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I've used my Brita pitcher for years, and lately have had bad experiences with their filters. Their filters are pretty small and lightweight, and very easy to install in their units.
A filter has four holes on the bottom, filtering materials inside, and vents up top to take in the water to begin the process. The Filters have four notches in the back, and one is longer than the other to make it eay to know which side fits in the pitcher. The filters are generally universally compatible, but check the box before buying.
Before use, you have to soak the filter in cool water for 15 mintues. This conditions the filter and removes any particles from shipping. After soaking, just rinse it under water and you are good to go.
The problems that I have been having lately with my fiters is that I'm getting a lot of black particles in my water. At first, I thought it was just that specific filter, but after having the same experince with multiple filters, I figured something was wrong. I contacted Brita and they told me it was just filter particles, and everything was normal. I didn't know what was normal about black stuff in my water, but I was very upset. I've used their product for years, and never had the problem, but they were unable to help me.
There are other brands out there that purify water, and I would look at them before buying a brita.
As water is vital to us humanoid folk, it's extremely important that the stuff we drink is as pure as possible. Tap water is generally of a high standard here in the UK, but it still contains certain impurities and various bits and bobs which make it not quite as perfect as it should be. Some people dismiss the noble art of water filtering as a bit of a gimmick, but in my personal experience, the Brita Classic Filter has transformed the taste of my tap water for the better. The water in my 'hood has a mild yet noticeable chlorine-like smell which isn't that pleasant, and using the Brita cartridge results in a flavour which is cleaner and no longer tastes of chemicals - in fact, Brita filtered water generally tastes 'healthier'.
Cost & Longevity
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The cartridges which my filter takes are of the 'classic' Brita design which can be purchased for around £10 for the three pack. Each cartridge is supposed to be changed after a month - but I reckon you could get about five weeks worth of filtration before you need to put a new one in. If you buy at the market price, a year's filtered water will cost you around £40 - although you can buy the cartridges in bulk from eBay which will ultimately half the cost.
What do the cartridges do?
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Brita Classic Water Filter Cartridges reduce limescale, chlorine, aluminium, lead, copper, and a whole host of other impurities from the water. The reduction of limescale is particularly obvious, as if you're using filtered water in your kettle, the scale won't build up as quickly as it previously would.
Inserting Your Brita Classic
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The difficulty of fitting the cartridge obviously depends on the type of filter jug that you own - but generally it's a case of easily slotting it into place. There is a brief preparation which you have to go through before using a Brita catridge for the first time, but this only takes a couple of minutes, and isn't that taxing. All you have to do is submerge the filter in water and shake it around to remove any bubbles before popping it into your jug - easy! Also, you should discard the first two jugfuls of filtered water that each catridge produces.
From an environmental perspective, the filters are 100% recyclable, unlike some of the cheaper models that you can purchase.
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Recommending a Brita water filter is difficult, as it depends on the quality of the water in your area - you may be lucky enough to have such a good quality of water that you won't notice a difference in the overall quality of taste. What the Brita classic filter does do however, is provide you with peace of mind that you're getting the higher grade of water that you deserve.
I recently purchased a brita water filter and have been amazed at the difference in taste from going from drinking to plain unflitered tap water to filtered water. I know most people cant taste the difference between bottled water and filtered water, but to those that can this product is amazing. It tastes just like the bottled water that you can buy but for a fraction of the cost.
I would recommend buying the brita system as the cartridges are readily availble in just about every supermarket so you will never be stuck trying to find a cartridge which is something i experienced when buying a cheaper system and ended up purchasing the brita system which i should have bought in the first place and saved myself some money!
i have had no problems with using the system, my only complaint is that it takes a few minutes to filter the water so that you have a full jug.
have always had a problem drinking water straight out of the tap.... I know it's all healthy and has passed certain tests and standards but still.... When I think about all the pipes and bits it had to travel though before getting into my glass it gives me a little shiver. I may be fussy but I can not help it!!
I bought a Brita water filter about 12 months ago and have not looked back. I purchased the 2.4 litre jug which is great for keeping in the fridge chilled and the filters can be replaced.
The filters do not actually change the taste of the water but I do believe it makes the water cleaner and also healthier. To some extent it is also in the mind set of the drinker. Some people would probably think that a water filter is a waste of money! Well this is what the Classic Brita filter actually does and this is why I will always use it....it reduces lime scale and other substances such as chlorine which affect the taste and odour in your tap water. (Limescale is the off white, chalky substance that is in the bottom of kettles and on the outside of taps etc). The filters also reduce aluminium and certain heavy metals (like copper and lead) and certain pesticides (like diurone) in tap water. Organic impurities are also reduced. The result is cleaner, clearer water and you will also have less lime scale build up in your domestic appliances, meaning they should stay working for longer!!!!!
Each filter lasts about a month in my experience and I fill my jug up around 5 times a day... so it is a product that does work for a good amount of time. To make sure you get the best you should change the filter regularly, most Brita jugs have something called the Brita 'MEMO' it s the worlds first electronic cartridge indicator. It tells you how much cartridge life is left in a little bar chart. As the chart goes down you know the filter is running out and it flashes when you need a new one... so you know when you need to run out and grab a new filter!
These are the approx prices for the Brita Classic filter cartridges.....
Packing & Price:
Classic (single): £4.50
Classic (2 pack): £8.25
Classic (3 pack): £12.00
Classic (4 pack): £15.00
Classic (6 pack): £23.00
Classic (9 pack): £32.99
But if you look around a lot of supermarkets do special offers when you may get some money off so it is worth stocking up when you get the offer!! The Brita classic filter is the original filter made by the company and is one of the slightly older cartridges. They do many more now but are still completely stocked in most places.
What my family and I have noticed is if you stop filtering your water you can tell the difference.... It seems that my dad gets more wind... and my mum seems to get more bloated.... I just feel it's healthier to filter the impurities out. Another positive to the Brita filter is that they are RECYCABLE!!! Which I think is great and a perfect example to other throw away products in the market place. Because the filters are not reusable once they have been fully filtered out its important that they can be recycled. You can recycle the cartridges at a lot of shops and supermarkets such as Argos and the co-op and john Lewis. Brita's website allows you to type in your postcode and it will bring up a list of all your nearby stores that will take back your used filters. I think that's a great investment in more ways then one!!