We know how easy it is to fall victim to the siren song of the descriptive adjectives on bottled water: “natural mineral water,” “glacial,” “crisp, clean, taste,” and “purified,” just to name a few. And of course you want your water to taste like it was taken straight from a glacier in Iceland that’s never been touched by human hands. Who doesn’t?
The truth is that most of your bottled water is just tap water that’s been run through a purifier (we talk about that more in-depth here). In most cases, you’re paying an exorbitant markup just to drink the municipal water you get for basically free at your kitchen sink.
But, if you really fancy yourself a water connoisseur or a water sommelier (which is a real thing, we looked it up), you can avoid buying bottled water by choosing a home water filter for your fridge or sink and using that water to fill your reusable glass water bottle. Here are a few of our favorite filters.
Brita Everyday Water Filter Pitcher
With a ten-cup capacity, the Brita Everyday filters your water to be free of chlorine taste and odor, while also removing zinc, copper, and mercury. One filter can produce up to 40 gallons of clean water, and the ten-cup capacity makes it easy to slide into your refrigerator.
PUR 18-Cup Dispenser DS-1800Z
For the serious hydrators among you, go for the bigger capacity PUR 18-Cup. Its innovative carbon filter removes up to 95% of mercury and 96% of trace levels of pharmaceuticals from water, while also reducing chlorine. Even though it holds 18 cups of water, the design is slim enough to store easily in the fridge and refill in the sink.
Clear2O Water Filtration Pitcher
Does it drive you crazy waiting for your water to filter down into the pitcher after you fill up at the sink? The Clear2O eliminates the wait by using a hose-fill system that works faster than most other pitchers. Warning — it does require some initial set-up, and you’ll want to make sure that your sink faucet is compatible with the hose.
If you prefer a faucet-mounted filter instead of a pitcher, consumers love the Culligan Faucet Filter FM-15A. The filter reduces bad taste and odor, among other contaminants, and users claimed to see a noticeable difference in their water taste. Like the Clear2O, make sure that the Culligan will fit your faucet before purchasing.
To keep the taste of your filtered water pure, pair your filtered water with a reusable glass water bottle and save the #NoFilter for Instagram.