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Brita Marella Water Filter
Member Name: kayleighmcharris
Brita Marella Water Filter
Advantages: it works
Disadvantages: expensive upkeep
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.
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.
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.
Summary: Okay product
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