In this review, you will learn about the pros and cons of the OROS-50 reverse osmosis water filter system by Olympia Water Systems. The unit features an NSF-certified 5-stage filtration process designed for treating city or well water and making it potable.
The recommended operation pressure for this system is between 50 and 100 psi. If the water pressure in your home is too low, filtration might be inefficient.
If we had to choose one aspect that makes the Olympia OROS-50 stand out, it would be the unbeatable price. Less than $150 bucks for an RO filter system, seriously? What’s the catch?
It seems like there is none. We couldn’t find any major issues. Sure, the system doesn’t have the established track record that other models have, but still, it provides up to 50 gallons of clean and great tasting drinking water a day. This in combination with the 2.5-gallon capacity storage tank should be enough to give even larger households access to filtered water 24/7.
Thanks to step-by-step installation instructions with color photos, quick connect fittings and color-coded tubing, setting up the Olympia OROS-50 is fairly easy. If you have experience with drilling and basic plumbing, you might be done in 60 minutes or less. And yes, everything you need for the install is part of the package.
Remember to call Olympia’s USA-based customer support/technical service available at 1-800-516-2495 in case you need assistance or a replacement for a broken part. The team members are very helpful and really seem to know what they are talking about.
Maintenance requirements are low. To change the filters or membrane, use the correct housing wrench to remove the old cartridge and insert a new one AFTER you’ve shut off the water supply and depressurized the system. Make sure that the rubber O-ring is properly seated when you tighten the housing back on.
As per manufacturer instructions, here is how often you will have to change each filter component on average:
Please be aware that replacement frequency depends on your water usage and source water quality, meaning that actual filter/membrane working lives may vary.
Replacement costs add up to about $70 per year, which is not much compared to other systems on the market.
Here is what we don’t like:
Water filtration is about protecting our health. This is why, generally speaking, we are not fans of going with cheap filters that often lack the efficiency required to get rid of the nasty stuff lurking in our waters.
In case of the OROS-50 by Olympia Water Systems, it’s different. Although we miss important certifications, the appliance should be perfectly suited for most city waters – water from a private well not so sure. Plus, using the OROS-50 is certainly better than having no system at all.
Our verdict: 4.0 out of 5 stars!
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