Like Brita, PUR is also been in the water treatment industry for years now.
They specialize in producing affordable water pitchers and faucet filters which is targeting young adults and students.
Unlike Brita, they do not produce additional fancy features such as WIFI connected pitchers. They only have 4 different types of filtered water jugs couple with two different sizes of water dispensers.
PUR Water Filter Pitcher Review
PUR always comes into the picture whenever people are looking alternatives of Brita.
The limited pitcher choice sometimes cut short the buying process while browsing online.
Just how good are these filters compare to Brita? Let’s find out below.
Two Filtration Cartridges
Most of the pitcher filters don’t have any additional contamination removal other than chlorine.
However, PUR has gone through some of the thorough certification processes on contamination reduction.
Both filters are compatible to all the pitchers and dispenser by PUR.
UR Basic Filter
The basic PUR filter is built from activated carbon filters with ion exchange material.
The MAXION technology is a method that was used by PUR to perfectly blend the two materials to maximize contamination reduction.
Based on the NSF/ANSI certification data sheet, it is capable of reducing major contaminants such as mercury (95%), chlorine (97.5%), Zinc (86%), Class 1 Particulate(99%) and many more.
PUR Filter With Lead Reduction
This cartridge basically has all the functionality from the PUR Basic Filter
In addition, the Lead filtered media is blended together using the MAXION technology.
Based on the certification report, the Lead reduction is up to 99.4% from the contaminated water source.
This filter is suitable for old houses which high Lead are found in the plumbing pipes.
PUR activated carbon filters are made from coconut shells, which are ‘heat treated’ with steam. This produces pores within each grain of carbon, creating tiny tunnels and spaces, 1,000 square meters of surface area per gram of carbon.
That’s approximately 200,000 square feet of nooks and crannies to absorb and trap the contaminants in your tap water in each PUR faucet filter.
7 and 11 Cup Pitcher: PUR comes with 2 models each of the 7 Cups and 11 Cups pitcher which is suitable for personal and family usage.
18 Cups Dispenser: If you have more than 4 family members, you can consider the 18 Cups Dispenser from PUR.
Design and Housing
The PUR jugs are made of BPA Free plastic couple with an easy-fill lid and a comfort grip handle.
Easy Fill Lid
All the pitcher comes with the easy fill lid which makes filling up water in the reservoir easier.
Besides, it will also prevent the spilled of unfiltered water to the filtered water in the cup when pouring.
We saw Brita customers complaint about this issue.
LED Filter Usage Indicator
3 out of 4 models of pitchers in PUR has the LED filter usage indicators.
It tracks the usage of water and notified when it is about to replace your cartridge.
The PUR Pitcher with Lead Reduction has a different LED Indicator called CleanSensor which changes color when replacement is required.
Maintenance and Replacement
PUR filter generally required frequent replacement. This will drive up the maintenance cost which is bad for consumers.
PUR Basic Filter: 40 Gallons or up to 2 months for 2 person usage.
PUR Filter With Lead Filter: 30 Gallons or up to 2 months for 2 person usage.
Annual Maintenance Cost: $36(Basic Filter), $60(Lead Filter)
What’s Positive and What’s Negative?
PUR water filter jugs are second to Brita according to Amazon’s rating on the Pitcher Water Filter category. It is considered as an average water pitcher for the following reasons below:
- Great Filter Among Pitchers: Besides chlorine, it is capable of remove contaminants such as mercury, zinc, lead and other organic chemicals. As usual, it doesn’t remove microorganism.
- 90 Days Warranty: PUR offers 90 days warranty on the product, which is relatively low to industry’s 1-year warranty.
- NSF/ANSI Certified: The filter is certified against NSF/ANSI to prove to have reduced contaminants based on stated on the data sheet.
- Short Filter Lifespan: The lifespan of its filter is very short, especially on the cartridge with lead filter. This increases the maintenance and replacement cost.
- Poor Quality Design: Many customer complaints the Classic Pitcher having low-quality plastic which is easily broken.
Quality is the main issue that arises from existing customers. Especially on the pitchers where it is brittle and easily leak.
In addition, the malfunction rate for the LED indicator is quite high.