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What has your experience been with Brita pitchers with filters?

Asked by gailcalled (53334 points ) October 10th, 2009

Is changing the filter onerous. How often does it need to be changed? What about simply leaving water (mine is from a well) in a pitcher in the fridge for 24 hours to get rid of mild sulphur odor?

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patg7590's avatar

I use it and love it. I’m really picky (I guess) about water taste. The filters need to be changed every 2–3 months, (you can start to tell). The filters take the taste up to (just below) R.O. or distilled quality IMHO.

Changing the filter isn’t hard, assuming you have the pitcher I have, you soak the new filter in water 10 mins, then drop it in. Run 2 pitchers through it that you dump out to prime it. Then you’re ready to go.

dpworkin's avatar

We’re glad we have ours. Our tap water is really not very palatable. The filter lasts sufficiently long to make it a negligible expense – at least three months, and in our case, longer, as the kids don’t live here all the time. I recommend it.

gailcalled's avatar

@pdworkin: Do you have town or well water?

deni's avatar

I’m very picky with my water and I think Brita filtered water tastes just about as good as water can.

poofandmook's avatar

We use town water, and I would never drink it without the pitcher. It’s excellent, filters last a couple of months, and it takes no effort to change them.

SuperMouse's avatar

I like my Brita pitcher, it really does improve the taste of the water.

RedPowerLady's avatar

We have Pur tap filter and it works brilliantly. It is reasonably priced as well. And it doesn’t need changed often (and it has a little thing that tells you when it needs changed so no guessing). Saves us a bunch of money. Oh and it tastes great.

I know that doesn’t answer your question, apologies. Just thought I’d offer up an alternative. Sulfur smell would gross me out.

eponymoushipster's avatar

i had a filter pitcher, but i found the constant refilling to be irritating. i have an on-tap filter now, and i prefer it much more.

dpworkin's avatar

We have town water, @gailcalled , but our town is known locally as Filthmont, NY.

wildpotato's avatar

I love my little Brita. I’m planning on buying a second, larger one as soon as possible. The filter change is easy, and patg covered the process well.

@gailcalled How’s the ground water in the Berkshires? I found the tap water up there delicious.

andrew's avatar

I alos get really sick of the refilling, and have found that the on-tap is really useful—especially for making tea and coffee.

That said, my place in LA has a refrigerator with water in the door, so I’m living in the lap of luxury.

gailcalled's avatar

@wildpotato: Due to extremely heavy rains this summer, there is a slight smell of sulphur only from the cold kitchen tap, but I leave a pitcher filled with water in the fridge for 24 hrs. and it is delicious.

dpworkin's avatar

If you’re happy with the taste, you’re probably better off not filtering out all the mineral content.

inkvisitor's avatar

I used to have a Brita, and while it tasted fine and changing of filters was easy (even a little electronic reminder on it), I eventually gave it up because I hated refilling it. I know it sounds silly, but that’s what did it in.

I’m tap all the way now.

Lightlyseared's avatar

I just drink tap water. Filtering it doesn’t seem to make it taste any better.

rhodes54's avatar

if you pour a $10 bottle of vodka through a Brita pitcher 3 times, the transformation is exponential.

gailcalled's avatar

@rhodes54: Please tell me the vodka transmutes into gold and not pyrite.

eponymoushipster's avatar

@gailcalled no, he’s correct.

There’s a video online about it, as well as an article on snopes.com. Actually, a friend of mine tried it, as well. It doesn’t exactly go from plastic bottle vodka to Grey Goose, but it is smoother than before.

I believe it was on G4, on one of their shows, they ran it through 3 Brita filters, and the results were, according to the host of the show, acceptable.

patg7590's avatar

@eponymoushipster I know that was done on Mythbusters

eponymoushipster's avatar

@patg7590 yeah, i think you’re right.

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