In this article, we are going to review 2 RO water filter systems offered by Home Master, namely the TMAFC Artesian Full Contact and the TMHP HydroPerfection.
Home Master is one of the few brands that produces its systems in the U.S. (Arizona). If that’s something that’s important to you, make sure to check out both systems carefully, as they hold some surprises.
Home Master’s TMAFC Artesian Full Contact system features a 7-stage filtration process, or rather 7 stages of “filtration, purification and enhancement“.
A word on remineralization: RO systems produce highly pure water – water that is also demineralized, meaning that all the healthy minerals that it once contained are lost. This is why the filtered water is slightly acidic. Adding bits of calcium and other minerals helps to prevent storage tank degradation and makes the water alkaline. The result is even cleaner and better tasting water. However, at this point in time, there seems to be no scientific evidence that says that alkalinized water has any additional health benefits.
By the way, the remineralization process is also the reason why this system doesn’t provide water with zero or almost zero TDS.
The recommended pressure at which the Home Master TMAFC can operate is between 40 and 100 psi. Lower pressure is likely to lead to less effective contaminant removal. Higher pressure might damage the system and cause leaks.
The unit can provide up to 50 gallons of filtered water a day, which is enough even for larger households.
What’s more, we have a modular filter design meaning that whenever you change the filters/membrane, you dispose of the entire housing. This eliminates the danger of leaks as a result of sediment buildup or biofilm accumulation. One less thing to worry about!
Above that, we have larger fittings and tubing which leads to faster water flow rates. And for peace of mind, everything is backed by a 5-year limited warranty and the best average customer rating on Amazon we’ve ever seen.
Do you need a plumber to do the install for you? Not necessarily, unless you don’t feel comfortable drilling a hole for the extra RO faucet into your countertop or kitchen sink and another one into the drain line. Other than that, the system is made for DIY installation with color-coded tubing, detailed installation instructions (incl. videos) and professional live support.
Here is part 1 of a 6-part video series that demonstrates how to install the Home Master TMAFC created by Perfect Water Technologies, the company behind Home Master.
Thanks to the modular design and the push-in fittings, we have long lasting and easy to change filters – no wrench required.
According to Home Master, this is how often you will have to change each filtration component:
Please note: Replacement frequency depends on your water usage and source water quality.
Replacement costs? About $85 per year, which is pretty damn good considering that we are talking about modular filters! This clearly makes the RO system cheaper to maintain over the course of its life and helps to compensate the higher initial costs.
This optional upgrade is definitely worth considering. The additional permeate pump will increase water production by up to 50% to a total of 75 gallons per day, while reducing wastewater production by up to 80% and giving you access to even slightly cleaner water. Less water that goes down the drain is not only better for the environment, it also helps to lower your water bill.
Extremely high levels of water hardness can lead to early membrane failure with Home Master’s regular TMAFC unit. This is where addon 2 comes into play. It includes a high hardness RO membrane for water supplies with a maximum concentration of hardness minerals of 18 grains per gallon.
In addition, you also get the permeate pump (see addon 1), a nicer looking brushed nickel faucet and a kit to hook up your fridge for pure water and ice right from the dispenser.
Here is what we don’t like:
Drinking water that tastes great and fills a whole pitcher in no time, well priced replacement filters, 5-year warranty, excellent customer feedback. These are only a couple of reasons why we highly recommend Home Master’s Artesian Full Contact reverse osmosis filter unit. Be aware, though, that these benefits don’t come for free. You’ve got to be willing to pay the higher price tag.
Our verdict: 5 out of 5 stars!
No need to make this review as comprehensive as the first, since the Home Master TMHP HydroPerfection is quite similar to its sibling.
Both systems work with the exact same filtration process (click to view), except for:
Again, recommended operating pressure is between 40 and 100 psi and, according to Perfect Water Technologies, the iron/catalytic carbon pre-filter needs to be changed once a year.
Total annual replacement costs: $135 – a little more than what you pay for the Home Master TMAFC, but still reasonable.
The basic version of the Home Master TMHP HydroPerfection includes the same permeate pump we described above. Basically, the pump increases water productivity and helps you to save money in the long run due to reduced water waste.
Apart from that, we have the same awesome features we already pointed out reviewing the TMAFC:
Just as the TMAFC, the HydroPerfection comes with an additional addon kit including a brushed nickel faucet, a water line to hook up your fridge and an RO membrane designed for water with high amounts of hardness minerals.
Here is what we don’t like:
Our opinion on the Home Master HydroPerfection reverse osmosis system pretty much reflects our thoughts on the TMAFC: The Rolls-Royce of point-of-use water filters. It’s just not suited for people on a budget.
Money is not an issue? Then this system is it! Our verdict: 5 out of 5 stars!
If you have any questions about the Home Master TMAFC Artesian Full Contact, the Home Master TMHP HydroPerfection or any other filter system really, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!
And if you are looking for more detailed RO system reviews, you can find our Top 10 list right here!