and our final verdict.
A countertop filter doesn’t have that many filtration stages, so it’s hard to really list the features. However, here are the specifications and features you need to know.
What We Like
There is a lot to like with this system. It removes up to 93% of the listed contaminants, which is really good. We all know tap water is full of some pretty nasty stuff like lead and mercury.
It can remove that many contaminants because of the five filtration stages. We won’t go into detail on each and every stage, but just know that the activated alumina does remove about 93% of fluoride from water. This is important because fluoride is the number one contaminant that people want to remove from their water.
Moving on from that, the Home Master has an excellent 3 year warranty. I mean, it’s just a manufacturer warranty. However, many of these systems are cheap imports from China that don’t have any warranty whatsoever.
Finally, the maintenance is easy. Really, the only maintenance required is to change the filter every 3 months or 500 gallons, which is not that difficult. There is not any crawling under the sink or turning off the water line. You literally just unscrew the filter housing and replace the filter.
It’s a hilariously easy filter to change.
All in all, there is a lot to like about this filter. Unfortunately, there are a few minor things that we don’t like about this filter.
What We Don’t Like
Now for what we don’t like about this filter. First, the color of the filter housing that rests on your sink top is white.
Really Home Master? Is this 1999?
Here at Water Purification Hub we have a seething, some would say irrational, contempt for white plastic filtration appliances.
They just look like something out of the 1990s and they get dirty way too quickly.
Anyway, we don’t like it. However, we understand that this is a minor inconvenience for some (ok, most) people. This is why we still included it on our list, but we feel you should know about the white plastic.
A bigger concern for homeowners is the relatively short filter life. It is only 500 gallons or 3 months, which is not a lot of time. Sure, it’s easy to replace this filter. However, the price of the replacement filter will quickly add up. You can check the price on Amazon by clicking here.
Again, we can skip over this issue because this filter removes so many contaminants. In fact, the activated alumina is the main bottleneck of the filter life. This means if you don’t care about filtering fluoride (you should care), then you can get 6 months to 1 year of use from this system.
Use that wisdom wisely. We still recommend following the manufacturer guidelines, but it might not be a necessity for all homeowners.
Overall, both of the points we have an issue with are somewhat minor. The color of the filter housing is extremely minor in the grand scheme of things. The filter life is a bigger cause for concern. However, if you understand the filter life BEFORE purchase, then you can make a more informed decision.
The Home Master makes a great sink top water filter. It removes so many different contaminants with the added convenience of having the water faucet in clear sight. This means you have basically no excuse to not drink nice filtered water.
We recommend this system. Just make sure to replace your filter every 3 months (or 500 gallons) and you will enjoy clean water whenever you want.
Also, you can use this system to make ice. Alternatively, you can purchase an inline filter to use with your refrigerator.