The Great Mystery Revealed: Does Water Have a Taste?


What does water taste like? It’s a simple question, but a quick trip to Google tells me that everyone has a different idea of exactly what water tastes like. My search uncovered a wide range of responses from some of the internet’s top flavor detectives and included…

the expected:  “it tastes like water” and “it has no taste”

the more scientific: “the taste depends on what was dissolved in it”

the outright humorous: “Liquefied boring” and “Mundane in a glass”

and my personal favorite: “One Atom Hydrogen, Two Atoms Oxygen. Shaken Not Stirred”

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Obviously, there isn’t a clear consensus on what exactly water tastes like, but there is definitely a growing market for flavored water. In addition to bottles of flavored water like Aquafina’s Flavor Splash, many companies offer flavor packets that can be added to water anywhere you go to improve the taste. Kraft foods, the second largest food and Beverage Company in the world, recently launched their line of MiO flavor dispensers, hoping to break into what is now a billion dollar market for flavored water.

Floating-dollar-signDrinking water is the best way to stay hydrated and it should also be the cheapest, but when you add in the cost of adding flavor packets or buying fancy bottles with a hint of fruit flavoring it actually becomes more expensive than soda. Why are consumers paying more to add flavor to their water? The answer would seem to be that even though we aren’t really sure what water tastes like, we have decided that we don’t like the way water tastes.

This is primarily because most tap water is disinfected with chlorine, which adds an unpleasant taste and odor to the water, and often has dissolved minerals and organic material that can adversely affect the flavor of water. The unpleasant taste of tap water is one of the main reasons the bottled water industry grew so quickly and helps to explain the new fad for flavored water.

The easiest way to improve the quality of your tap water is by filtering out the chlorine and other contaminants that cause the poor taste. You would be amazed at how much better your tap water will taste with just a simple filter, like this GXULQ system from GE, installed under the kitchen sink.

Of course, variety is the spice of life and you may find you still want to add a little flavor to your water. Instead of spending a lot of hard earned cash on single-use packets why not try making your own flavored water. Adding a little mint or citrus is easy to do and is a fun way to enhance the flavor of filtered water.

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Once you have perfected your masterpiece, why not share your favorite flavor recipes with us on Facebook? We would love to hear what you do to make your water taste great!

DiscountFilterStore Real Customer Reviews : “Without hesitation the best service”


Rick contacted us after receiving and installing a full set of filters for his RO system. He had replaced the filters before, but this was the first time he had to change the membrane. He checked all the water connections to make sure they were correct, but “when we use the water the ROM vibrates aggressively until it fills the water resorvoir.” Obviously, something was wrong with his system, but he didn’t know what it could be.

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We reviewed the installation steps and he had followed each one meticulously, but the “vibration happens everytime you draw water from the faucets that draw from this filtration system”. Fortunately, Rick knew exactly which system he was using and when we dug a little deeper we found the problem.

The RO system he was using had an old membrane, which Rick found “was discontinued and the one I got was what was suggested by your site”. The vibrations in his RO unit were caused by the incorrect membrane. Once we found the membrane he needed we sent it to him right away. After we got the correct membrane shipped out I received this email from Rick, which really made my day!

“I have done business many times with many vendors and I would have to say without hesitation you have provided the best service but what is most important is the interaction and response with the focus and respect of the customer. I manage a very large team and part of that is a service desk I will use this many times as an example of how to provide customer service.”

DiscountFilterStore Real Customer Reviews : “Blown away at the customer service!”


We love to hear from our customers and this review from Brian T. of Liberty Township, OH was a particularly nice surprise! Thanks for the great feedback Brian!

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After receiving and installing two of the off-brand discount filters (I tried the inexpensive versions first) I was pretty disappointnted in the quality of the filtration. The water still smelled and tasted like chlorine, it was almost as bad as having no filter installed at all.

I wrote about it on a review. The store was not an issue, but the filter was less than good. To my amazement, a few days after the review was written, the store credited me for the purchase @ 100%!! I didn’t even ask for this!

I immediately went out and bought the more expensive PUR filters from them. They work great. This is the kind of great customer service that’s missing from most retailers in today’s internet world. They didn’t have to do this, but they did it because it was the right thing to do.

I’ll order my fridge filters from these folks from now on. Great store, good prices, and proactive customer focused support. What a breath of fresh air.

- Brian T.

How to find the best value on refrigerator filters


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You knew it was time to replace that 10 year old refrigerator so you spent the time to look around at consumer reports and picked out the perfect fridge. Now 6 months later the light comes on telling you it’s time to replace your water filter. This is the part your refrigerator research did not prepare you for…buying a new fridge filter. Many of the top refrigerator models on the market use expensive filter cartridges for the ice and water dispenser.

The good news is that these premium quality water filters also tend to remove more impurities from your water, but that doesn’t make them any less expensive. A good example would be Maytag’s UKF8001 (formerly known as the PuriClean II) which is a great filter, but one that comes with a high price tag. If your refrigerator uses a UKF8001 filter you can save money and buy a compatible filter. A compatible off brand, like the EcoAqua EFF-6007A, is one of the best ways to save money when it’s time to replace your filter.

So if you are looking for a way to get the best value out of your water filter I recommend looking around to see if there is a compatible off brand for your fridge. At DiscountFilterStore you can find compatible filters to match a wide variety of refrigerator models. In most cases these filters will remove the same contaminants from your drinking water and last just as long. The only real difference is that you get to keep a little extra money in your pocket.

The best air filters on the market for less


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Spring is here and allergies are in full swing, but did you know that a quality air filter is more effective at blocking harmful allergens? As explained in this video by Tom Kraeutler of MoneyPit.com the new Filtrete Elite air filters are the best furnace filters on the market for your home. Why suffer with seasonal allergy symptoms in the comfort of your own home when you can block 94% of large particles with the Filtrete Elite series of air filters. The Elite filters have a 2200 MPR rating and trap 40 times more microparticles than other brands.

Right now Filtrete is running a rebate program for Elite filters purchased before June 30, 2011. You can get $6 back with a mail in rebate when you purchase 3 or more air filters with an MPR of 1500 or better.

The Elite series filters are available at DiscountFilterStore and come in 7 different sizes for as low as $18 per filter when you buy a full case.

Remember to change your filter every 3 months to ensure you are getting optimal air quality. You will most likely find that your new Filtrete Elite filters capture a lot more particles giving you cleaner, healthier air at home.

Spend less, get more


Okay, let’s face it, water filters are not cheap. For what you are paying for it’s definitely worth it, but the initial cost still feels high. You work hard for your money, buy a nice new refrigerator and 6 months later it’s time to replace the water filter. So you go back to the store that sold you the refrigerator and they want another $40 or $50 dollars plus tax for each filter! So I thought it might help to talk a bit about how you can save money buying filters online at DiscountFilterStore.

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If you are like me then you were probably raised to believe that if something sounds too good to be true then it probably is, but that was before online stores like DiscountFilterStore. Unlike Lowes or Home Depot we don’t have to pay a high overhead cost to maintain a large brick and mortar store. The savings that we get from keeping a low operating cost can be passed on to you as a customer. This means that we can sell genuine OEM filters to you for a lot less. For example, the UKF8001 refrigerator water filter sells at a retail price of $39.99 plus tax at the store. If you buy the UKF8001 at DiscountFilterStore you will save $10 off the regular retail price.

Buying online is a great way to get the filters that you need without spending a lot of money. We love saving you money and we carry a full line of air and water filters for use in your home or business. Spend less and get more at DiscountFilterStore