After becoming disgusted with the high cost of Brita filters, I decided to go with the PUR pitcher because the filters were less costly. That was then. Now they are about the same as the Brita filters.
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I prefer the PUR because the water filters much quicker than the Brita, and the pitcher itself is easier to store because it is flat as opposed to the Brita, which is round. Although the charcoal sometimes kicks back, as with the Brita, it has never made its way into the drinking water, and stays around the water going through the filter.
My water comes from a well, and is really nasty tasting. Unfortunately, the PUR doesn't do anything to make the taste palpable. I stopped using the Brita before I moved here, and don't know if it would do a better job on taste, as it did for me when I lived in the Bronx. But after reading as much as I could about these devices, I have concluded that using them may be throwing good money after bad, and once my filters run out (I stocked up on them when they were greatly discounted by a store that was going out of business), I don't think I will continue to delude myself into believing I'm making my water healthier by filtering it through a pitcher.
Another deficiency is having to clean the top portion of the pitcher where the water to be filtered is poured. It gets pretty grimy from all the sediments in my well water, which settle on the plastic before getting to the filter. So I do believe that there is some benefit to pouring my well water through this pitcher. The part of the pitcher where the filtered water goes is never grimy after using the filter completely, so I know that these sediments are not making their way into the water that I drink. But since I am reluctant to drink water at all in my home because of the taste, I'm not so sure the filtering is necessary since boiling water or cooking with it kills off bacteria and whatnot anyway.
Although I intend to use my PUR pitcher until the filters run out, I will continue to get my drinking water from an underground spring in the Catskills whenever I can. Now that's drinking water!
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