3 Best Water Filter Pitchers, Tested by Food Network Kitchen
We filtered (and drank!) lots of tap water to find which systems produce the best at-home drinking water.
Best Water Filters Pitchers for Your Home:
Water filter pitchers 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 pitcher. We wanted something not too big, not too small, not too heavy, not too expensive, and, most importantly, that produced great-tasting water. We wanted to make sure that our filters would clean our tap water of the major concerns: lead, mercury, zinc, copper and chlorine, while also being comfortable-to-use, spill-proof, easy-to-clean and fairly quick to filter water. Our top three 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.
Brita is one of the most recognizable names in water filter pitchers for good reason. They are affordable, produce great tasting water and their filters replace up to 300 standard 16.9 oz bottles of water. This version of Brita pitcher is no exception. It holds 10 cups of water, but does not feel overly bulky and will fit nicely into the average fridge. It has a comfortable soft-grip handle with a flip-top lid, making it easy to fill with one hand from the faucet. The filter pitcher also has an electronic indicator on the lid to let you know when it is time to replace your filter. Want an added bonus? The pitcher comes in fun assorted colors!
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.
The PUR Ultimate 7-cup Oasis Pitcher 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.
How We Tested
We purchased seven 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.