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Pelican PC1000 Review

By: Craig Smith
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Our Review

Uses proven GAC and KDF-55 filter media5

Durable/Good-Looking Stainless-Steel Tank4

Suitable for Medium and Large Size Home Use4.5

Included 5-Micron Pre Filter4.5

Overall Rating



  • Combines proven GAC and KDF-55 filter media
  • Removes chlorine taste, odor, and appearance
  • Large home compatible
  • Made by a reputable water filtration company


  • Not recommended for use with poor quality well water
  • Initial installation costs can be high
  • Backwashing (cleaning) produces some wastewater
  • No programmable controls
Pelican PC1000 Review

As your search for a new whole house water filter continues, here is a system that is worth checking out if you have city-supplied water coming into your home.

The Pelican PC1000 is a well-reviewed whole home filter that is made by a manufacturer (Pelican Water Pentair) with many years of experience in the water filtration business.

This water filtration system provides a convenient way to treat 100% of the water that’s coming into your home and that includes removing the majority of the chlorine that was used in the treatment of that water.

It’s also a whole house filter that after we took a closer look at, we decided to add to our list of the best whole house water filters.

Below are all the good and bad aspects of this water filter that you should consider before selecting it as your point of entry water filtration system of choice.

Pelican PC1000 Whole House Filter Features


Here is what I like best about the Pelican PC1000 Whole House Filter (filters such as this one are also called media, whole home, and point of entry water filters):

Uses proven GAC and KDF-55 filter media


This media filter uses not one but two proven forms of water filtration to enhance all of the water that comes into your home.

The first is a high-grade blend of activated carbon mesh that’s made from coconut shells. These will effectively remove chlorine, chloramines, and many common industrial solvents that are found in municipal water supplies.

That is backed up by KDF-55 copper and zinc oxidation media which aids in the removal of chlorine from your water while at the same time helping to extend the life of the system’s GAC filtration media.

This also results in up to 97% of the chlorine that passes through this system being removed.

That’s very important for you if you are on a city water supply because chances are that water has been treated with chlorine before entering your home.

Durable/Good-Looking Stainless-Steel Tank

It’s no secret that water filtration systems such as this one are often installed in garages and basements where foot traffic and other activity can be high at times.

That’s why it’s preferred to have a whole home water filter that’s made out of very durable material such as the stainless-steel tank that the Pelican PC1000 has.

Its stainless-steel tank also looks good no matter where you place it around your home.

Suitable for Medium and Large Size Home Use

If you have a bigger size home, you have a right to be concerned about maintaining adequate water flow to your home after it passes through a whole home filter.

Fortunately, that’s not a problem for the Pelican PC1000 because it’s made to handle the water filtration needs of medium to large size homes.

It can treat the water of homes with up to 6 bathrooms and still keep the water flowing to showerheads and other bathroom fixtures at a generous 12 gallon per minute flow rate.

Included 5-Micron Pre Filter


One of the biggest concerns with any whole home water filtration system is that large contaminants in the incoming water can wreak havoc on the filtration media inside of it.

That’s because large size contaminants will clog up the pores in filtration media very quickly and significantly reduce that filter media’s efficiency and cause the need for the system to be cleaned (using a backwash cycle) more often than it should.

This is not something that you have to worry about with the Pelican PC1000 because it has an included 5-micron pre-filter that will keep large size impurities such as sand, rust, dirt, and more from ever reaching its GAC and KDF-55 filter media.

Treats Over 1-Million Gallons of Water

One of the better features of this point of entry water filtration system is that once it has been installed you won’t have to worry about having properly treated water in your home well into the feature.

Pentair claims that it can effectively treat up to 1,301,770 gallons of water or can last 5-years before its GAC carbon and other filter media need to be replaced

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These are the main advantages and drawbacks of owning the Pelican PC1000:


  • Combines proven GAC and KDF-55 filter media
  • Removes chlorine taste, odor, and appearance
  • Large home compatible
  • Made by a reputable water filtration company
  • Durable and good-looking stainless-steel tank
  • Single-tank media style filter (very low maintenance)
  • Comes with a 5-micron sediment prefilter
  • Generous 12 GPM flow rate
  • Treats over 1-million gallons of water
  • 5-year warranty
  • Free Shipping
  • Money-Back Guarantee
  • DIY installation is possible


  • Not recommended for use with poor quality well water
  • Initial installation costs can be high
  • Backwashing (cleaning) produces some wastewater
  • No programmable controls


One of the nice aspects of media-style whole house filters such as the Pelican PC1000 is that they do not require a lot of plumbing to hook them up. That means a do-it-yourself installation with them is very possible.   

It helps that Pentair has seen fit to supply almost everything that you need to do the installation except plumbing pipe for the connections to the main water line.


This includes the system bypass valve (pictured above) which attaches to the top of the filter tank.


There is even an included mounting bracket (see above) that can be used to hold the media tank firmly in place if it’s being put near a wall.

So, you definitely have a whole house filter system here that can be installed by you even if you have just basic plumbing knowledge, or won’t cost you much to have a plumbing professional install it for you.   


Maintaining a Pelican PC1000 whole house water filtration system is fairly easy too. That’s because just about all this system requires is periodic backwashing.

Backwashing is a cleanup cycle that needs to be undertaken about once a month to keep the filter system working at peak efficiency when it comes to removing chlorine and other contaminants.

This cleaning cycle also needs to be undertaken if you notice a pressure drop in the water coming from your taps and showerheads.

The only other periodic maintenance that is required for these is changing out the filter media every so often. Pentair recommends that this be done around every 5-years.

You should also check the system for leaks every time that you go to backwash it and inspect its tank and other components for any abnormalities over time.

When you look at overall maintenance, few whole home water filters are easier to maintain than the Pelican PC1000.

How Does It Stack Up Against Competitors?

Do I feel that the Pelican PC1000 is the best whole house filter on the market? No. That’s backed up by the fact that it did not take the number one spot on our website’s list of the best whole house filters.    

With that being said, you will also notice if you look at that list that the Pelican PC1000 does firmly have a place on it. That’s because it will outperform many of the point of entry water filters that are available in the marketplace.

People choose it over its competition when chlorine removal is their biggest concern and they are looking for a whole house filter that is easy to maintain and can be set up by anyone with even a minor familiarity with home plumbing.

A Few Last Thoughts on the Pelican PC1000

Is the Pelican PC1000 the perfect whole home water filtration solution? 

No, but then again, no point of entry water filter that’s made is not lacking in some aspect.

With this model whole house filter, its drawbacks of not having programmable controls, requiring backwashing that wastes water, and its high initial cost are certainly worth taking a look at.

I do however feel that these are overcome by how long its filter media lasts, how easy this system is to maintain, and how effective it is at removing chlorine and other chemicals from city water supplies.

There is also the fact that it comes with everything you need to install it but the plumbing pipe connections and its 5-year warranty and ample 12 GPM flow rate are not to be overlooked.

So, if your home is being fed by a municipal water supply and the removal of chlorine from that water is your biggest concern, then I would have no problem recommending the Pelican PC1000 to you.

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Craig Smith
Craig got his start in water working in the swimming pool and spa industry. Water treatment would grow into his main career but he ended up working in the pool industry for over 26 years where much of his time was spent balancing the water in customer's swimming pools and installing water filtration equipment. Craig offers an abundance of water treatment knowledge after helping homeowners get pure water for 26 years.

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