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#1 Fat Guy

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 10:25 AM

Do Brita and equivalent water-filtration pitchers actually do anything?

I live in New York City, where the drinking water is reputed to be pretty good. I have, however, noticed some chlorine creep over the years -- or something my nose perceives as chlorine. The Brita filter does seem to remove this odor, but I've never tested the theory blindfolded.

A quick Google search didn't yield much useful information.

Does anyone have the 411 on these things? My understanding is that when you divide the cost of filters you get a cost of about 20 cents (US) per gallon of water from the Brita. So that's not completely trivial. I'd like to be sure it's worth it.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 10:33 AM

They definitely work. My wife's family owns part of an island off the coast of Maine (no running water and the community well is a considerable distance away from the house) and we use a Brita to filter the rain water from the rain barrel (after we boil it for consumption). As to how much they will pull our clorine and flouride I am not sure but they turn smelly rain water into something akin to bottled water.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 10:43 AM

If they remove the taste of chlorine from the water to your palate, then they work. Whether they do a whole lot more beyond that, how long and well they do what they do is a matter of some debate.

Personally, I found the whole pitcher thing to be expensive and an unnecessary pain in the butt. So I ended up buying an under-the sink two-stage sediment --> GAC (Granulated Activated Charcoal) filter from these guys and never looked back. It's quite a bit cheaper over time compared to a Brita-type filter, the filters hardly ever need to be replaced (equals less trouble for you and less plastic waste overall) and you only need to open the little tap to have instant filtered water with no waiting for it to percolate into a pitcher.

The sediment filter is especially interesting and valuable. It is true that we have great municipal water in NYC, but it is equally true that we have old pipes. The ceramic sediment filter I use filters 100% down to 0.9 microns and 99.9% down to 0.5 microns. This is fine enough to filter out things like E. coli and Cryptosporidium cysts. What I discovered is that we have a fair amount of rust and other particulates in the water here. Every month or so, the filtered water tap would start slowing down and it was time to take out the ceramic filter and wash it off. It was usually covered with a fairly thick layer of brown gunk, which I was glad I wasn't drinking.
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 10:47 AM

Definitely true about the sediment. We consistently see that in our ultrasonic humidifier. After a couple of weeks, the reservoir is full of what looks like rust. I wonder what it all is and if it's bad for you -- or good for you like I suppose it would be were it iron.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 10:52 AM

Until my husband breaks down and installs our under the sink filter (that I purchased months ago...grrrr), we are using a Brita pitcher. Our water is very hard and if I boil it for pasta, a noticeable and unattractive film develops on the surface. If I use Brita filtered water, no film. I've no idea if the filters live up to all of their claims but they are effective enough for me. I just hate dealing with the pitcher and its lid that continually falls off.
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 10:58 AM

I used a Brita for a while, then a Pur Ultimate faucet mount, and the things never lasted as long as they said they would. The filters clogged a lot faster, and the Pur faucet mount housings would all spring leaks. Regardless of the fact that I could get a free replacement of the leaking faucet mount housing, I switched to a Big Berkey with the super sterasyl filters. I've had it for two years. I occasionally scrub the filters, and even less frequently boil them to reactivate the carbon inside, but I did the math before shelling out the money, and while the Brita or Pur would cost me 20-25 cents per gallon, this set-up is costing me about 2.5 cents per gallon over the lifetime of the filters, which I estimate will be about 8 years, if I filter around 1400 gallons a year. I fill the filter once a day, on average, and it holds about 2 gallons, give or take. When I make stock or soup, of course I filter more water.

We use this water for all our water needs. And the plus side of it is that since it's a countertop deal, if all services are down for some reason, or we're on a boil order, we can still use the filter. These have been used in areas with unsafe water to make the water safe. I figure that's a plus, given that it's a whole lot cheaper per gallon to use this than the other kinds of filters available.

It would be nice to have an inline filter, but it's not that much of a hassle to fill the thing every night, and New Yorkers might not have the luxury of being able to change the plumbing.
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 11:19 AM

If they remove the taste of chlorine from the water to your palate, then they work. Whether they do a whole lot more beyond that, how long and well they do what they do is a matter of some debate.


From what I've read, a brita filter removes all kinds of contaminants, including particles, metals, and organic compounds ... but you can't count it doing an especially thorough or consistent job. Its ability to filter will change as it ages and clogs. And even fresh, it's not up to the standards of higher end filters.

I use one, because it takes the chlorine out and makes my water and tea and coffee taste better. It's also comforting to have another line of defense against any unknowns in the water. If I were actually afraid of something like lead or campylobacter, I'd use something more heavy duty.

Btw, it just crossed my mind that a carbon filter could be taking the fluoride out of the water along with everything else. Anyone know about this? I'm curious, since the only cavities I ever got in my life came during two years in France, where they don't fluorinate the water supply.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 11:31 AM

Brita filters are better than nothing when you have crappy water.

We have fridge mounted filters and a reverse osmosis water filter under the sink. By far, I prefer the RO water filter. Its an expensive system, but the water quality is second to none. We also have issues with sediment here in New Haven, so I might consider a prefilter at the water meter. This not only helps with drinking water but keeps dishes, clothes, toilets, etc... cleaner.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 11:33 AM

I've been using Berkey water purifiers for 30+ years, since I got the first unit installed in a motorhome in '78 - the name then was slightly different.

They have improved over the years and the capacity, particularly when you have multiple filters in a unit, is extended for a significant volume of water.

I do have an inline filter for the house water but for drinking water I use the Berkey and it is also for emergencies when the water supply may be compromised in an earthquake.
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 12:41 PM

I used the Brita pitcher filters for years and it made my tea, coffee and water taste noticeably better. For the past 1 1/2 years I have been using the Pur 3-Stage faucet mount, and the water taste is even better, since it adds desirable minerals back in after doing its filtering job. I may go to an under the sink filter or a Berkey at some point. If you have chlorine flavor or other off-tastes, the pitcher designs are better than nothing.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 12:52 PM

I've been using Berkey water purifiers for 30+ years, since I got the first unit installed in a motorhome in '78 - the name then was slightly different.

They have improved over the years and the capacity, particularly when you have multiple filters in a unit, is extended for a significant volume of water.

I do have an inline filter for the house water but for drinking water I use the Berkey and it is also for emergencies when the water supply may be compromised in an earthquake.
I have only the stainless steel ones, the Crown (with 6 elements) and two of the Travel Berkeys.
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Hi Andie,
I get the difference between a travel and home unit. What I have not been able to understand from any of the websites offering Berky units: Is there a difference to the quality of filtering between using a 2 or 4 filter units? Is it just that a 4 unit does more volume or does 4 remove more particulates?

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 02:24 PM

I live right next to the ocean, and the water here is terrible. If it's boiled and left to sit in the pot, a white residue forms. Have no idea what it is.
I've been using a Brita since I've lived here, and it makes a big difference. Coffee, tea, ice cubes are much better.
I prefer using it over buying bottled water and having to recycle bottles and such. Since I'm on my last filter, I may look into other options to see if there is something better. But, Brita is better than nothing.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 03:23 PM

I definitely prefer PUR over Brita. I had the faucet mount before, but have switched to just using a pitcher. I haven't looked into it for a while, but when I got mine, I remember reading that PUR does remove more undesirable stuff than Brita.

The only downside is that Costco doesn't carry the filters for PUR pitchers. So, I get them from Bed Bath and Beyond with the 20% coupons.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 03:42 PM


I've been using Berkey water purifiers for 30+ years, since I got the first unit installed in a motorhome in '78 - the name then was slightly different.

They have improved over the years and the capacity, particularly when you have multiple filters in a unit, is extended for a significant volume of water.

I do have an inline filter for the house water but for drinking water I use the Berkey and it is also for emergencies when the water supply may be compromised in an earthquake.
I have only the stainless steel ones, the Crown (with 6 elements) and two of the Travel Berkeys.
purchased from Pleasant Hill Grain

Hi Andie,
I get the difference between a travel and home unit. What I have not been able to understand from any of the websites offering Berky units: Is there a difference to the quality of filtering between using a 2 or 4 filter units? Is it just that a 4 unit does more volume or does 4 remove more particulates?



The throughput or volume filtered is greater with additional filters. They all, even the Crown, work fine with just two if you are not in a hurry. It came with two but I added four more (it will take 8) to have a more rapid result because if we have interruption of the water supply, as I had in '94 when the well casing cracked, or infiltration of ground water into the well water, I need more volume for cooking, drinking and etc.

An odd law went into effect a year ago that keeps the Berkey filters from being sold in California. It is interesting that the movers behind the bill were bottled water companies so this whole thing is political, as far as I am concerned. The only other state that doesn't allow them is Iowa, I think. I get around it by having mine shipped to Nevada and drive over to get them.

I've written numerous letters and spoken to my state representatives but they profess to know nothing about it.

In any event, note that these are "purifiers" and not just filters. That is a huge difference when one is dealing with possible contaminants in the water.
I got one in my motorhome years ago because often when I traveled, I was suspicious of the water supplies in some campgrounds. Never got sick using the Berkey water. And it tastes very good.

The new inline filter in my house seems to add a chemical taste that I don't like but I have to have it because it is the only one compatible with my tankless water heaters.

Here is the Crown Berkey that lives in my pantry. That's a 14 cup Cuisinart beside it to give you an idea of the size.
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 04:14 PM

I use the Brita faucet mount and it works well - although I agree that the filters don't last as long as they say they do before the flow rate goes down to a trickle. According to the very official looking info included with the filter (inside the package, not advertising on the outside), it removes 99% of chlorine and a bunch of other stuff, but leaves the fluoride unfiltered.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 04:23 PM



I've been using Berkey water purifiers for 30+ years, since I got the first unit installed in a motorhome in '78 - the name then was slightly different.

They have improved over the years and the capacity, particularly when you have multiple filters in a unit, is extended for a significant volume of water.

I do have an inline filter for the house water but for drinking water I use the Berkey and it is also for emergencies when the water supply may be compromised in an earthquake.
I have only the stainless steel ones, the Crown (with 6 elements) and two of the Travel Berkeys.
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Hi Andie,
I get the difference between a travel and home unit. What I have not been able to understand from any of the websites offering Berky units: Is there a difference to the quality of filtering between using a 2 or 4 filter units? Is it just that a 4 unit does more volume or does 4 remove more particulates?



The throughput or volume filtered is greater with additional filters. They all, even the Crown, work fine with just two if you are not in a hurry. It came with two but I added four more (it will take 8) to have a more rapid result because if we have interruption of the water supply, as I had in '94 when the well casing cracked, or infiltration of ground water into the well water, I need more volume for cooking, drinking and etc.

An odd law went into effect a year ago that keeps the Berkey filters from being sold in California. It is interesting that the movers behind the bill were bottled water companies so this whole thing is political, as far as I am concerned. The only other state that doesn't allow them is Iowa, I think. I get around it by having mine shipped to Nevada and drive over to get them.

I've written numerous letters and spoken to my state representatives but they profess to know nothing about it.

In any event, note that these are "purifiers" and not just filters. That is a huge difference when one is dealing with possible contaminants in the water.
I got one in my motorhome years ago because often when I traveled, I was suspicious of the water supplies in some campgrounds. Never got sick using the Berkey water. And it tastes very good.

The new inline filter in my house seems to add a chemical taste that I don't like but I have to have it because it is the only one compatible with my tankless water heaters.

Here is the Crown Berkey that lives in my pantry. That's a 14 cup Cuisinart beside it to give you an idea of the size.
HPIM3743.JPG

Thank you for clearing (purifying :) it up. As usual your information is very helpful and informative. I just have to decide between the travel size and the big size.

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 05:13 PM

Steve, there are several sizes in between the biggest and the smallest Stainless steel units.

The little "Go Berkey" is something you carry around. I don't have one of those.

This is the smallest Stainless Steel or Travel Berkey

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 05:30 PM

The basic Brita-style water filters have long been rumoured to improve the quality of cheap vodka. One article testing this theory dates 2004, and seeped into public consciousness enough to make it onto an episode of mythbusters.

If you google something like "water filter vodka" you'll find a number of websites that suggest that - to answer the original question - they do do something...

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 06:34 PM

Steve, there are several sizes in between the biggest and the smallest Stainless steel units.


And I would add that I got the Big Berkey (which takes 4 elements), and I really wish I had gotten a bigger one. Yes, it's big enough, but it would be a lot handier to have the Crown. I live in a 2-person household, and we use the water for drinking and cooking.

I managed to find another Big Berkey with 4 elements for $3 at a thrift store, but that one lives in my partner's shop, so he can have filtered water out there. I don't know how often he fills his.
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 07:01 PM


Steve, there are several sizes in between the biggest and the smallest Stainless steel units.


And I would add that I got the Big Berkey (which takes 4 elements), and I really wish I had gotten a bigger one. Yes, it's big enough, but it would be a lot handier to have the Crown. I live in a 2-person household, and we use the water for drinking and cooking.

I managed to find another Big Berkey with 4 elements for $3 at a thrift store, but that one lives in my partner's shop, so he can have filtered water out there. I don't know how often he fills his.



There is a significant difference in the volume produced:
"The Crown is the largest Berkey® system. It comes equipped with either two or four Black Berkey® purifying elements, and can accept a maximum of eight elements. Lower storage tank capacity is 6 gallons. Flow rate is 6.5 gallons per hour with two elements, and 13 gph with four elements. The Crown Berkey® system, when configured with eight Black Berkey® purification elements, can purify up to 650 gallons per day (~27 gallons per hour) when the upper chamber is full. This is enough to provide for up to 325 people on a sustained basis and up to 1300 people on a short-term emergency basis. "

and
"The Big Berkey® is the fourth-largest Berkey® system. It comes equipped with either two or four Black Berkey® purifying elements, and can accept a maximum of four elements. Lower storage tank capacity is 2.25 gallons. Flow rate is 4 gallons per hour with two elements, and 8 gph with four elements. The Big Berkey® system, when configured with four Black Berkey® purification elements, can purify up to 190 gallons per day (~8 gallons per hour) when the upper chamber is full. Along with the Royal Berkey®, the Big Berkey® is one of our most popular Berkey water purifiers."


At the time of the '94 earthquake I had the Royal and was able to provide drinking and cooking water to my immediate neighbors but it was a stretch and would have been intolerable had it not been in January when the weather was cold.

A couple of year later I got the Crown.
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 07:29 PM

They seem to improve the taste of the water, and they're tested to remove things from the water. One issue with most filtration systems is the potential for bacteria to grow inside the filter as it ages. The concept of charcoal filtration is quite old. Here are instructions to make your own water filter, circa 1910--

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Posted 04 January 2011 - 10:01 PM

Even after switching the whole house over to R.O., we still keep a Brita for when we go on vacation. (Providing it's a driving vacation, naturally.)

But I'm sure you would probably be happier with a more permanent solution -- inline tap filtration, under-sink R.O., etc.


PS -- I would love to have NYC-quality water here in Las Vegas. Our water tastes like baking soda and chlorine.
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Posted 04 January 2011 - 10:56 PM

Even after switching the whole house over to R.O., we still keep a Brita for when we go on vacation. (Providing it's a driving vacation, naturally.)

But I'm sure you would probably be happier with a more permanent solution -- inline tap filtration, under-sink R.O., etc.


PS -- I would love to have NYC-quality water here in Las Vegas. Our water tastes like baking soda and chlorine.



I have friends who live in Ely and they tell me their water tastes and smells like sulfur.
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Posted 05 January 2011 - 12:58 AM



Steve, there are several sizes in between the biggest and the smallest Stainless steel units.


And I would add that I got the Big Berkey (which takes 4 elements), and I really wish I had gotten a bigger one. Yes, it's big enough, but it would be a lot handier to have the Crown. I live in a 2-person household, and we use the water for drinking and cooking.

I managed to find another Big Berkey with 4 elements for $3 at a thrift store, but that one lives in my partner's shop, so he can have filtered water out there. I don't know how often he fills his.



There is a significant difference in the volume produced:
"The Crown is the largest Berkey® system. It comes equipped with either two or four Black Berkey® purifying elements, and can accept a maximum of eight elements. Lower storage tank capacity is 6 gallons. Flow rate is 6.5 gallons per hour with two elements, and 13 gph with four elements. The Crown Berkey® system, when configured with eight Black Berkey® purification elements, can purify up to 650 gallons per day (~27 gallons per hour) when the upper chamber is full. This is enough to provide for up to 325 people on a sustained basis and up to 1300 people on a short-term emergency basis. "

and
"The Big Berkey® is the fourth-largest Berkey® system. It comes equipped with either two or four Black Berkey® purifying elements, and can accept a maximum of four elements. Lower storage tank capacity is 2.25 gallons. Flow rate is 4 gallons per hour with two elements, and 8 gph with four elements. The Big Berkey® system, when configured with four Black Berkey® purification elements, can purify up to 190 gallons per day (~8 gallons per hour) when the upper chamber is full. Along with the Royal Berkey®, the Big Berkey® is one of our most popular Berkey water purifiers."


At the time of the '94 earthquake I had the Royal and was able to provide drinking and cooking water to my immediate neighbors but it was a stretch and would have been intolerable had it not been in January when the weather was cold.

A couple of year later I got the Crown.

Andie
Do you use the PF-2 elements along with the Black elements?

In the brochure I read:
"What’s more, Berkey® elements are re-cleanable and can be used over and over again."

1.How often do you replace your elements? Recommended in the brochure is every 3,000 gallons x number of elements.
2. Do you find that you have to clean the elements in-between replacement and are they easy to clean?

What size to get is going to depend on where we put it. Our kitchen is tiny with little floor area and limited counter space. If we put near the kitchen sink then the 'big' is it. If we put downstairs in the garage's laundry area we can go bigger. During the summer the garage gets hot though and then all the stairs when needing water. The kitchen it would be out in the open it is going to look ugly no matter what.
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Posted 05 January 2011 - 10:39 AM

Steve, I have the PF-2 filters but only use them when there is a possibility that the water supply is contaminated with ground water.

This area has a lot of arsenic in the soil - I'm not worried about fluoride, I grew up in an area where there is a lot in the water and as far as I know, it never harmed me or any of my family - the extra filtering also removes some other particulates that are in the soil in this area.

I have the Crown Berkey on a rolling cart so when it needs more than just replacing the water I use, I can roll it in next to the sink that has a pull out faucet to fill it.
Otherwise I just use a large plastic pitcher -1 1/2 gallon - and replace what I take out or actually put the fresh water in the top then take out an equal amount via the spigot.

I drain the unit completely, clean the filter elements about twice a year, and it has worked just fine that way. If I see that particulates are beginning to build up in the base of the top section, I clean it then. The water here has a lot of calcium and other minerals but not so much as in other places. Friends who live in Lompoc and have one have to clean the elements every sixty days - they have the Imperial with 4 filter elements. The water there is pretty bad.

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 06:25 PM

Steve, I have the PF-2 filters but only use them when there is a possibility that the water supply is contaminated with ground water.

This area has a lot of arsenic in the soil - I'm not worried about fluoride, I grew up in an area where there is a lot in the water and as far as I know, it never harmed me or any of my family - the extra filtering also removes some other particulates that are in the soil in this area.

I have the Crown Berkey on a rolling cart so when it needs more than just replacing the water I use, I can roll it in next to the sink that has a pull out faucet to fill it.
Otherwise I just use a large plastic pitcher -1 1/2 gallon - and replace what I take out or actually put the fresh water in the top then take out an equal amount via the spigot.

I drain the unit completely, clean the filter elements about twice a year, and it has worked just fine that way. If I see that particulates are beginning to build up in the base of the top section, I clean it then. The water here has a lot of calcium and other minerals but not so much as in other places. Friends who live in Lompoc and have one have to clean the elements every sixty days - they have the Imperial with 4 filter elements. The water there is pretty bad.

Decided on the Big Berky with 4 black elements, no PF-2s. 4 not because I need the speed of 4 but because I'm lazy and want 12,000 Gal volume before having to replace :) With 4 and no expiration date on the elements it should last me 36-48 months barring any catastrophes. Will keep in the garage and am shopping around for a floor stand as the sinks faucet hose won't reach the top of the BB, I'll fill like up like you.
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#27 thock

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Posted 05 January 2011 - 09:57 PM

You won't be sorry. I'm guessing the elements will last longer than you think they will, though.

Have fun with your new filter!
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#28 paulraphael

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Posted 06 January 2011 - 09:30 AM

I definitely prefer PUR over Brita. I had the faucet mount before, but have switched to just using a pitcher. I haven't looked into it for a while, but when I got mine, I remember reading that PUR does remove more undesirable stuff than Brita.

The only downside is that Costco doesn't carry the filters for PUR pitchers. So, I get them from Bed Bath and Beyond with the 20% coupons.


I've suspected the PUR systems were higher quality than Brita. I use Brita because it's so entrenched in NYC that I can get the filters just about anywhere. But PUR seems to be getting a bigger presence.
Any sense of the price difference between the two company's filters?

#29 KennethT

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 08:10 AM

The Brita faucet system is definitely cheaper than the PUR. My Brita was $20 at the home depot for the faucet kit including 1 filter. The equivalent PUR system was almost double the price. As for replacement filters, the Brita has a 2 pack for $30, and the PUR was like $40 if memory serves correctly... But I don't know if the PUR works better (ie more throughput, not removal of substances) or lasts longer before needing replacement. The Brita filter is rated for 100 gallons, but mine lasted about half that amount when the throughput reduced to almost a trickle. And that's Manhattan tap water that I had previously thought was clean! Indeed, when I check my normal tap water with a TDS (total dissolved solids) tester, I read roughly 20ppm which is really good for any non-RO water. But I wanted to get rid of the chlorine - most of my Brita water is used for my hydroponic tomatoes, leafy veg. garden and lime tree which like chlorine less than us people do...

#30 andiesenji

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Posted 07 January 2011 - 10:12 AM

The Brita faucet system is definitely cheaper than the PUR. My Brita was $20 at the home depot for the faucet kit including 1 filter. The equivalent PUR system was almost double the price. As for replacement filters, the Brita has a 2 pack for $30, and the PUR was like $40 if memory serves correctly... But I don't know if the PUR works better (ie more throughput, not removal of substances) or lasts longer before needing replacement. The Brita filter is rated for 100 gallons, but mine lasted about half that amount when the throughput reduced to almost a trickle. And that's Manhattan tap water that I had previously thought was clean! Indeed, when I check my normal tap water with a TDS (total dissolved solids) tester, I read roughly 20ppm which is really good for any non-RO water. But I wanted to get rid of the chlorine - most of my Brita water is used for my hydroponic tomatoes, leafy veg. garden and lime tree which like chlorine less than us people do...


If you add up the cost of replacing filters, it is cheaper by far to get an in-line system to filter the water to just your kitchen sink. You have a one-time cost for the installation and the filters generally are good for two to three years, depending on how much you use. inline undercounter filter systems

I have two of these type filters, one on the water supply to my icemaker and one to the refrigerator with icemaker since I had the whole house filter removed. The plumber charged me 146.00 for plumbing in both - I bought the systems myself.
Some you can install yourself, if you have the tools and are handy.
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