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PUR Classic FM-2000B Review

If you are looking for a good faucet mount water filter, we feel you should look elsewhere
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Price:   $25 List | $20 at Amazon
Pros:  Extracts chlorine
Cons:  Doesn’t make water taste, didn’t really remove lead or salts, mediocre flow rate
Manufacturer:   PUR
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Apr 12, 2018
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  • Lead Removal - 25% 1
  • Chlorine Removal - 25% 8
  • Salt Removal - 25% 1
  • Taste - 15% 4
  • Flow - 10% 5

Our Verdict

Delivering one of the worst scores of the group, the PUR Classic FM-2000B didn't deliver any particularly impressive performances and was bested by other products in every single one of our tests. It is rather inexpensive, but other products that cost only a fraction more performed far better, making us very hesitant to recommend the PUR for your water filtering needs.


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Pros Extracts chlorineFantastic at removing impurities, makes great tasting water, inexpensiveGreat contaminant removal, fairly inexpensiveGreat at removing both lead and chlorine, makes great tasting waterPerformed well in our lead removal, chlorine removal, and salt removal tests
Cons Doesn’t make water taste, didn’t really remove lead or salts, mediocre flow rateSmaller capacity, takes some time to refill and refilterSlow flow rateMediocre flow rate, priceyLow flow rate, pricey
Bottom Line If you are looking for a good faucet mount water filter, we feel you should look elsewhereDoing a fantastic job in most of our tests, the ZeroWater combines an amazing performance with an even better priceThe ZeroWater 23-Cup Jug is the best bet for anyone who wants a little more filtered water on hand than the standard pitcher providesThe best filter for permanent installation that we have seen to dateThis relatively expensive under the sink model was outperformed by products that cost much less
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Rating Categories PUR Classic FM-2000B ZeroWater 10-Cup... ZeroWater 23-Cup Jug iSpring RCC7 APEC Essence ROES-50
Lead Removal (25%)
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Chlorine Removal (25%)
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Specs PUR Classic FM-2000B ZeroWater 10-Cup... ZeroWater 23-Cup Jug iSpring RCC7 APEC Essence ROES-50
Model FM-2000B 10 Cup Pitcher RCC7 Essence ROES-50
Replacement Schedule Lasts up to 3 months 18,000 mg of disolved solids; 1-40 gallons 18,000 mg of disolved solids; 1-40 gallons Stage 1 - 3 every 6 months
RO every 2 - 3 years
Post carbon every 12 months
Stage 1, 2, 3 Pre-Filters Every 6 - 12 months
Stage 4 RO Membrane Every 2 - 4 Years
Stage 5 Carbon Post-Filter Every 2 - 4 Years
Replacement Cost Basic:
1 for $13
2 for $22
2 for $30
4 for $40
8 for $90
12 for $115
16 for $150
2 for $30
4 for $40
8 for $90
12 for $115
16 for $150
2 year supply for $100 Stages 1-3 for $27
RO for $45
Carbon for $10
Pure Water to Waste Water Ratio N/A N/A N/A ~1:3 ~ 1:5
Gallons Per Day (GPD) N/A N/A N/A 75 50
NSF/ANSI certified for lead removal Yes Yes Yes Yes No
NSF/ANSI certified for organic contaminants removal Yes No No Yes No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The FM-2000B finished very near the bottom of the group, only really outperforming the Nanan Healthy Faucet. The Brita SAFF-100 — another faucet mount filter — did quite a bit better and only costs about $10 more. The ZeroWater Pitcher is one of the best filters that we have seen to date and only costs about $15, making it very, very difficult to recommend the PUR when there are other alternatives that are so much better for only a slight increase in cost.

We weren't impressed with the PUR.
We weren't impressed with the PUR.

Performance Comparison


To really compare and contrast the abilities of water filters, we bought the top products available on the market today and tested them head-to-head in a variety of water purification challenges. Our results for the PUR are described below, highlighting what it did well and where it fell flat.

This model didn't do all that well at actually filtering  making it hard to recommend.
This model didn't do all that well at actually filtering, making it hard to recommend.

Lead Removal


To assess how competent the PUR is at extracting lead from water, we mixed up a tank of water with very high lead levels, then had the PUR attempt to clean it. We took samples of the water supply before and after, then sent them off to a lab for analysis, as we lacked the equipment here to measure it. Unfortunately, the PUR didn't do particularly well, earning a 1 out of 10 for its poor showing. This filter only removed about 60% of the lead, leaving the water with levels around 0.91 ppm — well above the 0.015 deemed suitable for tap water by the EPA.

Chlorine removal is the only group of tests that the PUR performed above average in.
Chlorine removal is the only group of tests that the PUR performed above average in.

Chlorine Removal


We did a similar procedure for this test, making two different batches of supply water with different levels of chlorination, then had each filter attempt to de-chlorinate it. We used both indicating test strips and a TDS meter to read the chlorine levels in the water, finding the first test's supply to have about 1300 ppm, while the second's supply was between 20-50 ppm. The PUR did much better at extracting chlorine than lead, meriting an 8 out of 10.

The FM-2000B delivered a decent performance for the highly chlorinated water, dropping the levels to just over 20 ppm, to where our test strip just began to turn green. For the less chlorinated water, the PUR pretty much removed all of the chlorine, with the test strips failing to read anything.

This filter again did very poorly when we evaluated its mineral removal performance.
This filter again did very poorly when we evaluated its mineral removal performance.

Salt Removal


The PUR couldn't maintain its performance into this metric, earning a 1 out of 10 for its pitiful performance. We used table salt as our sample salt, dissolving it in the test water supply until it reached significant concentrations, then attempted to filter it with the FM-2000B.

The levels remained unchanged, registering at about 445 ppm on our meter both before and after filtration.

We found the filtered water produced by the PUR to be quite unsavory.
We found the filtered water produced by the PUR to be quite unsavory.

Taste


For our taste tests, we ran some very foul-tasting water through each filter, to see if they could successfully mitigate the chlorine bleach and salt that we added to the supply. We also ran already cleaned and filtered water through each, to see if the filters added any unpleasant tastes. The FM-2000B did a slightly below average job, earning a 4 out of 10.

This filter didn't handle the poor tasting water very well, with our panel detecting distinct notes of both salt and chlorine in the filtered water. However, it did do a little better with the clean water, failing to add any unsavory flavors while filtering.

Flow


Last, we ranked and scored the flow rate of the PUR. We did this by timing how long it took each one to fill up a 1-quart container and scoring off of that. The PUR did about average, earning a 5 out of 10 for its time of 30 seconds — a little over three times the 9 seconds it took the unobstructed faucet.

Value


While the PUR won't break the bank, it isn't an amazing value, as there are other filters that cost about the same and perform much better, giving you more bang for the buck.

Conclusion


Overall, we weren't terribly fond of the PUR FM-2000B, finding it to be far inferior to the majority of the other products that we tested and would suggest you consider other options, rather than purchasing it.


David Wise and Austin Palmer