When this filter is fresh, it works and tastes great.
There are a few cons, none of which can be resolved by the end-user;
• The filter should last 9-12 months. I have another fridge of a different brand, and its filter is smaller, and works for almost a year before replacement is needed.
• It should be easier to change. To avoid having to fight the water pressure from the wall valve, you have to pull the fridge out, turn the water off at the wall, replace the filter, (vacuum behind and under fridge, optionally), turn the water back on, push the fridge back. I have another fridge of a different brand, and its filter is changed by opening the fridge door, remove a cover, and replace.
I would "recommend this to a friend," only because its the only choice there is when it comes to this fridge. As far as I know, that is.