Zerowater Filter Review
When we got back from holiday I was greeted by a zero water filter pitcher and I was very happy. It is the little things these days 😉 Seriously though I really wanted to try the Zero Water 5 stage filter as it is the only water filter that removes 99.6% of dissolved solids behind. This is the equivalent of drinking purified bottled water. Other leading water filter brands remove less than half of this so I was intrigued to see what the water actually tasted like and answer my question is zero water filter any good? So this is my Zerowater filter review…
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Why was I interested in the zero water filtration system?
When we first moved into our house we had all the wiring and plumbing checked as it is an Edwardian property and it had been empty for ages. During this we learnt that there is a lead pipe supplying the water from the street to our house. It runs all the way under the original and very lovely tiled floor. The only way to remove it is to take up the tiles; this will wreck them and will cost thousands of pounds to do and restore afterwards. We just don’t have thousands to spend on that with everything else that needed doing and so we decided that the pipe would have to stay for now….
Does ZeroWater remove lead?
Although we were assured by experts that the lead pipe wasn’t an issue because the water is moving swiftly through it and because it is over 100 years old and therefore coated with limescale, I have never liked the thought so this was my number one question when receiving the ZeroWater filter. The answer is YES well at least some of it. In fact the ZeroWater filter is the only water filter that reduces lead and chromium from your tap water.
How does the zero water filter work?
For this bit I am taking the information directly from the company as I am no expert on this stuff. The ZeroWater filtration system works by combining FIVE technologies to remove virtually all dissolved solids from your tap water,
ZEROWATER 5-STAGE DUAL ION-EXCHANGE FILTER FEATURES:
- Certified* to reduce Lead and Chromium
- Premium 5-Stage Dual-Ion Exchange filtration system
- Ion-Exchange system that removes virtually all dissolved solids in your water
- The FDA requires the TDS level in PURIFIED bottled water to reach 000-010ppm. ZeroWater is the only filter in its class to achieve this level.
ZeroWater’s first layer of filtration, activated carbon and oxidation reduction alloy removes the chlorine taste you are accustom to with tap water. The Ion Exchange stage removes virtually all dissolved solids that may be left over from public water systems or even leached into your water from piping such as Aluminium, Lead, Zinc, Nitrate and more. Three additional stages are included to remove other contaminants and to ensure your water receives the appropriate amount of treatment time to deliver a “000” reading on your laboratory-grade Total Dissolved Solids meter included.
Stage 1: Coarse filter to remove fine particles/sediment.
Stage 2: Distributor that maximizes contact time.
Stage 3: Multi-layer system using activated carbon and oxidation reduction alloy.
Stage 4: Comprehensive ION EXCHANGE array.
Stage 5: Non-woven membrane to remove fine particles.
What does it taste like?
I have to say that the water from the ZeroWater filter is much nicer tasting than normal tap water. I actually don’t like the taste of tap water. As a result I always add squash to it so I can manage to drink enough of the stuff. Since I have been using the zero water filter I haven’t drunk squash once. So in my opinion the taste is vastly improved when all of the solids are removed.
The husband mocked me slightly when I got this filter as the one I was sent is actually a big for our fridge, but then after he tasted it I came down the next day to discover that he had removed one of the shelves from the fridge to accommodate the ZeroWater filter and that was purely down to the taste!
One thing to be aware of is that it is impossible for any filter (with current technology) to distinguish between good and bad solids so this filter removes them all including those that the body needs. You can get your minerals from food and so, but it is something to be aware of. Also this is not a secret and is something that ZeroWater are very clear about over on their website.
The design of the ZeroWater Pitcher
The jug that I was kindly gifted is the is 12 cup ZeroWater pitcher which holds 2.8L of water. You can pour the water immediately using either the spout or the one hand ‘push to dispense’ spout to fill any bottle or cup. This is perfect for our family of 6 and the dispenser is easy enough even for our four year olds to use. They do make both smaller and larger filter jugs so I think there is one for everyone.
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ZeroWater Filter Replacement
The thing I like the best about this filter apart from its ability to remove impurities is that it comes complete with a water tester so you instead of relying on a standard timer to know when you change a filter you can actually test your water and know when your filter needs to be changed.
I think this is brilliant after all we don’t all live in the same place and so don’t all have the same water quality from our taps. I thought I would do the test on camera and let you see the difference between tap water and the filtered water after its has been through the ZeroWater Filter.
Why does my zero water filter taste like lemon?
It isn’t just the included TDS level indicator that can tell you that your filter needs changing on your ZeroWater Filter… If your water starts to taste like lemon then get the tester out as the chances are your filter needs changing.
How long do ZeroWater Filters last?
This is dependant on the water in your local area, but as a guide ZeroWater say between 3-5 months and I have found this to be true. We have not needed to change the filter very often and we have now had ours for around a year. We do live in a very hard water area so I would expect to need to change my ZeroWater filter more than most.
Is ZeroWater Filter Good?
My final thoughts on the ZeroWater Filter Pitcher and filtration system is that yes it is good. From my research it is the water filter pitcher that removes the most contaminants and that works for me! The water from the Zero Water Filter pitcher also tastes good to me so it is definitely the brand we will be sticking with.