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Brita 8-Cup Stainless Steel Pitcher Water Filter

The Brita 8-Cup Stainless Steel Pitcher Water Filter is an elegant-looking pitcher that you wouldn’t mind sitting on any countertop in your home. In the looks department, it passes with flying colors because of that stainless steel surface that is fingerprint-resistant and classy. As for function, it delivers the quality that we have come to know with Brita products. Get more details of the Brita 8-Cup Stainless Steel Pitcher Water Filter.

Here is the list of features of this pitcher water filter:
  1. It can hold up to 8 cups (64 ounces) of water.
  2. The exterior is made of brushed stainless steel but the interior is BPA-free plastic.
  3. It is slim, compact with an oval shape.
  4. It comes with a filter which can filter an equivalent of 300 standard-sized (16.9 ounces) water bottles.
  5. It comes with an electronic filter indicator that monitors and advices you of water filter quality.
  6. The grip handle is contoured for easy pouring.
  7. The lid is auto-locking and allows easy refilling and preventing accidental spills.
  8. It removes the taste and odor of chlorine and other contaminants in tap water through its activated carbon filter and ion-exchange technology.

How does the filtering technology work in this Brita pitcher water filter? With each pitcher, the water passes through the activated carbon filter that screens for any impurities. Most of these particles attach themselves to the activated carbon filter and do not flow with the water. The ion-exchange resin deals with other heavier particles like copper, mercury and zinc. The result is reduced smell and taste of chlorine and other particles commonly found in tap water.

This filtration process is certified by the National Sanitation Foundation (NSF) International and the Water Quality Association (WQA) Gold Seal Product Certification Program. That means this Brita pitcher water filter has met and exceeded the industry standards for reduction of known contaminants, product structural integrity and material safety.

This Brita pitcher water filter comes with one filter, although you can also buy this in a 2-filter package. Speaking of these filters, they are very easy to replace following the instructions. The filter-change indicator lights up to tell you when it is time to replace the filter. You normally will go through about 40 gallons of water or approximately 2 months before the filter needs to be replaced. This depends, of course, on the quality of water in your area.

For the initial setup, the filter needs to be flushed in cold water for approximately 15 seconds. Just leave it in a glass of water for that amount of time, and then insert it into the filter compartment. The pitcher should then be filled with tap water three times then emptied out, to totally flush out the carbon particles. Don’t stress over the 3 pitcher full of water. They won’t be wasted if you use it to water your plants, or refill your aquarium, for example. After that, your pitcher water filter is on its way to providing you with clean and fresh-tasting water.  Click here for how to change you Brita filter.

How to tell if you have inserted the filter correctly? When you fill the pitcher with faucet or tap water, the water will fill up very slowly in the second chamber of the pitcher. If water is dropping to the compartment faster, then the filter is not inserted properly and unfiltered water is pouring with filtered water into the container. So make sure you have inserted the filter in the proper position.

Let us clarify here that this pitcher water filter is NOT completely made of stainless steel. Its exterior is made of brushed stainless steel but the interior is made of BPA-free plastic, which accounts for its light weight and, of course, reasonable price. The stainless steel covering seems to be more for decorative purposes. It blends well with any of your steel appliances and right next to a coffeemaker, for example. But on the other hand, it seems to serve the purpose of keeping the interior of the pitcher dark, which may inhibit algal growth and prevent slime deposits. But better to keep the pitcher regularly clean to prevent such growth, just to be safe.

Another purpose of the stainless steel exterior, other than making the pitcher look great, is that the pitcher doesn’t get dirty as easily as the plastic ones. The steel casing is really fingerprint-proof, so you don’t need to wipe it clean after you hold it.

The electronic filter-change indicator is light-activated. But it should only flash when you pour water from the pitcher. If it stays on or flashes continually, then it is broken. When the indicator blinks red, then the filter needs changing. It will also flash green or yellow for normal or soon-to-be-replaced filter condition.

We like the auto-locking lid of this Brita pitcher water filter. It doesn’t pop off easily during pouring. The lid just slide tightly shut after you have finished pouring tap water into the pitcher. But sometimes, due to its tight seal, the lid may not open so easily when you need to refill the pitcher. The solution? There is a tiny indent area near the handle top. Simply push it up with your thumb and the lid will then come off easily.

When filling with tap water, be very careful not to overfill the top, because we noticed that the overflow tend to collect in some parts of the external casing and will stay there. The result is some excess water dripping out from the casing, and into your table top or fridge.

The size of the pitcher is perfect for sitting on the fridge door or on countertops. Because of the sleek and modern look, you can even serve visitors clean water using this very same pitcher.

This, in a nutshell, is a beautiful and quality-made pitcher water filter, reasonably-priced considering the materials and features built into it, and one that delivers a great deal of value for the money.

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