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Last week, I was sent a 10 cup ZeroWater Pitcher. ZeroWater pitchers come with a 5-Stage Dual Ion-Exchange filter that removes almost all solids from your water. This gives it a TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) reading of 000, making it the purest water you will find.
I have wanted to try one of these for a long time. The water in our town used to taste pretty good until works broke a water main pipe a few years back. Since then, it has been virtually undrinkable. We still cook with it, but we drink bottled water. According to the ZeroWater website, the average TDS reading in our area is 233. It’s not bad, but it’s not good either.
When I received my pitcher, the first thing I did was use the included TDS reader to test my tap water. I put some in a glass and got 129. That’s better than what the site said, but still icky. Next, I tested my bottled Ozarka water. I figured that it would be maybe a three or a four max, since it’s supposed to be filtered and ‘natural spring water’. However, it got a 20 on the meter, so I guess it’s not so ‘natural’ after all.
Next, I rinsed out the pitcher to make sure it was clean and then opened the filter. In the past, we had a Brita pitcher that came with the flavor shots/liquid. When you got a new filter, you had to soak it water for at least 6 hours before the first use to get all the little loose bits out of it. Even after soaking it for a day, it still had flakes of stuff getting into the filtered water. Gross. With the ZeroWater filters, you just take them from the package and screw it into the pitcher. That’s it. Absolutely no hassle or gross flakes in the water. After that, you fill of the pitcher and you’re good to go.
After getting the pitcher completely full, I used the meter to test the water and it was 0. Success! The taste was greatly improved and you can’t even tell it’s the same water. It still has a bit of a weird taste, but at least it's drinkable. There are only two drawbacks I found. The first is that while it does fit in the refigereator, it's a little tall. I ended up having to put it on the bottom shelf, which leads in the second issue. My young daughter quickly figured out how to work the pour-button spout on the handle, so you may want to make sure that it's up high enought on counters or in the fridge so that little hands can't reach it. The filters will last a good while, but if your water has a high TDS it will wear it out faster. To know when to change the filter, you used the TDS meter to test the water coming from the pitcher periodically. When it starts reading 6, then it’s time to change.
Overall, this is an excellent product and I think that everyone should get one. The 10-cup pitcher costs $34.99 (+ shipping) and filters will vary depending on how many you want. You can get credits towards filters by sending your used ones back to be recycled. You get a $10 credit for every two you send back. Also, right now you can save 30% off the 10-cup pitcher by using the code “MC30” during checkout. You can get more information about the ZeroWater pitchers and all of their other products at the ZeroWater website. You can also find them on Facebook as well.
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.
ZeroWater wants to give two lucky readers their own 10 cup ZeroWater Pitcher. To enter, visit the original post here: ZeroWater Review & Giveaway @ Misadvmom.com The contest is open to residents in the continental US only, and ends April 27 @ midnight EST.