iSpring is a US-based company that has a long history of creating reliable water filters in the market. In this iSpring RCC7 review, we will explain why we put this system as one of the best reverse osmosis water filter systems.
iSpring RCC7 System Review
iSpring RCC7 Reverse Osmosis Filter System is one of the four Water Quality Association (WQA) Gold Seal Certified products that iSpring owns. It is an under-sink 5 stages filtration system including a reverse osmosis membrane filter.
Advertised by iSpring, the RCC7 is able to achieve up to 95%+ TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) rejection ratio. With the complete system, it is able to remove 98% of the chemicals, heavy materials, and sediments.
Below are the summarized technical specification that you SHOULD KNOW before buying the iSpring RCC7.
- Water Pressure: 45-70 psi
Choose iSpring RCC7P-AK if pressure is lower than 45 psi. A pressure regulator is needed if water pressure exceeded 70 psi to avoid leakage due to high pressure.
- Water Temperature: 40-100 F (4-38C)
- Capacity: 75 gallons per day based on 60 psi and 77 deg F conditions.
- Storage Tank Capacity: 3.2 gallons
- System Dimensions: 14.5w x 6d x 18h (Fits most under-sink cabinets)
With the latest update on July 2014, there are some major upgrades which are beneficial to us as a consumer:
- New European Style Brushed Nickel Faucet with stainless steel finish
- Upgraded storage valve and new automatic shut-off valve.
- Upgraded 5th Stage filter and New RO Membrane
- Flood alarm notification.
Multiple Stage Filter Performance
The iSpring RCC7 comprise of 5 stages filtration system:
Stage 1: High Capacity 5 micron sediment filter – Removing dust, rust, sand, and other contamination that normally can be seen by the naked eye.
Stage 2, 3: 5-micron Activation Carbon Filter, Carbon Block – Removing residual chlorine taste, odor, and cloudiness,
Stage 4: 0.0001-micron Reverse Osmosis Membrane – Removing up to 95% of TDS in the water leaving pure water behind. The heart and soul of the system. The water is stored in the tanks before it passes through the next filter.
Stage 5: Post Carbon Filter – Removing taste and odor after the water left the storage tank.
Check out our latest performance comparison of APEC vs iSpring.
Installation Is Easy
Installation for the iSpring RCC7 reverse osmosis system is pretty simple and straightforward. Following the user manual and the online video is sufficient to help you with the installation. There might need additional drilling for the hole of the faucet and securing the water filter system under the sink.
Tools that are required: Drill, drill bit for 1/2” and 1/4″, Pliers, Phillip Screw, Scissors
With the diagram above, it is pretty much self-explanatory and easy to fix under the sink. All the reverse osmosis systems will need a drainpipe to channel the wastewater out of the system.
I would highly recommend channeling the drain line to another storage tank for other purposes such as gardening, laundry, and dishwashing. Those are relatively clean water as they passed through 3 stages of pre-filter before being rejected by the reverse osmosis membrane.
Maintenance and Replacement Depending on Usage
For iSpring RCC7, the replacement filter is quite frequent. The suggested lifespan of each filter is below :
- Stage 1 – 3 Sediment and Carbon Block Filters: 3 to 6 Months
- Stage 4 Reverse Osmosis Membrane Filter: 2 – 3 Years
- Stage 5 Post Carbon Filter: 1 Year
It all depends on the capacity of the water usage that you consume. You can always refer to the comprehensive troubleshooting guide in the user manual if you have any problems with the system. If the water pressure turns low, it might be a sign for you to look for a filter replacement.
Annual Maintenance Cost: $50
The Voice From Existing Owners
As the iSpring RCC7 reverse osmosis system has been reviewed and used by thousands of customers, it is good to listen to some feedback from them on the pros and cons.
+ Apart from the drilling, no extra tools or parts needed as it is all given.
+ TDS is able to reduced to at least 95%.
+ Replacement filters are relatively cheap and it is popular in Amazon. Shouldn’t have a problem getting new replacement filters.
+ Provide extra parts such as O-rings, tubings and joints.
+ Food grade tubings are been used in the system.
– Whole system is used by plastic which might lead to over tighten and break the tread.
– Technology from US, Not sure whether it is made from US?
iSpring RCC7 can be classified as an above-average system for the reasons below:
- WQA Gold Seal Award: One of the greatest award from WQA to certified the great quality of the system.
- High Production Rate: The daily production rate 75GPD is among the highest as compared to the it’s competition such as the APEC ROES-50 which has a 50GPD production rate.
- Affordability: The system cost less than $200 with an annual maintenance fee of less than $50. It is definitely a good bargain.
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