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517 of 539 people found the following review helpful
Size Name: 3 Pack
We always kept two boxes of these on hand as replacements when we used our Brita filter pitcher (we went to an in-line because we drink so much filtered water --we'd go through 40 gallons in no time, but that is a LOT of water.) There are three "gotcha's" on these filters to be aware of:
1. Do not let the filter dry out. When the pitcher is empty, you should refill the reservoir right away. When the pitcher is full or partly full, the bottom of the filter is in the water and keeping moist.
2. The filter needs to be soaked and flushed exactly according to directions. Some of the charcoal packing comes off in the flushing process, and if you don't take care of it, you will have specks in the water. This is no big problem, just something to be aware of.
3. Never put overly warm or hot water through the filter.
If you follow the directions, you will have, as we did, gallons of water that cost a lot less and taste as good or better than the water you buy in plastic containers in the supermarket.
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115 of 125 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2002
Size Name: 3 Pack
I have been using Brita filters for over six years now and I have nothing but the best to say about them. Living in a part of the country where the tap water contains impurities resulting in poor taste, at first I resorted to bottled water. Besides being hard on the old wallet, I found that some brands had a burnt aftertaste to them. So I tried Brita. I was amazed at how it improved the taste of ordinary tap water. It tasted better than some bottled water I had been purchasing and it was crystal clear. I have been using Brita ever since. The only drawback initially is the cost of the pitcher, but once you have it the only other cost are the filters that are readily available at most stores. Each filter lasts about 40 gallons, which translates into getting bottled water quality for seventeen cents per gallon.
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69 of 77 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon August 9, 2006
Size Name: 3 PackVerified Purchase
The Brita pitcher water filtering system is a good idea if you have problems with your tap water. Filtered water is a much lower cost than bottled water and as long as your tap is running, you can have an almost endless supply.

I used to live in New York City. The water quality is variable at best. The city constantly monitors water and "adjusts" additives to combat bacteria and other pollutants. Often, especially in the summer months, the chlorine level is very high.

The Brita filter takes care of the chlorine problem and removes other additives, as well.

The result is clear, fresh & pure tasting water that is excellent for drinking, cooking, beverage making and ice cubes (bad ice cubes can ruin a drink.)

Heed the instructions about filter replacement. The filters are rated at 40 US gallons each. If you exceed the recommended filter "life", you will definitely notice diminished results. This is especially noticeable with chlorinated water. The smell returns and the filtered water does not taste as good any more.

All-in-all, this is an excellent filter, but it's no speed demon.

The only real problems I've noticed are with the pitcher timer breaking and the poor results if you leave the filter in the pitcher too long (beyond the 40 gallon estimated limit.)

Also, do not allow the filter to dry out once you've started using it.

Buying the larger packages of filters saves money and is worth it, in the long run.

Update: Brita replacement pitcher filters now have an advanced design. Compared to the older filters, the new ones have two noticeable improvements: they are easier to grip from the top and there is significantly less sediment fallout in the reservoir.
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113 of 133 people found the following review helpful
on December 23, 2002
Size Name: 3 PackVerified Purchase
In California the water tends to be very hard. I purchased an under the sink two stage water filtration system and thought the problem would be solved. The water still tasted bad so I bought a Brita pitcher filter. Unbelievable! It tasted so good. I think it's because each filter has silver oxide particles mixed in with the charcoal and it softens the water very well. I wish I would have tried this filter first.
Since moving to the east coast I still find that these filters do a great job at making the water taste as good or better than bottled water at a fraction of the cost.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2000
Size Name: 3 Pack
The Brita filters are an excellent lower-end water purification system. They work quite well in most cases and these new filters come with a guide that indicates when it is time to change the filter. This is a marked improvement over the old method of going by calendar days based on the number of times you fill the pitcher per day.
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35 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on December 10, 2002
Size Name: 3 Pack
I have been using this system for a couple of years now. Here's a tip to get rid of the little black particles...
If you make sure to keep the water level above the level of the filter at all times, the carbon particles will not get into your water! Good luck!
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37 of 47 people found the following review helpful
on December 11, 2014
Size Name: 3 PackVerified Purchase
It was a terrible experience... I started use first one in October and the water speed was slower than the original one. It seemed like it was not the real BRITA. But that was not the worst thing, the worst thing is that these days the water tastes terrible! I thought I may need to change a new one so I open a second one...The water comes out with the black colour..... It was so terrible...I have never seen this before, I thought it was the colour of the charcoal however it keeps leaking the black water...Then I open the third one...the water looks like the same... dark water!
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We're sorry to hear about your experience. We'd be happy to help you. Please give us a call at 1-800-24BRITA Monday-Friday, between 9am-5:30pm so we can do so.
13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2006
Size Name: 3 PackVerified Purchase
Softens my hard water and makes tap water tasty. Be sure to soak filter prior for half a day prior to using. Keep enough water in the Brita container to keep at least part of the filter WET at all times. If you do these 2 things the filter works amazingly well. I use the filtered water for cooking and brewing tea and coffee (just like Starbucks does). I won't go back to plain tap water ever again! 3 filters seems to last about 3 months. No more lugging bottled water home from the store!!!!
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Size Name: 3 PackVine Customer Review of Free Product( What's this? )Verified Purchase
A redesigned version of the Brita filter that, like many of you, I have been using for years. This new version is the same height as the old (see picture) but with a redesigned top.

Pre-soaking is no longer required, and a new mesh is meant to prevent carbon flecks from leaking into the water. The flecks were always harmless, but unsightly. That new top is also a lot easier to grab-- I have one pitcher where I've needed to use pliers to get a decent enough grip to remove the wet (old-style) filters. Hopefully this new design lets me do the job by hand.

This filter still does what Brita has always done. Remove chlorine, sediment, zinc to make your water taste better, and reduce various other metallic/toxic contaminants that may be present. It makes tap water taste better, potentially makes the water safer, and costs far less than bottled water. Besides that, filtering is much more environmentally-friendly than bottled water (mostly for eliminating the energy costs of packaging and transporting bottled water).

These filters are a good product in a new design, and they continue to be well-priced at Amazon. Recommended.
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133 of 180 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2000
Size Name: 3 Pack
I noticed that the Brita cartridges did not take out a lot of color from the water I put in. Later I found out that it was rated Class 5 on NSF's scale - by looking up the NSF site, Class 5 means 85% reduction of particles between 30 to 50 microns. The scale is a 6-step scale with Class 1 being the best. After checking with the Greater Vancouver Water District, our sediment particle size in the water averages 2.5 microns - No wonder the water coming through the cartridges is still yellowish brown in color!
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