Disclosure: I received this product free for review.
One-time use water bottles are my sworn enemy. I led a massive campaign against them on the high school campus where I used to work, to the point where colleagues and students would hide them when I came into the room. At home I’ve always used a Brita water filter.
When Clearly Filtered approached me for a review, I didn’t think I needed to switch water filters. I had been using a Brita for years, and figured I’d try the Clearly Filtered pitcher for my blog and then pass it along. I am not particularly paranoid about the water quality in Montreal, but I find the water tastes a lot like chlorine straight from the tap and have always preferred it from my water filter. Our water isn’t fluoridated here, but my husband is ardently opposed to fluoridation. (I don’t feel knowledgeable enough about it to say one way or the other.)
So how come it’s my Brita filter that got evicted from my fridge? When I first tasted the water from the Clearly Filtered pitcher, I definitely thought it tasted pretty darn good. Now, the way water tastes is pretty hard to describe, but I’d say the words “clean” and “crisp” are what first came to mind.
To make sure I wasn’t just imagining things, I conducted a highly scientific taste-test:
I don’t normally drink water from my stemware, but it turns out the only drinking vessels I own three-of-a-kind of are my Ikea wine glasses. I let all three glasses sit so they would all be room temperature before tasting.
I immediately knew which one was tap water because of the chlorine taste. I didn’t check the label right away, but I put that glass aside. The two that were left didn’t taste like chlorine, but one undoubtedly tasted better. It turns out the one that tasted better was, in fact, the water from the Clearly Filtered pitcher. I was sold!
Clearly Filtered replacement filters cost $45, while Brita replacement filters cost around $10-12. However, Clearly Filtered filters last much longer than Brita filters. You are supposed to change your Brita filter after about 40 gallons (151 litres) of water, roughly two months. You need a new Clearly Filtered filter after 200 gallons (757 litres). This works out to about the same price per gallon (or liter), so I’m not having to spend any more money to have delicious-tasting water.
So the water tastes great, which was my main criteria. But what about it being a better, cleaner water than my Brita?
Brita filters are designed to “reduce Chlorine (taste and odour), copper, mercury and cadmium.” [source]
And here’s what Clearly Filtered’s filters do: [full testing data]
I don’t have much to add to the chart above. Since my drinking water in Montréal is already considered safe, I can only assume that the filter makes it even safer. Like I said, my number one reason for choosing to keep my Clearly Filtered pitcher is the taste.
If your family currently drinks only bottled water due to concerns about contaminants like lead (I know in Montreal some residents living in older buildings have had concerns about lead leaching into their tap water), switching to Clearly Filtered would allow you to drink from the tap, meaning immediate and significant annual savings (not to mention the reduction in waste.) If you live somewhere with fluoridated water and this concerns you, Clearly Filtered could be the solution to your water woes!
Clearly Filtered pitchers are available on their website, with free shipping within the US and international shipping available.