Choosing a great water filtration pitcher is about more than just good tasting water

Whether you’re filtering out an unpleasant taste or are concerned about chemicals in your water, more and more people are choosing to filter tap water in their home. Overall, filtering tap water is less expensive than buying bottled water, and generates less plastic waste. Not sure which filtration system will be best for you? We’re here to help!

What are you looking for in a Water Filtration Pitcher?

Because filtration pitchers have become so popular, there are many different brands on the market, and many of them are rated in different ways. When I bought my first pitcher, the only option out there was Brita, but now, a variety of different filtration options are popular. You can buy water bottles that filter themselves, rent entire systems that offer hot and cold filtered water, or find different options for your fridge storage.

Product NameQualityPriceOur Rating
Brita EverydayB+$
AquagearA+$$$
PUR DispenserB+$
MAVEA 1018903A-$
** Below, you’ll find more detailed reviews, but you can click links above to see current prices and read customer’s review on Amazon

– Where will it be stored?

If your fridge tends to be very full, you may want to look for a smaller pitcher, or a unit that you can store on the counter. It’s also important to consider the weight of your pitcher. For example, if you can only lift a few pounds at a time, a smaller unit would be better. The largest pitchers can be quite heavy when full of water. Storing on the counter and refilling with a glass would be another option to avoid lifting.

– How much water do you drink?

Water filtration pitchers are generally discussed based on how much water they can process before the filter needs to be changed. Two months is the recommended length of time for PUR and Brita filters, while other companies can go longer. But if you drink more or less water, that time frame might shift.

For example, I have two children, plus myself, who drink about two pitchers a day of water. Since these filters last for about 64 fills, that’s only a month of use from each filter.
It’s important to monitor filter change time, because broken down filters don’t just stop filtering your water; they can actually dump all the contaminants they’ve pulled out of your water back into it.

– What do you need to remove from your water?

Some of the more expensive brands of pitcher claim that they can pull all sorts of chemicals out of your water, but they might not actually be in your water in the first place.

You can look at Drinktap to get a better understanding of what types of chemicals can be in the water supply, and how they are controlled. The EPA also maintains information on water quality in different communities.

You can also use at home testing to determine what contaminants may be present in your water, and at what levels. Then, you’ll have the ability to test after filtration, to confirm that your pitcher is doing its job.
Make sure to research which tests you will be using to make sure that they are considered to be effective, and are certified by experts in the industry.

– How easy is it to recycle the filters?

One of the reasons to use water filtration pitchers is that they reduce the amount of plastic we throw out. But that assumes that the filters we use are able to be recycled. Not all filtration pitchers are made from recycled and safe materials, and not all of them have recyclable filters. Some have recycling programs, but can’t be recycled easily through a regular recycling program, and need to be sent back to the company for processing.
Keep these details in mind as you peruse the different pitchers on the market.

– Why a filtration pitcher is better than a paid service that delivers water?

With the amount of water my family goes through, we’ve had a number of people suggest that we subscribe to one of those water delivery services. While I can see why this is great for offices and businesses, for my family, I don’t like the system. I don’t feel as in control of when filters get changed, and I can’t see inside the system to ensure that the tubes delivering water flow are really clean. With all of the pitchers we’re discussing down below, you can inspect every part of the system to make sure no mold or mildew has accumulated.

You can take the pitcher apart and run it through the dishwasher every few fills, to make sure that it is really clean

Which filtration pitcher should you choose?

 BRITA EVERYDAYAquagearPUR 18-CUPMAVEA 1001125
Dimensions11.9 x 7.4 x 16.8 in10.8 x 10.8 x 5.6 in
5.6 x 15.8 x 10.3 in
10.9 x 10.6 x 6.3 in
Cup108189
Weight2.29 pounds2.5 pounds4.7 pounds2.45 pounds
Made inChinaUSAUSAGermany
Change filter40 gallons / 2 month150 gallons40 gallons / 2 month-
RecycledYesYes-Yes

– Brita 10 Cup Everyday BPA Free Water Pitcher

Brita 10 Cup Everyday Review

Brita 10 Cup Everyday – Photo from Amazon.com

Brita has been the top name in water filtration for years. Their pitchers are ergonomic and easy to use, and the filters are available just about everywhere, because market penetration is so deep. This pitcher has a flip-top lid, which means it’s easy to refill. The filters simply drop in for ease of changing. The pitcher also has a sticker on the lid which alerts you when it is time to change the filter. The filter is good for about 40 gallons, which is around 2 months in a typical household.

Pros
  • Reduces chlorine odor and taste
  • Certified to reduce mercury, cadmium, and copper, which can leech into water from piping.
  • Customers find that the new design is more streamlined and takes up less space in the fridge
  • Filters can be recycled.
  • For coffee or tea drinkers, filtered water is preferable, because fewer flavors in the water means purer flavor of their brewed beverage.
Cons
  • Customers experience some leakage if they have just filled the upper reservoir and are trying to pour our fresh water. It’s important to wait for the water level to go down before pouring.
  • For a big family, this might not hold enough water. The two-month’s usage guideline is based on a single person’s water consumption.
  • Some users state that when they test their pitcher, it does not remove particulates or chemicals to the level that Brita claims.

– Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher

Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher Review

Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher – Photo from Amazon.com

Aquagear is a sustainably designed and created water pitcher. Constructed from food grade materials and made in the USA, this pitcher has been rigorously tested by a number of authorities, including the EPA. Their site even notes that the pitcher was tested in Flint, Michigan, for lead reduction.

Pros
  • Aquagear states that their filter removes chlorine, lead, mercury, chloramines, chromium 6, and fluoride.
  • Filters produce 150 gallons of water before replacing.
  • Pitchers have a lifetime guarantee.
  • Filters can be recycled.
  • Certified by the Water Quality Association.
Cons
  • Water runs through the filter more slowly
  • Opinions differ on whether or not removing fluoride from water is positive. While many people feel that fluoride in water is superfluous or harmful, leading experts continue to believe that fluoridation in the water supply is positive.
  • Filters are more expensive per piece, and may not be as universally available.

– PUR 18 Cup Dispenser

PUR 18 Cup Dispenser Review

PUR 18 Cup Dispenser – Photo from Amazon.com

Instead of a pitcher that you need to lift in and out of the fridge, the PUR dispenser is filled, placed in the fridge, and then uses a tap to dispense water. These systems generally hold more water, but are also heavier to manipulate.

Pros
  • PUR filters remove chlorine, mercury, and trace levels of pharmaceuticals.
  • Leaves fluoride in the water.
  • Each filter processes 40 gallons of water, and lasts for about two months.
Cons
  • Takes up a significant amount of space in the fridge.
  • Some customers may prefer that fluoride is removed from the water.
  • Significant weight when filled. Some users compensate by leaving the unit on a counter.

– Mavea 1018903 Elemaris XL 9-cup Water Filtration Pitcher

MAVEA 1018903 Elemaris XL Review

MAVEA 1018903 Elemaris XL – Photo from Amazon.com

A more fun take on the now ubiquitous water pitcher, Mavea offers several different colors of its unit, so that the user can coordinate to their kitchen. Other brands do this only in their higher priced units. BPA free, and made in Germany.

Pros
  • New filter shape means that no presoaking is necessary, and no carbon dust emerges into the water at first fill.
  • Certified by the Water Quality Association.
  • Reduces chlorine odor and taste, as well as other elements.
  • Pour through lid means no more flipping up a lid while filling.
  • Smart meter tracks filter usage and reminds you to change the filter.
  • Filters are recyclable.
Cons
  • Some users note that you need to shut off the water flow as soon as the self-opening lid starts to close, or you will get leakage.
  • Some users note that the meter tracks time passing, instead of actual water usage, so may recommend replacing a filter before necessary.

In conclusion?

The Aquagear is tempting to me, but it is twice the price of the other filtration pitchers, and I don’t believe that we need to remove fluoride from our water in order to be healthy. Ultimately, the Medea is my favorite choice. I like that it comes in fun colors without spending a lot extra, and the pour-through lid is a big help to my early morning haze brain. My coffee tastes better when I use filtered water to make it, and my life is nothing without good coffee.

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