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In our opinion, Santevia alkaline water filter pitchers are NOT meant for serious contaminant removal but for providing access to great-tasting alkaline drinking water. That’s because Santevia pitchers are neither tested nor certified to filter all the chemicals, heavy metals, VOCs, disinfection byproducts, and whatever else that might be lurking in our water supplies these days.
On a side note: The product we recommend for the most thorough filtration is the Clearly Filtered pitcher (detailed review on this page). It’s NSF tested to remove 230+ contaminants including chlorine, chloramine, lead, fluoride, herbicides, pesticides, and PFAS.
But even if you’re an advocate of alkaline water – scientific literature on the topic is still slim – we would advise against buying a Santevia water filter pitcher considering their high price tag.
More on this later. First, let’s review Santevia’s alkaline water filter pitchers in detail!
Santevia vs. Clearly Filtered Pitcher
|# of Contaminants:||1|
|Filter Capacity:||80 gal|
|# of Contaminants:||2|
|NSF Standards:||42, 53|
|Filter Capacity:||80 gal|
Clearly Filtered Pitcher
|# of Contaminants:||232|
|NSF Standards:||42, 53…|
|Filter Capacity:||100 gal|
Santevia offers not one but two water filter pitchers, the Classic Alkaline Pitcher and the MINA Alkaline Pitcher. As the names suggest, both produce alkaline water with an increased pH (about 1.5-2.0 units) and enriched with healthy minerals. The goal: Providing refreshing water that tastes as if it came from a mountain spring.
What’s more, both Santevia Classic as well as MINA can hold up to 9 cups of water, they have the same filtration capacity (80 gallons), and they cost exactly the same.
So, where’s the difference except for the looks? Most importantly, the Santevia MINA water filter pitcher is tested and certified against NSF standards 42 + 53 for the reduction of chlorine (up to 99%) and lead (up to 93.5%), while the Classic is only certified for chlorine removal (up to 90%, NSF 42).
According to Santevia, the Classic also traps some lead, but no more than 50% which we consider insufficient. In addition to chlorine and lead, the MINA reduces
These reduction rates haven’t been certified by an independent lab, though.
Looking into things in more detail, we find that both pitchers use coconut shell granular activated carbon mixed with ion exchange resin. This filter media blend is responsible for eliminating the above water contaminants.
This is followed by an alkalinization/mineralization stage consisting of ceramic mineral balls. These balls add calcium, magnesium, potassium, and other trace minerals to your water which creates a more rounded taste. And they raise the pH value to about 9.0 “so your body can thrive and stay balanced” (we’ll discuss the claimed health benefits of alkaline water further below).
Before you can start using your Santevia water filter pitcher you need to go through the following steps:
How to use the Classic pitcher:
How to use the MINA pitcher:
As we said, one filter cartridge lasts for 80 gallons or 2 months, whichever comes first – pretty solid.
The countdown clock on the Santevia Classic water filter pitcher will tell you when 60 days have passed. Replace the filter and remember to reset the clock.
The Santevia MINA uses a similar device to indicate the filter status: Green light means the filter is still good. When you see yellow light be prepared to change soon. Red light means it’s time for a new filter.
You can also use Santevia’s Filter Ease service to receive an email or text to remind you when your filter has reached the end of its life.
Replacement filter cost? $18-20, or slightly less when you buy in bulk, depending on the pitcher version which is okay.
Very fast filtration isn’t necessarily a good thing. It’s probably why Santevia pitchers filter only a few contaminants, because contact time between water and filter media is too short.
We also wanted to discuss the alleged health benefits of alkalinized water which include feeling more energized, slowed aging, and improved acid-base balance. Well, clinical evidence is still limited and not all findings support the consumption of alkaline water. And while it seems to help with conditions such as acid reflux, some health professionals even discourage drinking alkaline water saying it’s a potential health risk.
The manufacturer warranty covers only the first 90 days after purchase which is extremely short.
Furthermore, browsing through dozens of customer ratings we repeatedly stumbled upon the following issues:
Issues with the Classic:
Issues with the MINA:
Although there have been quality issues, most people enjoy the pristine taste of their drinking water filtered with either one of Santevia’s alkaline water filter pitchers. Especially the alkalinization feature seems to work well. Taking into account the comparatively high price it’s 3 stars from us!
Again, just don’t confuse a Santevia pitcher with other models tested and/or certified to remove a wide range of potentially harmful contaminants, because that’s not what you’ll get.
Alkaline water free from chlorine taste and odor and enriched with healthy minerals – yes.
Water that doesn’t contain VOCs, PFOA, chromium, chloramine, arsenic etc. – no!
If you’re looking for the latter you should check out the Clearly Filtered pitcher. It’s our top pick and tested against NSF standards 42, 53, 244, 401, and P473 to remove 230+ water contaminants. It’s also built in the USA and covered by a lifetime warranty and a 1-month satisfaction guarantee. You can read our detailed review here if you want.
This completes our Santevia water pitcher review. Questions? Don’t hesitate to ask!