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As you will know from my previous review I currently own a Brita water filter. The filter works with these Brita Maxtra Cartridges, which are specially manufactured to fit the water filter jug.
The cartridges are sold in boxes of 3 and come individually wrapped in plastic to keep them fresh. Each cartridge is a specific oblong shape to fit into the slot in the water filter and has a plastic ring pull on top of it to help to remove it. They have a four part mesh filtration system, and remove chlorine, limescale, lead, copper and any other impurities from the water.
To use the cartridge you unwrap it and then hold it down in the water in your filter jug to get rid of any air bubbles. When you do this you can see the air bubbles coming out of the cartridge and should only stop when they have all ended.
Once you have got rid of any air bubbles the next step is to fit the cartridge into its compartment in the water filter. You can hear it click when it is correctly in place. You then fill up the water filter jug to allow a full quantity of water to filter through. You need to do this twice and discard the water on both occasions before you are ready to fill up the jug and use the water that is filtered through.
The cartridges filter the water well and I can really taste the difference in my water, which is really clean and fresh without any horrible aftertaste or any type of chemical taste. It is also very quick to filter the water and it only takes about a minute to filter one litre.
The cartridges are meant to last at least 4 weeks but the counter on the water filter actually seems to say that they last for less time. I must admit I am a bit suspicious about this and sometimes keep my cartridge in for an extra week as I am sure that it is still working and filtering the water effectively although possibly not as well as when it was first fitted.
You cartridges are quite expensive and can cost up to £12 for a pack of three. However they are often on offer and I recently got several packs on offer at Tesco. Amazon also sell another brand of cartridges that are the same shape and fit the Brita filters and are much cheaper sop it is worth investigating them. You do need to make sure you get the correct cartridge though as otherwise they won't fit the water filter correctly.
Overall I think these cartridges work well and give the water an excellent taste. However they are expensive and don't last that long so I will be investigating if the cheaper substitute that Amazon sell are any better (or at least the same quality) in the future.
A while ago I bought myself a water filter jug. At the time it was on offer in Sainsbury's and it came with a filter cartridge already and I have to admit that I never thought about the ongoing expense of having to buy new filter cartridges for it!
A Maxtra water filter cartridge fits into my Brita water jug. It should last about a month and my jug tells me when the cartridge needs to be changed via an lcd section. I am disappointed however that a cartridge, for the average family using it should last a month and me, even though I don't drink gallons of the fresh water seems to be getting through a cartridge every 3 weeks!
The filter cartridges are not cheap. On Amazon, for 3 of them I was looking at about £16.00, in Tesco though your looking usually at about £13.00 for the 3 of them however when I spotted a box of three on offer for just under £7.00 recently in my local Tesco store I snapped them up quickly as my filter cartridge needed to be changed!
Well my box of three of them is oblong in shape and light and dark blue mainly in colour. On the front of box we are told that they are made by Brita and that they are indeed Maxtra Filter Cartridges and there is a picture shown of them and we are told there is 3 in the box as well. Other information on the box includes being told a bit about the product and contact details for the manufacturer are stated (there is a lot of information on there in foreign languages too). Within the box you get the three filters individually wrapped in plastic, again in the same colourscheme as the outer box and we are shown what it is and so on, on it. Its easy to unwrap thankfully.
We are simply shown on the plastic wrapping how to use this simply by a couple of diagrams and no further instructions are given however it really is common sense to pop one of these into your jug!
The filter cartridge is sort of oblong in shape and made of solid white plastic and it has on one side of it the word Brita etched into it and the other Maxtra. Its a chunky well made and quite heavy for what it is cartridge and it has a hole to the base of it to which goes over a plastic piece securely in your jug and besides that two small white mesh looking filters then the top of it cut out lines where your water drains through. Simple in design all you do is remove the lid from your jug and pop it in, no strength or brain power is required for this task.
It wasn't until I replaced the old filter I truly saw the point of having one and the whole system to be honest. I knew my water tasted nicer but when I took the old filter out of it, it had real dark grey looking scum all over it, which then made me realise I'd done the right thing in invested and that I would continue to buy the cartridges! No matter the cost!
You do have to make sure you get the right cartridges for your water filter jug, these are for Brita one and I think they are a fantastic thing but they can work out costly, but worth it in my humble opinion for fresh and very clean water!
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Earlier this year I purchased a Brita water filter, which I use regularly and love, and it takes these Brita Maxtra cartridges. When I purchased my water filter it had one cartridge with it and I purchased 3 cartridges for £10.00 in Tesco around the same time so I had a nice stock. I have since purchased 6 cartridges from the Amazon website for around £16.00 which is a price that is on offer quite regularly from what I hear.
These Brita Maxtra cartridges are designed to last for one month and as such this makes them around 60-70p per week to use and this really is a very low price for me to have filtered cold water on offer. I have been drinking filtered water more than I would water from the tap and one of the big advantages for me is that I now always have cold filtered water available in my fridge when I need or want a drink. I feel that the price per week overall is very cheap and absolutely worth it. The price is cheaper than just one large bottle of water and I was previously buying quite a lot of bottled water.
These cartridges are individually wrapped within their box and the packaging is simple to just cut open. I find that it takes just a few seconds to remove the old filter and replace it with a new one. The cartridges have their own cut out space within my Brita filter and I fill my filter up with water, put the cartirdge in place and shake it around until all the air bubbles are removed and then once clicked into place I just run 1 litre of water through the filter about 4 or 5 times and I always rinse the filter before I place it into the water filter. Overall fitting is easy and very straight forward so I have no complaints about that at all. Each cartridge lasts one month roughly and there is an electronic screen on my filter that I can reset when I put a filter in place to ensure that I know when the filter needs changing again. There has never been a time around the one month mark where I can taste the chlorine in my water once again but I change it anyway just to ensure that I keep on top of it and do it regularly.
I must say that I have noticed a huge difference in the taste and appearance of my water. Recently there have been ongoing water works where I live, a new build site, and in my area generally, Essex, and as such I have noticed my water is more cloudy than normal. I have been running it for 30 seconds or so and still finding that it hasn't cleared completely. This is an annoyance and something that has been ongoing for a few months now, and mainly what prompted me to start using a water filter, but this filter leaves me with crystal clear looking water. My water always has a chlorinated taste and I can definitely taste that this water has been filtered and is more crisp and clear tasting than normal. The difference is there in both looks and taste and I wasn't sure that would be the case when I first purchased a water filter. This makes the Brita Maxtra cartridges, and the filter they go in, worth every penny for me and this is the reason why I am rating these cartridges 5/5 stars.
I love having clean, clear, cold water on hand whenever I want it and these maxtra cartridges allow me to do this. They work very hard at filtering the water and removing impurities. I have had no problem with carbon or other nasties releasing from the filter and this is another plus point for me as I have had water filters in the past and always been disappointed to find bits floating in the water. Recently there was a little bit of dirt in the water, at the top of my filter, and because of the cartridge this was not able to be released into the filtered water underneath which was very pleasing to me as I didn't want to pour out all my water just to remove it. I use filtered water for drinking, in cooking, for giving to my pets to drink and for most other purposes where water is being drunk in my home. I absolutely love the taste of this filtered water and use it for almost everything I can at home. I rarely drink fizzy drinks and squash now but when I do I make my own drinks using the Sodastream and I can really taste the difference when using filtered water, using the Brita Maxtra, compared to tap water.
These Brita Maxtra cartridges work well, with their four part filtration system, and remove chlorine, limescale and impurities from the water. This really is noticeable to me and I am firmly recommending these cartridges - 5/5 from me. There are a couple of irrelevant sections under the quick rating section so I have just wrote those 5/5 anyway.
A couple of years ago I purchased a Brita water filter and a set of six replacement Brita Maxtra cartridges. When the first six cartridges ran out I continued to buy Brita Maxtra cartridges.
I now buy the cartridges in boxes of three from amazon.co.uk as they always seem to have the best prices; they are currently selling a pack of three for £7.89 + £4.59 postage or a pack of four for £13.89 with free delivery. I feel that just over a pound a week is a good price to pay for fresh tasting filtered water, especially when it can cost nearly a pound for a one litre bottle of water in shops.
The cartridges come individually wrapped in the box to keep them fresh. Cartridges need changing every four weeks to ensure you get the best tasting water; I sometimes change mine early if I can taste chlorine in my filtered water.
To change the cartridge you just pull the old one out using the little ring pull centred on top. Wrap the old cartridge in a bag to be recycled at Argos or Tesco. Wash out the filter jug and lid, then fill the jug with fresh cold water, plunge the new cartridge into the water and wiggle around till all the air bubbles have been expelled. Then discard the water and put the filter into the cradle in the jug, push it down till it makes a small click and then reassemble the jug. Fill the jug with water from the tap and allow the water to filter through, discard this water and repeat the process. You can then have lovely filtered water for up to four weeks.
I feel every home should use a water filter of some sort, even though we have clean water on tap in Britain there is still chlorine added to the water and metals such as lead and copper can become present in the water supply from the pipes.
I use filtered water whenever I use water for cooking or to make a hot or cold drink. The Maxtra cartridges reduce the limescale content in the water, therefore reducing the amount of limescale that can get inside your kettle or steamer, and anything that prolongs the life of my electrical appliances is good in my book. I also feel that tea and coffee tastes and looks better when using filtered water. I drink more water now as I think the water tastes a lot fresher and crisper when it has been filtered.
The cartridges have a four part filtration system, first of all the water flows through a fine mesh, the next step is ion filtration, this is where the water travels through a chemical that removes limescale, lead and copper. The third step is a carbon filter that removes chlorine and any pesticides that may of sneaked into the tap water and the final step is another fine mesh filter. Happily with all that filtering it still only takes just over a minute to filter a litre of water, which is no time at all.
I am exceptionally happy with the Brita Maxtra filters and heartily recommend them, I have never had a problem with one in all the time I have used them.
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One of the very useful wedding presents we received several years ago was a Brita Water Filter Jug, which we make use of on a daily basis. The jug that we own actually gives us an indicator of when we need to change the filter to ensure we are getting the best tasting, cleanest and purest water, and it ends up that we need to change the filter every four weeks or so.
The filters that are required for our particular Brita jug are the maxtra cartridges which are slightly more expensive than the normal brita filter cartridges. I often buy this 3 pack which recently cost me £9 in Tesco, but I have in the past bought the pack of 4 maxtra cartridges from amazon, especially when they are a good price.
These maxtra cartridges are essential if you want to have the clean, clear water that you probably purchased the jug for. These cartridges are meant to reduce limescale, chlorine as well as other impurities to ensure you are getting the best filtered water. They also claim to produce great tasting water, much nice than that from the tap, as welllas making your hot beverages such as tea or coffee taste even better. In terms of being economic, I do find them to be an expensive purchase at the time, but when you weigh up the cost of buying bottled water as part of your weekly shop, and then a buying a pack of three of these which will last you around 3 months, there probably isn't a lot of difference, and in fact, when it comes down to it, this is probably still cheaper. Brita also suggests that you use their filtered water to cook your food in, and I have to say that I do always use it when cooking vegetables, although boiling the water will remove the impurities anyway. Another claim of Brita is that it prolongs the life of your domestic appliances by 'preventing limescale build up' which I woul have to say there is probably some truth in.
When the maxtra cartridge has reached its monthly usage, we clean out the jug and replace the filter, which is very easy to do. Each filter comes individually wrapped in the box.
Despite it seeming to be a costly expenditure at the time, when we have to use tap water to drink on the odd occasion, you really do notice a huge difference in the taste, and it is then that we are very glad that we use these maxtra filter cartridges to ensure we have the nicer tasting water. With all the health worries and claims that surround us nowadays, and the truth that you really don't know what is in the water in your area at times, it is reassuring and worth paying the money to know that you are giving your family and yourself the best water around, filtered, clean and clear, by using these maxtra cartridges.
Firstly - I have already reviewed the Brita Fjord Cool Water Jug, and included a bit about the Maxtra cartidges in that - as the cartidges essentially make the Jug, without them you are paying for an expensive and oddly designed Water Jug - so I ask that people do not flag me up for copying if my opinions about the Brita Maxtra Filter Cartridges x 3 are similar to those expressed about the Brita Fjord Cool - (Bokkie [ie Me], Good at what it does - Holds and Filters water Brita Fjord Cool 2011).
Secondly - I know it appears on the Brita kettles section, but the Maxtra Cartridge are the same for jugs and kettles
'Having grown up in a relatively rural town in South Africa and having lived in rural Spain, and drank the tap water with no problems, I find owning a water filter jug a tad pretentious' - (Bokkie [ie Me], Good at what it does - Holds and Filters water Brita Fjord Cool 2011); I include this as I want to amend it slightly - pretentious is unfair, I find water filter jugs (and water filters) a bit of a unnessary expense most of the time.
I, however, own a Brita Jug, and regularily buy filters, due to been able to taste the difference in coffee when using hard / unfiltered water; as such I can understand the need for owning and using Water Filters if people can taste the difference between unfiltered and filtered water.
I find myself purchasing Maxtra Cartridges fairly regularily now I own Brita Fjord Cool Water Jug - granted this is only in comparision to when I did not buy any because I had no reason to - and personally I find that you do actually get a better price per Cartridge when buying the 6 packs, as opposed to this product which is a 3 pack. For example, having just done a quick Google Shopping Search, 3 packs retail at between £14 and £25 (which is between £4.66 and £8.33 a cartridge) wereas 6 packs retails at between £17 and £25 (which is between £2.83 and £4.15 a cartridge); personally I buy them for £22 from Tesco Direct - apparently a 'Special Offer', but it has been available nearly everytime I have gone to purchse them. As a little side note - they are quite large, but buying 6 rather than 3 does not take up much more room so don't be put off buying in bulk because of size.
They are expensive but, as I will explain further along, they are worth it.
The Cartridge itself-
Apparently the Maxtra Cartridges use a four stage filtration - 1. Intensive Pre-Filtration, 2. Ion Exchange Filtration, 3. Activated Carbon Filtration, 4. Intensive Final Filtration (Brita, http://www.brita.net/uk/maxtrafiltration.html?L=1) - and, though I don't understand / or care how it works, I do believe that it makes all the difference / I believe that it works well. As I have previously said - though I cannot taste the difference between filtered water and tap water, the difference is evident to me when the two waters are used for brewing coffee. Water filtered through Maxtra Cartridges really do get rid of the hard water taste that previously ruined my coffee.
Installing the cartridges into a Water Jug could not be easier, in my opinion - 'simply twist the old one off, submerge the new one in water and shake until the bubbles stop, twist it on, and do two or three runs of 1.5litres (using the same water for each run if you are an environmentalist)' (Bokkie [ie Me], Good at what it does - Holds and Filters water Brita Fjord Cool 2011). If it does seem a little daunting, as admittedly it did to me first time (not wanting to break my new purchase), the installation instructions are well covered on the side of the Filter Box, and on the side of each individual filters packaging.
In an area of hard water Brita advertises that the cartridges will filter up to 100Ltrs; so each cartridge should last just over a month and a half for the average Household - filtering 2ltrs a day - or will last longer or shorter according to your usage. Most Brita jugs come with a Cartridge Exchange Indicator, which essentially counts down until when it has been programmed to think the average household would need to change cartridges; if you use more or less than average (2Ltrs) - such as myself using only enough for a mug of coffee a day - you will have to keep a mental record of how much of that 100Ltrs you have used, and just ignore the Cartridge Exchange Indicator flashing away to tell you that you should change your cartridge.
A nice little side note about Maxtra Cartridges is that Brita encourages you to recycle them - either by posting them to BRITA Recycling, Freepost TK1917, Sunbury-on-Thames, TW16 5BR or by calling Brita's customer care on 0844 742 4800 to find out where your nearest recycling point is.
You can also recycle the box (most Council's run recycling schemes that cover cardboard), however the main let down in this department is that it is near impossible for the average householder to correctly find a way to recycle the individual plastic wrappers around each cartridge.
Overall if filtering water is a necessary expense for you, then I recommend you buy Brita Maxtra Filters - as they do outperform the competition, and do exactly what they promise to; I however would recommend you buy the 6 pack rather than the 3 pack though.
*As a humourous side note - in the quick rating section I am been asked to rate the 'Picture Quality' and 'Sound Quality' of a Water filter ???? *
I bought a water filter jug several years ago, and used it religiously for a couple of years before abandoning it when I moved house. Recently I've been reading up on some of the advantages of using filtered water, so out it came again. Sadly I'd forgotten just how expensive the water filter cartridges are...
The cartridges come individually, in sets of 3, 6 and, if buying with a jug, you can get 12 for a year's supply. The pack of three come in an easily opened cardboard box, which has three cartridges wrapped in plastic.
Unlike Brita's Classic range of filter cartridges, these are quite squat and lie more on the horizontal than the vertical. They are also heavier than you would expect - no idea what's in them - but they're heavy/big enough to make me feel guilty when throwing them away due to the effect on landfill.
The plastic packaging could be a little easier to open, and once inside you get a white cartridge which slots firmly into the removable interior of the jug and clicks into place. Once fitted, the instructions (picture and text) state to filter at least two lots of water before filtering water to drink. I tend to use this water for plants or cleaning rather than just pouring it away.
After installing the cartridge you may need to adjust the date on top of your jug so you don't forget to change the cartridge. Each cartridge apparently lasts a month no matter how frequently you filter the water, and if you leave it in for too long the water does start to taste a bit funny. The newer jugs do have a little screen to tell you when you need to replace it. To remove the cartridge, simply pull the raised ring-pull style tab on the top to release it.
Filtered water does remove a lot of the chemicals in our water as our water system isn't fantastic. If you live in a hard water area filtered water is good to delay the build-up of limescale. There are also various Brita jugs available on the market, so you can get ones thin enough to fit in the fridge or ones which tell you how hard the water you've filtered is.
I also like the taste of the water because it's practically tasteless and doesn't have any horrible bleachy or chalky taste to it. So if you don't like the taste of the water where you live, this is a good choice.
The only real disadvantage, other than the fact that they don't say whether they're recyclable (I assume not) is the price. The pack of three costs around £15 from Sainsbury's, which is quite expensive. They do tend to be on offer this time of year, but only for a few quid cheaper. I did pick up a pack of 6 from Costco for £15 though, which is a pretty good deal. I think that it's quite a lot of expense up front, but for several months' usage it's not that bad, particularly if you have a big family and/or drink a lot of water.
Excellent new generation of water filter that filters very effectively giving a clean fresh taste to water. We've got hard water where we live and without a filter cups of tea have an unsightly blotchy film on the surface.
We use the filter in a kettle that is specifically designed to take this cartridge. One filtered the water can also be used as a water jug for soft drinks if needs be.
What I like about the product is that it is quick and easy to use. There is a ring pull device to remove the cartridge from the jug/kettle when it needs to be changed. excellent performance. Lasts a month or two before performance dips. The cartridge can be recycled at Argos/Somerfield among other retailers.
What I dislike is that you still have to filter water 3 times before you can use it (as per instructions). The price can be pricey unless you shop around at an average of £4 per cartridge (I usually buy mulipacks when they are on offer).
The product is made by Brita who have been in existence since 1966 and have an excellent track record in effective water filtration products. There are other supermarket alternative products available but my experience is that they are not as effective but probably okay if you are a light user.