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Home Master Reverse Osmosis System Reviews – TMAFC Artesian Full Contact & TMHP HydroPerfection

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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 TMAFC Artesian Full Contact Review

Home Master TMAFC

Top #1 RO System: Home Master TMAFC

  •    Price: $$
  •    Filter Stages: 7
  •    Gallons per Day: 50
  •    NSF Standard: 42
  •    Annual Costs: ~$85.00
  •    Warranty: 5 Years

Home Master’s TMAFC Artesian Full Contact system features a 7-stage filtration process, or rather 7 stages of “filtration, purification and enhancement“.

  • Stage 1: A 5-micron sediment pre-filter removes larger particles like sediment, dust and rust to protect subsequent filter stages from clogging.
  • Stage 2: A 5-micron catalytic granular activated carbon (GAC) pre-filter treats cloudiness, tastes & odors, chlorine and more persistent disinfectant chemicals including chloramine. On the one hand, this improves the overall quality of your drinking water. On the other hand, this also helps to protect the RO membrane at the heart of the unit from damage. Thus the membrane needs fewer replacements, which saves you time and money.
  • Stage 3: An RO membrane with a pore size of 0.001 micron separates the good from the bad. The membrane reduces levels of fluoride (97.7%), lead (99.3%), nitrates (80.0%), cysts (99.99%), chromium 6 (99.1%) and many other contaminants with potential health effects. The result: Healthy drinking water right from the tap!
  • Stage 4/5: A combination of a 5-micron coconut shell post-filter plus a remineralization medium eliminates VOCs + other chemicals while adding calcium and magnesium for improved taste and slight alkalinity.
  • Stage 6/7: There is another filtration + remineralization point right after the water leaves the storage tank and before it comes out of the faucet.

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.

What We Like

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.

System Installation

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.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xvDZ27P3oqs

Parts List

  • Fully assembled RO module with filters and membrane
  • Feed water adapter with shut-off valve (⅜”)
  • Drain saddle
  • Water storage tank (3.2 gallons, white)
  • Tank valve
  • Chrome faucet + adapter
  • Color-coded tubing
  • Teflon tape
  • Instructions
  • Mounting clips & screws

Filter/Membrane Replacements

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:

  • Sediment pre-filter: About every 12 months
  • Catalytic GAC pre-filter: About every 12 months
  • RO membrane: Every 3 to 5 years
  • Coconut shell/remineralization filter: About every 12 months

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.

Home Master TMAFC

Available Addons

Addon 1: Permeate Pump (Home Master TMAFC-ERP)

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.

Addon 2: Permeate Pump + Brushed Nickel Faucet, Fridge Connection Kit, High Water Hardness RO Membrane (TMAFC-ERP-L)

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.

What We Don’t Like

Here is what we don’t like:

  • The Home Master TMAFC is certified to NSF Standard 42 for the reduction of chlorine, taste and odors. However, we miss additional certifications for contaminants with health effects etc.
  • Some customers say that the install is easy and straightforward. Others say that the TMAFC is difficult to set up and the instructions are not very good. Our recommendation: Stick to the installation videos.
  • Expect a bit of noise coming from the appliance, especially if you use the permeate pump. It’s not really bothering, but we wanted to mention it nevertheless.

Our Verdict

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!

Home Master TMHP HydroPerfection Review

Home Master TMHP HydroPerfection

Home Master TMHP HydroPerfection

  •    Price: $$$
  •    Filter Stages: 9
  •    Gallons per Day: 75
  •    NSF Standard: 42
  •    Annual Costs: ~$135.00
  •    Warranty: 5 Years

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:

  • Stage 2: The HydroPerfection uses a 5-micron iron/catalytic carbon pre-filter combo instead of the regular 5-micron catalytic granular activated carbon (GAC) pre-filter. This makes the system perfectly suited for well water treatment, where dissolved iron, herbicides and pesticides are a common issue. Of course, city water with high levels of chloramine and chlorine is fine, too.
  • Additional stage: A UV filter destroys up to 99.9% of germs, viruses, bacteria and other microorganisms. UV light has a number of advantages over chlorine for water disinfection: (A) it’s more effective at eliminating viruses, (B) it provides instant results and (C) it doesn’t add harmful chemicals to your water.

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.

What We Like

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:

  • Effective contaminant removal including lead, fluoride and VOCs
  • Alkalinized water with healthy minerals for better taste
  • High water flow
  • Modular filter design for fast replacements
  • 5-year warranty
  • Made in USA
  • Outstanding customer feedback

Home Master TMHP

Available Addons

Addon: Brushed Nickel Faucet, Fridge Connection Kit, High Water Hardness RO Membrane (Home Master TMHP-L)

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.

What We Don’t Like

Here is what we don’t like:

  • The system is tested and certified against NSF Standard 42 but lacks additional certifications.
  • Some customers seem to have difficulties with the setup. The instructions could do with some improvement.
  • Chances are that you will hear noises while the system is operating.

Our Verdict

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!

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