Monday, August 21

- PUR VS BRITA

Take a look at the reviews for this Pur water filtration system here and here.

Now I consider myself a maven similar to the one Gladwell creates in his wonderful Tipping Point, but even I was a bit blown away by these glowing reviews. I never liked my current Brita filtration system and think the designs of their pitchers are all horrid.

The reviews on amazon.com (which by the way a good maven always checks before making a purchase) were mixed about Brita. Some people liked them some complained about their design and some people just have nothing better to do than review a water filtration system. I love that someone said "This thing will change your life!" That's brilliant.

I was on the lookout for a new larger pitcher, possibly one of those huge spout ones that hold like 50 gallons of water. I was disappointed by what Brita had to offer.


Then I decided to search around a bit more and remembered there's a challenger in the seedy underworld of water filtration society once dominated by the ruthless leader Brita. Pur is the new kid in town.

Those reviews.. my god! I couldn't believe it.. it's rare that one product has so many glowing reviews on any website. I was so blown away I flicked off my old brita pitcher and purchased the Pur Ultimate Water Dispensing Badboy. I will receive it in 3-5 business days and will let you know how it is.

12 Comments:

At 12:52 PM, Blogger Bland said...

Question: how dirty is NYC water really? I pretty much drink tap at home without thinking twice.

 
At 8:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

running out of material I see.

 
At 5:13 PM, Anonymous Tom said...

Your post was dated August 21, so by now you should have received your PUR filter, and I am guessing that you will be a bit disappointed. The PUR filters are no better then the Brita filters, but that was not always the case. I was a bit taken aback when you described PUR as the NEW KID on the block as I have been using PUR filters since the early 1990's. I have used both PUR and Brita and I discovered one odd coincidence among BOTH of them --- the quality of their mounts, filter media, and over all product line has dropped significantly starting around 2001.
If you want clean water (cleaner then you'll get from either a PUR or a Brita filter) then I suggest getting a counter-top water distiller. Units can be had for as low as $60 and as much as a few thousand dollars. They typically make (distil) about a gallon of water and take about 3 to 5 hours to do so. Some of the bigger units in the $300 price range can make 3 or 4 gallons every 3 hours, so you could easily have 6 or 8 gallons per day.
Having said this, I am still on my way out tomorrow to get a new Brita faucet mount filter to replace a PUR mount that is leaking (and it's only a few weeks old). It's for my office sink and I don't feel like leaving my $200 water distiller within easy reach of some of my sticky-fingered co-workers, but I can afford to give up $15 or $20 a month on the faucet mounts -- at least until I find a way to transfer to a better floor.

 
At 5:59 AM, Blogger but anyway... said...

New kid on the block? Pur has been my friend for years now, though I have to concur that the design is far better than the Brita. However, as Bland said, NYC water is quite clean, and when my lazy ass doesn't feel like filling up the Pur, a glass from the faucet tastes just fine.

 
At 11:12 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

dear mr. krieger...i very much enjoy your blog...but as of recent days...i've been reading the same brita one over and over and don't find it funny anymore. please put up new material. thanks. kvetch, bayonne, nj.

 
At 4:13 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Instapure has a faucet filter called the F8 ULTRA with even more reductions than PUR or Brita. Take a look at Instapure F8 ULTRA. The product is available at amazon.com.

 
At 3:52 AM, Blogger RawWomanWarrior said...

Water ionizers are the bomb baby. i own the jupiter melody and love it!

 
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At 2:49 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I don't know about the pitcher filters, but I've been using PUR faucet mount filters for awhile and am fed up and switching to Brita! My PUR faucet mount units have all sprung leaks in under a year and one died in under 5 months. I just looked at a comparison website that says Brita removes alachlor, benzene, and TCE but PUR does not. There's another filter that does even more, but is only counter top or under sink which is awkward if you don't own your home.

 
At 8:26 AM, Blogger Todd said...

I switched from Pur to Brita. I have both the faucet mount and the pitcher. The faucet one does not last. I bought replacement filters from Amazon. For some reason 2 out of 3 of them were dead already. Plus they hardly last 2 months. The pitcher filter takes forever to fill. The filter clogs quickly. The Brita will due until I find a better quality unit. BTW, NYC tap water is only as clean as the pipes it runs through.

 
At 1:39 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I disagree with the comments above that NYC water is "really clean." In many cases people buy the filters because they have come accustomed to the taste of "cleaner" tasting water. I have become accustomed to this taste and even if I went without Pur or Brita I would still boil my drinking water first before drinking it to make it taste cleaner. when I am in restaurants and they bring me tap water I cannot even drink it because it tastes dirty. I have to order bottled water or something else to drink. Again, that is only because I have become accustomed to filtered water. Nothing is wrong with drinking tap but this post is supposed to be comparing Pur vs Brita not promoting nyc tap water.

 
At 2:20 PM, Anonymous Katherine Inman said...

Having a dispenser may also help you in the long run, something Brita currently can't cover with its product line. So how is Glad?

 

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