Brita water pitcher/filter...anyone have one?

  • rnch

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    Jan 03, 2010 3:31 PM GMT
    i received a large (about the size of two stacked shoeboxes) brita water filter/pitcher for a Christmas present.

    it's still sitting under the tree, unopened. i can use it or return it.

    anyone have one/used one? does the brita filtered water taste on par with bottled water?
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    Jan 03, 2010 5:17 PM GMT
    rnch saidi received a large (about the size of two stacked shoeboxes) brita water filter/pitcher for a Christmas present.

    it's still sitting under the tree, unopened. i can use it or return it.

    anyone have one/used one? does the brita filtered water taste on par with bottled water?


    I have a PUR filter/pitcher. Water does taste better than bottled water to me. And if you so desire you can get the flavoured filters.
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    Jan 03, 2010 5:27 PM GMT
    What was the brand of water filter they have linked to the death of a guest of that new hotel in downtown Miami? Serious! Actually I think it was a shower filter.
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    Jan 03, 2010 5:47 PM GMT
    If you don't want it taking up room in your 'Fridge, take it back and get the faucet mounted one.

    http://www.consumersearch.com/water-filters


    January 2009. Although faucet-mounted water filters are more convenient than pitcher-style filters, and filter out more contaminants, we found a lot more complaints about this style -- especially about leaks. However, the 3-stage PUR FM-9400, along with other PUR faucet filters, earns high marks for filtering out many more contaminants than competing models. Independent tests show it filters out 99 percent of pharmaceuticals. This filter is also easy to install and earns top ranking when it comes to water taste. It's easy to switch between filtered and unfiltered water. If you don't need to filter out 30 contaminants, consider the Culligan FM-15A Faucet Filter (*est. $eighteen), which gets better ratings for durability.

    We found the best comparison test of the PUR FM-9400 faucet-mount water filter at Consumer Reports, where it's rated and ranked along with 26 other filters, including three other faucet water filters. Good Housekeeping tests a PUR faucet-mounted filter for even more contaminants, but it's not clear which model is covered -- though they all use a three-stage filter. A Canadian site, Shopping Bags, also uses lab tests but finds taste comparisons the deciding factor. National Geographic's The Green Guide recommends the PUR FM-9400 based primarily on certification data from the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF), while reviews at Consumer Guide, TheKitchn.com and ApartmentTherapy.com emphasize convenience and water taste. We found over 100 owner-written reviews of the PUR FM-9400 faucet filter at Amazon.com, with some of the complaints documented by two videos published at YouTube.
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    Jan 03, 2010 6:17 PM GMT
    [quote]

    I have one. Water does taste better than bottled water to me[/quote]

    I agree, and I drink a whole lot more water since using it.
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    Jan 03, 2010 7:00 PM GMT
    Return it.

    All of these miracle filters are just cartridges of activated charcoal and a few large-pore-sized particle filters with misleading designations.

    Yes, they will absorb organic contaminants (that aren't really in your tap water to begin with) for a few days. After that, they a) become saturated and no longer absorb and b) become excellent breeding grounds for bacteria. Although those bacteria probably won't be harmful, they certainly won't do any good for you.

    The water will probably taste better than bottled water, but will be exactly the same as simply keeping an ordinary pitcher of tap water chilled to 4°C. Most people prefer the taste of slightly "hard" water, such as is found in the majority of municipal systems. Most bottled waters are very "soft" due to reverse-osmosis or distillation, and therefore somewhat "flat" tasting.
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    Jan 03, 2010 7:08 PM GMT
    The only thing I've ever filtered through a Brita is shitty vodka. Tap water standards are pretty good, and only people with compromised immune systems due to HIV or chemotherapy need to worry about contaminants.

    http://www.epa.gov/safewater/faq/faq.html
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    Jan 03, 2010 7:12 PM GMT
    I live in NYC. My tap water is filled with orange sediment. You better believe I filter the hell out of it. If you live in a municipal area, you probably should filter anyway, especially since municipal water is generally tainted with anti-depressents, birth control meds, and other things pissed into the water supply. Anything that gets rid of a little more of it is a good thing. I used to have a distiller that I got from Sears that worked wonders, and I really wish I had it with me right now, but Brita it is for the moment.



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    Jan 03, 2010 7:40 PM GMT
    I use a Pur faucet mount filter. Water tastes better. But I find that it doesn't filter out all the minerals. We got some pretty hard water here in LA.

    I think you should just return the Brita pitchers and exchange them for the Pur filters.
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    Jan 03, 2010 8:13 PM GMT
    I used them. Not anymore because my roommate wouldn't buy a new filter.
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    Jan 03, 2010 8:13 PM GMT
    hmmm i've been using it for two years and I didn't get any illness that you would expect to get from unfiltered water, so it shouldn't be a bad idea to keep it as long as you don't have anything like it already =)
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    Jan 03, 2010 8:16 PM GMT
    mindgarden saidReturn it.

    All of these miracle filters are just cartridges of activated charcoal and a few large-pore-sized particle filters with misleading designations.

    Yes, they will absorb organic contaminants (that aren't really in your tap water to begin with) for a few days. After that, they a) become saturated and no longer absorb and b) become excellent breeding grounds for bacteria. Although those bacteria probably won't be harmful, they certainly won't do any good for you.

    The water will probably taste better than bottled water, but will be exactly the same as simply keeping an ordinary pitcher of tap water chilled to 4°C. Most people prefer the taste of slightly "hard" water, such as is found in the majority of municipal systems. Most bottled waters are very "soft" due to reverse-osmosis or distillation, and therefore somewhat "flat" tasting.


    Nonsense. I had one in Chile and the water there has a vicious taste. Even after 5 months you could still notice a great difference in taste between tap and filtered water at room temperature. .
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    Jan 03, 2010 8:24 PM GMT
    Tap water definitely tastes better using a brita filter pitcher, Its great for removing a chlorine taste in your tap water if thats an issue. I use one all the time, for tea, coffee or drinking water.
  • drypin

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    Jan 03, 2010 8:35 PM GMT
    Like musclrunner, we use ours every morning for tea and every afternoon for coffee. Much tastier that way! I also prefer it to the calcium-heavy but very high-scoring-in-health-tests German tap water.
  • jrs1

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    Jan 03, 2010 8:47 PM GMT

    use it all the time. comes in handy everyday.
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    Jan 03, 2010 8:52 PM GMT
    We had one and used it extensively here at home, until our pipes were flushed enough that they didn't have a weird taste to it. The filter now resides up at the cabin. We love it.
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    Jan 03, 2010 9:01 PM GMT
    I think its funny people assume water filters are for people scared of contaminants. I used to live in a city where we got our water from reservoirs and wells... now i live in a city where they get their water from a river that is dredged regularly. The water tastes disgusting. It's not about whether or not its going to hurt me. It's about being able to stand the taste. And bottled water is HORRIBLE for the environment. Taking water from one part of the country to the other in plastic bottles is moronic.
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    Jan 03, 2010 9:33 PM GMT
    Exchange it for the faucet attached "Pur" filter. They are better than bottle water.
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    Jan 03, 2010 9:47 PM GMT
    rnch saidi received a large (about the size of two stacked shoeboxes) brita water filter/pitcher for a Christmas present.

    it's still sitting under the tree, unopened. i can use it or return it.

    anyone have one/used one? does the brita filtered water taste on par with bottled water?


    We use to have one many years ago and yes the water is as good as any bottled water. However, you have to change the filter often according to how much you use it and the replacement filters are expensive ($20 for 3). Now I just refill my own gallon jugs at the store for .33 each and it's costing me less than buying the new filters all the time. There are filters you can have installed on your faucet, too, and you can rent or buy water filtering systems, but for me just refilling gallon jugs every week seems the easiest and most inexpensive way at least for now.

    We have to buy water here because the city has told us there have been detections of high concentrations of lead and infants and pregnant women should not drink it. So I figured, if it's not good for them, probably not too good for me either. lol They said people with older homes and piping may be affected more and if you do drink it, let the water run 30 seconds before drinking it. lol But I think it's best not to drink our tap water at all. Rather be safe than sorry later. It comes from Lake Winnebago and is treated and I won't even swim in Lake Winnebago, much less drink it. icon_smile.gif
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    Jan 03, 2010 10:05 PM GMT
    [quote][cite]G_Force said... you have to change the filter often according to how much you use it and the replacement filters are expensive ($20 for 3)...[/quote] depends on where you get the filters from...i scored a 10 pack of brita filters off ebay for $3.89 each, including shipping. icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 03, 2010 10:06 PM GMT
    I don't like bottled water because who knows how long it has been bottled? I've heard that chemicals in the plastic can go into the water after its been sitting in those plastic bottles for awhile. That's why I don't like buying soda in plastic bottles either. But, then again is the aluminum cans any safer? Who knows? We are all going to die from contaminants sooner or later. lol
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    Jan 03, 2010 10:08 PM GMT
    rnch said[quote][cite]G_Force said... you have to change the filter often according to how much you use it and the replacement filters are expensive ($20 for 3)...
    depends on where you get the filters from...i scored a 10 pack of brita filters off ebay for $3.89 each, including shipping. icon_cool.gif[/quote]

    that is a good deal, plus job security for me. buy lots!
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    Jan 03, 2010 10:43 PM GMT
    I don't use one, but my partner uses it when we're at the beach in Delaware. He claims that it makes the water there drinkable, and that's good enough for me.

    Our local government sent everybody a faucet-type filter, name brand, but I don't remember, whe our DC water supply was contaminated. We never attached it cause it seemed like a pain in the ass big thing that would make washing dishges etc much more difficult. It slows down the flow.
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    Jan 03, 2010 10:47 PM GMT
    By all means keep it. We have one and use it every day. I highly recomend it. icon_cool.gif
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    Jan 03, 2010 10:51 PM GMT
    kscott6671 saidBy all means keep it. We have one and use it every day. I highly recomend it. icon_cool.gif
    if drinking brita gets me to look like you i'll wear the darn thing out! icon_wink.gif