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      19.07.2014 05:19
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      Removes the bad taste of hard water, essential for every household

      We originally bought out water filter about a year ago when we first moved into our new flat. We live in a very hard water area, which can sometimes give your water a very peculiar taste to it.

      Our water filter cost at the time just £20, which i thought was pretty cheap compared to the price of some of them. This saves a lot of money compared to buying bottled water, which can become very expensive.

      The filter certainly does its job very well, it seems to remove the foul taste to the water that comes straight from the tap and makes it taste fresh. We store our filter in the fridge.

      Every home can benefit from a water filter, simply because tr removes limescale from that builds up in the water as it travels through the pipes and your tap.

      The actual filter in the device needs to be changed every now and then, these can be bought very cheap online if you look in to right places, i find amazon to be the best pace for these. We only change our filter once every six months, but if you only use the filter every now and then it could last you anywhere up to a year.

      This is great for refilling bottles. Instead of buying another bottle of water, just use your filtered water. It is much cheaper to do it this way, and more friendly to the environment instead of buying another plastic bottle.

      overall, i think every household should have a water filter. The benefits of it are brilliant. The price has come down on these water filters since we first bought ours, i believe that they are only about ten pounds to but now. In my opinion it will be the best ten pound spent, you will earn your money back in no time if you refill your bottles!

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      09.10.2013 13:46
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      Not a bad buy

      I bought this water filter in a bid to save money on water bottles. Initially exciting to use as it has the digital reader but I found it a quite bulky considering that it takes a bit of space on the fridge door. So unless you have a massive fridge, you will notice the jug every time you open your fridge.

      The filter also takes up quite a bit of volume so you don't get as much water in as you think you would. That said, the jug itself is pretty and can be used to serve. It's also quite durable.

      One downside I found is that the filters need to be replaces quite often. Not as expensive as buying bottled water but still a substantial amount. If you have a large household then you might want to consider an option with cheaper filters. Or you could keep an eye out for the filters when they are on special/sale.

      Altogether an average product.

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      07.10.2013 18:27
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      Waste of money

      The Brita aluna water filter is basically the base model water filter, an I think overall its mostly a waste of money.

      Firstly, the design. Basically the Jug comes with 2 compartments separated by the filter. The top compartment is the compartment you pour water into via a sort of swivel cover (that sometimes gets jammed... its super annoying when it does). The water then trickles slowly through the filter into the main compartment from which you pour water out.

      My problems with this device are as follows:

      Because it has 2 compartments, you cannot fill the jug with as much water as you would a normal jug of an equivalent size. This makes this jug fairly useless at family meal (it barely takes 2 full cups when fully filled, unless you are willing to wait for all the water to be filtered, and refill, and you might just be able to get 3 cups).

      Secondly, the swivel gets jammed, making this super annoying to fill.
      Thirdly the filter needs replacing, something that I really should do more often but never get round to it... so I am doubtful as to how much filtering is actually going on.
      Fourth the water takes a reasonably long time to filter. If it was a case of pour it in, then pour out the clean water, then ok the small size is not a problem. But it takes like 15 minutes to filter the water... The only way you could use this is pour some at the start of the day, and keep refilling it every time you use it.
      Finally this jug is a bit more annoying to clean, you have to basically dis-assemble it to give it a good scrub.

      Overall I think this is mostly a waste of money, you are better off getting a normal mug, might save yourself around £8 in doing so. Personally I just walk straight past this now and grab a glass of normal tap water. I haven't really noticed a massive difference in taste, but maybe for some people it makes a big difference. Overall I give this 1/5, only because I can't give it 0/5.

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      05.07.2013 13:27

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      a good water filter at this price

      I got a water filter jug when I was living in Hampshire where there is a really bad limescale problem. As I drink a lot of tea and coffee and also water this seemed a good idea. I am now up north in Yorkshire and the water is very soft and do not really use it but will describe the benefits.

      This jug looks sleek and stylish and nobody wants something bulky or ugly in their kitchen, so that is always on my mind when buying something that will be out and used for many years. I ask myself,' do I want to look at that for the nest 2 years ? 'If the answer is yes and it works then that is about all I need to know !

      It is 2.4 litres in capacity with 1.4 for the filter, this means that you have to top it up after you have used it, this can get to be a bit of a pain, so I stopped using it for the kettle ( my original plan ) and only used it for drinking water. Also the indicator for me seemed a bit like the sell by dates on food and I just ignored it, but that is up to you. It carried on working for as long as I needed water without changing the filter.

      It is a convenient size, and will go in the fridge easily or out of the way in the kitchen. Mine cost about £10 or so including the filters, which I lasted for about 2 years ! New filters are only about £7 I think. If you do not spend to much on filters it is a good one, it fills up in maybe a couple of hours, about normal, so not quick enough for a family who al drink water and you would need a bigger model with more capacity.

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      31.05.2013 22:38

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      great healthy water

      I've never used water filters before but have been quite interested in getting one for a while as they sounded great. I needed one for when we go to the caravan as the water there does not taste nice and when we make cups of tea or coffee they taste awful.

      I bought this filter from Amazon it cost around £15. I chose this one as it as recommended to me by a friend.

      The water filter holds 2 liters of water which is great and is easily enough for my family of 4. The water filter is made to remove lime scale, chlorine etc from your water so you can feel happy that the water you are drinking is clean and pure.

      The water filter is quite simple looking it is basically a clear jug with a filter in the top. It comes with a cartridge which you have to replace. They normally last me around 4 weeks. The water filter is well designed and has a meter on the lid that tells you when you need to change the cartridge so you dont need to have to try and remember when you put the last filter in.

      The water filter is easy to use and even the new cartridges are easy to fit in. I can definitely tell the difference in the water it tastes much better when it comes from the filter and I feel better giving it to the kids without risking giving them water with these impurities in.

      The jug is easy to store in the fridge as it fits neatly inside the fridge door so it is nice and convenient to get access to easily.

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      05.02.2013 21:32

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      Very good, but a few design flaws make it a little bit off

      When I moved into a student apartment, the water situation was not the best. So I decided to purchase a brita filtered jug to make sure I was not drinking anything I did not want to. This jug worked absolutely great, it was easy to fill up, and I know my water is clean now.
      The only problem I have is that my lid does not secure very well, which stinks because the only place in my fridge that this jug fits is in the door, so I accidentally spill it a lot. Also when you try to get the last bit of water out, the small amount of water that does not go through the filter comes out with it, usually with the charcoal flakes from the filter out. Overall a good filtered jug but with just a few design flaws that effected me, but may not effect everyone

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      12.09.2012 11:04
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      Have used it for 2 years and still don't have a complain!

      Let's be honest, with all the hoo-haa about cleanliness and hygiene nowadays, it will not hurt anyone to make a little extra effort to incorporate that as much as possible into their day to day life. And what better way to start than to take a precautionary measure to filter something that we are meant drink 8-10 glasses of per day? I have been using the Brita Aluna water filter for 2 years now, and I cannot think of any noteworthy complain that I have. Agreed that it is a little pricey given the one-time cost of buying the filter jug and then the subsequent cost of replacing the filters, but believe me when I say that there is actually a difference in taste of unfiltered and filtered water. Just to be clear, a good difference! Once you start using this filter, you might actually feel uncomfortable drinking unfiltered water because psychologically you will taste the difference more! The only tedious thing would be that it is a little time consuming when the filter needs to be changed. Nevertheless, all in all, I would say go for it!

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      28.08.2012 15:51
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      Unwanted by my Mother-in-law but useful for me.

      I have had a Brita water filter jug for many years. I have been thoroughly happy with it, so when my mother-in-law fell ill earlier in the year with stomach and kidney problems I decided to buy her a Brita water filter to encourage her to drink more water.

      As is the way with my mother-in-law she thanked me for the jug and then put it in the cupboard never to see the light of day, after a few months I asked her how she was getting on with the jug, she declared that it was of no use to her and gave it back to me in brand new condition. So I replaced my tired old jug with the sparkly new one.

      The water filter jug I purchased was the Brita Aluna Cool White Water Filter Jug; I purchased mine from Morrison for less than £10. The same jug can currently be purchased from amazon.co.uk for £10.99 including free delivery.

      The water filter jug comes with a Maxtra Filter Cartridge to get you going; these can also be brought separately for around £10 for a pack of four.

      When you get the jug out the box it needs a wash with warm soapy water to freshen it up. Once the jug and its liner and lid are clean you need to prepare the Maxtra cartridge, this is easy to do, just remove it from its packaging and immerse it in a jug full of cold water, give it a good shake to dislodge any water bubbles. Then slot it in to the liner of the filter jug, it should click snugly into place, then put the liner in the jug and fill the liner to the brim with fresh cold water, allow the water to "filter" through the cartridge and then discard it, repeat this process once more. Once this is done you can fill the jug with fresh cold water and then allow it to "filter" ready for when you want to make a hot or cold drink of just a glass of water.

      When I got the jug out the box I was a little disappointed to see that I had to remove the whole lid to fill it up, my previous jug had flip up compartment in the lid to fill it through. Now that I have been using the jug for a couple of weeks I find it much more convenient to remove the lid as I regularly used to drench myself with the old lid.

      Once again the filter jug comes with the electronic cartridge exchange indicator, this is a little digital display that is embedded into the lid of the jug and indicates when the filter needs replacing. When you insert a new cartridge you need to reset the indicator, this is done by holding down the little button on the indicator till it indicates full again. The electronic display counts down four weeks as this is the recommended amount of time you should allow between replacing cartridges.

      I usually stick to the four week schedule, but if my water stops tasting fresh I will change the cartridge earlier, and if I forget to buy new cartridges I will leave an old one in till I reorder some more.

      The jug and liner is dish washer safe but the lid is not, I usually hand wash the lid and the digital display survives it.

      The liner of the jug is solid white and therefore I can not see how much water is in the top part waiting to be filtered, but common sense tells me that if nothing is dripping from the top into the bottom then the top needs filling up. I have not timed the time it takes to filter the water but in all honesty it does not take long, and as long as people are kind enough to refill it after each use (hem hem!!) you will always have freshly filtered water on tap, or should I say in jug.


      The jug is designed to fit neatly into the door of a regular sized refrigerator and I can confirm that it does this with ease. The jug has a total capacity of 2.4 litres (1.4 litre filtered water capacity) and it can be quite heavy when full. The handle is comfortable to hold and angled nicely for pouring. The height of the jug fits under my tap quite easily but I can imagine that if you had a shallow sink or short taps there could be a bit of a problem with filling the jug.

      The lid fits nice and snug and I have had no problems with it popping off at random like my previous jug and drenching my kettle.

      My old Brita filter jug was looking a bit tired and the spout cover had fallen off so I was more than happy to use this as a replacement. I like that they have kept the electronic cartridge indicator in the lid so I can use this as a guide as to when the cartridges need changing and I like that the lid lifts off for refilling as this gives me more room to fill the jug and I can see when it is getting full and stop the tap before I suffer splash back.

      Over all I am happy with my purchase, despite the fact I brought it as a gift for someone else. I hope it gives me as many happy years service as my previous one which I only stopped using as this new shiny one came my way.

      Height: 10 inches.
      Width: 10.5 inches.
      Depth: 4 inches.

      Thank you for reading.

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      A simple solution to achieve pure, clean water

      Apart from a daily caffeine fix two to three times a day it's rare I drink anything other than plain old water. Problem is, in Wiltshire the water is anything but plain. I live in a notorious hard water area that quickly scums and scales anything it comes in contact with. Chalky deposits and slightly cloudy water are a familiar sight that neither look or smell appealing. The water isn't particularly pleasant to drink either often having a slight chlorine aftertaste.

      After just two years, despite religiously descaling my kettle on a monthly basis it finally succumbed to the detrimental effects of lime scale and hard water deposits. When I brought my Morphy Richards Accent kettle as a replacement I was determined not to let it suffer the same misery as its predecessor and decided to invest in a water filter, not just to prolong my kettles life but provide purer tasting water.



      ~~~ Price And Availability ~~~

      There are dozens of filter systems available, Brita, being a brand I am most familiar with. I opted for the Brita Aluna 2.4 litre which requires Maxtra filter cartridges, one of which is supplied with the system when purchased.

      The Aluna currently retails at Tesco for £12.80, apparently a saving of £3.20 from its usual selling price of £16.00 although I'm certain I only paid around the £13.00 mark some five months ago.

      It's widely available in most stores (high street and online). Prices I have seen vary greatly from £17.00 at my local Lloyds chemist to a more reasonable £9.99 at Argos. Even at the higher retail, I think it would still be a sound investment however, I see no reason why anyone need pay more, so I would advise to shop around and obtain at the best possible price.



      ~~~ The Aluna Filter System ~~~~

      The Aluna is available in two sizes. The 2.4 litre or a slightly larger Aluna XL. It's worth noting the total litre capacity is for the main jug and only without the inclusion of the filter chamber. Once the filter chamber is positioned the actual volume of filtered water is reduced to just 1.4 litres which, in honesty is too small to cope with the demands of my family of five as the filtered water is used in cooking as well as drinking. When I brought the Aluna, I didn't take this loss of volume into consideration, in hindsight a larger model would be more appropriate. To save spending every spare moment filling the jug, I transfer the filtered water into a 2 litre empty cola bottle which I then store in the fridge.

      Three main components make the Aluna system. The main jug, a water chamber that slots into the jug, housing the filter cartridge and the lid. Each of the three parts are made from durable plastic and with the exception of the lid are dishwasher safe. Our Aluna is at the mercy of my small children who happily help themselves to water directly from the jug before bashing down onto a work top. In five months it has endured the usual abuse associated with a heavily used appliance, including once being dropped on the floor. To date it shows no sign of wear and tear and never even cracked after it's fall onto the floor tiles.

      The Aluna is very compact with a slim design measuring approximately 27cm high x 26cm wide and 11cm deep. The jug can fit snugly on a fridge shelf, the large, chunky handle making it easier to remove from deeper shelves as well as offering a sturdy grip when pouring although the jug only weighs around 1.5kg when full, so isn't awkward in any way to lift.

      Setting up to use was an absolute doddle. Only a couple of minutes of my life were wasted slotting the water chamber into the jug, unwrapping the filter cartridge and fully immersing it into cold water to remove any air bubbles before placing it into the filter chamber where it simply clicks into place. The memo indictor (should you bother to use) needs to be pressed for a couple of seconds to set the counter to 100% and away you go. Just remove the lid, fill the water chamber with cold water and in under two minutes, fresh, filtered water is ready to be used.



      ~~~ The Filtered Water ~~~

      Obviously the filter will make a difference to any tap water. How noticeably different an individual will find the filtered water will vary greatly region to region. I've noticed a dramatic difference because our water is heavily tainted. Aside from the taste, smell and appearance it's reassuring the water I now drink has a multitude of otherwise undetectable toxins and byproducts collected from the water pipes removed. It's my understanding any minerals found in tap water remain when the water is filtered and so therefor is a healthier option too.

      So what does the filtered water taste like? Not much, pretty plain but then that's the idea. I certainly didn't expect to notice such a difference and the little Aluna has even managed to convert my cynical hubby who was convinced my purchase would prove a waste of money!

      Firstly, the water isn't cloudy. At times our tap water is pretty hazy and unappetising, often accompanied by a chalky sediment that either sinks to the bottom of a glass or just floats around. The filtered water is crystal clear with no visible signs of residue or deposits. The chlorine smell that can often be detected in our water is gone, therefor so is the slight aftertaste I associate with it.

      Because the water tastes of absolutely nothing it has made a noticeable difference in the taste of the tea and coffee I drink. I drink my Earl Grey tea, very weak without milk. Previously it would have a dense scum that would cling to the mug. Obviously the natural tannins in the tea still create this but since using the filter the scum has been dramatically reduced. Because Earl Grey has quite a distinctive flavour, I immediately noticed a taste change when I first tried with the filtered water. The change is subtle yet enough to make a positive impact on the flavour of drinks. It's much the same story with other drinks as the filtered water allows you to really appreciate the taste the actual drink. It's really not until I made the comparison between tap and filtered that I really accepted just how bad tasting our water is and what a difference the filter has made to the taste and quality of our water.



      ~~~ Filter Cartridge Longevity ~~~

      The longevity of an individual cartridge seems to be determined by how often the filter system is used and (I assume) the quantity of impurities removed. With regular use, it becomes apparent when a cartridge needs replacing, which is usually as soon as the water no longer tastes clean, crisp and fresh and before the first signs of limescale develop in my kettle. I estimate my Aluna is refilled approximately six to eight times each day and I replace the cartridge every three weeks, four at a stretch.

      Brita do advise a cartridge be replaced every four weeks or 100 litres of water. The Aluna offers an electronic memo, located on the lid, Starting at 100%, the indicator will drop 25% each week regardless of whether the system has been used or not. Personally I find it pretty useless as it's not a true indication of the remaining life expectancy of a cartridge and mine usually need replacing a week before the indicator reaches zero. It only seems to be useful if your water quality isn't seriously impaired and your likely to receive a full four weeks of filtered water or you just can't remember when your cartridge was installed.



      ~~~ Replacement Filter Cartridges ~~~

      Replacing the cartridge for the Aluna is an ongoing expense. Cartridges can be purchased individually or in multi packs which are obviously more cost effective. I've found the cheapest cartridges online at Amazon where I paid £47.00 including delivery for a pack of twelve. That makes each cartridge just £3.92, far better value than other stores although prices at my local Tesco are pretty competitive as well, working out to a pound or so dearer. It's definitely prudent to window shop before you purchase. If you can buy in bulk as boxes of multiple cartridges don't consume a great deal of space at all and offer the greatest savings.

      Apart from the jug, water chamber and lid all being recyclable the cartridges are too. Our council won't dispose of them but plenty of nearby shops do free of charge. A list of stores that recycle the cartridges can be found on Brita's website. I would award them an extra star just for being environmentally responsible when it would be so easy to just throw them away. The only downside is if you don't or can't visit a store each month and save them to recycle less frequently, they do get very mouldy and smelly quite quickly.



      ~~~ Overall ~~~

      I can't really fault the Aluna in any way at all. The jug and filter system are competitively priced and do exactly what Brita promises. It's easy and convenient to set up and use. Quick to filter water which provides a noticeable cleaner, clearer, fresher taste. Despite the price of the cartridges, I find them more economical than buying bottled water, saving time and money at the checkout and contributing less wastage into the environment.

      Would I go back to drinking unfiltered tap water? In one word, nope! The level of filtration provides s far superior water than anything I can hope to receive through a tap and the quality of the water easily rivals anything I can get in a bottle . Although there is an ongoing cost with regards to the filter cartridges, it's still considerably lower than what I was spending on bottled water. The little Aluna gets a big five stars from me.

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        06.02.2012 22:56
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        Does the job but quite expensive

        I've used water filters in the past but mainly to improve the taste of fluorinated West Midlands water. Since moving to Manchester, water filters have become more of a necessity than a mere lifestyle choice. It could be down to dodgy Edwardian plumbing or a personal allergy to something or other, but the water here has never agreed with me. I got my Brita Aluna XL for around £15 from Amazon, although I now see it's available for a couple of pounds cheaper.

        The design of the Aluna XL is fairly spartan and nothing like as space age as some Brita models. A handy meter on the lid tells you when it's time to replace the cartridge. However, I would take the reading with a pinch of salt as the taste of the water always starts to deteriorate before the cartridge 'runs out'. Brita say that each cartridge lasts for 4 weeks but I tend to change mine every 3 weeks. The XL model has the capacity for 2 litres of filtered water but still comfortably fits in the fridge door compartment.

        The Aluna XL uses Maxtra cartridges, which remove all the usual impurities such as limescale and chlorine, but also permanently absorbs metals such as lead and copper. Maxtra cartridges don't come cheap unfortunately and the RRP is £5.50 each. However, Amazon has 4-packs of cartridges for a tenner and the supermarkets tend to have offers from time to time (3 for £8.50 at Sainsburys is fairly common). Once I was lucky enough to find a recently opened Sainsburys local that had mispriced its cartridges at £1.99 each. I bought a fair few of those, I can tell you!

        The cartridges click into the filter easily enough, without the need to soak the cartridge in water first (I tend to give it a quick rinse all the same). A plastic ring on the top of the cartridge allows it to be removed and disposed of easily (all Brita cartridges are recycleable I was impressed to discover). The used cartridges always feel reassuringly heavy and I always like to think of all the water-born nasties that the filter has captured. One problem with the filter jug is that it's very hard to clean, particularly the part that the cartridge sits in. It needs a good 'deep clean' every month or so but it's difficult to get into every nook and cranny. An old toothbrush might do the job...
        Another slight defect has emerged with the plastic triangle that sits on top of the jug spout (the piece that's in the top left-hand corner of the picture above. Usually it clicks into place but just recently it's started to come loose every time I try to pour water from the filter jug. Quite annoying if it falls into your glass of water!



        Other than that, it's a great filter that would turn bilge water into a heavenly elixir.

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        06.04.2011 22:36
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        Every home should have one.

        There's nothing more refreshing than a glass of water, or council pop as my mum used to call it when I was a kid! Ha-Ha! Some years ago I remember my mum bought a water filter jug from some home gadget catalogue we had through the door. She believed in all the hype stated in the catalogue, and went on about how it would make the water pure, fresh and taste amazing. I just thought it was a load of tosh, and that water didn't "taste" of anything anyway.

        How wrong was I when after a few hours in the fridge, my mum poured me a glass of super cold "filtered" water and a glass from the tap, I was blown away. I noticed the difference in the appearance of the water first, it was crystal clear unlike the tap water glass which looked cloudy, but i never really paid attention to that before. Then came the taste, the water was cold, crisp and tasted so fresh, I didn't want to even take a sip from the tap water glass.

        When I moved away from home to live with my boyfriend, the Brita Filter Jug was one of the first things we bought. I love using the water for tea, and in squash, I think it makes all the difference.

        The Science:

        Brita cartridges contain ion exchange resin and activated carbon, which absorbs chlorine, pesticides and organic pollutants from your tap water, thus in turn improving the taste. It also contains an inhibitor that prevents bacterial growth. The ion exchange resin removes the temporary hardness, which causes limescale; it also significantly reduces levels of metals such as copper and lead.

        The Jug:

        Is sleek and modern in it's shape and is designed to fit into the door of any fridge. It's capacity is 1.4litres of filtered water, without the filter system the jug can fit over 2 litres. It's clear in colour so you can see the crystal clear water inside. The lid and filter system are white in colour, and are made of durable plastic the same as the jug. The Jug is dishwasher safe, however the lid is not, this is because of the electronic reminder on the top of the lid which lets you know when the filter needs changing, though this is a great little gadget I do have a few issues with this.

        My Experience:

        I've had the Brita Aluna Water Filter for over a year and a half now, and it's still doing it's job. The look and taste of the filtered water is 100x better than standard tap water. It may seem like a pointless bit of kit, but I'd really recommend it to everyone. The water is always colder than the tap too as it's kept in the fridge constantly.

        I only have 1 issue with the filter jug and that is the electronic reminder system. I personally don't think that the electronic reminder is very accurate. I fill the jug up once a day, and the reminder goes off after only a week to say the filter needs changing. Yet there is no connection between the reminder and filter itself, so I think it has a timer of some kind just counting down. It would cost me a fortune to change the filter inside the jug every week so I just ignore the reminder. If I filled it more than once or twice a day I probably would change the filter more, but like I said I fill it up once a day therefore change my filter once a month.

        I like to clean the jug itself once a fortnight, when I first bought the jug I made the mistake of leaving it for nearly 2 months and was surprised to see dirt and what looked like mould appearing inside the lid of the jug. Since then I've been quite fussy about keeping it clean.

        I bought the filter jug from Asda for around £10, they are currently on sale for £8.80 (according to the Asda Website). You can buy filter cartridges from supermarkets, and Wilkinsons stores. The Brita Aluna XL Filter takes the Maxtra Cartridges, which filter around 150 litres of water before they need changing. A Pack of 2 Maxtra filters cost around £7 from Asda, but if you shop around you may find them cheaper. I just buy a pack every now and then when I'm shopping.

        Overall:

        I'd recommend everyone have a filter jug of some kind in their home, once you taste the difference you'll never go back. There are so many varieties of Brita filter jugs they also do kettles. The Brita Aluna XL is cheap in price and does the job, the cartridges are a bit pricey but if you're like me a 150litre filter will last you a few weeks at least.

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          Would recommend this to anyone who lives in a hard water area or just wants better quality water.

          After having to endure years of drinking water that tastes like you are drinking a glass full of lime scale and having tried several different filters in the past to no avail I decided to go for a Brita.

          The 3.5 litre capacity is enough although you may find yourself filling it up several times as it can take a while for the water to drip through the filter, so you may be better off filling it up and leaving it before making use of it.

          The filter features an electronic indicator that I found ineffective to say the least. It's supposed to tell you when to change the filters although I found they could go another week or so before needing changing. I ended up setting up a chart for when it needed changing or if that failed just drinking the water and seeing if it tastes vulgar or not.

          One of the most annoying things is it isn't a one off buy. Even after buying the Jug there is further expense in the form of filters. If you are a constant user you may find yourself changing the filters around once every 4-6 weeks which can get expensive considering they are around the price of a Jug for four filters.

          The lid has a plastic non drip spout that made the jug drip every time you use it as it is so ineffective. After a while it came off and I haven't bothered to get a replacement for it.

          After having this Brita for over a year now I have gained an acquired taste to water. Before buying it I couldn't taste the difference between tap water and bottled. Now I never drink tap water because the Brita is so effective at filtering out all the impurities in tap water that it tastes great.

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            16.09.2010 17:53

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            worth buying

            I am not usually one to drink much water. Fizzy drinks all the way! However after recently trying to be a bit healthier, and seeing a friend with a water filter, I thought maybe it would be a good idea to invest in my own. I bought this for about £12 which I am quite annoyed about as I know I could have got it for cheaper now. But anyway, from what I have seen and tasted already, it was worth buying.

            The jug is plastic and is actually rather durable. Being the clumsy girl I am, I have dropped this jug a few times and it seems to hold out pretty well. I kind of like that it is plastic as it is a lot harder to break and will not smash like glass would.

            This filters water really nicely. I actually rather enjoy drinking water with this as it tastes fresh and without little tastes of iron or whatever in it!

            The only thing I dislike about this is it just is a nuisance. The process is annoying just to get a nice glass of water that actually tastes good. But all in all, I am glad I bought it.

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            26.08.2010 10:34
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            Better design would make it an excellent product

            I first purchased after a visit to a dentist in a new area I had moved to who was able to comment on the area of the country I had moved from and was aware that my previous location had high levels of fluoride in the water and had teeth staining as a result of fluorosis. I made a decision at that point to purchase a water filter. I have for many years preferred the taste of filtered water and have always owned Brita for fear that other less known brands were not as effective at removing impurities from the water. I resisted buying a maxi water filter as I felt it was a gimmick set out to make me buy their own product but once my old jug cracked I relented and bought myself a Brita Aluna Jug. This jug will hold 2 litres of filtered water and is small enough to fit in the side of the fridge door. It is dishwasher safe with the exception of the lid.

            The jug was on offer in Boots at the time so was pleased with my purchase for £10. It advises that you wash out the jugs with soapy water before beginning the filtration set up. The jug comes in three sections the jug itself an inner casing which holds the cartridge and then a lid.

            Each Maxi cartridge is designed to last for a month and as a prompt the jug does come with a timer. The timer has countdown in four weekly sections so you do receive a warning when the water filter is due to be replaced.

            To insert a cartridge you first need to completely submerge in water which removes any bubble then it slots securely down a shoot in the centre of the jug. The lid is replaced and then run two jugs of water and tip away before you have clean water.

            Does it work?

            Brita do state that BRITA water filters optimise water quality by reducing carbonate hardness and impurities from the water, producing cleaner, clearer, great tasting filtered water which allows the natural aroma and flavour of beverages and foodstuffs to fully develop.

            I do personally find a distinctive difference in taste between filtered water and tap water. I find that tap water does test full of chemicals I do find it more refreshing and thirst quenching.

            I also do feel that it is better for my son and feel far more confident with my son drinking this water than general tap water.

            Brita do offer a recycling service with a freepost address but they ask you to send six cartridges back at a time. I did used to do this but since moving to a house with little storage I don't want to store used cartridges for six months so end up putting them in the bin.

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            While obviously it does cost more than simply drinking tap water but I do think it is worth the extra cost. It does also cost significantly less than bottled water.

            My biggest issue with this product is cleaning.The base a lip of the lid are practically impossible to clean. I have no idea how these do seem to acquire dirt but have resorted to sticking knives and cleaning with baby wipes and cocktail sticks to get clean which leaves me so frustrated I feel like throwing it in the bin .If this product was little redesigned I would have no hesitation in recommending but when it comes to the time to purchase my next water filter I will be looking into how easy it is too clean.

            My current usage.

            I do now have a three year old son who will only drink water through the day and only drinks milk at bedtime as he has no other option so I do think the quality of the water he drinks to be high on my list. My son actually does love the water filter and calls it his drip drip machine. I do tend to fill it and let him watch it simply as a distraction while I am trying to get things done in the kitchen. He now is at the age where he is starting to want to pour his own drinks and while there has been the odd accident due to the weight of the jug for him I am much happier with him using this jug than the tap. I did used to keep it in the fridge for cool water but as my son prefers it warmer it is now kept on the side of the work surface this has meant increased usage. I do sometimes use it for filling the kettle for cooking or filling the kettle but I do think I would do this more often if it was a larger jug. We do tend to change the filter about every 5 weeks as I tend to usually put off changing the filter simply due to the fact I tend to think I will do it later then get distracted with other things however by that point I do not tend to notice any difference in taste.

            This jug is available on Amazon for £11 and a four pack of Brita cartridges is £10 which should last four months. I have frequently seen both the jug and cartridges on offer and do stock up on cartridges when they are on offer.

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              What have you got to lose?

              This is a godsend for me.

              I'm one of those people who mostly lived on fizzy drinks - pepsi max is my favourite, and I can drink.. well far too much, let's leave it at that!

              I got the Aluna from Tescos one day - they had it at half price or money off, and the maxtra cartridges were on offer as well so we got some. I'd had a cheap water filter before and it was better but not great, so while I could get a good quality one to try I decided to - and it was worth it.

              I've never been able to stand the taste of water, and here it's often white with chlorine.

              To use it is simple - you wash the jug, and then fill it partway with cold water, you then take a maxtra cartridge and submerge and shake it until any air inside has gone.

              Chuck the water, pop the insert part of the jug into the main part, and the maxtra cartridge fits into that. You then do 2 runs to clear any yuckiness (very technical term that!) out, and 3rd lot of water is fine to drink.

              You then hold the button on the top of the jug for 5 seconds, and that will set it to the max - over the next month you will see that move down. As far as I can tell it does work on 1 jug per day, so if you do more than that you will probably need to replace the cartridge sooner.


              And the most important part; does it work?
              Well I have to go with a resounding YES. I have somewhat.. delicate tastebuds and I can tell a lot of difference. Depending how clear the taste of your water is to begin with will effect how much you notice though.

              Cost:
              Going off the Amazon prices of £11 for the jug and £25 for 6 cartridges, the cost per year presuming 1 cartridge a month comes out at just £5 a month - Tescos often have good offers making it cheaper, but either way bottled water would cost an awful lot more!

              I suppose the only downside of this is that it isn't there immediately, but it takes perhaps 5 minutes to be ready, so I personally think it's well worth that.

              Regarding this jug: The filtered capacity is 2 litres - I tend to do about 1.5 at a time, 2 I would find to be pushing it somewhat. It's a lovely sized jug though for most things, perhaps a little small for a large family however.

              The jug itself is just standard plastic - I've knocked it a few times and once knocked it off a worktop and it didn't crack (which incidentally is what happened to my cheap jug!), as plastic jugs go I'd say it's pretty strong, the lid is strong enough for purpose too. Over the spout part is a moving flap which prevents dust or insects etc from getting into your nice fresh water.

              The handle is comfortable to hold, and I have no trouble carrying a full jug of water by the handle, you don't feel it could snap off at any moment.


              Overall a lovely jug as well.

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