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Brita Aqua Fountain Water Filter Chiller
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Brita Aqua Fountain Water Filter Chiller
Advantages: Offers convenience and reduced costs over bottled water
Disadvantages: Risk of leakage, doesn't have a thermostat
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.
Summary: 4 stars
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