Pelican PC600 Whole House Carbon Water Filter System Review

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The PC600 by Pelican is a whole house water filter that provides great-tasting drinking water at every tap in your home and lets you enjoy cleaner showers for softer hair and skin as well as improved indoor air quality; all for a reasonable price. Eager to learn more? Keep reading.

Pelican PC600 Whole House Carbon Water Filter System

Pelican PC600 Whole House Water Filter

Price:$$
Filter Capacity:600,000 Gallons or 5 Years
Water Flow Rate:8 gpm
Annual Cost:~$30-40
Warranty:Lifetime

Our Rating

Pelican PC600 Review – Key Features

The system was designed for the filtration of tap water (most well waters require different treatment), whether chlorinated or chloraminated doesn’t matter. The PC600 eliminates both disinfectants. It also reduces other chemical and non-chemical contaminants that might be causing bad taste and odor or affect your health – think pharmaceuticals.

How does the PC600 whole house water filter work? It makes use of 4 filter stages:

  • At stage 1, a standard 10″ sediment pre-filter rated at 5 microns removes larger particulates like sand and silt to protect the rest of the system from dirt and debris.
  • Next come 2 stages of coconut shell based catalytic granular activated carbon. This is where the magic happens. Apart from 96.6% chlorine removal which is more about water aesthetics, the filter media also helps with pesticides, herbicides, industrial solvents, pharmaceuticals, and dozens of other contaminants that may be present in your water supply. Now on the one hand, catalytic activated carbon is more expensive than “regular” activated carbon. But on the other hand, it has a higher capacity for contaminant reduction across the board which is a huge plus. By the way, with the PC600, chlorine and chloramine reduction below the minimum detection level is guaranteed for 5 years or roughly 650,000 gallons by Pelican.
  • Lastly, bacteriostatic copper-zinc oxidation media (KDF-55) controls bacteria and algae growth inside the tank for obvious health reasons. The blend also further reduces chlorine content and even some water-soluble heavy metals.

All in all, the system has a filtration capacity of 600,000 gallons or five years, whichever comes first.

The service flow rate is 8 gallons per minute, so enough for small to mid-sized homes with up to 2 (3) bathrooms. Peak flow is 12 gallons per minute. →The larger Pelican PC1000 is for homes with 4 to 6 bathrooms which you can learn more about here.

Min/max water pressure: 25-80 psi.

Pelican PC600 Pros

The Pelican PC600 was independently tested and certified according to NSF Standard 42 for chlorine taste and odor reduction as well as structural integrity.

What’s more, the media tank is wrapped in durable stainless steel for longevity. Besides, we like the looks.

The system is backed by a limited lifetime warranty on the tank and all parts, lifetime meaning 12 years. On top of that, you get a 90-day satisfaction guarantee. In other words, if you don’t like the whole house water filter you get your money back no questions asked. Pelican customer support is A+.

What about installation and maintenance? Don’t worry, the system can be set up by the average DIYer (flex lines and SharkBite fittings are your friends). And maintenance is a piece of cake.

Installation

The Pelican PC600 whole house water filter can be installed inside or outside. You only need access to your home’s main water line. Since this is not a backwashing system, neither electricity nor a drain is required.

Everything is shipped pre-assembled. The tank comes pre-loaded. This plus the fact that there’s a built-in bypass valve greatly simplifies the installation process saving you time and money. Still, you’ll need to visit your local hardware store for pipes and fittings.

Side note: The optional installation kit provided by Pelican is worth considering buying.

Priming (Soaking) of the Filter Media

The catalytic carbon filter media has to soak for 48 hours before first use. This so-called priming isn’t complicated at all. But you need a location suitable for water flow.

Video

Want to learn how to install the Pelican PC600? Watch this:

The Package (Parts)

  • Sediment pre-filter housing (blue) with mounting hardware
  • 5-micron poly-spun sediment pre-filter cartridge
  • Housing wrench
  • Bypass valve
  • Carbon unit (PC600)
  • Hose bib assembly
  • O-rings, split rings, connectors
  • Non-abrasive auto wax
  • Manual

Maintenance

Maintaining the Pelican PC600 whole house water filtration system is a breeze.

All you have to do is replace the sediment pre-filter cartridge approximately every 6 to 9 months, depending on your water usage and the amount of sediment in your water supply. One cartridge costs little more than 20 bucks.

As for the catalytic carbon filter media, after 5 years of use or 600,000 gallons it needs to be renewed. The good news: You can continue using the tank. Replacing just the media is the most environmentally friendly and cost effective solution (about $200). And thanks to the upflow system design you can do this yourself.

Manual

Find the manual here: https://www.pelicanwater.com/pdf/pc600_1000.pdf

Pelican PC600 Cons

This is no one’s fault but pre-soaking the carbon media can be a pain in the neck. Although, 1 or 2 people said the hose bib could do with an upgrade.

Personally, we would have preferred metal fittings. Looks like a few people had problems with their plastic connections leaking.

Pelican PC600 Review: Our Verdict

People who installed the Pelican PC600 whole house filter in their home could immediately tell the difference in the quality of their water. Super fresh taste, no more chlorine smell, softer skin – they love it.

We are equally convinced. The price is fair, no unnecessary bells and whistles, everything as advertised. What more can you ask for? This is one of our go-to whole house water filters for city water and basic filtration needs. 4.5 stars!

Looking for More Pelican Information & Reviews?

You can find more Pelican water filter reviews here.

We also have reviews of whole house water filtration systems by companies other than Pelican.

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This completes our Pelican PC600 review. If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below!

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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