Brita 10 Cup Everyday BPA Free Water Pitcher with 1 Filter, White
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- Large, white, Brita 10 cup water pitcher with 1 easy to use filter
- Reduces chlorine taste and odor, copper, mercury and cadmium to deliver healthier, great tasting water
- BPA free white Brita pitcher with sticker filter change indicator and easy fill lid
- Sticker filter indicator notifies you when you need to change the water filter
- Change filter every 40 gallons or approximately every two months
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Drink healthier, great tasting tap water with this BPA free Brita 10 cup water pitcher. With the Advanced filter technology, Brita cuts the taste and odor of chlorine to deliver great tasting water, and is certified to reduce copper, cadmium and mercury impurities, which can adversely affect your health over time. The Brita water pitcher's flip top lid makes refilling a breeze and just a glance at the sticker filter indicator lets you know when it is time to change the Brita replacement filter. This large water pitcher comes with 1 water filter, which should be changed every 40 gallons or about 2 months for best results. Start drinking healthier, great tasting water with Brita today.
Your water filter pitcher can be ready to use in a few steps. Wash your hands before touching the filter, then flush it with cold water for 15 seconds. Insert the filter into the reservoir. Add cold tap water. The first three pitchers of filtered water may contain carbon dust. Use on plants or discard. Replace the water filter every 40 gallons or 2 months. Substances reduced may not be in all users' water.
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It claims to be BPA free (I didn't test it). And it works with the standard Brita filters. If you are familiar with Brita filters and like them, then this is a great pitcher for you.
It doesn't have the fancy lights or date indicators to tell you when to change your filter, but I had those before and they didn't work too well anyway. This basic model comes with the "sticker system" which allows you to put a sticker on the pitcher itself or on your refrigerator. The sticker has a reusable indicator that you can move to show when the filter is supposed to be replaced. (They recommend every 2 months, but depending on how much water you go through, it could be more or less frequently).
I'm very happy with my purchase of this basic pitcher, and I definitely recommend it to anyone in the market for a water filtering pitcher.
As far as the awkward goes: The handle is a little uncomfortable. The water pours kind of slowly (glugging out, instead of pouring smoothly). Pouring out the last couple of cups requires upending the pitcher. If you've just filled the top of the pitcher, you'll have to wait for it to filter through, because otherwise unfiltered water leaks substantially from the top when you try to pour. The wide-open top (when filling) can more easily allow contamination (splashes, drips, clumsy kids) than a smaller opening.
There's nothing fancy about this model. No hinges or joints, no filter-change indicator. Simple also means nothing to break, and mine has lasted through heavy use for nearly three years. I take it apart every few months and scrub everything (bleaching if there's any algae growth). The only noteworthy sign of aging is a build up of dark gunk under the clear sticker on the outside/bottom of the pitcher. That sticker is hard to remove, but has separated enough to allow water/etc to enter the gap (aesthetic issue only).
Brita filters work well, the water tastes great even if you have decent tap water already-- I won't reiterate what others have said. Particularly for drinking plain, or making coffee, it's well worth using filtered water (and cheaper than bottled water). These filters also remove a noteworthy amount of various metals that might be present in your water supply.
(I bought mine at a local B&M store, but Amazon is priced competitively)
Recommended over their fancier pitchers, if you're trying to save a few dollars.
Meanwhile, the fact that you can now recycle Brita filters through the Preserve Gimme5 program significantly increases the probability of my continuing to buy them. You can find drop-off locations on both the PreserveProducts and Brita websites (they are commonly located outside Whole Foods stores).
Personally my biggest concern with municipal water is the presence of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that are not regulated and certainly not understood in terms of health risks (a 2009 NY Times article "That Tap Water Is Legal but May Be Unhealthy" is worth reading). We're now aware of the dangers of endocrine disruptors such as bisphenol A (BPA) but there has been a huge increase in the number of new organic chemicals generated the chemical, pharmaceutical, and agricultural industries. It's the potential for removal of some of these organic compounds that makes a carbon filter a worthwhile choice for me. Note, however, that a carbon block filter (such as a Brita faucet filter if used at low flow rate) can remove VOCs much more effectively than a pitcher filter. Keeping the water level in the pitcher high enough so that it's in contact with the filter will improve VOC removal efficiency but it probably won't be as effective as a Brita faucet filter or a Berkey system.
The Environmental Working Group (EWG) found very high levels of carcinogenic chloramine by-products in Washington DC tap water and recommended filtration through carbon. Chlorine and chloramines are often used to disinfect water at municipal treatment plants and can pose health risks if not effectively removed before reaching the consumer.
The EWG also found surprisingly high levels of chromium-6 in tap water (following Erin Brockovich's investigation you would think this issue has been dealt with by now) and Brita filters aren't certified to remove chromium-6. A reverse-osmosis (RO) filter can do it, but considering it wastes 3-5 gallons of water for every gallon purified, RO isn't a very green choice from a water conservation viewpoint and since the water purified by RO is mineral-deficient it's not good for your health either. Alternatively, the ZeroWater pitcher filters (if you can afford them) do remove chromium-6, and they do offer cartridge recycling (where they recycle the both the plastic and the resin) but you pay for postage yourself and get credit in return (which may not cover the cost of your postage). However, based on some of the negative reviews for ZeroWater (mainly citing filter life, bad water, and cartridge price) I've decided that if I switch from Brita it will be to a Berkey system. A key advantage of the Berkey system is that it removes bacteria and parasites, so it can be used to filter unclean water in an emergency. One thing's for sure: any one of my top three options (Berkey, ZeroWater, or Brita) is a whole lot better than buying bottled water.
For more information on Brita sustainability and impact, researchers at the Sustainability Science group at the University of Vermont have written a useful evaluation of Brita filters that you can find on the web.
Overall, I'll give the Brita pitcher 4/5 gold stars for quality of the product and 4/5 "green" stars based on the social-ethical-environmental aspects of producing it.
Anyway, great item, I've had the same original pitcher for 13 years - not one crack, still works great. Got this current model as a spare and it is just as good too. Enjoy
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