If you want cold, clean, crisp water at home, but don’t want to have to pay for a 5-gallon upright water dispenser or buy bottled waters that pollute landfills, then you should look into a water filter pitcher. They are containers that come in slim designs to fit into your refrigerator without taking up a lot of space. Just fill the pitchers with water and an internal filter cartridge cleans the water of sediment and impurities. Pop the container, whether it is a pitcher or a dispenser, into the fridge to cool the water. When you’re ready for a nice, cold, refreshing drink, just pour the filtered water into a glass. Here are three popular water filter pitchers.

Brita 10-Cup Everyday Water Filter Pitcher

Brita 10-Cup Everyday Water Filter Pitcher

The Brita 10-Cup Everyday Water Filter Pitcher holds up to 10 cups of water at a time in its BPA-free pitcher. The pitcher, which comes in white only, is designed in a standard oval shape and includes a sticker filter indicator so you can keep track of filter changes. The unit comes with one filter, which can replace 300 standard 16.9 ounce water bottles. The Brita 10-Cup Everyday Water Filter Pitcher reduces the chlorine taste and odor, zinc taste, copper, mercury and cadmium, which are all often found in tap water. The pitcher retails for around $23.

Pros

  • Oval shaped design saves space in refrigerator
  • Filter cartridges are recyclable
  • Lightweight (without water)

Cons

  • Lid can be a bit clunky
  • Lack of flap at the spout
  • Reservoir filter can be a bit difficult to retrieve for some users

The Brita 10-Cup Everyday Water Filter Pitcher provides great tasting, healthier water in a very simple-to-use space saving pitcher. It is a basic pitcher. If you want a fancy one with indicator lights, then this is not the one for you. However, if you are on the lookout for a basic pitcher that will provide simply pure, clean water, then this is a good buy.

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PUR 18 Cup Dispenser

PUR 18 Cup Dispenser with 1 Filter

The PUR 18 Cup Dispenser w/ 1 Filter has a unique carbon filter that removes 95 percent of mercury, reduces the chlorine taste and odor and provides up to 40 gallons (or two months’ worth) of clean water in a BPA-free pitcher. The dispenser holds seven 8 oz. glasses of water and features a comfort-grip handle and an easy-fill lid that flips open with the press of the thumb. This dispenser retails for $26.

Pros

  • Dispenser and filter are recyclable
  • Slim design
  • Filter use indicator
  • Filters quickly

Cons

  • Some users have experienced leaks
  • Air can lock at the top

The PUR 18 Cup Dispenser w/ 1 Filter comes in five vibrant colors matching any décor. It’s trendy and slim and fits neatly in your refrigerator. Just slide your cup underneath the spout and push the trigger down to pour.

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MAVEA 1001125 Elemaris XL 9-Cup Water Filtration Pitcher

MAVEA 1001125 Elemaris XL 9-Cup Water Filtration Pitcher

The Mavea Elemaris 9-cup Water Filtration Pitcher comes in five trendy colors: black, white, tangerine, eggplant, and ruby red. It is BPA free and uses the latest technology in filtration. It has an automatic pour-through lid for easier filling, a filter indicator and a micro screen that filters more black bits. This pitcher retails for $30.

Pros

  • Easy to fill
  • Easy to pour
  • Filter indicator
  • Rubberized feet keep pitcher in place
  • Bold color choices

Cons

  • Filtration monitor runs on batteries, which can’t be replaced
  • Filtration indicator lacks accuracy

The Mavea Elemaris Water Filtration Pitcher is as useful as it is pretty. It comes in five bold colors and produces delicious, clean, clear water. A filtration monitor alerts you when the filter needs to be replaced and its smart design lets you fill and pour with ease.

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Conclusion

When looking for a water filter pitcher, you want one that purifies your tap water and gives you great-tasting, clear water. All three of these filter pitchers/dispensers do the job well. They feature innovative carbon filters and produce pure, refreshing water.

If you don’t want to tinker with batteries and electric filter monitors, the Brita 10-Cup Everyday Water Filter Pitcher is priced right and error-free. It includes a reminder sticker so you know when to replace the filter. The only issue is the date is an estimate, since larger families will use up the filter sooner.

However, users have indicated that a tell-tale sign of a filter that is at the end of its work life is the pace of the water movement. If it is taking longer for the filter to clean the water, it means the filter is filled with sediment and it’s time to replace it.

The Brita is the lowest price among the three. But the Mavea with its five fun colors doesn’t cost much more.

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