There’s a lot more to water than just water. It may be clear, colourless and tasteless, but that doesn’t mean it’s nothing but hydrogen and oxygen molecules intertwining happily.
Australian tap water contains around 50 different contaminants including traces of pesticide, bacteria, lead as well as chemicals like chlorine and ammonia.
All of which can give it an artificial, unpleasant taste, and, in rare cases, cause health problems.
That’s why so many people buy a water filtration system like the BIBO Water Bar, which has a multi-stage activated carbon filter that absorbs organic compounds to any nasties are removed, leaving the purest, most delicious water you’ll ever taste.
But not all water filters are created equal…
What are the different types of water filtration systems?
There are several options for filtering water at home, so it’s vital to understand the differences between them before buying one.
Some cost several thousand dollars, have to be installed by professionals and can’t be taken with you when you move house. Others do the same job, but are cheaper and more portable.
Which water filter is easiest to install?
Bulky, under-sink units need to be plumbed into the mains and have a wastewater outlet. Most also need air vents to allow heat to escape. They have a tap that delivers either boiling or chilled water, but can’t easily be removed once they’re in. They have to be installed by an approved professional, who will also need to replace the filter at least once a year.
The stylish BIBO Water Bar is Australia’s No 1 all-in-one counter unit and just needs to be connected to the mains via a flexible ¼” pipe so it doesn’t have to be next to the sink. It has a compact 30 x 35cm footprint and doesn’t require a wastewater outlet. Changing the filter is easy - there's a step-by-step video here.
And when you move house, it can come with you.
It’s also the perfect water solution for anyone who has difficulty pouring hot water from a kettle or reaching for the kitchen tap as it’s operated by the touch of a button! Some customers have
How much do water filtration systems cost?
The most common under-sink brands start at around $3,000, but can cost over $7,000 and have to be plumbed in by an approved professional for an additional fee. Replacement filters will set you back a further $270, and also require a plumber.
The BIBO Water Bar is $1298, with free shipping and a free installation kit. If you’d prefer to use a BIBO technician to connect it up, the standard charge is $325. An annual filter replacement pack is $198 (including postage) and you’ll save 15% if you take out a subscription. It’s also cheaper to run than under-sink units or relying on the kettle.
Which water filtrations systems purify water?
Filtering water gives it a clean, fresh taste and removes contaminants, but it’s also important that it’s disinfected as well.
The BIBO Water Bar’s unique ultraviolet filters kill harmful bacteria and viruses to leave it pristine and bug-free! Unfortunately, most under-sink units don’t purify the water.
Can I adjust the BIBO Water Bar temperature?
A BIBO Water Bar allows you to dispense the exact temperature you need from chilled up to boiling in increments of 1°C. The delicate flavour of some herbal teas and coffees can be ruined if the water temperature is too hot, so you can make sure it’s just right every time.
The most popular under-sink units dispense either boiling or chilled water so there’s no option to adjust the temperature to choose warm water for kids’ hot drinks or very hot water that’s not quite boiling.
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