Being manufactured by a leading brand like Watts, the WP5-50 series water treatment systems certainly created a lot of hype. It has been advertised as a premium quality R.O water purifier within the reach of commoners. Whether it’s all a marketing gimmick or is the product really living up to the hype? In this review, we will try to find an answer of that through a detailed assessment of everything that is good, bad and in between about this model. So, let’s get started.
Features in a Nutshell
I have used three water filters in the past 8 years. Over this period, I have become well familiar with the factors that cause damage to these appliances. Watts WP5-50 is an ideal combination of convenience and stellar performance. The fitness of consumption and taste of the filtered soft water is at par with bottled mineral water.
- Its 5-stage purification system is the backbone of this model. In each stage, a particular type of contaminant is removed from the water. At the 4th stage, a semi-permeable reverse osmosis filter eliminates dangerous elements like arsenic and lead, ensuring optimum hygiene for you and your family.
- The filter chassis is made from a high-density plastic which can be attributed to the low-key profile of the model.
- The filter is approved by NSF which speaks volume of the durability of the filter. It has to be replaced in every six months if used extensively.
- The TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) reading never stays between 15-20ppm (parts per million) which is indicates that the filtered water is totally free of impurities.
What I Liked
Quality of the Filtered Water
The output of Watts WP5 is commendable. Trust me, I live in a major metropolitan city and the water supplied in my locality is absurdly dirty. The tap water previously had around 800 ppm dissolved solids which is alarming. After using this R.O system, it dropped to 40 ppm. The weird smell and taste of chlorine are gone now, and the water tastes like packaged mineral water. If you’re planning to grow an organic farm at your home, investing in a quality filter could be a smart move.
The manifold design of the machine saves you the trouble of setting up multiple connections. This is an amazing advantage for a household with limited space to spare. The water filter system fits anywhere you want it to. The elimination of 17 extra connections makes it a feasible option for people who travel often.
Looking at its advanced features, I initially thought this model would be way out of my budget. Its price tag surprised me in the most pleasant way possible. It is an NSF certified model so, you don’t have to worry about its durability. Plus, you can easily find the replacement filter or almost every local hardware store. They are inexpensive too. Although it’s not essential to install a pre-filter in the system, I found out that using one can considerably extend the longevity of the reverse osmosis membrane.
Things I Didn’t Like
The dripping noise the unit makes while filtering the water is slightly bothersome, but that shouldn’t be considered as a deal-breaker.
Watts WP5 is engineered to perfection. Those who find the installation process hard probably didn’t read the manual thoroughly. Some have also reported that the R.O membrane has a short lifespan, but I have been using this product for two years straight and couldn’t find any issue. The system’s output is absolutely remarkable at this price range. It’s not huge, I’m not sure about its performance in a giant commercial building. But it does exactly what it’s designed to do, and that’s what makes it a worthy investment.