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Waterdrop WD-FC-01 vs PUR PLUS (PFM350V) Side-by-Side Comparison

There are things to like about the Waterdrop WD-FC-01 and the PUR Plus PFM350V faucet-mount water filter. Here’s a detailed comparison to help you choose!

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Two faucet-mount water faucets, the Waterdrop Waterdrop WD-FC-01 and PUR PLUS (PFM350V), held side-by-side by a reviewer for comparison purposes.

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The WD-FC-01 is the entry-level product in Waterdrop’s portfolio, but it doesn’t feel like a cheap product at all. With a perfect score in our chlorine filtration test and one of the highest filtering flow rates in our database (1.29 GPM), it’s an excellent option if you’re looking for a budget-friendly faucet-mount water filter.

The PUR Plus PFM350V, on the other hand, is a mid-range faucet-mount filter, and its price is shown in the design. The filter has a sleeker, more aesthetically-pleasing design in dark grey. It also comes with an electronic filter change indicator.

Our only issue with the PUR Plus PFM350V is its performance. While it did perfect in the chlorine test, its flow rate is very weak. At 0.44 GPM, it’s one of the very few models that failed our flow rate test.

If you have a high-pressure faucet at home and would like to have high flow speed, the PUR Plus PFM350V may not be a very good choice as a result. It’s also not a good fit if you have low water pressure in your kitchen.

Pros & Cons

  • Excellent chlorine filtration efficiency.
  • High filtering flow rate.
  • Unique design and installation system.
  • Replacement filter is readily available.
  • Excellent chlorine filtering ability
  • Sleek and compact design with a very modern aesthetic
  • Has a filter indicator light
  • Easy to install and use
  • While unique, the installation system of the filter is hard to figure out.
  • Plastic construction makes long-term durability a concern.
  • Filter has a low capacity (100 gallons)
  • Housing is built entirely from plastic, which can be a durability issue in the long-term

Key Specs

Filtering flow rate
1.29 GPM
0.44 GPM
Capacity
320 gals
100 gallons
Qualifications
NSF/ANSI Standard 42 and NSF/ANSI Standard 372
ANSI Standard 42, 53, 401
Dimensions
L6 x W2.5 x H4.3 inches
L6.5 x W5.25 x H2.8 inches
Weight
0.7 pounds
1.1 pounds
Warranty
1-year
2 years

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$19.88
$30.90

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
9.2
6.8

Chlorine Test

9.5
10
The color chart with two used test strips stuck to it is held to the right of the Waterdrop WD-FC-01.
Two test strips showing the control to the left (measuring the chlorinated water we pumped through the filter) and, to the right, is the result of the filtered water produced by the WD-FC-01.
The color chart with two used test strips stuck to it is held to the right of the Waterdrop WD-FC-01.
Waterdrop WD-FC-01 Faucet Water Filter Chlorine Test 2
The PUR Plus PFM350V filter mounted on a tap. To its left is the testing result pad with two activated test strips.
Two activated test strips are laid on the color chart. The strip to the left is from the control sample, showing a high chlorine level. The strip to the right is from the filtered water produced by the PFM350V, showing no trace of chlorine.
The PUR Plus PFM350V filter mounted on a tap. To its left is the testing result pad with two activated test strips.
PUR PLUS Faucet Filter Chlorine Test
Before
10+ mg/l
10+ mg/l
After
~0.1-0.5 mg/l
~0 mg/l

Flow Rate Test

9.0
4.7
Duration
20 secs
20 secs
Amount
0.43 gallons
0.148 gallons
Flow Rate
1.29 GPM
0.44 GPM

Design

Overall Design Scoring
9.1
8.4

In the Box

The content of the Waterdrop WD-FC-01’s shipping box laid out on a white table.
The grey PUR PFM350V filter is in the middle, surrounded by its accessories, manuals, and the shipping box.

Dimensions

The dimensions of the Waterdrop WD-FC-01 are marked to the side, length (5 inches), width (2.2 inches), height (5.2 inches).
The dimensions of the PUR Plus PFM350V. The length is 6.5 inches, the width is 5.25 inches, and the height is 2.8 inches.
Length
6.0" (15.2 cm)
6.5" (16.5 cm)
Width
2.5" (6.4 cm)
5.3" (13.3 cm)
Height
4.3" (10.9 cm)
2.8" (7.1 cm)
Weight
0.7 lbs (0.3 kg)
1.1 lbs (0.5 kg)

Build Quality

8.3
7.8
The disassembled parts of the Waterdrop WD-FC-01 faucet-mount water filter. The connection port on both parts is visible.
The Waterdrop WD-FC-01’s modular design allows it to be disassembled into two compact pieces via a port.
The disassembled parts of the Waterdrop WD-FC-01 faucet-mount water filter. The connection port on both parts is visible.
The fully-assembled Waterdrop WD-FC-01 water filter, with the filter compartment locked onto the main housing.
The front of the grey, plastic PUR Plus PFM350V filter, which is sitting on a white stone table.

Filter Piece

10
8.5
The filter piece of the Waterdrop WD-FC-01. The exterior is made from grey polyester material, which is soaked with water.
The filter piece of the Waterdrop WD-FC-01. The grey polyester membrane on the outside is soaked after being flushed.
The blue plastic-shelled PUR Plus filter cartridge that comes with the PUR Plus PFM350V standing upright on a white table.
Filter Model
Waterdrop WD-FF-01A replacement filter
PUR Plus MineralCore™
Filtration Process
Activated carbon with polyester membrane; mineral core
Activated Carbon, Ion Exchange Resin & MineralCore™
Certifications
NSF/ANSI 42
ANSI Standard 42, 53, 401
Filter Capacity
320 gallons
100 gallon

Routing Valve

8.2
10
The silver handle of the routing valve. Printed on the handle are “Pure” and “Tap” with arrows, denoting turning directions.
The silver handle of the routing valve. Printed on the handle are “Pure” and “Tap” with arrows, denoting turning directions.
The silver plastic twist ring at the top of the WD-FC-01 filter.
A close-up shot on the black rotating handle of the PUR Plus PFM350V faucet-mount water filter.
Type of Valve
Rotating
Rotating

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
10
9.8

Installation

10
10
The Waterdrop WD-FC-01 with a yellow faucet adapter attached to its mounting port through the silver plastic twist ring.
The Waterdrop WD-FC-01 with a yellow faucet adapter attached to it via the plastic twist ring.
The mounting port of the PUR Plus PFM350V, with the black plastic ring and the metal threading on the inside.
The mounting port of the PUR Plus PFM350V, with the black plastic ring and the metal threading on the inside.
The mounting port of the PUR Plus PFM350V attached with a metal faucet adapter.

Ease of Use

10
10

Leak

10
10

Maintenance

10
8.0
The Waterdrop WD-FC-01’s filter in the center, with the housing and pieces of the filter compartment surrounding it.
The filter will last roughly 3 months under normal usage.
The bar of filter change indicator light on the PUR Plus PFM350V faucet-mount filter.
The bar of filter change indicator light on the PUR Plus PFM350V faucet-mount filter.
The blue, plastic-shelled filter cartridge of the PUR Plus PFM350V surrounded by detached plastic parts of the filter.
Filter Indicator
No
Yes
Replacement
3 months
1-2 months