Review: Pelican PC1000 Water Filtration System for Whole House

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The Pelican PC1000 whole house water filtration system provides refreshing water at every outlet in your home, including your bathroom(s) so that you can wash your body with filtered water for softer hair and skin.

The main focus is chlorine/chloramine removal in tap water for improved taste and smell. But it doesn’t stop there. Lots of other contaminants, some with health effects, will be reduced, too. The price? It’s fair – all details below!

Pelican PC1000

Pelican PC1000

Filter Capacity:1M Gallons or 5 Years
Water Flow Rate:12 gpm
Annual Cost:~$30-40

Our Rating

Pelican PC1000 Whole House Water Filter – Key Features

Okay, what exactly does the Pelican PC1000 do? It features 4 filter stages to trap sediment, chemicals, and some soluble heavy metals:

  • First, a 10″ sediment pre-filter removes particles larger than 5 microns to protect the subsequent filter media from clogging.
  • Catalytic granular activated carbon reduces chlorine taste and smell (96.6% according to NSF Standard 42 certification). The same goes for chloramine which is another commonly used water disinfectant. In fact, Pelican guarantees effective chlorine and chloramine removal below the minimum detection level for 5 years or 1,301,770 gallons. And other chemical compounds including pesticides, herbicides and pharmaceuticals get adsorbed by the catalytic carbon, too. Speaking of, compared to conventional activated carbon, catalytic carbon is more costly but also more effective with a higher filtration capacity. So no shortcuts here!
  • In a final step, KDF-55 oxidation media, a copper-zinc alloy, filters water-soluble heavy metals, e.g. lead, chromium and mercury. The main reason for Pelican to include KDF-55 are the bacteriostatic properties, though: It protects the activated carbon bed against fouling by bacteria and algae which is important when you think about the exceptionally high filtration capacity.

The water flow rate is 12 gallons per minute, so enough for larger homes with 4-6 bathrooms. →The smaller Pelican PC600 is for homes with 2 to 3 bathrooms which you can learn more about here.

Min/max water pressure: 25-80 psi.

PC1000 Pros

More pros:

  1. The tank is wrapped in stainless steel for durability (doesn’t look too bad either).
  2. Tank + parts are warranted for 12 years.
  3. Everything is covered by a 90-day money-back guarantee.
  4. Pelican’s customer support is superb.
  5. You don’t need to be an expert to install this whole house water filter yourself.
  6. Maintenance is reduced to a minimum.

Pelican PC1000

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We have a built-in bypass valve which makes the installation a lot easier. Also, the system is pre-assembled when shipped and the tank comes pre-loaded. This will save you a lot of time.

Pelican offers an optional installation kit. Alternatively, you can visit the hardware store to get everything you need like pipes and fittings (connection size is 1 inch).

By the way, both inside and outside installation are possible, as long as you have access to your main water line.

Priming the Filter Media

The catalytic carbon has to soak for 48 hours prior to first use. A location suitable for water flow is required.


Pelican walks you through the setup process in this video:

The Package (Parts)

  • Sediment pre-filter housing (blue) with mounting bracket
  • 5-micron poly-spun sediment cartridge
  • Housing wrench
  • Bypass valve
  • Carbon tank (PC1000)
  • Hose bib assembly
  • O-rings, split rings, connectors
  • Non-abrasive auto wax
  • User manual


Properly maintaining the Pelican PC1000 whole house filter system is key. But don’t worry, not much work is required. You just need to remember to replace the sediment pre-filter (about $20 per piece) every 6 months or so, depending on your water usage and quality.

Regular cartridge replacements will keep filtration performance up to standards and extend the life of the entire unit.

The carbon media needs to be renewed every 5 years or 1.0 (1.3) million gallons. What’s great is that you can do this yourself – no need to call a plumbing professional if you don’t want to which saves you up to a couple hundred dollars. And you can continue using the tank. This is not only cost effective, it’s also environmentally friendly. Cost for the replacement media: About $300.


You can find a manual here.

PC1000 Cons

Nothing serious; a few people found the filter media priming to be difficult.

We think metal instead of plastic fittings would have been nice.

Pelican PC1000 Review: Our Verdict

Customer feedback for the Pelican PC1000 whole house water filter is outstanding. Naturally, one particular highlight is how much more refreshing and clean the water tastes before and after installing the system.

All things considered, this is one of our go-to whole house water filters for city water and basic filtration needs. 4.5 stars!

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About the Author Gene Fitzgerald

Gene Fitzgerald has been with BOS since the very beginning. She is head of content creation and has fully immersed herself into the home water treatment industry only to become an expert herself. Outside of BOS, Gene loves reading books on philosophy & social issues, making music, and hiking.
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