Water filter pitchers are the most common type of home water filter, because of their simplicity. They are easy to use and clean, compact, require no installation and fit in any regular refrigerator. Most importantly: They are incredibly cheap.
In other words, using a filter pitcher is a convenient way to get access to drinking water with great taste. Of course, the quality can’t equal what a multi-stage water filtration device might offer, but sometimes bigger is just not practical–especially if you’re not prepared to spend a lot of money.
This guide helps you find the best water filter pitcher for your needs, and will protect you against wasting your hard-earned cash on a lower product.
Clearly Filtered Water Filter Pitcher
This Clearly Filtered Water Filter Pitcher is a very good addition to your kitchen. It is actually the one we keep at home in our fridge. It is by far the best pitcher we’ve ever seen and the water quality is excellent. It’s obvious that the firm has put a lot of innovations into its filter.
While this filter speed is slower than other pitcher, this pitcher eliminates fluoride more than 98%, PFOA / PFAS and microplastics. There is no other filter we find that does what this one does. If you’re looking for the pitcher that’s doing all of it, that’s the one.
Zero Water 10-Cup Pitcher 5 Stage Filtration
ZeroWater is among the most popular pitchers available for water filters. Not eliminating all contaminants, but doing a better job than the others. Very reasonably priced, too.
The filter is NSF-certified to reduce lead, chromium-6 and mercury according to Standard 53. It is also NSF certified to chlorine and hydrogen sulfide under Norm 42. This eliminates pharmaceuticals, chloramine, pesticides, fluoride, and arsenic according to ZeroWater website.
It can be used for well water, provided you have tested the water and it is free of biological pollutants. It also removes from the water 99.6 percent of detectable dissolved solids. Those are non-organic solids that can affect the taste of water. But it also contains minerals such as calcium, potassium and magnesium which may not have been taken out.
There’s a handy dispenser at the pitcher’s bottom and you don’t need to pull it out of the fridge to get a glass of water. None of the other pitchers have the attribute.
Instead of the standard2-stage filter ZeroWater uses a5-stage filtration system. This allows for more chemicals to be taken out. But it makes it slower than the others as well. Based on the quality of your water, and how much water you drink, the filters will last from a few weeks to 6 months.
Brita 42629 Slim Water Filter Pitcher
The filter that comes with the Brita Slim, like those from this popular brand, is NSF approved to enhance the quality of drinking water (i.e. to make it taste and smell better). This has an effective life of just 40 gallons but if you want to buy less replacements, the pitcher is also compatible with the 120-gallon Longlast filter. The reservoir is small (five cups), so it is best for a single-or two-person household.
The Brita Slim jug, true to its name, is, well, slim. The style makes it easy to fit in your fridge door which is not the case for most other pitchers. The jug has a BPA-free plastic shell, and is so lightweight that even when it’s full you can keep it with one hand. For sure, it’s easier on your wrist but it also means that the shell looks very flimsy.
The jug has a semi-ergonomic handle for quick handling but its style is nothing to write about at home other than that. That really is a positive thing when it comes to cleaning it up. There is no filter-life indicator so when your replacements are due you will need to keep notes on. You may also enter their subscription service at the time period of your choosing to have the replacement filters automatically delivered to you.
Brita Ultramax Dispenser
Brita’s 18-cup Ultramax Dispenser has ample capacity for regular use by most families; even small children can use it; it makes good use of fridge space; and it helps you to pour water while the filter is still working. The Ultramax is available in two models, one with the Brita Longlast filter and the other with the Brita filter standard.
The Brita dispenser is 14.5 inches long in front to back. In a small counter-depth fridge, apartment-size, that meant the Brita matched. (Any standard-depth regular size refrigerator or counter-depth refrigerator should fit.) The Brita is heavy when full. And the untransparent tank of the Brita makes you open it up to look inside.
PUR Ultimate 18-Cup Water Filtration Dispenser
The PUR Ultimate holds about 1.13 gallons of filtered water, so you do not need to replenish it more than once or twice a day.
You can tell from the design that PUR has tried to save as much room as possible-and they have done a fantastic job! The dispenser is slender and enables quick transportation from and to the sink. The build quality is outstanding and it’s a piece of cake to clean the inside of the unit.
Just BPA-free materials are used, of course, and you don’t need to worry about any plastic particles falling into your water.
You can switch between PUR Basic and PUR Lead-Reducing on replacement filters. PUR Basic cartridges are valued at 40 gallons and NSF-certified to extract 96% mercury, 99.9% microbiological cysts, more than 96% of pharmaceutical trace levels and also help to minimize lead.
The Lead-Reducing filter from PUR is accredited to extract 99 percent lead. It also eliminates mercury, chlorine and a variety of pesticides, in addition to that. The filtration volume is slightly lower (30 gallons).
Clogging tends to be an problem specific to PUR filters. They are obviously not going to let any more water flow through at this point. Some users claim they shake the cartridges and tap them on the kitchen sink to solve the problem. But this may work, it really can’t be the perfect solution to the problem. The supplier need to come up with a better fix in our view.
(source: best-osmosis-systems.com, thewirecutter.com, healthykitchen101.com, thesafehealthyhome.com, and waterfiltermag.com)