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ZeroWater 10 Cup Pitcher with Free TDS Meter (Total Dissolved Solids) - ZP-010
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- Only Filter Pitcher Certified by NSF to Reduce both Lead and Chromium
- 5-Stage Filtration removes 99.6% of Dissolved Solids
- BPA Free
- One-handed “push to dispense” spout to fill any bottle or cup
- TDS meter that provides a digital reading so you know when it is time to change your filter
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This innovative, pitcher improves the taste and healthfulness of your tap water.
Five-Stage Filtration System
At the heart of every drop of water that's purified by a ZeroWater Pitcher is an independent, laboratory-calibrated water tester called a TDS meter. TDS stands for 'Total Dissolved Solids' and represents the amount of dissolved substances that can negatively affect the way water tastes.
- Stage 1: Activated carbon infused micro cloth.
- Stage 2: Multi-layer system using carbon and oxidation reduces alloy.
- Stage 3: Distributor that maximizes contact time.
- Stage 4: Comprehensive ION Exchange array.
- Stage 5: Non-woven membrane to remove fine particles.
ZeroWater 10-Cup Pitcher
With the ZeroWater Pitcher you can get cleaner, fresher water without tapping into your plumbing line, using bulky water coolers, and wasting your money on expensive bottled water. Thanks to an innovative five-stage filtration process, the ZeroWater Pitcher offers more complete water filtration than ordinary carbon filters. And for convenience, this pitcher neatly stores right in your refrigerator.
More Effective and Affordable Than Other Filters:
Even if you live in a municipality that cleans or treats water, water can pick up chemicals on its way from the treatment plant to your faucet, giving your tap water a metallic or chlorinated taste. Water that's purified with a ZeroWater Pitcher, however, tastes the way water should: crisp, clean, and fresh.
Unlike conventional gravity-fed or carbon water filters that remove only certain substances from your water, ZeroWater's patented Ion Exchange System with Five-Stage Technology delivers the only filtered water to measure absolute 000 PPM (parts per million) on the TDS meter. Compare that to the levels you’ll find in other filtered waters, most bottled waters and plain unfiltered tap water, all of which contain measurable amounts of dissolved solids. TDS meter readings for tap water in the US average between 190 and 200 PPM. Conventional filtered water measures between 030-500 PPM, and bottled water between 000-350 PPM.
Tested and certified by NSF International for removal of several minerals, ZeroWater is the only filtration system that fits the FDA definition of purified bottled water. The ZeroWater pitcher not only improves the taste of your tap water, it also helps to improve the environment. When you use the ZeroWater Pitcher, you'll reduce your use of plastic water bottles that clog up landfills and harm ecosystems. You'll also contribute to water conservation, because unlike reverse-osmosis systems, ZeroWater is gravity operated and doesn't waste electricity or water.
Battery-Powered TDS Meter Makes it Easy to Test Your Water:
The beauty of the ZeroWater Pitcher is that you don't have to accept purity claims at face value. Test your water yourself with the included meter and watch as the zeros come together to ensure that you're getting the best-tasting water possible.
Powered by two easy-to-replace 1.5-volt button cell batteries (included), this meter also lets you know the status of your filter. For instance, if your meter reads '006', it's time to replace the filter.
Sleek, Contemporary Design for Ease of Use:
This single-chamber pitcher features a sleek, patent-pending design that allows for easy storage in your refrigerator. For added convenience, a handy dispenser at the bottom of the pitcher's handle allows you to access water without removing the pitcher from the fridge.
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ZeroWater is not an ordinary water filter! ZeroWater delivers a unique 5-Stage Ion Exchange technology compared to conventional 2-Stage filtration. Enjoy the purest tasting water with a filter that removes 99.6% of TDS (total dissolved solids) from your tap water, such as Aluminum, Zinc, Nitrate, Fluoride and more! It is the only water filter that meets FDA standards for TDS in purified bottled water. This provides you with a pour-through, gravity fed filter certified by the NSF to reduce Lead and other heavy metals; such as Chromium 3 and 6. This 10-cup pitcher features a push-and-pour spout so you can conveniently fill your cup with one hand. You will know when it’s time to change your filter as every pitcher comes with a water testing meter, which measures the total dissolved solids in your water.BENEFITS:
ZeroWater Only Filter Pitchers Certified by NSF for both Lead and Chromium Reduction
Removes 99.6% of all dissolved solids
Purest tasting drinking water
One-handed “push to dispense” spout to fill any bottle or cup
Built-in TDS meter holder
WHAT YOU GET:
TDS (total dissolved solids) meter that provides a digital measurement of dissolved solids in your water (up to $17.99 retail value)
ZeroWater Ion Exchange water filter
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Top customer reviews
Seeing your water purity go from 150 to 250 PPM of contaminants, down to literally "000" is exciting.
No other affordably-priced water filters can do that. I give it "Five Stars" for quality and affordability.
However, there is a "dirty little secret" that ZeroWater desperately hopes you don't discover:
... how to make their water filters last 5 times as long, without sacrificing water purity.
I will tell you the secret:
The company makes its money on selling you $10 replacement water filters that only last about 30 to 50 gallons,
and then the water impurity level starts to read more than "0.06" (the company-recommended filter-change interval).
For most couples or small families... that means a new $10 filter about every month.
Wait a minute! You mean that this filter purifies my tap water from over 150.00 PPM down to a negligible 0.06 PPM,
and at that point... while the filter is still operating at OVER 99.9% EFFICIENCY... I'm supposed to discard it,
and buy another of your $10 filters? Because 99.9%+ purity is somehow "unacceptable"? That's crazy perfectionism!
Here is the SECRET to maintaining a purity rating of under 006 PPM for 5 times as long as the projected
30 to 50 gallons per filter... to get instead 150 to 250 gallons per filter replacement:
Step One: Buy ZeroWater's big 23-Cup Filter Device (Item # ZD-018) for less than $40 on Amazon.
Step Two: Buy ZeroWater's 10-Cup Pitcher Filter (Item # ZP-010) for less than $30 on Amazon.
Step Three: "THE SECRET CYCLE"...
Fill the easy-to-manuever 10-Cup Pitcher at your kitchen sink, and filter your water through it...
... and THEN... pour that already-filtered-water (reading 000 - 100% pure) into your big 23-Cup Filter that
stays in your refrigerator and let that filtered water be filtered AGAIN.
This results in your Big 23-Cup unit's filter receiving ALMOST NO impurities through it's filter.
As your 10-Cup Pitcher's filter slowly clogs with impurities and degrades down to the dreaded "006" level...
DO NOT DISCARD IT... just keep using it until it gets to 3 or 5 TIMES that "impure"... which is "018" to "030"
Note that this is STILL quite PURE.... even at this level that is3 to 5 times beyond the manufacturer-
recommended point of change... that water is still very pure and drinkable: but wait... don't drink it... instead:
POUR that 90%+ purified water from the 10-Cup Pitcher... into the big 23-Cup Filter, and filter it again...
down to "000" (or at least well under the "006" level... which is 99% to 100% pure).
Your filter in the big 23-Cup unit is thus always receiving water that is almost totally pure to begin with,
so IT'S FILTER DOES NOT CLOG OR WEAR-OUT... IT LASTS FOR MONTSH AND MONTHS.
When the Big 23-Cup unit's filter finally (after a very long time) reads "006"... you can take that
filter... and PUT IT IN YOUR 10-CUP PITCHER as the new "pre-filter"... and pop a brand-new
ZeroWater Filter into your big 23-Cup unit, and you are good-to-go again... for a very long time.
That's the whole cycle. That's the big secret. That's they way to get 150 to 250 GALLONS
out of each $10 filter... rather than just 30 to 50 gallons.
Buy 12 ten-dollar filters per year... or 2 to 3 ten-dollar filter per year... the choice is yours.
Isn't it brilliant in its obvious simplicity?
Also, unlike some competing filters, the plastic pitcher of the ZW is BPA-free.
Price was in the same ballpark for the pitcher, but the filter cartridges are admittedly more expensive.
So far I have been very happy with the performance of this product. Of course, my tap water tested at a relatively clean 75, despite the tester's geographical map claiming that my state averaged 300-400! I suspect the tester company prefers to use the highest number for each state in order to cover their backsides.
In any case, due to the already low TDS score of my tap water, I am keeping my fingers crossed that the filters will last the claimed 25-40 gallon range. If not, I will return it to the local store where I bought it since I made sure to keep the sales receipt.
Otherwise I have had none of the problems that some reviewers are complaining about, though I have to agree that the second water does filter more slowly on the second quart (when the pitcher is half full with the first quart already filtered) but that's ok, I plan to keep a couple of glass quart bottles around for storage so that I will only need to filter one additional quart at a time. I like the looks of the pitcher, it's ergonomically pleasant. Haven't used the push spout because I prefer to simply pour from the top, and it works fine that way already.
UPDATE 9/14/12: I have noticed that there is maybe 1/2 to 1" of water left in the top chamber if you try to filter 2 liters at a time...if you want to get that standing water out you have to either empty at least half of the water in the pitcher or hold the filter above the water line for a few minutes for it to drain comnpletely. This is definitely an inconvenience, but not a deal-breaker...especially since there doesn't seem to be any other pitcher filter of comparable quality on the market at the moment. I resolved this issue by using a BPA-free gallon bottle to store the filtered water, such that the pitcher is never more than 1 quart full at the bottom, tops. All the same, downgraded from 5 stars to 4.
*** UPDATE 9/20/12: sheesh, why didn't I think of this before? To resolve the leftover water problem detailed above, all you have to do is lift the top compartment a couple inches, rotate it so that it sits cross-wise on top of the pitcher...then you can add even more water, which will have no trouble emptying at all, and end up with a truly full pitcher of yummy clean water! I just wish the manufacturer had included some sort of lift-tab/handle to make this easier...but I understand that some consumers would be too lazy to do this and such an admission that this adaptation is necessary, might lose too many customers. Either way, I remain quite happy with this product, simply because there's nothing else of comparable quality on the market right now.
*** UPDATE 9/22/12: Posted a photo of what the improv method described above looks like.
*** UPDATE 01/01/13: Well, I finally decided to change the filter cartridge about 2 weeks ago after a whopping THREE MONTHS of usage, at the rate of about 1-1.5 gallons per day...this adds up to 90-135 gallons total...and the kicker is, I *DIDN'T* really need to change it, the filtered water still tasted fine and still scored a perfect "00"...I decided to change it just to be on the safe side, and also because I wanted to test out one of the new replacement filters I had ordered from Amazon...I had bought an 8 pack in order to get the cheapest per-filter price, but had heard that some people were complaining about the replacement filters being allegedly of a different and cheaper design that didn't work nearly as smoothly as the original filter that came with the pitcher. WRONG! I'm happy to say that the new replacement filters were identical visually, and filter just as well as the original. So overall, I am still a very happy customer!
From reading a few of the other reviews, I see that some people are complaining about the pour spout on the bottom and also having spillage issues when pouring from the top.
1. The bottom pour spout is obviously just a marketing gimmick...so DON'T USE IT! I can tell it's a poor design, such that repeated usage will cause it to leak plus it IS too slow...just take the darn pitcher out of your fridge and pour it, that's going to cost you what, an extra 5 seconds of your precious time? Also think about the electricity you'll be saving by not having the fridge open while it's pouring 10 times a day...duh! So, JUST PRETEND THIS SPOUT ISN'T THERE.
2. Pouring from the top DOES require patience and carefulness, more so than the Brita pitchers do...so what? That's a small price to pay for water that's actually PROPERLY FILTERED, which I cannot say for Brita or any other cheap charcoal-based filtration systems...that's why they're so cheap!
Sure, it'd be great if ZeroWater figured out how to not have these two problems, but in the meantime, the fact remains: THERE IS NOTHING ELSE (i.e. pitcher filter) ON THE MARKET that filters anywhere nearly this well...so, deal with it. Or, do what I do: buy a 1 gallon pitcher (glass if possible) and use it to keep the filtered water in the fridge...eliminates both of the above problems in one fell swoop.
*** UPDATE 5/10/13 --- replaced filter, FIVE months later! Was still getting a "002" reading.
What I learned: when installing a new filter, soak the black rubber ring that comes with it for at least 5 or 10 minutes. I didn't do this the last time I replaced the filter, and the result was that there was some leaking from the top chamber the first time I filled it, such that I had to loosen the filter and then re-tighten it later in order to fix it. I got this tip from reading somebody else's review, whose name I now forget...but thanks, whoever you are! That pretty much eliminates the last remaining glitch with this Zerowater system.
*** UPDATE 7/31/14 --- since relocating to an urban area with less pristine tap water quality (TDS reading of around 80) and then adding a housemate about six months ago, our water consumption has gone up to about 7-8 liters a day and the filter now needs changing once a month. By my rough calculations that means about 240 liters (60 gallons) of quality drinking water (store bought water often scores in the TDS 50-90 range) for $9 (since I buy 8 packs of the replacement filters for about $75 from Amazon) which is still a bargain compared to buying the stuff.
Hope ZeroWater stays in business, because I do notice that their product is increasingly crowded off of store shelves by much cheaper but useless charcoal-filter based systems like Pur and Brita. Oh well, it wouldn't be the first time that cheap inferior products win out---just witness the continuing dominance of McDonalds, maker of the worst fast food burger on the market (even Consumer Reports recently confirmed this!).