Human beings are comprised of almost 60 percent water, so it only makes sense that we should replenish the water that we lose each day, making water the most important food or drink we put inside our bodies. The quality and flavor of the water is an important aspect of our consumption choices; why drink dirty, foul-tasting water? While you may not think the water you’re drinking is less than clean, you may be surprised to learn that not all tap water is created equal. To even the playing field, a water lead filter system is the best way to ensure the water you drink has been removed some of those less-than-savory components, as well as elevated its taste.
You can certainly boil your tap water to purify your water, but there are less time-consuming ways to make sure your water is clean. You may opt for a reverse osmosis system, an under the counter water system or even an over the counter water system, but surely the least expensive and easiest way to filter your water is to use a water filter pitcher. These pitchers cost anywhere from $15.00 to $150.00, depending upon their brand name and features. Deciding which brand of water filter pitcher works best for you depends upon your needs. For instance, if you are single, the pitcher you select may be decidedly smaller than a pitcher used by a family of five. Any water filter pitcher worth its…charcoal, should remove up to 99 percent of contaminants, remove fluoride up to 75 percent, and remove choramines and chorination byproducts by at least 95 percent. Make sure to read the manufacturer’s information pamphlet and read reviews to ensure your pitcher meets these guidelines.
While there are many manufacturers that offer different types of water filter pitchers, there are three main manufacturers that produce various configurations, some with more advanced features. Narrowing down what you need and what you would like to spend should help you to decide which one will work best for you.
Brita pitchers are a popular choice, especially since they fashion a variety of choices. The Brita 10 cup is constructed with a slim design, a comfortable grip and handle and an electronic filter tracker to indicate when it is time to change the filter inside. For good measure, plan to replace the filter every two months for optimum taste and performance. The BPA free Brita filter reduces chlorine taste and odor, copper, mercury, and impurities found in some tap water and costs approximately $40.00, not including filter replacements. If you have a large family, this filtration pitcher might be a good choice.
Brita also makes a stainless steel version of their pitcher which features a brushed stainless steel body, is BPA free and has a locking, easy fill lid. It is also equipped with the electronic filter tracker and reduces chlorine, sulphor and zinc taste. If you have stainless steel appliances, this pitcher will complement the décor and only cost you about $50.00.
The Brita company also makes a five cup, smaller, slim designed pitcher that is ideal for singles or small families. It is also BPS free and filters out the harmful chemicals that the larger versions do, but only costs a little over $20.00. This adaption does not have the electronic filter tracker, instead, a sticker is affixed to the outside of the pitcher. You write the month the filter was inserted onto the sticker and in two months, you change the filter and the sticker for fresh, clean water. Brita pitchers have been certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), to ensure the products are meeting the strict standards for public health safety.
Another water filtration pitcher manufacturer is ZeroWater. They offer a 10 cup, 8 cup and stainless steel options, all with different features. ZeroWater offers the only filter pitcher that is certified by the NSF to reduce both lead and chromium in your water. The ten cup container is also BPA free and has a TDS meter that gives you a digital reading to indicate when you should change the filter. The largest design will cost you about $35.00 while the 8 cup container runs about $30.00. Both types are equipped with a dispenser at the bottom of the pitcher’s handle that lets you access the water without removing it from the refrigerator. The stainless model does not have the dispenser and it is just a little more expensive than the other two; it runs about $40.00. The ZeroWater filters are more expensive than competitors’ filters because the offer a five stage filtration system that removes 99 percent of dissolved solids in water.
PUR also offers quality water filtration pitchers. The smallest version is the five cup model that also features a faster water filtration process than other manufacturers’ models. It is BPA free and is certified to remove that nasty chlorine taste and odor from your water. PUR pitchers feature patented, secure-fit filters that ensures that the unfiltered water won’t mix with the clean, lead water filter. This pitcher costs just less than 25 dollars.
The PUR 7 cup ultimate pitcher is guaranteed to remove 99 percent of lead and lead up to 14 contaminants. It’s also BPA free and the easy to fill lid, comfort grip handle and oval shape are designed to be comfortable and to conserve space in your refrigerator. The CleanSensor Monitor is the filter change light that alerts you to replace the filter. This model runs roughly $25.00.
The PUR 2 stage oval pitcher has an LED light so you can pour in the dark! The light is activated by the pouring motion. In addition to reducing zinc, copper, mercury and more contaminants it also has a 2 stage filtration system to ensure less debris escapes into the filtered water. It also features a sleek, BPA free design and costs about $35.00.
Each of these manufacturers offer other comparable water pitchers; shop around for the features and cost that you want. Remember—any water filtration pitcher is better than none, so you really can’t go wrong in selecting one. Once you purchase a pitcher, you will want to wash your hands before handling the endotoxin filter and then make sure it soaks for at least fifteen minutes. Run a few pitchers full of water through the filter before you being to use it for drinking water. Then sit back and enjoy your clean, filtered water!