Unless you’re drinking from natural aquifers, such as natural springs or mountain waters, you can’t really find the perfect balance of minerals, natural pH, and toxin-free drinking water. Thankfully, the best water filters in Singapore can process tap water to give you the next best thing.
Though the Public Utilities Board (PUB) reports Singapore’s tap water as safe to drink, there’s no harm in using an additional layer of protection to keep your water clean and safe. That’s where water filters enter the picture.
To help you find the most suitable water filter in Singapore for your needs, we’ve down the best-reviewed and most recommended products in today’s article.
Panasonic TK-AS45 Water Alkaline Ionizer
|$1070||BUY NOW||1 Year||Non-woven fabric + Ceramic + Activated Carbon + Hollow Fibre Membrane||1 year / 12,000 litres|
Hyflux S38 Filtration Pitcher
|$88||BUY NOW||1 year||Micro-Screen Filter + Ion Exchange Resin + Activated Carbon||2 months|
|DuPont WFFM100XCH Premier Water Filter||$87||Buy Now||3 Years||100 series filter||2 -3 months|
|Filtech Filtra Plus FWF 177||$29.90||Buy Now||-||Ceramic + Activated Carbon + Ion Exchange Resin + KDF 55 Medium + Ceramic + Filtech Technology Medium||3 -6 months / 3000 L|
|BRITA Marella Water Pitcher Filter||$45.50||BUY NOW||-||Micro Carbon Pearls + Ion Exchange Pearls||1 month|
|PUR 3-Stage Advanced Water Filter||$62||Buy Now||2 Years||Activated Carbon + Ion Exchange||2 -3 months|
|OSIM uPure 2 Water Filter||$139||BUY NOW||-||Preliminary Filter + Activated Carbon + Hollow Filament Membrane + Mesh Filter||1500 litres / 5 months|
|Novita Water Purifier & Filter NP200||$199||BUY NOW||1 Year||Activated Carbon + Membrane Filter||1500 litres / 5 months|
|Hexagon 8-Stage Water Purifier & Filter||$170||BUY NOW||6 months||Ceramic Filter + Ion Exchange Resins + Activated Granular Carbon + Mineral Elements + Anion Minerals + EC3000 FIR Energy Beads + KDF+Activated Granular Carbon + Magnetic Stones||1 year / 10,000 litres|
|HyFlux S218 Spring Digital Water Purifier||$299||BUY NOW||1 Year||Mesh Trap + Activated Carbon + Nanofibre Disc||6 months / 2000 Litres|
|3M Water Purifier CTM-02||$349.95||BUY NOW||1 Year||Pre-Filter + Activated Carbon + Pharmaceutical Grade Membrane||6 months|
|Doulton Ceramic Water Filter TCP6 KDF||$499.95||BUY NOW||1 Year||Activated Carbon + KDF + Diatom Ceramic + Silver Ion + Activated Carbon + ATS exchange ions & resin||9 - 12 months / 2300 litres|
|TOMAL® 3 Bullet Series||$999||BUY NOW||1 Year||Sediment, Carbon, Carbon+Alkaline||6 - 12 months|
TYPES OF WATER FILTERS
Before we discuss the individual water filters above, we should talk quickly about the types of filters and how to pick the one that suits your needs.
Different water filters address different needs. Some water filters merely sift out visible sediment, and others can remove bacteria and viruses.
There are also water filters that can enhance taste as well as eliminate odours.
Since water filters perform differently when it comes to filtering and purifying water, filtration products usually combine 2 or more filters to dispense cleaner and healthier water for your consumption.
Thus, you will find that most water filters in Singapore have 2 or more of these filter types:
1. Ceramic Filter
A Ceramic Filter uses ceramic material with small pore-size holes to filter debris.
Pros: A simple filtration mechanism which sifts out visible sediments, like dirt and debris.
Cons: Does not involve a chemical process, so it cannot remove chemical contaminants.
2. Activated Carbon
Nowadays, Activated Carbon can be found in most filtration products.
Pros: This filter type neutralises common contaminants like lead, mercury, and asbestos. Some activated carbon can also enhance taste and water.
Cons: Activated Carbon is not strong enough to filter out nitrates and phosphates. Plus, the effectiveness of this filter varies widely depending on the brand and quality, so make sure you choose a trusted brand with high-quality AO filters. Otherwise, it can be pretty useless.
3. Deionization Filter
Deionization uses ion exchange resins to balance and neutralise electrical charges of ions.
Pros: This process removes total dissolved solids (TDS) and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) such as acetone, benzene, and formaldehyde.
Cons: Deionization does not remove microorganisms from the water.
4. Ultraviolet Filter
An Ultraviolet Filter System uses UV rays to neutralise harmful pathogens from the water that a typical chlorine disinfection is unable to remove. This filter disinfects water by attacking the DNA of bacteria, viruses, and some cysts so they won’t be able to spread or reproduce and contaminate your water.
Pros: UV can kill 99.99% of living organisms in the water.
Cons: This filter system does not remove particles from water, add chemicals, or remove unpleasant taste and odour.
5. Reverse Osmosis
Reverse Osmosis (RO) is a popular filter for drinking water because it removes toxins and heavy contaminants like arsenic, fluoride and nitrates.
Pros: RO removes heavy toxins and contaminants.
Cons: RO is unable to filter out simpler contaminants such as chlorine and volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which is why it’s usually combined with an activated carbon filter. The latter does a great job of removing these common contaminants. RO also produces water low in minerals, which WHO says is not ideal for regular consumption. Finally, RO uses 3-20 times more water than it produces, so this is typically reserved for drinking water and not recommended for everyday household usage, including cooking and cleaning.
Some water filters convert tap water into alkaline, which has a higher pH level. Supposedly, this can neutralise acid in your body, which can lead to various health benefits, including the prevention of diseases such as cancer and liver disease.
Pros: Though experts debate on the health benefits of alkaline water, they do agree that it is rich in minerals and safe to drink.
Cons: Alkaline water is not free from contaminants, so either your water source must already be purified, or another layer of filter is needed.
RUNDOWN: THE BEST WATER FILTERS IN SINGAPORE
BEST OVERALL: Panasonic TK-AS40 Water Alkaline Ionizer
|FILTER TYPE||Non-woven Fabric, Granular Activated Carbon, Ceramic, Powdered Activated Carbon, Hollow Fibre Membrane|
|LIFESPAN||1 year / 12,000 litres|
|FEATURES||-High-performance filters for clean and safe water
-Tested under strict Japanese standard
-Effective for daily cooking
-Carries health benefits of alkaline water
|SPECIFICATIONS||Electrolytic Capacity Selection: 3 alkaline levels, 1 weak acidic and 1 purified
Dimensions (W x D x H): 170 x 101 x 291 mm
Purified Water Output Volume: 2.0 litres/min (at 100kPa Water Pressure)
Nett Weight (Kg): 3.0 | Gross Weight (Kg): 3.5
Water Purification: Removes 13+4 Substances
Voltage: 220V~240V | Power Consumption: 55W
Water Purification Capacity: 12,000 litres
*Capacity may be lower depending on the water quality and usage environment.
Filtration flow volume: 2.5 litres/min (at 100kPa water pressure)
Replacement Cartridge: TK-AS45C1
Length of power cord: 3m
Country of Origin: JapanRemovable Substances Stipulated by JIS
Free residual chlorine | Turbidity | Total trihalomethane | 2-MIB (Mould smell) | Soluble lead | Bromodichloromethane | Dibromochloromethane | Bromoform | Tetrachloroethylene | Trichloroethylene | 1,1,1-trichloroethane | CAT (Agricultural Chemicals)
Removable Substances Stipulated by JWPA
Iron (Fine Particles) | Aluminium (Neutral) | Geosmin (Musty Odour) | Phenols
This water filter is popular for a reason. Though it’s the most expensive on the list, the features and longevity make it worth your money.
Panasonic’s high-performance filters, divided into 4 layers, eliminate 99.99% of bacteria as well as specific removable substances stipulated by JIS and JWPA.
The Alkaline Ionizer is also approved under the Japan Pharmaceutical and Medical Device (PMD) Act. It can even dispense water in 5 pH levels for your various daily needs.
Alkaline 3 (pH 9.5) is perfect for drinking, cooking and making tea. Alkaline 2 (pH 9.0) can be used for drinking and cooking rice. Alkaline 1 (pH 8.5) is recommended for drinking, especially for new consumers of alkaline water.
Purified Water is good for making baby milk and for taking medicine. Finally, Weak Acidic (pH 5.5) can help for firming up your skin.
Fortunately, for the price, you get a lot of use out of this Japan-made product. The filter’s lifespan is the longest out of all the products in this list at 1 year or 12,000 litres, whichever comes first.
CHEAP ALTERNATIVE: Hyflux S38 Filtration Pitcher
|FILTER TYPE||Micro-Screen Filter + Ion Exchange Resin + Activated Carbon|
|FEATURES||-Monitors cartridge lifespan digitally
-Remove sediments to improve water quality
-Reduce chlorine and improves water taste
-Effectively blocks out rust and water contaminants
-Instant Fill Lid
|SPECIFICATIONS||Body Type: Plastic
Total Capacity: 1.5L
Available Colours: Black, White, Blue
Dimensions (W x H x D): 138 x 275 x 275mm
Packaging Dimensions (W x H x D): 150 x 280 x 255mm
Weight: 0.82 Kg
Packaging Weight 1.05 Kg
Included Accessories: Comes with 1 x SC38 cartridge in the packaging box
If you’re on a tight budget yet looking for a decent water filter to help you stay hydrated with safe and clean water, this is the cheap and accessible alternative.
It’s also easy to carry around if you’re always on the go and you want a reliable way of filtering water for safe consumption.
The Hyflux S38 Filtration Pitcher costs less than $100 but it comes with 3 filters: Micro-Screen Filter, Ion Exchange Resin, and Activated Carbon.
The filters remove sediment to improve water quality, reduce chlorine, improve water taste, and effectively block out rust and water contaminants.
Since this is in a pitcher format, there is no installation needed. You simply fill up the pitcher with water from the top lid and the filters will do the job of straining the water for you.
It also monitors cartridge lifespan digitally, so you’ll know when to change the filter cartridge.
DuPont WFFM100XCH Premier Water Filter
|FILTER TYPE||100 series filter|
|LIFESPAN||2 -3 months|
|FEATURES||-High performance filtration and better tasting water in one convenient filter
-Includes filter which reduces sediment, chlorine, cysts, linden, benzene, asbestos, mercury, and lead
-Improves the taste, odour, and clarity of your water
-Micro ban Antimicrobial product protection built-in to cartridge housing and media for improved filter life
-Easily attaches to standard kitchen faucets
|SPECIFICATIONS||Item Weight: 12.2 ounces
Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 5.8 x 5.5 inches
Flow Rate: 0.5 GPM
Batteries Included? No
Batteries Required? No
Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
The DuPont WFFM100XCH Premier Water Filter is the cheapest filter in this shortlist of the best water filters in Singapore.
On the plus side, for a cheap filter, it can last up to 3 months, unlike other cheap filters that only last for a month or two at most. Plus, it comes with a 3-year warranty for any defects.
This filter is fixed into your faucet for convenience. The 100 Series filter creates safe and better-tasting water in one convenient contraption.
It reduces sediment, chlorine, cysts, linden, benzene, asbestos, mercury, and lead — while also improving the taste, odour and clarity of your water. Plus, the cartridge includes a Micro ban Antimicrobial product protection and media for improved filter life.
Finally, this filter easily attaches to standard kitchen faucets.
Filtech Filtra Plus FWF 177
|FILTER TYPE||Step 1 : Ceramic Filter
Step 2 : Activated Carbon
Step 3: Ion Exchange Resin
Step 4: KDF 55 Medium
Step 5: Far Infrared Ceramic
Step 6: Filtech Technology Medium
|LIFESPAN||3 -6 months / 3000 L|
|FEATURES||-Filtech Technology for cleaner and better-tasting water
-Eliminates up to 99% of Bacteria, Impurities, and Chlorine
-Quick and easy installation
-3 mode-switch: Filtered, Unfiltered Shower, Unfiltered Stream
|SPECIFICATIONS||Overall Dimensions: 110 mm X 148 mm X 66 mm
Flow Rate: 2l / minute
Pressure: 0.1 – 0.4 Mpa
The Filtech Filtra Plus FWF 177 is another affordable faucet filter that can eliminate up to 99% of bacteria, impurities, and chlorine. Thankfully, this Japan-made filter is easy and quick to install.
Users can choose from filtered, unfiltered shower, and unfiltered stream for various daily needs. Designed in Japan, this faucet filter includes 6 layers of filtering, replaceable every 3-6 months or 3000 litres, whichever comes first.
The Filtech Filtra Plus FWF 177 cartridge is made of 1/8″ thick washable ceramic rated at 0.1 micron. It removes dust, particles, rust, Giardia, Cysts, and Germs while protecting and extending the life of the filters.
BRITA Marella Water Pitcher Filter
|FILTER TYPE||Micro Carbon Pearls + Ion Exchange Pearls|
-Less limescale build-up
-Reduces Chlorine and other taste-impairing substances
-Absorbs heavy metals such as lead and copper
-Flip top lid for easy single-handed filling
-“BRITA Memo” electronic cartridge exchange indicator
|SPECIFICATIONS||Total capacity: 3.5L(2.0 litres filtered water)
Dimensions: 25.6 x 25.8 x 14.7 cm (W x H x D)
*Does not fit fridge door
The BRITA Marella Water Pitcher Filter turns tap water into great tasting drinking water via the MAXTRA+ filter with a flip top lid for easy single-handed filling. Consumers confirm that this does remove odours and unpleasant taste (e.g. chlorine) for purer, safer water for your family. This also absorbs heavy metals such as lead and copper with less limescale build-up as well as other taste and aroma-impairing substances.
Finally, for all its benefits, it’s an economical solution to providing cleaner water in your household for daily hydration.
It’s recommended to change the cartridge every month for optimal results. Fortunately, it’s easy to check with the “BRITA Memo” electronic cartridge exchange indicator.
PUR 3-Stage Advanced Water Filter
|FILTER TYPE||Activated Carbon + Ion Exchange|
|LIFESPAN||2 -3 months|
|FEATURES||-PUR Advanced Faucet Water Filter
-LED indicator for filter status
-Reduces over 70 contaminants, including 99% of lead and chlorine
-Save up to $1,000/year
|SPECIFICATIONS||Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 7.3 x 7.7 inches
Item Weight: 1.2 pounds
NOTE: This faucet mount doesn’t fit all faucets; Please do refer to the instruction manual
The PUR 3-Stage Advanced Water Filter has an impressive 2-year warranty. For its affordable price point, you’ll enjoy savings of up to up to US$1,000/year!
The filter itself reduces over 70 contaminants, including 99% of lead and chlorine. It also has an LED indicator to let you know when to replace the filter.
One downside, though, is that the faucet mount doesn’t fit all faucets, so refer to the instruction manual before buying this.
OSIM uPure 2 Water Filter
|FILTER TYPE||Step 1: Preliminary Filter
Step 2: Granular Activated Carbon
Step 3: Hollow Filament Membrane
Step 4: Mesh Filter
|LIFESPAN||1500 litres / 5 months|
|FEATURES||-Unique 4-step purification process
-Convenient cartridge replacement indicator
|SPECIFICATIONS||Filtration flow rate: 2 litres/minute (Water pressure: 100kPa, water temperature at 20°C)
Filtration capacity: Residual chlorine -1500 litres / Turbidity – 2000 litres
Removal substances: Residual chlorine*, turbidity* and general bacteria (*Japanese Industrial Standard (JIS S3201)
Unremoval substances: Salt and iron dissolved in water, mineral components etc.
Water pressure resistance: 350kPa
The OSIM uPure 2 water purifier enters the mid-range section of this list. Its 4-step filtration system (1) removes large particles like sediments and rust, (2) removes chlorine and odour, (3) traps microscopic stains, red dust, coliform, bacilli, bacteria, and protozoa, (4) then the wire mesh provides a final layer of filtration to assure clean and safe drinking water.
It has a Quick Check Window, so you can easily monitor the state of filter cartridge and know when it’s time to replace it. This easy-to-install faucet filter is recommended for home use, such as to filter water for drinking & cooking.
If you can’t afford a water cooler, this is a good start. This filter complies with the Japan Water Purifier Association (JWPA) Voluntary Standards for Water Purifiers, removing up to 99.99% of the known bacteria typically found in tap water.
Novita Water Purifier & Filter NP200
|FILTER TYPE||Activated Carbon + Membrane Filter|
|LIFESPAN||1500 litres / 5 months|
-Effective removal of up to 99% free residual chlorine & up to 99.99% bacteria
-Digital filter lifespan indicator
-Save up to 33% of water usage
-Filter check window
|SPECIFICATIONS||Dimensions (WxDxH): 116mm x 132mm x 77mm
Body Weight (At full capacity): 422g
Type of Body Material: Polyacetal & ABS Resin
Filtration Flow Rate*: 2.0 L/minute
Minimum Dynamic Water Pressure: 70kPa
The Novita Water Purifier & Filter NP200 uses a 2-step ultra-filtration system.
First, the Granular Activated Carbon removes up to 99% of free residual chlorine while also improving the water’s taste and quality.
Then, the Advanced Ultra Hollow Membrane Filter removes up to 99.99% of bacteria and suspended colloids of up to 0.1 micron while retaining essential minerals in the water.
It essentially removes up to 99% free residual chlorine & up to 99.99% bacteria.
This Japan-made filter has a digital filter lifespan indicator to help you easily track your usage and prompt you when it’s time to replace the filter.
Finally, the system helps you save up to 33% of water usage with the help of smaller perforated openings for dispensing water.
Hexagon 8-Stage Water Purifier & Filter
|FILTER TYPE||1st Stage: Ceramic Filter
2nd Stage: Ion Exchange Resins
3rd Stage: Activated Granular Carbon
4th Stage: Mineral Elements
5th– 6th Stage: Anion Minerals + EC3000 FIR Energy Beads
7th Stage: KDF + Activated Granular Carbon
8th Stage: Magnetic Stones
|LIFESPAN||1 year / 10,000 litres|
|FEATURES||-8-stage water purifier
-Benefits from the properties of Hexagon π Water
|SPECIFICATIONS||Shipping weight: 11.02 pounds
π Water has a Certified NMP (Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Technology) reading of 46-48Hz
Made in Taiwan
The Hexagon 8-Stage Water Purifier & Filter adopts the 8-stage water purifier model. More than just clean and safe water, it dispenses water with benefits from the properties of Hexagon π Water or Energy Water.
This means it retains unique properties that are vital for hydrating cells and supporting life functions.
Fortunately, for the price, you will get a lot of use out of it. The lifespan of the filter can last up to 1 year or 10,000 litres.
HyFlux S218 Spring Digital Water Purifier
|FILTER TYPE||Mesh Trap + Activated Carbon + Nanofibre Disc|
|LIFESPAN||6 months / 2000 Litres|
|FEATURES||-3 Layers of Filtration Within A Single Piece of Cartridge
-Reduce Chlorine and Improves Water Taste
-Remove Sediments to Improve Water Quality
-Effectively Blocks Out Rust and Water Contaminants
-Digital Tracking of Water Consumption
|SPECIFICATIONS||Body Type: Plastic
Indicators: Digital indicator
Power Supply: 2 AAA alkaline batteries
Packaging Dimensions (W x H x D): 180 X 310 X 170 mm
The HyFlux S218 Spring Digital Water Purifier is easy to install, with an impressive in-built micro-turbine as well as a smart digital flow rate monitor.
The monitor not only displays your daily water intake, it also shows the remaining cartridge lifespan, then alerts you when it needs replacement. With normal use, the cartridge can last 6 months.
As for the filter system, the anti-bacterial silver-impregnated mesh filters sediments and suspended solids like rust. The high-performance, NSF-certified, activated carbon block removes chlorine, solid contaminants, bad taste, and odour.
Finally, the nano-fibre disc traps bacteria, submicron inorganic and organic contaminants via electro-absorption.
3M Water Purifier CTM-02
|FILTER TYPE||Pre-Filter + Activated Carbon + Pharmaceutical Grade Membrane|
|FEATURES||-Advanced single stage filtration delivers high output
-Fully enclosed filter media – No spill or mess
-Built-in bypass valve – Do not need to shut off water for cartridge replacement
-Inclusive of installation fitting – Trouble-free installation
-Sanitary Quick Change (SQC) design – Easy cartridge change-out
-NSF Std 42 & NSF Std 53 tested and certified
|SPECIFICATIONS||Product Origin: United States
Micron Rating: 0.5 micron
Capacity: 750 gallons (2,839 litres)
Flow Rate: 2.8 lpm
Dimension: (W) 16cm x (D) 12cm x (H) 34.5cmRemoval Capability:
Remove 99.5% of filterable cyst
Chlorine taste and odour
Sediment and rust
Lead & parasitic protozoan cysts
VOCs* and mercury (Include: Lindane, Atrazine, Benzene, Carbofuran, 1,4-dichlorobenzene and Toxaphene)
3M is a trusted brand with a wide range of products, water filter included. For our list of the best, we chose the 3M Water Purifier CTM-02.
It features an advanced single-stage filtration system with the ability to reduce chlorine taste, odour, Cyst, Lead, Mercury, Sediment, Turbidity, and VOCs.
This is inclusive of installation with a built-in bypass valve and a Sanitary Quick Change (SQC) design for hassle-free replacement of cartridge.
Doulton Ceramic Water Filter TCP6 KDF
|FILTER TYPE||Activated Carbon + KDF + Diatom Ceramic + Silver Ion + Activated Carbon + ATS exchange ions & resin|
|LIFESPAN||9 – 12 months / 2300 litres|
-6 Layers of Filtration Power
-Fits to most common threaded kitchen taps via a diverter valve
|SPECIFICATIONS||Britain Premium Brand, since 1826
Model: TCP6 + EWC
Dimensions: 32cm(H) x 19.5cm(W)
Material : ABS, Food Grade material
Number of Filter Candle: 1 BTU + EWC KDF
Filter Candle Type: 10(Long) x 2 (diameter) inches/(254 x 49mm) Short mount
Range: BTU short thread mount 19mm M12 + KDF Pre Filter
Connections: Diverter fits onto most common threaded kitchen taps
Flow Rate: 120L/hour
Minimum Working Pressure: 1 Bar
Flow rate: 1.9/L @ 2 Bar
Working temperature range: 5 ~ 38 degree Celsius
Working pH range: 5.5 ~ 9.5Contaminants Removed:
Heavy metal: *LEAD, Mercury & CADMIUM. Chlorine, E.coli, Cholera, Shigella, Salmonella, Klebsilla Terri, Cryptosporidiosis, Giardia, Atrazine, Herbicide, Polycyclic Aromatic Hydrocarbons, Chloroform, Benzene Hexachloride, Rust
Doulton Ceramic Water Filter TCP6 KDF provides 6 layers of filtration to turn tap water back to a natural and great-tasting healthy drinking water. Its BPA free housing is easy to install and uninstall which makes this an excellent choice for people looking for portability such as travellers or people who often move due to lifestyle choices or job requirements.
Doulton Ceramic Water Filter TCP6 KDF fits most common threaded kitchen taps using a diverter valve. Meanwhile, the filtration system can remove a ton of contaminants, including heavy metals, common contaminants and bacteria.
TOMAL® 3 Bullet Series
|FILTER TYPE||Sediment, Carbon, Carbon+Alkaline|
|LIFESPAN||6 – 12 months|
|FEATURES||-Easy TWISTLOCK® filters for easy change of cartridges
-Carbon, Carbon+Alkaline filter membrane
|SPECIFICATIONS||Dimension: 26cm(L) X 8cm (B) X 32 cm (H)
The TOMAL® 3 Bullet Series consists of a Sediment, Carbon, and Alkaline filter membrane. This not only cleans the tap water, but also dispenses mineralised alkaline drinking water.
You can pick and choose filters according to your needs, although having these three gives you maximum protection and healthier drinking water.
This is actually an exclusive Singapore Product to specifically target the hydration needs of Singaporeans. It features Easy TWISTLOCK® filters for easy change of cartridges, plus they sell a slim, wall-mounted water dispenser separately that can connect externally to the filtration bullet system.
Get this to start and complete your modern home with an efficient purifying and dispensing system for your daily water needs.
At any rate, this and the rest of the water filters in this list are great options for any family or individual. If you do try one of them, let us know how it worked out for you, and whether or not it lived up to your expectations!
You can also check out our list of the best water dispensers in Singapore in case you want added features and water-cooling capabilities for your home or workplace. You can also look at our list of the best water heaters in Singapore if you need further plumbing appliances!