For all the many years that reverse osmosis systems have been around, they have only facilitated the safety of water for millions of households across the world who have embraced the purifying technology. But one common denominator about these systems is that they come at a cost and every user who intends to get their services needs to factor them into their budget unless they are expecting a birthday gift from their generous family members or friends. This cost consideration is a key feature in most of the reverse osmosis system reviews.
The above facts mean that cost is an inevitable consideration in the entire selection and buying process of a reverse osmosis water system. This cost variable is compounded by the fact that these water purifiers come at different costs with some of them costing as little as $200 while others costing well above $2,000. This means many buyers are left with a touch choice to make between getting a qualitative RO system at a higher price, and going for a cheaper one.
The purpose of this article is not to show you that every highly priced or overpriced product has superior quality or every cheaply priced product is automatically mediocre. The article seeks to draw a sober balance that will spare you the pain of going for a cheaper water purifier that will cost you more in the long -term. In this article, we shall look at some of the most stressful issues that low priced and poor quality RO systems will subject you to. Keep on reading below to understand them so that you can dodge these headaches while it is still early and ensure that you do not become a part of the “statistics” of regretting RO users.
Headache number one: shorter membrane life
The first headache that these cheaper RO systems (retailing at $200 and below) is that they have a very short membrane life that goes between 1 and 2 years only. An average good quality system is supposed to last for at least 5- 7 years. This means that you are going to replace your membrane five times more (and at a cost) if you have a cheaper RO system before the other user thinks of making their first membrane replacement.
Headache number two: A shorter pre-filter life
The second headache that a cheaper and poor quality system will subject you to is a short-lived pre-filter life that lasts for a mere 6 months while a decent quality one lasts for 1 year.
Headache number three: Leaking fittings and auto shutoff devices
Another headache that these poor quality water purifiers are going to sentence you to is leakage. They are very good at leaking through their fittings and auto shutoff devices.
Headache number four: Sub standard tanks
Another headache that these cheaper RO systems will subject you to is poor quality tanks. Most of them are fitted with plastic tanks that lose pressure after a short period of between 1 and 2 years. In addition, these RO systems are not subjected to any individual testing before they are released into the market. On the contrary, they are simply mass produced and exported. The result is that it is cheaper to buy them but in the short run, it is very expensive to maintain them and this makes their high quality counterparts cheaper in the long-term.
Headache number five: Scanty or no reliable technical support from the suppliers
In addition to all the above headaches, your relationship with the suppliers of such poor quality RO systems ends when you make payments and leave their premises. They hardly care to give you any technical support after selling you the system. And in case they give any support, then it is very scanty and as poor in quality as their reverse osmosis system. This means that in case of anything going wrong with their product, you are left to hassle on your own.
Headache number six: Low ejection rate
Another hassle of these poor quality reverse osmosis systems is that they have a very low rejection rate compared to their high quality counterparts. This is also compounded by very high possibility of brine water leaking into pure water because of the compromised quality of the housing of the membrane. This in the end means that you will be taking water that is not properly purified.
Now you are up to date with the dangers of running for a reverse osmosis system simply because it is cheaper. You are now aware of the regrettable consequences of making such a decision and are better placed to make a better decision that is inspired by quality and not only the quantity of money that you pay for the system. However, you should also be on guard against clever swindlers who produce the same kind of low quality systems and mask them under high prices to make them appear superior in quality. Make sure that you use your discretion so that you get long-term value for your money.