Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Kitchen Water Filter

Finding a water pitcher that filters out contaminants to give you great-tasting, pure water for drinking and cooking is easy if you follow these simple tips.

Water pitcher on kitchen counter
A quality water filter will remove contaminants and improve the taste of whatever comes out of your kitchen faucet.Aquagear

Drinking more water is something all of us need to do more of. The problem is what comes out of your tap may not be the best for you depending on where you live. Lead, mercury, pharmaceuticals, bacteria, and other harmful contaminants can be lurking in your water supply and you may not even know it. A simple pitcher with a built-in filtering system can keep your family safe from nasty bacteria and toxic contaminants. Many brands also filter out chlorine, so your water will smell and taste absolutely pure—perfect for both cooking and drinking. Water quality, the number of people you need to serve and the design of the pitcher are all things to consider. Here are some tips that will help you find the pitcher/filter that’s just right for your family.

Know What’s in Your Water

Brita Everyday Pitcher
One filter in this easy-to-pour pitcher can replace 900 standard 16.9-ounce water bottles to keep you hydrated, save you money, and reduce plastic waste.Brita

To really know what’s in your drinking water, it’s best to have your tap water tested by a professional. Doing so will give you a read out on the dissolved solid, chemicals, contaminants, metals, and bacteria levels in your water. From there, it’s just a matter of reading the manufacturer’s specs to make sure the water-filter you choose is equipped to filter out the harmful things your water supply may contain.

Capacity and Shape

Aquagear Water Filter Pitcher
The high-quality filter in this pitcher filters 150 gallons of water, lasting three to four times longer than other filters for maximum lifetime savings.Aquagear

How many people you need to serve will have a lot to do with the size pitcher/filter you choose. A family of four will probably do just fine with a smaller, 8- to 10-cup pitcher, but larger families, church groups, or for bigger family gatherings, larger containers that can hold 18 cups or more are something to consider. Check out your refrigerator first. Then think about how the shelves can be configured to make sure the filter you buy will fit.

Filter Life

ZeroWater 10 Cup Water Filter Pitcher
You'll always have cleaner, pure tasting water on hand with this five-stage BPA-free, water-filter pitcher in your fridge.ZeroWater

Almost all of the filter/pitchers out there have filters that will last a long time, but filter-replacement times will vary. Here again, check the specs to see how many gallons of water the filter in the pitcher you’re considering will actually process before it needs to be replaced. Also make sure replacement filters are easy to come by.Finally, look for pitchers that have been independently certified by organizations such as NSF International or the Water Quality Association. If removing lead from your drinking water is a big concern, look for pitchers that are NSF 53 certified.