Brita 10 Cup BPA Free Water Pitcher Filter Review

Rating: 4.3 Reviewed by Eddie

Brita 10 Cup BPA Free Water Pitcher Filter ReviewI have done a review of the Brita 10 cup water pitcher filter because more and more people are concerned about the quality of the water in their house. By listening to the news or maybe reading about all the chemicals that are seeping into the ground water and our water ways you almost have to come to the conclusion that water is not as pure as it used to be anymore.

There are several ways to improve that water quality. One of the easiest and most affordable ones is the use of a water pitcher filter. Easy and affordable because there is no installation involved.
The price of the replaceable filters is reasonable and the pitcher itself can last for many years.

Have a look at the review and all the facts, pros and cons we found to help you decide if this is a pitcher water filter that can help you to get cleaner drinking water.

Are Brita water filters BPA free

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BPA is short for Bisphenol A. This chemical has been used since the 60’s to make plastic.
There is research that shows that this BPA can leak from containers and other plastic products into your food or, in this case into the water of your pitcher.
There are many reports that link BPA to many and severe health issues including heart problems, reduced fertility and cancer.
The Brita pitchers are made of BPA-free plastic.

Filter replacement

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Replacing the filter in any Brita water filter is very easy and all you have to do is pull the old filter out and put the new filter in.
No tools needed to do this.

There are four slits that makes it easy to fit it in the filter reservoir. There is also a notch that you have to line up with the filter reservoir. After a while it can get stuck a little and some people take out the whole filter reservoir and tap the unit on the counter top and this makes it easier for the filter to come out and replace it with a fresh one.

How long does a Brita filter last

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Replace after 40 gallons or after about 2 months of use is the recommendation of the Brita Company.
There is a filter indicator sticker that comes with the water purifier. You can stick it on the lid or on your refrigerator and it is nothing else than a kind of calendar for you to mark when you replaced the filter and on the other side it will show when to replace it again. It is reusable and easy to use.

About the 40 gallon and or two month rule I read on a water forum that you can take the filter out and rinse it out against the normal way it works.

Meaning that you rinse it from the bottom to the top and this will remove a lot of the buildup and filtered out contamination. After this it will run a lot faster again and you can use it longer than the recommended 40 gallon or 2 months.

This filter is basically only filled with activated charcoal also called activated carbon. Activated means that is has been exposed to high temperatures and a combination of gas. This makes it expand and gives it a larger filter surface and increases its ability to absorb the contamination’s in the water.
When activated charcoal comes into contact with a fluid the contamination’s in the fluid will be filtered out by the very small holes in the activated charcoal.

Brita also uses what they call Ion exchange resin in their filters. This process is to control and remove more unwanted substances from the water.

I think that the 40 gallon or 2 months is a selling point and that you can use the filter a lot longer.
When it starts to take longer to filter the water and you have tried to rinse it out against the normal way, it is time to replace the filter. At least that is how I do it.

Cleaning

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There are 3 parts. The pitcher, the white inserted filter reservoir and the filter cartridge.
The pitcher and the filter reservoir is all you have to clean. The filter itself can be rinsed off if you like. This is not necessary, but why not while you have it taken out of the filter reservoir.
Some people clean the pitcher every day and others only once a month or if they see some dirt in it.

The white filter reservoir can get stuck in the pitcher part, but pull gently and it will come out for easy cleaning. This part is just to hold the water before it runs through the filter and has to be taken out to be able to clean the pitcher inside.

It has to fit snug to prevent water from running not through the filter but on the sides of the white filter reservoir. Not fitting snug would defeat the purpose of the filtering.
Just like with the filter someone mentioned to tap the whole pitcher upside down on the counter top and this will help remove it easier.

Another tip to remove the filter reservoir is to take out the filter and then fill the pitcher with hot water. This will loosen up the seal between the pitcher and the white filter reservoir. Turn it upside down fast and the top reservoir will come out because of the force of the water. Of course it is best to do this above the sink or in the bath tub.

The filter sometimes is also not easy to remove but easier than the white insert.

Taste of the filtered water

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There are mixed opinions about the subject of taste. Some mention a big difference and others mention they do not taste any difference at all. It all has to do with the sensitivity of your taste buds I guess.
I personally have experienced a small improvement in the taste after filtering and compared to the taste before filtering.

What I also noticed is that the water looks clearer and does not contain the little bubbles I see when looking at water straight from the tap. One thing to keep in mind is that the goal of such a filter is to remove chemicals. Whether the taste is better or not the charcoal filter IS going to remove some contamination’s.

What is filtered out and what not

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The filter does not filter out every contamination, but reduces the levels.
It removes or reduces the taste of chlorine and removes or reduces the levels of Zinc, Copper, Mercury and Cadmium. This means that it does not filter out lead or fluoride.

The lead levels in our drinking water are regulated in the safe drinking water act of 1974 and this act was updated in 2011. There should be no lead in your drinking water and that is tested at the treatment facility. There is lead in the old lines that are still used. If you have any concern about lead in your drinking water have it tested for lead.

The fluoride levels are also regulated and the maximum allowed amount from public water systems is 4.0 Mg/L. This milligram per liter. Convert the US it is 0.00053 ounce per gallon.
Fluoride was added to prevent tooth decay. There are many ongoing discussions about the truth of this statement.

Dimensions

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7.38 inch wide x 11.94 inch deep x 16.75 inch high.
Depending on your refrigerators this means that you can set it on a shelf or in the larger refrigerators maybe even in the door.

Features

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Brita 10 cup water pitcher filter reviewThe Brita 10 cups water purifier has only 3 parts. The pitcher, the filter reservoir and the filter.

This water pitcher filter holds 10 cups of unfiltered water in the top reservoir and this seeps through the filter by gravity and will be stored in the pitcher after filtering.

The filter does not filter out every contamination, but reduces the levels of Chlorine, Zinc, Copper, Mercury and Cadmium.
It does not filter our lead or fluoride. The lead levels in our drinking water are regulated in the safe drinking water act of 1974 and this act was updated in 2011. There should be no lead in your drinking water and that is tested at the treatment facility.

There is lead in the old lines that are still used. If you have any concern have your drinking water tested for lead.

The filter is recommended to be replaced after 40 gallons or 2 months of use.
There is a kind of filter indicator that you can use as a reminder. This can be attached to the lid of the pitcher or to the refrigerator door if you like.

Accessories

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There are no real accessories available for this Brita unless you call the filter an accessory.
Replacement filters can be bought in many stores and online.

Recycling of the filter and pitcher.

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There are options to recycle your used filters and even the whole pitcher if you ever break it and this is all free of cost.
You can sign up for this free service through the following link.
http://www.terracycle.com/en-US/brigades/brita-brigade

Pros and Cons

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green-tick-buttonPros:
For some people it is a pro if something is not made in China.
 

  • The Brita products are made in Germany, Switzerland or the UK.
  • Great customer service
  • Best-selling in pitcher water filters online

red-tick-buttonCons:

 

  • Does not filter out lead and fluoride.
  • Taking apart for cleaning is sometimes hard to do
  • Spout is not covered

Consumer Ratings for the Brita BPA free 10 cup pitcher

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I have done a lot of reading and research on many sites like the website from the manufacturer, online stores and forums to be able to form my honest opinion about the Brita 10 cup pitcher water filter.

Like always I have found people who were too negative and others who rated it as the best thing since sliced bread, so here is my opinion.
My overall opinion after doing all the research is that the ratings I found are a fair impression of the rating I would give this water filter pitcher myself.

Brita 10 cup pitcher water filter price

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Brita everyday water filter pitcherThe price of this Brita water filter is very reasonable compared to what you get for it.
The overall quality of the products is very good and it seems to be very sturdy and has held up for years in most situations.

Cleaning in the corners of the pitcher can be challenging and this brings up the question why in the newer models the corners are not more rounded like many people suggested.
Probably this would mean more material and thus an increase in price and weight.

Storing the unit in the refrigerator can be a problem with the dimensions it has.
I personally use the filter and a separate container to store the filtered water in the refrigerator.
This also gives the filter and pitcher time to dry by setting it upside down and I do not have to deal with the fact that the spout is open. This was one of the most heard complaints I could find about the water filter.

The capacity is large enough for a standard family and like I mentioned you can use another storage container and keep using the filter over and over in the meantime. I even use it fill up my bottle with filtered water that I take with me.

If your only concern is cleaner drinking water, this BPA free water filter pitcher will give you enough capacity and filtration.
However if you also would like to use the filtered water for cooking, coffee, tea and more it is recommended to look at another system like an under the counter system or even a whole house system. These systems in general also filter out more contamination’s like lead and chloride than a pitcher water filter.

Although the filter in most cases only lowers the levels of the contamination and don not totally filter them out, this is still a very good improvement of the overall quality of the water you consume every day.

The taste of the water is a personal experience and is in my opinion depending on how sensitive your taste buds are.
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