If your water is hard or contains chlorine, you know the feeling.
How your hair feels rougher than it used to…
How it breaks off so easily these days…
How you always have dandruff now…
And you might even have experienced some of these- skin rashes, acne, or eczema.
CLEO SFU 717 Shower+Tap Filter
CLEO SFW 815 Shower Filter
I mean, don't we shower to be clean and look better? Turns out, the effect hard water and chlorine has on us may be somewhat opposite.
Till recently, I was in the same spot as you. I was in a fix- because I didn't want to burn my money on mineral water for bathing or on costly shampoos.
That's because I didn't know shower filters for hard water and chlorine existed.
Here's my recommendation:
I highly recommend the CLEO shower filter. I use it at home and it’s worked extremely well for me.
But first- what’s a shower filter?
A shower filter is basically a shower-head that contains a filter cartridge inside it. The exterior looks like the picture above.
The filter cartridge for CLEO looks like this:
Shower filters are the only cost effective way to actually solve the problems caused from hard and chlorinated water.
The only other ‘real’ option is to buy a whole-house water softener and/or chlorine water filter, but that would set you back by about 50,000 Rs.
And while people also spend a lot of money on expensive shampoos and home remedies, they don’t do anything about the underlying issue; i.e bad water quality.
So, first up- here are 11 Reasons why you should buy the CLEO shower filter:
11 Reasons Why You Should Buy CLEO....and 2 Cons
How Does the CLEO Shower Filter Work?
The CLEO shower filter works through a 4-stage filtration process:
- The first layer mechanically filters out suspended micro-particles.
- The second layer reduces effect of hard water salts and lime-scale.
- The third layer reduces chlorine levels(upto 90-95%) and heavy metals like lead and mercury.
- The fourth layer is the nano-silver carbon layer which removes odor from the water and prevents bacterial growth
Let’s talk about how the hard water gets treated. According to Waterscience:
Part of the Cleo’s unique 4 layer filtering system is the hardness-removal layer- a combination of natural MicroSieve Zeolites and food grade anti-scalant media, which ensures that hard-water salts are filtered, reduced and washed away and don’t stick to your skin.
As for chlorine removal, that happens in the 3rd filtration stage, which is made using patented KDF technology. Going through the KDF website made the scientific process clear.
Let me explain:
The KDF media contains a unique proportion of Copper and Zinc which reacts with the impurities in water and filters them out. The process is called oxidation-reduction(redox).
This basically means that there is a reaction between oppositely charged particles which either creates a harmless component that gets passed on with the filtered water or that the harmful components react and form deposits on the filter medium, thus removing them from the water supply.
What that means for us is- free chlorine in water changes into harmless, water-soluble chloride and passes out along with the filtered water. And if there are any heavy metals in your water, they’ll get filtered out by the cartridge.
That’s pretty much all you need to know!
If you want to see for yourself how it works- you may like to check out my Youtube review of the CLEO shower filter
Remember everything I said about showering in hard and chlorinated water?
It still stands true when you’re taking a bucket-bath or even washing your hands at the sink!
It just takes a few seconds for the chlorine in water to absorb into your skin.
That’s why, along with the CLEO SFW 815, I recommend the CLEO SFU 717. It’s more versatile than the 815 as it can be used as a shower AND tap filter, both.
Apart from it’s multi-functionality and design – there’s no difference between the SFU 717 and 815. They both function on the same water filtration technology and even use the same filter cartridges.
If you want to use it as a shower filter, it’s easy to manually attach it to any standard 1/2″ shower arm. To use it as a tap filter though, you’ll need to buy this attachment – a 24 mm aerator-which is quite cheap, thankfully.
CLEO has improved the quality of my hair drastically. I used to have constant, year-round dandruff and hair fall. My hair had been growing patchy at the sides!
6 months later- it’s growing normal again, and the patches have filled out. I’ll be honest- while my hair-fall and dandruff hasn’t completely disappeared, it’s still way better than it used to be.
I’m 100% better off with a shower filter than without.
So, if your water is hard and/or chlorinated(which covers most of us, unfortunately)-a shower/tap filter is not a luxury.It’s a necessity.
I recommend you buy both, but if you only have to buy one- get the CLEO SFU 717 Tap+Shower Filter.
The multi-functionality of using the 717 as both a tap and shower filter is what puts this product in the lead over the CLEO SFW 815 shower filter.
And if, like me, you choose to buy both- I can assure you, you won’t be disappointed.
CLEO SFW 815
Build Quality9.4 /10
Easy Installation9.0 /10
Cartridge Life9.2 /10
Removal of effects of Hard water and Chlorine9.6 /10
Customer Support8.9 /10
- Stops hair damage due to hard water/chemicals
- Easy, DIY installation. All tools required included in the box
- Removes effects of hard water salts
- Removes chlorine upto 90%
- May need a water pump if water pressure is already low
- Recurring cost- cartridge will need to be changed every 6 months or so