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Wingsol Faucet (WS-FM001-PAC) vs Brita Basic Faucet Side-by-Side Comparison

Which is the better faucet-mount water filter to choose between the Wingsol (WS-FM001-PAC) and the Brita Basic? This short comparison can tell you!

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Two faucet-mount water faucets, the Wingsol Faucet (WS-FM001-PAC) and Brita Basic Faucet, held side-by-side by a reviewer for comparison purposes.

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According to our lab test results, the Wingsol WS-FM001-PAC lags behind many other filters in multiple areas.

In our chlorine test, it's one of the only two filters in our database with a score below perfect (10/10). Although it removed most chemicals in the highly-chlorinated water we used in the test, our water testing kit detected a small amount left behind.

Fortunately, the Wingsol performed well in our filtering flow rate test. It can produce clean water at a rate of 0.9 GPM, making it the third fastest-working filter we've tested so far (behind the Waterdrop models).

Despite the stainless steel housing looking durable and decently premium, the finishing isn’t high, which is expected from a budget water filter. For example, the flared bottom of the removable cap on the filter compartment looks shoddy.

In contrast, the Brita Basic outperforms the Wingsol in terms of chlorine filtering performance, but its filtering flow rate is slightly worse at 0.7 GPM. The Brita Basic also boasts a better design than the Wingsol, with its chrome-plated plastic filter having a great finish and a fairly premium feel.

However, we found some manufacturing flaws in the unit we received, particularly with the loose fit of the filter cartridge into its compartment. During one performance test, the filter even shot out of the compartment and sprayed water everywhere.

Despite these issues, if you have to choose between the Wingsol and the Brita, we highly recommend the latter. Although it's a bit more expensive, the better filtering performance is worth the investment.

Pros & Cons

  • Durable stainless steel construction
  • Easy installation with slip-on, rotating collar
  • The handle for the routing valve is easy to use
  • Comes with up to 9 faucet adapters to fit different types of faucets
  • Relatively affordable.
  • Excellent chlorine filtration ability (nearly 100%).
  • Looks premium with its chrome-plated housing.
  • The routing valve’s handle is intuitive to use.
  • Comes with a filter change indicator.
  • Filtering performance is lower than other models we tested
  • We found rusting within the inner components of the filter, despite it being made from stainless steel
  • The filter could be tugged out of the housing without depressing the filter release button.
  • Leaks during filtration, necessitating the use of plumbing tape.

Key Specs

Filtering flow rate
0.9 GPM
0.7 GPM
Capacity
320 gals
100 gals
Qualifications
NSF/ANSI Standard 42 and 53
NSF/ANSI Standard 42, 53, 401
Dimensions
L5 x W2.7 x H5 inches
L5 x W2.2 x H5.2 inches
Weight
1.4 pounds
0.8 pounds
Warranty
1-year
1-year

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$41.69
$26.60

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
9.2
7.6

Chlorine Test

9.5
10
The Wingsol WS-FM001 filter is mounted on a faucet. To the left is the color pad with activated test strips.
Two activated water testing strips on the result color pad. The strip to the left is from the control sample, and the strip to the right is from the filtered water sample.
The Wingsol WS-FM001 filter is mounted on a faucet. To the left is the color pad with activated test strips.
Wingsol Faucet Water Filter Chlorine Test
Two water testing strips are placed on a color chart and held next to the Brita Basic filter.
Two activated test strips on a color chart. The control strip, showing the result for the chlorinated water, is to the left. The strip displaying the result of the water filtered by the Brita Basic is to the right.
Two water testing strips are placed on a color chart and held next to the Brita Basic filter.
Brita Basic Faucet Water Filtration System Chlorine Test 2
Before
10+ mg/l
10+ mg/l
After
~0.1 - 0.5 mg/l
~0 mg/l

Flow Rate Test

9.0
6.0
Duration
20 secs
20 secs
Amount
0.3 gallons
0.233 gallons
Flow Rate
0.9 GPM
0.7 GPM

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.9
6.7

In the Box

The full content of the Wingsol WS-FM001’s shipping box.
The full content of the Brita Basic’s shipping box, including the filter, six pieces of accessories, and a manual.
The full content of the Brita Basic’s shipping box, including the filter, six pieces of accessories, and a manual.
Three grey, plastic faucet adapters are arranged in two rows with three rubber seals.

Weight & Dimensions

The dimensions of the Wingsol WS-FM001 filter. Its length is 5 inches, width 2.7 inches, and height 5 inches.
The dimensions of the Brita Basic are marked to the side. The length is 5 inches, width 2.2 inches, and height 5.2 inches.
Length
5.0" (12.7 cm)
5.0" (12.7 cm)
Width
2.7" (6.9 cm)
2.2" (5.6 cm)
Height
5.0" (12.7 cm)
5.2" (13.2 cm)
Weight
1.4 lbs (0.6 kg)
0.8 lbs (0.4 kg)

Build Quality

7.2
6.2
The silver, metallic Wingsol WS-FM001 faucet-mount water filter is laid on a grey table.
The silver, metallic Wingsol WS-FM001 faucet-mount water filter is laid on a grey table.
The two nozzles of the Wingsol WS-FM001 faucet-mount water filter.
The Brita Basic faucet-mount water filtration system’s housing, once the filter has been fully assembled.
The silvery, chrome-plated housing of the Brita Basic faucet-mount water filter when fully assembled.
The Brita Basic faucet-mount water filtration system’s housing, once the filter has been fully assembled.
A side view of the Brita Basic faucet-mount water filter, revealing the small, black, plastic filter release button.

Filter Piece

8.0
7.0
The Powdered Activated Carbon (PAC) filter block of the Wingsol WS-FM001 water filter.
The chrome-plated filter piece of the Brita Basic on the table.
The filter piece of the Brita Basic
The chrome-plated filter piece of the Brita Basic on the table.
A top-down view of the filter housing and the filter piece.
Filter Model
WS-FM001-PAC replacement filter
Brita CXB-016 Filter
Filtration Process
Powdered Activated Carbon
Activated Carbon
Certifications
ANSI Standard 42 and 53
ANSI Standard 42, 53, and 401
Filter Capacity
320 gallons
100 gallons

Routing Valve

10
7.0
The rotating handle of the Wingsol WS-FM001 water filter’s routing valve.
A close-up view of the routing valve’s handle of the Brita Basic and the mode-indicating symbols on the side of the filter.
The handle of the routing valve to the side of the Brita Basic. Note the white notch and the symbols on the housing denoting the switching modes.
Type of Valve
Rotating
Rotating

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
9.7
8.9

Installation

10
8.0
A metal faucet adapter is fixed onto the mount of the Wingsol WS-FM001.
A close-up view of the thin metal mesh screen in the center of the Brita Basic filter’s mounting port.
The metal mesh screen at the center of the filter’s mounting port.
A close-up view of the thin metal mesh screen in the center of the Brita Basic filter’s mounting port.
The silvery Brita Basic faucet-mount water filter with a grey, plastic faucet adapter.

Ease of Use

9.0
10

Leak

10
9.0

Maintenance

10
8.0
The PAC filter block alongside the many disassembled pieces of the Wingsol WS-FM001 water filter.
The removed filter piece of the Brita Basic is to the left, while the filter housing is to the right.
The removed filter piece of the Brita Basic is to the left, while the filter housing is to the right.
A close-up shot of the indicator light at the top of the Brita Basic faucet-mount water filtration system.
Filter Indicator
N/A
Yes
Replacement
6 months
4 months