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Brita markets their water filters, not just as a way to get healthy water, but also as a way to conserve the environment by cutting down on the use of bottled water.
So can you replace your bottled water purchases with the Brita On Tap faucet filter?
Yes, you definitely can.
The Brita faucet water filter removes up to 60 contaminants from water including lead, asbestos, sediment and various chemicals.
It also improves water aesthetics, particularly taste, by reducing the amount of chlorine.
So you not only get clean and safe water, you’ll also enjoy fresh-tasting water right from your tap.
Read on to learn more about the Brita faucet water filter.
To compare it to other faucet filters, read our in-depth faucet filter buying guide.
The Brita On Tap faucet filter has two important certifications.
NSF/ANSI Standard 53: This certifies that the filter can remove substances that affect the health safety of water. There are dozens such impurities the Brita filter can remove including 99% of asbestos and lead. It also reduces chemicals like Benzene, Trichloroethylene and VOCs.
NSF/ANSI Standard 42: This certifies that the filter can remove substances that affect water aesthetics –taste and smell. These are chlorine and particulates/sediment.
Between the two standards, the Brita filter removes up to 60 contaminants to make your water safer, cleaner and better tasting.
Many customers say that their tap water now is as good as bottled water.
If you are tired of spending money on bottled water and filling landfills with plastic, we highly recommend the Brita on Tap faucet water filter.
Note that the filter does not remove chloramines. Before you order it, check which disinfectant your city uses – chlorine or chloramine.
If it the latter, this filter will not help. It’s designed to reduce chlorine only.
This is an issue with almost all faucet filters. It’s almost impossible to find one that can filter well water.
The problem is the filtration media they use. It’s often activated carbon, which is ineffective against the dissolved salts and minerals found in well water.
Activated carbon also does not neutralize harmful bacteria and germs, which might also be present in untreated well water.
If you receive well water in your home, we do not recommend this faucet filter. An under-sink system that can handle TDS (total dissolved solids) is much better
On the same note, do not use this filter with water from an unknown source.
If you are not sure that the water you are using has been treated (using chlorine), then this filter will not offer maximum protection for your family.
If you are using water from an unknown source, get it tested first to know what contaminants are present.
If it doesn’t contain bacteria and germs or high levels of dissolved minerals and salts, you can safely use the Brita filter.
The Brita filter comes with a convenient indicator that lets you know when to replace the cartridge.
The indicator is a small flashing light located at the base of the filter housing. When the filter is in perfect condition, it flashes green.
When the filter has 2 weeks or 20 gallons remaining in its lifespan, the indicator will flash amber. Replace the filter as soon as possible.
When it flashes red, replace the filter immediately. It means your water is not getting filtered.
Most faucet filters have a lever or switch that lets you select between filtered and unfiltered water. The filtered water comes out of the filter outlet while the unfiltered stream comes out of your tap normally.
The Brita faucet filter goes a step further with an additional setting – unfiltered water spray. In this setting, water flow is faster and more powerful. It’s great for washing dishes.
Installation is a 10-minute job.
You just need to remove the aerator on your faucet and attach the filter.
The Brita filter is compatible with most standard faucets. The only faucets it doesn’t work with are sprayer and pull out faucets.
Once you remove the aerator, check whether the faucet threads are on the inside or outside. If they are on the outside, you can go ahead and attach the filter directly to the faucet.
If they are on the inside, select the right adaptor and washer from the package and fit them onto the faucet then attach the filter.
When attaching the filter, do not over tighten as that could damage the threading and the (flimsy) plastic connector they have used.
Finish by inserting the cartridge into the filter. Run water through the filter for a few minutes to flush out carbon fines.
Your Brita filter is ready to use. The filter life indicator should be flashing green.
To avoid damaging the filter, never ran hot water through it. If you want to use hot water, first turn the flow selector to one of the two unfiltered water positions (stream or spray).
The filter lasts about 4 months though this may vary depending on how much filtered water you use.
Keep checking the filter indicator to determine when you replace the cartridge. When it starts flashing in amber, time to get a new one.
Don’t wait until it turns red because it means you are drinking unfiltered water.
Replacing the cartridge is simple. With the water turned off, press the release button and pull the cartridge up to remove it.
Remember to flush the new cartridge for a few minutes after replacement.
For one, it’s affordable. The list price is higher than that of comparable faucet filters but that’s because it includes an extra filter, saving you the trouble of buying your first replacement.
If you are looking for a budget-friendly faucet filter, this is a great choice.
We also love its excellent filtering performance. For its size, it removes more contaminants than you would expect.
The easy installation process is a major plus as well. If you have 10 minutes to spare, that’s all you need to have the Brita filter set up on your faucet.
Style-wise, chrome-finished faucet filters usually match better with the existing hardware than other finishes. But we still like the all-white finish on the Brita filter.
It blends seamlessly into the kitchen.
It does a great job filtering out a lot of impurities but it’s not foolproof.
It doesn’t touch total dissolved solids (iron, magnesium and calcium among others), meaning you’ll still get scale and reddish iron stains if your water contains high levels of TDS.
It also doesn’t remove bacteria and germs. That’s why you should make sure you only filter treated water.
These limitations are common with most faucet filters so we don’t blame Brita.
What we really don’t like about the filter, and which we think they can improve, is the low quality plastic connector.
It breaks easily, causing leaks. You’ll be lucky if yours lasts for more than a year without any problems.
The Brita filter pays for itself in less than a year. The money you spend buying bottled water over a several months is enough to get you the filter plus a few cartridge replacements.
You’ll enjoy high quality, clean and fresh-tasting water right from your tap and without contributing more plastic to landfills.
Ed is a water specialist in Tampa, FL. He built CleanerSofterWater.com to help his friends and family learn about DIY solutions to common water quality issues in the home.
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