Filtrol 160 vs. Cora Ball
With all the recent research coming out about microfiber pollution from our clothing, you may be aware of the impact that these tiny pollutants have on our environment.Choosing an in-home solution to combat the microfiber pollution issue is challenging to navigate because so much is unknown about the issue. In an effort to learn more about the options available, we recently conducted an internal review of our product, the Filtrol 160, and several of the other options consumers can use in their homes. The Cora ball is one of the products that we tested. To be fair, this is not a washing machine filter but a small fiber catching ball that you throw in your washing machine. So while it’s not an apples-to-apples comparison, we wanted to measure effectiveness.
We washed 10 loads of typical household laundry to emulate a normal household. The Cora Ball was placed in each load of laundry and we ran the washing machine discharge into our Filtrol. The filter media in the Filtrol was weighed before and after, and the Cora Ball was as well.
After completing 10 loads of laundry the Filtrol 160 caught about 24 grams of material, and the Cora Ball caught less than 0.1 gram.
The Cora Ball seems to work really well for catching hair, but the tentacles on the ball do not seem small enough to catch tiny microfibers which are typically smaller than a human hair.The hair seemed to catch fibers well, once there was enough build up.
Our recommendation is this: if you use the Cora Ball, do not clean it very often so the hair and other fibers work to catch more fibers.
The Filtrol 160 catches a very high percentage of fibers in your laundry along with other contaminates such as hair, glitter, and organics.With its 100-micron filter bag, you can know you are doing your part to reduce microfiber pollution.
If you want to see more on this, we filmed the test so you can see it on our YouTube Channel.