Clean and safe water is one of the most essential basic necessities of life. Unfortunately, this necessity isn’t available in most parts of the world, and surprisingly, that includes many developed countries as well. You would be surprised to know that the tap water in many states in the United States can be dangerously contaminated too. This is precisely why many people resort to bottled water, but it’s not reliable enough either, not to mention very expensive. And that’s exactly where things called water filter pitchers come in. They look fairly simple – usually just like a jug – but actually come with an advanced filter that helps remove the contaminants in your water to a significant extent, while also offering other benefits such as better-tasting water. But with the plethora of options out there, choosing the right one is a tricky task. However, consider yourself lucky if you’re reading this as we have done all the hard work for you and will be walking you through the best water filter pitchers on the market.
Top 10 Water Filters 2020
After a lot of research, we have found the 10 best water filters for you that offers the best in terms of purification and other important features based on your needs and preferences. So without further ado, let’s jump in.
Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher
The Aquagear water filter pitcher is one of the more expensive water filter pitchers on the market, but it’s worth every penny. It’s incredibly effective and capable of removing contaminants like chlorine, fluoride, lead and more almost completely from your water. It’s one of the few water pitchers that not only meets but actually exceeds the NSF Standards 42 and 53, where rigorous tests are performed to find out the effectiveness of a water pitcher at removing contaminants. It’s made using food grade materials that are both BPA-free and FDA-approved, and also 100% recyclable and vegan (for those that it matters). Furthermore, besides being proven to remove 90.6% to 99.9% of the contaminants (depending on the type of contaminant) and removing a wide variety of contaminants, it also leaves the water tasting better. In fact, if some of the customer reviews it got are anything to go by, it makes the water taste phenomenal (even better than bottled water!), which will likely make you drink considerably more water than you otherwise would. Setting up this water pitcher is a breeze, there’s a feature that lets you fill up the water in a “hands free” way, and more importantly, it comes with high-quality filters that can produce 150 gallons of water each. In other words, a filter should easily last most families about 6 months or so.
- Removes up to 99.6% of contaminants
- Made using BPA-free and FDA-approved food grade materials
- Meets the requirements of NSF Standards 42 and 53 for removing contaminants
- Removes all types of contaminants imaginable including chlorine, lead, mercury, fluoride, chromium 6 and more
- Makes the water taste amazing
- High-quality filters can filter 150 gallons of water each
- The flow rate can feel a bit too slow, and it gets even slower with time
- The replaceable filters for the pitcher are quite expensive too
All said and done, this is the best water filter pitcher hands down. Sure, there are more costs associated with it, but for what it offers in terms of making your water much safer and tastier, it’s definitely worth every penny like we said above.
Brita Large 10 Cup Water Filter Pitcher
For people that have a lower budget their best bet would be the Brita water filter pitcher. It’s nowhere near as effective as the Aquagear pitcher in terms of removing contaminants, but it certainly makes the tap water much safer and tastier to drink. In areas where the water has a taste of chlorine or copper and also an odor, this pitcher is going to turn out to be incredibly useful as it helps remove the bad taste and odor to ensure safe and great-tasting water. It also filters the water way more quickly than most other water filter pitchers, which is definitely something to take into consideration as some of them can be painfully slow. In many cases this pitcher managed to filter the water in less than a minute, which is incredible. Another noteworthy benefit is that the filters for the Brita pitcher are cheaper, further adding to its cost-effectiveness. The filters are fairly durable too, with each lasting 2 to 3 months (40 gallons) easily with moderate use.
- A great balance between effectiveness and affordability
- Removes contaminants from the water to a significant extent
- Removes any odor and the taste of chlorine or copper and makes the water taste great
- Filters the water incredibly quickly
- Filters are cheap and last reasonably long
Made using BPA-free materials
- The design has some durability issues and you will need to show some care when using it
It may not be ideal for removing contaminants in areas where there are a seriously high level of contaminants and impurities in tap water.
Clearly Filtered Water Filter Pitcher
This is another water pitcher priced in the range of the Aquagear water pitcher, but manages to justify its price easily just like the latter. It’s manages to rank among the few water pitchers that manage to meet the NSF standard. It claims to remove as many as 220 chemicals, metals and contaminants, while most other water pitchers are limited to double-digit numbers only. Some of the major harmful contaminants it eliminates include lead, fluoride, pharmaceuticals, PFOA/PFAS, chlorine, sulphur, copper and the list goes on. Needless to say, as your water becomes free of all these harmful elements it starts tasting much better than it otherwise would. You would also find the difference in taste of the beverages you make using the water filtered with the Clearly Filtered water pitcher. Of course, it’s made using 100% food grade, BPA-free material too, and is very sturdy and long-lasting. However, there was a major flaw with its design a year back or so that would make the water spill everywhere when pouring, but it has since been addressed and now the pitcher comes with little holes on the handle for effective pouring of the water. The filters are obviously some of the best you would ever be able to buy, and each of them can filter about 100 gallons of water, which means it may last you about 4 months on an average.
- Meets the NSF standard and does a great job at removing about 220 different contaminants, metals and chemicals (removes up to 99.9% of them!)
- It’s one of the only real filtering solutions in area with serious water quality concerns like Flint, Michigan
- Makes the water taste much better and also the beverages made using it such as your coffee
- Made using 100% food grade and BPA-free, high-quality material that’s sure to stand the test of time as well
- Filters are fairly long-lasting too with each being able to handle 100 gallons of water before having to be replaced
- It’s one of the most expensive water pitchers on the market, more expensive than the Aquagear water pitcher as well
- Many customers end up getting a unit with a poor filter that’s very slow or clogged
While there are no major issues, you can easily request for a replacement if you get a unit with a filter that has quality or filtration issues. The customer service is great and you probably wouldn’t have any issues getting a faulty unit replaced.
BWT Vida Water Filter Pitcher With 3 Bonus
This is one of the more unique water pitchers out there, as it not only filters the water to remove the contaminants but also adds the essential magnesium mineral to it with its patented magnesium Mg2+ filters. This pitcher does a good job at removing toxic chemicals and contaminants like chlorine, heavy metals and other harmful elements from your water. However, it somewhat manages to stand out due to its bonus unique magnesium filters that add this essential mineral to your water which makes it taste delicious, natural and fresh. Most customers that bought this pitcher are all praise for its taste, and also the taste it gives to the beverages prepared with the filtered water. Customers also mention in their reviews how simple it is to set up and use, unlike some other products that have design issues and makes pouring or filtering the water difficult. It’s also impressively sturdy and fast, and you would be relieved if you’re switching to it from one of the other brands that filters way slower.
- Both filters the water and adds magnesium to it to make it healthier and tastier for you
- Removes major contaminants and chemicals from your water
- There are few or no other water pitchers out there that can make the water tasting as good as the BWT Vida does
- Sturdy and easy to use
- Filters the water much faster than most other water pitchers
Highly affordable price
The only major drawback with the BWT Vida is that its filters only last up to 60 days as they can’t filter more than 40 gallons of water each.
New Wave Enviro 10 Stage Water Filter System
So we have another water pitcher priced at the higher end of the price range. However, it too comes with a few features that make it a great buy even at this price. One of the most impressive features is the 10 stage filtration system. Yes, your water undergoes rigorous filtration with this pitcher before it allows you to drink it. It manages to remove a large number of common water contaminants including chlorine, lead, mercury, inorganic arsenic, pesticides, herbicides, bacteria and more. Another feature where it manages to beat pretty much all the other water pitchers on our list is the lifespan of its filters. They last up to a whole year thanks to being able to filter a massive 1,500 gallons of water before having to be replaced. It’s also very easy to install and the filters are easy to replace. Using the pitcher itself is very convenient and easy.
- 10 stage filtration system removes most common water contaminants effectively
- One of the best when it comes to the filters’ durability as each lasts up to a year and filters about 1,500 gallons of water
- Easy to install and use
- The customer service has been disappointing for some customers
Pure Hydration Next Generation Water Filter Pitcher
Now, this is a real expensive water pitcher priced well over $300. However, if you’re looking for the best of best and want to ensure the highest level of purity for your water, then this is the pitcher for you. It hydrates your water, adds healthy minerals and antioxidants to it, and purifies it using a superior filtration process. You can expect to get rid of pretty much everything harmful in your water with this advanced water pitcher. Some customers even did lab tests on the filtered water to compare the results with what’s promised, and were satisfied with the conclusions. It works without electricity and wastes no water, without compromising on its superior performance. Customers are also amazed with how much better the water tastes after being filtered with this pitcher. It comes with tons of advanced features like the infrared sensor that automatically makes it turn on and off as you bring your hand near it. Installing and using this water pitcher is surprisingly easy.
- The most advanced filtration system purifies your water to a great extent
- Does a lot more than just filtering the water, such as hydrating it and adding healthy minerals and antioxidants to it
- Makes the water taste fresh and wonderful
- Long list of advanced features such as an infrared sensor and an LED indicator light
- Filter life is 6 months and each filter produces about 2,300 liters or 607 gallons of water
- Can be very expensive for many people looking for an inexpensive filtration option
- Some people had issues with the new version’s infrared sensor feature but they have apparently been fixed by the manufacturer already
ZeroWater 12 Cup Pitcher with Filter
This is another water pitcher that offers a great value for money. It comes with a 5 stage filtration system to purify your water. Unlike most other pitchers, it also claims to use an Ion Exchange Technology instead of just carbon filtering, which helps it remove the contaminants in your water better. The filters ZeroWater uses filters that are NSF certified for removing chromium and lead, and that’s really saying something as very few pitchers manage to meet the NSF requirements even for these contaminants. It also manages to improve the taste of the water significantly even in areas with major issues with respect to the water’s taste and quality. The “12-cup ready” system also makes it much easier and convenient to use.
- Great level of purification for the price
- NSF certified for removing lead and chromium
- Customers really like the taste of the water it offers
- Easy to use
- Fills up quickly
- Filters are durable and last up to 2 months or for 40 gallons of water easily
- There can be some leakage issues over time
Apex Countertop Drinking Water Filter
This is a slightly different product than most of the rest we reviewed above, but it does the same job as the other water pitches and is actually pretty good at it. It’s capable of removing up to 99% of the contaminants in your water including chlorine, radon, chloramine, benzene and heavy metals. Further, like some of the better water pitchers we reviewed above, it also adds useful minerals to your water like magnesium, calcium and potassium. However, this also means that you may find the TDS levels of the filtered water to be higher than they would be without these minerals, but that would be like a false positive and nothing to worry about. Perhaps the best thing about it is that its filters are amazingly durable and filter about 750 gallons of water before showing any signs of ineffectiveness.
- Effective at removing contaminants from your water
- Adds useful minerals to the water making it healthier for you
- Helps ensure a balanced pH level between 7.3 to 8.5
- Filters are incredibly long-lasting and handle 750 gallons of water easily before needing to be replaced
- Replacing the filter may turn out to be a daunting task
Soma 10-Cup Water Filter Pitcher
You would probably end up liking this water pitcher the moment you see it. It’s that pretty and comes in a great design. However, the great look does have a trade-off. It quickly develops mold and even leakage if you’re not careful when using it. You do need to soak the filter regularly to keep it from developing mold. If you can do that, it may turn out to be a good water pitcher with an upgraded filter that removes contaminants like chlorine, copper, mercury and more to quite some extent. The plastic it’s made of is not only BPA-free but also shatter-proof.
- Great look and design
- Upgraded filter that works fairly well at removing common contaminants
- Holds up to 10 glasses of water which is great for the price
- May develop mold quickly if not cleaned regularly
- Some of the units turn out to be defective so be sure to check quickly and request replacement if you find that to be the case with you
Dafi Alkaline UP Crystal Glass Water Pitcher
As the name suggests, this is a unique product as it’s an alkaline UP glass water pitcher. It helps ensure a perfect alkaline-acidic balance for your body. It aims to achieve this by increasing the pH level and the negative ORP potential it has at the same time. High pH levels are believed to benefit your body in many ways. In addition, this is the one of the very few glass water pitchers on the market, which might be relieving for those that want to stay away from any kind of plastic or similar materials. It also comes with a free 24 fl oz Sport Water Bottle and 2 alkaline UP water filters. The water bottle is BPA-free too just like the other plastic parts of the pitcher. The filters last for about a month each before having to be replaced.
- Unique alkaline water pitcher that aims to increase the pH levels of your water
- Made of using and not some plastic material
- Water tastes great
- Sturdy and durable
- Other useful features too like an LED sensor which is to be synced with their mobile app
- It’s a little pricey but you get a big free water bottle too
It would have been nice if the filter lasted a little longer
Cheap Water Filter Pitcher
We understand that some people may not have the budget for a high-end water filter pitcher and may want to go with an affordable and quality option. With that in mind we did some additional research and narrowed down on the 5 options listed below. These water pitchers are very affordably priced but they are not poor quality products by any means. In fact, they offer a great bang for your buck as they are made of a quality material and should last you a long time. Some of them can handle a lot of demanding tasks as well, while also being easy to use and clean.
- Sapphire Water Pitcher with 3 Filters, Clear/Blue
- BWT Award Winning Austrian Quality Water Filter Pitcher
- Nakii Water Filter Pitcher – Long Lasting (150 Gallons)
- Waterdrop Extream Long-Lasting (200 Gallons)
- Brita Ultra Max Filtering Dispenser, Extra Large 18 Cup
ZeroWater Vs Pur
ZeroWater and Pur have emerged as two of the biggest brands in the water filter pitchers segment. And to be fair, both are very popular with a lot of satisfactory customers or users. But if we had to choose one of the two, which one would we go with? Well, we will do a bit of a head-to-head comparison here, and choose the most popular and very similar product each from ZeroWater and Pur water filter to find out how they stack up against each other. Our picks are the ZeroWater ZP-010 and the PUR CR1100CV. Now, in terms of the water capacity, both are very similar with the ZeroWater holding 10 cups of water while the PUR holds 11 cups of water. However, the major difference is that the ZeroWater pitcher is NSF certified to remove lead and chromium while the PUR water filter isn’t. The former boasts a 5 stage filtration system that helps it remove contaminants and heavy metals to a much larger extent than the latter. Customers living in areas in the US with some of the worst tap water report about the TDS level of their water going from 400 to near zero immediately when they started to use the ZeroWater. The PUR certainly purifies water too but it’s not as good as ZeroWater. As far as the filter lifespan is concerned, both are pretty similar with the filters lasting about a month each. The PUR does have a bit of an edge here as its filters can last about 2 months in areas where the water quality isn’t as bad. The ZeroWater’s filter, however, may need to be replaced after just about a couple weeks too in areas with serious water impurity issues. Summing it up, ZeroWater is certainly a winner given its superior purification process and NSF certification, although the PUR water filter turns out to be a better option when it comes to the filter’s lifespan.
Brita Vs ZeroWater
We will use the same ZeroWater ZP-010 that we used for the comparison above. We will pick a similar water filter pitcher from Brita which is the Brita Everyday Pitcher. First things first, the level of purification of water. As we mentioned above, ZeroWater is NSF certified for removing chromium and lead. The Brita, however, isn’t certified for removing anything. Despite that, Brita manages to do a better job at purifying your water and removing the contaminants. It comes with a large filter made of a BPA-free material to remove an impressively large variety of contaminants and impurities from your water. The ZeroWater is only certified for removing chromium and lead, while there are many other impurities too that it doesn’t remove as effectively as Brita. Brita also makes the water taste considerably better than ZeroWater, although that’s not saying the taste is bad with the latter. Brita’s filters also last much longer with the average lifespan for each filter being about 2 months, while with the ZeroWater you would be lucky to make it last a month. So to conclude, the Brita water filter pitcher clearly to have the upper hand over ZeroWater.
Summing It Up
Well, so after going through everything we discussed above, you must have a very clear view of what are the best water filter pitchers on the market now. However, do not forget that your needs and budget tend to be important factors too, so choose the one that meets them the best while also ensuring that it offers a sufficient level of purification. To offer some specific advice, the Pure Hydration Next Generation is actually the best water pitcher money can buy. It indeed has the most advanced filtration system and comes with many other useful features too. The only reason you don’t see it as the top pick is that it would be way too expensive for most people. And talking about being expensive, if you can’t afford to spend that kind of money, the Aquagear water pitcher would be your best bet. It offers everything you would ever need too for a way lower price than Pure Hydration water pitcher. For those that want to go even cheaper, Brita is a great option. In addition, there are many other options too that we reviewed above that may fit your bill well depending on your needs. So, which one did you choose? Let us know in the comments below.
Some Quick FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions)
Let’s quickly answer some common questions people have when purchasing a water filter pitcher.
How do water filter jugs work?
Water filter jugs work by having a high-quality, well-designed filter that removes contaminants and other harmful impurities from your water making it safer and tastier for you to drink.
Do water filter pitchers work?
You bet! Thousands and thousands of people have benefitted from using water filter pitchers which removes harmful elements from their water making it healthier, safer, and in most cases, tastier as well.
The effectiveness depends on the quality of the filter though, so you need to choose the right one.
What is osmosis and reverse osmosis?
In relevant terms, osmosis is the process of moving the water through some kind of plasma membrane from a level of less solute concentration to a more concentrated solution.
RO, on the other hand, involves forcing the water through a semi-permeable membrane where the contaminants are filtered and removed.
How long does it take for a Brita pitcher to filter water?
Things are faster at the beginning but after a few days of use it would likely take a Brita pitcher about 2 hours or a little more to filter water.
Water filters that remove fluoride and chlorine?
Most water pitchers we reviewed above remove fluoride, chlorine and a lot of other contaminants and toxic chemicals as well. To be specific, the Aquagear, Brita, Clearly Filtered and New Wave Enviro water filter pitchers work very effectively at removing these impurities.
What is the best brand water filter pitcher?
Honestly speaking, the best brand may be subjective depending a person’s needs and budget. That said, generally speaking, Aquagear, Brita and Pure Hydration rank right at the top when it comes to comparing all the water filter pitcher brands.
When and how to change a water pitcher filter?
You need to change your water pitcher filter when it stops working as it should and starts letting through impurities. The time period for which a filter works properly varies greatly from one pitcher to another, so you should check this before purchasing.
Changing the filter is a simple process where you simply open the lid, pull out the old filter and install the new one. It may be different for some pitchers though.
Which 18 cup water filter pitcher is best?
There are very few brands offering a 18 cup water filter pitcher, but Brita does offer a pretty good option here in the Brita Ultra Max filtering dispenser. We have already reviewed the smaller Brita water filter pitcher above and it’s a really good water filter pitcher.
ZeroWater filtration pitcher filter when to replace?
The ZeroWater filter pitcher we reviewed above can easily handle about 40 gallons of water so you would need to replace the filter in about 2 months based on your use.
How long do Brita filters last?
For the Brita water filter pitcher we reviewed above, each filter would last 2 to 3 months depending on your use.
What does Brita filter out?
Brita water filter pitcher filters out a wide range of contaminants and impurities including chlorine, fluoride, copper, mercury, zinc and more.