I used a filtered water pitcher for years, but it was never really worth the hassle. It didn’t really change the taste of the water and it was a pain to use. So I stopped. Which also means I stopped drinking enough water.
I recently had a chance to try a ZeroWater pitcher.
When I first read about the ZeroWater pitcher I thought it was some sort of voodoo science. Removing ions from water? TDS’s? Um what? Isn’t water, just water for the most part. Well, sure. Except for “15 common tap water contaminants that are unregulated, including BPA, ibuprofen, DEET and more.” Yes, I just said DEET. Good thing the filter in the ZeroWater pitcher removes all that. You don’t want to be drinking DEET.
The 10-cup ZeroWater pitcher results in a glass of water that tastes like, well, water. And my husband pointed out that it was a little weird that you could pick up the dishwasher detergent on the glass over the water. (Maybe it’s time to switch dishwasher detergents, but that’s another post)
The filter in the ZeroWater pitcher removes something called TDS, or Total Dissolved Solids. Basically its’ all those contaminants in your tap water. In Seattle, that’s around 30. Not horrible. Our water isn’t so bad, and certainly better than the water when I lived in South Carolina many years ago. (Do NOT drink the water in Charleston, BLECH. Depending on where you live, you could have a lot of TDS in your water. Now, I don’t know about you, but that’s kind of gross.Well, unless you have a ZeroWater pitcher.
Not to mention, the ZeroWater pitcher is unbelievably good looking.
So how does the ZeroWater pitcher measure up? After washing my new pitcher in warm water, I got the process started by setting up the Ion Exchange Filter and pouring cool tap water in the reservoir.
As I waited for the ZeroWater pitcher to do it’s thing (and they say not to use it until its done filtering) I poured 6 ounces of tap water into a glass and just to test the theory that you can just buy bottled spring water and not need the filter, I poured 6 ounces of spring water into another glass. Once the water was done filter in the ZeroWater pitcher, I also poured 6 ounces of THAT water into a glass. Now, it doesn’t matter if one of the glasses had more water in it, but this is sort of like a science fair experiment, right?
THEN, I used the included built in TDS meter to “test” the amount of dissolved solids in the water. The TDS meter helps put a number on what your taste buds already tell you about what’s in water. The higher the reading on the water, the more things dissolved in water. It’s important to know that the TDS meter CANNOT detect uncharged particles such as organic contaminants or undissolved particles such as bacteria.
So why test your water and use the ZeroWater pitcher? Well, aside from that your water will just TASTE better, isn’t knowing that you are filtering out a bunch of unknown contaminants a good thing?
I am a little weirded out by water that “tastes like nothing” but that’s probably from years of drinking contaminated water! HA! And maybe the Ion Exchange Filter does use a little bit of voodoo science? I guess the point is it works. I still hate having to remember to buy filters, and I think at some point, the cost may deter me. The capacity COULD be better, the filter is HUGE so it takes up quite a bit of space. If your family drinks a lot of water, you’ll be filling it up a lot.
I don’t know how long the filter will last, as we’ve only had our ZeroWater pitcher for a few days. I know since our water already has lower levels of TDS, it will be different that other parts of the country.
World Water Day was March 22. Should you start drinking better water?
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I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of ZeroWater and received a water pitcher to facilitate my review, two pitchers to giveaway, and extra filters to thank me for taking the time to participate.