After getting an unhealthy obsession with pepsi max / diet coke, I made a conscious effort to start drinking more water and decided to buy a water filter, however after searching online and seeing the Brita Aqua Fountain, I opted for this option. The first chiller made specifically for the home; it looks great, but gives improved water in comparison to regular tap water. Yes buying bottles is an option, but obviously the cost of this adds up and with the novelty of the water cooler at home, I hoped to lure my youngest daughter away from the cordial juices that she favours.
Created in partnership with Breville most likely had something to do with its sleek and modern appearance. The illuminated blue feature (which illuminates the dispensing area) makes it look fantastic in any household, whether it be in a kitchen, dining room or even a living area. I prefer mine in the kitchen as it has been known to leak on occasion (more on that later), so the ability to wipe away without the worry of damaging furniture was a necessity for me, hence its location on the kitchen worktop. Although the water fountain is primarily for the home, it could also be used for a small business premises without the want of expensive monthly contractors providing chilled water.
When setting the fountain up for the first time it is important that before use you make sure the water tanks are thoroughly washed and that water is flushed through the entire chiller system (the removable bottom plug will aid this). Secondly, when choosing the positioning of the fountain ensure it has a minimum of 15cm clearance for the ventilation slots at the back, for efficient air circulation and water cooling performance. There is a risk of leakage from the unit and this did make me think it had broken when this happened for us, but in the instructions manual there is a note where it says that there is a risk of this happening, when the unit is moved or disturbed when both tanks are at maximum capacity. To avoid leakage, draw off water using the lever to empty the top tank so that it does not overflow when moved.
The cartridge within the fountain works hard to give you the best tasting water, in four stages. It works to reduce limescale, and reduce other substances such as chlorine, which affect the taste and odour in your tap water, reduces aluminium and certain heavy metals (like copper and lead) along with certain pesticides. I did read somewhere that you could use the water in food cooking and I went through a phase where I would use filtered water when cooking vegetables, pasta, rice, etc in the pan. Yes it was a little fiddly, but I can genuinely say that I noticed a difference in the taste. I haven't done this in a while however as I'm usually rushing around and so waiting for my pan to fill with filtered water usually doesn't figure on my list of priorities. When I remember I try and fill my kettle with water from the fountain, more to preserve my kettle from limescale than to do with the taste.
The fountain isn't as noisy as I expected. We have a large water cooler at work which can be extremely noisy at times, and this was my only concern when purchasing the unit, but apart from a little noise from the fan every now and then, its relatively quiet.
The fountain doesn't have a thermostat on it, so the water is set to a standard 'cool' temperature. Descriptions on the internet are a little vague, but would suggest that it is between 5 and 10 degrees. It is perfect for me and is as cool as bottled water would be from the fridge, however some may find the lack of a thermostat off putting.
The fountain holds an impressive 4 litres of filtered water, which is a perfect amount for any family. The level dispenser handily keeps you aware of the levels of water within the unit and the easy flip top lid makes refilling easy and without fuss. Only 1 litre is chilled at any one time, as there is an internal and an external chamber.
For the price of around £50, I think this nifty little gadget is worthy of anyone's money and would happily recommend.
1 x Brita Aquafountain Stainless Steel Water filter chiller
1 x Maxtra (4 stage filtration) water filter cartridge
This product is guaranteed for a period of 1 year from the date of purchase against
mechanical and electrical defects.
With tap water having chemicals in which won't do you any good buying a water filter was a good thing for me to purchase. In the long run you will find that it will save you money because it would save you from buying bottle after bottle of water.
For this specific water filter it is going to see you back at around £50 which you are able to find on Amazon. Initially this may seem a lot but they can last for a long timem so over a period of time you will be effectively getting your money back.
How To Use
The filter is very easy to use and I would assume that anyone would be able to use it. You simply get a cup or water bottle and place it underneath whilst pressing on the button. It is important that you keep this filter plugged in so you can keep your water as cool as possible. With it having a filtered capacity of 3litres you should be able to keep filling up every now and then without it feeling as if you are doing it all the time
You will need to purchase filters every 6-8 weeks, these can be purchased for around £15 which will give you 2 filters. You may need to purchase filters earlier or later depending on how long they actually last with use.
Time it takes
The time it takes for the water to filter out to your cup is pretty immediate. I would say an estimate of afew seconds and you should have the required amount of water in your glass. This is a good thing as some filters tend to take a lot longer filling up and can become annoying.
You could purchase a filter for your home or even an office where you work. They are a very useful thing to have so I wouldn't be put off by the price it is. Anyone can use these and get their moneys worth out of it.
Ok so we all know that drinking water is good for us right. Well for those lucky enough to live in areas with good quality water thats great however where I work and live the water quality is not that good its tastes more like a swimming baths than a refreshing glass of clean water, and so buying bottled water is normally the option unless you have a filter for the water as I do at home.
At nursery however a small filter will not cut it and so we invested in this the pieces are easy to put together you then lift the lid and fill it with a 2 litre jug of water. A filter is in the system which cleans the water before it gets to the drinking stage.
To use you simply put a glass under or in our case plastic drinking bottle under and push the lever back a bit like self sevice at pizza hut on drinks and thats it the water flows out at an even pace and when you cups full you stop pressing the lever easy.
The water sytem is plugged into the mains to cool the water as well so you need to make sure you have the power turned on if you want chilled water.
Our machine cost £70 but I have seen them cheaper on Amazon for around £55 the filter refil cartridges can be picked up from asda for around £10 for 2 sometimes you will get lucky and they will be on offer.
When you put a new filter in you press a buuton on the top which will then count down until its time to change it each filter usually lasts around 1 month.
I would recommend these filters for your office or in my case nusrsery but personally I wouldn't have one in my home my kitchen isn't that big and I don't drink that much water in a day.
We have had ours 2 years which is good because its used everyday by up 2 40 children.
Bought the first Brita Aqua fountain 2 years ago, paid just over £100. You can purchase it for around £60-£50 now. Its small, compact and a very sleek design. Lovely blue light which gives the whole kitchen a futuristic glow in the dark. Comes with 3 disposable filters that each last approximately 1 month. Indicator on lid of Brita Aqua Fountain informs you when you have to replace the filter. The cost of filters can increase dramatically, ranging from £2.50-£8.00 each depending where you purchase. Wilkinsons, Tesco and Asda have good reductions from time to time.
The Aqua Fountain holds approximately 3 litres of water which drains through the filter before cooling in the holding chamber. There is a water level indicator on the side of the chamber preventing over filling.
The water is crystal clear and adequately cold. You can put various size recepticals under the dispenser ranging from Pint size.
On the downside. This is the sixth replacement brita Aqua Fountain I have had. The motor keeps wearing out. First it makes a whirling sound for a few weeks then gives up the ghost and dies. I have never had a problem taking it back to the shop I originally purchased it from, the shop replace it without question. Each time the manufacturer of the Brita have made slight improvements, which is obviously beneficial to me. I have also noticed that there is now a helpline number to contact if the machine breaks down.
The shop assistant told me that the Brita Aqua Fountains are always being returned with the same occuring problem (motor failure).
Why dont I get my money back? Even though it has a re-occuring fault I still love everything about it and it still gives me crystal clear, cold filtered water.
A chillingly good experience! Water just got better
Processing/Quality - Anyone who has had with a Brita water filter jug from a hard water area, will know the immediate impact of Brita on the quality of water. For my family, drinking water was a bottling experience on the wallet, brining pain to the family shop, after all the house mates hated the tap water.
The Britta fountain saves a shed load of cash on the weekly shop, and provides an instant source of fresh beautifully tasting water, at a most pleasurable and constant temperature. This is backed by the quality of Brita, to which this chillers lives up to.
Reliability/Execution time - Very reliable! Just add water, turn it on and wait for it to cool. Within 10 minutes of switching on, the water runs a wonderfully chilled temperature, making the fridge jug a thing of the past. In the 10 months that we have had this, it has not once failed, and produces clear tasteless water day after day, for a household of 6!
Aesthetics - Admittedly the plastic surround is not the most enticing of the range, but at £65 in the Argos sale, compared to £100 for the steel surround, the saving covers the cartridges for the first few months!
Running costs - Beware, with intensive use we get through 4 cartridges every 2 months. That's a whopping £88 a year on water, so maybe bottle water is cheaper after all. However, provided you keep the cartridges in stock, there's no running out to water!
Overall - a great buy! For the water connoisseurs, snap this up today!
This is just like the water filter jugs you get in but instead of putting in the fridge to keep cool you plug it in and it keeps the water cool. It can hold up to 4 litres of water but only 3 litres filtered water capacity.
I bought this in Currys in white but you can also buy Stainless Steel. It cost me £34.99 a year ago but I have been unable to find it cheaper than £57.99 on Amazon now. It is more expensive for the stainless steel one which is for sale on Amazon for £88.
The size of this is quite large and can take up quite a lot of room on your worktop. It also is quite tall and I've not managed to fit this away in any of my cupboards. Luckily I use this every day so never need to store it away anywhere. If you do need to move this anywhere ensure all the water is emptied out of it, it is quite light to lift so easy to move.
My one is white plastic and where the water sits it is clear plastic. You can keep an eye on how much water is left and if you need to top it up or not. This part of the water filter is illuminated blue. This is good for when the kitchen is dark so you can locate it well but I really don't know the real reason for the light being on.
There is an on/off button so you don't always need to have it switched on. When you have it switched on it has a red light on it to let you know that it is switched on. Below this there is a blue light which lights up when your water is chilled.
You need to use a water filter in this machine. It is just the Maxtra filters so they are just the same as the filter jugs and you don't have to spend an absolute forune on different filters. On the top of the machine there is also an electric indicator to let you know when you need to change the filter. They last about a month in this.
You can purchase the Maxtra filters in most supermarkets as well as Argos and Amazon. They are priced at £4.50 each or you can purchase a multipack of 3 for about £12. I usually buy mine in Tesco or Morrisons as they always have good offers on, like 4 for the price of 3.
To dispense the water from this you just put your glass against the push button and the water flows out into your glass just like drink dispensers in shops etc. It's very simple to use. It is just as simple to fill up with water with a flip up lid to pour the water in, it will slowly filter this into the bottom part where it's is then chilled.
I use my water fountain every day and because the water is chilled I opt to drink this more than fizzy juice nowadays. It really is healthy and the water is a lot cleaner. I don't mind spending money to change the filters as you would pay that money for bottles of water in shops and it gives you peace of mind.
Definately worth the money. I could definately not live without my one now, it is absolutely fantastic and a great way to get the family to drink more water.