Clearly Filtered Pitcher Review – No. 1 Water Filter on the Market?

    Clearly Filtered Purifying Pitcher

    Clearly Filtered Purifying Pitcher

    •    Price: $
    •    Filt. Capacity: 100 gal
    •    NSF Tested: 42, 53, 244...
    •    Annual Cost: ~$140.00
    •    Warranty: Lifetime

    Before we get started with our Clearly Filtered water pitcher review; the unit is for people who really, really care about the quality and taste of their drinking water.

    That being said, it doesn’t come cheap. In other words, if clean drinking water is not at the top of your priority list, you might want to consider a product that is a tad more affordable.

    For everyone else, let us introduce you to a water filter pitcher that provides safe, clean & crisp H2O as you have never seen before…

    What makes the Clearly Filtered pitcher stand out from the competition is that it’s independently tested to 5 different NSF standards: 42, 53, 244, 401 & 473.

    In other words, effective contaminant removal for the highest filtered water quality is guaranteed. What will be removed? Over 220 impurities in total. For more details, check out the following list:

    • Chlorine (99.9%)
    • Chloramine (99.9%)
    • Fluoride (between 96.9% and 98.2%)
    • E Coli (99.9%), cryptosporidium (99.9%) and other pathogens
    • Antimony (99.9%), lead (99.5%) and other heavy metals
    • About a dozen pharmaceutical drugs (99.9%)
    • 9 herbicides (93.2 to 99.9%)
    • Lots of pesticides (all 99.9%)
    • A bunch of chemicals like BPA, PFOA and nitrate (≥97%)
    • More than 100 volatile organic compounds/semi-volatile compounds (the vast majority to 99.9%)

    And this is only an excerpt!

    By the way, these results can be achieved thanks to the so called “Affinity Filtration Technology”, a combination of ionically activated carbon and several other unique and proprietary filtration media.

    Unfortunately, Clearly Filtered does not disclose the exact makeup but promises that the materials used will not add anything into your water. And we know that the filters are American-built.

    What We Like

    Apart from excellent filtration – which is the most important factor obviously – there are a few other things that we like about the Clearly Filtered pitcher.

    For one, it holds the standard 64 ounces (8 cups) which provides a family with enough water for the moment. If you remember to refill the upper reservoir in time you will never run dry.

    Speaking of refilling, the removable lid makes the pitcher really easy to use.

    Thirdly, with the updated version of the pitcher all pouring issues have been resolved. Granted, you still can’t pour water when the top reservoir is full, but about half-full or less is just fine.

    We also like that, according to the manufacturer, all or at least the majority of healthy minerals are kept in the water, adding to your daily nutritional intake. Plus, the pitcher is made from medical-grade Tritan plastic that is 100% free from BPA.

    Last but not least, we have a satisfaction guarantee that allows you to send back the product within the first 90 days after purchase in case you are not satisfied and receive a full refund, no questions asked. On top of that, if your pitcher ever breaks, Clearly Filtered will replace it free of charge (not in case of improper use) – we love it!

    Clearly Filtered Pitcher

    Setup

    There is not much to say here. The pitcher is super easy to assemble (we’ve tested this ourselves). It barely takes 2 minutes. You just need to remember to prime each new filter cartridge. There is a flushing disk for that, which comes with every pitcher. In case the disk does not work with your faucet, you can let the filters soak overnight which should do the trick.

    We would go into more detail about the priming process, however, Clearly Filtered has provided a helpful video tutorial on that matter:

    Maintenance

    One filter is rated at 100 gallons. Thus the average filter life is 4 months. For light water use, it might last as long as 6 months, while larger families might need a replacement every 2 months. Long story short, it depends on your daily usage.

    Average annual cost: $150 USD (more on the high price in a bit), unless you buy in bulk and/or subscribe to the VIP Program so that you get replacement filters automatically delivered to your place on schedule. $115 USD per year is as cheap as it gets.

    Other than that, try to keep the pitcher out of the sun and away from any heat source (heat contributes to algae growth). You also want to follow the standard cleaning procedure to prevent algae. Warm soapy water works great for this.

    What We Don’t Like

    Probably the biggest drawback of the Clearly Filtered water pitcher is its price tag. To our knowledge, it’s the highest priced purifying pitcher on the market. And like we said, replacement filters aren’t exactly cheap either.

    What’s more, a number of users complained that their filters didn’t last as long as advertised and the filtration speed slowed down quickly. To be fair, this isn’t something that we experienced ourselves, however, our tap water is already pretty clean. The good news is that the seller is open to sending replacement filters for free if the first one is defective.

    One minor issue seems to be that a handful of reviewers received a pitcher with a broken handle.

    If you do your research online, you will also stumbled on complaints like

    • The initial priming being a problem if you can’t connect the flushing disk to your faucet – Something that we can’t really understand having done the flushing ourselves. The piece that is supposed to connect to your faucet is made of a flexible rubber material. And even if you can’t establish a firm connection, all that’s needed is a decent flow through the filter. If that doesn’t work, you can simply soak the filter for 12 to 24 hours and you should be good to go.
    • A leaking filter – Also something that we had no problems with but apparently other users did. Probably not much you can do here.
    • The lid falling off when pouring – Just use your thumb or other hand to hold it in place.

    clearly filtered purifying pitcher on countertop

    Our Verdict

    From a water quality perspective, the Clearly Filtered pitcher is one of the best, if not the best water purifying pitcher on the market right now (it definitely is the most thoroughly tested).

    However, it doesn’t come without issues, the most common one being filters reaching the end of their filtration life ahead of time. This wouldn’t really matter much if replacements were more affordable.

    Bottom line: If you are serious about your drinking water and want nothing but the best, and you don’t mind spending a bit more on a pitcher + filters, by any means go for the Clearly Filtered. If you are on a tight budget, though, you might be better off with an under sink system that’s less costly in the long run and delivers comparable results in terms of contaminant reduction rates.

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