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Fresh, clean tasting water - I wouldn't be without this now!
Brita Marella Water Filter
Member Name: ms_123
Brita Marella Water Filter
Advantages: clean tasting water, better tasting cups of tea
Disadvantages: None for me
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.
Summary: Clean, fresh tasting water
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