All the recent news about what’s happening in Flint, Michigan is heart-breaking and terrifying. It is crazy that in an area surrounded by water in the United States in 2015/2016 we cannot provide clean, safe water. The life-long impacts on the developing brains of children is extremely sad.
The news also has me thinking more about water filters, what I use, and what I’ve learned over the past year. I decided to do a water filter comparison the Brita filter (the one we used to use), PUR, and Shaklee’s Get Clean water pitcher. Brita and PUR are the two most people are familiar with, which is why I chose them.
Did you know that most countertop pitcher style water filter systems do not remove lead? According to Brita’s website, their countertop pitcher style filter removes only chlorine, copper, cadmium, and mercury. I was SHOCKED when I discovered how little actually gets filtered out. I looked at the PUR website, too. On the home page, it says that PUR filters remove 99% of lead before it comes out of the faucet, which was obviously referring to the sink mount filter, but they were not so clear about what the pitcher style filters remove. I had to click on individual styles, and download each owner’s manual to see what they remove. The counter top pitcher-style filters do not remove lead. It was interesting to see how tricky it was to find that information.
My partner loves really cold water, so I wasn’t very interested in the faucet styles from Brita or PUR. The faucet ones seem to remove more than their pitchers, but even the faucet one didn’t look like it removed as much as the Get Clean pitcher from Shaklee.
The following images came from the PUR and Brita websites.
First is a graphic from the Brita site, that shows what all of their products filter. This was found on their home page. I like that they make it easy to see what each product does.
Next is a screen shot of the PDF from PUR, showing what their pitcher filters out.
If you’d like to see the rest of the owner’s manual, click on the photo below.
Be wary of the PUR website though. On their home page they say their filters remove 99% of lead, but they don’t specify which filters nor do they mention that some of the filters DON’T! You’ll have to dig for the information – which is pretty misleading for most people. Most people are going to see “99% of lead” on the front page and that’s going to stick in their minds. They will feel like there’s no reason to look for any more information about it. Great marketing, awful business practice.
PUR makes it much easier to find details about the sink mount filters, perhaps because they remove more than the pitchers and PUR hopes this is all you’ll remember.
Next I looked at the Get Clean pitcher from Shaklee.
It’s available as a starter pack, with the pitcher and one filter, or get a year’s worth of filters to save some money.
Right on the product page it states
“Get Clean® Water is a revolutionary new water pitcher filtration system certified by the Water Quality Association (WQA) to reduce up to 99% of lead —as well as dozens of other nasty contaminants that can turn up in your water and may be harmful to your health.”
While looking around on the site for other information I found this mp3 that explains their filters also work in other pitchers! Great news if you already have something like a Brita Pitcher – you can keep the pitcher and replace the filter component! No wasted plastic.
To access the mp3 on the Shaklee site, click HERE (it’s the same as above).
The “green” features (like why they used coconut shell carbon to make the filters):
Check out more audio files from the Shaklee website HERE
How often should you change your water filter?
I’m not a fan of disposable things or wasted money, so I want something to last as long as possible before I have to toss it out. I looked at how often each of these filters needs to be changed:
Brita – “every 40 gallons or approximately every two months.”
- Get Clean® Water refillable Filter Housing Kit (with 1 filter – 80 gallon capacity)
Each filter from Shaklee lasts twice as long as Brita and PUR!
Shaklee also filters lead, and the other two do not.
WATER FILTER COMPARISON RESULTS:
Since the filters last twice as long, and they remove a lot more contaminants, the clear choice for me is the Get Clean pitcher from Shaklee which is available HERE
The chart below shows what the different filters are certified to remove. To enlarge it, click the image, then click again when it shows on the screen, and a large version will appear.
Even though I am a Shaklee Independent Distributor, this was a legitimate comparison. I didn’t just want to share the comparison chart from Shaklee. To be fair, all information from each company was collected and reviewed. Upon all of that research, I concluded that only the Shaklee Get Clean pitcher removes lead.
I also think it’s really neat that the Shaklee filters are made with coconut.
The Kits include either one filter plus the pitcher, or the pitcher plus 4 filters, for a savings of about $3. I chose, and recommend the later, It’s called Get Clean Year Of Water. You can check it out HERE .
The filter system from Shaklee was more expensive outright than the other two, but would pay for itself in about a year, since the filters last twice as long. If you ask me, it’s a no-brainer!
Love and Light,