In this post, we will be diving deep into the best well water filters for removing sediment and sand.
As you probably know, sediments are not only unhealthy but also trigger rapid deterioration of appliances.
The first step when choosing the best sediment filter is to identify the kind of sediments you have. As you will find out, the type of sediment determines the type of filter you use.
Best Sediments Filters
Off the bat, you should know that sediment filters are only appropriate when you have solid particles.
If you have contaminants dissolved in water such as iron and calcium, you have to go for filtration systems with “Additional Power” such as water softeners.
Types of sediments filters you can choose from.
- “Spin-Down” are good at filtering very dirty water at a high flow rate. The advantage of using spin down filter is you don’t need to change cartridges, and they can handle large particles such as sand.
- Centrifugal separator filter -Works the same way as gravitation force which makes particles to settle at the bottom. In this case, gravity force is increased by centrifugal force.
- Cartridge filter systems- Cartridge use filtration media such as carbon. Water passes through the cartridge and the media will absorb contaminants. The big disadvantage of this type is the cartridges have a limited lifespan.
- Backwashing media filters-This are tanked filters which filter using a filtration media. When filter bed has accumulated lots of sediments it renews itself by back-washing. Back-washing is where water enters from the bottom of the filter bed and lifts and rinse the be and then exit through the top.
- Ultra Filtra on UF membrane systems-Ultrafiltration uses a membrane with small poles to separated sediments from water.
Well Water Sediment Filter Review
1. North Star EPASF1- Self Cleaning
This filter is meant to be installed at the point water enters the house capturing sediments from the water and flushing them down the drain. The unit is installed with an automatic control that runs on a 9 Volt battery.
The main work of the control is count days until self-cleaning is due. Additionally, you have the option to use a 60-micron filter which the filter comes with or you can choose to buy a 100-micron filter or 150-micron filter.
North Star EPASF1 Gives you…
- A way to filter water at the point of entry for the whole house without losing pressure.
- You will never have to replace filters
- You have the option of replacing the use of the battery with an “AC Power”
- Ability to filter a large amount of water before it needs to self-clean.
- Uses a 9V with an average life of 750 hours with low battery indicator
What I like
Although the filter is self-cleaning, you have the option of manually cleaning the shower filter. Also, the self-cleaning feature means you will never have to change filters. Finally, If you don’t want to keep changing batteries, you have the option to install AC converter (not included when buying)
What I don’t like
The flow rate of North Star is at 35 gpm which is a bit low. In addition, The pressure ranges from 30-125 PSI
- Self-cleaning, so you will never have to buy a filter
- You’ve got the option to manually clean the filter or program it.
- It can run on 60, 100, or 150-micron filters
- You have to change battaries after every 750 hours
- Low flow rate of 35gpm
- water temperature can’t go above 120F or go below 40F
- Limited one year warranty
2. ISpring WSP-50- Is it the Best Spin Down Filter?
ISpring WSP 50 spin is ideal for removing large contaminants. The dimensions are the 3.5-inch width X 9-inch length.
Further, the pressure range is between 20-90 psi. According to the manual, the stainless steel ball valve allows for easy on/off flushing the sediment out.
Therefore, you don’t need to buy any cleaning tool. Finally, because the sediments are trapped at the lower part of the clear housing, you can detect when flushing is required.
ISpring WSP-50 Gives You…
- Woven wires “Made From Stainless Steel” that is able to filter lots of sediments.
- Acts as a preliminary filter to increase the lifespan of other filters such as water softeners & DIY filters.
- Ability to monitor the filter because of the transparent housing
- Guarantee from the seller to replace or repair the filter for the first year.
- An ability to “Automatically Flash” when dirt accumulates.
What I like
It is very easy to backflush the filter manually. You can even be able to do it daily. Therefore, improving you your water pressure. To add, ispring WSP is made of thick plastic and brass, so you can be sure it’s a solid product that will not break easily. Finally, the product is well packaged, so you don’t expect it to arrive while damaged.
What I don’t like
Although, the filter catches a lot of sediments, the clear out is not so efficient. Therefore, you have to keep on monitoring the build-up of particles. If you don’t manually clear the filter the flow will drop greatly.
- Effective to catching almost all the sediments
- Solid design with components that are strong.
- Easy to flush manually
- Good packaging
- No cleaning tools needed
- You will not need to break the bank
- Does not flush itself
- Flow drops so low when sediments have accumulated
3. Rusco Screened Spin-Down Filter System
I have included Rusco Screened spin-down filter because of how flexible. It is easily one of the most versatile sediment filter available. It can be used for Drinking water, landscaping agriculture and livestock feeding systems.
As you probably know, the maker of this filter Rusco company has been a leading provider of sediment filter solution for decades. They’ve built a reputation with their customers that’s second to none in terms of quality of there sediment trappers.
Rusco Screened Spin-Down Filter Gives you…
- Ability to maintain high flow rates of up to 50 GPM
- You don’t have to fear reduced pressure because it can give a maximum pressure of 150 PSI.
- A variety of port sizes depending on your need.
- You can choose between 1.5″, 2.0″ 1″ and 3/4″ sediment trappers
Rusco spin-down is a very flexible sediment trapper and it can be used in a wide variety of are. In addition, it comes with a variety of mesh size selection, so you can choose the one that works well depending on the type of sediments you have.
Unlike other units we’ve looked at Rusco Spindown is a bit pricey.
- Can be used in a wide variety of applications
- Does not lead to reduced pressure
- Variety of mesh size selection
- A bit pricey
4.Berkey BK4X2-BB Big
Berkey BK4X2-BB Big is a system that can clean both dirty well water or treated city water. The filter system gets rid of not only sediments but also microorganism that might be found in the water. It has a storage capacity of about 2.225 gallons. In addition, it is made of high-grade stainless steel, so you can be sure it has a solid design.
- Made with stainless steel
- Capacity to clean 3.5 Gallons per hour
- Includes branded stainless steel water container
- Filter life of 3000 gallons
What I like
It’s obvious this is one of the best water filters in the market. In addition, the capacity to process 3,000 filter is impressive.
What I don’t like
The cartridge are not made by the same company. Therefore, the quality is not of the same quality. In fact, some customere who bought the product on Amazon complained of the filter being of low quality.
- 3000 gallons per filter
- Made of stainless steel, so dont -expect it to break down.
- Great customer care
- Some client compains of faulty filters
- The product is not inexpensive
5.Hayward S310T2 Pro Series- Best for filtering sand
Hayward pro series utilizes a unique technology to increase the flow rate. This patented technology reduces energy consumption because of the high flow rate. It’s easy to assemble and install, so you will not need to call a plumber to install it for you. In addition, it’s made from non-corrosion-proof polymeric materials, so you can expect years of filtration without any problem. It uses 6 vari flow control valves which are good for maintaining good pressure. You choose a variant of sizes from 22″, 24″,27″, and 30″
- uses high rate flow technology
- Made using corrosion-proof polymeric material
- 98 Gallons per minute
- Full-size internal piping and 47,040 Gallons Turnover in 8 hours
- 30.5 inches sand filter tank
- 6 position valve option
- vari flow control valve
What I like
The best thing with Hayward S310T2 Pro Series is that its long lasting because it is made with durable corrosion-proof materials. The filter has great quality components that are long-lasting.
What I don’t like
The packaging is not that great. In fact, some client left that review on Amazon. Another thing, the weight is a bit too heavy compared to its size.
- All weather use
- Made for long lasting performance
- Energy efficiencies
- It cleans itself
- 98 Gallons per minute
- Made for quick assembly
- 7 Position Vari FLo Valve
- It kicks some sand back out
- The packaging is not great
- Requires maintenance
- A bit to heavy for its size
Water Filter Buying Guide
When buying a water filter, you should consider the following parameters.
Flow rate- The capacity of the filter to clean water is measured by Gallons per minute.
Type of impurities that you’ve. Different water conterminant require specific types of filters to get rid of this contaminants.
Operation Pressure-Every filter has a maximum rated pressure that it can operate on.
Finally, you should consider the budget. A water filter can get really expensive with some going for thousands of dollars. You should consider your budget before making a decision.
Sediment Filters FAQs
Filtration is removal of particles from water by taking it though a permeable media. Filtration process can be grouped into several groups depending particles size or the way that the particles are removed.
Surface filters are filters which have pours which act as sieve. Particles that are bigger than the pores are trapped on the surface of the filter
The depth filter traps particles within the permeable medium. The advantage of depth filter is that it can remove many types of contaminants while surface filters are only able to remove solid.
The absorptive filter media are capable of retaining smaller than filter pore size.
What does sediment filters remove from the water?
As the name suggests sediment filters act remove solid particles that are found in water. These particles include sand, rust, rocks, and organic material that are found in the water. Sediment filter does not remove substances that are dissolved in water such as heavy metals and other chemicals such as fluoride.
What is a sediment filter cartridge?
Filter cartridges are the components that carry the filtration agents. The filtration agents include absorbent materials such as carbon and KDF. The absorbent material normally gets depleted as the filters work, so you will need to keep on replacing the cartridges.
Types of filter cartridges
- Melt blown,
- Resin bonded
- Pleated filter
- String wound
Melt Blown v/s String wound v/s Spun filter
String wound filter Cartridges
String wound cartridges were the first type of filter element that human started using. These filters are good at trapping microparticles that range from 0.2 to 10 microns. They are good because they are an all-purpose filter.
Melt Blown Filters Cartridges
Melt blown filters are made by a process where air flowing at high velocity blows through molten polypropylene resin to form layers of webs. unlike sting wound, melt blown are able to process chemicals. Thus, they are good for various industrial application.
Pleated Filter Cartridges
The pleated cartridge is surface types filter. Unlike the melt blown filter, pleated cartridges are more expensive. They are able to filter between 0.45 to 0.1 microns.
Media Filter cartridges
Unlike the other filters that work mechanically, media filters chemically change the water. There are many types of filters that are used. For example, Activated carbon, KDF, calcite,, mixed bed DI resin, and others
Polypropylene Water Filter Safety
Polypropylene and pet are safe to use because they don’t contain bisphenol-A (BPA) Which is mainly found in polycarbonate. Bisphenol A is found in hard plastics and it can imitate the body’s hormones leading to malfunctioning of the body cells.
Therefore, polypropylene filters are safe. However, you should ensure that your filters are not made of polycarbonate because they are harmful.