Under-sink water filters: Cooking with clean water

Water. It is an indispensable element in cooking. Nearly everything you prepare in the kitchen requires washing, soaking or cooking and all of these have one thing in common—water. Water is the hidden ingredient in much of our diet and can impact the way our food tastes and even influence our health.

What is water? We all know it as the clear substance that quenches our thirst. However, there is more than meets the eye. Water is a molecule composed of two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom. There are many additives and chemicals present in water that are potentially harmful to a human. Some of these include:

  • Chlorine
  • Heavy metals
  • Bacteria
  • Dirt
  • Rust
  • Viruses
  • Microplastic

Chemicals such as chlorine are added to water to kill bacteria, while the water flowing through pipes can pick up dirt, rust and other additional bacteria that can be harmful to your body.

When using water in the kitchen, many don’t think twice about using tap water. It has become second nature to turn on the tap to wash fruit and get water for boiling pasta. The water used in the kitchen can affect your cooking methods, the taste of your food  and your overall health.

So, you may be thinking. What is the solution? Under sink water filters remove all the nasty elements in your water, leaving you with healthier and tastier food. It is the safest, healthiest and most affordable way to ensure that your family is consuming the purest water available.

Although this may seem illogical, cooking with filtered water has several benefits. If you don’t believe us, keep reading to find out how under sink water filters can transform your cooking experience.

Why you should use filtered water in your cooking

It is hard to believe that water filters can make your food safer. Most of the time, we think bacterial organisms are destroyed by high temperatures when food is prepared. However, this is not necessarily the case. For bacteria to be killed, water must be at a rolling boil (100°C) for 1 minute. Most foods are not cooked for this duration at this temperature. This becomes increasingly difficult for people to achieve when the food they are cooking is not a pure liquid or does not need to be heated.

For example, if basil leaves are washed and then turned into pesto, bacteria in the water droplets from the washing could contaminate the pesto. Pesto is an uncooked pasta sauce, so in this case, how do you destroy the bacteria? The simplest solution is to use an under sink water filter. This way, the bacteria isn’t there to begin with.

Water filters may help improve the taste of everything you are cooking – even your tea and coffee. These filters remove chlorine, fine sediments and the overall hardness of the water caused by elements that contribute to an unpleasant metallic taste. For coffee machines, the quality of the water is important not only for taste, but for the maintenance of your machine. Without proper filtration of your water, your coffee machine could experience blocked pipe fittings, scale build-up in the group head and boiler and inefficiencies in heating and performance.

If your tap water has a foul smell, this can absorb into your fruits and vegetables and affect their taste. Starches like rice and pasta absorb water during their cooking process. Boiling starches in filtered water will prevent you from not only ingesting impurities but also tasting them.

Cooking is love made visible

Do you feel happy when you smell the aroma of freshly baked bread? Did you know that using filtered water can help improve the quality and taste of your freshly baked bread? Using filtered water can take your baking to the next level. This is because tap water has unfiltered minerals, including chlorine, calcium and magnesium. These minerals harm the rising qualities of the yeast, negatively affect the gluten structure of your dough and impede its fermentation process. Many restaurants are now using filtered water to eliminate the issue of half-risen loaves and distorted baked goods. Ensure that your hard-work pays off with a perfectly risen bread and choose under-sink water filters before your next baking project.

Embrace healthier eating with properly filtered water

Under sink water filters help you achieve healthier cooking not only by removing harmful substances, but by providing the purest water possible. Using filtered water during your cooking removes the contaminants which would have entered your system. Don’t be surprised if after using filtered water for a couple of weeks, you find that your digestion and gut health has improved. Unfiltered water contains chlorine and other chemicals which may upset the natural balance of gut bacteria. Research has shown that healthy filtered water can have a positive effect on the mucosal lining of the intestines, as well as aid in the balance of good bacteria in the gut.

Eat well, live well, be well

Using filtered water for your cooking will not only make your food taste better, but you may even notice a difference in the colour of your fresh produce and vegetables. Why is that? If you’ve noticed that your tomatoes are a muted red instead of the bright colour that you’re used to then, it may be because its colour is being bleached by the water’s chlorine content. Retain your fruits and vegetables’ healthy colours and avoid chlorine consumption by choosing under sink water filters for your family.

filtered water for your cooking

Are you ready to cook with the finest, healthiest and purest water? At VitaSmart we only offer the best under-sink water filter systems in Australia – guaranteeing great-tasting, pure and safe water.

Not only do we stock under sink water filters, but we also stock and recommend cartridges that will best work for the water filter you select. Our under sink water filters are simple and easy to assemble offering convenience and ease to your everyday life. If you are unsure about how to change the under sink water filter cartridge, visit our website for more information. We provide a step-by-step on how to install all of our cartridges.

Filtering your water is not difficult, especially when you choose VitaSmart. Many think that installing and using under-water filters and cartridges are difficult, convincing themselves that tap water is all they need.

For more information, contact us on 1300 910 499 or hello@vitasmart.com.au

Buying a water filter for the first time? A go-to-guide for first-time users

Do you want access to clean, safe and healthy water? We have the perfect solution for you. Water filters. Purifying your water is one of the best ways to ensure clean drinking water – eliminating bacteria, harmful chemicals and other toxins that can induce adverse body reactions.

Is it your first time buying a water filter for your home? Are you unsure about whether you need one or not? Curious about the benefits it can provide you?

We have all the answers!

We understand that it can be quite confusing when it comes to deciding which filter is going to work best for you. Read on to learn more about water filters and what you should know before purchasing one.

Does a water filtration system give me access to clean drinking water?

Water filtration systems are one of the best ways to remove bacteria, chemicals and metals that may affect your water’s quality, taste and smell. Clean drinking water is a basic requirement for healthy and sustainable living. The regular tap water we consume today contains several chemicals to ‘disinfect, purify and sterilise’ – chlorine is a prime example.

Such chemicals may have harmful side effects when consumed for prolonged periods of time. Choosing a good water filter will help remove impurities, toxins and chlorine, providing you with high quality and clean drinking water. Not only does a water filtration system gives you access to clean drinking water, but you will also enjoy great value for money with costs working out to be much less than relying on bottled water.

clean drinking water

What to look for in water filters?

Before you decide to buy a water filter here are some things you should look out for.

Choose a water filtration system with excellent contamination removal efficiency, and one that is going to improve the overall quality of your drinking water as per your need. 

At VitaSmart, our water filtration systems and products are of the highest quality. We aim to provide the public with not only great-tasting water but one that is healthy, pure and safe. Our water filtration systems improve the overall quality of water through the efficient removal of fine particulates, organic matter, chlorine, microplastic, virus & bacteria.

tap water filter

Cost and maintenance: the water filter you decide to purchase should be one that is affordable to maintain and use. Water filter costs depend on many factors, including intensity of use, feedwater source as well as filter design & features. You also want to make sure the water filter and cartridges you choose is are easy to use and replace. Water filter cartridges will need to be replaced from time to time and ensuring this process is simple will make your life easier!

Our VitaSmart water filtration systems are super simple to install and maintain. The VitaSmart universal under-sink water purifiers are compatible with all 10” cartridges available in the market. They are also packed with a full DYI kit to suit Australian homes – including a ½“ connection hose, hangers, and a filter housing locking wrench for ease of assembly and maintenance.

Size and performance: deciding on the most suitable water filter and cartridges can be the most difficult step. In order to simplify this process, VitaSmart has developed a SMART guide to assist in your selection – ensuring you end up with the right filter for the right application.

Portfolio simplification is another key factor. VitaSmart has divided its cartridges into 3 families: i) SEDI family (targets fine particulates and sediments), ii) CARBI family (targets the removal of organic matters & chlorine), iii) the state-of-the-art ULTRA family which combines the SEDI and CARBI features into one cartridge, plus another layer to protect against microplastic, viruses & bacteria.

At VitaSmart, we proudly design and supply a wide range of high-quality filtration products to give you access to safe, bacteria-free water. Our under-sink purifiers are easy to install, use and maintain, making them the perfect addition to your home or office space.

Do you have any questions? Contact us today on 1300 910 499 or hello@vitasmart.com.au

Water filtration systems: Offering you more than just one benefit

Water. One of the most important substances on earth. We all need it to survive. Quite simply, if there was no water – there would be no life on earth. Lucky for us, living in a developed country such as Australia means we have access to drinkable water just about anywhere we go.

We are very fortunate to be able to wake up every morning with access to safe drinking water. However, what if we told you, the quality of the water you drink can be even better than what you are taking into your body now.

The tap water we consume today presents risks and may contain impurities, bacteria, dust and toxic substances. These issues could occur due to leakages or water running through old pipes or storage in contaminated tanks after it’s been treated by the government.

It is our responsibility as home users to treat our water through smart water filtration systems. Not only does this enhance the quality of water, but ensures what we take into our bodies is clean and free from harmful contaminants.

Let us take a second and imagine placing toxins, chlorine or bacteria in our bodies with our water. It doesn’t sound pleasant! Treating our water through smart water filtration systems is extremely important in removing all of the harmful substances that could be contained in water. The purification process removes harmful toxins, bacteria, pesticides, microplastic and even the bad flavour that is sometimes present in tap water.

So, why would you want to improve the quality of your water and install a water filtration system?

Although the tap-water you are drinking now may not be too bad for you, it could be much better, and we are here to tell you why.

The benefits of a water filtration system: providing you with the best quality water

  1. Reduce the risk of disease

‘Most people in NSW receive good quality drinking water that is safe to drink’ – NSW Government

Although the water we are drinking may not necessarily be bad, there is variation in the quality of drinking water because of the different sources used and different forms of treatment. Several chemicals and toxins are sneaking into your tap water you probably didn’t know about. Tap water contains chemicals such as chlorine which are added by many water utility companies as a disinfectant. However, it might have some harmful effects on the human body, causing an increased chance of disease and other health problems.

Another example is heavy metals – namely Lead – that might leak into the water from pipes and fittings. This compound is known to cause significant health effects, including birth defects and more. If this is a concern, you will need to install a water filtration system that is designed to remove this substance.

This is where smart and effective water filtration products come into place. These products remove the bacteria and harmful substances from your water, giving you access to high-quality, great-tasting, healthy, pure and safe drinking water.

2. Save money and the environment

Do you end up buying bottled water every day because you don’t want to drink tap water? “Australians spent up to $2 billion on bottled water in 2015.” Instead of purchasing bottled water every day for the rest of your life, invest in a quality water filter and eliminate the hassle of buying bottled water. Besides being expensive, it is no secret that bottled water is damaging to the environment.

plastic bottles

A report by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation found the equivalent of a garbage truck worth of plastic bottles was being dumped into the ocean every minute. If this does not change, “the ocean is expected to contain one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025, and by 2050, more plastics than fish (by weight).

Plastic bottles end up in our landfills and take thousands of years to decompose. Not only do these bottles fill up our landfills, but they also end up in rivers, lakes, and oceans killing our precious wildlife. Water filtration systems come with many benefits – they will eliminate the need for buying water-bottles, saving the environment and not putting you out of pocket. Use your water filtration products to fill up your reusable eco-friendly water bottle, instead of purchasing one that is going to harm the environment.

3. Better tasting water

Some unfiltered water can taste and smell bad. Many people who use water filters have reported that their water tastes better and purer after they installed the system. If you have trouble drinking regular water, try and use a water filtration system. This will eliminate the contaminants that impact the taste. Water filtration systems can also remove substances causing odour, such as Sulphur, that makes your water have a foul smell.

highest quality water filtration

Make the change today and start drinking quality water like never before.

At VitaSmart, we aim to provide the highest quality filtration products to the community, helping create and promote great-tasting, healthy, pure and safe water. Our team has taken its time to conduct diligent research to enhance the quality of filtration systems, reducing the risk of contaminated water in both the residential and commercial sectors.

We seek to make a positive impact on the lives of our consumers and contribute value to our community.

Our friendly team at VitaSmart will be able to assist you throughout the process of choosing the perfect filter for you!

Water filter cartridges: Smart, Safe and Simple drinking water solutions

Vita Smart Water filter cartridges

With numerous incidents occurring over the last decade concerning dirty or contaminated water, there is no doubt that there is a relationship between clean water and one’s health.

Various filtration processes are constituted to ensure that water is safe for domestic use. The importance of having clean water is non-negotiable, perhaps this is why more and more Australians are turning to in-house water filtration systems. With VitaSmart you:   

  • Won’t spend a fortune for a system when you can spend between $65-$95 on a state-of-the-art under-sink water purifier
  • Will pay a low price for top-quality replacement cartridges, designed in Australia for Australia
  • Will learn and understand the essential elements of a water filter prior to making your purchasing decision
Australian drinking water guidelines

Figure 1: Australia is governed by a strict set of laws which assist in ensuring water is clean and consumable.

Despite these efforts outlined by legislative bodies, there are various factors which can affect the taste, smell and overall quality of drinking water in your home or office.

Water purifiers in a domestic setting are a fantastic means of filtering your tap water. The best way to get ‘clean and pure’ water is by using a water filter cartridge, tailor-fit for your needs. The importance of filtered water is crucial to protect your family from disease and a range of other hazards associated with unpurified water.

Replaceable water filter cartridges provide the safest and best tasting water

Home water purifiers are best maintained when their filter cartridges are replaced according to their lifespan. Hence, home filtration systems should be:

  • Simple and compact in design
  • Effective in purifying water
  • Economical and straightforward to maintain

Here are three reasons why VitaSmart water purifiers and their cartridges are incredibly advantageous in a domestic setting:

Cost-effective:

  • Not only do water filters provide a clean source of water, but they are also a more affordable option in comparison to bottled water.
  • VitaSmart Home Water Purifiers are able to produce volumes equivalent to over ~20,000 one-litre bottles, but have a total cost of less than ~50 bottles!
  • VitaSmart has developed algorithms to predict when it is the best time to replace your cartridge filter – this will avoid unnecessary replacements, saving you money in the process.

● Long-life:

  • Once installed, the purifier housing requires little to no maintenance for numerous years. Only the replacement cartridges require changing depending on the intensity of use.
  • For your convenience, VitaSmart offers a variety of durable filter cartridges with a lifespan of 3-12 months.
  • Moreover, VitaSmart provides a friendly reminder to let you know when your cartridge is due for replacement.

● Contributes to good health:

  • Water purifiers in your home serve as the final safeguard to remove potentially dangerous contaminants which may have crept into your drinking water. This greatly reduces your family’s exposure to pathogens and microplastics.
  • Filtering your tap water can provide better tasting and odourless drinking water through the removal of chlorine, organic matter, pesticides, heavy metals and bacterial contaminants.
  • Drinking water with heavy metals (such as lead) can cause long-term harm, including an increased risk of high blood pressure and kidney damage. Using a water purifier in your home is an extremely effective way to protect against this risk.
  • Drinking clean water is especially crucial for children in developing a strong immune system.
  • VitaSmart Home Water Purifiers positively contribute to the environment by reducing the use of plastic bottles and associated toxic waste.

The VitaSmart difference: our water filter cartridges are the supreme choice 

Different filters mean different filtration results, depending on their particular features and materials. At VitaSmart, we offer a variety of cartridge options to ensure that our designs can withstand a wide range of substances – from fine particulates, such as rust, dirt, and microplastics to protection against chemicals, such as chlorine.

Our state-of-the-art product range is manufactured from different materials and exhibit unique features to help combat:

Cartridges Universal portfolio

Figure 2: VitaSmart’s universal portfolio of cartridges

At VitaSmart, we are all about creating and promoting great-tasting, healthy, pure and safe water. Through advanced research and continuous development, we are able to help you enhance the quality and performance of your filtration system and contribute to reducing the risk of contaminated water in your home.

Our friendly, experienced team are able to educate and assist you throughout the process of choosing the perfect filter for your home. Get in touch with us today.

Under sink water filters: Do I need one?

Humans are comprised of mostly water. According to H.H. Mitchell, Journal of Biological Chemistry 158, up to 60% of the human adult is made of water. There is no argument regarding the essential nature of water for all – it serves an inexhaustible list of benefits which contribute to our day-to-day functions – it is a token of survival.

Myth or fact: tap water in Australia is filtered and considered as one of the ‘best’ 

Water systems in Australia are sourced from various catchments, meaning depending on where you are, water might taste different and may contain different contaminants. Although fine to drink, Australians still seem to find bottled water the superior option to tap water. Why? The answer is simple – better tasting and safer water.

There is no such thing as natural, pure water. When water flows in a natural environment, it treks across a variety of landscapes including rivers, dams, layers of soil and more.

Figure 1.1: Illustration of your water journey from ‘Tank to Tap’

Before flowing from your kitchen or bathroom tap, water is filtered and treated from various soluble and insoluble contaminants and then disinfected with chlorine to destroy bacteria, viruses, etc. which may be present. If these microorganisms are inadequately treated or removed, disease and illness may arise.

According to figure 1.1, multiple risk zones might impact your water with harmful contaminants, including the public piping network as well as your own home’s tank and internal piping. The underlining issue here lies in the fact that these marked zones could be old, contaminated or built from materials that may leach – rendering the drinking water to be not as clean as we presume.

Drinking water from the tap: is an under-sink filter necessary? 

The importance of an under-sink water filter is often seen as unimportant. Understanding the implications of an under-sink water filter is critical to ensure that you fully comprehend the necessity and benefits of clean and purified water. 

For almost half of Australians, the usual source of drinking water at home remains from the tap. 

Things you should consider when deciding if you should invest in high-quality under-sink water filters include:

Easy to install When you purchase your filter from VitaSmart, you will be given detailed textual and visual guides for installing your water filter. Requiring little plumbing skills, installing your under-sink water filter is easy, simple and hassle-free! 
Cost-effective Deciding to invest in an under-sink water filter is an affordable purchase. From initial purchase costs all through to maintenance costs, VitaSmart’s under-sink water filters are one of the most affordable filters on the Australian market. 
Saves space Unlike other types of filters that can be installed in your home, an under-sink water filter is just that – under your sink. Hidden from your guests, they are space-saving and help maintain the appearance of your kitchen, without the clutter. 
Little to no maintenance Simple, an under-sink water filter does not require a sophisticated service or complicated maintenance routine. Apart from a routine replacement (which VitaSmart’s exclusive App can help you monitor!), there is virtually nothing else to worry about when it comes to maintaining your filter. 
Exceptional taste Installing an under-sink water filter means the lingering taste and smell of cleaning chemicals is entirely void, while you are given clear uncloudy water.
Contributes to overall body health There is no justifying the importance of water for our bodies – we need it to sustain. Drinking purified, bacteria-free water can assist in keeping our biological systems as clean as possible while helping with correct functioning daily.

Despite this list of benefits, many Australian households continue to ignore the microbiological and chemical risks associated with unfiltered water. Unfiltered water can include impurities (natural and unnatural) that can infect or damage your health. Health risks can arise from the presence of the following in tap water: 

  • Bacteria 
  • Protozoa 
  • Viruses 
  • Pesticides and herbicides 
  • Nitrate 
  • Chlorine
  • Fluoride
  • Aluminium
  • Microplastics 

The team at VitaSmart are experts in the water filtration industry. We know all about clean, bacteria-free and safe water and want to help you and your family avoid dangerous contaminants at all costs. 

With a combined experience of over two decades in the water filtration industry, VitaSmart possesses an unrivalled reputation for quality and reliability, making us the best option when it comes to keeping your water safe using water filters in Australia.

Contact us today to see how we can best advise and help you make the perfect decision when purchasing a water filter. With various options, we can work together to find the most suitable filtration system for your family and your home. 

Get in touch today by directing your questions to hello@vitasmart.com.au

What you need to know about the unfiltered water you’re drinking

Plastic pollution has, no doubt, become a pressing environmental issue in today’s world. The presence of plastic in our water has overwhelmed our oceans and waterways, affecting marine life and, nowus. 

What are microplastics, and where do they come from? 

Microplastics are precisely that; micro, referring to tiny, pieces of plastic. They are found in all types of water, including bottled and come from a variety of situations and circumstances, including pollution. These little pieces of debris are formed from larger pieces of plastic and are broken down by natural causes such as sea, wind and wave action. 

How do microplastics get into our drinking water? 

As plastic is the most common type of debris found in oceans all around the world, it is hard to avoid it in our waterboth bottled water and tap water.  

In simple terms, plastics enter our drinking water through pollution and litter. At most times, microplastic particles are not entirely removed from drinking water, despite being filtered and cleaned by Australian authorities. Many of these particles are also less dense than water which means they can float and avoid the removal process.  

Both bottled water and tap water are no exception to microplastics. Because of this, there are many reasons to be concerned about filtering your water as best as possible.

The presence of microplastics has become concerning for many Australians, especially in regards to the overall impact that our drinking water may have on our health. The question posed is whether or not microplastics are harmful to our health and if so, to what degree? 

According to the World Health Organisation, the potential hazards of microplastics include: 

  • Physical particles: actual pieces of plastic (tiny in scale, of course) 
  • Chemicals: pollutants which come from microplastics 
  • Microbial pathogens: microorganisms which may carry infection and/or disease  

Although there is little evidence which suggests that these hazards are harmful to the human body, there is no evidence that indicates that they are not. It is safe to say, more research is required. 

But what can be said is that as it turns out, there are numerous microplastics present in our tap and bottled water, and we are drinking them up. 

What are the hazards associated with microplastics in my water? 

There is no doubt that artificial substances have been entering our bodies since the day we were born. From artificial food colours to BPA and more, these substances no doubt affect our health – after all, they are foreigners to the human body. Microplastics are no exception.

Microplastics are considered as toxins as they are non-absorbent, don’t dissolve, repel water and quickly enter the body while drinking. Further to this, microplastics consist of chemicals and pollutants. The size, shape, area and characteristics of these chemicals and pollutants can determine their overall effect on the human body once consumed; some of which can cause cancer. An example of this is dioxins; a group of toxic chemicals that can cause problems with reproduction, development and immunity, and also lead to cancer. Microparticles can easily stick to these chemicals, allowing them to enter the body and be accumulated by fatty tissues. 

The most common microplastics found in water include: 

  • Fragments 
  • Fibres 
  • Film
  • Foam 
  • Pellets 
  • Polymers 

Despite the presence of these in our water, there is not enough high-quality data that can help us better understand the potential danger of being exposed and susceptible to these risks. 

“The health risk from microplastics in drinking-water is a function of both hazard (potential to cause adverse effects) and exposure (dose). The same substance can have different effects at different doses, which depends on how much of the substance a person is exposed to and may also depend on the route by which the exposure occurs…” 

World Health Organisation

Can I filter and remove microplastics from tap water? If so, how? 

As mentioned, the main factor here is particle size. The smaller the pore size of your filter, the broader range of microplastics can be stopped. Vitasmart recommends the Ultra family of filters, which use fibres as low as 0.1 microns in size to assist in protecting you and your family from the presence of microplastics in your water at home. 

Thankfully, there is a solution to combat the presence of microplastics in our water. Vitasmart offers a variety of water filters which can assist in the removal of microplastics in your water.  

To view our range of Ultra Filters, click here.