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Choosing and Using a Water Filtration Pitcher

Updated on September 28, 2011

Get Better Water With a Water Filtration Pitcher

From water that just tastes bad or has scary looking sediment in it, to water than is infused with harmful impurities, more and more people are concerned about their drinking water. One of the most affordable ways of assuring your water is better tasting and healthier, is a water filtration pitcher.

These pitchers most often use carbon filters which help to rid water of chlorine, particulates, lead, and even some bacteria. Carbon filters often use activated silver for the purpose of eliminating a variety of bacteria. These filters also offer the advantage of being affordable.

Below are the best water filtration pitchers, ones that have received positive reviews, and especially those which current customers report the greatest satisfaction.

The Advantages

A good water filter pitcher will improve the taste of your water and also make it healthier by removing many harmful impurities. They can also be easier to use than some of the other options. Water faucet filters and certainly refrigerator filters are bit harder to install and to replace than a basic pitcher.

These pitchers are also a much more affordable option that larger filtration systems.

A water filtration pitcher can also assist many people who consume bottled water to break their habit. It saves them money and eliminates any problem of running out of fresh, great tasting water between trips to the store. Needless to say, these pitchers also help the environment as they elminate all of the plastic bottle waste. In addition, many of the filters are recycleable.

Buying and Care Tips

Most water filtration pitchers are easy to clean with soapy water and a towel. Some are even dishwasher safe. However, the most important thing to "clean" is the filter itself. No filter will perform it's intended task if it's clogged. Most of these filters simply need to be removed and replaced on a routine basis.

Generally speaking, the filters will last 2 months, depending upon your usage. Many of them are recycleable but certainly there is a cost involved related to purchasing clean filters several times a year. However, the cost is still significantly less than one would spend on bottled drinking water but the cost of replacement filters needs to be considered nonetheless.

When choosing your the pitcher, be sure to consider it's capacity and your usage. If you want to be satisfied with it, you probably don't want to have to refill it twice a day. In addition, think about quick filling and how long it takes the water to flow through the system and be ready to drink.

Finally too, you want to consider the effectiveness of the filtering system. Some of these water filtration pitchers will help to remove harmful bacteria, some won't. You can learn more about the various types of filters and filtering systems in the links below.


Two of the best water filtration pitchers from Brita are the Aqualux and Pacifica. The Aqualux will hold 48 ounces of water (six 8 ounce glasses) and the Pacifica is designed for ten 8 ounce glasses. They both feature an easy fill, flip top lid and an electronic fiter change indicator (timer). The ion exchange resin filter is designed to remove 98% of lead, copper, mercury, camium, and zinc impurities as well as chlorine and sediment. It should be changed every 40 gallons or two months.

These pitchers feature a soft grip handle and will fit in the door of most refrigerators. The filters are recycleable through the Brita and Preserve recycling program.


The Mavea Elemaris will hold 5 glasses of water and the XL Elemaris will hold 9. Both have a silver treated filter to discourage bacterial growh, minimize chlorine taste, and industrial pollutants. The microscreen also acts to reduce the release of black carbon particles into your drinking water. The filter has a 40 gallon lifespan and is recycleable through the company's recycling program.

The Mavea filtered pitcher is made of BPA free plastic and is dishwater safe. It has soft rubber accents on the handle for comfort and a good grip as well as rubber on the base to avoid marring countertops with sweat or scratches.

Both Mavea water filtration pitchers have a filter change indicator which measures water hardness, volume, and length of time in use to let you know when it's time to change. Filling is quick and easy with the pour through lid.


This is a larger pitcher. It holds and dispenses 18 cups of water per fill. It's advanced filtration systems removes lead, copper, zinc, and 99.9% of microbiological cysts but leaves beneficial fluoride in your water.

It has easy carry handles and fits perfectly in your sink for filling purposes as well as on the shelf in your refrigerator. It's easy to clean with mild soapy water and a towel. It includes a filter life gauge so that you know when to replace the filter for optimum performance. After filling with water, filtration will occur within 30 to 40 minutes.


The Clear 20 pitcher holds 9 glasses of water and is NSF certified to remove 44 EPA recognized contaminants. This water filtration pitcher connects directly to your faucet with the included hose and fills very quickly. It includes a replaceable carbon filter and an indicator to tell you when it needs to be changed.


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      Mark Moller 7 years ago

      I use an under the counter water filter and it works very well. I have the 9 gallon tap master from I went with the larger tank size becuase I use the water for all my cooking as well as drinking. With the numerous impurities in the water it is important to make sure to get a filter so you know that you are drinking pure and clean water. Great hub!

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      wordsscriber 7 years ago from California

      I have been thinking about using a water filtration system. Thanks for the clear and concise comparisons and explanations.

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      Seakay 7 years ago from Florida

      I use the Brita and love it! You never know what is coming out of the tap. Great informative write. Thank you.

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      GiftedGrandma 7 years ago from USA

      We have used a Brita water filter pitcher since Oct 1997! It is a natural part of our household in the refrig.

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      twogroce 7 years ago

      Informative Hub, thank you for sharing it and good job!