Why review the Culligan FM-15A and FM-25 faucet mounted water filters together? Because the only difference between them is their color.
Personally, we prefer the latter because it blends better with other kitchen fixtures and costs only a couple dollars more.
Be that as it may, both units provide a simple solution for better tasting and somewhat cleaner drinking water free from odors.
The carbon block filter that is used was tested and certified against NSF Standard 42 and Standard 53 for the reduction of:
As you can tell, what we are looking at are faucet mounted units that fulfill basic filtration needs.
Service flow rate: 0.5 gpm at 60 psi. Minimum/maximum pressure limits: 30-100 psi.
What we like? First of all, both faucet filters install within minutes. Plus adapters for almost all standard faucets are included.
Furthermore, a simple diverter tab allows you to quickly switch between filtered and unfiltered water. This will greatly extend filter lifetime as you can use regular tap water for purposes other than cooking and drinking which in turns lowers maintenance cost.
Last but not least, you get a 2-year limited warranty against all defects in materials and workmanship when used complying with the use and care manual.
Like we said, the Culligan FM-15A/FM-25 attach in under 3 minutes, no tools required.
In case your faucet has internal threading you have to use 1 of the 2 included adapters.
Please note: Adapters may not fit all (standard) faucets. You can verify the thread size with your faucet manufacturer to ensure compatibility.
Want a more detailed rundown of how to do the setup?
Since many of you prefer video, here is one that explains how to quickly install the Culligan FM-15A & FM-25 step by step:
Each filter cartridge needs replacement every 200 gallons or 2 months, although cartridge life can vary depending on your water usage and conditions.
Total annual cost: Approx. $85 which is considerably more than what you pay for most other faucet mounted units.
How to replace the filter? Don’t worry, it’s not difficult at all – at least in theory (more on this in a bit):
For all the details we recommend you refer to the manual.
The biggest issue that users have with the Culligan FM-15A and FM-25 is that they can’t get the filter housing open. After a couple of days/weeks use the cap gets stuck and simply doesn’t move which makes the whole replacements process a pain.
Even holding the bottom part with pliers and twisting with the other hand to get more leverage does not work for everyone.
Another drawback is that pull-down and pull-out faucets are incompatible, as well as a number of standard models. This is why we consider it a good idea to double-check with the manufacturer whether or not these filters will fit your faucet before you spend any money.
What’s more, we read reports about leaks along seams or due to cracked filter compartments and customers receiving defective products.
One thing is for certain, the water you get from a Culligan faucet mounted filter tastes better than plain tap water. This, of course, is what’s most important. And although flow is a bit slow, the Culligan FM-15A and FM-25 are easy to use, they blend in nicely with other fixtures, and they are some of the best at filtering out lead.
That being said, for our final verdict we also have to consider apparent design flaws and the costly replacement filter elements.
In the end, we award 3.5 stars each!
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Of course, we also have plenty of reviews of faucet filters from other brands here on BOS.
This completes our Culligan faucet water filter review. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!