Do the Cypress or Pearl systems remove fluoride?
No, only the Brondell H2O+ Circle Reverse Osmosis system removes fluoride from water and is certified by the WQA (Water Quality Association) for Fluoride reduction.
Fluoride is a naturally-occurring mineral found in many foods and water. Fluoride helps to promote dental health and has other beneficial qualities when present in small quantities, as found in most municipal water systems, usually in the form of sodium fluoride. However, we realize that some people still want to completely remove fluoride from their drinking water. The Brondell H2O+ Circle Reverse Osmosis system removes fluoride from water and is certified by the WQA (Water Quality Association) for Fluoride reduction, while the Cypress, Pearl, and Coral leave the mineral in. It’s very rare to find quality filtration systems (other than reverse osmosis systems) that are capable of removing any substantial amount of fluoride from drinking water. Beware of uncertified claims from manufacturers claiming to remove fluoride with non-RO systems.
When I use a Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) reader to test my water after it goes through the H2O+ water filtration system, why don't the levels of dissolved particles go down or decrease?
The Cypress and Pearl water filter systems are not designed to remove beneficial minerals from your drinking water. These minerals (calcium, magnesium and sodium, to name a few) that occur naturally are a healthy part of your drinking water and should remain included in it. Our countertop systems are designed to dramatically reduce water-soluble harmful contaminants, including industrial chemicals, pesticides, herbicides, turbidity, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and microorganisms, most of which cannot be "read" with a TDS reader since they are water-soluble. Contrary to the name (Total Dissolved Solids or TDS Meter), these inexpensive "readers" cannot detect most harmful water-soluble contaminants. There is a major misconception that low TDS readings mean healthy water and that is simply not always true.
The best method for testing the performance of a water filtration device is to have a nationally recognized independent organization, such as WQA or NSF International (which began its tenure as the National Sanitation Foundation), test and certify the products. The certified data is then available in a Performance Data Sheet, which you should request from the manufacturer. For more clarification of what the Brondell H2O+ water filtration systems do remove from your water, please see our Certified Performance Data Sheets for the Cypress, Pearl, Coral, and Circle RO System.
How do the Cypress and Pearl filter water?
The Cypress system is small enough to sit comfortably on your counter top, very easy to install at the faucet or under the sink, and uses a carbon block pre-filter, Nanotrap membrane-based filter, and a secondary final carbon block filter.
The Pearl countertop filtration system utilizes carbon block filtration technology and easily installs onto your existing faucet.
Is there an automatic water filter replacement reminder system?
Yes, the Pearl has a color reminder when it's time to change the filter. The Cypress system requires that you write on the filters either the date they were put in or the date they should be changed, as 2 of the filters have a 6-month life and the remaining filter has a 12-month life.
How long are the Cypress and Pearl water filter hoses?
Do the Cypress or Pearl filtration systems change the pH level of the water?
What is the pore size for the Pearl Carbon Block filter?
The Pearl Carbon Block filter has a pore size of 0.5 micron.
How do you remove the water inlet plug on the back of the Cypress water filter?
To remove the water inlet plug on the Cypress, use the universal quick-connect tool to hold down the lip around the plug, and gently pull the plug out. You can view the "Quick Tutorial on Quick Connects" HERE. This tool can also be used to disconnect the internal lines connecting the filters and can be found inside the top of the lid.
Will the Cypress and Pearl fit my faucet?
With the provided adapters, the Cypress and Pearl water filters should fit almost any aerator-style faucet. However, if you have an integrated pull-out or pull-down sprayer-type faucet, the Pearl will unfortunately not work. Instead, you can still install the Cypress at the connection under the sink with a T-valve adapter, found HERE.
What do I need to complete the under-counter installation for the Cypress?
You will need to first check the connection size joining the cold-water supply valve and the hose running to your sink (it should be either 1/2" or 3/8" in size). Then you can purchase the proper size T-valve from Brondell and follow the alternative installation in the owner's manual found on page 6. For reference, the Cypress quick-connect water supply hose is 1/4" in size which will need to feed under your sink for the alternate installation.