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3-Stage Under Counter Water Filter

Get more from our best performing water filter with our 3-Stage Drinking Water System. This system features the superior water filtration of our 2-Stage system plus increased capacity to 600 gallons and an additional pre-filter to catch sediment and reduce clogging of system.

List Price: $249.99
Your Price: $124.99

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Aquasana3-Stage Under Counter Water Filter - Brushed Nickel
 
4.3

(based on 66 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (35)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (22)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Pros

  • Clean taste (57)
  • Easy to install (47)
  • Long lasting filter (29)
  • Easy to clean (28)
  • Durable (25)

Cons

  • Slow pour (23)
  • Difficult to install (4)

Best Uses

  • Improving water quality (51)
  • Improving taste (46)
  • Upgrade (22)
  • Replacement (15)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Sweet and Sour--mostly sweet

The sweet part is the filter systems quality. The sour is about installation. It should be easy to install. Once you overcome the short hoses and poor instructions, it's a snap.Read complete review

The sweet part is the filter systems quality. The sour is about installation. It should be easy to install. Once you overcome the short hoses and poor instructions, it's a snap.

Our installation location is quite common with a double-sided stainless sink and a standard 2-door cabinet below housing a garbage disposal and dish washer plumbing. The cold water valve is on the right, behind the disposal and the disposal is on the right hand drain just a few inches from the right cabinet wall so the filter had to be mounted on the left wall--much more accessible for filter changes.

So, problem one. Aquasana provides very short water hoses. In my experience, they are just samples so you can drive twenty miles to purchase longer hoses. Between the price of two 25 foot reels of hose and gas for the Ford 250 Super Duty pickup, not to mention the time, the 4 or 5 foot hose lengths I needed were quite costly.

The instruction manual is gorgeous; but it totally lacks normal instruction manual goodies like a parts list. The illustrations are helpful; but they don't clearly depict the parts. The first page says to check that you have all the parts in the parts list. What parts list? There is none. The only possible guide is the photo where the parts aren't grouped correctly and are so small you can't see them anyway.

I suspect that I have not properly installed the faucet to the sink because the instruction images of the parts are totally inaccurate, cartoon images that leave you guessing.

So, why would Aquasana deliver such a fine filter product with hoses too short for most installations and instructions that look like a story board for planning a real manual but it was never completed? Both are guaranteed to irritate the heck out of customers.

Please, Aquasana, finish the manual and include at least 6 feet of each inexpensive hose. It's an awesome water filter and did install in less than an hour once I got beyond short hoses and incomplete instructions. I'm not a plumber; but I'm a lifelong DIY guy with nearly every tool known to man and am very patient.

So, 5 stars for the filter and 1 star for the manual writer. The cheap guy in packaging with the short hoses gets no stars at all.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

better installation manual badly needed

i got this for my wife, so she'd drink more water
after installation, i gave her three glasses of water to sample
one from our faucet, one from bottled, store bought...Read complete review

i got this for my wife, so she'd drink more water
after installation, i gave her three glasses of water to sample
one from our faucet, one from bottled, store bought water and one from the Aquasana filter (she didn't know which was which of course), without hesitation she made the following comments
faucet water - "nasty"
bottled water - "ok"
Aquasana - "this is good, i can drink this"
installation: actually quite easy and straight forward, once
you figure out what part/washer goes where
unfortunately the manual leaves you high and dry (pun intended) here
i have installed/replaced every sink and faucet in our home
so i'm not new to finish plumbing and it took me about
20 minutes to figure out what part goes where
especially insulting was the "install as shown in the picture"
the picture doesn't tell you anything
so only 3 stars for failing to add a few lines to the manual
that would properly identify parts

Reviewed by 66 customers

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Very slow pour

By Waldo

from Orange county CA

Pros

  • Clean Taste
  • Easy To Install

Cons

  • Installation instructions
  • Slow Pour

Best Uses

  • Improving Taste
  • Improving Water Quality

Comments about Aquasana 3-Stage Under Counter Water Filter - Brushed Nickel:

Did I mention that it had a slow pour. I assumed and wrongly that everyone else who complained about a slow pour must have had low water pressure. I have great water pressure so this would not apply to me. Wrong. I am glad that it is 25% faster because I don't think that the water would have had the strength to get out of the tap with anything less. Previously I had a 10 year old GE water system with two filters and after 6 months of use still had more flow. Oh and the installation instructions leave a lot be desired . It is a simple job how difficult would it be to show the parts in detail as they should be assembled.

  • How likely are you to recommend this product?:
  • 5
  • What water filtration products have you used?:
  • Ge
  • What was the most important factor in your decision to purchase Aquasana filtration products?:
  • Quality of water filtration, Taste & Odor, Value
  • How did you hear about us?:
  • Found Aquasana online

(10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

better installation manual badly needed

By otter

from southwest

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Great tasting water

Cons

  • Incomplete Instructions

Best Uses

  • Improving Taste
  • Improving Water Quality

Comments about Aquasana 3-Stage Under Counter Water Filter - Brushed Nickel:

i got this for my wife, so she'd drink more water
after installation, i gave her three glasses of water to sample
one from our faucet, one from bottled, store bought water and one from the Aquasana filter (she didn't know which was which of course), without hesitation she made the following comments
faucet water - "nasty"
bottled water - "ok"
Aquasana - "this is good, i can drink this"
installation: actually quite easy and straight forward, once
you figure out what part/washer goes where
unfortunately the manual leaves you high and dry (pun intended) here
i have installed/replaced every sink and faucet in our home
so i'm not new to finish plumbing and it took me about
20 minutes to figure out what part goes where
especially insulting was the "install as shown in the picture"
the picture doesn't tell you anything
so only 3 stars for failing to add a few lines to the manual
that would properly identify parts

  • How likely are you to recommend this product?:
  • 8
  • What water filtration products have you used?:
  • None
  • What was the most important factor in your decision to purchase Aquasana filtration products?:
  • Quality of water filtration, Taste & Odor
  • How did you hear about us?:
  • Magazine review or article

(18 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Sweet and Sour--mostly sweet

By Just John

from The Berkshires

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Excellent Filter System

Cons

  • Installation Issues

Best Uses

  • Improving Water Quality

Comments about Aquasana 3-Stage Under Counter Water Filter - Brushed Nickel:

The sweet part is the filter systems quality. The sour is about installation. It should be easy to install. Once you overcome the short hoses and poor instructions, it's a snap.

Our installation location is quite common with a double-sided stainless sink and a standard 2-door cabinet below housing a garbage disposal and dish washer plumbing. The cold water valve is on the right, behind the disposal and the disposal is on the right hand drain just a few inches from the right cabinet wall so the filter had to be mounted on the left wall--much more accessible for filter changes.

So, problem one. Aquasana provides very short water hoses. In my experience, they are just samples so you can drive twenty miles to purchase longer hoses. Between the price of two 25 foot reels of hose and gas for the Ford 250 Super Duty pickup, not to mention the time, the 4 or 5 foot hose lengths I needed were quite costly.

The instruction manual is gorgeous; but it totally lacks normal instruction manual goodies like a parts list. The illustrations are helpful; but they don't clearly depict the parts. The first page says to check that you have all the parts in the parts list. What parts list? There is none. The only possible guide is the photo where the parts aren't grouped correctly and are so small you can't see them anyway.

I suspect that I have not properly installed the faucet to the sink because the instruction images of the parts are totally inaccurate, cartoon images that leave you guessing.

So, why would Aquasana deliver such a fine filter product with hoses too short for most installations and instructions that look like a story board for planning a real manual but it was never completed? Both are guaranteed to irritate the heck out of customers.

Please, Aquasana, finish the manual and include at least 6 feet of each inexpensive hose. It's an awesome water filter and did install in less than an hour once I got beyond short hoses and incomplete instructions. I'm not a plumber; but I'm a lifelong DIY guy with nearly every tool known to man and am very patient.

So, 5 stars for the filter and 1 star for the manual writer. The cheap guy in packaging with the short hoses gets no stars at all.

  • How likely are you to recommend this product?:
  • 8
  • What was the most important factor in your decision to purchase Aquasana filtration products?:
  • Quality of water filtration

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Installation Challenge

By J-in-Houston

from Houston, TX

Pros

  • Clean Taste
  • Small footprint

Cons

  • No 12 Inch Parts
  • No Half Inch Parts

Best Uses

  • Improving Taste
  • No Plastic Bottles
  • Replacement

Comments about Aquasana 3-Stage Under Counter Water Filter - Brushed Nickel:

Just installed in place of a leaking Reverse Osmosis system. I love the form factor of this unit, as it replaced larger RO filters and I could eliminate a large tank that was taking up most of the under sink cabinet space.

I was hoping it would be an easy replacement and just move the existing input and output lines from my RO system to the Aquasana system, but the tubing sizes were the exact opposite of what I needed (3/8 inch input on my RO system, but 1/2 inch input on the Aquasana and the reverse on the output). Also, my home has 1/2 inch cold water lines but the Aquasana only ships with 3/8 inch "T" connector, so I had to get creative.

I ended up leaving the 1/2 inch "T" that was installed with my RO system and bought a $4 quick connector part at ACE Hardware to step up from 3/8 to 1/2 inch to connect to the Aquasana. I could not find a 1/2 inch "T" at my local hardware store but will look online to see if I can increase the flow any more. Aquasana should include the extra $4 in parts to ensure both cold water line sizes are covered!

Overall, the taste of the water is good, not like RO filtration, but I knew that going in. I will see how long these filters hold up compared to the RO....I never got 6 months out of the advertised RO filters and expect the same here.

  • How likely are you to recommend this product?:
  • 8
  • What water filtration products have you used?:
  • Brita, Pur, Rayne Ro
  • What was the most important factor in your decision to purchase Aquasana filtration products?:
  • Ro Wasting Water, Taste & Odor
  • How did you hear about us?:
  • Consumer Report Web

(4 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

So dissapointed!

By becky

from st. louis, mo

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

    • Faucet Is Cheaply Made
    • Not Durable
    • Slow Pour

    Best Uses

      Comments about Aquasana 3-Stage Under Counter Water Filter - Brushed Nickel:

      I have had this faucet installed for less than 6 months and the faucet has become unusable. It rotates every time I turn the lever. I had another faucet for 6 years with no problem whatsoever, I should have stuck with that brand.

      • How likely are you to recommend this product?:
      • 1
      • What water filtration products have you used?:
      • Moen Auqasuite
      • What was the most important factor in your decision to purchase Aquasana filtration products?:
      • Online Reviews
      • How did you hear about us?:
      • Found Aquasana online

      (10 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      4 months later

      By KCXanadu

      from NYC

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Clean Taste
      • Durable
      • Easy To Clean
      • Easy To Install
      • Long Lasting Filter

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Improving Taste
        • Improving Water Quality
        • Upgrade

        Comments about Aquasana 3-Stage Under Counter Water Filter - Brushed Nickel:

        Now that I've had the system for about 4 months I feel I can write a proper review.
        I had the countertop version for a few years and then upgraded. Even tho the countertop was great I wanted to upgrade to the under the counter mainly for looks and I live in NYC where we have to plug our washing machine into our sink faucet. So it was a lot of changing from filtered water to washing machine a lot. Little did I know the third filter would make such a noticeable difference. It's a pretty huge difference as well. I HIGHLY recommend the 3 stage. It's hands down the best drinking water I've had since I moved from the Appalachian Mountains. I grew up knowing what natural water tastes like and there is nothing that gets closer than this 3 stage filter. Even when you hold a glass of water up to the sunlight you can't see anything in the water. It's clear as can be.
        The quality doesn't get any better and/or affordable than Aquasana AQ-5300.

        • How likely are you to recommend this product?:
        • 10
        • What water filtration products have you used?:
        • Aquasana, Brita, Pur
        • What was the most important factor in your decision to purchase Aquasana filtration products?:
        • Quality of water filtration, Taste & Odor
        • How did you hear about us?:
        • Found Aquasana online

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        AquaSana 3 stage is pure water

        By Aqua Water

        from Montgomery, Alabama

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Clean Taste
        • Easy To Install
        • Long Lasting Filter
        • Looks High Dollar "spout"

        Cons

        • Aquasana Needs A 5 Stage

        Best Uses

        • Improving Taste
        • Improving Water Quality
        • Replacement

        Comments about Aquasana 3-Stage Under Counter Water Filter - Brushed Nickel:

        I wanted a different elegant look for my kitchen. Had stage 3 pur filter that mounted to spout for past 6 years. It was always in the way and getting dirty "outside". Read Consumer Report and reviewed feedback. I was looking at zero water 5 stage but did not have many good reviews. Decided on Aquasana AQ5300, 3 stage, mounts out of the way, small footprint, facuet looks like a fancy high dollar and matches others in home. I think Aquasana needs to look at a 5 stage filteration charcoal system. By the way install 30 min.

        • How likely are you to recommend this product?:
        • 10
        • What water filtration products have you used?:
        • Pur
        • What was the most important factor in your decision to purchase Aquasana filtration products?:
        • Consumer Reports
        • How did you hear about us?:
        • Consumer Reports, Magazine review or article

        (10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Got rid of my RO system.

        By DH in Mesa

        from Mesa AZ

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Clean Taste
        • Durable
        • Easy To Clean
        • Easy To Install
        • Long Lasting Filter

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Improving Taste
          • Improving Water Quality
          • Upgrade

          Comments about Aquasana 3-Stage Under Counter Water Filter - Brushed Nickel:

          I bought this system to replace a RO system that used to much water. Works as advertised.

          For those that are complaining about slow pour I did not like it either so I put my 4 gallon storage tank from my RO system and it fills my 12 cup coffee pot in less than 20 seconds. You can get them anywhere. It would be nice Aquasana offered them.

          • How likely are you to recommend this product?:
          • 9
          • What water filtration products have you used?:
          • Culligan, Pur
          • What was the most important factor in your decision to purchase Aquasana filtration products?:
          • Ease of use and install, Quality of water filtration, Taste & Odor, Value
          • How did you hear about us?:
          • Found Aquasana online

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          great filter

          By andy the mandy

          from napa,ca

          Pros

          • Clean Taste
          • Durable
          • Easy To Install
          • Long Lasting Filter

          Cons

          • Cloudy Water
          • Slow Pour

          Best Uses

          • Improving Water Quality

          Comments about Aquasana 3-Stage Under Counter Water Filter - Brushed Nickel:

          very tasty water but these always a film on top of the water

          • How likely are you to recommend this product?:
          • 8
          • What water filtration products have you used?:
          • Culligan
          • What was the most important factor in your decision to purchase Aquasana filtration products?:
          • Taste & Odor, Value
          • How did you hear about us?:
          • Bloggers (please specify)

          (5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          * ASG Plumbing * Tucson Plumber

          By ASG Plumbing

          from Tucson, Az 85710

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Clean Taste
          • Durable
          • Easy To Clean
          • Easy To Install
          • Efficient No Water Waste
          • Long Lasting Filter
          • No Drain Required

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Delivers Perfect Water
            • Improving Taste
            • Improving Water Quality
            • Replacement
            • Saves Cabinet Space
            • Upgrade

            Comments about Aquasana 3-Stage Under Counter Water Filter - Brushed Nickel:

            I am an Aquasana water filter installer in Tucson, Az. I just installed this unit today 8-13-13, ( Tuesday ). I found everything to like about the system and could not discover any dislikes at all with this model. I installed it and removed the customers' reverse osmosis in one hour flat. It was simple to operate, install and figure out. They made a great unit here. I would suggest this to all of my plumbing customers. Thank you

            - Anthony ASG Plumbing Tucson, Az.

            • How likely are you to recommend this product?:
            • 10
            • What water filtration products have you used?:
            • And Much Much More, Aquasana, Brita, Culligan, Pur
            • What was the most important factor in your decision to purchase Aquasana filtration products?:
            • Ease of use and install, Quality of water filtration, Taste & Odor, The Tucson Water Source, Value
            • How did you hear about us?:
            • Found Aquasana online, I Am The Installer

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