A filtered pitcher is a fast and easy way to improve the taste and quality of your water. They’re simple to use: Just pour tap water into the pitcher and stick it in the fridge while the water passes through the filter and into the main reservoir. Some pitchers take several minutes to filter water, while others only take about 30 seconds.
Regardless, the best water filter pitcher will help remove some of the impurities in your regular tap water in relatively short order. I tested out seven top-rated pitchers, with prices ranging from $17 to $75. Each one has different specs, but they all promise to make your drinking water better. Curious about the winner? Spoiler: Our choice for the best water filter pitcher isn’t Brita.
The $35 ZeroWater ZP-010 is by far the best filtered water pitcher of the bunch. It’s affordable, sturdy and it has a large 10-cup pitcher capacity and a water spigot, in addition to the standard pour spout. Your purchase comes with a two-pack of replacement filters and a total dissolved solids (TDS) water quality tester (I used a different TDS meter in my performance testing; I’ll talk more about the test methodology in a bit).
The ZP-010 removed the most TDS out of all seven pitchers (a whopping 93%), making it our top performer by far. A two-pack of replacement filters costs $30 and each one is supposed to last for up to 40 gallons. Brita and Pur, on the other hand, sell each of their filters for just $7 — and claim to have the same 40-gallon filter life. That said, the ZP-010 was much more effective at removing TDS and the filter itself is much larger than any of the others I tested.
At $17, the Pur PPT700W Basic is the most affordable of the seven pitchers, making it the best budget option — and a solid filtered water pitcher overall.
With a smaller 7-cup water capacity and slimmer dimensions, the PPT700W Basic is also a good choice if you have limited fridge space. It comes with one water pitcher filter, which is supposed to last for up to two months — or 40 gallons of water. Replacement filters cost $7 each.
It didn’t perform as well as the ZeroWater model, but it still removed almost 15% of the TDS in my tap water.
I’ll talk a bit more about alkaline water in my test section below, but in short, pH readings (measurements of how acidic or basic your water is) range from 0 to 14; 7 is a neutral reading.
Despite conflicting research on the topic, some people attribute health benefits to more basic (or alkaline) water. As a result, select companies make water pitchers with filters that actually add nutrients as your tap water passes through.
The $70 Seychelle pH20 pitcher I tested took my tap water from an already basic reading of 8.39 to 10.1, the largest increase out of the three alkaline pitchers in my test group. This pitcher uses two filters at a time, but they are supposed to…
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