This benchmark of Geyser vs TAPP is based on 7 criteria including 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.
1. Design and quality of Geyser EURO vs TAPP
Geyser EURO faucet water filter:
Looks slick with stainless steel casing. 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 and became unusable.
TAPP 2 Twist faucet water filter:
Scandinavian design is white with beautiful rounded lines making it look good on almost any faucet. Thick robust ABS plastic housing. We’ve used it for 2 years now without anything breaking and it still looks great.
Here’s what each of the filters claim to remove.
Removes 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.
Note: The proprietary Aragon filtering may be considered a risk as there is no publicised research on how it works and if it’s efficient.
Removes 80+ 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.
Note: Uses 5-stage filtering including Polypropylene screen wrapper, activated carbon adsorption, carbon block microfiltration, proprietary limescale inhibitor formula and strainer mesh.
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.
- Geyser Faucet Water filter – 4 liters / min but splashes very hard in the sink
- TAPP 2 – 4 liters / min
4. Ease to install and faucet fit
- 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.
- TAPP 2 – 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 disposal
- 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.
- TAPP 2 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 replacement
- 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.
- TAPP 2 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.
7. Yearly cost Water Filter Comparison
Cartridges: €19.00 per filter lasting 3 months = €76 per year
Total first year: €103.90
TAPP 2 Twist
Summary Water Filter Comparison
TAPP 2 Faucet Filter
Stainless Steel Look
White Scandinavian Design
2. Filtering capability
Claims 60+ Contaminants incl chlorine, heavy metals, pathogens, etc Note: Unknown proprietary technology
Independently tested for 70+ contaminants incl microplastics and lead
3. Water flow
2-4 l/min Note: Hard splashing spray
4. Ease to install
Easy for standard faucets. No adapters
Easy for standard faucets with free adapeters
5. Cartridge material
ABS plastic + Aragon
Recycleable ABS & Carbon Block
6. Filter replacement
When water starts tasting bad or pressure is lower (every 3 months)
Every 3 months calendar reminder or MyTAPP monitoring and notifications
7. Annual cost estimate
€103 first year
€89 per year
Source: Websites and Amazon feature and price check July 2020
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