Water Filter Pitchers: All You Need To Know

Water filter pitcher with 2 glasses. Image source: https://www.123rf.com.

Looking for a water filter pitcher? Find out all you need to know here.

My Top Water Filter Pitcher Picks At A Glance:

Water filter pitchers (or jugs) are one of the most common types of water filter for the home and offer a cost effective way to reduce some of the most common contaminants found in tap water.

Water filter pitchers are manufactured by popular brands such as Brita or Pur and can be readily bought online, or in stores or supermarkets, for only a few dollars or pounds.

This generally makes them the most affordable water filters on the market.

Water filter pitchers require no installation, except the simple insertion of a carbon filter, are extremely easy to use and can be neatly placed on a kitchen countertop or inside most refrigerators.


How Does a Water Filter Pitcher Work?

Water filter pitchers work with replaceable carbon filters, which trap contaminants such as chlorine, as water passes through the filter. It is recommended you change the replaceable filters on an approximately monthly basis, to ensure maximum efficiency and prevent contaminants seeping back into the water.

To use a water filter pitcher, you simply add tap water to the top area of the pitcher.

The water then seeps into the carbon filter and drips into the bottom area of the pitcher, giving you filtered water in minutes. Contaminants are left behind in the carbon filter and remain there until the filter needs replacing.

Reputable pitchers are BPA free and include a filter indicator for tracking when it’s time to change the filter.

If you prefer to avoid plastic all together, however, there’s also a  range of glass water filters available too.

Advantages of a Water Filter Pitcher

Whilst our mains water supplies are strictly controlled, they can still contain carbonate hardness (limescale) or contaminants such as chlorine.

Over time, limescale builds up in appliances such as kettles, leading to a reduction in efficiency, whilst long term exposure to chlorine can have negative impact on hair, skin and our general health. Chlorine can also affect both the taste and odour of the water.

A water filter pitcher is both an efficient and affordable way to reduce both the limescale and chlorine in your tap water.

Generally, you’ll find that water filter pitchers will:

  1. reduce the free and bound chlorine content (if present)
  2. reduce the carbonate hardness (calcium and magnesium ions) in the mains water
  3. reduce the lead or copper content in the mains water.

Many people also discover that hot drinks, such as tea and coffee, taste far nicer when they have been made with water from a water filter pitcher, plus they will be healthier for you too.

Using water from a water filter pitcher is also ideal for cleaning and cooking food as you’ll be subjecting your food to less contaminants, which can still be absorbed during rinsing or cooking.

Choosing the Best Water Filter Pitcher for Your Needs

Water filter pitchers generally hold around 5-6 glasses of water, but they do also come in larger sizes, if you drink a lot of water or have a family.

The Brita 10 Cup is a best selling water filter pitcher for daily use and the Pur 18 Cup Dispenser is another popular option for larger families or people who use a lot of water.

For more affordable recommendations on a range of the best water filter pitchers on the market, check out my Best Water Filter Pitcher article.

However, if you want to filter larger capacities of water or reduce some of the many other contaminants, which may be present in your domestic water supply, such as fluoride or VOCS, you’ll need to opt for a more powerful water filter, such as my top recommendation – The Big Berkey.

Alternatively, see my Top 10 Water Filters roundup for best selling recommendations across a range of price brackets.

In A Nutshell – What is a Water Filter Pitcher?

A water filter pitcher and glass of water. Image source: https://www.123rf.com. A  water filter pitcher is an extremely cost effective way to reduce pollutants such as:

  • chlorine
  • carbonate hardness
  • and even lead or copper.

If you’ve never used a home water filter before and are thinking about investing in one, water filter pitchers are a great entry level water filter that can be set up in minutes.

They are easy to clean and only require replacement filters every month or so, depending on the model.

Remember, always, read the small print or product details to check which contaminants a filter removes, so you are clear what you are getting for your money.

It’s always best to buy a water pitcher that has the NSF seal of approval. The NSF is an independent body that examines and tests water filters, inspects the manufacturing facility and certifies which pollutants a filter is able to reduce, or remove, under certain conditions.




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