Home Master TMAFC Artesian Reverse Osmosis Review

Home Master TMAFC Artesian Full Contact Undersink Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System

Overview of the Home Master TMAFC Artesian

The Home Master TMAFC Artesian RO system is very similar to our #1 pick, the TMAFC Artesian but does not include a permeate pump.  If you already have strong water pressure or are not concerned with higher waste water rates, then the TMAFC scores very well.

Some people find that water that has been purified by reverse osmosis can have a bland taste. This is because it is slightly acidic and all of the dissolved minerals that provide flavor have been removed. After the water has been purified through the TMAFC RO membrane, it passes through a remineralization filter. This adds safe minerals back into the water and raises the pH to be more alkaline.  The result is a fresher tasting mineral water.

The TMAFC has 7 stages and is rated for about 50 gallons of purified water per day.  Like all RO systems, the TMAFC Artesian wastes water to produce the purified end result. While the amount of waste water does vary depending on the feed water pressure, this system wastes about 4 gallons of water for every gallon of filtered water it produces.

You can find the full list of which contaminants are removed on the Home Master web site.

 

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Filtration System Design

The Home Master TMAFC system has a modular filter design that makes changing filter elements easier. Each of the filters is contained in its own housing, which is changed out with the filter. This solves a problem that can occur in systems that keep the same housing since some of the debris that has been removed by the filter can remain in the housing. This reduces the life of the filter and could damage the housing.

There is also no need for any tools when replacing the filters – you simply pull the old filter out and push the new filter in.  Filter change instructions, which should be carried out at least annually, can be found on the Home Master web site.

Water Efficiency

The Home Master TMAFC is one of the least efficient systems in our roundup and creates about 4 gallons of waste water for every gallon of pure water produced (4:1 ratio). This amount of water wastage can vary depending on the pressure of the water entering the system.  The higher the input pressure, the less water wasted. The waste is created because RO systems use pre-filtered water to clean the filter membranes.  

Ease of Installation

The Home Master TMAFC system is designed to be installed by anyone with rudimentary DIY skills.  A professional plumber is not needed to install this kit.

The only potentially difficult part of the whole installation is drilling a hole in the sink top for the pure water faucet. This may not be necessary if a hole already exists for a hand sprayer, soap dispenser, or is available with a blank cover.

The full installation instructions and owner’s manual (found here) covers how to connect the feed pipes and drainage pipes over 7 pages and Home Master has made a series of 6 videos that show an installation.  For many, it is easier to watch these videos before attempting the installation.  It is well worth spending the time to watch the videos, as they clarify some the of instructions in the manual.

The installation of the permeate pump is not included in the video instructions, so check out section 3a of the instruction manual for details.

Take note of the need to have enough room to remove the unit for annual maintenance.

Check out our list of the best reverse osmosis accessories for some items to consider with your new reverse osmosis system.

Home Master TMAFC Artesian Full Contact Undersink Reverse Osmosis Water Filter System

Pros

  • Full Contact Technology to remineralize water for better taste and a neutral pH value
  • Removes up to 98% of dissolved solids, chemicals & metals
  • Modular filter design – filter and filter container are one, pull-out/push-in unit
  • 2x filter life of competitors – 2,000 gallons or 1 year
  • Designed for DIY installation within about 1 hour
  • 4-gallon pre-pressurized water storage tank
  • Chrome faucet
  • 5 year limited manufacturer’s warranty
  • Made in the USA

Cons

  • High waste water rate
    • The nearly identical Home Master TMAFC-ERP Artesian system fixes this with a permeate pump
  • 50 gallons of pure water output per day is on the low end
  • Does not include a UV light to kill bacteria and other microorganisms

Conclusion

The Home Master TMAFC Artesian reverse osmosis filter system scored very high in the RO-system.org ranking algorithm, despite its high waste water rate.  It’s high customer reviews and the benefits of the Home Master brand were enough to still give it a strong ranking. 

It is a popular and highly-rated system because it:

  • Remineralizes the water
  • Has the longest filter life
  • Is easy to maintain
  • Has the longest warranty

If you do not need a UV filter stage or high efficiency and want a system that will provide safe, clean, and great-tasting water, then this system is worth it!

 

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