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I bought this water filter because I hate the taste of tap water and used to drink bottled water all the time which was very expensive and so bad for my budget as I drink a lot of water. I chose this particular one because it was cheaper than others I had seen and because it came with a spare filter.
The is easy to hold and not awkward, it seems ergonomically designed to me. It is very easy to refill with water and carry which I have to do a lot due to drinking a lot of water. In terms of appearance it is very simple but does have a sleek shape, the millilitres are displayed up the side and on the top there is a digital monitor which tells you how many uses of the filter you have left before you need to replace it but I have never really used it, I judge it by taste instead. On the removable top section there are two flaps, the one above the spout is probably to stop anything getting into the jug and the larger one is where you fill it with water from the tap.
Putting the filter into the jug is easy, you just click the filter into the hole and then you're ready to go. To put water into the jug all you do is fill it using your tap. One problem is that I need to watch it when I am filling it because if I do it too fast then water spills over the top and down the space below the spout meaning unfiltered water gets in with the filtered water. The filtering process is very fast, you don't need to wait long at all which is definitely a plus point about this filter jug.
Once it's filtered it is ready to pour into a glass, the flap above the spout lifts up as you're pouring the water out. You do need to remember to let the water filter through and then tip it away on your first use of a filter, I have forgotten this a few times and the water had a funny taste to it. Water from this jug has a clean taste, it removes all the horrible tastes that tap water has! I was very impressed by this filter because even though it's a cheap make it still filters every bad taste out of tap water and gives clean, refreshing water very fast and efficiently. Since using filtered water in the kettle I have noticed that I don't get limescale any more which is another positive of this jug.
Like I mentioned earlier, I use taste to determine when I need to replace my filter cartridge but there is a digital monitor on the top of the jug, the filters are supposed to last 30 or 60 days depending on which version you get. They are available quite cheaply on Amazon in various pack sizes.
All in all I would definitely recommend this water filter, in fact I would recommend giving this a try instead of a more expensive version because it does the job perfectly, fresh and clean tasting water which doesn't take long at all to filter. It's a great value product and I strongly recommend it.
I have been using this type of water filter for years now, and I liked it from the minute I bought it. It has a great design; it looks like an expensive, sleek water jug. The top of the filter has an easy-to-open lid which stores the filtering system, which is compactly designed. The clear exterior enables you to observe how the water passes from the input area to the container. There is a nice scale on the side of the container which enables you to track how much water you drink for dietary purposes. The handle is perfect for steady pouring and yet stylish.
In terms of maintaining the water filter, it is easy to disassemble and assemble and consists of several pieces which can be washed quickly with soapy water. You can buy several refills of this filtering system at a reasonable price at a regular department store. Replace the filtering system by unlocking and sliding out the current one, then following the simple instructions to lock in the new filtering system. It really is that easy!
The filtered water which you get tastes great; there is no funny after taste such as tap water. Not only that but filtered water is better for your health, it has less impurities. Therefore drinking a couple of glasses a day is more effective for clearing your skin than regular water. Vary the water you drink by adding sliced fruit to the bottom of the container - this makes it easier to stick to your water-drinking habit. Since the water is already so pure, the fruit will give it a bit of a zing which will give you an energy boost. Try a citrus combination, such as oranges, lemon and tangerine, or something exciting such as mint sprigs, cucumbers, ginger and lime. I definitely recommend this water filter to anyone who really wants to hydrate or lose weight; you won't regret your choice!
Water filtering technology might not be the most exciting subject in the world, but it was recently brought home to me how rapidly it has changed in recent years. Allow me to explain: a while back, Mrs SWSt and I bought a water filter that seemed very good at the time. When it was time to replace it Mrs SWSt managed to pick this one up for a bargain price in the sales. If our old filter jug was a Mini, then the new one is a Jaguar.
Looks Aren't Everything
Bog standard water filters are not designed to be the most aesthetically pleasing items so I won't spend too long describing it. The bottom section is a standard jug made from clear plastic, whilst the filtering mechanism sits on top of that and is made from white moulded plastic. It's nothing to shout out about, but its generic nature should mean that it can blend into any kitchen. Size wise, it is reasonably large (it has a capacity of around 1.5 litres but also slim line enough so that it should easily fit into that section of the fridge section reserved for bottles.
From an ergonomic perspective, it is reasonably well signed with a large handle down the side means that it is pretty easy to hold and never feels awkward or too heavy, even when filled to capacity. It's also pretty comfortable to hold when pouring - unlike our old filter jug which could sometimes feel a little top-heavy and imbalanced. The Aqua Optima feels nice and sturdy, without being too heavy and cumbersome.
Setting up the jug for the first time is straightforward and fitting the filter cartridge is very easy. It's pretty obvious where it goes, since there is a cartridge shaped hole in the top in into which you insert the cartridge. As soon as you hear a click, you know it's fitted.
Replacing a cartridge is slightly trickier as the first couple of times you do it, you're not quite sure how much pressure needs to be applied to remove the old one. The first time I tried it took more effort than I expected to remove it and I was slightly concerned that I might break something. Once you're used to this, it's not a big deal - it's just that first time that worries you a little!
You Fill Up My Senses
I mentioned at the start that this jug had opened my eyes to how filtering technology had changed and it's in the area of filling and pouring that this was most noticeable. Our old filter could be a bit of a faff to fill. You had to remove the entire lid from the filtering unit and then fill the inside with water. Inevitably, being a clumsy little monkey, I would end up dropping the lid or something, gradually breaking bits off.
No such problems with the Aqua Optima. This has a dinky little hole in the top with a flap on it. All you need to do is line up the hole with the tap and turn it on. The water pressure from the top causes the flap to depress, allowing the water to flow into the filtering unit; once the water reaches to the top, simply turn the tap off and the flap returns to the "closed" position without you having to do anything further. So simple even a short-sighted little monkey fellow like myself can do it.
What impressed me most, however, was the speed with which the water filters through. Our previous filter jug used to filter incredibly slowly - frustrating if you needed some filtered water quickly. It wasn't unusual for half a litre of water to five minutes to fully filter through. By comparison, the Optima is like lightening! As soon as you start the filtering process, there is a steady stream of filtered water flowing through and half a litre of water takes around 1-2 minutes to go through; much quicker than our old unit. Having said that, we have had some cartridges which (for no obvious reason) are slower than others.
Tip Me Up & Pour Me Out
In the pouring stakes, the Optima loses a few points against its older rival. Our old jug used to have a clever little gizmo which meant that if some (but not all) the water had filtered through, you could pour out the filtered stuff without the unfiltered liquid also coming out (well, it did until I dropped it and broke that bit off!). This went some way to mitigating the fact that it took so long to filter through. The Optima has no such device, so you have to wait until all the water has filtered before you can use any.
There's another minor design flaw, too: there's an annoying flappy bit over the spout, designed to keep flies, dust etc out of the water. This is fine if you are pouring the water into a fairly wide receptacle such as a mug or a bowl. Most of the time, I am filling a water bottle and the flap can cause problems. As you pour, the water causes the little flap to bounce up and down, interrupting the flow of the water or suddenly making it splash too quickly for the narrow neck of the bottle to be able to cope with, leading to major worktop related floods! The only way to avoid this is to manually hold the flap in the "up" position with your finger as you are pouring. Admittedly, this is probably a case of "user error" since the more pragmatic Mrs SWSt never experiences such issues.
Cartridge Costs & Lifespan
The actual filter cartridges were a further revelation. A pack of 12 costs around £25, which is about what we used to pay for the cartridges on our old model. There's a BIG difference, however because cartridges for the Optima last for 2 months whereas the old ones only lasted for 30 days. So a pack of 12 cartridges can last you 2 years, making this great value for money (you can also buy filters that last 30 days but they don't offer as good value for money). Things get even better if you read the instructions. One of the frustrations of our old filter was that it you fitted a new cartridge and then went on holiday for two weeks, you only got two weeks' worth of use, as you were still supposed to change it after 30 days. The Optima filters are different: if you go away, you can simply remove the cartridge, place it in a bag inside the fridge and then re-insert it on your return, so you don't lose any of its 2 month lifespan.
A clever little dial on the lid counts down the calendar months and tells you when it's time to change your cartridge, which is handy. Our old jug had a digital readout that was supposed to countdown from 30 to tell you when you needed to change the filter but water got into this and it stopped working about two months after we bought it.
The RRP for this jug is £15, but it can be picked up in many stores for around £9.99. Mrs SWSt did even better and got ours for £6.95 in a sale - about a pound cheaper than the best online price at the time. Clever old (oops! Young) Mrs SWSt!
Happiness is water you can filter
Overall, we're very happy with this water filter. It might have one or two minor niggles when it comes to pouring, but the price, speed of filtering and lifespan of the cartridges more than makes up for these.
(c) Copyright SWSt 2012
This water filter came free with the last kettle I bought, and I have to say it is really good, the best water filter I have had yet.
The jug is a fairly ordinary looking water filter jug, with a clear plastic jug part and a white lid. The jug fits together easily and it's quick to get the old filter out and the new one in. You know if the new filter is not in properly as the lid doesn't go on. It holds 2.5 litres, each is a good size for us and it fits nicely inside the fridge door.
This feature has the best opening, top up flap I have seen. The other water filters I had all had slide across section so you could add the water from the tap, this jug has a flap, which is pushed down by the water when you turns the tap on, so much easier than the other filters, and it also seems to stop the build up of lime scale which got all around the sides of the sliding slap of the other water filters I had, and I would have to scrap it off with a knife.
One cateridge lasts 60 days and I find it filters extremely well, leaving my kettle clean of lime scale - I live in an area which is very bad for lime scale so I am really pleased with the results. I can buy a pack of 6 filters off amazon for £13.20, which lasts me a year.
Mine came with my kettle, but I just looked up the price and they cost about £18, so it's on the more expensive end of water filters. I think the filters are a little more expensive than others, and it's not possible to buy the supermarket's own brand filters, like it is with the Brita ones, as they just don't fit.
It all comes apart and is easy to wash in the sink. It doesn't seem to have any ridges where the lime scale gets stuck into like my last filter, which I am pleased about. It's no fun to have to scrap lime scale off with a knife.
A really nice water filter jug which filters extremely well. It's perhaps slightly more expensive than some others on the market, but I would say it is worth it.
I have never ever used such a horrible water filter so far. No matter how many filters i use, or how many times i renew the water my cup of aqua optima 'filtered' water is full of small colored particles. What a waste of money really!!
I live in an area where the water is usually very good direct from the tap, but I found that during some longterm renovations to the water system in my area, the water seemed to taste more chemically and sometimes even had a murky tinge to it. If I have water in a glass, and it's not completely clear then I'm not drinking it and neither are my kids!
I went out and bought this Aqua Optima Water Filter jug in order to solve my water quality problem. I didn't want to have to keep lugging in bottles of bought bottled water (I have enough to do without carrying litres around with me!) so thought the jug would be an easy way to have clean cool water on hand.
The jug looks like a normal water jug really aside from the fact it has a holder into which fits a filtration cartridge. The catridge is designed to clean the water added to the jug by removing any dirt particles, chlorine and metal traces, and anything else that shouldn't be there!
Each cartridge lasts 60 days of constant use but incase you forget when you last put one in, there is an indicator on the jug which lets you know when you need to replace the cartridge with a new one.
The jug holds 2.5 litres of water, easily fits into my fridge door, and is very easy to use. After a while it became second nature to only drink water coming from the jug rather than the tap, plus there was the added bonus of the water always being cool from the fridge.
The water tasted very clean once filtered in the jug, much like normal bottled mineral water, and I could taste no chemicals in the water, just cool, clean crispness.
I paid £18.99 for my water filter jug and it's single filter, and used it for a few months until my water got back to normal - the actual colour of the tap water returned to normal within a few weeks, but I continued to use the water filter jug until my cartridge ran out, just in case.
If I ever have water problems again I will be sure to get this helpful and handy jug back out of my cupboard and back into regular use.
I bought this water jug after moving house to find I seem to live in an area where chlorine is released constantly just great hey I hate that nasty water taste its horrid so in order to have a 'nice' glass of water to drink as I am told its so good for me I looked into getting a water filter. I got this one for £19.99 of course shop around a prices will vary.
The jug comes with filters to 'cleanse' using a '5 step filteration system' which works by removing particles from water large and small, absorbs chlorine, traces of metal. The jug was easy enough to put together, you pop the cartridge into its holder and away you go you fill the jug with water then wait for your pure water to filter through. It has a Cartridge replacement indicator which you can set to remind you when the filter will need changing they should last around 60 days.
The jug is made to fit in the fridge which it does easily and has a lid which allows you to pour water through it to fill it up when running low and allows water to flow out of the jug easily. The jug can hold up to 2.5 litres of water including the water that filters through. Its a good way of knowing you have had your daily water intake see how much you can drink in one day.
So does it work
Well yes no more horrid chlorine water for me it tastes like fresh bottled water and in the long run buying the jug and filters is cheaper than constantly buying large bottles of water to avoid the chemicals flowing from my tap. The filters can be purchased for £15.95 for 6 from Amazon so thats a years worth of pure water for a small price.
I bought this water jug as the water where I live is very poor, I can smell chlorine quite strongly and I always have sore, tingling lips - sometimes they peel and bleed. I thought maybe the water was to blame so looked into the many water filters on the market, eventually settling for this one.
I bought my Aqua Optima Water Filter Jug from Argos two months ago for £14.99 which included a pack of cartridges to last six months. Each cartirdge last for two months so it seemed like a really good deal and much cheaper than the Brita equivalent. The jug was very easy to assemble, the cartridge just slides into the holder and turns slightly to hold it in place. You then need to fill the jug with water and empty it out a couple of times to clean the cartridge out. There is a clever dial on the top of the jug which you can set to remind you when the cartridge needs changing - which is very easy to do.
The handle is very comfortable to hold while refilling and the lid where the water comes out opens automatically when the water pushes against it so it can be done one-handed - great if you're a multi-tasker!
The jug fits perfectly in my fridge door and to fill it up you just hold it under the tap and allow the water to hold down the flap on top. The jug holds 1.5 litres of water, it probably gets refilled 4/5 times a day - I am at home all day while my fiance works from 8.30-5.30. We also give the filtered water to our dog who seems to be drinking more now. The water filters through quite quickly, I haven't timed it but I would guess a full chamber (about 500ml) takes around a minute to filter through completely.
On first taste we couldn't believe how different the water was - so clean and pure, just like bottled mineral water. It's got me drinking more which is always a good thing, knowing that all the nasty chemicals are taken out. I don't think I could drink the tap water again! And the good news is my lips have really improved, they feel so much better :)