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Top Reasons to Ditch Your Water Filter Pitcher

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Those who want to drink cleaner water in their homes, offices or dormitories have a variety of options available. One popular choice is the water filter pitcher, produced by a number of well-known brands. These water filters rely on gravity. When you tip the pitcher to fill a glass or water bottle, water moves into the filter cartridge and then passes through the filter media inside. Larger particles are caught in the filter, and the water flows out through the spout.


Individuals who prefer water pitcher filters may value the simplicity of the water filter pitcher design, but this method of filtering water does have some distinct drawbacks. Read on to learn the top reasons why you might wish to consider replacing your water filter pitcher with the Pentair Rocean Reservoir.


1. Pitchers May Not Reduce As Many Important Contaminants†

The size and type of filtration found in the average water filter pitcher may not reduce some key contaminants in drinking water. Some are not capable of filtering out microbes like cysts, bacteria and viruses, and they also could leave behind industrial chemicals, pharmaceuticals, pesticides and herbicides.


An abundance of models reduce some heavy metals like mercury, cadmium, copper and zinc, but The Reservoir filters 69 more contaminants† than a typical gravity filter pitcher.


Overall, pitcher water filters may help improve the taste and odor of water, but they do so without addressing some contaminants that The Reservoir removes.


2. Lower Gallon Capacity

With a water filter pitcher, you may feel as if you're constantly changing your water filter and refilling the pitcher. And that's because you probably are. The filter cartridges in filter pitchers are small in size, and this limits their life span. Most popular water filter pitchers require filter replacements every 7 to 40 gallons. Because you need to replace filters more frequently, water filter pitchers usually involve higher maintenance costs. Plus, the compact size of the pitchers means you need to add water more often.


3. Uncertain Filter Replacement Timelines

Some water filter pitchers lack indicators to signal when it's time to replace the filter. Instead, these filters require you to keep track of the number of gallons filtered. To make matters more challenging, the maintenance instructions often include a range of time or gallons rather than a fixed number, so it can be very difficult to know when to remove the filter.


Pitchers that do have built-in indicators normally have timers that count the number of days that have elapsed since your last filter replacement. Unfortunately, time is not the best way to measure a filter's lifespan. If your family drinks a lot of water, you may need to replace your filter much sooner. The uncertainty surrounding filter replacements increases the risk of water pitcher algae and mold developing.


4. Pitchers Can Have Slow Flow Rates

When you use a water filter pitcher to fill your glass, you have to wait for gravity to work its magic. This translates to the added wait time. Although the added time may in reality be less than a minute, over time, those wasted seconds add up.


5. Pitchers Do Not Eliminate As Much Single-Use Plastic As The Reservoir

One of the selling points of water filters is that they allow you to enjoy cleaner water without having to buy single-use bottled water that contributes to plastic waste. Water filter pitchers do eliminate some single-use plastic. A model with a 40-gallon filter keeps 302 single-use water bottles out of landfills*. This may seem like a lot until you realize that one filter used in The Reservoir from Pentair Rocean can take the place of 2,953 16.9 oz single-use water bottles. Considering that some water filter pitchers have even smaller filters, it's clear that The Reservoir is a great choice for those who want to reduce the amount of single-use plastic they use.


Water Filter Pitcher vs. The Reservoir

Compared to leading water filter competitors*, The Reservoir:

-Reduces 10 times the number of contaminants: The Reservoir reduces levels of 76 contaminants, including microbes and lead, while the most popular competitors only reduce seven.

-Filters nearly 10 times the water per filter: The Reservoir filter is certified to filter up to 390 gallons, while popular pitcher filters usually have a maximum filter capacity of 40 gallons.

-Takes the guesswork out of filter replacement scheduling: The Reservoir's intelligent filter replacement notification system monitors usage, not the time elapsed.

-Dispenses quickly: The Reservoir provides on-demand water filtration, eliminating the need for you to wait for gravity to pull water through the filter and out into your glass.

-Eliminates more single-use bottles: One Reservoir filter allows you to fill enough reusable water bottles and glasses to take the place of 2,953 single-use 16.9 oz plastic bottles. Popular competitors' filters can only filter the equivalent of 302 single-use plastic bottles' worth*.


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So how do water filter pitchers work compared to The Reservoir? As you can see from the side by side comparison above, switching from a pitcher water filter to The Reservoir will likely mean drinking cleaner water and benefiting from simpler, more straightforward maintenance. Learn more about The Reservoir countertop water filter from Pentair Rocean and purchase one today from our website.


*Based on NSF certifications for Standard Brita® pitcher filter OB03 and IAPMO R&T Certification for the Pentair Rocean filter 4005767/4005801 as part of the 4005799 filtration system as of 7/23/2021. Brita® is a trademark of Brita LP. 


†System 4005799 certified by IAPMO R&T against CSA B483.1 and NSF/ANSI standards 42, 53, 401, and 372 for low lead content. Actual performance may vary depending on influent water conditions. More information can be found on our Performance Data Sheet