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The Best Water Filter Pitchers of 2017

We compare the top water filter pitcher reviews of the year so far. Find out which pitcher is perfect for your home with our guide. 

best-water-water-filter-pitcher-reviews-of-the-yearWater filter pitchers provide a much cheaper alternative to larger water filter systems like reverse osmosis. They are also a much more environmentally friendly solution to bottled water (did you know it can take up to 440 years for a plastic bottle to decay?). They’re relatively cheap, convenient, and easy to look after.

Today, we take a look at the 10 best pitcher water filters available to buy right now.  Have a quick look at the comparison table below to see how they check out, before we review each jug in a bit more detail afterwards. The table can be sorted in each key area too.

PictureModelRatingPriceCapacityRemovesBPA FreePositivesNegatives


Aquagear

4.3$$$8 cupsChlorine taste & odor, fluoride, lead & other heavy metals, pesticidesYesLongest lasting filters we've seen, lifetime guarantee, perfect for filtering lead & copper, made in USAExpensive filters, not a huge capacity
MAVEA Elemaris XL

4.2$$9 cupsChlorine taste & odor, organic impurities, heavy metals, pesticides, limescaleYesAmazing filter condition monitor, large capacity, instantly activated filtersNo water quality meter


pH RESTORE

4.3$$$12 cupsChlorine taste & odor, organic impurities, heavy metals, pesticides, fluorideYesHuge capacity, improves pH of water, makes great tasting alkaline mineral water, long life filtersExpensive


ZeroWater

3.8$$10 cupsCertified to reduce lead & chromium, chlorine taste & odor, organic impurities, heavy metals, pesticidesYesWater quality meter included, one handed push operation, removes 99.6% of TDS, NSF certified to reduce lead & chromiumFilters are more expensive than most


Soma Sustainable

4.1$$10 cupsChlorine taste & odor, organic impurities, heavy metals, pesticidesYesReally elegant design, uses sustainable wood and charcoal sourcesNo electronic filter life monitor


Brita Everyday

4.2$10 cupsChlorine taste & odor, organic impurities, heavy metals, pesticidesYesAmazing value, comes highly recommendedNo digital filter life display (uses a sticker instead)


PUR 18 Cup

4.3$$18 cupsChlorine taste & odor, mercury, pharmaceuticals, organic impuritiesYesMassive capacity, space saving design, great valueSize makes refilling more difficult


LeDoux Waters

3.9$$10 cupsChlorine taste & odor, heavy metals, toxins, pesticidesYesLCD filter life indicator, 4-stage filtration, amazing customer feedback, makes water more alkalineDoesn't affect pH too much


Brita Slim

4.3$5 cupsChlorine taste & odor, heavy metals, organic impuritiesYesSmall size, perfect for small refrigerator, cheapLow capacity


The Alkaline Pitcher

4.2$$$10 cupsChlorine taste & odor, heavy metals,YesProduces alkaline water, 7-stage filtration, slim designNo filter life indicator

Notes About the Table

BPA stands for Bisphenol A. Bisphenol A is a hazardous chemical used in some plastics that has been shown to cause illness.

The table mentions heavy metals as one of the things that filters can reduce. Some examples of heavy metals found in drinking water are zinc, copper, lead, cadmium, arsenic, chromium, thallium, and mercury.

Water Filter Pitcher Reviews

mavea-1018903-elemaris-smallMavea  Elemaris XL           BEST WATER FILTRATION PITCHER – OUR TOP PICKmavea-elemaris-xl-big

This offering from Mavea is stylish and smart. It comes WQA certified to prove its effectiveness in reducing levels of chlorine and other contaminants. It has a large 9 cup (0.6 gallon) capacity, and is capable of removing heavy metals like copper and mercury, as well as removing chlorine odor and taste.

A standout feature is its ability to measure the status of the filter in real time. By reading information about the water hardness, volume, and time, the digital meter can give a really accurate indication of the filter lifespan and current effectiveness. Most filter monitors work solely according to time. This means that they treat every filter the same, no matter how many times it has been used. If the 3 month time limit is over then they suggest you change the filter. With the Elemaris you can always change filters at the optimal time, and your household is never at risk from old, defective filters. Furthermore, if you have a small household that doesn’t use the pitcher that often, then you will save money by not changing filters as regularly.

The filters also feature a micro screen that ensures no black carbon particles leak into the water. This is a common problem with a lot of pitcher filtration systems.

Other features include BPA free plastic, rubberized feet & handle, and filters that don’t require any pre-soaking to activate them. Mavea are unique in that they actually offer a filter recycling program too.

Bottom Line: This is an awesome pitcher that packs some impressive features. The real-time filter monitor is the most sophisticated we have seen. The Elemaris XL is our top pick.

Key Features:

  • BPA free plastic
  • Good capacity
  • Real-time filter monitor
  • Reasonably priced filters
  • Choice of colors

zerowater-10-smallZeroWater          TOP RATED FOR EFFECTIVENESS

ZeroWater market this pitcher as the only one which is certified to remove lead and chromium from water. It is NSF certified to prove its effectiveness in the reduction of these contaminants. It has a 5-stage filtration system, but don’t confuse this with a 5-stage reverse osmosis system which is more effective.Zerowater-filter-image

Our favorite feature of this water filter pitcher is the extra dispenser at the bottom of the handle, which allows you to dispense water without actually lifting and tipping the pitcher. This is perfect for when the pitcher is full and heavy to lift.

Another feature which sets this apart from its rivals is the TDS (total dissolved solids) meter. Though not actually a part of the pitcher (it’s a separate device), it allows you to accurately measure how clean or polluted your water is. This is the most accurate way to measure the effectiveness of your filter. By measuring regularly you will know the best time to replace the filters (the performance level will start to drop). These instruments can be bought relatively cheaply, but I don’t know why more water filters systems don’t include them. The ZeroWater pitcher removes up to 99.6% of dissolved solids from your water.

Bottom Line: This is one of the best pitcher water filter as far as effectiveness goes. It’s perfect for reducing lead and chromium from your water. The inclusion of a TDS meter is a great idea too, which sets it apart from the other pitcher filters.

Key Features:

  • 5-Stage filters
  • TDS meter
  • Extra push button dispenser
  • NSF certified for reduction of lead and chromium

invigorated-living-alkaline-smallInvigorated Living Alkaline Ionizer          GREAT TASTING WATERinvigorated-water-ionizer-big-image

This pitcher from Invigorated Living is special in that it adds healthy minerals like iron, zinc and calcium to the water. This serves to raise the pH to more healthy alkaline levels and provide great tasting, healthy mineral water. It actually produces the most alkaline water of any water filter pitcher on the market today.

Besides the health benefits this pitcher can offer, it is also effective in removing harmful pollutants from your water. It is advertised to remove heavy metals such as arsenic and lead, as well as chlorine and fluoride too. Its thoughtful design features an easy grip handle and non-slip rubber base. It also boasts a huge 12 cup or 118 Ounce capacity, which is hard to beat. It has got some great features, but it will cost a bit more too. This is the best alkaline water pitcher available.

Bottom Line: It produces some of the best tasting water of the water filtration pitchers currently available. If the pH and alkalinity of the water are important to you then this pitcher should be top of your list.

Key Features:

  • Produces alkaline water
  • Large capacity
  • Amazing customer feedback
  • NSF certified filter material
  • Reduces a wide range of contaminants

 


aquagear-water-filter-pitcher-smallAquagear            AMAZING FILTER PERFORMANCE

This pitcher features 100% FDA approved food grade materials. The filter is also EPA certified and suitable for vegans. The filters have a huge capacity and will filter 150 gallons of water. This is around 3x as much as the average pitcher filter lifespan. However, this does mean that the filters are more expensive then the average filter too. They are certified to reduce contaminants such as lead, fluoride, copper, chromium 6, mercury, chlorine, and chloramines. The filters are actually rated at 2 microns which is comparable with most expensive whole house water filters.

Aquagear also claim that the filters will keep healthy minerals like calcium and magnesium in the water. This means you can have refreshing mineral water in your home. They also offer an awesome lifetime guarantee on the pitcher. They will even replace it should you break it.

One criticism is that it can take longer to fill the pitcher with filtered water than other models. But, this is one of the few fluoride water filter pitchers available.

Bottom Line: This would have been our top pick should it be a bit cheaper. The filter performance is amazing and is the best we have come across in pitcher filtration systems. This is one powerful little pitcher.

Key Features:

  • Powerful filters
  • Long life filters
  • EPA certified for contaminant removal
  • Doesn’t remove healthy minerals

soma-10-cup-smallSoma Sustainable             BEST FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

This is one really elegant looking water filter pitcher. The wood handle is sourced from sustainable plantations of white oak and adds a really classy touch. This jug wouldn’t look out of place in any kitchen.soma-sustainable-large

The filters are made with activated carbon which is made from wasted coconut shells. The activated carbon is used in most of the best water pitcher filters, and is incredibly effective at absorbing impurities from drinking water (especially chlorine). The filters are well priced and will last a reasonably long time of 40 gallons of use. They can remove chlorine and improve the taste and odor of the water. They will also combat heavy metals and pesticides.

Every time a Soma filter is purchased, they donate to water projects in developing countries. It’s refreshing to see a company that’s willing to look at the bigger picture. They also make a really classy looking pitcher.

The Soma sustainable is a great product, but don’t just take our word for it. Check out some more Soma Water filter reviews.

Bottom Line: This is the most elegant pitcher filtration system available. It’s also effective and great for the environment too.

Key Features:

  • Great for the environment
  • Effective at removing chlorine
  • Beautiful design
  • Great tasting water

brita-10-cup-everyday-bpa-free-smallBrita Everyday               BEST VALUE LARGE PITCHER

This water filter pitcher is the cheapest of the larger size models. It will remove the unpleasant taste and odor of chlorine, while combating heavy metals such as lead, mercury, cadmium and copper.

While it is not as elegant or refined as others, it is a capable water filter pitcher that comes with a really attractive price tag. It doesn’t have the electronic filter monitor or water quality tester of competitors, but it does have a simple sticker that let’s you know when it’s time to change filters. This sticker isn’t quite as accurate as some of the digital displays, but acts as a helpful reminder of when it’s time to replace the filter. If money is a concern then there is simply no alternative. This Brita 10 cup pitcher is the best large sized water pitcher at a low price.

Bottom Line: Value-wise this one is hard to beat. It’s not going to amaze you with features, but it’s pretty dependable.

Key Features:

  • Amazing value
  • Good capacity
  • Removes chlorine

pur-18-cup-dispenser-smallPUR 18 Cup Dispenser              BIGGEST CAPACITY

By far the largest water filter pitcher that we have discussed today. It holds a whopping 18 cups, so won’t need to be refilled often. It’s large size means that filling it isn’t as easily done as with other pitchers. On the other hand it has twice the capacity of some competitors and doesn’t need to be filled as nearly as regularly. This pitcher is ideal for larger families and households.

Its filters have a lifespan of around 2 months and are among the cheapest we have encountered. It is effective at removing mercury from water (up to 95%) and will also remove chlorine to improve the taste and odor.

Bottom Line: The huge capacity makes this ideal for large households. It won’t break the bank either and gives great value for money.

Key Features:

  • Huge capacity
  • BPA free plastic
  • Removes chlorine and mercury
  • Great value

ledoux-waters-10-cup-smallLeDoux Waters              GREAT ALL ROUND PERFORMANCE

This model from LeDoux earns great reviews on Amazon, and comes with an attractive price tag too. It features an LCD timer to let you know when to change filters at the optimal time. These filters should last for 2 months or 42 gallons of use. The filter cartridge is actually universal, and this means it will fit filters from Brita and other brands.

The LeDoux filters offer 4 stages of filtration. They will remove heavy metals, toxins, and chlorine. Coconut shell activated carbon will improve the taste and odor of the water too. The filters are said to make the water more alkaline, but their effect on the pH isn’t huge. When refilling the pitcher, the lid will open automatically under the flow of water and close by itself when full. This model has all the features you need in a water filter pitcher, and at a price which isn’t intimidating either.

Bottom Line: This pitcher is full of great features like the 4-stage filters, but gives great value too. It’s a great all round package that is amazing for the price.

Key Features:

  • 4-Stage filters
  • Universal filter housing
  • Great value
  • Automatic lid

brita-slim-smallBrita Slim               CHEAPEST AVAILABLE

The Brita Slim is by far the cheapest pitcher we have encountered. In fact, you can buy two of these for less than the price of one of most of the other models. It does however have about half the capacity of most others too though.

It holds 5 cups in a sleek thin design. It is perfect for small refrigerators. It will protect against contaminants like chlorine, copper, cadmium, and mercury. It doesn’t have a fancy digital filter life indicator, but the filters do have a sticker on them which will tell you when it’s time to change them. These filters will last for 2 months or 40 gallons of use. The filters are also really well priced too. This is definitely a ‘no frills’ water filter pitcher, but it’s a great fit for small spaces.

Bottom Line: This is amazing value. It’s also the perfect solution for small spaces.

Key Features:

  • Cheap
  • Slim design
  • Performs pretty well too

the-alkaline-water-pitcher-smallThe Alkaline Water Filter Pitcher          SOLID & DEPENDABLE

This model from Lake Industries uses a 7-stage filter cartridge. It utilizes an ion exchange resin, tourmaline, mineral balls, and carbon. These stages work together to produce great tasting water that is filtered of chlorine and heavy metals like zinc, copper, and lead.

The filter also raises the pH of the water to make it more alkaline. Alkaline water is considered by many to be healthier. The filters have a decent lifespan and will last for 40 gallons (around 2 months) of use. The pitcher itself is well designed and will fit in any refrigerator. It features an easy to fill lid that will open itself, an easy pour spout, and a comfortable ergonomic handle. It will hold 10 cups of clean, filtered water (2.5 liters), and is BPA free. The only thing lacking here is a filter life indicator. This one of the best alkaline water filter pitchers available.

Bottom Line: Stands out from most other pitchers due to the alkaline filter. If you’re worried about the pH of your water then a jug like this could be a good fit.

Key Features:

  • 7-Stage filter
  • Raises the water pH
  • BPA free
  • Effective

Before You Buy: Checklist

Here are a few points you should consider before you buy a pitcher water filter for your home.

What kind of capacity do you need?

The capacity of pitcher water filters is measured in cups (1 cup= 0.06 gallons = 0.24 Liters). This is how much filtered water it will hold. Bear in mind that you will have to lift most of these pitchers to pour them. A full 10 cup pitcher will be quite heavy.

Know the filter lifespan and cost.

The initial cost of the pitcher isn’t the most significant price. You will have to replace filters on average every 2 months, so be aware of the running cost of the model. Filter prices can range from as little as a few bucks each to as much as $50.

Some pitchers will also come with a spare filter included in the price. Factor this into the cost of the model.

What does it protect against?

Not all water filters are created equally. Some will protect better against certain contaminants than others. For example, if fluoride is a particular concern of yours then the Aquagear model is a good choice. The best practice is to be aware of the quality of your water before purchasing a water filter. You can do this by testing it with a water analysis kit. This will tell you the levels of specific contaminants in your drinking water. With this information you can choose the perfect pitcher for your home.

Is it it BPA free?

Bisphenol A (BPA) is a chemical commonly used in the manufacture of plastics. It can leech into water and be absorbed by our bodies. BPA has been linked to brain and behavioral problems, heart problems, and cancer. It is especially dangerous for children.

Make sure your pitcher is BPA free.

Does it have a filter life indicator?

A water filter life indicator will tell you when you need to change filters, and in some cases the current condition of your filter. This indicators can be digital or in the form of stickers. Some make their decision based on the time passed since the last change, while some will monitor the amount of water that has been filtered.

Now, having one of these isn’t a necessity, but it can certainly make your life easier. It also ensures that you change filters at the optimal times, and don’t leave your water at risk from defective filters.


That concludes our best water filter pitchers post. If you’d like to find out anything else, or have any questions then don’t hesitate to get in contact at the bottom of the page. We’ll get back to you promptly and do our best to help in any way we can.

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