Generic Water Filter for Refridgerator

I was wondering OzBargain's thoughts on generic brand water filters. I need a new one for my Fisher and Paykel fridge. Genuine replacement is $79, but there are heaps of 2 for ~$25 available on eBay. My gut tells me that they are the same exact thing.

Any advice on these?

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    My gut tells me that they are the same exact thing.

    trust your gut.

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    I would also say, trust your gut.

    Also, I think a good way to check the quality of the water filter is to weight both the original and the generic. If the generic weighs about the same then I would be comfortable that they have added a similar amount of filtration.

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      Provided he has an unused original filter… But I'm inclined to go with your gut as well… I used to sell water filters and still have a couple of boxes kicking about… The mark up on them was impressive (I didn't get to see the joy of taking advantage of this, alas), also, depending on the filter's location, it may be an easy job to convert it to a standard housing (30cm or there abouts) and purchase generic filters from your preferred hardware store.

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        He could weigh them both when wet though.

        Seems like consumables are always where the big $$ are, ie cables, ink cartridges etc

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    I guess it depends how often the filter needs to be replaced. I don't have a fridge with a filter.

    If the replacement isn't that frequent and you're not comfortable with the generic branded filters, then just get the genuine replacement. The $50 or so difference will mean nothing over a long period of time.

    If it needs to be replaced quite frequently, then you can try the generic one and if it's not good, then you can always go back to a genuine one.

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      F&p's need to be changed twice yearly

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        F&p's need to be changed twice yearly

        changing the filter cartridges depends entirely on the load. a filter used by a single user will take longer than a family of four.

        ac cartridges are commonly rated at 1500gal. that's 15l per day over 365 days. changing genuine cartridges twice a year means more money in f&p's bank account.

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        Our pidgeon pair recommends filter every six months even though the freezer and the fridge have their own filters. A side-by-side fridge with one filter for both ice and water is also six months o_0

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    I've been using generics in our f&p for the last year. I did some research and decided to buy from eBay sellers who specialized in water filters and not general junk importers. There was talk in some listings about cheaper filters dumping their contents back into the water at an indeterminate point in time, from memory I think coconut charcoal was the recommended type. In the last year we've been through 3 filters, first worked fine and was replaced at 6 months, the 2nd died after 1 month (made a nasty noise and no water flow), the 3rd has nearly gone its 6 month shift. So overall I think generics are ok even though we had a failure. The water tastes the same as when the genuine f&p was installed and is noticeably better tasting than tap water.

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      filters dumping their contents back into the water at an indeterminate point in time, from memory I think coconut charcoal

      activated carbon will only adsorbs so much chemicals before they run out of surface.

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    You should install a reverse osmosis system, they are the bees knees

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