Yes, at the Gear Institute, we’re mostly concerned with portable water filters — ones that will help you avoid getting miserably sick from drinking from a backcountry stream. But we’re impressed with this report from Consumer Search on the emerging science suggesting a toxin called hexavalent chromium, commonly found in tap water, might cause cancer. While the government quibbles over setting a minimum acceptable health standard for our drinking water, Consumer Search has compiled a list of the best reviewed reverse osmosis home water filters, which cut the levels of the chemical coming out of your faucet.
We’ve always found Consumer Search’s recommendations to be fairly good, since they collect the reviews from media sources (mostly good ones) and consumer reviews, and recommend products that have gotten the best feedback. No, it’s not the same as having experts test the gear themselves, but it’s a great service to distill good reviews from bad ones.