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A water filter is essential for every household in Malaysia! Even if the water went through treatment at the sewerage plant! It still has numerous pipes to go through before it reaches your home!

Luckily, there are many different water filters and water purifiers available. Some are bigger (i.e. outdoor water filter). While others are for use in the kitchen!

Of course, you need to know what to look out for, so check out our complete guide on picking out the right water filter for your home.

But if you want to save the trouble of researching them, here’s a list of the best water filters in Malaysia!

Table Of Contents:

13 Best Water Filters In Malaysia 2023

At first, it might seem that water filters are universal and therefore, applicable for use anywhere in your house:

But, water filters all have limits to their filtering capabilities! So make sure you get one (or two) that suits your needs!

  • Best Overall Water Filter – BACFREE BS3A
  • Best Budget Outdoor Water Filter (Basic Filtration) – AQUAMAN FRP 1044
  • Best Low Maintenance Outdoor Water Filter – 3M Aqua Pure AP902
  • Best Outdoor Water Filter for Condos – 3M Aqua Pure Mini POE
  • Best Value Outdoor Water Filter – WATERBORN W-10
  • Best Durable Outdoor Water Filter – WATERBORN W-300Z
  • Best Indoor Water Filter for Drinking Water (POU Water Filter) – BACFREE BS3A
  • Best High-Quality Indoor Water Filter – AQUASANA AQ-5300+
  • Best Budget Indoor Water Filter – Coway Genie P07IU Water Purifier
  • Best Compact Indoor Water Filter – AQUASANA AQ-4000W-DVPI or 3M Aqua Pure CTM02
  • Best Water Filter For Shower – AQUASANA AQ-4100NSH
  • Best Water Filter For Tap/ Faucet Use – Panasonic PJ-225R-ZMA
  • Best Water Filter For Cooking – Joven JP200

Best Outdoor Water Filter (POE water filter)

Outdoor filters can be expensive but they will ensure that your entire incoming supply of water to your house is free from dirt!

Recent models are more sustainable too since they have a backwash feature so you don’t have to buy a replacement filter!

If you’d like to know more, check out our article on outdoor water filter types, to know which of them works best for you.

1. AQUAMAN FRP 1044 Outdoor Water Filter

For an easy-to-setup filtration system with little fuss, the Aquaman FRP 1044 is a prime candidate. The housing is rust resistant, with a Fiber poly casing and stainless-steel control valve.

AQUAMAN FRP 1044 Outdoor Water Filter

Its filtration system uses 5 layers of sand of different fineness, as well as activated carbon granules, to filter out sediment, dirt and other contaminants in the water.

The slim, cylindrical profile doesn’t take up much space for an outdoor water filter. Its size makes the filter is suitable for flats and apartments.

Installation is relatively speedy, especially with a professional installer.

However, the Aquaman FRP 1044 does require weekly self-maintenance in the form of a 15-minute backwash routine; A little tedious, but necessary to keep the filter running at peak efficiency.

There is a notable increase in house water pressure after upgrading to the Aquaman FRP 1044 from older water-filter systems. As well as great value for money for services provided.


Verdict – Best Budget Outdoor Water Filter (Basic Filtration)

Under RM300, the Aquaman FRP 1044 is an inexpensive but basic outdoor water filter for removing larger impurities in the water.

If you would prefer something more advanced (e.g., pH balance, reduced chlorine levels, etc.):

We would recommend either the Waterborn W30-Z or W10. Both are definitely a lot pricier than the Aquaman FRP 1044, but have more refined filtration systems.

  • What It Filters: Dirt
  • Filter Life: n/a
  • Capacity/ Flow Rate: 33L/min
  • Size: 10inch diameter
  • Warranty: 10 years warranty for the casing and a 1 year warranty for the control valve
  • Price: ~RM 270


  • Dark grey color makes it less conspicuous
  • Cheaper than most outdoor filters (~RM300)
  • Slim profile (saves space)
  • Fast installation


  • Weekly self-maintenance is tedious
  • Only able to filter out dirt and large sediments

2. WATERBORN W-300Z Stainless Steel Master Filter Outdoor Filter

While the AQUAMAN FRP 1044 is great quality for its budget price:

The Australian-made WATERBORN W-300Z is on the other end of the spectrum, with a stainless-steel casing and a highly thorough filtration system.

It’s of a similar size to the FRP 1044 and while fairly slim, it’s still best to have this water filter outdoors.

WATERBORN W-300Z Stainless Steel Master Filter Outdoor Water Filter

Its featured filtration media is graded zeolite (or ZeoPlus), which has a micro-porous structure and ammonia removal properties, significantly improving overall water quality.

What are zeolites? You can think of them as crystal-like structures of aluminum, silicon and oxygen. Their various holes and tunnels make them efficient sieves at a molecular level! Hence, much finer than using sand!

Overall, the filter reduces the presence of ammonia and iron/rust content, softens water (reducing the formation of limescale), and maintains a neutral pH in your water supply.

Maintenance is still a must but you only need to backwash it once a month, compared to once a week with the Aquaman FRP 1044.

Apart from its high-quality build, better water quality and higher water pressure (compared to the AQUAMAN FRP 1044), there is excellent installation service provided too.

Verdict – Best Durable Outdoor Water Filter

The WATERBORN W-300Z is pricy, but given that it filters out plenty of contaminants while only requiring a monthly backwash, and with no need for a filtrate replacement (at least for a decade):

It’s definitely one of the best outdoor water filters you can purchase for your permanent home!

  • What It Filters: Sand, Sediment, Rust, Chlorine, Heavy Metals, Ammonia
  • Filter Life: n/a
  • Capacity: 2500L/hour
  • Size: 9.8 inch diameter for the body, 12 inch diameter for the base
  • Warranty: 10 year warranty for the main vessel, 1 year warranty for accessories
  • Price: ~RM1,600


  • Reliable and efficient customer service
  • Filters out prominent impurities
  • Looks sleek and elegant
  • You’ll get very clean and clear water
  • Economical and sustainable – No need to purchase replacement filters regularly
  • Durable stainless steel build


  • Self-maintenance via backwash method once a month
  • Pricier than others (~RM1,600)
  • Filtrate material eventually needs replacement after 10 years (~RM150)

3. WATERBORN W-10 Outdoor Water Filter

About half the price of the previous model (WATERBORN W-300Z Stainless Steel Master Filter Outdoor Filter) but with a similar filtration system:

The WATERBORN W-10 Outdoor Water Filter also uses graded zeolite, and therefore filters out the same impurities as the W-300Z – namely sediment, rust, chlorine, heavy metals, and ammonia.

WATERBORN W-10 Outdoor Water Filter

However, it has a lower flow rate at 2000L per hour, compared to the W-300Z’s 2500L per hour.

And its fiberglass body requires replacement after ~10 years, unlike the W-300Z of more durable stainless steel.

It also needs frequent backwash maintenanceevery 2 weeks compared to every month for the W-300Z.

But you’ll be getting crystal clear water and very efficient customer service/installation, at a cheaper price of around RM900!

Verdict – Best Value Outdoor Water Filter

If you’re not put off by a more frequent backwash cycle and a lower flow rate, the WATERBORN W-10 is just as good as the W-300Z, providing you with excellent filtration at a very competitive price.

  • What It Filters: Sand, Sediment, Rust, Chlorine, Heavy Metals, Ammonia
  • Filter Life: –
  • Capacity: 2000L/hour
  • Size: 25 (W) x 125 (H) cm
  • Warranty: 10 Years (Body), 1 Year (Accessories)
  • Price: ~RM899


  • Long warranty
  • Efficient service
  • Good build quality
  • Water pressure unaffected
  • Under RM1,000
  • Fine filtration system


  • The filtrate media (zeoplus) needs to be replaced after 10 years, costs ~RM170
  • Back wash maintenance is recommended every 2 weeks
  • Fiberglass body is not as durable as stainless steel

4. 3M Aqua Pure AP902 Outdoor Water Filter

If you find backwashing your outdoor water filters every now and then a hassle, the 3M Aqua Pure series come with an elegant cartridge-based filter instead.

3M Aqua Pure AP902 Outdoor Water Filter

Which you’ll only have to change out every 12-18 months – a fast and easy procedure too. A lot less troublesome compared to the backwash-maintained WATERBORN or AQUAMAN outdoor water filters.

The compromise is the high long term cost of buying replacement filters.

As for the filter itself, it’s NSF42-certified.  And aims to reduce odor, filter out nominal particulates and chloramine. Improving the overall safety of the water filtered.

Note: The NSF is a third-party American product testing, inspection and certification organization. NSF Certification ensures that the product meets the standards required for public health use.

Other highlights of the AP902 include a stainless-steel head, a high flow rate (up to 75.7 liters per minute or ~4500L/hour), and a simple inlet/outlet installation process.

Verdict – Best Low Maintenance Outdoor Water Filter

For a household outdoor water filter with high flow rate, great filtration quality, and simple maintenance, the 3M Aqua Pure AP902 is a solid option.

The price of that convenience is the high cost of the filter cartridges!

  • What It Filters: Chlorine and sediment
  • Filter Life: ~12-18 months for the cartridge (AP910R: 56210-01)
  • Capacity: 75.7L/min
  • Size: 1 x 63.7 cm (W x H)
  • Warranty:25 years for the stainless-steel head
  • Price: ~RM1,000


  • No backwash required
  • Easy to replace cartridge with no need for tools
  • Smaller than other outdoor water filters
  • NSF certified (components)


  • Middle price range ~RM1000
  • Must change out filter cartridge every year
  • Have to dispose of the used cartridges yourself
  • Costly cartridge replacement (~RM600)

5. 3M Aqua Pure Mini POE Outdoor Water Filter

If you’re living in a condo or small apartment, many of the larger outdoor filters on the list (like the WATERBORN W-300Z or the 3M Aqua Pure AP902) are a definite no-go due to their size.

3M Aqua Pure Mini POE Outdoor Water Filter 4WH-QSS-S01H

Fortunately, the 3M Aqua Pure Mini POE Outdoor Water filter is small and compact enough to fit in your condo, and can filter out dirt, mud and sand down to 0.005mm.

It also reduces the formation of limescale. Which is further keeps the pipes clean and reducing sediment stains on your clothing and fixtures.

Fortunately, maintenance is fairly easy. Involving a simple replacement of the filter cartridge, with no backwash system as with other outdoor filters.

The filters last up to 12 months and costs RM400 to replace!

Verdict – Best Outdoor Water Filter for Condos

If you don’t have the exterior space or simply want to keep your water filter maintenance routine to a minimum:

The 3M Aqua Pure Mini is a great hassle-free water filter in a compact package and at a reasonable price. There’s no overlooking the high maintenance cost though.

And how does it compare to the 3M Aqua Pure AP902 Outdoor Water Filter in particular?

The 3M Aqua Pure Mini is half the height (33cm vs 63.7cm). And only delivers about half the flow rate too (37.8L/min vs 75.7L/min). There’s a price difference of ~RM400 between the two models.

Clearly, if space is a priority and if you don’t need such a high flow rate, the 3M Aqua Pure Mini will be the logical choice over the 3M Aqua Pure AP902 Outdoor Water Filter!

  • What It Filters: Sand, Sediment, Rust & Soil down to 5 micron
  • Filter Life: Up to 12 months
  • Capacity: 37.8L/min
  • Size: 11 (W) x 33 (H) cm
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: ~RM600


  • Suitable for apartments
  • Relatively compact size
  • Easy cartridge replacement methodology
  • Affordable


  • Have to replace cartridge (not sustainable)
  • High maintenance cost (Filter cartridge replacement costs ~RM400)

Best Indoor Water Filters For Drinking Water (POU Water Filter)

You may still want to use POE Filters in conjunction with a Point-Of-Use (POU) filter as the outdoor filters alone cannot remove heavy metals, VOCs and inorganic chemicals (e.g. pesticides).

What are VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds)? VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) are chemicals commonly used in paints, aerosols and solvents. They can be detrimental to long-term health. Most especially in vapor-form.

6. AQUASANA AQ-5300+ Water Filter Water Purifier Filter, Made In USA

At around RM1000, the AQUASANA AQ-5300+ rivals the cost of an outdoor water filter. But it fits neatly under the sink, and can filter down to 0.005mm sized particles.

The 3-stage filtration system comprises of activated carbon, ion exchange and sub-micron filtration.


And is NSF-certified (for 42 ,53, 401 and P473) to ensure 99% filtration of around 77 contaminants. Including heavy metals (e.g., lead and mercury), chlorine, VOCs, herbicides and pesticides.

AQUASANA claims that you can drink the filtered water directly, without having to boil it.

Filter replacement is once a year. A pricey affair given that each replacement filter set costs ~RM300+.

On another note, it does seem to be tricky to install on your own, so get an installer to be safe.

Verdict – Best High-Quality Indoor Water Filter

If you’re looking for a high-quality indoor water filter with low maintenance, the AQUASANA AQ-5300+ is one of the better indoor POU water filters you can get on the market.

Besides a solid 2-year warranty, it has a sophisticated filtration system and commendable build quality.

As long as you have the space and budget for it! There are other POU filters on our list that are more compact, and might suit your living situation better.

Take into account that the flow rate is low too (2.7L/min) and thus, unfavorable for larger households.

  • What It Filters: 77 contaminants
  • Filter Life: ~3000L before replacing the filter (AQ-5300+R) (i.e. once a year)
  • Capacity/ Flow Rate: 2.7L/min
  • Size: 12.5 inches tall
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Price: ~RM1,000


  • Filtered water is drinkable from the tap
  • Compact size
  • Easy self-set-up
  • Easily replaceable filter cartridges
  • NSF certified
  • Long warranty


  • Costs ~RM1000 upfront
  • Need to replace the filter once a year (i.e. not a sustainable practice)
  • Filter cartridge costs ~RM300+
  • Alarm system to change the filter is currently only available in USA
  • Low flow rate


A smaller countertop version of the AQ-5300+, the AQUASANA AQ-4000W is easy to install and half the price with similar functionality and benefits. Although the flow rate is lower (1.89L/min vs 2.7L/min).

AQUASANA AQ-4000W-DVPI Water Filter

Like the A-5300+, the AQ-4000W has the same NSF certifications. It can reduce up to 99% of 77 contaminants, including lead.

You also get the advantage of retaining beneficial minerals such as calcium and potassium. Without compromising the quality of the water.

On the official AQUASANA website, they advise that the filter life is 6 months. But depending on your usage, some sellers may suggest a 1 year change instead.

Which is tempting since the filter cartridge replacement costs ~RM320!

Verdict – Best Compact Indoor Water Filter

If you lack space in your kitchen, the AQUASANA AQ-4000W is plenty compact with great filtration properties. And is a good budget alternative to the more expensive AQ-5300+.

Even if the filter replacement costs about the same as those for the AQ-5300+!

  • What It Filters: 77 contaminants including traces of chlorine and heavy metals
  • Filter Life: Once a year to change the cartridge (AQ-4035)
  • Capacity/ Flow Rate: 1.89L/min
  • Size: 10 inches tall
  • Warranty: 2 years
  • Price: ~RM600


  • Small profile
  • Drink straight from the tap with this filter! Resulting water will have pH7.5-8.5 (mild alkaline)
  • Can be set up on your own
  • Easy cartridge replacement
  • NSF certified


  • Need to replace the cartridge 6 months to a year
  • Must be placed on the counter
  • Replacement cartridge cost is high

8. Coway Genie P07IU Water Purifier

Also NSF certified:

The Coway Genie P07IU uses an SF composite filter with a 3-step filtration system. Which is able to remove chlorine, chlorinated hydrocarbons, VOCs, inorganic impurities and other harmful substances.

It has an impressive flow rate of 4L of water a minute, and has a convenient direct flow system where you can get drinking water straight from the filter.

The pressure indicator is useful for knowing when it’s time to change the filter media. And because of its compact cylindrical shape, so you can place this just about anywhere near the sink.

Installation is simple – just hook the filter with the faucet adapter kit to your water outlet of choice.

Coway Genie P07IU Water Purifier

Verdict – Best Budget Indoor Water Filter

There’s a lot to like about the Coway Genie P07IU from its excellent filter quality to its sleek design.  It’s a budget-friendly alternative over the more expensive AQUASANA water filters.

The filters require a change after a year. And replacements are significantly cheaper (RM190 vs RM300+) than the replacements for AQUASANA water filters too.

Plus, it has a faster flow rate than the AQUASANA water filters (4L/min vs ~2L/min)!

  • What It Filters: Rust, sand, VOCs, and harmful contaminants like chlorine and heavy metals
  • Filter Life: 1-2 years to replace the filter (CCSFM8-P07I)
  • Capacity/ Flow Rate: 4L/ min
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: ~RM400


  • Easy installation
  • Fast flow rate
  • Can be placed under the sink
  • Reasonable price!
  • NSF certified
  • Drink right from the faucet (i.e. you don’t have to boil the water first) – pH of 7.4
  • Filter replacement is cheaper than with AQUASANA water filters


  • Still need to replace the filter
  • Filter costs ~RM190

9. 3M Aqua Pure CTM02 Water Filter for Indoor Drinking Water

The Aqua Pure CTM02 by 3M is a sleek countertop water filter, with a 0.05mm filtering capability using a carbon block.

Filter provides high quality drinking water by reducing the presence of chlorine, cysts, particulates, lead, mercury and VOCs down to 5 microns.

3M™ Countertop Drinking Water System CTM-02

It’s also NSF42 and 53-certified, so while its filter system is not as complex as the AQ-5300+ or AQ-4000W, it’s still safe for direct drinking.

The 3M Aqua Pure CTM02 is also a lot easier to install than an AQ-5300+. As you need only place it on your countertop and hook it up to the kitchen faucet, with no drilling involved.

The filter cartridge is easy to replace as well– it takes roughly 10 seconds!

While similar to the AQUASANA AQ-4000W in pricing and form factor:

The 3M CTM02 Water Filter does have the faster flow rate (2.8L/min vs 1.89L/min). Albeit with a less thorough (but still great) filtration system.

Verdict – Best Compact Indoor Water Filter

You may well prefer 3M Aqua Pure CTM02 over the AQUASANA AQ-4000W for its higher flow rate and vertical shape.

Both water filters are NSF-certified, and cost about the same when it comes to filter replacement.

  • What It Filters: Chlorine, asbestos, cysts, lead, mercury and others.
  • Filter Life: 6 months – 1 year before replacement
  • Capacity/ Flow Rate: 2.8L/min
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: ~RM620


  • Fuss-free installation (No drilling required)
  • NSF certified
  • Small size and vertical design saves space
  • Provides drinking-grade water
  • Under RM1000
  • Decent flow rate


  • Expensive filter replacement cost ~RM300

10. BACFREE Indoor Water Filter & Water Purifier BS3A

If you need something that does both water filtration and water purification, the BACFREE B3SA is definitely worth considering!

BACFREE Indoor Water Filter & Water Purifier BS3A

Although, it’s definitely the priciest indoor water filter on our list.

While each unit consists of a ceramic filter (which is able to remove particles as small as 0.002mm) and an inner carbon layer (for better taste/odour and chlorine removal):

There are 3 different options for the internal filters:

  • Swiss-Tech Filter Element (for removing heavy metals, chlorine, organic chemicals and some bacteria)
  • Multi-Tech Filter Element (like the Swiss-Tech Filter Element but removes chloraminetoo)
  • pH-Tech Filter Element (has the additional mineral stonesto alkalize your water pH)

Where each consecutive filter is a step-up from the previous, in price.

As a top-mounted filter, you have the convenience of moving the filter around the countertop. Giving you more flexibility regarding the kitchen layout.

Installation isn’t the most intuitive, but there are YouTube videos showing the process. For those that are not so handy with tools, getting a professional installer might be the best approach.

Installation process:

Verdict – Best Overall Water Filter

The BACFREE B53A (especially with one of its higher-end filters) is pricey but genuinely one of the best indoor water filters money can buy.

Do mind that the replacement filters are also expensive at ~RM200 with a 1-year lifespan. But still more affordable than maintaining the similarly priced AQUASANA AQ-5300+!

It’s compact in size, has a fast 5L/min water flow, and is easily movable around the kitchen. Or if you get it for a temporary living situation, you can always transfer it to your next home!

Pair the BACFREE B53A with a quality outdoor filter, and you can rest assured knowing your drinking water is the best it can be!

  • What It Filters: bacteria sediment, chlorine, organic chemicals and heavy metals
  • Filter Life: Up to 12 months
  • Capacity: 5L/min
  • Size: 6 (D) x 35 (H) cm
  • Warranty: 1 Year
  • Price: ~RM1,300


  • Don’t have to boil your water to drink it
  • Elegant space-saving design with stainless steel casing
  • You can bring it with you easily if you move house
  • Should be able to set it up on your own
  • Fast flow rate
  • Choice to upgrade to a better filter
  • Made in England


  • Have to replace filter after a year
  • Instruction manual is not very clear
  • Very pricy

For more options, you can check out the best water dispensers in Malaysia!

Best Water Filters for Cooking

You might be wondering:

What’s the difference between a filter for cooking and for drinking water?

The main difference is namely the price point and how refined the filtration system is:

Water filters for cooking tend to be cheaper and have a faster flow rate, at the cost of the filtration process not being as extensive.

11. Panasonic Water Filter TK-CS20

Less than RM300, the TK-CS20 is reasonably affordable. Even the filter cartridge (P-6JRC-ZEX (P-6JRC)) is less than RM80! Quite economical since you only need to replace the filter after about 1 year of use too.

Side Profile Of The Panasonic Water Purifier TK-CS20
Side Profile Of The Panasonic Water Purifier TK-CS20

Furthermore, with the cartridge life-checker, you will know when it’s time to replace the water filter.

The filter consists of non-woven fabric and powdered activated carbon; The former helps to remove dirt and larger contaminants, while the latter absorbs harmful substances such as rust and mold. 

Panasonic TK-CS20 also has a fast flow rate of up to 6L per minute. Faster than any of the water filters for drinking on this list!

It is easy to install and its sleek design will appeal to those who like minimalist aesthetics.

High Water Flowrate From Our Tap With The Panasonic Water Purifier TK-CS20
High Water Flowrate From Our Tap With The Panasonic Water Purifier TK-CS20


While the Panasonic TK-CS20 is not as thorough a filter as drinkable water filters mentioned previously, it works.

And there’s no ignoring the affordable pricing, cheap replacement cartridges, and decent flow rate!

However, if you don’t mind going local, the Joven JP200 is cheaper still, and with an even higher flow rate (8L/min vs 6L/min)!

  • What It Filters: Rust, mold, chlorine, dirt particles
  • Filter Life:12,800L or every 12 months
  • Capacity/ Flow Rate: 6L/min
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: ~RM300


  • Reasonable pricing
  • Compact design
  • Fast flow rate
  • Has a cartridge life span checker
  • Easy to set up
  • Switch between filter and no filter mode easily


  • Flow rate may be slow for large households
  • Mainly for filtering chlorine and larger contaminants

Read more about the Panasonic TK-CS20 Water Filter.

12. Joven JP200 Water Purifier

Locally made Joven JP200 will get the job done at a fraction of the cost, making it ideal for office and/or rental situations.

As it’s made out of high-quality food-grade plastic, the JP200 is lightweight, and its ergonomic design blends well into any aesthetic.

It uses a 3-laver non-woven fabric filter and powdered activated carbon to remove chlorine, rust, sediment and odor. Similar to the Panasonic TKCS20.

Joven JP200 Water Purifier

The filter life lasts for up to 12-18 months depending on usage.  

Unlike with the Panasonic TKCS20 however, there’s no filter life indicator. You should replace the filter of the Joven JP200 when you feel that the water quality has diminished.

Another difference between the Joven JP200 and Panasonic TKCS20:

The Joven JP200 has a 2-function valve to toggle between filter and unfiltered water, so you’re not restrained by the filter’s flow rate.

That being said, the Joven JP200 has the faster flow rate of 8L/min, compared to the Panasonic Water Filter TK-CS20.

Verdict – Best Water Filter For Cooking

While it won’t filter out everything, the JP200 is good enough for general use in the kitchen (e.g. washing produce). Its low price (including maintenance) makes it very affordable.

It’s easy to install and the flow rate is suitable for larger households.

  • What It Filters: Dirt, rust and chlorine
  • Filter Life: 12-18 months
  • Capacity/ Flow Rate: 8L/min
  • Size: ~8.5 inches tall
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: ~RM140


  • Valve for switching between filtered and unfiltered water
  • Connect to your tap and use
  • Stainless steel outlet pipe
  • Simple attractive design
  • Fast water flow
  • Good quality for the price
  • Cheap maintenance cost (replacement cartridge ~RM50)
  • Uncomplicated removal of cartridge


  • Not effective in removing metals
  • Still need to replace the filter once a year

Best Water Filters for Tap/Faucet Water

If you don’t mind changing them out every 3 months, faucet water filters are another budget-friendly alternative!

They’re compact, and great if you need filtered water for a faucet line that’s not in your main kitchen.

13. Panasonic PJ-225R-ZMA Water Purifier

Advertised to filter out 99% of residual chlorine, the Panasonic PJ-225R-ZMA is easy-to-install, very compact and helps filter out both chlorine and dirt.

Panasonic PJ-225R Water Purifier Faucet Tap Filter

The Japanese made filter mounts directly on your tap. And uses a combination of non-woven fabric and activated carbon to filter out impurities.

It’s exceptionally useful and cost-effective in situations where you only need to filter out one faucet, or when getting a POU filter installed is a hassle.

Or if you lack the space for a proper POU water filter (e.g. rented apartment or dorm room).

The Panasonic PJ-225R-ZMA is sturdy and well made too.

However, it is expensive for its size (~RM130 per unit), and you have to replace the filter media once every 6 months. The replacement cartridges don’t come cheap either (~RM100).

Verdict – Best Water Filter For Tap/ Faucet Use

The PJ-225R-ZMA is a water filter for a specific niche; it’s a compact, effective and simple-to-install faucet filter.

However, we’d highly recommend a sturdier point-of-use water filter instead. As faucet filters do tend to wear out quicker than their bigger counterparts.

And for a larger household, the flow rate (~132L/hour) can be painfully slow compared to the average tap pressure.

  • What It Filters: Chlorine and dirt
  • Filter Life: Change when the flow rate decreases. (Replacement part number, P-225JRC)
  • Capacity/ Flow Rate: 2.2L/min
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: ~RM140


  • Simple set up
  • High quality
  • Space-saving
  • Can be used even on a flexible faucet


  • Replacement cartridge costs < RM100
  • Pricey for a little thing
  • Low flow rate for a large household

Best Water Filters for Shower

While a good Point-Of-Use water filter will filter most contaminants, any remaining VOCs and chlorine in the water may cause you to have drier skin and hair, especially if you’re sensitive to them.

As such, you may need a filter specifically for your shower!

14. AQUASANA AQ-4100NSH Shower Filter Water Filter

If hard water is getting your hair down (hard water hair damage is a real thing), the AQUASANA AQ-41000NSH Shower Filter will help improve the overall water quality of your showers.

With coconut shell-based carbon and copper-zinc media filtration, the filter can effectively reduce chlorine and other harsh chemicals and contaminants.

AQUASANA AQ-4100NSH Shower Filter Water Filter

The filter also has an up-flow design to prevent clogging, retain water pressure and increase the contact time between contaminants in the water and the filtration media.

It’s also fairly easy to install on any existing shower pipe, although it might not be compatible with a large rain shower.

Filter replacement is necessary every 6 months, which will rack up considerable cost in the long-run.

There are some possible issues with water leakage too. So while you can self-install these, we recommend getting a professional to do the installation instead.

Verdict – AQUASANA AQ-4100NSH Shower Filter Water Filter

All things considered, the AQ-4100NSH definitely does its job as a water filter for your shower.  And if you happen to have sensitive skin or hair, it could make a noticeable difference.

However, investment into a quality outdoor (Point-of-entry) water filter (like the WATERBORN W-300Z) is a more economical choice.

Since it’s for the overall water quality of your house, and not just for a particular shower!

  • What It Filters: VOCs (volatile organic compounds) and chlorine
  • Filter Life: 6 months
  • Capacity/ Flow Rate: n/a
  • Size: About the size of a water bottle
  • Warranty: 1 year
  • Price: ~RM289


  • Easy to install
  • Doesn’t take up that much space
  • Effective at removing chlorine
  • Inexpensive (~RM250)


  • May not fit on a rain shower
  • Need to replace the filter every 6 months
  • Replacement filter costs ~RM160


It’s in your best interest to get the best water filter in Malaysia to ensure clean drinking water for your family.

With all the urbanization happening in Malaysia, many unseen contaminants like bacteria and pesticides can reach our homes through the pipeline!

The right filter will save you from having to buy lots of bottled water. And it’s better for your health in the long run! See our recommendations at the top of this post!

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