5 Best Water Filter Pitchers of 2024, Tested and Reviewed

We filtered (and drank!) lots of tap water to find which systems produce the best at-home drinking water.

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Updated on January 18, 2024

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Our Top Water Filter Pitcher Picks

Tested by Sharon Franke, Stevie Stewart and T.K. Brady for Food Network Kitchen

Water filters are becoming more and more commonplace not only because they provide clean drinking water, but they also help to eliminate waste by replacing the use of plastic bottles. We felt a bit like Goldilocks when trying to find the best water filter pitcher, though. We wanted something not too big, not too small, not too heavy, not too expensive, and, most importantly, that produced great-tasting water. We preferred filters that would clean our tap water of the major concerns: lead, mercury, zinc, copper, chlorine and PFAS, while also being comfortable-to-use, spill-proof, easy-to-clean and fairly quick to filter water. Our top five choices all do a fabulous job of filtering water and providing clean taste, and each have their own features that make them unique. Read on to find the best water filter pitcher for you.


This reasonably priced 10-cup pitcher has a filter that only has to be changed about every six months, which means less maintenance and fewer dollars spent on replacements. As you would expect, it removes chlorine to give you better tasting water but what really make it our best overall is its ability to filter out lead, carcinogens, pharmaceuticals, and endocrine disruptors. The Brita is also fast — expect it to take about 4 minutes to filter enough water to fill the entire pitcher. Our only gripe with this model is that you have to handwash it.

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This glass water filter is one of the heavier pitchers we tested, but is worth it for the person who's interested in reducing the levels of PFAS or "forever chemicals" in their water. The LifeStraw pitcher holds up to 7 cups of water at a time and the changable filters each last for about two months. The company also claims the filter can remove pesticides, herbicides, common heavy metals and even bacteria and parasites. We found the water from this filter tasted clean and fresh with no metallic or strange after-taste. While it can be frustrating to wait for the water to filter through (this wasn't one of the faster models), we did feel good about how many contaminates it was clearing out during the process.

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The Hydros pitcher advertises its Fast Flo Tech filter which filters water in just about a minute and it was by far the fastest filter we tested. Their filters are made from 100% coconut shell carbon in a BPA-free casing, meaning they are safe for the environment. Hydros is focused on sustainability, replacing 300 standard water bottles with each filter like the Brita, while also donating 1% of each sale to charities and nonprofits that work to protect our oceans. What makes this pitcher unique (and one of our tops picks) is its narrow frame and light weight: It holds 8 cups of water and weighs just one pound empty (five pounds completely when full). The pitcher pours easily and looks good enough to keep on the table while serving dinner. You can also purchase this filter in additional colors directly from the Hydros website.

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The PUR Plus 7-Cup Pitcher (previously known as the Pur Ultimate) had the slimmest dimensions of the pitchers we tested at just 4.5 inches in width. If you are looking for a pitcher that can save you space in your refrigerator without skimping on filtration features, this is the one for you. PUR is well-known for its superior filtration system touting a filter that eliminates 70-plus contaminants, more than any other brand. The Oasis pitcher features their MAXION Filter technology, which has been certified to remove 99% of lead, 96% of mercury and 92% of certain pesticides. The pitcher pours easily, has a comfortable grip handle and a thumb activated lid which makes filling easy. The lid also has a CleanSensor Monitor which, like the Brita, lets you know when it is time to replace the filter.

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If you’re confident that your water is safe but are trying to avoid storing water in plastic, consider this slim 5-cup glass pitcher. It’s lightweight and attractive enough to bring to the table for serving. Although it has a relatively small capacity, it filters exceptionally quickly so you can easily fill the pitcher while everyone’s sitting down to dinner. Just keep in mind, that the Hydros only removes chlorine so although it will improve the taste of your tap water, it won’t remove any harmful contaminants. The filter needs to be changed about every two months.

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Photo by: T.K. Brady

T.K. Brady

How We Tested

We purchased 12 popular, well-reviewed water filter pitchers and started out by cleaning the pitchers and rinsing the filters according to each company’s specifications. We then filled each pitcher with four cups of water, timing how long it would take each to filter the same amount of water. We weighed the pitchers before they were filled and again once they were filled to their indicated maximum cup capacity. Once filled, we poured glasses of water to see how comfortable it was to pour, and if there was any spilling or uneven weight distribution. We tasted filtered water both refrigerated and at room temperature. We kept in mind the ease of assembly, cleaning, cost and filtration certifications when making our top picks.

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