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      18.09.2013 16:47

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      Great item and definitely ticks the water filter box

      On a whim we bought the red version of this water jug to keep in our fridge. We definitely don't drink enough water but having a cold jug of it ready to go has definitely helped us up our intake. At £14.99 I thought this was a reasonable price, although obviously there are some cheaper versions available, particularly own brands. I trust the Brita brand as it seems to dominate the market and feel happy with my purchase.

      The jug holds 2.4 litres apparently although really we only ever have two in it. I find that the water definitely takes a fair bit of time to trickle through, it's by no means an instant solution, but if I keep it topped up every time I use some, it's fine. I was initially concerned about having to replace the filter a lot, but I've not needed to change as often as suggested - the small indicator on the top that you push tells me I am only 50% through this cartridge. Really it's at a cost of about £4 for a cartridge every 3 months, which seems reasonable to me. I did notice with my first cartridge that a bit of black residue was left insider the jug, so I would keep an eye out for this.

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      01.08.2013 23:03
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      A brilliant buy from Brita!

      Anyone who knows me will happily report to you that I am not the healthiest person around. At 38 years old I have a variety of health problems and add to that I'm a woman of excess who eats too much, drinks too much and certainly smokes too much and all. It came as a surprise to my parents recently when I came home with a large box containing a new water filter jug system and that I was delighted with my find.

      I had been looking for a water filter for a long time and kept putting it off really. I kept seeing expensive ones around and about and I couldn't justify the purchase of it really as well as the refill filters being pricey but when I spotted this one in my local Sainsbury's store, on offer from £18.00 to £9.00 (this promotion is still on by the way at the time of writing this review) I was unable to actually justify not buying it!

      The Packaging:

      This comes in a mainly white box and on the front of it there is a picture of the jug and we are clearly told that it is Marella XL Water Filter by Brita and that being an XL it holds 3.5L in total of water and there is a picture shown of the filter cartridge and a couple of other little pictures showing us how easy it is to fill it and that it has a LCD display to it then other information on the box includes lots of little bits of information about the benefits of using it along with photographs and diagrams and contact details for the manufacturer along with lots of the information I have told you already being in foreign languages.

      Inside the box you get the jug made up and covered in a frosted white bag with the filter cartridge being sealed in a blue plastic bag with diagrams on that showing us how to fit it into the jug and a large instruction manual is also within the box in black and white, again with lots of information given to us in Foreign languages too.

      The Jug:

      This came in 5 colour options which basically meant the lid and the handle to it was either white, blue, mint green or lavender in colour and I opted for the plain white one as I personally thought it looked smarter.

      What you get is a very large see through and robust clear plastic jug with the word Brita etched into each side of the it and mine has a plastic white handle which is inset kind of into see through plastic and then you get a frosted and with ingrained spots into it funnel which is large and again see though but slightly frosted which gently and securely sits within it. You then get your large white cartridge which is white plastic and sort of oblong in shape and you pop it on to the sticky up bit of plastic within the funnel and clicks in really easily with no brute force required. The lid of mine is white plastic with a large hole to it to pop water in and it has a flip top style opening and the spout is flappable to allow water to pour with ease and then there is a little dark grey, small lcd area on there. When you first get it you have to remove the little peice of protective plastic from over that and press it gently in for about 6 seconds and then it is activated and you get 4 bars stuck on show showing you that you have a 100% cartridge filter life on it. As you use the jug it goes down to 75%, 50%, 25% and then zero life showing you need to replace the cartridge, so there is no guess work involved from us as to whats going on!

      This is dishwasher safe though we are advised to flip out the lcd unit which is simple to do if doing that. I don't have a dishwasher and I simply wash mine out by hand and wipe over the lid.

      Verdict:

      This is a brilliant water jug/filter. Its nice looking and the size I have is perfect for a family however mine is really big just for one (me) and takes over most of my fridge and doesn't fit in my door at all....I need a huge fridge for that but I can just about at a push fit it in however most of the time I don't to be honest.

      However its robust as well as nice looking, its easy to fill though again I only have a standard sized sink and I can't get it under the tap very well so I usually fill mine from another jug and when I have done that it is rather heavy and in a way I do wish that I had gone for a smaller jug however with this size it takes me ages to use up the all the water within it so it does work out economical in the long run for as I don't have to keep refilling it and buying more cartridges!

      I like the fact the water trickles through it very fast indeed, that the cartridge presents no problems at all to pop in and I love being able to see when my cartridge needs replacing and my cartridge is meant to give me 100 Litres of water...I haven't counted but I think that sounds about right to me!

      This makes my water taste far superior than tap water. It removes any nasty particles, taste of chlorine and chemicals and the likes and to me what comes out of this tastes like bottled water which I really like. I use the water from this to cook in as well as drink and I prefer to pop some water out of this into my kettle too just to be really sure I have nice clean water.

      I have recently purchased a pack of 6 of Maxtra water cartridges from Brita from Amazon and those cost me £15.99 including postage and packaging which I think sounds expensive but when you consider how much water you get over a month from this and the price of bottled if you buy it like I did is actually good value and breaks down to about £4.00 a month. I love my water and because of this water filter jug I drink more. The only downsides of this particular one I have is the huge size making it hard to fill and to put in a fridge but I manage and make my own ice cubes with the water from it anyway so am not worried about it not going in my fridge anyway!

      The quality and durability of this is superb and I love it but I do think for one person its a bit on the big side however I can't knock any stars of it just cos I chose the biggest jug I have ever seen lol.

      Thumbs up from me!

      This review is also posted on Ciao under this same username.

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        07.06.2013 03:07
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        A fantastic water filter from Brita.

        The area that I live in has very hard water. Because of this I find that I can notice a strong difference between the taste of mineral and tap water. I started looking at water filters and I actually purchased two on separate occasions, both times to find that they were disappointing, leaked and the carbon filters leaked quickly and cost a fortune. Both times I ended up going back to tap water and just mainly have squash or fizzy drinks made in my Sodastream to give the water a different flavour. Recently my husband and I have been in the process of renovating a new home and as such we've been busy and not had much time for messing around with things, that is when I spotted this Marella water filter on sale in my local Tesco for just £8.00. I also purchased three maxtra filter cartridges, to go in this, for £8.00 too and was pleased with the price I paid.

        This jug came in a cardboard box and it was ready to use in a matter of seconds. The box contained one wrapped maxtra filter cartridge that was simple to remove from the packaging. I then submerged the filter in water, to remove any trapped air, and while I had the water running I gave the filter a clean both inside and out to ensure that it was clean and ready for putting in to my fridge. The jug itself was clear plastic and then there is a little funnel shaped part of the jug, that the filter goes in, and then this goes inside the jug and the lid goes on. The lid contains a computer that can be used by simply pressing and holding the button. It flashes a few times and then the filter is showing 100% with markers at 25% increments down to 0. The lid is simple to remove, to prevent the computer becoming damaged when rinsing the filter and jug.

        This jug is a little larger than I was expecting, at approximately 25cm high but it fits in the door of my new fridge with ease and even when the shelves of my fridge are full I have no problem shutting the fridge door. I can also have a 2 litre milk and some condiments next to it on the shelf too so it isn't as bulky as it initially looks. The jug itself holds approximately 1.25 litres of filtered water, that is ideal for me, and I find that this lasts me half a day. I tend to fill up my jug twice a day, sometimes more, depending on whether anyone else is using this jug.

        When first using this, and changing the filter since, I have found that the jug needs to be 'run through' at least 4 or 5 times before a slight chemical taste is removed from the water. This is simple and I have just run it through in about 10 minutes, while cleaning my kitchen. I would say that I replaced the filter after 3-4 weeks but at them working out at under £3.50 each this seems quite reasonable, especially compared to buying bottled water like I had been previously.

        I really can notice the difference between this water and the water that comes out of my tap. This water seems to have more light reflecting through it and I can't see any nasty cloudiness to it, that sometimes happens with my tap water. The difference in taste is that the filtered water tastes more like the mineral water that I drink, usually Buxton. This is good for me as I have become used to this taste of filtered water. There is no nasty taste to this at all, and it is refreshing and enjoyable for me.

        I have found this simple to use, simple to fill up and it runs the water through very quickly. The filter is simple and quick to change and the computer works promptly and well. The level seems to go down at a set time, from what I can see, but perhaps it really is based on the amount of water that has passed through the jug. When I am holiday soon I will have a look before I go and when I get back just to see if it goes down at all! This fits in my door and it gives me delicious filtered water that I can chill in what feels like a matter of minutes. The plastic seems to stay cool so even when I find the jug has just run out I am able to fill it up and chill it and have cold water very quick.

        This water filter, and the Maxtra cartridges that fit it, can be purchased for not much more than I paid from amazon. I would definitely recommend this, it is simple to use and it works very well. There is nothing difficult about using this and I will continue to do so. I have recently suggested that my Mum purchase one of these and she agreed. The jug fits in nicely in my new fridge, in my new home, and there really is nothing better than crisp, fresh, filtered water that has been cooled.

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        23.05.2013 11:30
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        a good water filter from brita that I would still recommend

        I had started to realise I was spending quite a lot of money buying bottled water. We drink a lot of diluted beverages at home, Ribena, Robinsons and the occasional Vimto and I have bought a 880ml Sistema bottle to start taking drinks to work in and I found I was buying big bottles of water far too often. I used boil water in our kettle (a Morphy Richards, Brita filter kettle) but we have had it for years and it has too much limescale so it is in need of replacing. Alongside this my dad pointed out that apparently you aren't meant to re-use a plastic bottle more than twice so I figured me repeatedly putting cooled water into a large 5 Litre water bottle every now and again was not such a good idea! After reading a really good review about this brita filter on here, I headed straight to Amazon and added it to my wishlist asap. After saying up enough miles for a dooyoo voucher, I finally got round to buying it and had it delivered to my workplace and as soon as I got home I set it up straight away!

        *** Assembly ***

        The jug was actually really easy to assemble as it came in a box and was pretty much raring to go. Inside the box was one maxtra filter cartridge, which before use needs to be immersed in water to get rid of any air bubbles. After this it goes into the internal funnel slot for the jug which this fits in perfectly. This all goes together really easily and then the lid then goes on top. It is advised to wash everything before use (which I did just to be cautious) and imbedded in the lid is a little screen which lets you know when the maxtra cartridge needs replacing. This can be easily removed prior to washing, and then goes clicks back in easily. The packaging advises to filter the water twice through the jug before you can actually start filtering tap water to drink. I followed this then put the lid, then to activate the feature so you know when to change the cartridge hold the start button for 6 seconds until it flashes 100%. The screen then decreases by each bar until it is 0% then you know it is time to head on out and buy a new filter!

        *** Size ***

        The jug itself is 10" high, 7" across and about 3 1/2" wide. The body of the jug is clear and the lid is made of white plastic, so it looks basic but is very sturdy. The jug holds 1.25 litres of filtered water which is actually quite a lot considering, although on days when we are at home a lot, (and we drink a lot!) I can find myself re-filling it a good 3 - 4 times a day! The jug is actually also a lot bigger than it looks, as although my fridge is anything but small, it can fit in the door but then not much else can! Alongside the jug I can squeeze in a 2 litre bottle of Ribena or a bottle of fizzy but literally that's about it. I have to put any other drinks/bottles lying down on the shelf horizontally in the fridge which is not actually something I like doing but the jug is too tall to stand upright on any of the shelves in my fridge! Grr!

        *** Taste of Water ***

        I have drank straight tap water from my home on the odd occasion and I must say it is particularly nasty and I can often see bits bubbling away in it. For taste purposes (and also reviewing purposes!) I put a glass of filtered and unfiltered water next to each other and I can see and taste the difference. The water from this filter looks clearer, and tastes fresher and crisper meaning the filter is definitely doing something! The cartridge has a four step filtration which removes chlorine, lime scale and other impurities and I would definitely say it tastes similar along the lines of bottled water, but with less of a "mineral" after taste (that metallic-ish taste I find sometimes with water) so it is much more drinkable.

        *** Cleaning ***

        The instructions state to clean this every time the filter needs changing. It is dishwasher safe, (even though I don't have one!) but I have found it really easy to wash with a bit of soapy water. Just remember to take out the little electronic screen for the filter changing indicator!

        *** Price ***

        I bought this filter on amazon for an absolute bargain at £10.67 which I thought was really cheap and a good, effective way to use my amazon vouchers!

        *** The Cartridge ***

        The water filter does filter pretty quickly and there is no lifetime of lurking around whilst this filters drop by drop through the cartridge, but does trickle through really quickly. However, the use of these cartridges is my only bug bear and clearly where Brita make all their crafty money. The indicator on the jug lid tells you when it needs changing, and the manual advises this is usually every 4 weeks or so. These cartridges certainly do not come in cheap and the cheapest I am yet to find a pack of 3 is for roughly £15 on amazon although the price fluctuates. Basically I am paying about a fiver each month for this filtered water but I figured I probably spend more than this on buying bottled water anyway!

        *** Overall ***

        I have loved using this jug and don't regret buying it at all. I know it will last us ages, and is really a more cost effective and practical way of our household drinking water so I would definitely recommend it. It's so straightforward to set up, but sadly I have to deduct a star for it's chunky appearance and the fact it takes up so much space in my fridge door!

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          04.11.2012 16:10
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          Clean, fresh tasting water

          A few years ago my mum started to complain about our water tasting a bit funny. We all laughed it off but she went off to the shops and bought a Brita filter jug to filter the water before drinking it. None of the rest of us have sophisticated enough taste buds to detect any problems with the tap water but as soon as we'd tried the filtered water we couldn't believe how clean it tasted! Our entire family became Brita filter converts and when I moved into my own flat last year, one of the first items on my list of things to buy was a Brita filter jug. I had some Amazon vouchers and spotted the Marella cool Brita jug on Amazon for £7.99 and as this was the model we also used at home I decided to purchase it.

          The Marella cool Brita jug is made of transparent plastic with a red funnel and lid. It holds 1.4 litres of water in total. The jug takes Maxtra Brita cartridges which retail at about £15 for 3, which is quite expensive, although they can often be found on offer. To use simply place the Maxtra cartridge into the slot in the funnel, pressing down to hear it click. Water can be filled directly under the tap through the flip top lid. Rinse through two filled jugs of water and then fill up with the third and you're ready to get going. The jug is thin enough to be placed in the door of the fridge which is where I tend to keep mine during the summer months.

          Each cartridge can filter around 100 litres of water before being discarded - that takes around a month. To remind you when to change the cartridge there is a digital indicator on the top of the lid which consists of 4 bars which gradually become unlit as the days progress. It is also advised that the water in the jug be changed every couple of days if it's not been drunk at which point I give it a good wash before filtering through some more water.

          I live in a hard water area and I didn't realise until using this that the water did have a bit of a strange aftertaste. The Brita filter cartridges work to reduce the amount of limescale and substances like chlorine (which is used to treat and disinfect the water) which can affect the taste and smell of water. It also absorbs metals from water such as lead and copper. The filtered water tastes really clean and fresh. I also couldn't believe the difference it made when making a cup of tea. It's not so noticeable if you add milk to your tea but when making herbal teas using unfiltered water there is a small layer of "scum" that sits at the surface, which is due to the limescale in the water. When using filtered water this scum disappears and the taste of the tea is really enhanced.

          The limescale in the water is apparent when I drink unfiltered water in a glass as small white spots cover the glass when the water has dried. However when I drink filtered water this is not the case and the inside of the glass is clean even when dried. For this reason using filtered water can extend the life of domestic appliances such as kettles which can become accumulated with limescale. I do try to use filtered water in my kettle whenever I make a cup of tea and the inside of my kettle does appear to be relatively limescale free. I can imagine using filtered water in appliances like irons would also extend their lives.

          I have been using the Brita filter jug for a couple of years now and there is no way that I'd now go back to drinking unfiltered water given how much cleaner and better filtered water tastes. It's also not too expensive to use and maintain. If you've not tried filtered water I would recommend giving this a trial.

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            02.09.2012 14:41
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            Okay product

            As a family we use a lot of water for things such as tea, coffee, making instant foods and cooking things such as pasta and rice. Like most households our main water supply is from the tap, unfortunately this isn't a reliable source to get clean water from and the water can sometimes come out off colour or you can clearly taste the chemicals and chlorine in it. To avoid this we invested in a Brita filter which is designed to filter out all the bad parts of tap water leaving you with cleaner water.

            COST
            We bought the basic Marella model which only costs around £10-15, this may initially sound very cheap for a water purifier however before purchasing the jug you need to consider that filters will need to be bought regularly to ensure it works at its best performance. The filters can be bought at almost any supermarket in multipacks or singularly, the price for one is roughly £4 and multipacks of 3-4 can cost just under £15. This is one of the downsides to this product; the up keep of it can be quite costly to a lower income household. For me I usually buy one multi pack which lasts around 4 months.

            HOW DOES IT WORK?
            The jug has two compartments; one at the top where the filter cartridge is and the bottom part of the jug which is a reasonably larger section is where he filtered water is kept. The idea is that you fill the cartridge with tap water and wait for the filter to do its job, when the water is filtered it moves from the top section to the bottom. It's one of the easiest products to use, once everything is filtered you just use it as a jug and pour out the purified water as and when you need it.

            DOES IT DO THE JOB?
            It's recommended that when you first use a filter pour the first two jugs away and use the jug full after that, this has something to do with getting the filter to work properly. I do find this a bit of a pain and a waste of water but if it needs to be done its something you have to deal with.
            I can definitely taste the difference in the water; there are no traces of chlorine or chemical flavours which is a great bonus when using the water to cook food. Even though the water is cleaner and purer it still doesn't taste as fresh and pure as bottled water you can buy in the supermarkets, however I appreciate that it comes pretty close for a lower cost.

            ISSUES
            The only real issue I have with this product is that the lid tends to fall off very easily and water gets poured everywhere, not only is this safety hazard around kitchen electrical, it also wastes water and gets me drenched! Other than that the design of the jug is pretty basic and functions okay.

            WOULD I RECOMMEND IT?
            I wouldn't recommend this product but i also wouldn't put people off, it does the job and works well, it just depends on the household income whether it is actually worth the upkeep. Personally I've decided it's not really worth it and I've stopped using it regularly. Worth a try if you're fussy with tap water.

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              21.04.2012 14:04
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              Good water filter

              I wasn't fussy about drinking tap water until I found white flaky pieces floating around in my glass of water one time. So, I decided it was time to invest in a jug of water filter. I didn't want an expensive one, just a simple and functional water filter. I saw this Brita Marella Water Filter on amazon for under £20.00 and decided to give this a go.


              Brita is a brand with good reputation and has good customer reviews. On the amazon.co.uk websites, there are a variety of Brita Marella Water Filter with different colours available. The one I bought is red in colour, and it's cheaper than other colours (for reasons I don't know): I paid £11.49 for my water filter including postage so I thought it's pretty reasonable. It's easy to put together the pieces and the instructions are clear and to the point. First I rinse the filter jug with tap water and then put the cartridge in. The filter cartridge sits in nicely, not too tight nor loose, and it's easy to change from my experience. To let you know that the cartridge is in the correct place, there's a click once it is places correctly.


              The water filter jug is very easy to use and it has a flip top so it's no hassle to fill it up with water. The capacity of the jug is 2.4 litres and the filter has 1.4 litres capacity. I only usually fill the jug to half its maximum capacity. My parents always make sure to fill it up with tap water for next person. To be honest, it's me who tends to forget to fill it water when I have a glass. The filtering time is pretty alright, but it can seem slow when you are in a rush. If the filter is filled to the max, then it takes about 2-3 minutes to be ready.


              Is there any difference? Yes, I can easily taste the difference in the water now, it tastes cleaner and doesn't leave much metallic aftertaste. From my experience, it also improves the taste of home-made tea and coffee and they have smoother feel on the palate when I use the filtered water.


              The filter cartridges need to be changed every 3-4 months in my household. They're not that cheap but I buy in bulks as they're more economical. A box of 6 filter cartridges costs around £20-25 depending on when you buy it. Personally, after drinking filtered water, I don't think my taste buds can agree with the taste of raw tap water.


              Overall, Brita Marella Water Filter is a good water filter and does the job well. It's relatively cheap to buy and the cartridges are not that expensive either. I've been using this water filter for more than eight months and have used up two cartridges, it's been working as new so I would say the product is reliable and durable. I would recommend this Brita Marella Water Filter to anyone looking for a reliable water filter.


              Thank you for reading. :) x

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                09.04.2012 16:59
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                great water again

                I have worked on a trading estate for a number or years and at work we have to say that the water tastes disgusting, it is not even worthy of putting the water and boiling it in the kettle for our cups of tea and coffee let alone drinking it.

                This is where I opted to purchase a filter jug to filter the water before boiling it and the one that I went for was the Brita Marella White Water Filter Jug. Brita was a brand that I have heard of for a number of years and there were various family members that already used Brita Jugs and recommend them to me.

                The Brita Marella Water Filter Jug has a capacity to hold 2.4 litres of water, although only 1.4 litres of the water is filtered the other litre is in the filter chamber waiting to be filtered and ready to use. The lid of the filter jug has an electronic indicator on the top to remind you to change the filter cartridge in your jug. It is also slim enough to fit into your fridge door should you rather have chilled filtered water.

                The jug takes Maxtra cartridge which is available from a wide variety of shops and it removes all of the lime scale, impurities and chlorine that are in the water. The lid of the just is especially designed to allow you fill the jug with ease from the tap with its flip lid.

                When you take the jug out of the box it is easy to assemble, the longest part of the whole process is waiting for the jug to filter the water and empty it to filter again before you can use it.

                When I change the cartridge I always take the jug home and put it into the dishwasher so it has a sterilized proper clean, the only part of the jug that cannot be put into the dishwasher is the lid as this has the electronic filter indicator in the top of it.

                This jug cost £18.00 when I purchased it and I have now been looking around and have found this jug available for under £15, which I think makes it worth every penny. I would recommend that you shop around for the cartridges as they come in pack of 4 and eight, the last pack I picked up was on special on Amazon for under £30 and as each cartridge last approximately one month it is very cost effective for around £3.50 a cartridge and a daily cost of around 12p.

                I cannot say a single bad word about the Brita Marella Water Filter, it does everything that I need at work, the only problem is that some people never fill it up after they have used it, which means I have to wait to filter the water before I can boil the kettle, which can be time consuming.

                Overall this water filter is great and it allows me to be able to drink at work again without having to pull a face with every sip that I take. It I was to compare it against a bottle of water I would not be able to tell the difference between them now.

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                  Recommended, water is much cleaner and tastier

                  Moving to London where the water is very hard compared to my previous home, I was in desperate need of a water filter. The Brita Marella did a great job, all I did was open the lid fill it up with water, let the water filter through slowly (and even then it didn't take too long) and I could already taste the difference in the water! It was not remotely chalky, it tasted better (basically it didn't taste chalky), my tea tasted better (that's right I poured my filtered water into the kettle) and my kettle didn't have nearly so much limescale as before! This water filter only needed refilling once a day as it holds enough water to fulfill your daily requirements.
                  Buying this water filter in areas with hard water where it usually seems a better choice to buy mineral water will certainly save you a lot of hassle and money, because the filtered water tastes so good you can forget those regular trips to the shop and lugging back expensive heavy bottles of water! I'd highly recommend it as it's easy to use, looks good and filters out some great tasting, clean water.
                  You could argue it's a hassle having to buy extra filters time to time to keep the Marella working, but it's worth it as the filter doesn't have to be changed often.

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                    A perfectly good water filter

                    It took me a long time to get around to buying a water filter because i just didn't see the point, what difference will it really make to my water i thought? I'd never had a problem with drinking tap water and i was quite happy to continue doing so. But after my dad had bought one and spoke very highly of it, i thought i'd give it a try.

                    For those who don't know much about water filters the main purpose of them is to remove impurities and things like limescale and chlorine.

                    This Brita water filter is one of the cheapest to buy and i've got to be honest that is the main reason i went for this particular model. It only cost me £12 and i didn't want to have to pay any more for something i wasn't sure would work. But i was pleased with the results and i could really notice the difference in the water that i'd filtered.

                    First of all you can see just by looking at the jug of filtered water how much cleaner your water is, there are no bits floating in it and it looks a lot more appealing to drink. Secondly, the taste is noticeably better, it tastes just like an expensive brand of bottled water. I much prefer serving my guests filtered water when they come over rather than giving them it from the tap!

                    I keep my water filter in the fridge as it's a slim design so it fits easily and the water is nice and cold too and it is just so thirst quenching and much more satisfying than having a drink of tap water. What's great about the Brita water filter is that you can put it in the dishwasher too if you have one. It holds a capacity of 1.4 litres of water.

                    I wouldn't want to pay a lot for a water filter, so this one only being £12 is just right for me.

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                    30.10.2010 14:39
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                    good value for money

                    I have just bought one of these Brita Marella Water Filter as the water I get from the mains sometimes comes out with a slight tinge of brown in it, and then it goes white and you have to run the taps to get it to go clear, sometimes it is alright but I don't like to take chances with water and always have a water filter in tne house to make tea and coffee and other things like gravy, instant custard, soups ect and this time when my old water filter needed replacing I went to Rockfield DIY store and bought this model.

                    The packaging is all recyclable and the water filter is a clear plastic jug with a compartment for the filter to click into then the white lid on top. The lid has an indicator which you press once you have got the water filter going and this indicator is like a timer that counts down until the bars on it have gone away and you know it's time to buy another filter and replace the old one.

                    The water filter cartridges can be bought at the supermarkets and will cost you anything from £4.00 for a single one to £13.99 for three cartridges and one free.
                    I like to buy the multi pack as it works out cheaper.

                    When you first get your water filter, wash it out with warm water. Then take the compartment out that the cartridge sits in and fill the jug with enough water to stand the cartridge in. Submerge the cartridge in the water and shake the cartridge to get rid of the bubbles.
                    You then have to empty this water away and refit the compartment that the cartridge stands in. Put the cartridge in firmly and press it down into place until it clicks into place.

                    Once this is done you can begin to filter the water taking note to pour away the first two jugs of water and not to drink them. Once you have poured the first two jugs away you can them drink the water.
                    Just looking at the water from through the jug will show you just how clear it is, it looks delicious and makes the best cuppa you will ever taste, if anything is great value for money then this water filter is.
                    It gives you litres and litres of clear tasty filtered water each month.

                    You can really taste the difference and there is no film on top of a cup of tea of coffee. I have been known to leave cuppa's at people's houses if I have been given a cup with film on as it isn't nice. With this water filter you can make the best brew, the best ice cubes and squash.

                    You can get a 2 years guarantee on this product once you have bought it at www.registration.brita.net
                    There is a good instruction booklet that comes with it and this is in many languages too.
                    You can only filter cold water and it has to be kept in a cool place in the kitchen.
                    Replace the cartidges once the indicator says and there you go.
                    Clean, fresh tasty water for all.

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                      25.07.2010 21:41
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                      Makes all the difference in taste

                      Well theres just something not right with plain tap water. There always seem to be a mild aftertaste but its there. It seems to be different in all parts of the country too. For example the water from the tap in Wales tastes a bit different to when I was living in London. I suppose it is all down too the different chemicals they treat it with.

                      I bought my Brita Marella Water filter for just under £15 about a year ago and have to say it was a very good purchase. The filters for a pack of 3 can also be purchased for about £10 and they last quite some time.

                      The best thing about the jug is that its size is enough for a days supply of drinking water as its 1.4L. It works out that its about 6 - 8 small glasses of water which is what the nutritionists advise. Any more then you could be flushing out too many nutrients that your body needs like salts to maintain a healthy water weight balance in the body.

                      The jug is very easy to use as it comes with a handle and you have to fit the filters yourself which is easy enough just make sure everyting is rinsed and washed out first before yo intend to use the jug. The filters will usually last you about a month or so but it depends how much you use the jug fr refills. The jug is transparent which is very good as you know when you need to refill for the next jug full.

                      I really can taste the difference in the water, it tastes like mineral water after going through the filter. It will save you so much money instead of buying bottles of mineral water.

                      Taking out all the chemicals from the water is also good for the body and really cleansing. I intend to keep on using the jug in the future.

                      Thank you Brita!

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                      09.06.2010 16:58
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                      Buy one if you are interested in trying filtered water or upgrade a boring white one like I did

                      ---Personal Background---
                      I love drinking cold water when working, I know its good for me and it may sound silly but when cold and from a Brita Jug does taste nice - yes it actually tastes of something, granted nothing particular and there not rushing to make other things taste of this but its smooth, clean fresh tasting. All my close family members have water jugs, not all Brita I must admit but the bug for having these spread fast amongst us.

                      Although I was not particularly complaining about the taste of non filtered water out of my taps at home I know it can not compare to the clean cool taste achieved from fridges filtered water. My current jug is the Marella and I have in it red.

                      ---Brita---
                      For full information see http://www.brita.net/uk
                      In my opinion Brita is the leading brand when it comes to water jugs. My friends who dont have Brita still talk about their jug as if it was one 'fill the Brita up'. It is a trusted brand and their designs are also pleasing - often in modern vivid colours.

                      Brita is a German company and their product range extends far beyond water jugs their other filtration products include kettles and tap attachments.

                      ---How do they work?---
                      Reading more info about my Brita Jug I find that work in two ways. Firstly, the activated carbon filter eliminates bad odor and the taste of halogen compounds that chlorine makes when present in tap water. Secondly, the exchange ion resin lowers the concentration of calcium carbonates, accordingly softening tap water. Before writing this review I paid little attention to how exactly it works. Once a month I just pop in a new filter and away I go.

                      ---Price---
                      I was told of an offer on this jug a few months ago and saw an opportunity to but a red Brita jug for a very reasonable price and in doing so replace my boring white one. I paid £9.99 and this was reduced from £12.99, which, having previously seen these for sale at £20 I knew was a good price. A quick internet search shows that it is possible to pay as little as £7.99 for this jug.

                      ---Does it work?---
                      Yes.

                      Its not just about having fridge cold water ready to drink its about the clean taste. It works and works well. I enjoy every glass. You really can taste the difference and I know the first thing you will do is do a taste test asking as many people as possible to do blind testing.

                      ---Final Thoughts---
                      This is a cheap way to enjoy Brita filtered water. The cartridge can be replaced and are reasonably priced but for money savers there are universal cartrages out there that will fit these jugs and offer over 50% off the price of Brita ones (4 Brita filters can cost £15, universal brand ones can cost £5.99).

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                        25.03.2010 19:21
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                        Does what it says on the box.

                        I recently purchased a Britr Marella water filter jug (in the rather sexy red colour) after my husband complained to me that the tap water tasted of chlorine.

                        I went on a couple of review sites and got a very good deal from argos that was the filter jug and six replacement cartridges for £22.

                        After a bit of fiddling around getting the cartridge soaked and then fitted(Only difficult the first time i did it) I was away.

                        In my opinion the water seemed clearer and the distinct chlorine smell that our tap water has was pretty much gone. The water also tasted fresher and seemed more refreshing.

                        I did not think it would make a difference to the taste of tea and coffee but it does. I will be taking my filter jug with me when we go on holiday to skegness as it works out much cheaper than bottled water.

                        The colour of the jug is good and it fits really well in my fridge door. The little counter on the top that tells you when to replace the filter is very handy as i am quite forgetfull.

                        The down sides are that the jug does not hold much water once you've poured all the family a glass to have with a meal you need to refill. Or in the case of my kids stick it back in the fridge so mum never gets chilled filtered water, and ocassionally the lid pops of and water tips out of the unfiltered bit.

                        All considered i would not be without it and if it gets broken i would buy another one or maybe the larger version.

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                          19.03.2010 16:27
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                          Essential for me!

                          Since I moved from Yorkshire to Manchester I have noticed the water tastes different. I never realised that water had a taste, but my tap water tastes like metal, and it's most noticable in tea, ice and even cooking. I've had my taps checked, as a friend mentioned it may be a washer that needs replacing - but it's not that. I think they just have different water round these parts! So, given that I can't really afford to live on Evian, nice as it is, I needed a practical solution, and a water filter seemed the best way to go.

                          I went for the Brita Marella Water Filter as it was for sale in my local Sainsbury's for £9.99 with one filter. This is a great price as it's usually around £15 for the unit. Three Brita Maxtra filters cost £13.99, which is about six months' supply for myself and my husband. It might sound a lot initially but it is much cheaper than bottled water.

                          It has a 1.4 litre filtered capacity which is enough for myself and my husband for day to day use, we fill it up every day. Due to it's slim base it fits in the fridge door, which is very handy as it saves space on the fridge shelves. It is modelled in clear and white plastic, which means it is complimentary to most fridge designs and kitchen decor.

                          To use the water filter for the first time, you need to take the jug and lid and wash (both are dishwasher safe but it only really needs a wash in warm water). Then you take the Maxtra filter out of it's plastic packet and immerse it in water for 10 minutes to get all the air out of it. Once this has been done you slot the filter into the lid (which holds the filter and has a flip up lid for one handed filling) and then you fill the lid part with water from the tap. The water sits in the lid (you can get about 2 pints in there) and slowly filters through - I tend to just replace the flip top lid and stick the entire thing in the fridge. About 15 minutes later the filtered water will be sitting in the clear jug ready to be poured out and consumed.

                          After the first time you use it all you need to do when it comes to replacing the filters is to immerse them in cold water for the 10 minutes before you swap them out. It really couldn't be easier. I replace my filters every 2 months though this may vary for other users depending on how often you use the filter.

                          For me it's a life saver. I can't drink the water at home without filtering it first. The Brita takes out all the metallic taste and any sediment and captures it in the filter, meaning it tastes clean and looks clear. If you drink green tea, cordials or don't take milk in your hot beverages you will notice that there is no sediment in the bottom of your cup or film on top of it.

                          A 1.5 litre bottle of Evian is £2.50, and I easily consume more than 1.5 litres of water per day through the Brita Marella Filter. So despite the costs of the initial jug and the filters this is still an economical choice for me. It is not one that I can do without!

                          I have since found that you can buy Maxtra compatible cartriges in Sainsbury's and in Wilkinsons, around £7 - £8 for three, so there is a potential saving to be made there if I find them as good as I find Brita. Alternately you can always buy your Maxtras from Amazon with your DooYoo vouchers!

                          I have to give the Brita Marella Water Filter 5/5 stars as it does everything I need it to quickly, efficiently and to a high standard. It is an item that I use every day and is still as good as new.

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