iSpring RCC7 Reverse Osmosis System Review

Our first top pick is the iSpring RCC7 RO system. This is one of the best-selling RO products from iSpring.

iSpring RCC7 reverse osmosis system is unequaled in performance, quality, and durability. This RO system has a 5-stage filtration that removes over 1000+ different kinds of contaminants and it features 75 GPD.

It’s simple and affordable but a very reliable and efficient system that’s more than capable of removing all kinds of contaminants in the water.

Filtration Process and Stages

The RCC7 features an effective 5-stage RO filtration process which does so well to produce very clean and pure final water that’s safer and healthier to drink.

The first batch of filters in the system are three carbon-based pre-filters that make up the first three stages.

The first stage is the sediment filter which is a high capacity polypropylene filter that removes all sediments and silt in the water down to 5 microns.

The second stage is made up of a 5-micron granular activated carbon (GAC) filter which is quite effective at trapping large contaminants and chemicals like chlorine and chloramines as well as removing microorganisms present in water.

All the particles, microorganisms and chlorine that leaked through the second stage GAC filter are trapped by the CTO carbon filter in the third stage.

These three pre-filters are amongst the best you will find in the market. They perform so well with regards to eliminating most of the contaminants, chemicals, and microorganisms present in the water which allows the RO membrane to function at its maximum efficiency.

The membrane itself it’s a thin film composite filter that makes up the fourth stage of this iSpring’s RCC7 filtration system.

It’s very capable of removing contaminants down to 0.0001 microns which is so small to allow only water molecules to squeeze through while stopping up to 99.99% of up to 1,000 different contaminants.

Virtually nothing else will be able to pass through. It will completely remove all the harmful contaminants that often appear in well and municipal water including chlorine, dissolved solids, arsenic, bacteria, and viruses.

The final stage consists of a fine GAC post-filter which does the final polishing of the water by removing any other TDS or contaminants in the water from the RO tank before it’s delivered to the faucet.

The five stages of the systems progressively remove contaminants, cleaning and purifying the water to improve its quality and taste. 

Filtration Capacity

The membrane of the RCC7 also has a high throughput which big thumps up. It’s capable of delivering up to 75 gallons of purified water every day which is sufficient capacity for nearly any family size even large families.

For every gallon of purified water produced, the system wastes around 3 gallons although it may vary depending on the quality and pressure and of your feed water. However, this average ratio you will find in most standard RO systems.

Installation and Maintenance

The system comes with quick-fitting connectors and everything that you need including all the parts from the storage tank to the faucet as well as all the mounting hardware and clear, well-organised instructions.

So, installation is pretty much straightforward if you are a very handy person or have some basic DIY skills. The system requires very little maintenance too as there are no moving parts.

The pre-filters have a service life of 6 months before requiring replacement while the post-carbon filter needs to be replaced every year. The membrane, on the other hand, will go for up to 2 to 3 years before requiring replacement.

Furthermore, the first stage filter (sediment filter) has a clear-see through housing which facilitates an easy way to inspect the condition of the filter and know when it’s time to change it before a problem occurs.

The only setback we noted about this system is that the O-rings are somewhat thin and look a bit flimsy. Even so, it’s not really a deal-breaker as it can last long enough before you can change it for much better quality.

All the other components and parts are of great quality. The tank is made of steel and the construction of the main RO unit is sturdy which makes it very durable. You will also not hear any sound as the system is in operation. It’s super quiet.

Pros

  • An effective 5-stage filtration process
  • Removes up to 99.99% of all contaminants
  • Can deliver 75 gallons of pure water per day
  • Has quick-connect fittings for easy DIY installation
  • See-through first stage filter housing for easy inspection
  • The filters and membrane have a decent service life
  • Comes with a 1-year warranty and lifetime support

Cons

  • O-ring is quite thin and somewhat flimsy
  • The wastewater ratio is relatively high

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iSpring RCC7P 5-Stage Reverse Osmosis System Review

iSpring RCC7P reverse osmosis system is an extended version of the RCC7 with an electric booster pump that ensures reliable, consistent performance regardless of pressure variations. This RO system is ideal for low-pressure water, the booster pump allows the system to achieve tank fill up to 50% faster and 50% less water waste.

If you live in an area where your typical residential water pressure is low, say around 40psi or lower, then this iSpring RCC7P might just be the ideal choice for you.

It’s a high-performance system designed with an inbuilt pump that boosts the feed water pressure high enough to allow the system to perform much effectively.

Filtration Process

Like the RCC7 model, the iSpring RCC7P utilizes a 5-stage RO filtration process which ensures reliable and efficient water purification results.

The three first stages consist of three 5-micron pre-filters that include a polypropylene sediment filter followed by a carbon KDF (GAC) filter and then a carbon block (CTO) filter.

The first two filters trap all sediments, large contaminants, and microorganisms that are bigger than 5 microns including chlorine, chloramines and other chemicals.

Smaller contaminants, chlorine, and microorganisms that pass through the second stage are further removed by the carbon block filter in the third stage.

The fourth stage is a high rejection RO membrane which gets rids of all remaining contaminants that are as small as 0.0001 microns.

It has a rejection rate of 99.99% hence can eliminate more than a thousand harmful pollutants including arsenic, viruses, bacteria, chemicals, lead, pesticides, chlorine, and fluoride.

The final stage is the fine GAC filter that provides the final polishing. It removes any possible residual contaminant and odor that may have accumulated in the RO tank delivering clean and safe purified water to the faucet.

Inbuilt Booster Pump

Now the most commendable thing about this iSpring RCC7P model and what makes it really perform so well is the fact that it’s equipped with an inbuilt booster pump.

The RO filtration process requires high feed pressure so as to force all the impurities out of your water and when it’s low, the system will not be efficient. This is where this booster pump comes into play.

It’s designed to raise the inlet/feed water pressure going into the system from as low as 30 psi to about 70 to 80 psi which is an ideal level that optimizes the performance of the system from the first stage to the final one thereby facilitating more efficient filtering.

Furthermore, the pump features multiple sensors which help keep track of the pressure and turn on the pump as soon as the source water pressure falls below around 40 psi.

The sensors also automatically turn off the pump when the ideal pressure is obtained hence preventing any chances of overheating or other potential damages. Therefore, you are assured of consistent performance regardless of pressure variations.

Filtration Capacity

The RCC7P like its counterpart above utilizes a high capacity RO membrane that’s capable of producing 75 gallons of water per day which is large enough to handle the needs of most medium to large families.

Moreover, the booster pump helps increase the water production speed of the system allowing it to achieve almost 50% faster tank fill rate compared to its competitors.

Boosting the water pressure also has the effect of minimizing wastewater production as the pump forces more water through the filters there reducing the wastewater production to up to 50% which is quite commendable.

Installation and Maintenance

In terms of installation, the unit is designed for DIY installation with color-coded tubings and a push to connect fittings. It’s a pretty simple process that may not require the assistance of a professional if you some little technical skills.

The user manual is clear and well-written, and all the necessary parts and tools required for installation are included plus a video should you need visual instructions.

You will need to change the pre-filters after every 6 months while the post-carbon filter can last up to a year before needing to be replaced and the RO membrane can go for at least 2 years.

Both the pump and the system are quiet during operation hence you can expect no disturbance at all. They produce very little noise which you can hardly hear over normal kitchen activity.

In general, there’s no notable setback in this iSpring RO system that can cause any alarm. It’s a reliable unit that will deliver great performance especially in situations where the feed water pressure is below 40 psi. All the parts are of good quality and certified by FDA and WQA.

Pros

  • Optimum RO filtration performance through 5 stages
  • Booster pump effectively raises water pressure to ideal levels
  • Has a high pure water production rate with fairly less wastewater
  • Easy to install with all the necessary tools included
  • Both the pump and RO unit operate quietly
  • Ideal for use in areas with a feed water pressure of less 40psi
  • Backed by a 1-year warranty with lifetime support

Cons

  • The supply water valve and O-rings are not of the best quality
  • Requires a power source which may limit your installation options

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iSpring RCC7P-AK RO Filtration System Review

The iSpring RCC7P-AK is exactly identical to the RCC7AK model except that it comes equipped with a booster pump making it an ideal choice for those households where the feed water pressure is below 40 psi.

Filtration Process

Like the RCC7AK, this unit is a 6-stage reverse osmosis system with the first three stages offering a combination of three prefilters with polypropylene sediment filter in the 1st stage, GAC (KDF) filter in the 2nd stage and a carbon block filter in the 3rd stage.

Together they remove all large contaminants down to 5 microns as well as chemicals such as chlorine and chloramines. They also remove any unpleasant odor and tastes in the water.

The fourth stage RO membrane eliminates up to 99.99% of all the remaining contaminants in the water down to 0.0001 microns which include fluorides, arsenic, lead, bacteria, viruses, VOCs and much more.

In the fifth stage is a fine GAC filter that removes residual contaminants from the RO tank. The final stage is an alkaline remineralization filter comprising of minerals stones and calcite media.

The filter restores the healthy minerals (calcium, magnesium, potassium and sodium) into the water while raising its pH to give purified water with a more pleasant natural taste.

Booster Pump

If your source water pressure is low (below 45psi), then the iSpring RCC7P-AK model will solve this problem as it features a built-in booster pump that can raise the pressure up to 80 psi.

By boosting the pressure, the pump ensures the system works effectively regardless of any pressure variations and as well improves its production speed.

Filtration Capacity

The iSpring RCC7P-AK RO membrane can produce 75 gallons of water every day which is enough to meet the daily water demands of small to medium families. 

The tank can hold up to 3.2 gallons which pretty much a standard capacity for almost all the tanks that are included in iSpring’s RO systems.

For each gallon of purified water it produces, the unit wastes around 2 gallons, so it’s equally fairly efficient like its counterpart the iSpring RCC7AK above.

Installation and Maintenance

When it comes to installing this RCC7P-AK model, it’s a quite a straightforward DIY process provided you have some technical skills.

All the necessary parts and tools for installation are included plus a clear manual and you can even get instructional videos in YouTube to guide you through the whole process. The unit is 19 inches tall, so it will fit under any kitchen sink with a 21” space in height.

Maintenance is as well a breeze. The pre-filters and the AK filter require replacing every 3 to 6 months. The RO membrane will last 2 to 3 years while the fifth stage filter can go for a year before requiring replacement.

The pump and the system operate nearly noiselessly such that you can barely hear any sound over normal kitchen activity. It won’t cause any disturbance at all plus the pump automatically turns once the tank is full.

If there’s any set back to point out it would probably be the fact that the service life of the prefilters is a bit short especially in case of very hard water. Other than that, this is a great reverse osmosis system to consider for those with low source water pressure.

Pros

  • Removes 99.99% of all contaminants in water
  • Restores the natural minerals and alkalinity of water
  • Booster pump increases pressure to optimal levels
  • Delivers 75 gallons of water a day
  • Installation is fairly easy and the system operates quietly
  • Comes with one year warranty and a one-year money-back guarantee

Cons

  • The prefilters are not that durable

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