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Culligan FM-15A
 
Approximate retail price:
$20
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Type: Faucet-mounted water filters
About - Culligan FM-15A

The Culligan FM-15A is part of the water filter test program at Consumer Reports. In our lab tests, water filter models like the FM-15A are rated on multiple criteria, such as those listed below.


Lead removal:
Lead removal indicates the percentage of lead that was removed by each filter.

Chloroform removal:
Chloroform removal rates the percentage of chloroform removed. A filter's ability to remove chloroform predicts how well it will remove organic compounds as well as byproducts created by disinfectants used by water systems.

Flow rate:
Flow rate is how fast a gallon of water filtered through the cartridge. The criteria for flow rate scores differ between different types of filters. Faucet-mount, countertop, and undersink models have the same criterion; carafes and reverse osmosis models each have their own.

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Culligan FM-25
Approximate retail price:
$25
The Ratings applied to untested model Culligan FM-25 come from our tests of model Culligan FM-15A, which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
About This Brand

Its filters are sold through Culligan independent dealers nationwide and online. The company offers an extremely wide range of products. One line of its single-stage filters comes in different sizes, and you can chose a model based on household needs, uses, and size. The filters are also easy to snap on and off. The Aqua-Cleer line offers a multistage-filtration system that uses up to four filters at a time.

Features & Specs - Culligan FM-15A
info Filter cost 20
info Filter-life indicator No
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User Reviews - Culligan FM-15A
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
 
5.0
Simply the Best!
10/5/2013
Pros
Clean Pure Water Taste
Easy Filter Removal
Great flow rate
Inexpensive
Removes chlorine
Removes odors
Cons
None "i" Can Think Of
Best Uses
Faucet Mount
To Filter Your Water
Comment:
This makes lousy city tap water taste GREAT! It's SO Easy to install and even easier to replace the filters. Anyone who can read will be able to replace the filters with the twist of their hand. :) You cannot go wrong for the price that is for sure. So, pick one up and enjoy delicious water like I do.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
 
1.0
Muscles are needed to own this filter!
7/4/2013
Pros
Not too expensive
Cons
sprays everywhere
Too Hard To Remove
Best Uses
Comment:
The filter is relatively cheap, but it isn't worth it. I tried for hours off and on trying to remove it to change the filter. I used a wrench, screwdriver, both hands, shammy, and a towel to attempt to move it at all. I even tried moving it both directions after 20 minutes of turning counterclockwise didn't work. I am not a bodybuilder, but I've never, ever had problems turning something like this water filter!
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
 
3.0
Somewhat Dissapointing
7/16/2012
Pros
Easy Installation
Good flow rate
Cons
cartridge cost
Mechanism Malfunction
Best Uses
Comment:
I bought this product two months ago as an alternative to the Brita pitchers I've used for years. I was lured in by the promise of a system that was cheap to operate and that wouldn't take up counter/refrigerator space. The construction seems solid and the faucet connector is metal, not plastic. It installs easily and does just as good a job as the pitcher filter. The flow rate seems very good.<br /><br />Brita pitcher filters were costing me around $32/yr, so I was pleased to see the CR estimated $20/yr cost for this unit. Unfortunately, the cheapest I've been able to find them for is around $10 a piece, and since they need to be replaced every 2 months that means $60/yr.<br /><br />After two months of use, the filter mechanism will no longer auto reset to the unfiltered setting. Culligan customer support said that I should remove the unit and soak it in vinegar for a couple of hours to remove scale buildup, then lubricate the diverter pin with olive oil. Seriously? It's 60 days old and already requires maintenance.
How long have you owned it:
One-to-three months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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