We assume that our tap drinking water is 100% safe to drink, because why would it not be? I have lived with that assumption my whole life, until one day I found out that city drinking water actually has a good amount of chlorine in it. Over a long usage when this ingested in large amounts can have serious repercussions on the body. Now, chlorine is used to disinfect the water, but it doesn't do that great of job, and because of this, the water which is coming out of our faucet is still tainted. You may reduce this hard water problem by use of our recommended best water filter pitcher. Read our reviews on several water filter pitcher to choose the most suitable one for you at the bottom of this article.
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Water filters remove the contaminants from the water supply efficiently and easily. The two main ways that filters remove pollutants using one of two main processes- Carbon Filters, and Reverse Osmosis. Carbon filters create a chemical bond to the pollutants which takes them out of the water, and Reverse Osmosis has a permeable membrane that lets water in, but keeps out the particulates and pollutants.
Most filters use three different processes to not only purify the water, but reduce the chlorine levels, and make it taste better; they improve the taste with a bituminous charcoal filter.
A filter is normally on a faucet or in the pipes. While these are effective, portable filters are still just as effective as the filters on spigot, and can be taken anywhere.
There are a lot of different filters to choose from, and it can be very tiring to go through all the facts of every single pitcher. Because of this, I have put together some tips on how to help you pick the best filter.
First, you need to figure out what's contaminating your water. Is it agriculture runoff? Heavy metals? Chlorine? Fluoride? Whatever it is, the more you know about the chemicals in your drinking water, the easier it will be to find a filter based on your needs. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) mandates that there be water analysis reports done every year, and these can be found on your local government website, or you can call EPA's Safe Drinking Water Hotline, to get a list of state-certified testing labs to send your water to and test, or you can opt to get an at home test kit to test the water yourself. Any of these methods will do the trick, but it's essential that you know what exactly is coming out of the tap.
The second aspect of a filter that needs to be considered is the price point. Everyone has an idea of how much they want to spend on a certain item, and a pitcher filter is no different; there are some basic filters in the range of $10-$30, and the costs go up from there depending on the brand name and the functionality of the actual filter.
Lastly, what you want to look for is style. What do you want it to look like? Do you want it to go with your kitchen table? How large do you want it? What color suits you? Do you want a rubber bottom or handle so it's easier to hold on to? Or, do you just not care? It doesn't matter what you want, there are thousands of different products out there to accommodate your needs. All you have to do is look.
There are some pitchers that are hot on the market right now, and I thought that since I was talking about these systems, I would help you by giving some information on the following filters.
This product also has a convenient gauge to tell you when the filter needs to get replaced, which takes all the guess work out of using these types of systems. Typically, the filters last for 1-2 months, but that is with heavy use. The only problem people have had with this is that sometimes the pitcher will leak from the spout. Overall, and excellent product in regards to filtration and capacity.
The next product was PUR's flagship design. It is about half the price as the 18 cup, but has about half the size. Unlike the DS-1800Z, this is a traditional pitcher which means that pouring is required; there is no valve. This also comes with an electronic filter detector which will let the consumer know when to trade out the filters. Typically, these filters will last for 40 gallons, or 2 months, depending on which comes first.
This product removes 96% of mercury, 95% of industrial pollutants, and is BPA free, which is the old way of making the water taste better. Even without the BPA, it has a very clear taste to it, that people cannot seem to get enough of.
However, a lot of people have reported that the LED indicator to change the filter malfunctions a good portion of the time, and that there is no way to change out the battery. Also, there have been a fair number of reports that this product leaks more frequently than others when it's poured. Overall, a very decent pitcher for the price.
Finally, we have the ZeroWater ZP-010 Pitcher, which is the only non-PUR product I have reviewed. Of all the products here, this holds the least volume of fluids, but only by a cup, so the difference between this and the previous filter's capacity are negligible.
The advantage of having a smaller container is that it can fit more places than bigger ones, and that it is not as heavy to lift when it's filled with water. The feature that surprised me with this product was that it has a pop-up spigot, so there's no pouring necessary, which is very convenient. Another difference was that it came with its own water testing meter to ensure that the filter you just bought was actually doing what it advertised, which left me with a very favorable impression of the product.
Another plus is that it has an intricate 5-part filtration system which is certified to significantly reduce the lead content in the water, as well as about 99% of dissolved solids. Both of these functions go a long way to making the water safe and refreshing.
The filters last between 30-40 gallons, or 2 months, and should be changed regularly to avoid contamination. The replacement cartridges for this filter are a little more expensive than the other ones, but the price for the actual pitcher was about the same as the PUR-18 Cup.
The only problem that customers had with this was that if you were actually going to pour from the pitcher, then it was almost impossible not to spill. In light of all the other positives that this has, I would say that a little water spillage is acceptable.