Best Water Filter Pitcher, but do NOT use as directed
May 25, 2010 (Updated Jun 19, 2010)
Review by vliscony
Rated a Helpful Review
Pros:Extremely effective filtration, good flow, practical design, great for your steam iron.
Cons:Not for human consumption: re-mineralize the water, needs a separate pitcher for drinking water.
The Bottom Line: THE solution for a pitcher-style water filter, takes out fluoride finally, but you do need to re-mineralize water for drinking. Great flow rate compared to other pitchers.
This is an 8-cup pitcher, with a cover, and the typical screw in holder for the filter cartridge. Easy to use, and the cover even has a flap that covers the spout. The flow rate is very good.
Recommend this product?
There are various options for pitcher-style water filters and they vary from mediocre to lousy. The limitations of the pitcher concept don't allow for a lot of flexibility in implementing multi-stage filtration.
However, a water filter without permanent installation is attractive if you rent, but until now there were not many good options.
I live in New York, and one of my main concerns was that none of the pitcher type filters take out fluoride, which is a systemic poison I'd like to avoid, and most of them cannot do it, but this one can. (Fluoride in toothpaste or mouthwash is fine, but not in my water, please).
Zero Water technology makes it possible to produce very clean water conveniently. Too clean in fact, because zero total dissolved solids may be great for your steam iron, it's not suitable for human consumption in my view - the body needs the electrolytes.
I'd recommend adding some sea salt or another mineral supplement to the water. Candidates are:
a pinch will do - you want 200-300 TDS for drinking water, or:
This last product will treat 60 gallons, so it will probably last you some 3 months for a bottle.
If you go this route, you'll probably end up with a separate water carafe for drinking water. Having said that, this seems to be the best filter you can get without needing any permanent installation in your home or apartment. However since there are no other solutions in this category which promise to take out the fluoride, that is great news if you live in an area with fluoridated drinking water, besides you probably do have a steam iron, so now you won't have to buy distilled water any more.
It is however unfortunate that the company markets this product with the typical marketing illusion that zero dissolved solids is a good thing, when clearly at that point the product takes out the good with the bad, and most health practitioners would agree that water does need healthy minierals as electrolytes, or else it will leach minerals out of your body.
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