Looking for an effective brand water filter jug, but finding it difficult to choose between all the different brands and models available?
In this article I’ll run through the main benefits of a water filter jug and recommend some popular and effective water filter jugs readily available online and in many stores.
Most people think of Brita whenever water filter jugs are mentioned and I’ve used a Brita in my kitchen for years. They’ve always have been and remain one of the most reliable brands producing water filter jugs, so in my view you can’t really go wrong with a Brita. However, there are also other effective brand water filter jugs that do just as good a job and I’ve included some of the best ones below.
Advantages of a Water Filter Jug
Water filter jugs work by employing replaceable carbon filters. The jugs are easy to setup, simple to clean and only require replacement filters on an approximately monthly basis.
The activated carbon in these filters trap impurities such as chlorine or heavy metals such as lead and copper, which can be present in our domestic water supplies. To find out more about pollutants commonly found in tap water and their potential negative health effects, check out my article on Tap Water.
Impurities, such as chlorine, can affect both the taste and appearance of the water and a water filter jug can help to reduce this.
I personally find that drinking water tastes much purer when filtered via a jug, losing the hint of chlorine that can sometimes be present. Hot drinks such as tea and coffee, made from filtered water, also benefit from an improved taste, which is also healthier for you.
Many water supplies also contain carbonate hardness (limescale), so using water from a water filter jug for your cooking or kettle water, can even be beneficial for your domestic appliances, helping to protect them against limescale build-up.
In general, you can expect an effective brand water filter jug to remove or reduce:
- carbonate hardness (calcium and magnesium ions) in the mains water
- lead or copper content in the mains water.
Water Filter Jug Recommendations
For an effective water filter jug that reduces chlorine, limescale and other impurities, you can’t really go wrong with a Brita Marella, considering its low price point.
Key features include:
- 1 MAXTRA filter cartridge for reduction in chlorine & other impurities
- Flip top pour through lid for easy one-handed filling
- 2.0L filtered water capacity, 3.5L total capacity.
What does it remove?
An alternative to the Marella is the Brita Elemaris– another best selling Brita filter jug range that does essentially the same thing as the Marella, through it’s use of the MAXTRA filter cartridge technology.
Brita, infact, offer a vast range of filter sizes and models and their jug filters generally remove the same, or similar, pollutants.
If you’re not a fan of plastic, the PearlCo Glass Water Filter Jug is one of the few glass water filter jugs on the market (here are some more). It does contain some plastic parts but these are BPA free.
It offers great value for money too, as it does what a Brita does but also comes with 7 filter cartridges, which will filter at least 700 litres of drinking water in total.
Offers a 2L capacity & is compatible with Brita classic filter cartridges, which last, on average, around 1 month.
What does it remove?
Reduces Chlorine, carbonate hardness (limescale), as well as heavy metals such as copper and lead.
If you’re looking for a larger capacity water filter, whilst it’s not a traditional ‘jug’, a best selling, practical option is the Brita XXL Optimax Cool Water Filter, 8,5L.
This filter Extra offers a large volume capacity, holding a total volume up to 8.5 litres (5.3L filtered capacity).
With its handy tap, this filter is also ideally suited to the fridge.
What does it remove?
Finding An Effective Brand Water Filter Jug – The Verdict
If you’re looking for an effective water filter jug, you really can’t go wrong with a best selling Brita.
Brita offer a variety of jug sizes and models depending on how much water you use on a daily basis, they’re both affordable, as well as effective and reliable. The only ongoing costs are replacement filters.
As an alternative, the Galia jug model comes with enough filters for a year, making it great value for the money.
And if you want to ditch the plastic, check out the PearlCo or one of these popular glass water filters.