Does your home’s tap water taste a little “off”? Pollution, medications and other contaminants make their way into most city water supplies, which – not surprisingly – affects the taste of your tap water. On top of all this, city water supplies are typically treated with chlorine, which causes odors and further affects the taste of your water.
- Brita Everyday Water Filter 10 Cup Pitcher
- Filter Life: 40 gallons/300 16.9 ounce bottles
- Weight: 1 pounds
- Dimensions: 10.9 x 5.6 x 10.5 inches
- BPA free pitcher
- PUR 5 Cup Water Filter Pitcher CR-4000
- Filter Life: 40 gallons/640 8-ounce cups
- Weight: 13.6 ounces
- Dimensions: 4.8 x 11.3 x 10.1 inches
- Space saving design
- MAVEA 1001125 Elemaris XL 9-Cup Water Filtration Pitcher
- Filter Life: 40 gallons
- Weight: 2.4 pounds
- Dimensions 10.5 x 6.0 x 11.7 inches
- BPA free
- Black, Ruby Red, Eggplant, Tangerine, White
- ZeroWater ZP-010 10-Cup Water Pitcher
- Filter Life: 40 gallons
- Weight: 1 pounds
- Dimensions: 11.6 x 5.9 x 10.7 inches
- Built-in TDS meter holder
A water filter pitcher works to eliminate water contaminates, so you’re left with fresh, crisp-tasting water.
These pitchers contain a convenient water filter that uses activated carbon granules (a.k.a. AC) to remove impurities. Activated carbon is based on charcoal, which essentially acts as a large sponge, trapping and attracting chemical impurities.
Are water filter pitchers really worth buying? We’ll cover the benefits and share our top four picks for the best water filter pitcher.
The Benefits of a Water Filter Pitcher
People often debate whether water filter pitchers are worth the cost. After all, filters need to be replaced periodically because over time, they clog up. But the benefits you receive outweigh the costs.
Provides Crisp, Fresh Drinking Water
Similar to home water distillers, water filter pitchers remove impurities that affect your water’s taste and can potentially have an impact on your health.
AC filters are excellent at removing:
- Chlorine, which is used during the waste-water purification process.
- Industrial solvents
- Some pesticides
Once these impurities are removed, you’re left with crisp and fresh-tasting water. You can taste the difference between tap and filtered water.
Convenient and Easy to Use
A top notch whole-house water filter can be expensive and difficult to install. Water filter pitchers, on the other hand, are convenient and easy to use. Just purchase the pitcher, install the included filter (snaps right into the center of the pitcher), fill and enjoy.
Water can be filtered on demand – whenever, wherever you want.
If you’re headed out on the road or moving to a new home, you can take your pitcher with you and enjoy fresh, clean water on the go. That’s something you can’t do with a whole-house filtration system.
If you prefer not to drink tap water (who does?), bottled water is also a convenient option. But from an environmental perspective, it’s a disastrous option. In the U.S. alone, 22 billion plastic bottles wind up in landfills each year. The average person drinks two, maybe three bottles a day – sometimes more.
Water filter pitchers are the eco-friendly option. Although not entirely waste-free (you do have to replace filters every few months), water filter pitchers are easier on the environment.
The initial cost of buying the pitcher (which comes with a free filter) may be higher than purchasing bottled water, but in the long run, filter pitchers will save you money.
Consider how much you spend each month – each year – on bottled water. You can purchase a three-pack of Brita replacement filters for just $14.88, and those filters will last you nine months. That’s about $1.66 per month for fresh, clean water.
There are so many benefits to owning a water pitcher filter. But which pitcher is the best? We’ll share our top four picks in our water filter pitcher reviews below.
Brita Water Filter Review – 10-Cup Everyday Pitcher
Brita is, perhaps, the most recognizable name in the water filtration industry, so it’s no surprise that our top pick is one of the brand’s most popular pitchers. Inexpensive, easy to use and convenient, the 10-Cup Everyday pitcher is ideal for most households.
A single Brita water filter can replace three hundred 16.9-ounce water bottles. Each filter reduces chlorine odor and tastes, zinc taste, copper, cadmium and mercury – all of which are commonly found in tap water. What you’re left with is clean and fresh drinking water.
The 10-Cup Everyday pitcher is BPA-free and comes in a neutral white color with the classic Brita oval design. A sticker filter indicator is also included, so you know when it’s time to change filters. Brita also includes a starter filter, so you can start using your pitcher right away.
The pitcher’s lid is easily removed for easy filter replacement and cleaning. Filters need to be replaced every two months, or 40 gallons. To replace, just flush the filter under cold water for 15 seconds, insert into the reservoir, and fill the reservoir to start filtering water.
The 10-cup pitcher is larger than most other Brita pitchers, making it the ideal choice for families and offices.
Pur Water Filter Review – 5-Cup CR-4000
Pur markets itself as the first water filter pitcher to remove 99.9% of microbial cysts, which takes the CR-4000 a step above the Brita pitcher. The only drawback with this pitcher is that it can only filter 5 cups at a time, which will leave you refilling quite often.
In addition to removing microbial cysts, the CR-4000 also reduces chlorine taste and odor, removes 96% of trace levels of pharmaceuticals, and removes 95% of mercury.
The AC filters in Pur water pitchers are made from coconut shells that are heat treated with steam. The heat treatment creates pores inside each grain of carbon, creating 1,000 square meters (200,000 square feet) of surface area for each gram of carbon.
The CR-4000 is made from BPA-free plastic. All of the brand’s pitchers are filters recyclable, so you can further reduce your waste.
A filter is included with your purchase, and each one can filter 40 gallons of water. On average, one filter will last you two months.
With a comfortable grip and easy-to-fill lid, the CR-4000 is a pleasure to use. Able to hold up to five 8-ounce glasses of water, this Pur water pitcher is ideal for smaller families and single households.
If you’re in the market for a larger water pitcher and love the Pur brand, consider the PUR DS-1800Z. This model can hold up to 18-cups of water and uses just one filter. The best part is that this pitcher costs about the same as the 5-cup or 7-cup models.
MAVEA Water Filter Review – Elemaris XL 9-Cup Water Filtration Pitcher
If you’re looking for a stylish, larger water pitcher, the MAVEA Elemaris is a smart choice. Available in five colors and featuring a 9-cup capacity, this pitcher complements any home’s décor and stores enough water for the whole family.
If you’ve never heard of MAVEA or the Elemaris, you’re not alone. But the brand offers a unique water pitcher that’s convenient and solves some of the problems (or minor inconveniences) you’ll find Brita and Pur pitchers.
Here’s what the BPA-free MAVEA 9-cup pitcher has to offer:
- Easy refills: The Elemaris comes with an automatic pour-through lid for quick and easy refills.
- Filter status: The filter life indicator measures your usage against volume, time and water hardness, so you know exactly when it’s time to replace filters.
- No black bits: With a micro-screen on the filter, this pitcher prevents those tiny black bits from getting into your water.
- Removal of:
- Chlorine taste and door
- Organic impurities
- Heavy metals (copper and mercury)
The MAVEA filter is one of the first we’ve seen that actually reduces limescale, but we should note that these filters are not certified by WQA for the removal of these minerals.
The Elemaris’s price tag is right on par with competitors, and comes in five great colors: black, white, orange, red and purple.
If you’re looking for a smarter, more convenient water pitcher filter, we recommend the MAVEA Elemaris. The 9-cup size is great for families and offices, but a 5-cup version is also available for smaller households.
ZeroWater ZP-010 10-Cup Water Pitcher Review
The ZeroWater ZP-010 is a 10-cup water pitcher filter that’s a little more costly than the other pitchers on our list, but uses a 5-stage filtration system to remove impurities. The ZeroWater pitcher comes with quite a few convenient features, but it does have one minor flaw (more on that later).
The ZP-010 uses an Ion Exchange filter with five stages. When all is said and done, the filter removes 99.63% of dissolved solids from your tap water – pretty impressive.
The filters themselves are certified to reduce chromium, lead, hydrogen sulfide and mercury. An electronic TDS testing meter is included, so you can see the TDS levels in your water and know when it’s time to replace the filter. The filters are far more advanced than the typical carbon filter used in most water pitchers.
The brand’s patented Ion Exchange System uses special five-stage technology to deliver water that measures 000 PPM on the TDS meter.
The ZP-010 is certified as tested by NSF International for the removal of multiple minerals, and uses the only filtration system that actually meets the FDA’s definition of purified bottled water.
Each time you fill up the pitcher, water passes through the following stages:
- Activated carbon that’s infused with a micro cloth.
- Multi-layer system that uses carbon, and oxidation that reduces alloy.
- The distributer helps to maximize contact time.
- Water passes through the Ion Exchange array.
- The non-woven membrane then removes any remaining fine particles.
This comprehensive filtering process will leave you with clean and crisp drinking water.
A spigot is built-in, so you can dispense water without having to lift the pitcher. It also features a generous 10-cup capacity, which is ideal for serious water drinks and families.
The only drawback with this pitcher is that sediment and “black bits” from the filter often make their way into the reservoir. While the water filters are clean, it can be unnerving to see the carbon and sediment bits.
The ZeroWater pitcher and filters come at a higher price than conventional water pitchers, but then again, you’re not getting any ordinary water filter pitcher. If you’re looking for a pitcher that can achieve 000 PPM, the ZP-010 is the right choice.
These are four of the best water filter pitchers you can buy. Each one significantly improves the taste of your water by removing impurities, and helps protect the environment by eliminating the need to buy bottled water.