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My first question: Why a whole house system? Is there really a need to filter water for washing, flushing, etc? Totally your call but it will increase the operation and installation costs. We installed an under counter kitchen system for the fridge and a drinking water tap and have been very happy with it. Good tasting water. If you’re only looking drink, CR has a good writeup on filters. We installed a American Plumber WLCS-1000 (or the Pentek equivalent; US-1500). Less than $200 and you can probably DIY.
Answers: No chlorine, very convenient, no pressure problems.
Hints: 1. Electric flow monitor is nice — replace filters when needed instead of every 6 months. 2. Reverse osmosis isn’t a great value. Wastes water and not really any better or cheaper (except for things like MTBE). 3. The stuff they have at home depot isn’t as good as products from the same brands. Look at the actual filtration specs for things like lead removal. 4. In terms of performance (not convenience) the pitchers are actually a good value.