I never thought there would be a day that I would be so excited about a water pitcher that I would basically stop a fitness class just to tell them all about it. And yet that’s exactly what happened last Friday after my new Zero Water 10-Cup Filter Pitcher arrived on Thursday afternoon. I suppose I shouldn’t really be that surprised, I do get pretty excited over little things (like how much dirt my new Dyson vacuumed up when we first got it), and we have very hard well water that isn’t all that delicious right out of the tap.
We have been drinking filtered water for years, but have been opting for the professionally filtered water versus an at-home filtration system. We’ve tried other filters like the Brita, but none have ever totally removed the unwanted taste from our water to our satisfaction. So the idea of a filter that would remove all of the dissolved solids so that we could drink plain old tap water without cringing, really did seem pretty exciting.
And what was extra exciting is that this pitcher comes with a Digital TDS (total dissolved solids) meter so you can measure the TDS in your water before and after it has gone through the filter. We’ve had our water tested, so we know that it is perfectly safe to drink, but it has a lot of minerals in it which is what makes it taste a bit weird. I’ve always described it as tasting like someone took a glass of water and threw a tin foil ball in it and just let it sit. Anyway, I was nerdily excited to whip out that tester and see what reading it gave for our tap water. In the box with all the paperwork was a map of the US that gave average readings for TDS levels in each state. Obviously these are an average and everyone’s levels will be different, but the reading scale topped out at 401+ TDS so I figured our water would read in the 400 range.
WRONG. I laughed and laughed when I read the meter that said we had nearly 1000 TDS in our water. No wonder it tastes a bit mineral-y, haha.
I then filled the pitcher up and let the 5-Stage filter do it’s job.
Stage 1 – Course filer to remove fine particles and sediment
Stage 2 – Multi-layer system using activated carbon and oxidation reduction alloy
Stage 3 – Distributor that maximizes contact time
Stage 4 – Comprehensive ION EXCHANGE array
Stage 5 – Non-woven membrane to remove ultra-fine particles
Like other filters, it takes a few minutes for the filtration to occur, and to totally fill the pitcher you’ll need to fill the top reservoir a few times, but I think we are pretty accustomed to that so it’s really not a big deal.
I also like that unlike the Brita filters, you don’t have to soak the Zero Water filter before the first use, and I didn’t see anything that said you needed to refrigerate the pitcher which is good as we like our water room temperature and have been leaving it out on the counter.
But I’m sure what you’re interested in learning is what the reading was after I put our super hard water through the filter. And the answer is…
I was amazed. Going from such a high reading to zero in a matter of a minute or two floored me. And it’s not like the wand knew I was testing the “after” water, you know?
For comparison, conventional filters generate an average reading of 115 after filtreation when tested.
I also tested the water straight out of our cooler (009) and the water that was left in my water bottle (that I’d used all week without washing…) from Woodville which came in at 166. But I think that’s probably high since it came out of my dirty water bottle. I’ve always said Woodville water tasted the best.
Another really cool thing about the model they sent me is that it has a water bottle filler on the bottom.
All you need to do is press the blue button and a stream of filtered water will come out like a water cooler. It makes it really easy to filled those small mouthed water bottles without worrying about spilling water all over.
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While we will continue to use our water cooler, we will also be using the Zero Water Pitcher. I find it annoying to use the water cooler to fill big glasses and larger water bottles, and find the pitcher much more convenient. Inevitably though, which such hard water will we have to change the filter more often than many households would, so it also makes sense to use our cooler as we can self fill it with 18L of filtered water for only $2.
Wondering where you can purchase one of these fabulous Zero Water Filtration Pitchers? There are lots of other models besides the 10-Cup version they sent me. Here is the full list of distributors, locally you can purchase them at Walmart, Home Depot, Home Outfitters and Best Buy. They are also in a number of other retailers (so check the link above if you’re not in Nova Scotia), and can be purchased online at these links on Amazon.ca and Amazon.com.
If you are still looking for a last minute Christmas gift and have someone on your list with town water or hard water, this would make a fabulous gift! Everyone wants good tasting water!
Disclosure: I was provided with this pitcher from Zero Water in exchange for my honest review. I really do have hard water and really think this filtration system is fantastic! Also, this post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through my amazon links above I will be paid a few cents.