Apec Roes-50 – So Good You Can Forget About Bottled Water
Today Sinky Drinky is reviewing a real heavyweight when it comes to reverse osmosis, the Apec Roes-50, which is considered to be one of the most effective water filters around.
It’s a worthwhile investment for any homeowner looking for a deeper clean that only more complex systems of filtration can provide.
Plus, we used it for our daily drinking water, coffee and even for watering plants, and it produced more than enough clean, refreshing H2O! Some similar systems have a low level of output, but not this one.
Reverse Osmosis, What?
Before jumping into our review of the under-the-counter Roes-50 water filter system, let’s look briefly at the way reverse osmosis works…
This whole reverse osmosis thing can sound pretty complicated, but it’s actually quite easy!
You might remember osmosis from your 5th grade science class. It’s when water moves through a semipermeable membrane between two areas in order to create a balanced concentration on both sides. For example, if there is an area with a low amount of salt and another with a higher amount of salt, the water will flow to the second area to create a balance.
In reverse osmosis, the opposite happens. Pressure is used to push water water through a semipermeable membrane against the natural flow. Only the water passes through and all the contaminants are blocked, leaving behind purified water!
So here’s where the American-made Apec Roes-50 water filter comes in. One of the most popular water filters in its field, we think it deserves its five-star rating on Amazon, and here’s why!
Deep And Thorough Cleaning
Apec, a U.S. company, has been manufacturing great water filters for years and specialises in reverse osmosis systems. The Rose-50 is part of their Essence series and comes at a fantastic price for how well it purifies your water.
Let’s look at the stages your tap water will go through:
Stage 1: First, it will pass through a high-capacity sediment filter that will remove dust, rust and other larger bits and bobs that might be in your water.
Stage 2 and 3: At stage two and three it will pass through porous carbon block filters that will catch various contaminants including chlorine and chloramines, which give tap water that yucky smell and taste, in addition to any VOCS (volatile organic chemicals), pharmaceuticals, bacterial microorganisms and other nasties.
Stage 4: At stage four is where the juicy, high-octane reverse osmosis action begins. Here, most of the hazardous inorganic chemicals such as chromium, asbestos, arsenic, barium, chromium, copper and lead and mercury are caught in an EXTREMELY FINE membrane. So fine in fact that you’d need a microscope to see the holes.
Stage 5: Finally, at stage five, the water goes through a carbon filter made out of refined coconut shell that removes any remaining taste-affecting residue, leaving you with a whole tank of delicious water.
Testing If It Works
This system’s five-stage filtration process will remove from between 90 to 99% of over 40 potential contaminants in your kitchen water. That’s a lot of bad stuff it’s taking out.
And you don’t have to go out on a limb to believe it, as the Roes-50 is certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA).
To test if for ourselves, we used a simple Total Dissolved Solids meter (TDS) that checks the percentage of particles that are removed by the water.
The results spoke for themselves. Our tap water tested at 131 parts per million (ppm), while the water produced by the Roes-50 gave a reading of 9 ppm. That’s a reduction of 93%!
The only downside of this vigorous filter is that it doesn’t retain minerals and salts such as fluoride, which a few other select filters do. So stock up on some fluoride toothpaste if you want to compensate.
How Much Water Can It Filter?
The Roes-50 has the capacity to produce up to 50 gallons (189 L) of pure water per day, although the pressurised water tank can only hold 4 gallons (15 L) at a time.
The time it takes to refill is highly dependent on the water pressure in your house, and the temperature of your water, but in our tests it did not take more than 60 minutes.
A great thing about the system is that it turns off automatically once the water tank is full, and since it relies on water pressure alone, you won’t be wasting any electricity on keeping it running. With today’s prices, keeping energy costs down is a much-welcomed benefit.
However, keep in mind that to produce one gallon (4 L) of pure water, the Roes-50 uses around 3 gallons of waste water (12 L), which we diverted to a tank for watering our garden or washing the car.
While it looks like an intricate maze-work of pipes and tubes, we found the Roes-50 quite straightforward to install even though our DIY skills are just above the level of a monkey with a hammer. In total it took about 2 hours.
The installation process goes pretty smoothly and even those who’ve never turned a wrench in their lives should find the the simple step-by-step instructions simple enough.
There are two options; you can connect it to your sink with a provided faucet, or mount it under the counter.
To do this you will need some basic power tools at hand, including a screwdriver, a wrench and a electric drill for mounting the faucet. It should be a breeze for those with some basic plumbing knowledge, and definitely worth the little extra effort if you don’t.
Its quick connect fittings are also very high quality, so you shouldn’t have to deal with any leaky pipes later on. Just make sure that all the tubes are pushed all the way in, or you might find a few puddles under your sink, as we did!
Note that this system should fit easily under most sinks as long as you’re prepared to find another space for all your kitchen cleaners. It is 16 inches by 5.25 inches and has a height of 17.5 inches.
It weighs about 26 lbs and comes with a lead-free and high pressure chrome faucet which should fit sleekly into most kitchen designs. but if this doesn’t suit you, APEC also produces an upgraded faucet design, such as this one on Amazon.
But if there isn’t enough space under your sink, you can also store it very easily in the basement or another space nearby – the pressure should be good for up to 20 feet away vertically or a 40 feet away horizontally. It’s also worth noting that it’s as quiet as a mouse and we couldn’t hear it operating.
Cheaper In The Long Run
There was a period of time when we relied solely on bottled water, and it was definitely adding up cost-wise. The Roes-50 ends up paying for itself after not too long, with water costing less than two cents a bottle.
The filters should be changed around every 1000 gallons (3800 L).
For stage one to three filters, this is roughly equivalent to every six months to a year and costs around $25, or every two to four years for the complete stage one to five filters, which cost about $70. That’s a great price for pure, tasty H2O every day of the year.
On top of that, it dawned on me how much plastic waste was piling up near my kitchen bin. Sure I always try my best to recycle but imagine all that pollution going into our atmosphere just from making plastic in the first place.
Unfortunately this system does not have any indication system telling you when its time to change the filter, so you’ll have to keep a track of it manually. Our simple TDS meter was great for this purpose.
Plus, unlike some other filter systems, it doesn’t retain beneficial minerals such as calcium and magnesium in your tap water. But again, perhaps this can be forgiven, given that a well balanced diet can easily make up for this.
- Removed over 93% of contaminants in our test
- Filters last easily for over 6 months and are cheap to replace.
- Fantastic price for the quality of filtering
- Installation is straightforward with the supplied manual and fittings
- Produces 3 gallons of waste water to make 1 gallon of pure water
- No easy indicator to tell you when to change the filter