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In our opinion, PUR water filter pitchers are suited for giving you access to pure-tasting drinking water, but they’re not the best at removing a wide range of potentially harmful contaminants (although they’re better than many of the other models out there). In addition, there have been issues like premature filter clogging.
Side note: For the most thorough contaminant removal we recommend you look into the Clearly Filtered water filter pitcher. It takes care of 230+ substances including chloramines, lead, arsenic, chromium-6, herbicides, pesticides, and PFAS.
Let’s review PUR’s water filter pitchers in more detail so that you get a better picture of what you can expect from them.
PUR Ultimate vs. Clearly Filtered Pitcher
PUR Ultimate 11-Cup
|# of Contaminants:||25|
|NSF Standards:||42, 53, 401|
|Filter Capacity:||40 Gallons|
Clearly Filtered Pitcher
|# of Contaminants:||232|
|NSF Standards:||42, 53, 244, 401, P473|
|Filter Capacity:||100 Gallons|
PUR offers a total of 4 different water filter pitchers that you can use to filter your drinking water.
4 different pitcher models and 2 different replacement filters? Yes and no. In fact, PUR offers 3 different filters for their pitchers.
This might sound a bit confusing right now, but it really isn’t. First of all, all PUR pitcher filters fit all PUR pitchers. In other words, they’re interchangeable so you can switch to a different filter anytime you want.
Also, all filters use a blend of granular activated carbon and ion exchange resin (MAXION filter technology) to trap contaminants. So where’s the difference? In a nutshell,
Personally, our go-to PUR pitcher filter is the lead reduction model for the most thorough water filtration.
We don’t have much to add other than the fact that PUR water filter pitchers are BPA-free.
The PUR Ultimate 11-Cup – learn more on amazon.com
Before you can start using your PUR pitcher you need to soak the filter for 15 minutes and meanwhile hand wash the pitcher, lid, and pour tray with mild soapy water – rinse well afterwards!
After the soaking, flush the filter for 10 seconds before you place in into the pour tray. To secure the filter in place, push down and twist. Now you can fill the pitcher with water.
If you’re the proud owner of a PUR Ultimate or the PUR Classic, you should activate the CleanSensor monitor respectively filter change light by pressing and holding the reset button for 5 seconds. It’ll remind you when it’s time to replacement the filter cartridge.
Theoretically, each PUR filter is rated at a filtration capacity of 40 gallons or two months, whichever comes first. However, there have been quite a lot of complaints about premature clogging (more info below).
Like we said, PUR Ultimates and the Classic 11 feature a convenient filter life indicator that tracks the amount of time a filter has been in use. A green LED means the filter should be working perfectly fine. Yellow light indicates that the filter requires replacement soon. When you see red light you should change the filter cartridge immediately.
By the way, the price difference between the 3 filter models is smaller than you might think which is why we always recommend going with the lead reduction filter. Cost? About $10 and even less if you buy in bulk which is really affordable.
Link to the official product manual: Manual
Probably the main issue with PUR pitcher filters is clogging. While PUR claims up to 40 gallons or 2 months per filter, numerous reviewers reported that theirs started to slow down after a couple of days and would not let any more water pass through another few days later. For others, filters last about 2 weeks.
PUR obviously knows about this problem since they’re providing instructions to solve it. Suggested fixes include shaking the filters, flushing them under tap water, soaking them, and running water through them backwards. Unfortunately, this only seems to work occasionally for people.
Other (common) issues:
The majority of people using a PUR water filter pitcher are happy with their purchase saying the filtered water tastes wonderful. In our opinion, any PUR pitcher combined with the lead reduction replacement filter is a sound solution to tackle several contaminants commonly found in our water supplies. And the price is hard to beat. Thus, 3.5 stars!
That said, the only filter pitcher we trust to provide drinking water as clean and as safe as it gets is the Clearly Filtered. It’s independently tested against NSF Standards 42, 53, 244, 401 and Protocol P473 for over 230 different heavy metals, pesticides, pharmaceuticals, VOCs, water disinfectants and their byproducts, and the list goes on and on. Above that, the Clearly Filtered pitcher is built in the USA and warranted for its entire lifetime. Plus, you get a 1-month satisfaction guarantee.
Bottom line: It’s the #1 water filter pitcher on the market. You can read our detailed review here if you want.
And that’s it for this PUR review. Questions? Fire away!