TAPP 2 Faucet Water Filter – Product Details

TAPP 2 Faucet Water Filter – Product Details

Thinking about buying a faucet water filter? What makes TAPP 2 so special compared to other products? Who is it for, what does it filter and how does it work?

What is TAPP 2?

TAPP 2 Faucet Water Filter – Product Details

TAPP 2 is faucet water filter using coconut shell carbon block technology for better tasting and clean water removing over 80+ known contaminants. Each refill lasts up to 3 months.

What problems will TAPP 2 solve for you?

  1. Your tap water tastes bad/poorly due to chlorination, chloramination or other content in the tap water
  2. Your tap water may be contaminated / contain pollutants from old pipes (lead, copper, etc) and other issues with the public tap water source (nitrates, microplastics, PFAS, etc)*
  3. You want to remove contaminants but keep healthy minerals in the tap water

* Recommended for households with municipal tap water that is officially reported as drinkable / potable

We do not recommend TAPP 2 for

  • Badly contaminated tap water (especially bacteria and viruses)
  • Softening of hard water as it’s not a water softening filter

If you have such problems then visit our water filter guide.

How do I know that TAPP 2 works?

To learn more about water filters in general, read our article about how water filters work.

The reasons you can be confident that TAPP 2 faucet water filters specifically work are:

  • TAPP 2 uses proven filtration technology (Activated Carbon) tested and certified by EPA, NSF, WHO to remove the listed contaminants
  • TAPP 2 is independently tested in the EU and US accordance with NSF testing criteria
  • The TAPP 2 carbon block has been tested in accordance with NSF 42 and 53

What are the benefits of TAPP 2 vs bottled water?

TAPP 2 Faucet Water Filter – Product Details

Affordable: Filtered tap water is over a hundred times cheaper than bottled water. Average households can save $300 USD per year using TAPP 2. See cost calculator.

Convenient: Filtered water right out of the tap. Puts an end to carrying heavy water bottles, or having to wait for a pitcher to fill.

Easy to use: Installs in under a minute, without tools or a plumber.

Cleaner water: Filters microplastics and hormones commonly found in bottled water. Independently certified water filtering technology.

Reduces plastic waste: Good for the environment as it reduces plastic waste and CO2.

A detailed comparison shows that TAPP 2 filtered water is as healthy or healthier than bottled water.

What are the benefits of TAPP 2 vs other water filters?

Always clean tasty water: Comes with an Automatic Water Filter Replacement service

Superior filtering technology: TAPP 2 filters 80+ contaminants including chlorine, microplastics and lead.

Healthy Minerals: TAPP 2 keeps the healthy minerals including magnesium, potassium and calcium

Sustainable: TAPP 2 refills use biodegradable materials which can be disposed of with organic waste for industrial composting. The device itself (without the refills) is made out of recyclable ABS.

Connected: The free iOS and Android MyTAPP apps, monitor the current state of your filter cartridge, alerts when it needs to be replaced and keeps track of savings, bottles eliminated and CO2 reduction

Compatible: Adapters provided free of charge to connect to 98% of standard faucets (See specs below).

Value for money: In comparison with other faucet and pitcher filters TAPP delivers more clean water for less

TAPP comparison vs Brita, PUR and Culligan

Here’s a summary of how TAPP 2 faucet water filter compares to Brita, PUR and Culligan:

Summary Faucet Water Filter Comparison

 

Criteria

PUR Faucet Filter

Brita Faucet Filter

Culligan Faucet Filter

ZeroWater Pitcher

TAPP 2 Faucet Filter

1. Design

Stainless Steel Look

Plastic

Plastic

Plastic

White Scandinavian Design

2. Filtering capability

70+ Contaminants incl Lead

60+ Contaminants including lead

Cryptosporidium, giardia cysts, lead, chlorine, atrazine and other bad tastes and odors

Reduce total dissolved substances (TDS) to zero

70+ contaminants incl microplastics and lead

3. Water flow

0.5 gallon/min

0.5 gallon/min

0.5 gallon/min

0.25 gallon/min

1 gallon/min

4. Ease to install

Easy for standard faucets

Easy for standard faucets

Easy for standard faucets

No installation

Easy for standard faucets with free adapeters

5. Cartridge material

ABS plastic

ABS plastic

ABS plastic

ABS plastic

Biodegradable plastics

6. Filter replacement

Every 2-3 months LED indicator

Every 2-3 months LED indicator

Every 2 months

Every month

Every 2-3 months with MyTAPP monitoring and notifications

7. Annual cost estimate

$114 per year

$76 per year

$90 per year

$180 per year

$60 per year

Note: To simplify the summary we’ve only included the faucet filters from PUR and Brita as these are the most sold faucet filters in the US. 

See full comparison of TAPP vs Brita, PUR, Culligan, Zerowater, etc for more.

What does TAPP 2 faucet water filter remove?

Want healthy and fresh tap water? TAPP 2 removes over 80 contaminants, effectively reduces another 30 and moderately another 22. This includes Chlorine, heavy metals such as Lead, Cancerous bi-products from chlorine (VOCs), Microplastics, pesticides, petrochemical, most pharmaceuticals and more.

Note: Does not remove healthy minerals such as magnesium, potassium and iron, which are important nutrients for our well being.

The carbon block technology used in TAPP 2 is highly effective at water treatment. It has immense surface area. A single pound of powdered activated carbon has a filtering surface area equivalent to 125 acres. It is the best known treatment for organic chemicals, VOCs, pesticides, herbicides, and chlorine and its by-products. It is also an unchallenged taste-and-odor improver and provides very high quality particulate filtration, down to 2-microns.

TAPP 2 removes chemicals by the process of adsorption (as opposed to absorption). Carbon attracts certain chemicals at the molecular level much in the way that a magnet attracts and holds metal filings. When the surfaces are full, the filter must be discarded.

This includes the following main categories:

  1. Organoleptic
  2. Bad odor
  3. Bad taste

Removes 80+ contaminants:

  • 95% lead removal (NSF-53)
  • 95% of copper
  • 95% of free chlorine
  • 90% chloride reduction
  • 90% PFOA
  • 90% PFOS
  • 90% PFNA
  • 90% of Pharmaceuticals
  • 100% of Microplastics
  • Petrochemical products
  • Trichloroethylene (TCE)
  • Tetrachloroethene (PCE)
  • 32 known chlorine by-products (VOCs) such as THMs identified as potentially cancerous
  • 14 listed pesticides including Chlordane, Heptachlor, and Lindane
  • 12 listed herbicides including 2,4-D, Atrazine

Reduces 30+ contaminants:

  • 70% of heavy metals such as mercury
  • 70% of nitrates
  • 30-70% Arsenic and Asbestos
  • Sodium
  • Calcium (Limescale)
  • Fluoride
  • Microbial cyst including giardia and cryptosporidium
  • Bacteria & Viruses

Sample reduction lab test

TAPP 2 Faucet Water Filter is independently tested for tap water in LA, New York, Toronto, Barcelona, Milan, Indonesia with more cities and countries being added.

Here’s a sample report from Barcelona:

Lab name: itabe; Castelao 96, ent. 2ª. L’Hospitalet del Llobregat. (Barcelona)

Date of collection: 22/01/2018 Date of results: 31/01/2018

Parameter Results Before (Tap Water) Results After(TAPP 2) Units Maximum Recommended Value Testing Methodology
Chlorides (Cl−) 212.2 38.4 mg/l 250 Ion chromatography
Nitrates (NO3) 7.1 1.3 mg/l 50 Ion chromatography
Chromium (Cr) 2 1 µg/l 50 ICP-MS
Nickel (Ni) 8 5 µg/l 20 ICP-MS
Arsenic (As) <1.0 <1.0 µg/l 10 ICP-MS
Lead (Pb) <1.0 <1.0 µg/l 10 ICP-MS
Zinc (Zn) <0.1 <0.1 mg/l ICP-MS
Fluoride (F) 0.15 <0.05 mg/l Ion chromatography
Bromodichloromethane 1.53 <1.0 µg/l HRGC-MS
Bromoform 59.28 <2.0 µg/l HRGC-MS
Dibromochloromethane 8.6 <1.0 µg/l HRGC-MS
Total trihalomethanes (TTHMs) 69.41 <5 µg/l 100 HRGC-MS
Tetrachloroethene (PCE) <0.5 <0.5 µg/l HRGC-MS

Sample chlorine reduction lab test

Lab name: iwo water; Dongguang, China

Parameter Results Before Results After(TAPP 2) Units Reduction Testing Methodology
Total Chlorine (Cl) 2.02 0.04 mg/l 98% Photometry


Comparison testing vs Culligan Faucet Filter

Comparative reference test sampling TCE to show effectiveness versus other filters.

Lab name: Suzhou Kaho Polymer Technology Co., Ltd. Test Date: 3/30/2018

   
  TAPP 2 Culligan FM-15A with FM-15RA refill
Water volume IN (ppm) OUT (ppm) Reduction IN (ppm) OUT (ppm) Reduction
100 L 1.93 0.01 99.48% 1.92 0.21 89.06%
1500 L 1.93 0.02 98.96% 1.92 0.45 76.56%

Test conditions: Constant pressure flow rate: 2 L/min; Temperature: 25℃

Testing & Certifications

The TAPP 2 carbon blocks have been independently tested in accordance to NSF-42 and NSF-53. In addition to this we’ve performed multiple independent lab tests in Europe and North America for the products.

How does the TAPP 2 Biodegradable cartridges work?

TAPP 2 refill cartridges are made out of PLA, coconut based activated carbon and other non-toxic materials which remain inert after decomposing. The cartridges contain a high percentage of biodegradable and compostable material and can be disposed of with organic waste. Depending on where you live it may then end up either
a) In an industrial composting plant where the cartridge breaks down within 1-2 months
b) Normal compost whereas it break down in 6-24 months depending on the environment

Alternatively, it can be discarded with general waste, where it will break down within a couple of years in a landfill or be burned without causing any plastic residue. It will also take a couple of years to break down in a garden compost, so not recommended.

Note, that the device itself (without the refills) is made out of highly recyclable ABS polymers, and can be disposed of with plastic waste.

TAPP 2 Faucet Water Filter Specification

TAPP 2 is the world’s first faucet-mounted water filter with biodegradable* refills. Each refill uses coconut shell carbon block technology with a 1-2 micron rating to remove over 80+ known contaminants. Each refill has a lifetime of up to 3 months.

TAPP 2 comes in two versions:

Weight (incl refill): 316gr (0.7lbs)

Filter dimensions: 12cm x 7cm x 11cm

Refill dimensions: 7cm x 7cm x 8.5cm

Pressure: ≤ 4 Liter per min at 60 PSI (1 gallon per min)

Refill life-span: 3 month maximum of 1500 litres (300 gallons)

Carbon Block: Coconut Shell Powder Activated Carbon, compressed to 1-2 microns.

NSF certifications: The carbon block is compliant with NSF/ANSI 61 and all applicable requirements by NSF International. The factory is certified to produce NSF-42 and NSF-53 compliant carbon blocks.*

Refill casing material: Food-grade FDA approved: 3001D biopolymer by NatureWorks® LLC

Packaging: Recyclable and compostable cardboard packaging Printed With Soy Ink™

Adapter material: Lead-free HBi59-1 brass, with chrome plating

Thread for faucet (without adapters):

EU: M22x1 (female)

USA: 55/64”-27 (female)

Adapters for faucet:

EU: M24x1 (male) and M20x1 (male)

USA: 15/16”-27 (male) and 13/16”-27 (male)

Wireless connectivity: Bluetooth® BLE 4.0 – TAPP 2 Click only

Battery life: 3 years – TAPP 2 Click only

* Note: TAPP 2 Click and Twist have not yet gone through NSF certification as this is required for each product even if the carbon block doesn’t change. We expect certification to be finalised by end of 2019.

Contact us for more information

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4 thoughts on “TAPP 2 Faucet Water Filter – Product Details”

    1. For brushing your teeth and cooking definitely. If you boil the water you can definitely use for drinking as well. Most likely it’s safe without boiling as well. For showering no.

    1. Hi Bek!
      Fluoride is a natural compound found most fresh water sources, tea, vegetables and fruit. It’s not considered a contaminant although we are aware that some people are concerned about the health effects. TAPP 2 reduces fluoride by 30-70% based on independent lab tests. Many water filters claim fluoride removal but in reality we’ve found that reverse osmosis is the only effective way to reduce fluoride by 95% or more.
      Hope this helps!
      Best regards,
      The TAPP Water team

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