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Please TEST IT before you buy
on September 2, 2007
(I've only tried the pitcher, so this review has nothing to do with the faucet mount version.)
This is not a bad concept for a product. In fact, I think now that PUR have made the first step, perhaps other companies (and even PUR themselves) can start improving on it and making it better. However, this particular product is simply not there yet and I do not believe it is worth the full price.
Purified, filtered water is an essential thing in every household. I've had a Brita pitcher for a long time, the "Grand" model, and I've enjoyed it immensely. I still have it. However, when I saw the new PUR Flavor Options pitcher, I was intrigued. I've often wished there was an easy, healthy way to add flavor to water. Sure, there are powders and syrups, but this particular idea, that the flavor is an option right within the pitcher, ready to be dispensed at the push of a button, seemed pretty awesome to me. It just so happened that I had a gift card I could use to purchase it, and so I did.
The first problem that was apparent right away is the size of the pitcher itself. After using the Brita Grand pitcher, which is fairly large and holds up to 10 cups of water, this was a real downgrade. This product is being targeted to families, naturally, but the size of the pitcher simply won't cut it in a household of more than two people, and even then it's a bit of a bother because you will have to refill it very often. The shape of it IS very conducive to small households and people who can't spare any kitchen or fridge space, but for me, personally, the downgrade in size was a big letdown. Granted, this is a problem that was personal to me and I realize I could have known this before buying-- it just didn't dawn on me until I actually owned it just how small this pitcher is, for me. So if you're looking for a pitcher that will hold a good amount of water, this is not for you. I hope PUR is going to release this product in larger sizes in the future, although from what I've seen of PUR, their pitcher variety is already quite limited compared to Brita.
The other problem-- and this is a big one-- is the flavor. To be quite candid, it's not very good. Again, this is SUCH a personal issue that some may obviously disagree, but in my experience, which included the raspberry and peach flavors, I was very disappointed. The raspberry was by far the worst-- if you don't put a lot of it in the glass you won't notice it's there, but if you put enough of it to actually taste it, it is sour, synthetic, and leaves a nasty taste in your mouth. I can't stress the aftertaste enough-- it is bad. I am very health conscious and care about what goes in my body, and this product tasted so synthetic that I just felt bad swallowing it. It doesn't really taste too much like raspberry, either. The peach is a LITTLE better but again, it just doesn't taste right. I didn't feel like I wanted the flavor in my water. This was a big letdown because I was excited about it before trying it out, and I was hoping it would grow on me, but as I've owned this product for a week now I find that I push the flavor button less and less.
SO WHAT SHOULD YOU DO TO DETERMINE FOR YOURSELF WHETHER YOU SHOULD BUY THIS OR NOT?
Go to your nearest convenience store. Purchase one of the flavor packets, the ones that go in the pitcher, WITHOUT buying the pitcher. You can buy all three options, or just buy one if you don't want to waste money. Go home, take out the flavor packet, pour yourself a nice glass of water (hopefully filtered and cold). Then hold the packet facing downward into the glass, and push on the soft rubber surface next to the nozzle. It will squirt out the flavor. You can now try it for yourself as much as you like without shelling out upwards of 30 dollars for the entire product.
I am returning the pitcher tomorrow. If PUR improves upon it, I'll investigate again. Until then, the size of the pitcher is a problem; the FLAVOR, however, is a disaster.