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Where I go to uni, the water don't taste so great (at least not up to the Yorkshire Water standards that I've become accustomed to in my 22 years of life); with this first-world problem laying heavily on my mind, I endeavoured to buy a water filter.
I did the necessary research first to find a good product, but being someone fixated on the aesthetic qualities of technology, I found the Brita Elemeris filter to be one of the better-looking models; it has a very simple and modern design that I like. The device also comes with a meter that tells you when to replace the temp. filter, which is very helpful.
This was a good decision - my water is now much fresher and tastier as a result. Having it constantly refrigerated is the best way to keep it, though you will have to keep washing it to ensure it's clean. This isn't a problem as it's very simple to dismantle the product and you have the option to put it in the dishwasher, providing you're even lazier than I am.
The only really annoying thing is making space for it in your fridge - we share one fridge between six of us at Uni, so I don't always have room to store the filter. Make sure you do actually have the required space in the fridge beforehand. However, the size does mean that the jug stores a lot of water (3.5 litres; it is an 'XL' after all), which is an obvious bonus.
I recently purchased one of these since coming to University, due to the water in my area tasting incredibly hard. After waiting less than a week for the filter to arrive, I'm not proud to say that water is the main source of liquid that I consume each day. It's done wonders for me feeling more energetic, keeps my brain in gear during lectures, and makes tea taste much better! A must buy for people who enjoy great tasting water.
For anyone who is thinking about purchasing but is worrying about the cost of having to change filters, it really doesn't cost as much as you'd think, and there are many offers around on the internet, meaning that you can use your filter to it's full extent, and still save money.
However, I would suggest making sure there is always room in the fridge, for it to be placed, as I've had to rearrange things a couple of times.
I mainly drink water and very rarely drink fruit juices or squash. I feel that water keeps me hydrated throughout the day and helps to keep my skin looking nice and healthy and well as keeping my body hydrated. I went through a stage of drinking bottled water, but then thought this was quite expensive to buy every week when shopping as I would have to buy a few of the 6 pack's of large bottles of water. I saw some of the Brita jugs on offer so decided to get one of the jugs and also some spare filter cartridges for it, seeing as these were also on offer too.
* ~ * WHY GET A BRITA JUG? * ~ *
Brita jugs optimise the quality of water in your home and help to reduce lime scale, chlorine and impurities in your tap water. Brita also reduces lime scale when using the filtered water in kettles for hot drinks. Because the water is filtered it means the water also tastes better and helps to optimise the taste of your drinks. The jugs come in a wide range of different models which are made to easily fit into your fridge door. When you buy a jug for the first time you get a cartridge which lasts up to approximately 30 days, before you have to change it. The water is really refreshing and cool on a summer's day as well, especially as the jug can fit easily into the fridge door. We are all recommended to drink at least 2 litres of water a day and knowing I have cold, fresh, filtered water in the fridge helps me to keep on top of this and makes sure I have the recommended water intake daily.
* ~ * THE JUG * ~ *
Brita do a range of different jugs for filtering water, these do vary in price, how-ever they may have different offers in different retailers so it's worth checking prices at a few places before you buy. I purchased the Elemaris jug, as this was the one on offer, and one of their most recent jugs which had been released. When I purchased the jug it was only available to buy in white, how-ever I believe that you can now purchase other colours such as black and other colours. The probably would have gone for the white one anyway as this is the colour of my fridge so it would look better than a coloured one. The top part of the jug is white in colour, this is the lid of the jug and this is where the small screen is to indicate when you need to change the filter. The rest of the jug is made from strong, frosted plastic and has a white base which makes the jug stand up perfectly in the fridge door. The jug has an automatic pour through lid for easy single handed filling and the indicator on top of the jug tells you when the water is being filtered. This is shown by moving drops on the small screen which is located in the lid of the jug. The jugs has s soft grip handle which makes is easier to carry and hold, especially if the product gets a little wet. The jugs itself takes Maxtra cartidges which can be purchased from Argos, Robert Dyas, Amazon and supermarkets. When using the jug for the first time you need to make sure you rinse everything before filtering water into it, how-ever you can't wash the small monitor which tells you when you need to change the cartridge. In the box you will receive a set on instruction which is very simple and the jug is easy to put together. After washing the jug I left it to dry naturally before putting the jug together and fitting the cartridge into place.
Before placing the cartridge into the compartment in the actual jug you need to full the main jug with water and then unwrap a cartridge from the packaging and hold the cartridge down in the water. This is to get rid of any air bubbles that are in the cartridge itself. After you have done this, you can put the jug together and then push the cartridge into its compartment, and then place the lid on top of the jug with the small screen which clicks into place. You need to set the small screen which measure the filter to 100%, you simply do this by holding down the ok button until it fills up to 100% then you can get ready to fill the jug. As you pour water into the lid you will notice that the pressure of the water pushes the lid down to ensure you can full it up with water. You can hear the water start to trickle out of the filter which then starts to fill the jug up. When using the jug for the first time or when-ever you change the filter you need to make sure 2 lots of water have gone through the filter before it's suitable for drinking. After this has been done you can fill the jug up and pop it in your fridge ready for when you need a drink. Over the next few weeks you will notice that the bars on the small screen will go down and it will eventually tell you when you need to change the cartridge after approximately 30 days. Every time you need to put a new cartridge into the jug it's best to wash the jug and all its parts every time to keep the jug clean.
* ~ * PRICE/AVALIABILITY * ~ *
You can buy this from Argos, Robert Dyas and Supermarkets, prices may vary how-ever the recommended retail price is approximately £31.99. You do normally get 1 x Maxtra cartridge with the product; how-ever you can also buy the cartridges singly or in packs. Argos and Robert Dyas regularly have the cartridges on offer and cost about £19.99 for a pack of four when they aren't on offer. I regularly buy these whenever they are on offer to ensure I have plenty and save myself some money too.
* ~ * OVERALL OPINION * ~ *
I am really pleased I decided to buy a Brita jug rather than bottled water all the time. The water tastes great and is great for using in the kettle to reduce lime scale build up. The jug is also more convenient for me as I don't currently drive so it's not easy carrying large water bottles back home from the supermarket on the bus. The cartridges seem to always be on offer in different stores, so I make the most of it and buy them when-ever they are on offer which saves me a fair bit of money. There is definitely a taste different when drinking filtered water and I don't think I could go back to drinking tap water again after using filtered drinking water for so long. The jug itself may seem a bit expensive to buy to start off with, how-ever its well worth the money. I highly recommend others to buy one of these jugs; you will not only notice a difference in the taste of your water but you will notice less lime scale in your kettle as well.
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The water in Majorca don't taste like what it oughta! - Well it aint just Majorca I can tell you that. Well if your reading this review you pretty much know what this is, lets cut to the chase, its a jug you put water in the top, it filters it and out comes better tasting water.
So why bother buying one I hear you ask? Well if like me you live in a hard water area or just have naff tasting water why wouldn't you? I swear the water hear is that hard it puts Bruce Willis to shame, in fact I reckon if I left my tap dripping I would have stalagmites within a week. And yes it is Stalagmites and not stalactites - Stalactites come down like tights - well in reality tights have to go up to come down but they are better when they come down and its how I remember it. However in theory the tap would produce both stalactites and stalagmites.
Anyway I digress, as mentioned the water is hard and some not so bright spark at the water company thought it clever to compensate by adding more chlorine - at times I think I would be better off popping down the local pool to fill the kettle if it wasnt for all the kids that pi** in it.
Price well they are not cheap compared to not owning one, you can get some deals 50% off on occasion, they come in two sizes I believe the large and slim one (I own the slim model holds 1.25l), but both identical in function and design. They fill in a couple of minutes and the water pours out well - does what its supposed to do.
They have altered the design slightly and now instead of having the battery powered filter level stuck in the lid someone at Brita world has realised it may actually be useful to be able to remove this fo cleaning purposes. Theyve also added two prongs that sit inside the top filling part to monitor how often its filled - before it was just set as 30days, so if you dont use your jug much then in theory it shouldnt flash up as needing replacing as soon.
You have to buy the maxtra filters generally £10 for 3 but again deals around so at £3 ish a month its cheap enough.
Any downsides - well if you've actually read this review then you will have learnt the water here is very hard, even filling up the jug a few times a day over a week the limescale collects around the lid and can cause it to stick on occasion - the solution is to clean the thing every so often (or use a dishwasher)
Why Brita? - why not? they are the market leader and filters can be purchased everywhere.
==Brita Elemaris Water Filter Jug=
I go through stages of either drinking tons of water and spending most of my day popping backwards and forwards to the toilet or the other extreme where I drink no water during the day at all and opt mainly for copious amounts of strong sweetened tea. No matter what stage I am at however I always make sure I use a water filter to either get my glasses of water from or to fill the kettle with the filtered water from the jug.
This Brita Water filter was one that we had at work and I liked it so much I decided to upgrade my old and rather worn out water filter at home and replace it with this one.
==Price and availability==
I know for a fact that the one that we have at work was bought from Tesco for around the £20 region as I had asked my manager where she had bought it from when I was interested in getting the same one for home. After having a search online however I found that I was able to pick it up a lot cheaper from eBay and decided rather than get the measly Tesco points that are always a draw I would stick to saving myself £7 and buy from eBay. The postage was free and picking it up for £13 I thought was a very good deal.
==Look and Design==
The style of this particular water filter was what first attracted me to buying it as the black design seemed to look pretty good and also fitted well into my kitchens colour scheme of black and red. The filter of the jug is one of the newer chunkier style ones as opposed to the more cylindrical filters of my old jug. This didn't matter too much as I had used up all my old filters and the price of buying the newer filter doesn't differ that much from the price of the old ones.
The water filter itself holds a nice amount of water in the filtered section of the jug (1.4 litres to be exact) and there is always the space in the section of the jug where the water waiting to be filtered through is kept and this brings the total amount of water being held in the jug at any one time up to a decent 2.4 total capacity. When full right up the jug can feel quite heavy but this is really expected with the amount of water that is in it and this would be the case with any water jug.
The handle on the water jug is a nice and chunky one which has a slight rubber coating on the inside on the handle and this proves to add more grip and support when picking up the jug and generally makes it easier and more comfortable to hold onto.
The section where the water is poured into he jug is situated right on top of the jug in a central position and doesn't need anything opening or turning like my old jug did but has a flap like area which opens when running tap water is poured on top of it. When the jug is filled up to capacity this flip area will slowly close and will not allow any more water to be poured into it so there is no chance of over filling it.
There is a digital reader on the top of the water filter which to be fair I don't often pay much attention to even though I probably should. At first this was a novel idea and I would look to check the options that were on offer but as time goes on I make sure I write on my calendar when the water filter needs changing and don't bother with checking the reader. The digital section does however give readings on the hardness of the water in the filter, the volume of the water contained in the jug and the time it has been in there. There is a brief description on how this all works in the leaflet that came with the filter but as per usual with me I haven't really taken too much interest in the instructions because I all I really want is clean and fresh filtered water which tastes nice and is kept cold.
The jug itself is a nice size and its sleek and relatively slimline design means that it can easily fit into my fridge door as well as the top shelf in my fridge. This is ideal as my last jug was just too chunky for the fridge door and I ended up having to keep it out on the kitchen work top and then fill up a separate jug with the filtered water to be kept in the fridge. This is a lot less hassle free and far easier and more practical to use.
The spout that the water filter has is nicely shaped so that I never manage to spill any water when pouring out a glass or filling up my kettle. The cover over the spout always opens freely and again unlike my last jug doesn't get stuck and cause water to be spilt everywhere.
Not only does this jug look good but it also works really well too. The main reasons I like it so much is that it is easy to fill up and also to replace the cartridges whilst being a good size to fit easily into the fridge door. The jug itself is suitable to go into the dishwasher but of course the lid will need hand washing due to the digital reader on the top. The black design does mean that water marks are shown up quite a bit so the hand washing of the lid does need to be done on a fairly regular basis also.
The new style chunky cartridges can be picked up very easily now and Tesco do a multi packet of 6 for around £16 which isn't too bad considering that this is 6 months worth of filtered water.
The best part about this filter has got to be the lovely fresh water that comes from using it. The water does taste a lot cleaner and fresher than when not using it and I notice that when using the filtered water in my kettle for my cups of tea I don't have to de-scale the kettle as much as I was when using just regular tap water. The tea has a nicer look and again a far better crisper taste to it.
I would have to say I highly recommend this water filter. It looks good, was a cheap price, is the perfect size and styling for what I wanted and I have come across no faults with it whatsoever. Well worth the money and because of that I feel a top score of 5 out of 5 stars and a very high recommendation is well deserved.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Isn`t Brita Elemaris just the funniest name of a product you`ve ever heard? To add to the funny, I actually have a Swedish friend named Brita, so hahah! Well, this water filter jug is a really great one, and it provides me with fresh and clean tasting water, which really is the purpose of such a product, right?
First thing that came to mind, was that this is a very big water filter jug, so big in fact that it will not fit in your refridgerator door, which is the only minus about this product. I however, use this while working on my computer, so it`s standing next to me on my desk, and I have fresh and lovely tasting water for my long lasting work day. The water filter jug works like this; you add water to the top section of the filter, which then runs through into the large jug, the jug can actually hold astonishingly 3.5 liters, which should be more than enough for most people... When first tasting the water that came from this jug, I was surprised by how fresh and really clean it tasted, there was no sweet or rustic taste, just really good water, which after all was what I was hoping for and expecting from a product like this. In order to keep the product clean and making clean water, I would recommend washing it at least four times a week, which to my bliss can be done in a dishwasher!
You can buy this product for the price of 20.68 at amazon, and if you want to buy a year supply of filters, the entire sum of this product and the equipment will ad up to about 60.55, which is a fair price to pay for clean and delicious tasting water!
Living in a very hard water area I decided to invest in a water filter jug to improve the quality of our water. To be honest I didn't do a lot of research into which jug to buy but I know Brita are reputable brand and I was impressed by the look and the meter that tells you when the filter needs replacing.
The jug came with a couple of filters. I have found that Brita's own brand filters are quite expensive, having said this supermarkets from time to time have them on offer so they can be picked up cheaper.
The jug can be completely dismantled easily to be washed and is dishwasher safe. A great feature of this model is the shutter in the lid; all you have to do is put the jug under the tap and the pressure of the water opens the shutter to fill it up quickly (this is far better than others I've seen where the whole lid has to be removed). It also fits in the fridge door with no problem.
The only problem I have had is with the meter. This is a small device that clips into the lid and tells you how much use is left in the filter. After only a couple of months the first meter's screen went blank, I phoned Brita who sent me a new meter in the post immediately. After around four months the second meter stopped working and I must admit that I haven't bother to replace it, I know roughly how often the meter indicated that the filter needed changing so I just switch filters when I think it needs doing.
I have definitely noticed a difference in the quality of my drinking water. I also use it in my kettle; because of the hard water I was forever using limescale removal solutions in the kettle and found that I needed to replace kettles more regularly than I had needed to when I lived in an area with soft water. I 'de-limescale' my kettle far less frequently and haven't needed to replace it for over a year!
On the whole this is a great, easy to use water filter. I've had problems with the meter but that doesn't mean everyone will and Brita were extremely helpful when I contacted them.
Three months ago, fed up with the disgusting and frightening-looking water that comes out of the (supposedly) cold tap in my kitchen, I went to buy a water filter.
I had already decided on Brita (my family has a Brita filter at home and I liked the taste of the water on it) and there was only one choice of Brita filter in Debenhams, where I went on my water-filter-finding mission. Straight away, I bought it and headed off home to enjoy my first glass of nice water in many, many months. It cost me around twenty pounds (it is fifteen on amazon).
I didn't realise at the time just how many different Brita Water Filter Jugs there are on the market, but I really am glad I bought this one. Firstly, it is big. If you want a filter jug that fits in your fridge door, don't buy this one, but if, like me, you just wish to keep a jug of nice, filtered water on your desk, this is the filter for you.
The way it works is that you pour the water into the top section and it then filters through to the main section of the jug. It takes about three goes to fill the jug right up (as you have to wait for the water to filter through before pouring in more), and then you have enough water to last you quite some time! It holds a whopping 3.5 litres altogether (including what has not yet gone through the filter cartridge).
The water tastes great - it is nice and subtle and easy to drink, and looks very clean. A vast improvement on the water out of my tap!
You need to replace the filter cartridge once a month - this is very simple, you just take it out of its packaging, dunk it in water to get rid of any air bubbles and put it in. There is a small gap between the bottom of the cartridge and the bottom of the place it slots into, and water tends to gather here, but this doesn't cause any problems (although I have to admit do find it slightly annoying!). At the time of writing, you can get a years supply on Amazon for 42.50 - Argos have similar prices. Not a bad price to pay for clean water!
I wash my filter every two days, which keeps the water nice and fresh all the time (my family at home only need to wash theirs every three days, so I think it possibly depends on the quality of the water). The entire thing is dishwasher safe, although I just wash mine by hand and it is very easy to do.
One thing I really love about this filter jug is the lid - it is cleverly designed so that you don't need to open anything to fill it up, you just pour and it goes through a little circular thing in the lid that opens up when you start to pour (and starts to close when it gets too full). There is also a meter that tells you when you next need to change the cartridge - very useful!
All in all I would highly recommend this filter jug - although not if you want to put it in the fridge door!
Thanks for reading! This review is also published on ciao.co.uk under the same username.