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RO vs UV vs UF vs MF: Confused? Don't Be. Here's the Ultimate Guide!
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RO vs UV vs UF vs MF: Confused? Don't Be. Here's the Ultimate Guide!

Most of us blame unhealthy food, lifestyle and pollution for ailments like stomach infection, food poisoning, viral fever etc. The fact that contaminated water is a huge underlying factor is often overlooked.

The best way to regulate your water hygiene and intake is to use a water purifier. Hence, for healthy living, choosing the best water purifier for you and your family is vital.

Numerous advanced water purification technologies are available in the market, understanding their functions and the technical terms they carry can be quite confusing. Don’t worry, you’re not alone!

We've detailed the comparisons between multiple water purification technologies. Use these as a guiding tool to select a purifier that suits your needs the best.

RO vs UV

  • The RO (Reverse Osmosis) process ranks well in all the major aspects of purification.
  • However, traces of harmful contaminants like germs, microorganisms and bacteria can sneak through its filter and remain inside.
  • There's a chance these contaminants may cause diseases like typhoid, stomach infection and various other ailments.
  • While the UV (Ultra Violet) purification system may not be able to remove visible dirt and harmful metals, it’s forte lies in eliminating the bacteria and microorganisms from RO purified water (which removes the dirt and harmful metals) and also adds key minerals, thus enhancing the taste of water.

RO vs UV, UF, MF

  • A big disadvantage of the RO water purification system is that it wastes a lot of water in the process, depending on the intensity of impurities.
  • Technologies like UV (Ultra Violet), UF (Ultra Filtration), and MF (Micro Filtration) systems balance that out by eliminating the wastage of water and they also do not require as much maintenance as the RO filter does.
  • However, the UV, UF and MF systems are not capable of eliminating the Total Dissolved Solids (TDS) and heavy metal impurities like lead and arsenic.

Wrap Up Thoughts

If you’re looking for a purification system that gives 100% safe and clean drinking water, we advise using an advanced multi-technology purification system that features a combination of RO + UV or RO + MF for best water purity.

See guide table below for a side-by –side analysis of key features of the various purifier technologies:

Sr. No.

Capacity

RO (Reverse Osmosis)

UV (Ultra Violet)

UF (Ultra Filtration)

MF (Micro Filtration)

1.

Requires Electricity

Yes

Yes

No

No

2.

Removes Bacteria and Virus

Yes

Yes

Yes

Only removes bacteria

3.

Removes Dissolved Salts and Harmful Metals (Lead, Arsenic etc)

Yes

No

No

No

4.

Filters Visible Impurities (Mud, Dirt etc.)

Yes

No

Yes

Yes

5.

Removes TDS(Total Dissolved Solids) 

90%

0%

0%

0%

6.

Water Wastage

Yes

No

No

No