Water Filter Pitcher
Reviews and Recommendations
by Nancy Hearn, CNC

Crystal Quest water pitcherCrystal Quest water filter pitcher

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A water filter pitcher is a convenient and relatively inexpensive home appliance that provides clean drinking water.

Investing in a filter pitcher is a good place to start with drinking water filtration.  In general, pitchers do not filter as well as the faucet mounted filters, countertop filters, and under sink water filters.

Using a filter pitcher with tap or well water is a step up from using no drinking water filtration. And, in our estimation, using a filter pitcher is better for your health and for the environment than drinking bottled water.

Water pitchers usually provide 8 to 12 cups of water. Anything larger is considered a water filter dispenser.

Prices for water filter pitchers range anywhere from about $20 to $150, depending on the degree of filtration.

Advantages of a Water Filter Pitcher

  • Moderate levels of filtration
  • Least expensive of all the water filter appliances
  • Is portable and ideal for traveling, camping, boating, and RV use
  • No installation required and is easy to use
  • Drinking water can be kept cold by storing in a refrigerator

Disadvantages of a Water Filter Pitcher

  • Even the best pitchers do not filter quite as well as a quality counter top or under sink system.
  • Filtration process is relatively slow. Water is poured into a top tank, filters through the media into the storage tank below. This can take 10 minutes or more. Note: the Aquasana electrically powered water filter pitcher is the exception. It filters water fast.
  • Takes up space in the refrigerator

Our Top Picks

Our research reveals that most people choose a water filter pitcher if they want clean drinking water at home and don’t want to spend more than about $100.

There are a few high-quality water filter pitchers that do filter better than most, but they can cost as much as $150.

All of the water filter pitchers we recommend are BPA-free and are either NSF certified or are at least tested against NSF/ANSI standards and have excellent customer reviews.

You can certainly find water pitchers for less than $30 but they usually are not BPA-free (to prevent leakage of unhealthy chemicals from the plastic into the water) and do not reduce many contaminants.

Here are our top picks in no particular order because they each have advantages and disadvantages.

Current retail prices are listed, but our online discounts are often $5 to $20 off!

Crystal Quest Water Filter Pitcher

The Crystal Quest pitcher has one of the best filtration media (4 stages of filtration) on the market, especially for the low price!

crystal quest water pitcher

Its NSF certified Eagle Redox Alloy media reduce many contaminants, iron, mercury, chromium, lead, copper, nickel, hydrogen sulfide, and inhibits bacterial growth, algae, fungus, and other organisms.

This is very important since bacterial growth is a common problem with many other water pitchers.

The pitcher's granulated active carbon media reduces chlorine, pesticides and cancer-causing chemicals, such as TTHMs, toxaphene, and benzene.

These pitchers are BPA-free, hold 8 to 12 cups of water, and have a slim shape that fits easily in most refrigerators. The pitchers also provide 2,000 gallons of quality drinking water. 

Crystal Quest Water Pitcher

Reshape Alkaline Water Pitcher + Fluoride Removal

These water filter pitchers are SGS certified water filters that reduce fluoride, chlorine, VOCs, heavy metals, volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and disinfection by-product (DBPs).

Mavea water pitcher

The filtration media use FIR Balls, Ion Exchange Resins, Activated Carbon, Negative Potential Particles, and minerals to alkalize tap water in minutes. Each filter lasts up to 75 days and filters at least 300 liters (79 gallons). 

What makes the Reshape water pitchers unique is that they provide clean water that is also alkaline in pH. Contaminants are removed while appropriate levels of alkalizing minerals are added back in.

The filtering systems also lowers your water’s oxidation reduction potential (ORP) by 200+ points to create water that is potentially anti-oxidizing in the body.

The pitchers are BPA-free and food grade PP & SAN plastic. They hold 3.5 L (3.7 quarts) of water.

Reshape Alkaline Water Pitcher

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