My family have been using BRITA filter jugs for years and years. This is our second jug from BRITA. The reason we decided to get a new one was purely because we had had the other one for so long! We have been using this one for a while now without any serious problems occurring.
The jug we have is in the colour red, I do not know why we got red because nothing in our kitchen is red! But to be honest it is a nice addition and adds some colour to the room. The jug itself is very easy to assemble, you can put it together without referring to the instructions manual.
The way these jugs actually filter your water is by having separate individual filters to do the job. You have to purchase these separately which does add to the cost as they are quite expensive, but you are only using one filter a month so it is not too bad. But when you first buy the jug you do get some filters with it, which is a bonus.
There is a timer thing on the lid of the jug that reminds you on when you need to change the filter, which is useful as you can easily forgot when the last time was when you did. Unfortunately the timer on our jug broke, which was very disappointing because our first BRITA filter jug did not deteriorate in any way, it lived on through to the end!
We don't have the luxury of a water tower at work as to cut costs the company took them out! The water from the tap is just not good, its cloudy, its warm and we had to drink frothy tea which was disgusting but when you need your caffeine fix you would drink anything. We clubbed together and bought a Brita jug so we can fill the kettle with it and store it in the fridge so we have fresh, cold filtered water. For the price we paid, it was a really good investment and due to the size, it serves the four of us perfectly.
==Price and availability==
The Marella jug costs £16 and it comes in a couple of colours. I like the blue one as looks crisp and fresh. This is a really good price as it comes with a maxtra filter. A six pack of these costs £15.99 and various stores sell the filters and jugs. You can get the best prices on the internet from Amazon for example.
The jug holds 2 L of filtered water but it has a total capacity of 3.5 L. The jug has a blue tinge and blue lid that is really easy to fill. The plastic jug can be washed in a dishwasher, no luxury of one of these at work though. The lid cannot be washed in a dishwasher though and this is due to the electronic cartridge display on the lid. The filters are big and take up a lot of the jug but they do not need changing as often as smaller ones.
The jug looks good and it is easy to pour, if you have it in your home it would fine on the dining table. I think the main drawback to this is the size. We are lucky that we have a couple of sandwich boxes in the fridge at most so the jug can be kept on a shelf with the top shelf removed to accommodate the height.
The water tastes crisp and clear and so much nicer than the nasty water that comes from the tap. The water is clear looking and when we have a cup of tea, you really taste the tea rather than the cloudy water. We are really into green tea at work and having filtered water with the herbal tea makes it much nicer and purer. Although we have not seen this, the kettle should not get as much lime scale build up so it should prolong the life of the kettle which is always a bonus.
We have not replaced the filter yet but the shape of them means they can only be loaded one way. The change filter cartridge display is helpful too as I will never remember when to change it on my own!
I know that part of the reason we like the jug is that the water we get is now cold as we store it in the fridge but I genuinely think that you can taste the difference. You can definitely tell that this is nicer than the tap water from work and to some extent I bet you can tell the difference with the better quality tap water. I think that this jug offers good value for money and the blue design is very quirky; it would not look out of place on a picnic table in the garden.
We live in an area where water straight from the tap doesn't taste the nicest and often comes out looking a bit unappetising. We drink a lot of water here so the idea of having to buy bottles of water for all of our consumption would be a huge cost to us, as well as a big inconvenience.
Upon first use the lid/filter is easily slotted together and placed on top of the jug. The instructions say to fill and allow to filter, then tip out and start again three times - after this the water is fine to drink.
The lid has a flap to open where the water is added. Once the top section is full, the water drips down through the filter and into the bottom of the jug. Once all of the water has filtered through, there is still a lot of room left in the jug and therefore you can add more water to filter through again.
There is a small LED screen on the top of the flap that lifts on the lid, telling you what percentage the filter is at. A new filter is 100%, a filter which needs replacing is 0%. It goes down in 25% blocks, so when down to 25% it's still usually a while before it gets down to 0% and needs replacing.
Replacement filters are easily bought - a box of three is sold in our local tesco for about £10, which is not a huge expense considering they do not need to be replaced very regularly.
The jug is big and holds a lot of water - 3.5 litres, which is generally enough for a days use in our house.
My only problems with this is the annoyance of having to fill the top/let it drain through/add more/let it drain though/add more etc, rather than just being able to add the whole lot at once (although, I guess this would have made the overall jug even bigger).
Another thing is that it does not easily fit in my fridge - not a huge problem for a colder days, but it is a bit annoying in the summer.
Overall, I really like this water filter and it was definitely a worthwhile purchase for us.
I brought this couple months ago, as we drink a lot of water in the house rather than fizzy drinks. When you open the box the jug is very easy to put together, you don't even have to read the manual. Place the filter on the top part of the jug and you're ready to go!
The product is very easy to use, just lift up the lid and pour tap water into the jug, the water will drip through the filter into the bottom part of the jug. It's made out of plastic so it's very durable and easily fits into the fridge. It holds up to 3 L of water.
On the lid it has a filter percentage which lets you know when you need to change the filter. I usually purchase a new filter when it's on the 25% mark. You can purchase filters online or via the phone, their customer service department is based in the UK therefore very easy to deal with.
Great item, and provides healthy water!
London is the most awful place to live in as far as hard water and limescale are concerned, which means that we are forced to buy water-jugs with filters (if only to save our kettles and irons from being replaced at regular intervals)
Previously I owned a small water jug which could fit into the fridge door. The problem was the water capacity was not enough to fill a whole kettle (not to mention a pot to cook the pasta in!) So I decided to invest in the Brita Marella XL Blue Water Jug.
This latest purchase has made my life much easier as it has a large 3.5 litre capacity . . . it takes up more space on the kitchen counter, but is well worth that little bit of inconvenience!
Added to the large capacity it also has a convenient display which tells you when the filter needs to be replaced (which is something I regularly used to forget)
The Brita Marella XL Blue Water Jug is reasonably priced at £14,95, the catch being that replacing the filters can be a costly exercise. Currently you can be a pack of 3 filters at Tesco for £13.50, but I managed to find a pack of 4 at Amazon for £13.00.