One of the things I don’t like about the city I live in is the tap water. The Wife and I long adopted the Brita Filter to help make our water less gross and drinkable. We buy Brita filters for our pitcher regularly, but The Wife is still not a fan of the filtered water it produces. He also gets annoyed when little bits of charcoal end up in his water.
Cut to the Natural Products Expo where I met a spritely young intern who pitched me the Clearly Filtered brand of pitchers, water bottles and filters. After the expo, the President & CEO, Asaiah Passwater, and I exchanged emails and voila – a pitcher is shipped to me to review!
Clearly Filtered Pitcher Review
Excuse the mess all over our kitchen counter. It’s a galley kitchen so space is tight!
The first thing you do is run the filter and flush it out with your faucet. They’ve got great videos in case you are impatient like me and don’t want to read instructions.
I don’t drink the first couple gallons in a filter pitcher (ever). There were tiny snowflake-like particles in the water, so I watered my neighbor’s plants with it. Once I cleared those gallons, I made The Wife do a taste test. He’s got the pickiest and most sensitive palate I know.
I compared the two pitchers as well. The Brita has a slight bitter taste to its water, almost rough.
The Wife thought the Clearly Filtered water didn’t seem as harsh or hard as the Brita water. He said it tasted smoother than the Brita.
I thought, maybe it’s a placebo effect or the fact that the Clearly Filtered filter was so new. This review was delayed because I spent two months (yes, two) taste-testing both pitchers. I’d try to trick The Wife into drinking Brita water and he protested. He said he could tell the difference and asked why I was trying to “poison” him. (Please. Like I’d do it with water.)
That said, after two months, we retired our Brita pitcher and have used our Clearly Filtered pitcher exclusively. During the first month, we still got some snowflake-type particles in the water, so I contacted Asaiah (President & CEO of the company) who suggested we run the filter again. Smart man, we did do that, and we saw less of the snowflakes. I don’t think we flushed the filter long enough the first time around.
If you’re concerned about the stuff that’s in your tap water, here are some stats:
Not only did the company send me a pitcher, they sent me a survival straw! The straw has been packed into my earthquake preparedness bag. This is California – you don’t have an earthquake preparedness kit? Are you crazy?! Even if you’re not in California, you should at least have some sort of natural disaster/zombie apocalypse bag in your home or car, so you can just grab and go.
All in all, this Clearly Filtered pitcher is doing what it’s supposed to – filtering out our tap water to make it drinkable. I’d recommend this pitcher over the Brita. The cost of a Clearly Filtered pitcher is $69.95 US. They’re offering free shipping in the US. While the initial cost is higher than a Brita (about $36 at time of post), you don’t have to buy filters regularly. That’ll save you more money in the long-run.
Bonus: This is made in the USA! I also wanted to point out that a percentage of the company’s profits are donated to charity. Their mission is to provide a way for people to have clean drinking water… all over the world.
UPDATE: I’ve since bought a second filter to replace my first filter. I continue to drink my water through a Clearly Filtered pitcher.
Disclosure: This pitcher was sent to me for an honest review, which this blog post serves. This post also contains affiliate links. Shopping through them does not cost you anything.