Whirlpool EveryDrop Refrigerator Water Filter Review

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Whirlpool offers a full selection of refrigerator water filters under the EveryDrop product line. Made to fit Whirlpool, Maytag, KitchenAid, Amana and Jennair appliances, these components focus on removing potentially harmful impurities, such as lead, prescription medications, pesticides and more, from your water. This gives you peace of mind that your water and ice are as clean and pure as possible, just one more way to keep your family healthier. It’s easier to encourage your family to drink more water and avoid sugary drinks when the water tastes crisp and fresh with no metallic or chemical flavors or smells.

Overview

If you get your water from a local treatment plant, you should be aware that lead, chemicals and other particles are only subject to regulation down to a specific percentage. You’d probably prefer cleaner water than that for your family and yourself. Multiple studies conducted by universities and independent laboratories have found that refrigerator water filters do a better job than filter pitchers and faucet attachments when it comes to removing impurities from tap water. Consumers report that, based on taste alone, they can taste a big difference between the water that comes straight from the tap and the water that comes through a refrigerator filter. Smell and color are also affected by filtering. But exactly how does a refrigerator filter work?

A Whirlpool water filter for your refrigerator uses a system of three internal filters (Triple Filtration technology) made with activated carbon. Each level of the system uses either a physical barrier or a chemical barrier against impurities in the water. Chemical filters are able to block the smallest of particles, those that can’t be blocked by a physical filter.

Similar to the way a magnet attracts bits of metal, the carbon draws in impurities and holds on to them. Your drinking water continues on through the system in a much cleaner state. When you freeze that cleaner water, or it processes through your ice maker, you get cleaner ice. As a result, you find improved flavors when you cook with the filtered water or use it to mix up your favorite beverages.

It’s important to keep a clean filter in your refrigerator. Just like the filter in your vacuum cleaner, once the carbon is full of particles, it can’t hold any more. Uncaptured impurities will travel on into your water instead of staying in the filter, and some of the impurities trapped in the carbon can break loose as well. This may lead some consumers to think something is wrong with the filter or the water system itself.

Because of the microscopic nature of some of the particles, it’s difficult to tell with a visual inspection whether a filter is full. The best plan is to replace the filter as often as recommended on the package. As is typical of most filters on the market, EveryDrop filters last about six months before you need to replace them.

Specifications

EveryDrop filters are certified by NSF International to remove 99 percent of lead (among 66 other contaminants) from the water that travels through your refrigerator. This mark tells you that the product meets all current quality standards after independent testing. NSF reminds consumers of the importance of changing filters to get the maximum performance.

When you go shopping for a filter, you’ll likely find multiple options for your refrigerator. Model and part numbers can be confusing, so it’s helpful when manufacturers make it easy for you to locate what you need. EveryDrop filters can be used with most newer model refrigerators and even those up to 15 years old. A color and a number mark each EveryDrop filter, so you can easily identify which one fits your appliance.

Triple Filtration Technology uses three layers to give you the maximum defense against impurities. The first layer captures the largest particles, removing them before the water passes on to the next stage. The second layer collects medium-sized contaminants, further purifying the liquid. The third and final layer uses absorption technology to soak up microscopic impurities that escape the first two barriers. With these three categories of invaders removed, you can feel confident that’s what is left is as clean as you can get.

Pricing

EveryDrop filters can be purchased online at https://everydropwater.com/Filters/Item/EDR1RXD1. Each one is $, and shipping is free. If you prefer to shop elsewhere, they’re also available on Amazon for about the same price. You can set up a subscription and save up to 15 percent if you’re a member of Amazon Prime. However, if you find yourself needing a new filter when you have a house full of family members on the way, you may not have time to wait for one to arrive in the mail. In that case, you can find EveryDrop filters at most major retailers such as Walmart, Target, Lowe’s and Home Depot. The price at brick-and-mortar stores is within a few dollars of the online price.

How EveryDrop Compares

EveryDrop Water Dispenser
  • Introducing the first magnetically-mounted water dispenser that fits your fridge-and your life - mounts to any Magnetic...
  • EveryDrop water dispenser frees up shelf space by eliminating the need for water bottles or bulky pitchers
  • Certified to reduce more contaminants than any water pitcher, so you can have clean, fresh tasting water
  • ease of use
  • Assembly time
  • BUILD QUALITY
  • WARRANTY
4/5 stars

While most consumers report that the filter works well once installed, the instructions advise running several gallons of water through the filter when you first install it. Consumers who did not do that reported a plastic or chemical taste in the water upon installation, so it’s important to follow the instructions. The inconvenience on the front end pays off in the results you get from the filter.

Pros

  • Performance - Based on consumer reports, EveryDrop filters perform well for the six months of intended use.
  • Ease of identification – The color/number coding system is easy to use to determine which filter fits your appliance.

Cons

  • Price – EveryDrop filters are the most expensive of all the products we reviewed.
  • Warranty – The warranty offered with the EveryDrop filters was the weakest we examined, as it’s good for only 90 days and only provides repair or replacement.

ICEPURE UKF8001 Replacement Refrigerator Water Filter, Compatible with...
  • 【NSF/ANSI 42 CERTIFIED】Tested and certified by NSF, WQA and IAPMO against NSF/ANSI 42. Tested at a flow rate of 0.5...
  • 【NSF/ANSI 372 CERTIFIED IN WQA & IAPMO】Tested and certified by WQA & IAPMO against NSF/ANSI 372. Product also...
  • 【WIDELY RECOGNIZED HIGH QUALITY】The filter meets European EC1935-2004 Regulations, Australian Water Mark, and has...

Compatible with: Maytag UKF8001, UKF8001AXX, Whirlpool 4396395, EDR4RXD1, 469006, EveryDrop Filter 4, RWF0900A

  • ease of use
  • Assembly time
  • BUILD QUALITY
  • WARRANTY
5/5 stars

A review of consumer experiences with the Icepure model found only positive statements about the product’s performance. Unlike the EveryDrop, we discovered no complaints about the initial steps required to put the product into use.

Pros

  • Icepure filters scored consistently well across all categories. They performed well based on customer reviews.

Cons

  • The only place Icepure gives up any ground is on the warranty. While it exceeds the coverage offered with Everydrop filters by offering a refund, it’s still limited to the first 90 days, unlike the Waterdrop line.

Waterdrop UKF8001 NSF 53&42 Certified Refrigerator Water Filter,...
  • NSF 53 CERTIFIED: Reduces specific health-related contaminants for cleaner water: 99.6% of Lead, 99.99% of Cyst, 96.6%...
  • NSF 42 CERTIFIED: Reduces 97% of Chlorine, taste and odor for great-tasting water that stimulates your palate
  • NSF 372 CERTIFIED: Made of lead-free material for worry-free drinking experience

Compatible with: Maytag UKF8001, UKF8001AXX, Whirlpool 4396395, 469006, EDR4RXD1, EveryDrop Filter 4, Puriclean II

  • ease of use
  • Assembly time
  • BUILD QUALITY
  • WARRANTY
5/5 stars

Consumer rave about how well these worked compared to much more expensive brands. Several buyers felt the Waterdrop brand lasted longer than the Whirlpool and Maytag name brands, and they loved the indicator to remind you when it’s time for a replacement.

Pros

  • Price – Waterdrop filters were the least expensive of the products we reviewed. Most consumers who compared this brand with others felt that Waterdrop performed just as well as a more expensive brand.
  • Longevity – Consumers felt these filters lasted longer than others in our review, even those with a significantly higher price tag.
  • Ease of use – The indicator makes it immediately visible when it’s time to replace the filter, so you don’t have to worry about keeping up with when a replacement is due.

Cons

  • The only negative mentioned in reviews of the Waterdrop filters was the installation process. Some consumers felt that running water through the filter for an hour as recommended was excessive and wasteful.

One Additional Option to Consider

As an added bonus, if your refrigerator doesn’t have a built-in water and ice dispenser, you can still take advantage of the technology. The EveryDrop Water Dispenser attaches to the front or side of the appliance with magnets. It uses a pressurized system to remove impurities. An attached water line runs to the ice maker or house water source, and tubing holders keep the line out of the way. This is a convenient way to give your family access to fresh filtered water without making room for a pitcher or another appliance to clutter up your countertops.

The dispenser uses the same EveryDrop filters made for refrigerators, and you should get about six months of use, or about 1,500 bottles of water, out of each one. At $ each, that calculates to about $ per bottle, but it’s difficult to put a price on the value of knowing your family has clean, healthy water to drink.

Conclusion

If you have a little time before you need your next filter, you can save some money if you shop around. Icepure and Waterdrop are more affordable options than EveryDrop if you’re willing to try a different brand. It’s important to remember that not every manufacturer makes a filter for every refrigerator. You can search by the type of appliance you have, by model number or by brand. You want to check the model number on your appliance carefully to avoid buying parts that don’t fit.

EveryDrop filters make it easy to shop and quickly grab the filter you need. Diehard fans of the Whirlpool brand may find it difficult to buy anything else because of the consistent quality and reliability and the excellent reputation. In our estimate, we give it 4 out of 5 stars, with the big drawback being the price. If you decide to stay with the Whirlpool water filter, look for sales and discounts when you can. Consider a subscription through Amazon. You can save some money, and you’ll be prompted to change the filter regularly when the new shipment arrives.

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