Kinetico vs Springwell: Which is Better in 2023?

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SpringWell and Kinetico are well known in the water treatment industry. Both brands offer a range of popular water filtration and softening products – which can make choosing between the two difficult.

We’ve researched, and tested some of Kinetico and SpringWell’s top products and compared them in this guide to help you to decide which brand, if any, is best for you.

🏠 Whole House Water Filtration Systems


SpringWell offers a whole house water filtration system for city water, available in three sizes:

ModelFlow Rate (GPM)# of Bathrooms

SpringWell also has a whole house water filter system for homes with a private well water source, available in two sizes:

ModelFlow Rate (GPM)# of Bathrooms

Kinetico has a single whole house water filter system:

  • The Kinetico PFAS POU Filtration System, 2.8 GPM flow rate, for point of use and point of entry installation.

⚖️ Comparison Chart

SystemSpringWell CF1
SpringWell CF Series
Kinetico PFAS POU Filtration System
Kinetico PFAS POU
Springwell WS Whole House Well Water Filter
Springwell WS Series
Best forCity WaterCity or Well WaterWell Water
ProcessCatalytic Carbon + KDFCatalytic Carbon AIO + Greensand
# of bathroomsUp to 7+n/aUp to 4+
Contaminants removed20+PFOS/PFOA, Lead, VOCs, Chlorine+Iron, Hydrogen Sulfide, Manganese+
Testing/ CertficationsNSF 42 & 53, and CSA B483.1
Flow Rate 9-20 GPM2.8 GPM12–20 GPM
Filter Capacity1,000,000 gallons2,000 gallonsn/a
WarrantyLifetime1 year, 5 years on cartridge housingLifetime
Buying OptionsAvailable from Local Distributor Only
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💡 Media Comparison

SpringWell CF

The SpringWell CF uses two combined media in its tank: KDF and catalytic carbon. The activated carbon media adsorbs contaminants affecting taste and odor, like chlorine and chloramine, and the KDF enhances the carbon’s contaminant removal and traps contaminants like PFOAs, pesticides, and herbicides. The system also comes with a 5-micron sediment filter that removes large particles that could damage the filter media.

The CF is smartly designed, with anti-channeling technology and four-stage proprietary media, to allow water to have an extended contact time with the filter media. Our water tasted cleaner and we were impressed with the thoroughness of the system’s filtration.

Springwell cf whole house water filter catalytic carbon and kds media

SpringWell Well Water Filter System

The SpringWell Well Water Filter System uses a process known as air injection oxidation, which is exactly how it sounds – air is “injected” into water to oxidize a selection of common well water contaminants. The system uses a single tank, with an air pocket at the top, and a media bed at the bottom.

Water travels through the top of the tank, and iron, manganese, and sulfur are oxidized. Then, as water flows through the media bed, these oxidized minerals become trapped, and are unable to leave the tank. Frequent backwashes are needed to rinse the minerals out of the media. The system also comes with a spin-down sediment filter that removes particles as large as 100 microns.

Read the full review: SpringWell Whole House Well Water Filter System (WS) Review

Kinetico PFAS POU Filtration System

The Kinetico PFAS POU Filtration System uses NanoSmart™ technology, a type of ultrafiltration media, and high-porosity catalytic carbon media. These media combined are capable of improving water’s taste and trapping contaminants down to microbial size.

Ultrafiltration is a type of physical filtration that forces water through a membrane, removing low-weight suspended solids. Catalytic carbon adsorbs contaminants, pulling them out of the water.

This system doesn’t come with a sediment filter, but it’s designed to handle sediment itself.

🧫 What Contaminants Do They Remove?

SpringWell CF

The SpringWell CF filtration has a total of three filter stages, each targeting a specific group of contaminants:

  • Stage 1 sediment filter: silt, sand, and clay
  • Stage 2 catalytic carbon media: chloramine, chlorine, VOCs, pesticides, and herbicides
  • Stage 3 KDF media: harmful chemicals and heavy metals

The CF isn’t designed to remove hundreds of contaminants. Instead, it targets a specific set of impurities that are most common in municipal drinking water supplies.

Springwell cf contaminants removed

SpringWell Well Water Filter System

The SpringWell Well Water Filter System oxidizes and removes measured amounts of three common impurities in well water:

  • 7 PPM iron
  • 8 PPM hydrogen sulfide
  • 1 PPM manganese

You’ll know if your well water contains these contaminants because it’ll have an orange tinge and leave red or brown stains on your water-using appliances. It might also have a bad taste and smell like rotten eggs.

Large particles of sediment are also removed by this water filter’s sediment filtration stage.

Kinetico PFAS POU Filtration System

The Kinetico PFAS POU Filtration System can remove the following contaminants from tap water:

Contaminants removed by kinetico pfas pou filter

The system is designed for treating city water, reducing chemical tastes and improving quality. It can’t be used to treat microbiologically unsafe water.

🚦 Performance Comparison

SpringWell CF

We’ve tested tens of whole house water filtration systems, and the SpringWell CF is one of the best-performing systems we’ve seen.

The CF1 has a good flow rate of 9 GPM, and targets all the likely contaminants in municipal water supplies. Our water tasted fresher and cleaner after we installed this filter, and we didn’t notice a difference in our water pressure.

Here’s a summary of the performance of SpringWell CF as assessed through our third-party laboratory analysis.

ContaminantPre-FiltrationPost-Filtration% Reduction
Barium0.0267 PPM0.0158 PPM41%
Bromodichloromethane0.00832 PPM0 PPM100%
Chloroform0.0208 PPM0 PPM100%
Cobalt0.0011 PPM0 PPM100%
Copper0.222 PPM0.0532 PPM76%
Fluoride0.6 PPM0.5 PPM17%
Lead0.0182 PPM0.0007 PPM96%
Manganese0.002 PPM0.0013 PPM35%
Molybdenum0.0016 PPM0 PPM100%
Nickel0.0125 PPM0 PPM100%
Strontium0.125 PPM0.09 PPM28%
Sulfate36 PPM27.2 PPM24%
Total THMs0.02912 PPM0 PPM100%
Zinc0.917 PPM0.255 PPM72%

SpringWell Well Water Filter System

The SpringWell Well Water Filter System is another high-performing model, with a minimum flow rate of 12 GPM. We particularly like that this system removes both iron and hydrogen sulfide effectively, while other AIO systems only remove one or the other. So, if you have an iron and hydrogen sulfide issue, this system is a good choice.

Again, we noticed a clear improvement in our water’s taste and smell after installing this system, and our water pressure didn’t drop significantly enough to notice.

Springwell cf & ws vs Kinetico whole house filters

See our SpringWell Well Water Filter System laboratory testing data in the table below.

ContaminantPre-FiltrationPost-Filtration % Reduction
Antimony0.0003 PPM0.0005 PPM+66.67%
Barium0.051 PPM0.003 PPM94.12%
Boron0.023 PPM0.013 PPM43.48%
Calcium56 PPM1.44 PPM97.43%
Chloride10.5 PPM11.4 PPM+8.57%
Chromium (Total)0.001 PPM0 PPM100%
Cobalt0.0007 PPM0 PPM100%
Fluoride0 PPM0.244 PPMn/a
Copper0.211 PPM0.091 PPM56.87%
Iron2.37 PPM0 PPM100%
Lithium0.079 PPM0.003 PPM96.20%
Magnesium18.2 PPM0.414 PPM97.73%
Manganese0.002 PPM0.022 PPM+1000.00%
Molybdenum0.003 PPM0.002 PPM33.33%
Nickel0.009 PPM0.0009 PPM90%
Nitrate (as N)0.309 PPM0.364 PPM+17.80%
Potassium1.43 PPM0.156 PPM89.09%
Selenium0.002 PPM0.001 PPM50%
Silica9.04 PPM12.6 PPM+39.38%
Sodium18.8 PPM191 PPM+915.96%
Strontium1.08 PPM0.015 PPM98.61%
Sulfate132 PPM151 PPM14.39%
Titanium0.001 PPM0.0005 PPM50%
Turbidity0.42 NTU0.21 NTU50%
Uranium0.002 PPM0.002 PPM0.00%
Vanadium0.0007 PPM0 PPM100%
Zinc0.126 PPM0.074 PPM41.27%

Kinetico PFAS POU Filtration System

The Kinetico PFAS POU Filtration System offers a good performance in terms of contaminant removal. It ticks all the boxes for a city water filter, removing all the biggest problem impurities.

The main problem we had was with flow rate. This system can be installed as either a point of entry filter (i.e. for whole home use) or as a point of use filter (i.e. underneath your kitchen sink). The flow rate is just under 3 GPM, making it much more suited to under-sink installation. If you have a big home with lots of water-using appliances, you’ll probably notice a drop in flow rate after installing this system.

💲 Models & Upfront Cost

SpringWell CF Systems

The starting price for the smallest SpringWell CF system is around $1,600. This is a great value for money – most whole house water treatment systems start at above $2,000.

SpringWell Well Water Filter System

The SpringWell Well Water Filter Systems are more expensive, costing $4,000 to $5,000. The good news is that this system doesn’t need maintenance, but it is expensive – and probably out of some people’s budgets.

Kinetico PFAS POU Filtration System

The cost of the Kinetico PFAS POU Filtration System depends on which Kinetico dealer you buy it from. Prices aren’t available for reference online, and different dealers offer different packages.

SpringWell CF1, 1-3 bathrooms$1643.00
SpringWell CF4, 4-6 bathrooms$2070.00
SpringWell CF+, 7+ bathrooms$3225.00
SpringWell Well Water Filter System 1-4 bathroom$4068.00
SpringWell Well Water Filter System 4+ bathroom$4998.00
Kinetico PFAS POUPrice varies by distributor

📆 Filter Lifespan & Replacement Costs

SpringWell CF

The carbon/KDF media in the SpringWell CF should last for 1 million gallons, or about 10 years. This makes the system virtually maintenance-free – you’ll just need to replace the sediment filter every 6-9 months.

You can buy replacement media on SpringWell’s website for about $335. Remember, you’ll only need to pay for this media every 10 years. The sediment filter needs replacing more regularly; about twice per year. You can buy this filter online for about $80.

SpringWell Well Water Filter System

The SpringWell Well Water Filter System’s greensand media lasts as long as the unit itself – between 18 and 25 years. That’s great news if you’re looking for a completely no-maintenance system.

Plus, the spin-down sediment filter doesn’t need much maintenance because it’s self-cleaning, and lasts for up to 24 months before it needs changing. SpringWell sells this filter for about $100.

Kinetico PFAS POU Filtration System

There’s only a single filter to change in the Kinetico PFAS POU system, which makes maintenance relatively low-hassle. The user manual recommends changing the filter every 12 months, although you need to make more frequent changes if your water quality is particularly bad.

You will need to reach out to your local Kinetico dealer to discuss the cost of filter replacements or set up a maintenance plan for your system.

ModelConsumableCostReplacement Schedule
SpringWell CF (For City Water)Sediment filter$809 months
SpringWell CF (For City Water)Media$3355-10 years
SpringWell Well Water Spin-down filter$100If it breaks
Kinetico PFAS POU Replacement cartridgeVaries by distributor1 year

💬 Customer Reviews & Complaints

SpringWell CF

Customer reviews for the CF are largely positive. Reviewers agreed that installing the system themselves was possible, SpringWell’s customer support was good, and their water quality improved after setting the system up.

One customer said that their water quality had been so improved by the SpringWell CF1 that they’d started drinking tap water again after three decades of exclusively drinking bottled water.

On the negative end, some customers said that the CF was too difficult to DIY install, so they’d had to pay to get a professional to install it for them.

Springwell CF whole house filtration system

SpringWell Well Water Filter System

The SpringWell Well Water Filter System has also been praised by customers for its contaminant removal abilities. Customers were pleased with the improvements to their water’s taste and smell, and agreed that their water quality and clarity had improved.

The biggest setback identified by some customers was backwashing. Reviewers with particularly poor-quality water noted that their water treatment system was backwashing more frequently – and wasting more water in the process – than they’d expected.

Kinetico PFAS POU Filtration System

Kinetico doesn’t have any exclusive reviews for the PFAS POU Filtration System on its website, and because its products aren’t sold elsewhere, there are no other sites to find customer reviews. This is another downside to the Kinetico brand.

☑️ Pros and Cons

👍 SpringWell CF Pros

  • Long-lasting filter media
  • Made with certified components
  • Improves water taste and smell

👎 SpringWell CF Cons

  • DIY installation may be too difficult for non-handy people

👍 SpringWell Well Water Filter System Pros

  • Highly effective at removing two common well water contaminants
  • Virtually maintenance-free with long-lasting filter media
  • Comes with a lifetime warranty and 6-month money-back guarantee

👎 SpringWell Well Water Filter System Cons – Cons

  • Costly up-front purchase

👍 Kinetico PFAS POU Filtration System Pros

  • A single cartridge does everything
  • Filter changes only needed once a year
  • One of the few options for removing PFAS

👎 Kinetico PFAS POU Filtration System Cons

  • Slower flow rate than most POE water filters, unlikely to be fast enough despite being advertised as a whole house or under-sink filter

Your might also like: Our list of the better water filter systems worth your money in 2022.

🚿 Water Softeners & Conditioners


SpringWell has one whole house water softening system offering: The SS Salt Based Water Softener System

ModelGrain CapacityFlow Rate (GPM)# of Bathrooms

SpringWell also offers a single water conditioner for whole house water treatment, available in three sizes:

ModelMax Hardness (GPG)Flow Rate (GPM)# of Bathrooms


Kinetico has salt-based softening systems in three different sizes:

  • The Kinetico Essential Series, a compact softener for small homes
  • The Kinetico Premier Series, the standard softener for homes of all sizes
  • The Kinetico Signature Series, for medium-to-large homes

We reviewed the Kinetico Premier Series in this guide, as it’s the most popular and efficient choice with the best warranty (10 years).

⚖️ Comparison Chart

SystemSpringWell SS <br data-lazy-src=Kinetico Premier Series
Kinetico Premier Series
Kinetico Essential Series
Kinetico Essential Series
Kinetico Signature Series
Kinetico Signature Series
SpringWell <br data-lazy-src=
ProcessIon ExchangeIon ExchangeIon ExchangeIon ExchangeTAC
Capacity32K, 48K, or 80K5K, 10.5K, or 16K3k or 5k10K, 15K, or 21Kn/a
Flow Rate20 GPM44-65 GPG42-50 GPG40-80 GPG12-20 GPM
Regen Method MeteredMeteredMeteredMeteredn/a
WarrantyLifetime10 years, 7 years on 2060f Sulfur Guard™5 years5 yearsLifetime
Buying OptionsAvailable from Local Distributor OnlyAvailable from Local Distributor OnlyAvailable from Local Distributor Only
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🚦 Performance Comparison

SpringWell Salt Based Water Softener System

The SpringWell SS Salt Based Water Softener System provides up to 99.9% scale reduction with thorough water softening, using the traditional (and still most effective) process of ion exchange. We like that this water softening system is smart, and only regenerates when it calculates that it needs to, after a certain amount of water usage.

In our testing, the SpringWell SS proved to be consistently reliable, capable, and durable – so much so that it currently takes the top spot in our best water softeners review.

Springwell SS salt based ion exchange water softener new install

SpringWell FutureSoft® Salt-Free Water Softener

The SpringWell FutureSoft conditions water using a process that’s rapidly gaining popularity as a salt-free alternative: template-assisted crystallization, or TAC. This process isn’t quite as effective as ion exchange, but only by minorities – it still reduces scale buildup up to 99.6%. This is a better figure than most other water conditioners can offer.

We noticed that our hard water problems gradually reduced after we’d installed this SpringWell salt-free softener. The system crystallizes hardness minerals, so although we could still taste them in our water, we were reassured to know that they couldn’t form limescale.

Read the full review: SpringWell Futuresoft (FS) Salt-free Water Softener Review

Kinetico Premier Series

The Kinetico Premier Series soft water systems have been certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) to NSF/ANSI Standard 44 for their ion exchange performance, which replaces hardness minerals with sodium ions. Our research found that the Kinetico water softening systems are reliable units that are capable of managing a hard or very hard water supply.

There are two Kinetico Premier models to choose from: the Kinetico Premier Series and the Premier Series XP. Both models are the same, but the XP has performance benefits – you can calibrate the system more precisely to improve efficiency, further reducing water and salt waste.

Both models come in three sizes, ranging from around 5,000 to around 16,000 grains per day, depending on the size of your home.

Related: Kinetico water softener not working? Check out this post!

Kinetico premier twin tank softener

💲 Models & Upfront Cost

SpringWell Salt Based Water Softener System

The SpringWell SS comes in three sizes, and starts at around $2,600, with the largest model costing around $3,500. This is pretty spot-on for salt-based water softeners.

SpringWell FutureSoft® Salt-Free Water Softener

The SpringWell FutureSoft is also priced fairly for a system of its kind, starting at about $2,800 and costing up to $4,800 for the largest sized system.

Kinetico Premier Series

The different models in the Kinetico Premier Series aren’t priced online. You’ll need to note down the models you’re interested in and contact your local Kinetico dealer to learn more about pricing.

SpringWell SS1, 1-3 bathrooms$2699.00
SpringWell SS4, 4-6 bathrooms$3199.00
SpringWell SS+, 7+ bathrooms$3550.00
SpringWell FutureSoft FS1, 1-3 bathrooms$2865.00
SpringWell FutureSoft FS4, 4-6 bathrooms$3475.00
SpringWell FutureSoft FS+, 7+ bathrooms$4800.00
Kinetico Premier SeriesVaries by distributor
Kinetico Essential SeriesVaries by distributor
Kinetico Signature SeriesVaries by distributor

📆 Resin Lifespan & Replacement Costs

SpringWell Salt Based Water Softener System

The lifespan of the SpringWell SS’s resin is about 8 years. You can get better resin than this nowadays, lasting up to two decades, so we think there could be improvements here. The good news is that the softening tanks and control valve are supposed to last up to 20 years, so you don’t have to replace the entire thing when the resin gets tired.

As far as we can tell, you can’t buy replacement resin from SpringWell, but it’s worth contacting customer service if you want to stay brand-loyal.

SpringWell FutureSoft® Salt-Free Water Softener

The TAC media in the SpringWell FutureSoft has a lifespan of 1 million gallons, equating to about 6 years. This is a good lifespan for salt-free softening media.

Again, it doesn’t look like you can buy replacement TAC media on SpringWell’s website. You could buy media from another brand or get in touch with SpringWell to discuss your options.

Kinetico Premier Series

There’s no information in the user manual about how often the softening resin will need to be replaced in the Kinetico Premier Series. This is something your dealer will likely explain to you when you’re buying this soft water system (make a note to discuss this if you plan to contact Kinetico about its softeners).

💬 Customer Reviews & Complaints

SpringWell Salt Based Water Softener System

Customers were pleased with the softening benefits of the SpringWell SS. Most customers said that they’d easily installed the system themselves, and many praised the optional Bluetooth app for its convenience.

A common complaint was with installation – not everyone found it easy, and some customers had had to adapt their plumbing systems to install the unit.

springwell water softener electronic conrol head and bluetooth app

SpringWell FutureSoft® Salt-Free Water Softener

Most customers enjoyed the SpringWell FutureSoft’s salt-free water treatment, and saw an improvement to their water quality in as little as one week after installing the unit.

Customers commented that their water no longer deposited limescale, and some reviewers praised the system’s small footprint and relatively easy installation.

Something worth mentioning is that some customers found that the optional installation kit didn’t meet their local plumbing regulations, so speak to customer service if you’re unsure whether this kit is useful for you.

limescale before after water softener install

Kinetico Premier Series

There are no reviews available on the Kinetico website for the Kinetico Premier Series water softener systems.

☑️ Pros and Cons

👍 SpringWell Salt Based Water Softener System Pros

  • One of the best water softeners available today
  • Provides softer water with less waste than other popular water softeners
  • Affordable price

👎 SpringWell Salt Based Water Softener System Cons

  • Some customers struggled to DIY install the unit

👍 SpringWell FutureSoft® Salt-Free Water Softener Pros

  • Long-lasting media; minimal maintenance required
  • One of the most effective salt-free scale removers
  • Doesn’t affect water pressure or flow

👎 SpringWell FutureSoft® Salt-Free Water Softener Cons

  • The installation kit isn’t useful for everyone

👍 Kinetico Premier Series Pros

  • Tackles up to 16,000 grains of water hardness per day
  • Upgrade to the XP for a more efficient softening solution
  • System can be combined with Kinetico water filters for softening and filtration benefits

👎 Kinetico Premier Series Cons

  • Unclear when resin bed needs replacing
  • No salt-free softeners offered by Kinetico

You might also like: Our list of the best water filtration and softener system combos in this post.

⚗️ Reverse Osmosis Systems


SpringWell offers one reverse osmosis system for under-sink use:

  • The SpringWell Reverse Osmosis Drinking System


Kinetico has two reverse osmosis systems:

  • The Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station, 51.0 GPD
  • The Kinetico AquaKinetic® A200 Drinking Water System

Both systems are similar, with a storage tank and lead-free faucet. The Kinetico AquaKinetic® A200 is advertised as the most “economical” choice (pricing isn’t available online) and doesn’t have the option to customize the system, while the Kinetico K5 is customizable. We’ve reviewed the K5, as the more popular choice, in this comparison guide.

⚖️ Comparison Chart

SystemSpringWell Reverse Osmosis Drinking System
Reverse Osmosis System
Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station
Kinetico K5
Drinking Water Station
Kinetico AquaKinetic® A200 Drinking Water System
Kinetico AquaKinetic® A200
Drinking Water System
Efficiency Ratio1/4~1/61/6
Stages of Filtration475
Production Rate75 GPD51 GPD30 GPD
Certifications or TestingNS 42, 53, 58 & 372 and CSA B483.1 NSF 42 & 58 and CSA B483.1
TDS Reduction96.3% n/an/a
WarrantyLifetime10 years, 5 years on tank7 years, 2 years on RO membrane
Buying OptionsAvailable from Local Distributor OnlyAvailable from Local Distributor Only

🧫 Contaminants Removed

SpringWell Reverse Osmosis Drinking System

The SpringWell Reverse Osmosis Drinking System removes up to 99% of total dissolved solids from drinking water.

Some of the contaminants this system can remove water are:

  • Lead
  • Mercury
  • Aluminum
  • Fluoride
  • Chlorine
  • Chloramine
  • Disinfection byproducts
  • Pesticides
  • Herbicides
  • Iron
  • Arsenic

There’s no official information online, in the form of a datasheet or testing overview, that lists the contaminants that the SpringWell RO system removes. We think customers would be a lot more inclined to buy the system if they knew exactly what it removes.

Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station

The contaminants removed by the Kinetico K5 depend on the combination of filters you choose. If you opt for the three standard filters, the system will remove impurities including:

  • Sediment
  • Chlorine
  • Metals
  • Nitrates
  • Taste and odor

If you buy additional filters for the system, it could also remove:

  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Chloramine
  • Bacteria
  • Viruses
  • Arsenic
  • Perchlorate

🚦 Efficiency Ratio & Performance

SpringWell Reverse Osmosis Drinking System

The SpringWell Reverse Osmosis Drinking System is a high-performing reverse osmosis system, combining a sediment pre-filter, a carbon filter, an RO membrane, and a post-filter to greatly reduce TDS.

According to the user manual, the efficiency ratio of the membrane in this RO filtration system is 23.16%, which equates to about 1 gallon of water produced for every ~4 gallons or so of water wasted.

Our water was filtered quickly with this system – it has a 75 gallon/day production capacity, which is more than you’ll ever need. Because the system stores water in a tank after it’s been filtered, we enjoyed filtered water on demand. Not all RO systems are as quick to deliver water as this one.

Getting water from springwell ro drinking system

Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station

The Kinetico K5 is a fully-customizable under-sink RO water filter, with eight different filter cartridges to choose from. The standard filter options – i.e. the ones that are most likely to tick all the boxes for the average customer – are a high-capacity carbon/sediment filter, a reverse osmosis membrane, and a taste and odor postfilter.

The non-standard filters include a filter that’s specifically designed for chloramine removal, one for VOC removal, one for arsenic removal, one for perchlorate removal, and one that adds minerals back into water, and one that reduces viruses and bacteria. It’s handy to have all these extra water filters to choose from, although we question why they’re needed if the standard system design comes with a RO membrane, which should remove the majority of contaminants anyway.

The Kinetico K5 is a high-performing water filter unit, and we were pleased with the contaminants removed by the standard selection – and the option to add more filters to the system to remove a more targeted selection of contaminants, including microbiological impurities. However, we were confused about why extra filters would be needed, as RO usually removes the likes of arsenic, bacteria, and chloramine.

The system’s 51.0 GPD flow rate is decent, and you shouldn’t notice a major dip in water pressure in your home. The unit has an efficiency rating of 16.3% or in other terms, wastes ~6 gallons of water for every 1 gallons produced – so not quite as efficient as the SpringWell RO system.

Performance of kinetico k5 ro system

💲 Models & Upfront Cost

SpringWell Reverse Osmosis Drinking System

Costing less than $500, the SpringWell Reverse Osmosis Drinking System is on the higher end of average for an under-sink RO filtration system. Still, we’d pay the price for a reliable product from a trusted brand.

Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station

Again, the price of the Kinetico KF Drinking Water Station isn’t available online. You’ll need to contact your local Kinetico dealer to find out the costs of buying and installing the system. Keep in mind that adding extra filters to the system will increase the total price.

SpringWell Reverse Osmosis Drinking System$442.23
Kinetico K5 Drinking Water StationVaries by distributor
Kinetico AquaKinetic® A200 Drinking Water SystemVaries by distributor

📆 Filter Capacity & Replacement Costs

SpringWell Reverse Osmosis Drinking System

The SpringWell RO water filtration system combines three different filter stages:

  • The sediment filter – 6-month lifespan, around $20
  • The carbon block filters – 6-month lifespan, around $30 each
  • The RO membrane – 2-year lifespan, around $100

Expect to pay $160-$260 per year to replace this system’s filters, depending on whether or not you need to replace the semi-permeable membrane that year.

Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station

There’s no exact information on the filter lifespans of the Kinetico K5, likely because different combinations of filters can be used in the system. When you buy this product, your Kinetico dealer will discuss maintenance plans for the system and let you know when the individual filters need to be changed.

ModelAnnual Filter & Media
Replacement Cost
SpringWell Reverse Osmosis Drinking System$160 - $260
Kinetico K5 Drinking Water StationVaries by distributor
Kinetico AquaKinetic® A200 Drinking Water SystemVaries by distributor

💬 Customer Reviews & Complaints

SpringWell Reverse Osmosis Drinking System

Customer reviews for the SpringWell RO drinking system praise the system’s performance, and customers generally agree that their water taste improved after installing the unit. Most people were able to install the system themselves.

One reviewer had tap water with 250 PPM hardness before installing the SpringWell RO unit. The filtration system noticeably improved the taste and quality of their water. Customers also agreed that SpringWell’s customer service was good.

Not all customers agreed that the installation process was easy, and some said that the instructions in the user manual were confusing. Others complained about “gurgling” sounds coming from the system while it was in operation.

Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station

There are no customer reviews available for the Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station.

☑️ Pros and Cons

👍 SpringWell Reverse Osmosis Drinking System Pros

  • Boosts water quality and improves taste
  • Storage tank provides filtered water on demand
  • Fairly priced for an RO water treatment system

👎 SpringWell Reverse Osmosis Drinking System Cons

  • Installation was challenging for some customers

👍 Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station Pros

  • There are a variety of filters to choose from, to tailor the system to your needs
  • The flow rate is good
  • Can add minerals into water with remineralization filter

👎 Kinetico K5 Drinking Water Station Cons

  • It’s not clear why additional filters are needed if the standard system includes an RO membrane

Your might also like: Our list of the best RO systems worth buying in 2022.

🥇 Springwell vs Kinetico: Who Wins?

SpringWell and Kintico are both considered good brands in the water filtration industry, and our investigation found that their water treatment systems were similarly performing.

However, SpringWell is still our top pick for one major reason: you have the freedom to shop around for SpringWell’s products online and compare prices, while you have to find a local Kinetico dealer to buy any of Kinetico’s products.

The problem with this is that you’re not aware of pricing before you buy. Somebody who’s trained in sales will use all their best techniques to make you pay as much money as possible for a system that sounds great, but might not actually be right for you. That’s not to say that Kinetico’s water treatment systems aren’t worth the money – but you may end up spending more than you need to.

We think SpringWell is the more customer-friendly manufacturer, allowing you to see exactly what their products cost upfront, read customer reviews, and make an informed purchase, knowing that you’re paying exactly the same as everybody else for your chosen product. Plus, it helps that SpringWell’s systems are incredibly reliable, and SpeingWell is one of the most trusted water filtration companies of today.

  • Brian Campbell
    Founder, Water Treatment Specialist

    Brian Campbell is a water treatment specialist and water expert based in Denver, Colorado. He's always been obsessed with water quality, and has spent years testing all kinds of treatment devices from simple pitchers and portable devices to complex whole home systems.

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