I am a big water drinker. When we first moved into our new home, which is supplied by well water, I was disappointed when our water was so salty tasting I could not drink it from the tap. One of our first purchases was a Brita water filtering pitcher.
We bought the Brita deluxe model with a 10 8-ounce cup capacity. I bought it in October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness month, so was able to get a pink one. The pitcher came with a filter so I did not buy a replacement at the time.
The Brita pitcher works through simple filtration. You simply fill an upper reservoir and the water drips through a carbon filter into the bottom reservoir, from which the drinking water is poured. The manufacturer states that Brita pitchers reduce copper, chlorine (taste and odor) and mercury as well as reduce lead, benzene, and microbial cysts.
I have been pleased at the way this pitcher filters our water. It removes the salty taste and I find myself drinking as much water as I did when I was on city water. I even use it on our plants, which were also suffering due to the quality of the well water. I like the big capacity of the pitcher because I do not have to fill it every time I pour a glass of water.
The Brita pitcher has an indicator on the lid (no battery required) that tells you when to replace the filter. I have had this for three months and have probably gone through a pitcher a day and the indicator has just now started flashing. The water still tastes good, so I imagine I can go a little longer without having to purchase a new filter.
The one complaint I have is that the carbon within the filter has a tendency to float out of the cartridge and into the top reservoir. It does not get into the drinking water, which is in the lower reservoir but it is offputting, nonetheless.
Overall I recommend this pitcher for individuals who want fresh tasting tap water. It is more economical than bottled water, and more environmentally friendly.