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Brita water filter jug
Brita Aluna Water Filter
Member Name: macmonkey13
Brita Aluna Water Filter
Date: 02/07/10, updated on 06/07/10 (138 review reads)
Advantages: Prevents limescale build up in household appliances.
Disadvantages: Costly and a pain to set up.
I brought a water filter to use to fill the kettle to prevent limescale build up as we currently live in a hard water area.
It certainly does it's job and I haven't had to descale the kettle for as long as I have been using it for (three months so far) where I was descaling the kettle with vinegar every three or four weeks. As a result of it's sucess with our kettle I now use the filtered water to fill up anything from the iron to the baby's steralizer to avoid the dreaded limescale which as we all know will often interfere with the effectiveness of a household item (like the iron).
It is an expense I could do without but I purchased the jug when it was on offer and I stock up on the Maxtra filters when they too are on offer. Maxtra cartridges are currently selling on Amazon in a 4 pack for £15.99 though I have been getting them when they are a third off in Sainsbury's. (£10 total approx).
A cartridge will last me for approximately a month and I am reminded when it needs changing by the timer on the top of the product. I am pretty sure that the timer just counts down days since the filter was replaced, I do not think it can measure how often the product is used. Perhaps this is because once out of it's plastic packet the filter has a timeframe when it is effective though I would have thought it was how much water had passed through the filter that would determine when it should be changed. Any how, if you plan to use one little as apposed to often this might not be worth the expense and outlay to you. You certainly won't be getting your monies worth from the cartridge.
One pet hate with it is having to go through the faff of changing the old cartridge for a new one. First you need to wash out the jug and remove the old filter (no probs there) but then you must submerge the new filter in the jug filled with water as 'shwoosh' it about a bit. Then you fit the filter reset the timer on top and fill the jug twice!
Our filter currently stands on the kitchen work surface however this Aluna model has and would fit in our average sized 'CDA' fridge door.
Summary: Worth the money for a clear cup of tea!
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