5 things to know about water filter pitchers
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You want the water in the kitchen faucet to be clean and crisp, but there may be contaminants in it, some of which may be harmful to your health.
It\'s no wonder that almost half of Americans who drink tap water at home say they filter or boil tap water first.
This is based on 2019 water quality surveys reported by consumers, based on representative samples from 4,225 US countriesS. adults.
The biggest complaints people have about their drinking water are unpleasant taste and smell.
Our survey also showed that in addition to the water filters built into many refrigerators, the kettle-
What people use most is the style water filter.
The water filter is of course easy to use;
Just fill them up at the tap and wait for the water to flow through the cartridges.
The price is also relatively cheap, usually less than $40.
But how do you know if the water filter pitcher is really doing something?
To solve this problem, CR specifically tests the effect of pitchers removing flavor and smell.
We collected a group of professional water testers who added them the water of the common compound and made it smell like everything: metal, compost, wet soil, sewage treatment plants, there is also a swimming pool.
Definitely not the kind of drink you want!
Then, our sommelier rate each pitcher based on how much it removed the flavor and smell from the baseline of pure spring water.
\"The ability of the pitcher can be removed from a considerable range --
\"Adding flavors and scents, and models from some of the top brands, doesn\'t work that well,\" says Joan muratoli, an engineer at CR who is responsible for testing water filters . \".
If the manufacturer claims that its pitchers meet the standards set by NSF International to remove specific contaminants such as chlorine and lead, we test each pollutant to verify the claim.
To get the details of the various pitchers, CR members can check our rating.
Here are five things about the water filter, including the main findings of our 2019 water quality surveys and laboratory tests. 1.
Yes, filters can make compounds and chemicals such as zinc, chlorine and hydrogen sulfide with better taste and smell of water, which can make your water have a metallic taste or a smell like sewage.
In our tests, we evaluated the extent to which the pitcher removed contaminants from the water and created a comprehensive rating for reducing taste and odor.
Our test results show that most people do a good job in terms of smell, but it\'s a different story in terms of taste;
This is the factor that dragged down some of the pitcher ratings in this Test.
Only one pitcher got a good rating in reducing the taste and smell, and two pitchers got a good rating. 2.
Even if taste and smell are the main reason you want to use a water filter, it\'s a good idea to know exactly what\'s in the faucet and find out if there are other contaminants in the water in your city that need to be filtered out.
Consumer Confidence report of local water suppliers (CCR)
The level of contaminants will be stated
Heavy metals, pesticides and microorganisms
This is there.
The water pipes in your house or apartment will also affect your water quality.
If it was built before lead
Free pipes are authorized for use on 1986 and you will want to check if it is possible for your water to come from lead in the pipes.
There is no safety level for lead exposure;
Even low levels can cause health problems such as high blood pressure, decreased renal function, adult reproductive problems, learning disabilities, slow growth, anemia, and hearing problems in children.
Your state or local health department may offer a free kit for testing a range of contaminants, including lead.
Alternatively, you can collect a sample and send it to a certified laboratory for testing, which can take between $20 and $100.
Although most people have never tested their water according to our 2019 water quality survey, more than 2 of the 10 people who conducted the water test found that the water contained some contaminants of unsafe levels. 3.
Once you know what you need to filter out, all the water filter pitchers are not the same, looking for certification marks on the pitchers package stating that it filters out these specific contaminants.
None of the filters can do it all.
Most pitchers remove bad-tasting contaminants such as chlorine, zinc, and hydrogen sulfide.
But few people can remove lead.
In fact, only two pitchers in our rating did that.
If the pitcher filters out the lead
Or other contaminants such as volatile organic compounds, heavy metals, drugs, and hormones-
The package should refer to a separate certification mark for each package.
Please note that if your water contains serious contaminants, the tank filter may not be sufficient to mitigate the problem.
You may need a more comprehensive filtering system. 4.
The cost of replacing the filter increases the manufacturer\'s instructions, which will tell you the frequency of changing the filter;
Usually every two months or 40 gallons.
Whichever comes first.
Because filters blocked by particles and other contaminants stop working at all, you will want to follow these guidelines.
In addition, the activated carbon in the filter that captures the taste and smell has limited ability to absorb them before stopping working.
If you notice a slow flow of water, it is likely that the filter is blocked and it is time to replace it.
Some water filters have a filter.
Life indicators, tell you when to change it.
Among the pitchers we tested, the cost of filtering is $30 to $90 per year.
You can compare costs using the \"features and specs\" tab in our rating. 5.
These pitchers usually look the same, so you might think it\'s about the same time they filter the water. Not so.
In our tests,
Scoring pitchers have changed a lot in terms of filtering time.
A pitcher, a filter. as-you-
Pour into the model and filter a quart of dehydration in 1 minute and 15 seconds.
It took nearly 15 minutes for another pitcher.
Its manufacturer claims that the long filtration time is due to the proprietary technology to effectively remove 99% lead.
\"Normally, pitchers who take longer to filter water will do better, but new technology even means filteringas-you-
\"The Pour model can remove the flavor and smell well,\" says pour models . \".
If you usually fill the kettle and leave it in the fridge for a while, the flow rate may not be an issue.
But if you have a busy family that experiences a lot of water every day, it is definitely a factor to consider.
CR members can compare water filters in our ratingsand, including their flow rates, read more about water filters in our purchasing guide.
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