Filter Performance

Transparent Testing

You deserve to know what your water filter is doing for you. The Aquagear filter has been independently tested for the removal of a wide spectrum of tap water contaminants. The test data below comes from an ANAB accredited laboratory. The Aquagear filter is tested to meet or exceed NSF Standards using EPA-approved methods.

Below you will find the complete list of contaminants that the newest Aquagear filter is tested to remove. Every contaminant is organized by its corresponding NSF Standard.

NSF Standard 42 Performance

NSF Standard 42 covers aesthetic contaminants, which can affect the taste, odor, or appearance of water. The Aquagear filter is tested to far exceed NSF Standard 42.

 Chlorine                                                                   96.50%
Particulate Class I                            97.52%

NSF Standard 53 Performance

NSF Standard 53 covers health-related contaminants. Many of these water contaminants have been linked to cancers and organ disorders. The category includes heavy metals like lead and copper, as well as volatile organic compounds (VOC's), herbicides, disinfectant byproducts, and microplastics.

Asbestos                                                                99.99%
Cadmium 96.55%
Copper 99.97%
Lead 99.41%
Mercury 95.00%
Zinc 99.99%
Microplastics 99.98%
Chloroform 99.97%
Alachlor
99.97%
Atrazine
99.97%
Benzene
99.97%
Carbofuran
99.97%
Carbon Tetrachloride
99.97%
Chlorobenzene
99.97%
Chloropicrin
99.97%
2,4-D
99.97%
Dibromochloropropane (DBCP)
99.97%
o-dichlorobenzene
99.97%
p-dichlorobenzene
99.97%
1,2-dichloroethane
99.97%
1,1-dichloroethylene
99.97%
cis-1,2-dichloroethylene
99.97%
trans-1,2-dichloroethylene
99.97%
1,2-dichloropropane
99.97%
cis-1,3-dicholoropropylene
99.97%
Dinoseb
99.97%
Endrin
99.97%
Ethylbenzene
99.97%
Ethylene dibromide (EDB)
99.97%
Haloacetonitriles (HAN)
99.97%
Bromochloroacetonitrile
99.97%
Dibromoacetonitrile
99.97%
Dichloroacetonitrile
99.97%
Trichloroacetonitrile
99.97%
Haloketones (HK)
99.97%
1,1-dichloro-2-propanone
99.97%
1,1,1-trichloro-2-propanone
99.97%
Heptachlor (H-34, Heptox)
99.97%
Heptachlor epoxide
99.97%
Hexachlorobutadiene
99.97%
Hexachlorocyclopentadiene
99.97%
Lindane
99.97%
Methoxychlor
99.97%
Pentachlorophenol
99.97%
Simazine
99.97%
Styrene
99.97%
1,1,2,2-tetracholroethane
99.97%
Tetrachloroethylene
99.97%
Toluene
99.97%
2,4,5-TP (silvex)
99.97%
Tribromoacetic acid
99.97%
1,2,4-trichlorobenzene
99.97%
1,1,1-tricholoroethane
99.97%
1,1,2-tricholoroethane
99.97%
Tricholoroethane
99.97%
Trihalomethanes
99.97%
Bromoform
99.97%
Bromodichloromethane
99.97%
Chlorodibromomethane
99.97%
Xylenes (total)
99.97%

NSF Standard 401 Performance

The NSF has recently designated a new class of "emerging contaminants," which includes unstudied, and often still unregulated, tap water contaminants. This category includes trace pharmaceuticals, as well as new kinds of herbicides and pesticides that are being detected in public water supplies at increasing rates.

 Trimethoprim                                                       99.99%
Atenolol 99.99%
Meprobamate 99.99%
Carbamazepine
99.99%
DEET
99.99%
Linuron
99.99%
Metolachlor
99.99%
Phenytoin
99.99%
Ibuprofen
99.99%
Naproxen
99.99%
Estrone
99.99%
Bisphenol A
99.99%
Nonylphenol
99.99%
TCEP
99.99%
TCPP
99.99%

NSF Standard P473 Performance

Another recent category, NSF Standard P473 covers per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, including, most importantly, PFOA and PFOS. These contaminants pose a unique threat to public health. Because they build up in our bodies and don't break down, they have been called "Forever Chemicals" in popular press. A recent study has shown that all of us‚ÄĒ100% of Americans‚ÄĒhave these Forever Chemicals in our bloodstream.

PFOA                                                                99.99%
PFOS    99.99%