Do Brita Filters Really Work?

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Does Brita work?Brita water filters are used in many houses across the country to turn regular tap water into filtered drinking water. But how well do they work at removing impurities and making the water suitable to drink?

Overview
Since the body is made up mostly of water it only makes sense that we need to drink a fair share of it each day for optimal health. But this also provides the chance to accidentally allow water pollutants like chlorine, mercury, lead, and asbestos into the body on a gradual and daily basis. That’s why it’s very important to make sure that your water is as clean as can be, since it is being used to help flush out your system and help your organs function properly.

The Claim
The major claim made by Brita regarding its water filters is that they remove enough of the bad stuff in tap water to make it taste better and make it safe and healthy for drinking. They also claim that it is a far cheaper option than buying bottled water, which infers that their water is just as clean as the kind you’d buy in a bottle, either spring water or water that has been filtered like Aquafina.

The Hype
With so much competition between the different brands of filters there is a lot of money at stake in the water filtration market. Bottled water companies also want a cut of the pie, and there are also companies like Culligan that make their livelihood off of providing better water to thousands of households.

The Cost
There’s the one-time cost of the Brita pitcher or faucet mount, and then the ongoing maintenance cost of replacing the filters when they need it. When you are looking at your different options this might look like an economical choice at first, but you should run the long-term numbers. There may be a system that you can have professionally installed that costs more on the front end, but requires less in the way of replacement filters down the road.

The Commitment
In order to really get your money’s worth you will want to use it continually for the long term so that you can get your per glass or per bottle cost down to a minimum. Many health experts agree that you should be drinking enough water each day to keep yourself properly hydrated, which means that your urine should be relatively clear and plentiful. If you and the rest of your family are doing this, you’ll definitely be getting enough use out of your unit.

Evaluation
With so many different filters to choose from in the Brita line, there is sure to be one that suits your needs, and your kitchen situation. If you want something that is stored in your refrigerator there are pitchers you can buy. These range in size from an ordinary pitcher to longer and bigger models that have dispensers so that you simply put your glass to it to fill it. There are some things you should think about before going with a particular type of filter.

You may want to consider going with one of the faucet mounted units rather than a pitcher. The water is pushed through the filter at a faster rate, and can therefore use more densely packed filtration materials. The pitchers are relying on gravity to help the water pass through the unit, and this doesn’t provide enough push for it to work as properly as it should.

Comparing different water filtering options is not exactly an apples to apples comparison, and spending $40 or so on a pitcher can’t rightly be compared against spending hundreds or even thousands on a fancier system that gets the water cleaner, or cleans all of the water in the home, even the kind you shower with. For the price, Brita seems to be providing a quality product that gives a valid attempt at getting rid of as much as possible.

Final Brita Review

The big question is whether or not Brita filters get out all of the impurities that you’d want out of your water. It’s good to know that they remove the chlorine, as this is a major contaminant that you don’t want to ingest. Also, they are effective at getting rid of lead and mercury, two other major offenders found in plenty of tap water across the country. As far as covering the full spectrum of nasty things you wouldn’t want to drink, they fall short, leaving behind things like asbestos and other bacteria that can make it through to your glass.

It’s good to get your water tested to see what you actually need to be concerned about. Perhaps the things that Brita filters miss are not present in your tap water to begin with, so you don’t need to be worried about it and it will suit you just fine.

Our Recommendation
As far as a quick fix that makes tap water suitable for drinking, Brita filters seem to work quite well. However, when compared to your other water filtration options they might not be the best choice for you and your family. You may want to consider a whole-home filtration system, or an under-the-counter unit so that you don’t have to worry about continually replacing the filters, and so you are getting a more comprehensive filtering of contaminants that you wouldn’t knowingly put in your body.

What do you think? Do Brita filters work or not?

25 Customer Reviews on “Do Brita Filters Really Work?

  1. I have on the the faucet unit. It lasts 4 to 6 weeks, not the 4 months the box suggests is average. We are 2 adults and a child and only use the filtered water to cook, make coffee, tea, and cook. I would say average use.

  2. Our city water has always been pure and pristine, but a major public infrastructure project stirred up some bacteria. The water utility started to chlorinate it, to kill any bacteria. It had a slight swimming pool odor. We use the Brita for drinking, coffee and cooking, and it works well. If we had lead or asbestos, I’d go with a more sophisticated system.

  3. I’ve bought 2 of the Brita 6 month filter system. The first one lasted about 6 weeks before it took at least an hour to filter through. I contacted Brita and they said to tap it . Not knowing what that meant I banged it around a bit and found that improved it for a bit, but it became very slow as the 6 month approached.

    The one reason I’ve bought this system is there is a high lead content in the water here. So the next filter lasted about a month before becoming incredibly slow filtering. I took the filter out dried it out banged it around a bit and for a few days it filtered through in a reasonable time. Now a week later it takes an hour to filter.

    I regret not saving the receipt for each purchase so I could return this piece of crap. PC has some reasonable priced filters that I’m going to use . The addition of some lead to my 73 year old body probably won’t do all that much damage.

    I wouldn’t recommend buying this product.

  4. My house was built in the 1970s. The plumbing is copper pipe joined with lead solder. This means I have to filter twice to get both the copper and the lead–once with the standard filter and again with longlast. Why can’t a single Brita filter get both contaminants?

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