“DON’T RISK IT WITH AN IMITATION! Care for your appliance with a genuine GE MWF water filter designed specifically to fit your GE refrigerator,” Says the headline of the GE website, in capital letters.
Most manufacturers will recommend using their own filter cartridges to accompany their products. Beyond marketing and brand loyalty, this is usually for a couple of reasons:
- Fitting. manufacturers are able to produce cartridges with an officially guaranteed fit for their particular appliance.
- Build quality. manufacturers are able to extensively test their filter cartridges inside their products to offer the best filtering experience.
Usually, however, there’s nothing to stop another filter cartridge manufacturer from offering an equal, or perhaps superior, product for a competitive price. There may be some instances where a manufacturer explicitly warns against using off-brand or unofficial filter cartridges. The reasons behind these warnings may be related to product safety, or guarantees about removing certain contaminants from a water source. In these cases, we cannot recommend ignoring their advice.
If you do want to try out a different filter in such a product, it’s worth bearing in mind that any ensuing issues may not be covered by an original warranty.