Getting the cleanest, purest and best-tasting water possible is the goal most have in mind when selecting any type of water filter, and it is ostensibly what company Clearly Filtered had in mind when they went into business. Their product line includes filtered water bottles, survival straws, and other water filter solutions. But one of their products I’ve owned myself is the Clearly Filtered Clean Water Filter Pitcher (~$75 on Amazon.com) – a top-of-the-line filter pitcher. In this review, I’ll discuss what I like (and don’t like) about this offering from Clearly Filtered.
Getting to know the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher
To get the biggest question out of the way first: the Clearly Filtered Watcher Pitcher filters water very well. Exceptionally well. I have used a lot of water filters in my life – from in-line systems installed in the plumbing to portable filtered water bottles and everythig in between. Out of all of them, I would definitely put the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher in the running for best of the best in terms of taste. According to the chart provided by Clearly Filtered (right,) the filter in this water pitcher effectively removes the common chemicals which tend to cause the most concern for tap-water drinkers: chlorine, flouride, lead, mercury and chromium. This is of course an incredibly small snap-shot of what the filter is capable of removing. It gets rid of all sorts of water contaminants – far too many to list here. Bacteria, harmful chemicals, heavy metals, dirt, and just about anything else that makes its way into the water supply can be captured by the filter.
Like most filtered water pitchers, there are a few drawbacks inherent to the design. Probably chief among them is the inevitable wait for water to move through the filter – since the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher has a gravity-fed design like most water pitchers, you have to wait as the relatively slow flow-rate takes its time to pass your water through the filter. But the results are quite impressive once it does make its way through the filter – you can visibly demonstrate the power of the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher by adding some food coloring to the water before sending it through the filter. What comes through will be free of the food coloring you added, not to mention rid of all sorts of microscopic contaminants.
But don’t take my word for it! Below we have a YouTube video courtesy of YouTube user Jessica Simms, which demonstrates the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher removing blue food coloring from some water. It also gives some impression as to the flow rate of the Clearly Filtered when filling it up, as well as Jessica’s opinions on the pitcher. Thanks Jessica!
My biggest complaint with the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher has to be that is can be somewhat difficult to pour water from it. The design incorporates a lid which pops open when tilted forward, but sometimes it can be a bit unpredictable and cause a splash. You also have to be careful when filling the pitcher to make sure all of the water you poured in has passed through the filter before you try to pour any out of the pitcher, or it will spill out the top of the filter. This can mean waiting awhile when filling the whole pitcher before you can use it. At the price point, the pitcher itself is a little bit lackluster – made from a transparent BPA-free plastic, it looks quite plain and is nothing special.
One strong point of the design of the Clearly Filtered is the inclusion of a flushing add-on for the filter. This neat feature screws is a plastic bulb which screws into the filter and allows you to directly connect the filter to your faucet to flush it out. For anyone who has owned a Brita Filtered Water Pitcher you may be familiar as I am with occasionally ending up with little black specks of charcoal or other weird stuff from the filter in your water. This is never the case with the Clearly Filtered, assuming you properly flush out each new filter before use. Don’t be shy, give it awhile under the tap to make sure you expel everything in there – you certainly don’t want it ending up in your drinking water.
The filter is truly the star of the show in the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher – just as it should be. Given how brilliantly the filter works, I would almost award full marks for functionality, but since the pitcher itself does leave a little bit to be desired, I’m giving it a (still stellar) 8.5/10.
This is a pretty well put together pitcher – the plastic is all thick and durable, well constructed and BPA free. I’ve had several months owning mine now, and haven’t had any problems or too many visible signs of wear. I think it will remain sturdy for quite some time. As with all filters, the filter itself must be replaced periodically – Clearly Filtered recommends around every 200 gallons, although I have definitely taken it longer than that and still got more or less the same results. Replacement filters are available for about ~$50.
At about $75 on Amazon.com, the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher isn’t cheap – in fact, its one of the more expensive filtered water pitchers on the market. Is it really worth the extra scratch? Personally, I think it is, because the design is a cut above what is offered by its competitors. Yet, the price point remains steep for those on a budget, so I had to dock some points for cost.
Plus we have to factor in the cost of a $50 replacement filter – either every 200 gallons as suggested, or when the performance of the filter starts to noticeably decline. This makes the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher potentially something of an investment.
Overall Rating: 4.3/5
The Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher is something I used everyday for many months and I was satisfied with the results. The only reason I don’t still use my Clearly Filtered is that I moved somewhere where the tap water tastes a lot better. Having lived somewhere with mediocre and sometimes downright disgusting tap water, the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher was a lifesaver, enabling me to have delicious water from my not so tasty tap.
While the price was a bit high, it was still more affordable than getting an in-line solution, and ultimately I was satisfied with my purchase.
More from Clearly Filtered
Want to learn more about the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher, or other Clearly Filtered products? Check out their website at clearlyfiltered.com and head on over to the Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher Amazon listing. Also, check out this great video from Clearly Filtered:
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The Clearly Filtered Water Pitcher incorporates proven Clearly Filtered filtration technology into a convineent and easy-to-use water pitcher.
Jacob Hatch is the author and founder of Hydration Anywhere. He has been actively writing about drinking water since 2013. These days Jacob spends most of his time investigating water related news, studying environmental issues, reading health studies, and reviewing products like water bottles and water filters.