Best backwashing activated carbon filter to buy in 2022

The backwashing activated carbon filter is a type of carbon water filter that comes in the form of granules.

The backwashing carbon filter uses a tank to store filtering media.

How Backwashing carbon filters work

The system contains a timer valve and a media tank.

The media is stored inside the tank, and a controlled timer valve automatically backwashes the system.

Untreated water passes through the media inside the tank that removes all contaminants.

Clean or treated water leaves the tank leaving contaminants trapped inside the media.

After some time, the media gets clogged, meaning the system is not capable of treating contaminated water anymore.

During this time, the media requires cleaning. The process of cleaning the media is called the backwash process. That’s why the system is backwash.

The backwashing process is where a programmed timer valve comes in. It allows water to get into the tank in the reverse direction, collecting all the contaminants the media has collected and flushing them away.

During the backwashing process the contaminants the media have collected flush away leaving you with clean media to treat water.

Best Backwashing carbon filter

Oceanic Whole House Carbon Water Filtration Backwash System  

Oceanic backwashing activated carbon filter

The Oceanic whole house carbon water filtration system comes preloaded with KDF 55 media and GAC.

This backwashing coconut shell carbon system is suitable for removing chlorine, chloramines, chemicals, tastes, and odors.

The package includes a timer valve, mineral tank 12×52 (black/Almond), 1” connection, 2 cu ft of preloaded KDF 55 media, and GAC.

Carbon tank Filter CB1.5-56 Carbon Tank System Whole House

Carbon tank Filter CB1.5-56 Carbon Tank System Whole House

The carbon tank filter whole house system comes preloaded with 1. 5 ft. of high activity carbon media that is derived from coconut shells and removes water contaminants through absorption.

The system helps remove contaminants such as chlorine (tastes and odors), chloramines, pesticides, herbicides, organics, MTBE, and THM.

The package includes 

  • Fleck 5600 control head automatically backwashes the system. The control head is backed by an outstanding 5 year
  • Stainless steel bypass valve help disconnect the system without plumbing
  • Structural USA durable polygalas tank comes with a 10-year warranty

What contaminants does backwashing activated carbon filter

Backwashing activated carbon filters help remove contaminants such as chlorine (tastes and odors), chloramines, pesticides, herbicides, organics, MTBE, and THM.

Carbon backwash filter vs cartridge filter style

The cartridge filter style includes a granular activated carbon filter (GAC), an activated carbon block (ACB), a catalytic carbon filter, and a coated carbon filter.

Both backwash and cartridge carbon filters allow contaminated water to flow through the carbon media. The contaminants get trapped inside the media.

After some time (like 6 months to 1 year), the cartridge carbon filter style clogs and there is no way to clean them but to throw them away. Whenever the backwash-activated carbon filter clogs, you just set the valve to clean itself, leaving you with clean media for treating your contaminated water.

The backwash carbon filter lasts for over 10 years, while the cartridge-style lasts for 6 months to 1 year.

The backwash water filter granulated media comes stored in a tank while the cartridge comes in a block.

Watch the difference

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