Best Types of Water Filters for Tiny Homes

There are many advantages to having a tiny home. You get to cut off unnecessary expenses, easily redecorate your home at any time, and enjoy the many benefits of minimalist living.

But with tiny homes, it can be quite difficult to fit in large water filtering systems like whole house water filters. It becomes a hassle to figure out how to remove contaminants from your home's water and make it safe.

The good news is that there are small, effective water filters for tiny homes. In this article, we'll share the best options to make the water in your tiny home safe for use and tasty too.

We examine the best water filters for tiny homes below.

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Best Tiny Water Filters for Tiny Homes

Tiny water filters eliminate contaminants from your water using as little space and energy as possible. There are many types in the market, but here are your best options:

1.     Water Filter Pitchers

A water filter pitcher is like a portable jug for filtering water. It has an upper space where you add water, a membrane that blocks contaminants from passing, and a lower area where clean, filtered water is stored. Water pitchers are small, so they are convenient for tiny homes. They require no installation and are easy to use.

To use a pitcher, add the unfiltered water from your tap into the upper space of the jug. Then wait for about ten minutes for the water to pass through the membrane into the reservoir below. There you can fetch safe, filtered water.

Pitchers effectively remove chemical contaminants from water, and they improve its taste and smell by eliminating elements such as chlorine. 

But there are different kinds of water filter pitchers. Some work faster than others, and some have smaller pores.

2.     Faucet Filters

Faucet filters are a type of water filter you attach directly to the faucet in your tiny home. Some can make your water safe for drinking, but not all.

Faucet filters usually have activated carbon pores that remove chemical contaminants like pesticides.

Faucet filters can be mounted or built-in.

  •       The mounted type gets attached to an existing faucet filtering the water that flows out.
  •       A built-in faucet filter comes as a whole faucet on its own, with an inbuilt filter element.

An obvious pro of faucet filters over pitchers is that they deliver filtered water instantly. There is no need to wait for the water to get filtered.

3.     Countertop Units

Countertop units are space-saving water filters. They are set on counters (or cabinets) and attached to your kitchen sink.  There are different countertop units suitable for removing different types of contaminants.

Countertop carbon filters, for example, are best for removing chlorine and volatile organic compounds from water. Countertop ceramic filters effectively remove microbes from water, while countertop water distillers will remove chemicals and even heavy metals.

Once you know the exact type of contaminant present in your water, it is easier to figure out the best countertop unit for your home, so consider conducting a test.

Countertop units are easy to install, save space, and even add a touch of appliance luxury to your tiny house.

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4.     Shower Filters

If your bathing water contains high amounts of chlorine and chloramine, it could cause your skin and eyes to itch and become red from burning. It also worsens skin issues like eczema.

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) says that using water with high amounts of chloramine can trigger respiratory problems. It also strips your hair of beneficial natural oil, causing flakiness.

To keep yourself safe from all that, you should use a shower filter. They remove chlorine from your bathing water by converting them to harmless chloride ions.

Shower filters are attached directly to the showerhead, so they take up no extra space, making them practical for tiny homes.

5.     Backpacking Water Filters

Travelers and campers usually use backpacking water filters to filter drinking water. But they are also suitable for tiny homeowners who want to filter out contaminants.

Backpacking water filters are lightweight and very easy to use. They are bottles with filters made of microscopic and activated carbon pores. Those pores block the passage of dangerous microorganisms in water.

Instead of drinking unfiltered water directly from your tap, fill a backpacking filter with your home's water and drink from it.

Access to Clean Water in a Tiny House

Living in tiny homes can be a delight when you have access to clean, filtered water. The kinds of water filters for tiny homes mentioned above will help you effectively remove contaminants, making your water safe for use without taking up much space.

Which do you prefer: Pitcher, faucet, countertop, shower, or backpacking water filters?

Truth be told, we like to use a combination of different tiny house filter types.

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