Why Should You Get a Water Filter Pitcher…?
You have many options when it comes to filtering your home’s water. You could look into one of those expensive water filtration systems, they’ll undoubtedly do a better job than a simple filter pitcher. Of course, you could go with a reverse osmosis filter system, but most folks can’t afford it. Faucet filters are convenient, but those things can actually look a little tacky. Although, the faucet filters that I’ve used seem to filter faster than the water filter pitchers. But replacement faucet filters seem to be a bit more expensive.
I like having a water filter pitcher, because I always have fresh, and really cold water on demand. Also, we like to use filtered water for just about everything that we cook as we’ve noticed that food takes better that way. For example, we’ve found that when you use filtered water for coffee it taste better and reduces scale buildup.
What to Look for in a Water Filter Pitcher?
In my opinion, owning some kind of water filter is a necessity. Whether it’s a model that attaches to your sink or a filter pitcher, you are guaranteeing you and your family cleaner water than you’d get straight of the tap.
All of the water filter pitchers on this page will filter most of the potentially harmful contaminates from your water. But there are some things that you might want to consider before plunking down your hard earned money.
- Contaminant Removal – this is probably what most people think is most important when looking for a new water filter pitcher. Removal of contaminants will result in much healthier and better tasting water. Some of the most common contaminants and heavy metals that these filters can remove are; mercury, chlorine, chromium, fluoride, cadmium, voc’s (volatile organic compounds) and copper. You may want to pay attention to the percentage of these contaminants that the filter removes. You will come across percentages ranging from 95-99.99%. Your findings will vary depending on the brand, model, and the specific contaminant. If your number one concern is having the purest water possible (from a water filter) then you can stop the search right now and go with a ZeroWater unit that meets your capacity needs. Personally, I wouldn’t rely on a simple water filter pitcher to ensure that my family and I were drinking clean water. In the U.S., for the most part, tap water is very safe to drink. And if there was a water crisis like the one in Flint, MI., would you put all of your trust in a water filter pitcher to make your water safe? I wouldn’t.
- Taste – Have you ever come across people who swear by a certain bottled water brand for the taste alone? I know people that prefer the taste of filtered water like Dasani or Aquafina over brands like Ice Mountain or Poland Springs. We love the taste that of the filtered water that our Brita produces, we don’t notice any chlorine taste. Some prefer Clear2o and others swear by their PUR pitcher. All of these units listed on this page claim to reduce chlorine taste and smell. So, I’m pretty confident that whichever unit you choose, it’ll be better tasting than your tap water.
- Capacity/Size – The capacity is a very important aspect to consider when looking for a new water filter pitcher. I can tell you from experience that a small water filter pitcher may fit into your fridge easier but you will need to refill it more often. It gets annoying at times. On the flip side, a larger capacity pitcher will take up a lot of space. So, how much room do you have in your fridge? If your refrigerator is anything like ours then you probably don’t have a whole lot of space for a big ole water filter pitcher. If you are looking for a model that will fit on your fridge door, then go for 10-cup capacity or less. A 10-cup capacity pitcher is probably all you need; it’s the right size for many households. But make sure that you check the dimensions first, don’t just assume that any 10-cup pitcher will fit on the door of your refrigerator.
- Design – Water filter pitchers come in a variety of designs and that means they will occupy the space in your fridge differently. Some are narrow and can fit on the door of your fridge. Others are boxy, and still others are oval or wide. Some come with cool features like a nozzle that allows you to easily dispense the water without having to remove the pitcher from your refrigerator.
- Price – The good news is that all of the water pitchers that I’ve come across are relatively inexpensive. Even still, you don’t want to be paying more for a filter pitcher than you have to. Typically, you can expect to pay around $20 to $40 for a good water filter pitcher. Price will mostly depend on the capacity of the unit that you purchase. Brand has a bit of an influence, but even across different brands from the more recognized options to the lesser known ones, the price range is pretty similar.
- Filter Lifespan – Filter lifespan is very important to consider. We’ve included the number of gallons you can filter with all of the units that we compared. The PUR and Brita models on this page use filters that are good for up to 40 gallons. But how will you know when it’s time to change the filter? Some models come with a sticker that you use to keep track of the month that you need to change the filter. Based on my experience, it is easy to forget to look at it. There are units out there that have a digital filter status indicator.
- Filter Availability – A big benefit of going with one of the more popular brands like Pur or Brita is that they are sold at many big retailers like Target or Walmart. This means that the filters are more readily available as well. Less popular brands like BWT, for example, won’t have their filters available at your local department store. This could be important if you are the kind of person that does most of your shopping locally.
- Lid – The best lid for your pitcher will cover the entire top of the unit including the spout. This is important as it will reduce the possible of other pollutants and germs getting into your water. Id also suggest that you go for a model that has an “easy fill” lid, this will prevent you from having to remove or touch the lid at all. I think that this will reduce the possibility of spreading more germs.
- Speed – The filtering speed will vary across different brands. Clear2o gets major points in the speed category (although it has some shortcomings in other areas). On the other hand, ZeroWater is known to be especially slow at filtering water because it has a 5-stage filtration process. I wouldn’t advise you to make your decision based on speed alone.
Which One Should You Get…?
The model that you decide to go with is a personal choice. There is no consensus “best water filter pitcher” in my opinion. I think that all of these water filter pitchers will improve the taste of your water. If we’re talking about which model will filter your water the best, then it has to be the ZeroWater 10-cup. It’s the only filter pitcher that is certified by the NSF to reduce Lead. But, do remember that most municipalities have systems in place to protect us from lead exposure. Further, if lead contamination is your primary concern, don’t count on filter pitcher to make sure that your drinking water is safe. Only use it as an additional layer of protection.
If you are concerned about hard water and want to reduce the number of solids in your water, then you have to go with ZeroWater. ZeroWater has a ppm solid particle detector. When it comes to a water filter pitcher, you probably can’t get better than this.
Tip: Only drink and cook with water that comes out of the cold tap to reduce potential lead exposure.
But ZeroWater comes with its share of drawbacks. For one, the filters don’t have as long of a lifespan as Pur or Brita. Secondly, its 5-step filter is extremely slow. With that, I think that the decision boils down to taste, convenience, speed, lid, capacity and filter life. Stuff like color matters a lot less, obviously.
All things considered, I like the Pur 10-cup best. First, you can find Pur replacement filters practically everywhere – which is convenient. And after checking out reviews, it seems as though this one does a better job than the Brita at removing chlorine taste and smell. The price makes sense. It filters at a decent speed. The lid covers the water spout when you’re not pouring, and the filters last for 40 gallons. This model hits that Goldilocks sweet spot in my opinion.
On the other hand, if filtration speed is your primary concern, go with the Clear2o. You will be able to fill up your pitcher in no time.
If you want a gorgeous filter pitcher with several very convenient features then you should go with the Mavea Elemaris.