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Amway eSpring Water Filter & Purification System Review

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The Amway eSpring is a water purification system from the Amway corporation. Combining a carbon-block water filter with a powerful UV light which is deadly to microorganisms, the eSpring connects directly to the faucet in any kitchen sink with an above- or below-counter unit. The aim behind the eSpring is to provide a simple, all-in-one filtration and purification device which allows for a hassle-free manner of filtering a households water supply. The eSpring water treatment system is oft-mentioned as one of the leading options and Amway claims that the eSpring is capable of removing tastes, odors, as well as particulates and dissolved contaminants, all while killing or removing over 99.9% of bacteria, viruses and protozoan parasites. We’ll explore just how well it lives up to this reputation in our eSpring review below.



Whenever we are confronted with a device like the Amway eSpring which makes some lofty claims about its capabilities, it only makes sense to take a step back apply a bit of scrutiny before making a purchasing decision. Personally, I’ve been willing to go to great lengths to make sure my water quality is the best it can be, so I am always trying to sort through the noise and marketing mumbo-jumbo to find the best water purification systems. In this eSpring review, I hope to share some of the fruits of my research and first-hand personal experience with you.



The Amway eSpring: UV Filter & Carbon-Block Filter Water Purification

eSpring Water Purifier Above Counter Unit ReviewIn the eSpring, water purification is handled with a two-pronged approach. The first part of the system is a classic carbon-block filter. Carbon-block filters are a common filter medium consisting of activated charcoal. Activated charcoal is great at removing taste and odors from water, and are also highly effective at removing chlorine, sediments, volatile organic compounds, as well as trapping bacteria and protozoan parasites. The carbon-block filtration in the Amway eSpring filters particulates as fine as 0.2 microns.

The carbon-block filter is only part of the process for water passing through the eSpring. While moving through the purifier, water is also exposed to ultraviolet light from the UV filtration light. UV filtration doesn’t actually “filter” in the classical sense, but exposing water to UV light kills microorganisms like potentially disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Although the carbon-block filter in the eSpring is fine enough to get rid of some microorganisms, it is not enough to filter out the smallest bacteria or viruses which can be orders of magnitude smaller than even the smallest bacteria! This one-two punch approach to purification provides the eSpring water treatment system with an extra layer of protection and utility that many similar systems don’t offer.

In the Amway eSpring Technical Information Packet, Amway provides a huge list of 140 contaminants which the eSpring has been tested and verified to remove. I’ve included the list below, along with Amway’s list of 14 “Performance Claims” for the eSpring from the same information packet. You’ll have to click on it to see the full size, since its quite the list!



List of Contaminants Removed and Performance Claims for the Amway eSpring Water Purification System

Contaminants Removed & Performance Claims for the eSpring Water Purifier (view fullsize)

Reviewing the eSpring Water Purifier Hands-On

Now that we’ve got some of the technical details out of the way and we know a bit about what the eSpring does, it’s time to see how well it can fit into practical everyday life. I’ve owned the on-the-counter eSpring for about 2 years and I’ve had a chance to put it through its paces and test it compared to other water purifiers which connect to the sink in a similar manner to the eSpring. Before we get into too much detail, here is a brief list of pros and cons, all of which we will explore in more depth below.

Pros

  • Very effective at removing taste & odor.
  • Easy to install and maintain.
  • Unit looks nice on counter-top, or below-the-sink unit can put it out of sight completely.

Cons

  • High initial cost.
  • Somewhat slow flow rate (varies with water pressure of your plumbing.)

The eSpring Water Taste Test

eSpring Above Counter UnitAs far as taste and odor go, I have to give credit where credit is due: the eSpring filters perform brilliantly and leave water tasting pure and clean. I’ve had the opportunity to test the eSpring water filter at two different residences, one which had exceptionally nasty tasting tap water. In both places, the taste and odor of eSpring filtered water was basically identical and comparable to any other high-end filter I’ve used.

Is the eSpring the best filtered water I’ve ever had? Well, honestly, it is all pretty much the same after a certain point. There are other filters which produce water which tastes pretty much the same, so it is a tough race to call. I would not put any particular filter above the eSpring in terms of taste quality. If I had to compare it to other filters I have a lot of experience with, I’d say eSpring water tastes about the same as water filtered through the best gravity water filters.

It is important to note here that while at a certain point your taste buds can’t really make out much difference between water from different high quality filters, there is still a difference in the water quality! This is where the UV filtration helps the eSpring excel. Yet the carbon-block filtration in the unit is nothing to scoff at. As a testament to the power of the eSpring water filter, check out this amazing video. This guy pours a can of Coke into his eSpring, which he has rigged up with a hand pump (the eSpring normally relies on water pressure from a sink faucet.) After pumping the Coke through, clear, clean water comes out the other side of the filter!

Easy Install

Installing the Amway eSpring can be a little confusing at first, but it is actually quite a simple process. The ease of installation is further facilitated by Amway’s excellent documentation, including an in-depth 8 minute video which we’ve included below if you want to see exactly how installing it works.

Most of the setup revolves around installing the Diverter Valve which allows you to send water through your eSpring unit directly from your normal tap at the sink. Amway has taken exhausting measures to ensure that the eSpring’s Diverter Valve is compatible with almost any type of sink faucet. The eSpring includes 4 different adapters which can be selected from depending on the type of thread on the faucet.



Once the Diverter Valve is hooked up, the rest of the installation is mostly just plugging in the hose. From this basic setup the eSpring is ready to pass water through its carbon block filter. To get the UV filter working is a simple matter of plugging the unit into an electrical outlet, as the UV light requires external power to work. However, the carbon block filter relies purely on water pressure alone, so no external power is required.

I was slightly intimidated when I first looked at the instructions for the eSpring, but it is all very easy to do even with little to no mechanical skills. It is also elegantly explained in this video from Amway. Check it out and you’ll see first hand how the installation works.

Interesting Innovations

Using a nifty trick known as Inductive Coupling, the UV light inside the eSpring is powered completely wirelessly. By utilizing this futuristic technique of wireless power, Amway has simplified the process of replacing the UV filter system, and this innovation has allowed them to combine the carbon block and UV filters into a single unit.

This might all seem a bit high tech for a simple home water filter, but what does it mean for the consumer? Basically, thanks to this wireless power, you can just slide replacement filters in and out of the unit and not have to worry about any connecting parts or anything at all. Just pop one out and slide in a new one. The display on the top of the unit provides information about remaining filter lifetime, and if you register your eSpring you can set up to be sent a reminder when it is time to replace your cartridge. New filter cartridges can be purchased directly from Amway, or are available on Amazon for around $200.

espring filter lifetime monitor

Easy to read panel monitors the filter’s lifetime

Each filter cartridge is rated for about a year of use, or 1,320 gallons of water. However, Amway recommends replacing yearly, citing their research that over time the pores in the carbon block filter become clogged and impair function.

How the Amway eSpring Works

Once again I’d like to direct your attention to an excellent video by Amway which goes into detail about just how everything in the eSpring fits together and works. This short 2-minute clip explains much better than I could the ins and outs of the device!

The Cons

As you probably noticed above, I have two complaints about the eSpring. Only one is a functional complaint: when passing water through the filter, it is a bit slow. It takes awhile to fill up a glass of water, but it is nothing too major. However, if you’re doing something like filling up a huge pot of filtered water for family pasta night, you might be standing over the sink for awhile.

This bit of lag is due to the fact that the carbon block filter relies purely on water pressure from your faucet, so the flow rate will vary based on the water pressure in your home. However, unless you have a thunderous torrent of water raging from your tap, you’ll probably experience a bit of the same slow down I did.

The other concern with the eSpring is the high initial cost. The above counter model comes in at about $800 on Amazon. However, I feel the price tag is justified as the eSpring brings a lot of things to the table which similar water filters don’t offer at all. The yearly replacement filters run about $200, which is competitively priced considering the inclusion of the UV filter and extremely fine carbon block filter.

Though I firmly believe it is worth it in the long run, the initial dive in an $800 investment could be troublesome for those seeking the most frugal option, so I have to mark this as a con.

Conclusion

One of the most attractive things about the eSpring is the huge amount of research efforts Amway has invest in the product. Their excellent research transparency and wealth of available data on the product give consumers a lot to scrutinize before making a purchasing decision. In my first hand experience using the device, it performs admirably, makes water taste delicious, is easy to use, install, and maintain. I am quite satisfied with its ability to get the taint out of the tap and keep my water fresh, pure, and healthy. I award the eSpring a solid 5/5 star rating. Your water quality is nothing to skimp on! Make sure you stay hydrated everyday!

Check out the eSpring Above Counter Unit on Amazon to learn more or order your own eSpring. Or if you don’t have any counter space, check out the eSpring Below Counter Unit on Amazon.

Pros

Great Filtration
Ultraviolet Light Purification

Cons

High Cost

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We take an in-depth look at the Amway eSpring in this comprehensive review of the popular water filter and purifier.

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Amway eSpring Water Filter & Purification System Review was last modified on: March 6th, 2017 by Jacob Hatch
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37 thoughts on “Amway eSpring Water Filter & Purification System Review

  1. Robert P Thompson says:

    Can UV light be reused in next filter replacement??

    1. Jacob says:

      Hi Robert,

      The eSpring Replacement Filter is an all-in-one unit which includes a UV bulb and carbon block filter. So you will be replacing both the UV light bulb and the filter each time you replace it.

  2. Cathy says:

    Does it remove minerals like the reverse osmosis?

    1. Jacob says:

      No, the carbon-block filter will not remove minerals. Here is a quote from the eSpring website:

      “Will the carbon filter remove all contaminants?
      No. Activated carbon readily adsorbs (causes to stick to its surface) organic carbon-based compounds, but it does not have an equivalent removal capacity for inorganic compounds such as iron, lime scale, nitrates, hardness minerals (such as calcium and magnesium), or soluble heavy metals like chromium or cadmium.”

      1. Cindy T. says:

        The eSpring does not remove soluble heavy metal like chromium and cadmium. Is it safe to drink water from eSpring filter? Thanks.

    2. Ondra says:

      Hello, no, no minerals remain on the filter! I have verified the filtered and unfiltered water in laboratory by AAS (atomic absorption spectroskpy) and the result confirmed no difference between both samples in the sense of minerals. So that´s great.

    3. Cureso says:

      No reverse osmosis is a much more complex process. A activated carbon filtration system only removes odour taste and turbid particles and a few disease causing micro organism.

  3. Line says:

    Where do you dispose the old filter?

    1. Jacob says:

      Because the filter contains a UV light and some electronic components it should be treated as “eWaste” and disposed of according to your local laws. The UV light can be removed from the filter (see instructions here from Amway) and the carbon block filter should be able to be disposed of in the garbage.

  4. Aurelia says:

    Does it remove fluoride?

    1. Jacob says:

      No, the Amway eSpring does not remove Fluoride. Fluoride is a very small molecule which is not attracted to carbon, so the carbon block filter does not work to remove Fluoride.

      If you need to find a filter that will remove Fluoride, check out our Best Water Filters That Remove Fluoride article for some great options.

  5. ALEX says:

    UV BULB TYPE “A2,”B”,”C”.????

  6. GEORGE says:

    I HAVE 6 YEARS OLD A NEW ESPRING UNIT UNPACK, NEVER BEEN INSTALLED AND NOW WISH TO USE IT . DOES THE FILTER IS STILL VALID AFTER 6 YEARS OR SHOULD BE INSERTED A NEW ONE ?

    1. Jacob says:

      If it has never been used it should still be okay. Contact Amway if you are really concerned about it.

  7. Angelita Pasion says:

    I have a espring that I had used for one year and put in a storage for more than 5 years now. Does this unit still ok to use after that??

    1. Jacob says:

      I would recommend picking up a new filter replacement just to be on the safe side. Sitting for multiple years after having been used could have allowed contaminants to seep into it, for bacteria to develop, etc. The safest option is to replace the filter. You can contact Amway for more detailed information.

  8. Elayne says:

    I do not want fluoride in my drinking water, but I like the eSpring system that retains minerals and the UV light as well. So, I was thinking to install Brimac bonechar filter/s as pre-filter to reduce fluoride in the water. Any comment/advice?

  9. Miriam says:

    Is the UV light harmful to our health? Do I and my kids need to keep a distance from the unit?

    1. Jacob says:

      Hi Miriam,

      You don’t need to be concerned about the UV light. It is perfectly safe. The unit is enclosed so the UV light does not shine out from the unit, meaning you are shielded from it. Even if you weren’t, it is unlikely the UV light in the filter is powerful enough to cause any real damage. While UV radiation can cause skin damage and increase the risks of skin cancer, it is also a perfectly natural part of our environment. We are exposed to UV radiation everyday from the sun. Huge UV lights are employed in tanning salons and even medical treatments safely and effectively. So something as relatively minor and shielded as the eSpring unit should be no cause for concern.

  10. Anna says:

    I was trying to find out, however still had no answer.
    Is it possible to know what is the PH of the water after eSpring filtration?

    1. Jacob says:

      Hi Anna,

      Here is some information from the Amway eSpring website:

      “Does the eSpring Water Treatment System change the water pH?
      Yes, initially. The carbon activation process leaves an alkaline surface on the carbon that is similar to baking soda. This alkaline surface raises the pH of water that initially passes through the filter to the 9-10 range. This pH shift is well within the acceptable range for drinking water. After approximately 58 litres (15 gallons) have passed through the filter, the pH level drops to about 8.5. After 190 litres (50 gallons) have passed through, water pH is between 7 and 8, nearly identical to untreated water.​”

      1. Anna says:

        Thank you very much, very helpful, however, one thing i am not sure…the filter has to be replaced once a year. If a day we use 10l if water, we use 190 l in 19 days, max 1month, does mean after that time the water is not really clean?

        1. Jacob says:

          The filter is rated for 1,320 gallons of use. After that amount has been passed through it, it needs to be replaced, regardless of how old it is. Amway estimates that through average usage it will last around a year. The eSpring unit is equipped with a meter which shows you when you need to replace the filter. Pay attention to the meter and swap out the filter when it indicates the time has arrived.

          1. Anna says:

            Thank you Jacob, I don’ t have a filter yet, but going to get it. This is the best information and feed back so far.

      2. jerome dawley says:

        Is this process the same as Alkaline water? Basically I’m curious to the alkalinity levels of the water once its filtered by the Espring filter.

        1. Jacob says:

          Hello Jerome,

          The Amway eSpring is does not alkalize water, it is a filtration system equipped with a UV light for purification. But as we have explored here on the site, there are no proven benefits to alkaline water. It is not something we endorse. Read our article Alkaline Ionized Water is a Huge Scam for more information.

  11. John says:

    Hi Jacob.
    Is there a better system on the market for tank water.

    1. Jacob says:

      Hello John,

      By tank water do you mean catchment tanks? Consider taking a look at reverse osmosis systems.

  12. Seeb says:

    What is the average Amway filtered water total dissolved solid (TDS)
    Assuming tab water TDS 400

  13. Frances Leddick says:

    I need to take distilled water for my medication – does the eSpring water filter system fulfil my requirement?

    1. Jacob says:

      Hi Frances,

      No, water filtered through the eSpring is not considered distilled. Distillation is a more complex process where the water is evaporated and then recondensed, removing impurities in the process. The eSpring is equipped with a filtration system to remove particulates and microorganisms and a UV light which kills microorganisms. While this produces pretty clean water it is not nearly as intensive a process as distilled water.

      If your doctor recommended distilled water you should definitely stick with that. Distilling water yourself can be quite a process, so your best bet is probably to just purchase distilled water. It is available on Amazon (6 gallons for ~$42) or you can find it at your local supermarket or drug store.

  14. France says:

    Does the Amway eSpring remove chlorine?

    1. Jacob says:

      Yes. The activated carbon block filter in the eSpring is effective at removing chlorine.

  15. ronald says:

    How does Espring preserve benefecial minerals in water such as flouride, calcium and Magnesium?

  16. Tina Hess says:

    We have a water softener (that utilizes salt) in addition to the older model of the Amway Water system. Does the filter remove the sodium and potassium too? Also, are the older filters still available?

  17. Michael says:

    Just read a user review of this system. The user said that he lived in Phoenix, AZ (which, he says, has very hard water). He apparently did not have a good result with the system and had to return it. He says the eSpring just could not filter water-hardness of phoenix-water, so he went to a RO system. I also live in an area with hard water. I am seriously considering a purchase of the Amway system (especially after reading your review). What are your thoughts on this person’s comments and should I consider a RO system (although I know nothing about those systems). Thanking you in advance for your time and consideration of my query.

    1. Jacob says:

      Hi Michael,

      While the eSpring is great at what it does, it is inherently different from the process of reverse osmosis. The eSpring works by carbon filtration and purification with UV light, whereas reverse osmosis relies more on diffusion. Unfortunately I don’t have too much experience with hard water, however I have heard that hard water deposits can be damaging to RO membrane systems, which can be expensive to replace. You may want to consider also using a water softener to protect the lifetime of the system, or find a RO solution that advertises as including a water softener.

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