The 10 Best Pitcher Water Filters

Updated May 16, 2018 by Quincy Miller

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We spent 42 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top picks for this wiki. Drinking enough water is one of the best things you can do for your health — provided that your H2O is clean, of course. These pitcher filters do a great job of ensuring that what you consume is as pure and delicious as possible. Many also claim to boost your immune system, raise energy levels, and more. We'd advise you not to put too much stock in that, but by all means go back for another glass. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best pitcher water filter on Amazon.

10. Dragonn Restore

Once you finally hunt down and remove the clear stickers that are pasted all over the Dragonn Restore, you'll have a device that's capable of producing delicious, toxin-free liquids. As an added bonus, the pitcher itself is made of BPA-free plastic.
  • great for cooking needs
  • lid snaps into place easily
  • difficult to fill completely
Model DAWP312
Weight 3 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

9. Brita Everyday

The Brita Everyday is one of the most popular models available, and for good reason. Each filter can purify the equivalent of 300 standard 16.9-ounce plastic bottles, and comes with indicator stickers for tracking when it's time for a replacement.
  • good value for the price
  • reduces chlorine taste and odor
  • leaks if poured soon after filling
Brand Brita
Model 1.00603E+13
Weight 3.2 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

8. EHM Ultra

Nothing can turn your stomach quite like seeing a bunch of black specks in the glass of water you're currently drinking. With the EHM Ultra, that won't be an issue, as it has a micro-screen that does an incredible job of sieving out those nasty little surprises.
  • not too heavy when full
  • good at removing fluoride
  • not the most durable option
Brand EHM
Model pending
Weight 2.3 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0

7. Invigorated Living pH Restore

The Invigorated Living pH Restore comes with two long-life, multistage cartridges that include a blend of charcoal, stone, and ceramic filtration for great tasting and refreshing water day after day. It also allegedly enhances its contents with alkaline ions.
  • simple clear and white design
  • actively removes fluoride
  • cartridges can clog frequently
Brand Invigorated Living
Model SYNCHKG056108
Weight 3.3 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

6. Nakii Long-Lasting

Most water pitchers are as hard on your eyes as they are easy on your body. One of the things that makes the Nakii Long-Lasting so refreshing is its sleek wooden handle and minimalist design, so you'll likely get compliments when you bring it out around company.
  • shape fits snugly in fridge doors
  • simple to clean when necessary
  • need to refill reservoir often
Brand Nakii
Model NFP-100
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0

5. Aquagear Clear

The Aquagear Clear promises to scrub your tap water of even hard-to-remove particulates and chemicals like fluoride, mercury, and chloramines. It's also 100% BPA-free and recyclable, so it's as healthy for the environment as it is for you.
  • each filter is rated for 150 gallons
  • good at removing flavors
  • takes a while to filter
Brand Aquagear
Model Pitcher
Weight 2.5 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

4. Oxa Large

The Oxa Large stashes neatly in your fridge, while still being able to provide you with 10 cups per fill, making it a great option for families that go through a lot of water but still need to leave plenty of room on the shelves for food.
  • comes with two filters
  • easy for kids to pour
  • comfortable ergonomic handle
Brand OXA
Model B071K8FFKK
Weight 2.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. CamelBak Relay

The CamelBak Relay uses an innovative double-filtration technology that removes particles every time you fill it, and then again when you pour. It doesn't require frequent replacements, either, helping save you money in the long run.
  • top rack dishwasher safe
  • spillproof locking lid
  • quick-filling chamber-free design
Brand CamelBak
Model 53544
Weight 1.9 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. Brita Metro

If you don't want to sacrifice a ton of precious fridge space to your pitcher, the Brita Metro is a slim option that stores five cups, making it a great choice for couples, users who live alone, or just for anyone who often prefers other types of drink.
  • filters don't need presoaking
  • flip lid for easy filling
  • pours smoothly without leaking
Brand Brita
Model 1.00603E+13
Weight 2.8 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

1. BWT Austrian

The BWT Austrian claims to help reduce magnesium deficiency. We can't speak to that, but the important thing is it's easy to fill and use, and it filters water quickly, so you can start chugging delicious H2O in little more than the time it takes to slip it under the tap.
  • works well with hard water
  • indicates when filter has expired
  • great for use in coffee machines
Brand BWT
Model BWT Patented Mg2+ Techn
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

So What's All This Crap In My Tap Water?

The presence of impurities in tap water hit the headlines at the beginning of 2016 because of the lead poisoning scandal in Flint, Michigan, where a federal emergency was declared after it emerged that water had been contaminated with lead from deteriorating pipes - and that there was a possible link to Legionnaires' disease too.

It's scary stuff, but it's also very unusual. Over 90 percent of the water provided by community water systems in the US meets federal health standards.

So why filter water? What are we filtering out?

Filtering for taste and smell: The most common reason consumers filter their water before drinking it is that they simply don't like the way it tastes straight out of the faucet. This is usually due to chlorine, which municipal water utility companies use to disinfect water and kill off germs. By passing chlorine-treated water through a filter at home, you get all the benefits of safe, treated water without that public pool taste and odor.

Filtering for purity: Another culprit when it comes to water taste is sediment. Although almost all sediment should be filtered from your water before it reaches you, some fine particles may remain. This shouldn't pose a health risk, but won't exactly enhance your beverage either.

Filtering out minerals: You might have noticed that some of the pitchers we've reviewed here promise to filter out metals, like zinc and copper. These minerals will only be present in your water in trace amounts, but they could still impact the taste of your water, and no-one wants their beverage to taste like a tip jar.

Filtering for 'softness': If your tea kettle has ever produced a white furry build-up on the interior, or your glassware has come out of the dishwasher with spots, or if your bathtub is currently caked with white scum, hard water is probably the culprit. It also dries out your skin and hair in the shower, because this water is full of minerals. Soft water is like rain water, pure and clear. In the case of water filters, the filter traps all those minerals, turning hard water into soft water.

How Do I Get Rid Of It?

Different varieties of filter will get the different kinds of unpleasant materials out of your water. Because of this, many filter pitchers use more than one filtration process at once. Here's the lowdown:

An activated carbon filter is great at reducing chlorine and sediment, and improving taste and smell. Activated carbon includes not only our good ol' friend charcoal, but also filters made out of coconut. Through a combination of physical and chemical filtration, a good carbon filter will remove almost all the chlorine and fine particles of sediment from your water to leave you with a tasty, clean-smelling beverage. Just don't forget to change the filter regularly - otherwise you could find black particles of carbon in your glass, which would kinda negate the point of filtering it.

An ion exchange filter will reduce water 'hardness and heavy metals'. Pitchers containing this kind of filter are great if you're planning to use your filtered water to make tea or coffee, as the limescale in hard water can affect your kettle or coffee maker over time.

Of course, some filters remove more trace minerals than others. If you're concerned about the effects of trace metals like copper or zinc, check out a report on what's in your local water before picking out a filter pitcher from our list above based on what they're able to remove.

Your Glass Of Water: A History

Water is necessary for any living thing to survive, so it's no surprise that humans have been trying to make water safer and more pleasant to drink since the earliest civilizations.

Hippocrates - he of 'oath' fame - invented something called the 'Hippocratic sleeve': it sounds to us like the name of an indie band but it was actually an early, crude water purifier, made of cloth, which was used to treat water before he gave it to his patients.

In the 16th century, Sir Francis Bacon conducted the first scientific experiments in water filtration, in which he tried to use sand to filter the salt out of seawater. The bad news: obviously, this didn't work. The good news: it paved the way for further research.

A Scottish engineer pioneered the first water filtration plant, in 19th century Paisley: we'd suggest that this came about by accident while attempting a new method for distilling whisky, but that would of course be a slur against the inventive and industrious people of Scotland.

This practice of treating water became commonplace across the United Kingdom, particularly after the link between dirty water and cholera was highlighted by the physician John Snow in 1855. It was at this point that chlorine was first used to treat public drinking water.

Increasingly high-standard clean water legislation was passed over the next century in Europe and the US, culminating in America in the 1972 Safe Drinking Water Act.

Brita is arguably the oldest manufacturer of water filters still around today - the German company was founded in 1966. But numerous competitors have emerged since then, as more and more consumers have turned to household water filter pitchers to provide their choice of tasty water to the family.

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Last updated on May 16, 2018 by Quincy Miller

Quincy is a writer who was born in Texas, but moved to Los Angeles to pursue his life-long dream of someday writing a second page to one of his screenplays.

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