This benchmark of Geyser vs TAPP is based on 8 criteria including certifications, design, filtering capabilities, water flow, ease to install, cartridge material and yearly cost. First we look at each of these attributes and then summarize all at the end. So let's get started with the Geyser water filter vs TAPP:
1. CertificationsCertifications and independent lab testing should be a key consideration when choosing a water filter. How do you know that it actually works?
Geyser is a Russian brand sold in Europe. No certifications or independent lab tests have been published on their website specifically to the Geyser Euro faucet water filter. Therefore it's difficult to know what the filtration quality is.
EcoPro and EcoPro Compact by TAPP Water
TAPP Water headquartered in Barcelona, Spain and London, UK. Our products are certified according to stringent EU and UK regulation including independent testing by the top labs in Spain, Germany, France and the UK.
2. Filtering capabilitiesThis is potentially the most complicated water filter comparison metric. Generally all the filters do a good job removing chlorine to improve taste. Therefore the most important thing is to look for the specific contaminants that you are concerned about such as microplastics or lead.
Here's what each of the filters claim to remove.
Filters particles of active chlorine, organochlorine and organic compounds, iron, excess calcium and magnesium salts, pesticides, heavy metal cations and anions, microorganisms and microbes. Claims to soften the water but in reality the ion-exchange filtering only prohibits limescale formation. Geyser does not provide any independent lab results or certifications.
Note: The proprietary Aragon filtering may be considered a risk as there is no publicised research on how it works and what it removes.
Filters 100+ contaminants including microplastics, chlorine, chloramine, limescale, heavy metals (95% of lead), nitrates, pesticides, herbicides, chlorine by-products, most bacteria and more. Does not filter/remove healthy minerals. TAPP Water provides independent lab results and certifications supporting all claims. Read more about why TDS is a poor measure of water quality.Read more about microplastics in tap and bottles water.
3. Water flow water filter comparison
One of the main complaints about faucet and pitcher water filters is slow water flow. The flow makes a big difference when filling up a glass, water pitcher or washing fruits and vegetables.Here's an overview of the specified and tested flow per product
- Geyser Faucet Water filter - 4 liters / min but splashes very hard in the sink
- EcoPro and EcoPro Compact by TAPP Water - 4 liters / min
4. Ease to install and faucet fitThe advantage of faucet filters is generally that they can be installed and used without any tools or need for a plumber.
- Geyser EURO Faucet Water filter - easy to install on all standard faucets with a robust stainless steel faucet attachment adapter causing minimal leakage. There are no adapters provided if the standard ones that come with it don't fit.
Note: The included manual comes in Spanish only.
- EcoPro and EcoPro Compact - easy to install on all standard faucets and many others thanks to a large set of extra adapters. We experienced no leakage thanks to the stainless steel faucet connector.
Note: TAPP Water provides a great online manual that guides users through the process and provides help with any issues including extra adapters.
5. Cartridge material and disposalAll the filters in our previous water filter comparison used cartridges made of ABS plastic that had to be replaced with the filter. Both TAPP Water and Geyser provide a better solution.
Geyser faucet water filter provides a relatively affordable carbon block that is exchanged without having to replaced the casing.
Note: The "key for cartridge removal" is a bit complicated to use. This fits onto the bottom of the filter where the water comes out. Fit this tool (which is rather a sloppy fit) onto the filter, turn to remove and the tool expands and slips from the lug. Not very clever. We gave up after several attempts and found a tip to use a piece of folded kitchen towel and a pipe wrench. It worked.
- EcoPro and EcoPro Compact has a smart solution where only the filter is replaced without the plastic casing. This reduces the plastic waste by 85% versus other filers such as Brita, Culligan and PUR according to TAPP Water. The cartridges are very easy to replace.
6. Filter cartridge / refill replacementHow often does the filter cartridges need to be replaced and how do you know that it's the right time? This is really important as you want to know when the filter is really due to be changed based on your consumption. In our comparison of Geyser EURO vs TAPP Water Filter we concluded:
- Geyser EURO stats 3000 liters maximum capacity but it's not clear what this is based on. The recommendation is to change the cartridge when the water starts tasting bad or if the pressure reduces. Both are poor indicators as in the case of poor tasting water it may mean that you've been drinking contaminated water for some time as the taste buds adjusts. Same thing is true for a clogged filter. Many users (see Amazon reviews) state that they change the filter every 2-3 months.
- EcoPro offers two alternatives including a smart monitoring solution based on usage and time and a manual calendar to set the replacement date. It’s recommended to change the cartridges at least every 3 months even though the capacity is 1200 liters. The recommended volume is based on efficient filtering of the listed contaminants that the filter removes. EcoPro Compact has less capacity.
7. Design and quality of Geyser EURO vs TAPPShape and colours are subjective to measure. However, industrial design can be assessed in terms of functionality, robustness and simplicity.
Geyser EURO faucet water filter:
Stainless steel / chrome color looks good at first site. However, the entire casing is made of relatively thin ABS plastic with chrome plating. The sample we bought broke when we tried changing the cartridge for the second time. The intention is great but poorly executed with low quality materials.
EcoPro Compact and EcoPro faucet water filter:
White with rounded corners making it look good on almost any faucet. Thick robust ABS plastic housing that will last long. We've used it for 2 years now without anything breaking and it still looks great.
8. Yearly cost Water Filter ComparisonGeyser EURO
Cartridges: €19.00 per filter lasting 3 months = €76 per yearNote: See comment above about cartridge changes.
Total first year: €103.90
EcoPro and EcoPro CompactFilter: €49-59Cartridges: €59 per year for subscribers including 4 cartridges Total first year: €89 for subscription Note: The prices are list prices on each companies website and Amazon for single units or 2-packs as of July 2021. Read more about TAPP vs Brita Water Filters.