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Tap Water Filter vs. Reverse Osmosis: Which Is Safer for Drinking?

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By Cameron-Leigh Henning
Nevena Radulović - Editor for Mayu Water
Edited by Nevena Radulović

Updated January 30, 2024.

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Having access to clean, uncontaminated drinking water is essential for your and your family's health. Although tap water is safe to drink in most countries, there are still some considerations to keep in mind, like the levels of lead, chlorine, parasites, and bacteria present in tap water. That's why many people opt for a tap water filter.

However, another popular option for filtering drinking water is a reverse osmosis filter, which is fitted onto your home water supply. Although both tap water filters and reverse osmosis systems have their advantages and ideal use cases, in this article, we'll help you choose the best water filtration system for your needs.

» How to make your choice: learn which water filter you should use

Tap Water Filter

Tap Water Filter vs. Reverse Osmosis: Which Is Safer for Drinking?


Tap water filters provide instantly filtered water at the turn of a tap. When you turn on your tap, the water first passes through a non-woven screen around the water filter, which traps sediments like sand, dirt, and larger compounds. Next, the tap water flows through a compact block of zeolite and carbon—each carbon granule in this block contains millions of tiny surface pores that absorb chemicals like chlorine.

Tap Water Filter Advantages

  • Cheap
  • Easy to install
  • Reduces the amount of chlorine, pesticides, and organic compounds
  • Improves the overall smell and taste of water

Tap Water Filter Disadvantages

  • Not a comprehensive solution
  • Doesn't remove viruses or bacteria
  • Doesn't remove compounds like arsenic.

Although tap water filters have their benefits and are able to remove some potentially harmful elements, they're not a comprehensive filtering solution, making them less safe for filtering drinking water. As an alternative, you can use a structured water solution like Mayu Swirl to ensure the healthiest water for yourself and your family.

With Mayu Swirl, you'll be able to make your own structured water to get all its health benefits right at home any time you need it without compromising on convenience, as it's hassle-free and easy to use.

MAYU Swirl

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Reverse Osmosis

Tap Water Filter vs. Reverse Osmosis: Which Is Safer for Drinking?


Reverse osmosis addresses a more comprehensive range of water issues, so it's of the most efficient ways to filter your drinking water with various advantages. Reverse osmosis is the process of filtering water that removes contaminants by using pressure to force water molecules through a semi-permeable membrane that catches all of the contaminants in the water, ensuring clean, better-tasting water.

Reverse osmosis systems are ideal for water that tastes or smells strange, and they remove up to 99% of lead, asbestos, and 82 other contaminants that are important to remove from your water, as they have potentially harmful effects on your health.

Reverse Osmosis Advantages

  • Removes dissolved minerals
  • Removes heavy metals and compounds like arsenic
  • Eliminates viruses and bacteria
  • Can soften hard water

Reverse Osmosis Disadvantages

Although it's a very effective filtering method that removes all harmful elements from water, this also means reverse osmosis removes even the essential minerals from tap water that can be healthy for you. So, to get its full benefits, you'll need to remineralize reverse osmosis water. The easiest way to add back some of the essential minerals is to use essential mineral drops.

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Adding back some of the essential minerals your water should contain has never been easier than with Essential Mineral Drops—simply adding the drops to your drinking water is enough to ensure you get all the minerals you need.

MAYU Minerals | Essential Drops

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Ensure the Safest Drinking Water

Overall, the reverse osmosis filtration process provides enhanced quality water and is a healthier option thanks to its high efficiency at removing contaminants. However, because it also filters out the good minerals, it's important to remineralize your drinking water.

To get the best of both worlds, opt for the Swirl that purifies the water and Essential Mineral Drops that remineralize it.

With the combination of Mayu Swirl, which works to restructure your water and enhance its qualities, and Essential Mineral Drops that ensure you get back all the important minerals your body needs, you can rest assured your family has access to the safest drinking water with all its health benefits.

MAYU Swirl

4.8/5(805 reviews)