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Everything Your Brita Filter Isn't Doing (That You Assumed It Does)

Updated: Sep 29, 2023

Reverse Osmosis system in action
Reverse Osmosis system in action

While Brita filters are effective at reducing some contaminants in drinking water, there are a few potential downsides to consider:

  1. Limited filtration: Brita filters are designed to reduce chlorine taste and odor, and remove some common contaminants like lead and mercury. However, they are not as effective at removing other contaminants like fluoride, bacteria, and viruses.

  2. Frequent filter replacements: Brita filters need to be replaced every 40 gallons or approximately every two months, depending on usage. This can become costly and inconvenient, especially for larger households.

  3. Environmental impact: The disposable filters used in Brita pitchers contribute to plastic waste and require proper disposal.

  4. Limited capacity: Brita pitchers have a limited capacity, usually around 10 cups of water. This can be inconvenient for larger families or those who frequently use large volumes of water.


While Brita filters can be a convenient and affordable option for improving the taste and quality of drinking water, it may not be the best option for those looking for comprehensive water treatment solutions or those concerned about the environmental impact of disposable filters.

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