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Brita Aluna Water Filter
Member Name: anwar7
Brita Aluna Water Filter
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In order to live we need water. An obvious statement to all reading this, but did you know we should all be drinking at least 2 litres or 8 glasses of water a day? This can be in any form such as tea or coffee but plain water is the healthiest option. I don't buy squash or other sugary drinks for my children as they have always been bought up to drink plain tap water. However it is sometimes a struggle to get them to drink enough especially when the weather is hot. At times out tap water can taste of chorine, not a pleasant taste! Whilst at a friend's house a few months ago I noticed she was using a water filter jug. Like me she had noticed the unpleasant taste of chorine in the water. This had prompted her to buy a Britva water filter jug and she claimed that the taste was much better!
Having decided that I was going to try out a water filter jug I set about looking at what was available. I really didn't want to spend a lot and wanted a Britva as this is the brand my friend was using. I found a good selection in my Robert Dyas and decided on the Aluna XL model, mainly as it was on offer! I can't remember exactly how much I paid but see it is now on sale in Robert Dyas for £7.49. It is widely available and Amazon is selling this model for £11.00.
What you get for your money.
Inside the cardboard box is a 2 litre capacity white plastic jug and lid. On the top of the lid is a black electronic memo cartridge indicator. This is a useful little gadget that tells you when to change the cartridge. The lid fits firmly onto the jug and has an easy to grip recessed hand hold. The jug is filled from the top.
There is one Maxtra cartridge supplied. The cartridge fits inside the jug and collects all impurities, including lime scale and chlorine, from your tap water. Britva state that Maxtra is the best available cartridge and will collect more impurities than other brands available. Brita say that each cartridge will last between 1-4 months depending on how much water you filter. I find that a cartridge lasts for about a month, but then we drink a lot of water!
There is a clearly written instruction booklet included and a manufacturer's one year guarantee.
The jug is very easy to use and takes little time or effort. All you do is fill the jug using tap water and wait until the water has passed through the filter. The jug is dishwasher safe, although the lid has to be rinsed by hand. The jug and lid are made of tough plastic and have now been in daily use for several months and show no sign of ant cracks or wear.
I now use filtered water to fill my kettle as well as for cold water. I have noticed a big improvement in the taste of the water and my tea no longer has a film on the top! I really didn't realize how much a filter would improve the taste of water! I always pour the water from the water filter jug into another jug and keep it in the fridge as cold water is so much nicer to drink as my children would tell you!
I also use filtered water to fill my steam iron to prevent any lime scale buildup. The Maxtra cartridges that fit this model are widely available. I see that Amazon is selling a pack of 4 cartridges for £10-the cheapest price I can find at the moment. They are also available from Tesco and Boots. There are larger packs available if you prefer.
The only downside for me is that the jug is not really big enough for a family of four. I constantly have to refill it and a larger capacity would have suited me better! However overall I can highly recommend this model. It is cheap and very effective!
Summary: Britva water filter
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