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Culligan offers five different whole house water filtration systems.
The line-up features a variety of housing styles, capacities and flow rates so you can install the one solution in your home that fits your needs and budget best.
In this review we are going to take a look at the company’s two most popular whole house units: The WH-S200-C and the WH-HD200-C. The letter S stands for Standard, whereas HD stands for Heavy-Duty.
As you can probably already tell, the WH-HD200-C features larger inlet/outlet ports (1″) for increased water flow as is often needed in larger homes. The WH-S200-C on the other hand comes with ¾” ports for small to mid-sized homes.
Which model is right for you also depends on the pipe size in your home – unless you want to use an adapter.
Anyway, both systems are perfect for residential homes. They help to protect your plumbing and water-using appliances including other water treatment devices from potential damaging due to sediment and scale.
As a result, they are likely to last longer and perform at their peak at all times.
Pressure range for the Culligan WH-HD200-C respectively WH-S200-C: 30 – 100 psi.
Did we mention that for peace of mind a 2-year limited warranty is part of the deal?
There are a couple of additional advantages that we wanted to mention:
If you are handy with tools you should be able to do the installation yourself. Here’s how:
First you should find the best place to install your new whole house system.
Remember that it must be positioned after any water meter, pressure tank and booster pump.
There should also be enough room below the unit for the housing to be removed to allow for convenient filter changes.
Both whole house models are low in maintenance. All you have to do is change filters periodically.
The exact interval depends on which cartridge you choose, obviously.
The WH-HD200-C is compatible with the following:
Capacities range from 3 months/10,000 gallons to 6 months/24,000 gallons.
This is the list for the WH-S200-C:
Capacities range from 2 months/8,000 gallons to 4 months/16,000 gallons.
The good news is that the battery-operated filter life monitor takes some of the guesswork out of the replacement ritual. It will flash red 90 days after each reset.
Total annual cost? A little more for the WH-HD200-C; less for the WH-S200-C – but certainly fair prices for both in our opinion.
Are you looking for a manual?
Manual for Culligan WH-HD200-C: Click
Manual for Culligan WH-S200-C: Click
Both whole house systems are of solid quality with one exception: The plastic threads on the inlet and outlet ports. They are used to established a connection to the main water line. At first glance they appear to be metal, however, they are plastic.
This poses a problem if you are using male threaded connectors that are metal, since they will easily cross-thread which causes leakages. The plastic threading is so soft that you likely won’t even notice that you are cutting into it – until it’s too late and the threads are permanently damaged.
To be fair, this is a common issue with most plastic filter heads. What’s the solution? Use plenty of quality Teflon tape. Also, you want to start by screwing the fitting in backwards. As soon as you feel the last thread of the male connector click into the start of the female thread, turn clockwise to tighten.
A second issue is that the built-in bypass valve may be hard to turn and using the housing wrench for leverage might actually shred the seal. What you should to instead is to either ask for a replacement or take the valve apart and use food-grade silicon grease to lubricate the valve face and small o-rings.
You want a basic whole house water filtration system with a built-in bypass valve and pressure relief that’s sized according to industry standards?
You want a unit that not only looks clean but also allows for quick and easy filter changes?
The Culligan WH-HD200-C/WH-S200-C could be it. They are great for people on a tight budget that are mainly interested to protect their plumbing and household appliances from sediment and scale. Just don’t expect extraordinary results in terms of water purity. 4 stars!
You can find more Culligan water filter reviews here.
For more whole house filtration systems, check out our top 10 comparison list.
This completes our Culligan whole house water filter review. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!
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