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Is your water filter counterfeit?

What are counterfeit refrigerator water filters?

When it’s time to change your refrigerator’s water filter, you need to make sure you don’t end up buying a counterfeit refrigerator water filter. Counterfeit water filters are way riskier than off-brand and generic filters. They look almost the same as genuine filters and sometimes their filtered water doesn’t look or taste any different. However, they are dangerous to use as they are probably made of cheap and ineffective materials. Counterfeit refrigerator water filters are not tested or certified to remove waste like lead, asbestos, mercury, pharmaceuticals and/or pesticides.

How to avoid buying a counterfeit water filter.

Counterfeit water filters have made their way into Amazon and other marketplaces all over the country; they are being sold every day. US Customs and Border Control (CBC) is working hard to remove counterfeit filters from the market, but with a recent influx of fakes from overseas, it’s hard to weed out the illegitimate from the legitimate. The fakes even have eerily similar labels and logos to the real ones. It’s often difficult, even for experts, to tell the difference between a legitimate model and a counterfeit with the naked eye. So, how could you avoid buying a counterfeit water filter?

Here, Clatterans has tips on how to avoid purchasing counterfeit and deceptively labeled filters:


As the carbon in a counterfeit filter is looser and lighter, most fake filters are lighter than the genuine ones.

Certification Symbol

Genuine water filters are NSF certified and have the symbol stamped on the product. Counterfeits may have a fake symbol or they may be missing a certification mark altogether.


Reputable businesses typically take great care in packaging their products. Beware flimsy packaging, packaging with substandard printing or running colors, or packages that appear to have been opened.


Most people that end up with counterfeit water filters bought them because they were a fraction of the cost of a genuine filter. Genuine filters are tested and designed to meet NSF and manufacturer standards so that they ultimately cost more.

Most important of all, consumers can avoid purchasing counterfeit water filters by buying replacements only from trusted websites and manufacturers.

Choose Certified Refrigerator Water Filters

Clatterans is certified by NSF & IAPMO and meets NSF/ANSI standards 42 which is designed to reduce specific aesthetic or non-health-related contaminants (chlorine, taste, odor and particulates) that may be present in public or private drinking water. With high-efficient coconut activated carbon, it reduces 70+ contaminants, including 99% of lead, mercury, chlorine, pollutants, pesticides, pharma and cysts. Clatterans keeps the whole family safe and hydrated while saves your money.

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