I’ve gone through several Britas and a Soma in the past 18 months. For about 3 years, I’ve always used Brita and they have never failed me. However, for the past 18 months, I’ve either purchased faulty versions that should not have been on the sales floor, or the filters that did not work accurately. Frustrated from buying my third Brita in a year, I switched over to Soma, a chicer version of the water jugs that gives water to areas that need it with every purchase. I felt good about my decision until a couple months in. Then it started to turn on me as well. When I would pour my glass of water, you could see the particles in the glass, meaning that despite its main function, it was not able to fully filter out all the gunk and minerals that are not good for you.
What is water filtration?
In an effort to figure out what was going on and finally get filtered water, I did some research. Water filtration takes out the particles and pollutants from water. Anything that removes sediment, bacteria, particles, and chlorine from water can be known as water filtration. There can be several types of filter systems — activated carbon charcoal filters, tap-installed filter, ultraviolet light filters, and water distillers.
If you plan to install a water filter to your sink, you can call in for testing and someone will come and confirm what is in your water and give you options to make sure it’s safe (also known as potable). Fed up with portable water filtration systems, this is exactly the route I went down — a sink attachment filter.
I ordered the Pur Advanced Faucet-Mount Water Filter ($38) to improve the quality of my water and relished the easy install, affordable price, and performance. I have had it for 3 months now, and I’m crossing my fingers, hoping that it will not rebel and go down the same path my previous portable versions did. But I guess only time will tell.
The key to having a long-lasting filter is to keep it clean. Meaning, you must frequently change the water filter. As a maintenance tip, and if you have hard water (water that contains a buildup of magnesium and calcium), you will most likely need more recurring filter changes. The idea here is to be proactive so that you never have to experience hard water or contaminated water.
When you have your drinking water filter settled, hit up our advice on shower filters next.
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