Despite most cities in the US having drinkable water straight from the tap, it’s not uncommon to find a water filter atop many people’s countertops. We’re on the hunt to find the best water filter and pitcher, and what better place to start than with Brita? Today, we’re looking at the Everyday, the Metro, the Ultra Max, and the Grand to determine which of the four belongs in your home.
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Brita Everyday Pitcher
To start things off, let’s take a look at one of Brita’s most affordable pitcher. The Everyday uses either a Standard or Longlast filter to remove chlorine, cadmium, mercury, and a wide assortment of other minerals and particles to leave your drinking water tasting absolutely amazing.
The Standard and Longlast filters last up to two and six months respectively—you can find all the information you need about these filters here.
Though a great water pitcher for everyday use, the Everyday has a couple of design flaws that are pretty tolerable considering its affordable price tag. For instance, the filter indicator is a simple sticker—not a button-operated light found in other models—that is about as accurate as you’d expect from a sticker.
Next, the pitcher’s spout is left uncovered for airborne particles to find their way into, practically eliminating the purpose of filtration in the first place.
Brita Metro Pitcher
As the most affordable Brita pitcher on our list, you shouldn’t really expect too much awesomeness out of this piece. It still lives up to Brita-quality filtration and taste, and at a fraction of the cost of other pitchers out there, you can’t really ask for much more. We just wish that the spout was covered by the lid.
But unlike the previous Brita pitcher, this one has an indicator light that tells you how much longer your filter (Standard or Longlast) will work. The indicator itself is pretty accurate, but it’ll most likely ask for a change 10 or 15 gallons before the filter actually expires.
Admittedly, the Metro pitcher is smaller than what you may have hoped for. With a max capacity of five cups, users will end up refilling this pitcher multiple times per day. Thankfully, this doesn’t affect the lifespan of the filter, but it does leave a tiny footprint for those limited on countertop or fridge space.
Brita Ultra Max Pitcher
The Ultra Max is a sizable water container that uses Standard or Longlast water filters. Its maximum capacity is 18 cups which should hold an adequate amount of small sized families or extremely thirsty bachelors and bachelorettes.
With greater tank size comes a greater footprint, though it fits quite well inside of refrigerators. Some might consider its size to be a downside since it can be heavy to carry from sink to countertop or fridge. In addition, it’s going to be slightly trickier to calculate how many refills you can get per filter.
Weird calculations aside, this water tank is a thing of beauty. It uses a sticker indicator that, unlike the Everyday’s sticker, actually works as expected, plus or minus a few cups. It also doesn’t have an open pour spout like the other, but instead has a convenient push-tap that keeps the tankful of water fully enclosed and inaccessible by airborne contaminants.
Brita Grand Pitcher
Last but not least is the Brita Grand Pitcher which looks similar to the Everyday and Metro but differs is many ways for the better. Firstly, it uses the same type of filter as the other pitchers mentioned earlier and holds onto 10 cups of water, not unlike the Everyday.
But it deviates from the Everyday in how it has an electric filter indicator that eliminates much of the guesswork and keeping-track-of the water filter. The battery has a maximum lifespan of five years, surpassing the one-year warranty of the actual filter. It also has a soft, grippy handle that makes and pouring 10 cups of water super-easy to do.
But best of all, the spout is covered by a flip lid to prevent airborne particles in your kitchen clouding up your freshly filtered tap water. If only the flip lid didn’t fall off from time to time, it would be the perfect Brita pitcher.
Brita Everyday vs. Metro vs. Ultra Max vs. Grand: Which Should I Get?
Your main consideration should be deciding how much countertop/fridge space you can dedicate to your new Brita pitcher. If you have plenty of open space and don’t mind carrying large quantities of water, then the Ultra Max is your best bet.
If you’re looking for a compact pitcher, the Metro’s tiny footprint will be your best option. If you’d like to go for the middle-ground, the Grand Pitcher’s spout lid outclasses the Brita’s open-air lid by a wide margin.