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
In 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!
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.
- 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.
- High initial cost.
- Somewhat slow flow rate (varies with water pressure of your plumbing.)
The eSpring Water Taste Test
As 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!
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.
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. Even though changing the cartridge in a reverse osmosis system isn’t as hard as it used to be, this is a pretty nifty way of making things easier.
New filter cartridges can be purchased directly from Amway, or are available on Amazon for around $200.
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!
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.
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.
Is The Cost Really Justified? Comparing the eSpring to Other Filter Solutions
If you’re considering investing in the eSpring, it’s definitely worth taking a look at what else that amount of money could get you. For less than the cost of the eSpring unit, you can get a whole house system from Aquasana. While these systems do require some installation, they provide filtration for your entire home, rather than just your sink, and have exceptional longevity when it comes to filter lifetime. For more about the Aquasana whole house water filter, read our complete review of the system.
If your major concern is zero installation, then you might want to look at a countertop gravity water filter system. These systems, such as offerings from Berkey or ProPur can provide filtration on par with the Amway eSpring for a fraction of the cost. They rely on the force of gravity to draw water through the filter and simply sit on your countertop. This means they don’t need any type of installation — just plug the filters in and add some water. Even simpler than setting up the eSpring!
For those who would rather save some money, there are a lot of cheaper filters on the market which can probably serve your home quite well, depending on what type of issues you have with your water quality. For the frugally minded, head to our Cheapest Water Filters Guide to get all sorts of suggestions on much more affordable options than discussed here.
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!
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Jacob Hatch is the author and founder of Hydration Anywhere. He has been actively writing about drinking water since 2013. These days Jacob spends most of his time investigating water related news, studying environmental issues, reading health studies, and reviewing products like water bottles and water filters.