2020’s Aquasana Rhino Whole House Water Filter System Reviews

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Aquasana whole house water filter reviews - Rhino EQ-1000

Aquasana Rhino EQ-1000 Whole House Water Filter

  •    Price: $$$$
  •    Flow Rate: 7 gpm
  •    Filt. Capacity: 1,000,000 gal
  •    NSF Cert.: 42
  •    Warranty: 10 Years

Aquasana Rhino EQ-600, EQ-1000 & EQ-Well-UV

The Aquasana Rhino comes in different versions with a few optional upgrades to choose from. To avoid confusion, let’s start by listing each basic version and continue from there:

  • The Rhino EQ-1000 is Aquasana’s biggest whole house unit and delivers great-tasting and chlorine-free tap water for up to 1 million gallons or 10 years.
  • Aquasana’s Rhino EQ-600 provides filtered water throughout your entire home for 6 years or 600,000 gallons, whichever comes first. The system is for chlorinated city water only.
  • And lastly we have the Rhino EQ-Well-UV designed for well water treatment. It includes the Sterilight ultraviolet filter to protect you from bacteria like E. coli, viruses and other pathogens commonly found in wells. The capacity is 500,000 gallons or 5 years.

All 3 systems are rated at 7 gallons per minute flow rate which is sufficient for families of up to 4 without experiencing a noticeable pressure drop.

Also, each Rhino comes with a 5-micron pre-filter that catches rust, sediment and silt. The goal here is to increase the lifespan of the subsequent filtration stages:

  1. Activated carbon filter media removes chemicals and VOCs like herbicides and pesticides from water.
  2. The mixture of copper and zinc mineral alloy a.k.a. KDF-55 combined with mineral stone reduces chlorine and some water soluble heavy metals (e.g. copper and lead), enhances water pH, and controls scale.

Both media types are bacteriostatic meaning they inhibit bacteria and algae growth.

EQ-Well-UV:

Instead of just activated carbon, this setup uses catalytic carbon to eliminate hydrogen sulfide gases. Although not posing an immediate health thread, hydrogen sulfide has a very distinctive and unpleasant smell similar to rotten eggs. Furthermore, the EQ-Well-UV works with KDF-85 medium rather than KDF-55. The higher copper content also helps with the reduction of hydrogen sulfide as well as heavy metals.

What’s more, as an extra safety measure for well supplies the system comes with a post-filter rated at 0.35 microns to reduce any remaining sediment and organic particles.

Optional Upgrades

Each Rhino whole house water filter system can be upgraded with the SimplySoft salt-free water conditioner – actually descaler would be the correct term – and the Pro Grade Install Kit.

The conditioner is meant for reducing scale caused by hard water, obviously. Without going into too much detail, it requires neither salt nor harsh chemicals to alter the adhesion characteristics of calcium and magnesium. This forces them to bind to each other instead of your plumbing and household appliances.

As a result, the longevity of your water heater, dishwasher, washing machine, etc. is likely to increase. Another benefit is better soap lathering.

The advantages of saltless water conditioning opposed to traditional salt-based water softening are

  • (A) it requires no electricity or programming,
  • (B) it does not produce wastewater and
  • (C) water conditioners are easier to maintain.

All this will save you time and money in the long run.

The biggest downside is that salt-free conditioning is less effective (and not suited for all waters). Aquasana recommends the SimplySoft for hardness levels of 15 gpg or less.

As for the Pro Grade Install Kit, the included brass fittings, shut-off valves and bypass loop make the install somewhat easier. And for the EQ-600 and EQ-1000, you also get the additional sub-micron post-filter that the well water Rhino already comes with. Like we said, the filter helps to get rid of remaining sediment and organic particles.

And lastly, you can add the Sterilight UV filter to both city filter systems as an extra safeguard against waterborne pathogens if you want.

FYI: Ultraviolet light destroys up to 99.99% of the microorganisms that might be lurking in your water.

Aquasana Whole House Filter Review Table

ModelEQ-600EQ-1000EQ-Well-UV
Best ForChlorinated City WaterChlorinated City WaterWell Water
Capacity600k gal or 6 Years1M gal or 10 Years500k gal or 5 Years
Flow Rate7 gpm7 gpm7 gpm
Max Working Pressure20-100 psi20-100 psi<75 psi
10″ Pre-FilterIncludedNoIncluded
20″ Pre-FilterOptionalIncludedOptional
Post-FilterOptionalOptionalIncluded
UV-FilterOptionalOptionalIncluded
Salt-Free SoftenerOptionalOptionalOptional

Pros

The Aquasana Rhino delivers great-tasting and clean water to every outlet in your house. NSF Standard 42 certifications for the EQ-600 and EQ-1000 guarantee chlorine removal of at least 96.9%. For the EQ-600, it’s 600,000 gallons or 6 years. And for the EQ-1000, it’s 1,000,000 gallons or up to 10 years. (The Rhino for well water is not certified since it does not aim at chlorine reduction.)

Clean water throughout the entire house includes your shower(s) so that your body’s overall exposure to chemicals will be reduced for more moisturized hair and skin. Another benefit is improved indoor air quality, as less volatile chemicals evaporate from the shower water.

And because the Rhino’s main tank applies upflow filtration the risk of clogging is slim.

Did we mention that you get a limited lifetime warranty on all Rhino systems? The warranty covers defects in materials or workmanship in manufacturing.

Aquasana whole house water filter reviews: Rhino

EQ-1000

Aquasana Rhino EQ-600

EQ-600

Aquasana Rhino EQ-Well-UV

EQ-Well-UV

Installation

Installing an Aquasana Rhino whole house water filter is in no way more complicated than installing a competitor system. However, not having your system hooked up by a licensed plumber will void its warranty. So think twice about whether or not you really want to proceed with this.

If so, here is a step-by-step outline of the process (steps for EQ-Well-UV may vary):

Installation of your system must comply with existing state and local plumbing codes.

1. Picking the Right Location

The best installation location is somewhere in the inside and out of direct sunlight. Choose a spot close to where the main water line enters your home and upstream of the water heater.

It is also very important that you install the Rhino in upright position to maximize filtration effectiveness. And make sure to keep the tank upright at all times during the setup.

Aquasana recommends a minimum clearance of 50″ for tank height and a minimum of 30″ for floor space.

2. The Install

  1. Remove the red shipping caps from the inlet and outlet ports on the main tank.
  2. Precondition the filter media by flushing it properly:
    1. Use the adapter (included) to connect a garden hose to the main tank’s inlet port.
    2. Slowly turn on the water and allow it to flow out of the outlet port. Use a bucket or drain for this step.
    3. The initial flushing usually takes several of minutes.
    4. Now turn on the water supply for 30 seconds, then close it for 30 seconds. Repeat this process for approximately 15 minutes until the water comes out clear.
    5. Make sure that the white washers are properly set inside the inlet and outlet ports.
    6. Disconnect the garden hose.
  3. Put the main tank into your desired installation location.
  4. Shut off the main water supply.
  5. Install the unit to the main water line. Be careful not to over tighten any fittings to prevent leakages. Also, do not use pipe dope. Otherwise, your warranty will be void.
  6. Make sure to support the inlet piping assembly by using support brackets (included).
  7. Slowly turn on the main water supply.
  8. Check for leaks.
  9. Open a nearby faucet and let the filter system flush for 5-10 minutes.

3. Video

Prefer video? There you go:

The Package (Parts)

Each system comes with:

  • Main tank
  • Pre-filter + support bracket
  • Shut-off valve
  • Slip unions
  • 3/4″ x 3″ nipples
  • Hose adaptor

The Rhino well water system also comes with:

  • Post-filter + support bracket
  • Filter housing wrench
  • UV anti-bacterial post-filter (UV-Well only)
  • UV post-filter mounting kit (UV-Well only)

The optional Pro Install Kit includes:

  • 20″ sediment pre-filter
  • 10″ post-filter
  • Shut-off valves
  • Bend supports
  • Brass T-fittings
  • Nipples
  • Brass adaptors
  • Slip unions
  • Support bracket

The PEX tubing that some of the images show is NOT included.

Maintenance

Filter replacements are quick and easy.

You should check the sediment pre-filter once per month. As soon as you notice a considerable decrease in pressure, it’s time for a replacement. The average lifetime is about 2-3 months.

As for the main tank, filtration capacities are listed above. Once you hit the limit, replace the entire unit. You might also want to consider adding a water meter for convenience.

The optional post-filter should be replaced once or twice a year. If you also own the UV filter stage, annual replacement of the bulb is a must, says Aquasana. Don’t worry, changing the bulb is not overly complicated.

Last but not least, the outside of the entire system can be cleaned with warm dishwater. Rinse with clean water afterwards. Remember to never use chemical cleaner on the filters’ exterior surface in order to not damage their housings.

Manuals

Manuals:

Cons

  • We miss additional certifications according to NSF standards for contaminants other than chlorine.
  • The plastic fittings are prone to leaking and may make the installation more complicated. The best solution is to replace them with copper or brass pieces. We also don’t like that a DIY install voids the manufacturer warranty.
  • Speaking of warranty, we read customer reviews mentioning difficulties working with Aquasana when warranty claims became an issue. Funnily enough, some people had bad experiences with unresponsive support, while others said customer service was outstanding from beginning to end.

Our Verdict

If your main goal is odor-free, clean tasting water and you don’t care about having one or more specific contaminants removed, the Aquasana Rhino makes a solid choice.

For the most part, people are more than happy with their version of the whole house water filter and would buy from the company again. Our verdict: 4 stars!

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About the Author Gene Fitzgerald

Gene Fitzgerald has been with BOS since the very beginning. She is head of content creation and has fully immersed herself into the home water treatment industry only to become an expert herself. Outside of BOS, Gene loves reading books on philosophy & social issues, making music, and hiking.
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Leave a Comment:

lowell shatraw says last year

Loooking to get a Aquasana Rhino 6-Year 600k Gallon Whole House Water Filter Salt-Free Softener+UV and need to know how much horizontal space is needed.

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    Gene says last year

    The length including the pre-filter, shut-off valve, etc. is 27″, so you need that + enough room for additional piping (depending on your setup).

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