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Good filter, but correcting another review, it is Not made by Paragon,
This review is from: Purenex FT-1 Countertop Water Filter System (Tools & Home Improvement)
Just wanted to note a correction to the lengthy review previously posted 2/13/08 by Waterboy, which stated that this Bestfilters Countertop model was the same as the Paragon mdl 2900ct. This is not the case. I do not know if there is any difference in the filtering abilities of either (likely not) but I do know that this Bestfilters unit has a metal spout mounted on the side, instead of the built-in upper plastic spout of the Paragon, and comes w/a KX Industries-made "KX Matrikx PB1" filter cartridge inside -not one made by Paragon, and takes industry standard 10" sized replacement filters.
With carbon block filters such as these of the same size/construction, no brand make is better than another's. The only way to improve your filtration (other than getting a reverse osmosis system) is to increase the amount of filter media the water passes through. So either add an additional filter unit in-line, or get a unit that takes a larger carbon filter. Or to lesser extent, slow down the flow of water passing through the filter, for more filter media contact time.
It's good to have a unit that takes a non-proprietary filter, as it gives you options of where and what to buy re replacement filters. Learned when my old PUR countertop unit's repl filters were discontinued. This Bestfilters model accepts a standard 10" cartridge; I am not sure if the Paragon does or not.
Update 2014: tips on replacing the cartridge: first, keep that white pastic filter wrench that came with the unit, you will need it (otherwise, I see they can be bought for only a few dollars). After removing the housing top, when inserting the new cartridge, hold the filter unit's housing upside-down and insert the cartr in there, then begin to attach the base, as the filter needs to properly mate with the center dentents at the top of the housing, as well as the ring at the bottom, to avoid mixing filtered and unfiltered water to the final output. Then, when screwing the housing top down to the base, try to keep the o-ring down in place with your thumbnail, for as long as possible until the top is completely screwed down tight. Look to see that the O-ring appears level all the way around, if not, re-do, or plenty of water will leak out...